Surfside Beach

Sandy beach
2218 Bluewater Hwy, Surfside Beach, TX 77541, USA (55 miles from Houston, TX)
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Many vehicles on the beach – keep an eye on your children!

Surfside Beach is located near Freeport, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. It’s also close to Galveston and Houston. The accessibility of the beach is great, with easy access by car. However, be aware that there’s often heavy traffic along the routes to the beach—especially in the summer.


One of the best things about this beach is that you can easily access it by car and leave your vehicle as close to your relaxation spot as possible–right on the sand, in fact. Of course, since car parking is allowed throughout most of the beach area, it looks like a parking lot on busy days. Also, note that you need to pay $12 to park your car on the beach. Parking on the road is not recommended, since you may impede locals and tourists who are living and staying in the beach houses.

Hit or Miss Beach

Your impression of this beach will likely depend on the time of your visit. If you’re looking for a place to relax in peace and quiet, and you consider masses of people and cars annoying, you should visit Surfside Beach during the week. Weekends are often so busy that beach administration has to restrict the number of visitors. On Saturdays and Sundays, you’d better arrive as early in the morning as possible if you want to ensure access and find a good spot to park your car.

The cleanliness of the sand and water can be difficult to predict and will also vary depending on the time of your visit. Sometimes the sand is nice and clean, and the water is clear. On other days, you may see too much trash on the beach. Unfortunately, some visitors don’t feel obliged to use the abundantly-provided trash cans.

Food Outlets and Rooms

With approximately 500 residents, the town is rather small and doesn’t offer many great restaurants, cafes, or bars. Most tourists bring their own food to the beach, or dine in some of the few restaurants (or gas stations). Ocean Village Hotel Restaurant has some positive reviews, so it might be a good spot to try if you get hungry.

There are rooms for rent directly on the beach, but we found most of them to be way too expensive, old, and gloomy with poor landscaping.

Beach for Families with Pets

If you’re a dog owner, you can have a great time with your pet on Surfside Beach. There are also many families with children who seem to enjoy the area. Police patrol the beach regularly, so you can feel safe (but you’d better keep a close eye on small children, since there are so many cars on the beach). You can also choose to visit the area where cars are not allowed, which is to the south of Starfish Street.

Entertainment Options

There aren’t many additional entertainment opportunities around Surfside Beach. Visitors typically spend their time engaging in classic activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. There are some waves, but they’re more appropriate for kids than for surfers.

Driving time

  • 1-hour drive from Houston, TX
  • 4 hours from San Antonio, TX
Download FREE PDF map and directions

Surfside Beach videos

Surfside beach, Texas
Amazing beach overview by Yogesh Rai
A weekend trip to Surfside Beach
Video by Nelson Betancor

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast
Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Surfside Beach, Texas 2218 Bluewater Hwy, Surfside Beach, TX 77541, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Surfside Beach reviews and photos
Photos and descriptions belong to their authors
Surfside Beach photo by SOPHIA BUDDENHAGEN
January 27, 2019
Perfect end from an amazing day! Can’t wait to surf with these amazing peeps in the morning! πŸ¦€βœ‚οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ„πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
Surfside Beach photo by Jasonculvercasa
December 4, 2018
Never gets old, I love coming home to Surfside Beach.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’›
Surfside Beach photo by Louise Rush
January 1, 2019
Louise Rush
Seas & greetings. Happy New Year all πŸŽ‰
Surfside Beach photo by Jakob Chester
January 6, 2019
Jakob Chester
Houses on stilts make me imagine roaming buildings, and I feel like that would be both awesome and kinda scary🏠
Surfside Beach photo by Sean Britt
February 25, 2019
Sean Britt
Surfside Beach photo by Barry Blaisdell
December 10, 2018
Barry Blaisdell
The people of the State of Texas consist principally of men, women, and children, with a sprinkling of cowboys. The weather is very good, thermometer rarely rising above 2,500 degrees in the shade and hardly ever below 212.
Surfside Beach photo by Mark Bebawi
December 4, 2018
Mark Bebawi
Surfisde Sundown. Who says you can't do landscape photography with a "portrait" lens?
Surfside Beach photo by Krystyn Haecker
December 23, 2018
Krystyn Haecker
beach dog.
Surfside Beach photo by Steve Hirsch
December 3, 2018
Steve Hirsch
Surfside Beach photo by Coastal Sisters Texas
March 9, 2019
Coastal Sisters Texas
Surfside back in the 70's!
Surfside Beach photo by truckcampers
February 25, 2019
Sometimes life is just a beach!
Surfside Beach photo by
March 11, 2019
#beach #surfsidebeachtx #texassurf #singlefin #saltair #txsurf πŸ€™πŸΌ
Surfside Beach photo by Sandi Horton
March 5, 2019
Sandi Horton
View from my bedroom this chilly morning
Surfside Beach photo by Marivic
October 13, 2018
Beach colors got me excited during my long walk.
Surfside Beach photo by Ivan Lavigne
January 17, 2019
Ivan Lavigne
Winter slides
Surfside Beach photo by Estefani Gonzalez
March 15, 2019
Estefani Gonzalez
Surfside Beach photo by Jasonculvercasa
November 25, 2018
Surfside Beach
Surfside Beach photo by Sobia Khan
March 10, 2019
Sobia Khan
I hear the call of the waves. #springbreak #beach
Surfside Beach photo by Stephen Smith
March 11, 2019
Stephen Smith
Surfside Beach photo by Kaia
March 11, 2019
Thought I looked cute, might delete l8r . . . . #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogs #puppy #love #instadog #dogstagram #cute #pet #animal #puppiesofinstagram #doggy #doglover #bully #frenchbulldog #westie #hund #doglovers #pets #like #cutedog #frenchie #instagram #puppylove #chien #of #instagood #doggo #bulldog #bhfyp
Surfside Beach photo by Maria Grace
March 8, 2019
Maria Grace
Texas Mornings β˜€οΈ #beachfront
Surfside Beach photo by Jessica🌹
March 15, 2019
Greetings from the Lone Star state! ✈️🌴🌊
Surfside Beach photo by Rachel Hale
March 13, 2019
Rachel Hale
Well been a beach bum the last 3 days and finally got out into the water today. Possibly the best experience ever. I’ve found my new happy place 😍🌊🌊🌊🌊