Porretto Beach

Sandy beach
731 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
48 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
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Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Alcohol is allowed but not in glass bottles.

Leave the parking lot before it’s closed – the local tow companies are always up and ready.

No restroom and shower facilities on site.

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.

Driving Time

  • 55 minutes from Houston, TX
  • 1 hour 55 minutes from Beaumont, TX
  • 2 hours 40 minutes from Victoria, TX

Hotels and rentals

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Visitor questions:

Question: Can you grill on the beach?
Asked by Maddie Glenn almost 2 years ago
Answer: Unfortunately, grilling is prohibited on Porretto Beach.
Question: My granddaughter is getting married this Sat, 6/5/21. I need to know how someone who is handicapped, using a walker, can get on the beach or close as possible to the wedding location. I cannot walk down a lot of stairs.
Asked by Sylvia Goss almost 3 years ago
Answer: Dear Sylvia, congratulations on your granddaughter's forthcoming wedding! Luckily enough, there are no stairs on Porretto Beach. The best and the most convenient place for you to enter Porretto Beach is possibly the spot where Ave M 1/2 meets Seawall Blvd, opposite Pearl Inn, and near the yellowish vertical Galveston Surf Conditions sign. There you will see a concrete path leading to the shore (in fact, it reaches out into the ocean). It is solid and has no stairs. Here you have two options: you can either go along this path till its very end and admire the wedding from there, or you can go till the middle of this path, take the second turn left (where the grass ends) and approach the wedding provided that walking on the sand with a walker is all right for you. We wish your family to spend a wonderful wedding day and may the couple be happy!

Porretto Beach videos

Beach party on Porretto Beach
An enjoyable video of people having fun on the beach
Porretto Beach and Pleasure Pier
An exciting video of the beach and of the nearby pier

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Galveston, Texas 731 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: November 21, 2019