West End Pocket Parks Beach

Sandy beach
11387 Beachside Dr, Galveston, TX 77554, USA
47 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
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Beach amenities

  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Alcohol is permitted.

Glass is prohibited with a $200 fine.

Dogs are allowed but must be leashed all the time.

Stay off the dunes.

Past the Seawall, there is a drive-on, quiet, and uncrowded beach with two pocket parks at the island’s west end. A great picnic, shelling and birdwatching place. The sand is dark but clean and hard-packed, good for driving on. Both parks are less popular than many other Galveston beaches – a place of choice for those who want to have rest from loud music, never-ending activity, and plenty of people around.

For family visits, Pocket Park 2 is more convenient since it has indoor amenities and an on-site restaurant with a good choice of dishes. Moreover, you can park for free here, while Pocket Park 1 offers charged parking.

Beach Pocket Park 1

The first park is located at 11102 San Luis Pass Road in proximity to Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Here, you have to pay a parking fee from $12 to $15 per vehicle depending on the day. There are also yearly $50 parking passes available. You can pay in cash or by a debit/credit card. Note that the parking hours are from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m on weekdays and 6 p. m. on weekends. Overnight parking or camping are prohibited.

This beach doesn’t boast many amenities, but there are portable restrooms available from the middle of March to the beginning of September. If you can be satisfied with less comfort and a small variety of entertainment options and if you give preference to peaceful and quiet seaside areas, Pocket Park 1 is a place of choice for you: park your car on the sand, take a lounge chair and relax, looking at the ocean with waves rolling to your feet. If you have a dog, you can take it to this beach, but it must be leashed all the time and, of course, picked up after. You can also bring some beer, but only in cans (glass is prohibited).

Beach Pocket Park 2

Located at 11745 San Luis Pass Road, Pocket Park 2 is also close to Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. This beach features more facilities – there are stationary restrooms, showers, and changing rooms available from the middle of March to the beginning of September.

There is a paved parking lot and it’s free. Moreover, it’s a drive-on beach, so you can park your car right on the sand and have all your belongings and beach stuff as close to your relaxation spot as possible. There are chair and umbrella rentals to make your stay more comfortable. Admission to Pocket Park 2 isn’t charged but overnight parking and camping aren’t allowed.

If you get hungry, go to Tipsy Turtle Bar & Grill, which is located right on the beach. There is a sun deck very close to the ocean, so you can have your drinks and dinner at a convenient restaurant table and still be on the beach, enjoy the ocean views, and listen to the waves. Live music and a good choice of dishes make this establishment a place to visit for those who come to Pocket Park 2 and don’t bring their own food.

Driving Time

  • 20 minutes from Galveston, TX
  • 1 hour from Houston, TX
  • 2 hours from Beaumont, TX

Hotels and rentals

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Visitor questions:

Question: Hi! I was just wondering how you would rate the cleanliness of this beach. I've never been to Galveston but I've always heard the beaches are not the cleanest or safest. However, this is one of the only beaches close to where I am staying that has a decent review. I am hoping and would greatly appreciate your honest feedback on this beach and if you truly think it is the most suitable or if you have any other recommendations, I am all ears! Please respond as soon as you like, no rush, and thank you in advance :)
Asked by Abigale almost 3 years ago
Answer: When going to any beach located on Galveston Island, remember that there are no white-sand beaches here. The sand is dark but the beaches are well-maintained by the local authorities, which means that the sand is clean. Also, Galveston is not about turquoise-blue waters, as opposed to Florida. The waters all along the island are brownish, yet this doesn't frighten people off, and many locals enjoy swimming. Another important notice: before going swimming check water quality on our website or on SwimGuide because at certain times of the year the number of bacteria increases and swimming is not advisable on such days. If the water quality is OK, you can swim without hesitation. If you stay on Galveston, the same refers to all of the island's beaches.

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The beach is located in Galveston, Texas 11387 Beachside Dr, Galveston, TX 77554, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: July 17, 2019