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Old 02-11-2019, 08:00 AM   #1
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Beach camping in Texas.

Wife and I would like to go beach camping along the Texas coast. Anywhere between Houston and Corpus Christi. What are the places you have stayed and and recommend. We are planning on late March-early April as that seems to be when most of the colleges have finished their spring breaks.



We are in an F250 4x4 towing a 35 foot fifth wheel. We have no pets or kids.
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If you are set up for boondocking I suggest Magnolia Beach, near Port Lavaca.
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If you are set up for boondocking I suggest Magnolia Beach, near Port Lavaca.

Thanks for the heads up. I am equipped for boondocking....just don't want to bury my TV up to the axles....
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Galveston State Park, if you book far enough out has sites on the gulf side. They are behind the dune, but still an easy walk and pretty close to the water. There are also more RV parks close to the beach as you head east of Jamaica Beach.
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Thanks for the input....
I have a another question.


I have never pulled a trailer on a beach. I have an F250 with the diesel motor and 4x4 with tires that have an open block design for mud or turf. What wisdom can you bestow upon me for driving on a beach. I will take a tow chain just to be safe.
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If you are set up for boondocking I suggest Magnolia Beach, near Port Lavaca.
I am on my way there now currently near Tucson. I have been there twice before. I do not think you have to worry about getting stuck.

https://freecampsites.net/#!8119&query=sitedetails

Also like Crystal Beach.

https://freecampsites.net/#!8676&query=sitedetails

The free ferry from Galveston is a fun trip too.
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We stayed right on the beach of Padre Island(Corpus Christi) between Whitecap Beach and Bob Hall Pier. Great experience during Barefoot Mardi Gras... it is on March 2nd this year!
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Thanks for the input....
I have a another question.


I have never pulled a trailer on a beach. I have an F250 with the diesel motor and 4x4 with tires that have an open block design for mud or turf. What wisdom can you bestow upon me for driving on a beach. I will take a tow chain just to be safe.
Pay very close attention to the tides. You don't want any surprises when you wake up .
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I beach camped back in the late 1980s with a Ford Bronco and a 23 ft trailer.

This was soft Atlantic coast sand and I would drop all tires down to 12 lbs before head out on the outer beach. It pulled along fine, and effortlessly climbed out of the ruts to get to the dune line. I was pleasantly surprised how well it did.
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Thanks for all the advice. Really looking forward to this trip.
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We have been to Galveston and south of there along the Texas coast. There are a few pretty good RV parks in and around Galveston. Really can't go wrong there. The beaches in Galveston are, well, okay, but don't try to compare them to Florida.


Another spot that we have gone back to several times is Surfside Beach. About 45 min. drive South of Galveston. The RV park (link below) is right next to the beach. Maybe a 100 yard walk. It's a nice RV park and they have a great restaurant. The only negative about Surfside is the water is bad. You won't want to drink it. So take a full tank of good water and some bottled water if you need it. Otherwise the beaches are nice. We will be back.


https://www.beachfrontrvresort.com/
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As a rule of thumb the Texas beaches get better the farther south you go
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Good info all the way...thanks.
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As mentioned, Magnolia Beach south of Port Lavaca, is dry camping only, but much of it is tiny shells, and not sand. Parked my coach too close one time, and tide came in up to my tires. Did not sink, and I just drove up to higher ground. Weekends in summer, many people and lots of generators.
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