Magnolia Beach

Sandy beach
719 N Ocean Dr, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA
109 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Bridge's maximum load limit is 10,000 lbs. 

Magnolia Beach is a 1.5 miles long stretch of drivable hard-packed sandy beach on the Texas coast, on Matagorda Bay, just 20-25 minutes south of Port Lavaca. The water here is less salty than in the ocean (just 19%) because the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers flow into the bay.

Magnolia Beach isn’t a resort-type-of a beach, but it’s a very peaceful and relaxing place where you can park your RV as close as 15 feet from the ocean, sleep to the sound of waves and wake up to a picturesque oceanfront view.

The only considerable drawback is that there’s only one little shop in the town, so you’d better take everything you may need somewhere on your way here, for instance, in Port Lavaca.


The access to this spacious beach is very easy – you can just drive in and find a nice spot for your RV. There is plenty of space and the main advantage is that you don’t have to pay for your stay – it’s free of charge. The sand is hard-packed and there’s a lot of crushed shell in it, so it’s easy to drive on. That said, you’ll hardly enjoy walking barefooted, so make sure you don’t go out without footwear.

It should be noted that there’s a bridge with a maximum load limit of 10,000 lbs. Many rig drivers ignore this limitation; however, if you don’t want to risk paying a hefty fine or ruining your vehicle, it’s better to choose camping on your side of the bridge.

Campground facilities

The campsites are primitive, without hookups, but the beach area has maintained bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There is hot water and the pressure is good. The toilet paper in the restrooms is re-stocked regularly; the facilities are cleaned weekly, but their condition is far from perfect anyway. Take your flip-flops if you want to have a shower.

If you need to restock drinking water, you’ll have to go to local campgrounds or Port Lavaca, since there is no drinking water here. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Port Lavaca from Magnolia Beach, and you can replenish your other supplies there as well.

Scenery and relaxation

There are picturesque sunrises and sunsets on Magnolia Beach. The area is clean and spacious and a walk along the shore is going to be pleasant and relaxing. In some parts of the beach, you’ll find a row of gazebos. There are enjoyable ocean breezes.

You can make use of picnic tables and barbecue grills to cook some food and enjoy picnicking in the fresh air. All in all, Magnolia Beach is a great place to spend a couple of nights or even a week, sleeping to the sound of waves and waking up to see a boundless ocean right in front of you.

Driving Time

  • 40 minutes from Victoria, TX
  • 2 hours 25 minutes from Houston, TX
  • 2 hours 45 minutes from San Antonio, TX

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Can you park your RV in Magnolia beach for free?
Asked by Jennifer Tellez about 1 year ago
Answer: Yes! Nightly stay is also zero.
Question: It's may 5, can you camp on the beach ?
Asked by Jeff o. 5 months ago
Answer: Unfortunately, you can't. Texas beaches re-opened on May 1st but with certain restrictions. You are not allowed to stay on the beach after 8.00 p.m. Camping implies that you stay on the beach overnight, so the answer is no.
Question: is the beach still closed to rv camping and if so when is expected to open. Thanks
Asked by perkins 5 months ago
Answer: Unfortunately, overnight camping is still prohibited, and no one knows when the epidemic will come to its end, and when camping will be allowed. Regrets!
Question: will be beach open on /after may 24? is it possible to camping without RV using just tent and minivan?
Asked by Zhanna Shatsov 4 months ago
Answer: The beach is now open for tourists at daytime hours only. You can bring a tent with you but it is still prohibited to camp overnight, regardless of whether you are using RV or not.
Question: With COVID 19 is beach open
Asked by Michele 6 months ago
Answer: Sadly enough, the beach is closed at least till the end of April due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Question: Is the beach open today?
Asked by Jemmi Guzman 4 months ago
Answer: Yes, the beach is open (during daily hours only).
Question: Is the beach open this weekend for camping?
Asked by Norma 3 months ago
Answer: Currently, there is no information about Magnolia Beach being closed for camping. To be on the safe side, please call +18554441116.
Question: Will the beach be open July 4th?
Asked by Rhonda 3 months ago
Answer: Yes, Magnolia Beach is open.
Question: Will the beach be open for the weekend of July 18 my son want to celebrate his birthday at the beach
Asked by Nicolas Lopez Jr. 3 months ago
Answer: Currently, the beach is open, but things may change due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Please call 361-552-3347 (Parks & Recreation department of the City of Port Lavaca that Magnolia Beach belongs to).
Question: Do you have to have an RV to park on the beach? We were just wanting to visit for a day trip with our kids and wondering if we can drive our vehicle on the beach.
Asked by Josh about 2 months ago
Answer: You can both drive and park your car on the beach even if you haven't got an RV. The existing limits concern the nearby bridge only: its maximum load limit makes up 10,000 lbs.
Question: Going the weekend of Sept. 19th. Need to know if we are able to park our truck on the beach for the day and use our own personal grill? Can we set up our canopy too?
Asked by Michelle Nogue 20 days ago
Answer: You can park your RV truck as close as 15 feet from the ocean. You can either use your own grill and canopy or the grills and the picnic tables provided by the campsite. Have a nice weekend!
Question: Can I tent camp at Magnolia? And can I have a fire?
Asked by Jay 13 days ago
Answer: Yes, you can tent-camp on this beach. Burning fires is prohibited on all Texas beaches for safety reasons but you can use public grills if necessary.

Magnolia Beach videos

Free Camping at Magnolia Beach TX
A wonderful video of a camping spot on the beach
Boondocking at Magnolia Beach with Drone Fly Over
An amazing drone made video of the beach

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Port Lavaca, Texas 719 N Ocean Dr, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: April 8, 2020