Rockport is a small community of fishers and artisans who do their best to restore the severely damaged city after the hurricane Harvey, and their efforts have yielded impressive results. Although you can still notice consequences of the disaster, Rockport Beach has been voted one of the top 10 beaches in Texas. You’re welcome to take your kids here, the beach is calm and provides opportunities for safe swimming. There’s a nice fishing pier and all the necessary beach facilities, and since the beach is located nearby Rockport dining and shopping districts, there are plenty of lunch options within walking distance. The beach offers some food outlets on site as well.
Rockport Beach is a long sandy beach with beautiful views and a family atmosphere. In comparison to other Texas beaches, it’s rather small but cozy – a very family-friendly place with plenty of parents with children as well as single couples. Besides, since the local fauna is very diverse, this place is popular with fishermen and birders, who are always the quietest visitors. The beach is well-maintained and kept very clean. The sand isn’t powdery, it has pebbles and shells mixed in, so your kids can have some fun shelling.
The water on Rockport Beach is very shallow with the deepest places in the vicinity of the shore up to about 2-2.5 feet. Apart from the gulf side, there is also a saltwater pool on the bay side. It isn't very deep, so it’s a great swimming spot for children and those who can’t swim well – to get to the deeper part, you’ll need to walk hundreds of feet away from the beach. Moreover, due to this shallowness, the water is always warm and there are little to no waves.
Services and amenities
There is a small playground area for the kids to enjoy, a number of shaded picnic areas with tables, an outdoor sprinkler to rinse off the sand as well as public restrooms and showers. Overall, the facilities are nice but could be upgraded – they seem somewhat sketchy and outdated.
In addition to the above mentioned, the beach offers free umbrellas (shaded cabanas rather – see the pics) on a first come first serve basis. If you want one, make sure to arrive early, around 8-9 a. m. on weekends and around 10 a. m. on weekdays.
The parking lot is parallel to the beach area. If you want to drive and park further down the beach, you’ll have to pay for an in-and-out pass, which costs $5 for one day or $20 for one year (per vehicle). If you’d like to save some money, there’s ample free parking just beyond the gate. It’s better to park further from the gate if you want to have more room for yourself.
If you’re a dog owner and want to spend time together with your pet on this beach, you should know that they allow dogs on a dedicated territory only – at the far right side of the beach. Dogs are allowed to play and swim there and you don't have to pay any fees for bringing your pet.