Porretto Beach is a private Galveston beach with beautiful views and relaxing atmosphere in the close vicinity of food outlets and restroom facilities. It’s somewhat less crowded and cleaner than many other beaches along the famous Seawall and is good for relaxing walks at the seaside. Alcohol is permitted at this beach, which is good news for those who want to hang out with a few beers in a company of friends or are planning a romantic evening with some good wine at sunset.
Many families with children also come here to enjoy picnicking, building sand castles, and safe swimming in the shallow water. Canoeing and paddle boarding are popular activities as well. Moreover, if you’re a dog owner, you’re allowed to bring your pet here and have some good time together.
Access and Parking
Porretto Beach is located in the close vicinity of fast food restaurants and shops and features easy access. Parking is easy as well and is paid with a credit card via a mobile phone ($1 per hour). For ten dollars, you’ll get an all-day pass, which means you can leave and come back as many times as you wish during the day. Nevertheless, be careful and leave the parking lot before it’s closed because the police and the local tow companies are ready to immediately take your car away in case of delay. There are also parking options on side streets just a couple of blocks away from the beach.
Amenities and Facilities
Public restrooms are located close to the beach but outside its area. There are no rinse showers either. However, there are chair and umbrella rentals at a reasonable price on site, so you don’t have to bring your own beach equipment.
Sunbathing and Swimming
All Galveston beaches are similar in the matter of having no white sand or spectacular blue water, and all of them sometimes get heavily covered with seaweed. Nevertheless, overall, the sand at Porretto Beach is good and well-kept. It doesn’t have too many seashells, so you can walk barefoot. Sometimes people leave trash after themselves, so cleanliness may be hit or miss depending on the time of cleanups. The water isn’t crystal clear and contains some amount of seaweed. Nevertheless, swimming is a popular activity here. The water is shallow and there are lifeguards on duty.
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Porretto Beach which you can visit:
- Stewart Beach (1 mile)
- Galveston Island East Beach (Galveston East Beach) (3 miles)
- Galveston Seawall Beaches (4 miles)
- Dellanera RV Park Beach (7 miles)
- Sunny Beach (8 miles)