Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach

Sandy beach
6420 FM2031, Matagorda, TX 77457, USA (88 miles from Houston, TX)
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Bring a mosquito repellent.

The sand may be too deep for a 2-wheel drive.

Matagorda Beach is a huge 26-mile long beach near the mouth of the Colorado River on the Texas coast. It’s a perfect place to spend time with your family, with your pet, or even alone – enjoying nature and the peace and quiet. Most of the time, it’s not crowded at all. On weekdays, you’ll likely have the whole beach to yourself! If you’re an RV traveler, you can comfortably stay at Matagorda Bay Nature Park near the beach, which provides all the necessary facilities.

Car Access and Parking

Matagorda Beach is one hour from downtown Houston, which makes it the closest ‘paradise-like’ beach to the city. Here, you can leave your vehicle on a paved parking lot at Jetty Park or drive it right up to your spot on the beach, which many tourists find quite convenient. You should be especially careful with two-wheel drive vehicles, however, since the sand is very soft and sometimes vehicles get stuck. Note that you’ll have to pay a $10 fee for a year-round vehicle beach permit; they’re available at various nearby places, such as Stanley’s General Store.

Peace and Quiet for Families and Nature Lovers

The beach is clean and not very crowded. On weekdays, you can enjoy lonely walks along the seaside with beautiful views, crying seagulls, and the smell of saltwater. And you can take your dog with you. There’s a long pier where you can stroll or fish. There isn’t much seaweed in the water since it is scraped up regularly. The beach is great for swimming and shelling; your kids are going to have a blast here! Nevertheless, once you’ve decided to swim, make sure you’re far enough away from the joining of the river and the gulf as rip currents often appear there.

It should also be noted that the beach has become more popular lately, and it can get extremely busy on weekends and noisy in the evening when local teenagers from Bay City arrive. So, if you’re looking for peace and quiet, the best time to come is during the day on weekdays.

Bars and restaurants

The town is small and, in contrast to Port Aransas or Galveston, the beach is really off the beaten track. So there aren’t many restaurants and shops nearby. There are some bars on the beach, but if you want anything other than seafood, snacks and summer cocktails, you’d better go to Bay City or bring your own food to the beach. Fortunately, there are well-maintained picnic areas with grills, as well as neat and clean restrooms. You can cook and eat your dinner there.

Nature Park

Matagorda Bay Nature Park is a beautiful and well-kept campground for RV travelers with all the necessary facilities. The staff is friendly and always ready to help you. The toilets and showers are always clean. Dogs are allowed. The only significant drawback is the mosquitoes, which can make your stay uncomfortable if you don’t take special repellents with you.

Summary

Matagorda Beach is a beautiful place with soft light sand and clear water where you can have a great time picnicking with your family, shelling with the kids, playing with your pet, or strolling with a date. Most of the time, the beach is clean and the only problem you’ll encounter is the annoying mosquitoes.

Reviewed by:
Reyven
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The beach is located in Matagorda, Texas 6420 FM2031, Matagorda, TX 77457, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Sara
May 22, 2018
Sara
Beach combing on my lunch break. The cloud looks like a snail! #beach #beachlife #gulf #work #nature #outdoors #waves #water #outside #monday #sky #tide #ocean #saltwater #texas #coast #sand #blue #clouds #sunny #dunes #hike #beautiful #tuesday #fun #explore #discover
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by LCRA
January 11, 2019
LCRA
Airstreams are now available at #MatagordaBay Nature Park! #LCRAparks #glamping #txcoast
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Jo Murray
February 5, 2019
Jo Murray
Artbyjo #matagorda #texas #artbyjo
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Jeani & Jerry Codrey
March 23, 2019
Jeani & Jerry Codrey
The Road Crew loves the beach. We took a day trip to Matagorda Bay Nature Center and Beach last weekend. I forgot how much I need my Vitamin Sea 😍 #repurposedreams #jointhejourney #findyourpurpose #chaseyourdream #fulltimers #fulltimerv #nomadlife #rvlife #wanderlust #beach #beautyaroundus #thingsyouseealongtheway #ontheground #natureincolor #breathtaking #godsartistry #matagordabay #Texas #Texascoast #beachdogs #daytrippin #SundayFunday #theroadcrew #rvingwithdogs #rvingwithpets #baycitytx #wildlife #naturecenter #vitaminsea #beachlife
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Sara
May 22, 2018
Sara
Beach safari! #beach #beachlife #gulf #work #nature #outdoors #waves #water #outside #monday #sky #tide #ocean #saltwater #texas #coast #sand #blue #strong #killingit #education #science
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Katie Jackson
February 18, 2019
Katie Jackson
Flying Maya 💦 the #texascoast @matagordabeach, a first for Maya, Cooper, and I. A lovely finish to a great family day💞. #mayathedog #labradorretriever #lovemylab #beachtime #playininthewaves #sunset #texas
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by 512 Beach House
December 27, 2018
512 Beach House
So much fun watching the surfers! I’m not brave enough to join in. Maybe next time! #512beachhouse #matagorda #surfing #matagordasurf #matagordabeach #texassurf #surfline
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Tamara Lin Shaffer
January 27, 2019
Tamara Lin Shaffer
Gorgeous way to end the day. #sunset #nofilter #matagorda #matagordabay #matagordabaynaturepark #texas #texascoast #rvlife #rvliving #retired #retiredlife #lcra #lcraparks #coloradoriver
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Ryan Vanstone
May 18, 2018
Ryan Vanstone
Dinner time
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Tamara Lin Shaffer
January 24, 2019
Tamara Lin Shaffer
Our home away from home for a little while. #matagorda #matagordabay #matagordabaynaturepark #texas #texascoast #rvlife #rvliving #retired #retiredlife #lcra #lcraparks #coloradoriver
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Coutsy
January 27, 2019
Coutsy
I’m finally back home! 🐕❤️🏖😎 #coutsylifeontheroad #maragorda #beachdog #happydog
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by QD Garcia
May 28, 2018
QD Garcia
My view
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Jo Murray
February 2, 2019
Jo Murray
Entrance
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Tan Gonzalez
January 21, 2019
Tan Gonzalez
❤️.❤️
Matagorda Bay Nature Park Beach photo by Chris Magdelain
November 21, 2018
Chris Magdelain
#camping in #texas at #matagorda. #shotoniphone