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.
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.
- 1-hour drive from Houston, TX
- 4 hours from San Antonio, TX