Now that summer is over, many people are packing away their swimsuits and taking out their sweaters. Fortunately, for Texas, that’s not always the case. For many parts of Texas, fall doesn’t always mean chilly weather and falling leaves, it means beautiful, sunny, breezy weather that is perfect for a day at the beach. So don’t pack those swimsuits and sunglasses away yet, because we’ve gathered the top 5 Texas beaches you must visit this fall season!
1) South Padre Island
While South Padre Island may be a tourist hot spot during the spring and summer, it’s a great destination for the “off season”. Even in October, the temps are in the high 70s and low 80s, which is perfect for swimming! In addition to the pretty beaches and great weather, South Padre Island is also known for its abundance in wildlife. So take out the beach towel and camera and look out for those dolphins and sea turtles!
2) Boca Chica
If you’re looking for an escape from civilization and the city life, then Boca Chica is the place for you! Located just south of South Padre Island near Brownsville, Texas, Boca Chica has absolutely no infrastructure. What it lacks in showers and porta potties it makes up for in nature and clear waters. In fact, the area boasts to have some of the world’s best bird-watching spots. If getting away from it all doesn’t include sleeping under the stars and making your own food, then Brownsville is only about a 30 minute drive away!
3) Rockport Beach
Dubbed as one of the cleanest beaches in Texas, Rockport Beach has something for everyone. Considered one of the most romantic beaches in Texas, Rockport Beach is perfect for a getaway with your significant other. In addition, the fact that it faces Aransas Bay means it’s safer for children to swim without having to worry about big waves. Lastly, downtown Rockport has everything from indie shops to art galleries to bars, giving you a wide variety of activities to indulge in after your swim.
4) Galveston Island
While Galveston Island may be crowded and noisy during the summertime, it’s a great beach destination for the fall. With over 30 miles of beach, you’re bound to find a nice, quiet spot to relax on and listen to the waves. If you want to take a break from swimming, then head over to Pleasure Pier or Moody Gardens for a wide variety of activities! The city beach also has numerous shops, restaurants, resorts and bars. So all you really need is your beach towel and swimsuit and you’re good to go!
5) Port Aransas
If you’re looking for a clean, laid back beach that still caters to us city-folks, then Port Aransas is the beach for you! With everything from free porta potties to free parking to unusually clean beaches, Port Aransas is the stress-free beach vacation you’ve been looking for. In addition to being able to relax, you can also find surfing, fishing, kayaking, live music on the water, and other outdoor activities.
Living in Texas has many perks, and one of them is being able to enjoy our many beach spots long after summer season has ended! What is your favorite beach to visit during the fall season?