Rockport Beach

Sandy beach
722 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382, USA
157 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Dedicated dog area in front of the entrance gate.

No lifeguards on duty.

Rockport is a small community of fishers and artisans who did their best to restore the city after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Their efforts have achieved impressive results; although you can still see the consequences of the disaster, Rockport Beach has been voted one of the top 10 beaches in Texas.

You’re welcome to bring your kids here; the beach is calm and provides opportunities for safe swimming. There’s a good fishing pier and all the necessary beach facilities, and since the beach is located near the Rockport dining and shopping district, there are plenty of lunch options within walking distance. The beach also offers a few food outlets on site.

Calm Atmosphere

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 singles and couples. Since the local fauna is very diverse, this place is popular with fishermen and birdwatchers (who are always the quietest visitors). The beach is well-maintained and kept very clean. The sand isn’t powdery, but it does have pebbles and shells mixed in, so your kids can have some fun shelling.

Safe Swimming

The water at Rockport Beach is very shallow, with the deepest points in the vicinity of the shore up to about 2 to 2.5 feet. Apart from the Gulf, there is also a small saltwater inlet on the bayside. It isn't very deep, so it’s a great spot for children and those who can’t swim well (to get to the deeper part, you’d need to walk hundreds of feet away from the beach). Moreover, due to the shallowness, the water is always warm and has 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 for rinsing off the sand, and public restrooms and showers. Overall, the facilities are nice but could be upgraded; in fact, they seem somewhat sketchy and outdated.

In addition to the above-mentioned amenities, 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 — by around 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends, and by 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 outside the gate. It’s better to park further from the gate if you want to have more room for yourself.

Dog Policies

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 in a dedicated space only (directly in front of the entrance gate). Dogs are allowed to play and swim there, and you don't have to pay any fees for bringing your pet. If you're willing to have the whole beach to yourself (and your pet), however, consider visiting one of many other dog-friendly beaches of Texas.

Driving Time

  • 2 hours 30 minutes from San Antonio, TX
  • 3 hours from Houston, TX
  • 3 hours 20 minutes from Austin, 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:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Rockport Beach which you can visit:

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Visitor questions:

Question: If you are facing the water, the area you bring dogs is to the right, near the entrance?
Asked by MONICA MORROW BATTLES about 1 year ago
Answer: Dogs are allowed on Rockport Beach directly in front of the entrance gate.

Rockport Beach videos

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Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Rockport, Texas 722 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: September 15, 2020