These 70 miles of protected, peaceful coastline, prairies and dunes separate the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre. If raw, rugged, beachy wilderness is your thing, you’ll love Padre Island National Seashore. The world’s longest undeveloped barrier island, Padre Island National Seashore is a Texas treasure, and one of the state’s most important conservation areas. The island provides a safe habitat for over 350 migratory bird species, in addition to the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Camp on the sand or just find a quiet place to lounge for the day.
Admittedly, Texas isn’t known for its beaches in the world, but that’s not to say there aren’t great ones around. The Lone Star State has over 600 miles of coastline, featuring stretches of emerald green, dusty gold and blood orange hues. Admittedly, it's the activities that make the Texas beaches extra bit special—think spots for families to gather and enjoy fireworks, barbecue and go for a cool, refreshing dip. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or to frolic with loved ones, we’ve uncovered the best beaches in Texas to set your sights on as the temperatures rise along the Gulf Coast. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
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