Nothing beats the thrill of a beach getaway and here at Money Saving Parent headquarters in Houston, we have several beaches within a short drive from home. Galveston is the most popular, but if you want a less crowded stretch of sand a good alternative is Surfside Beach, located about an hour south of downtown Houston.
Gulf Coast Breezes
Texas’ Gulf of Mexico coast is almost 400 miles in length and is best known for the party- hard beach scene at South Padre Island and the less raucous but still active beach atmosphere at Galveston. Surfside Beach offers a nice alternative to both; a less crowded, somewhat more secluded beach free from the excesses that make these other beaches less enjoyable.
Surfside Beach is a narrow beach, but there is still enough space to spread out, work on your tan, or otherwise enjoy the cool breezes and scenic views. Our kids quickly ran into the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy the water and then later spent some time building sand castles. There were only a few other people at the beach when we visited, and that meant plenty of room to stake our claim and do as we wished.
Is That a Car I See?
Surfside Beach does offer some nice views and plenty of elbow room, but it also has other features that may or may not appeal to everyone. The one you will notice first is the cars. Surfside Beach allows motorized vehicles and grants direct access to this beach, with proper permit. You could be enjoying a peaceful moment listening to the waves breaking against the coast one minute, only to be interrupted by the sound of a pickup truck speeding past your beach chair another minute. Yes, the vehicles tend to stay away from the water and everything appears to be safe, but some tourists may find this less than desirable.
Another interesting feature is the bonfires. We visited during the day when there were no fires around, but Surfside Beach is known as a beach that allows fires and I could see the piles of firewood around me, just waiting to be lit. This actually could be pretty cool to experience during the evening hours but like with the cars, it’s a feature the beach purists among us may not like.
A Beach With a View
Surfside Beach is a nice place to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico views and it does offer some great sunsets. We spent more time listening and looking than anything else. The seagulls, the waves, and the views of the open sea were enough to stimulate the senses in ways that only a beach can fulfill.
The Surfside Beach community is close to Freeport and there are chemical plants within open view. The beach isn’t as expansive as other United States beaches and the vehicles and fires may not be to everyone’s liking. But if you want a simple beach getaway free from crowds and worries, then Surfside Beach is the place for you. It’s a nice alternative to the more congested beaches in nearby Galveston and it makes for a nice family getaway just south of Houston, Texas.
Copyright 2015, Bryan Carey