Galveston Island East Beach

Sandy beach
1929 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA (48 miles from Houston, TX)
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Deep sands, easy to get stuck while driving.

It’s a nice white-sand beach with blue waters and rich sea life located at the eastern end of Galveston Island. This place is far from desolate: there are beach facilities, restaurants, bars, and numerous shopping outlets. The clean and well-maintained beach is the right place to go either with a family, or a pet (leashed only), or a company of friends, looking for relaxation and enjoyable communication.

Parking and amenities

There are paid as well as free parking lots. If you decide to park your vehicle on the sand, you should be extremely careful since many drivers even on 4x4 vehicles get stuck in the sand and have to seek help. Probably, the most comfortable paid parking lot is situated near the beach entrance at the end of Seawall Blvd; there are helpful attendants there who are ready to direct you where to park.

East Beach has all necessary facilities like public water closets, changing rooms with locks, and rinse showers. There is no warm water; nevertheless, on a hot day, it’s always a much-desired opportunity to rinse off all the sand, sea water, and sweat. There is a new pavilion with convenient tables and electrical outlets, which you could comfortably use for a picnic or for charging your devices. On-site chair and umbrella rental services are offered (for instance, two chairs with an umbrella cost $37 a day).

Sea life and birds

If you have children, they are going to be very much excited about all those shells and various sea animals on East Beach: shrimps, crabs, mullets, and other fish species. If you’re lucky, you will probably see pelicans flying overhead or fish jumping out of the water. And don’t forget to look for beautiful shells in the fine sand!

Alcohol allowed

It’s one of the few Galveston beaches where alcohol is not prohibited and this place is known as the Party Beach. In summer, they hold live performances and festivals here. Nevertheless, there are many families and most visitors know how to behave, so you can take children and have a nice family holiday on East Beach as well. The beach boasts a children playground and lifeguard station. The lifeguards are on duty during high season.

Clean and comfortable beach

East Beach on Galveston Island is a nice place to spend an evening or two. There’s nothing especially remarkable about its appearance: it’s clean and the beach workers remove seaweed from the water regularly.

This beach suits different categories of visitors – from young companies and party lovers to couples and families with kids. Parking, shopping, food outlets, chair, and umbrella rental services, and all standard amenities will make your stay on East Beach comfortable.

Driving time

  • 1 hour from Houston, TX
  • 3:30 from Austin, TX
Reviewed by:
Reyven
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Galveston Island East Beach videos

Galveston TX, East Beach drone video
by Dale Quest
A day at the East Beach
Video by Craig The Scottish Guy

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Galveston, Texas 1929 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Galveston Island East Beach reviews and photos
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Galveston Island East Beach photo by Lexy
March 21, 2019
Lexy
♥️ A day at the beach 🍒
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Hades, A Traveling Vegas Kitty
March 20, 2019
Hades, A Traveling Vegas Kitty
I wonder what the poor people are doing?!? 🤔🐾😹.
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Katie Wooderson
January 12, 2019
Katie Wooderson
Besties for the resties.
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Ruth Kuo
September 4, 2018
Ruth Kuo
Architects, Designers & Castles made of sand. 32nd annual AIA Sandcastles in Galveston. Which is your favorite? #sandcastles #galvestonisland #aiasandcastlecompetition #beachart
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Rodolfo Soto
October 8, 2018
Rodolfo Soto
Can we restart the weekend? #hiphiphooray
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Amber
February 20, 2019
Amber
#beach #ocean #summer #island #sun #summertime #exploretexas
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Val Vixyn
June 13, 2018
Val Vixyn
When you surprise your baby sister with her birthday trip. Hurry up August!! 😍👙🕶🐬🐠🌊🏄🏼‍♀️🏖
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Katie Wooderson
January 12, 2019
Katie Wooderson
Besties for the resties.
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Melissa D
August 28, 2018
Melissa D
Obviously my favorite entry from the Sandcastle Festival in Galveston this weekend. #travelart
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Family Vacation
October 18, 2018
Family Vacation
Strolling around like this 💕
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Roo Of Texas City
March 31, 2019
Roo Of Texas City
Nice cool day at the beach 💙🌊
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Hallie Henley Sims
April 12, 2018
Hallie Henley Sims
The view from HHD’s latest project!! This is going to be fun! #halliehenleydesign #designhouston #beach #galveston
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Seaside Gypsy
February 1, 2019
Seaside Gypsy
s̟u̟n̟s̟h̟i̟n̟e̟ o̟n̟ m̟y̟ m̟i̟n̟d̟... ✨✨✨ Dreaming of sunny days and warm sand. ✨✨✨ You’ll find me here so very soon. Which beach on the island is your favorite? #eastbeachgalveston
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Zelah Gabbard
June 15, 2018
Zelah Gabbard
I discovered I really like bogie boarding 💖
Galveston Island East Beach photo by Lacey Henderson
August 19, 2018
Lacey Henderson
Oh yeah, we saw a shark in the ocean this morning. #GoodTimes