6 Islands To Visit In Texas
Do you want to go on an island vacation? Take a look at the Texas Gulf Coast. Here are six offshore choices you should investigate.
South Padre Island
South Padre Island is one of the state's most popular vacation spots, including both family-friendly beaches and spring break party resorts. Stay on land for spas, sandcastle festivals, bird watching, a delectable culinary scene, and seaside horseback rides, or take to the water for paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and sea turtle and dolphin viewing.
To get there, take State Highway 100, which connects the island to Port Isabel on the mainland.
South Padre IslandSouth Padre Island, Texas, USA
Historic homes and beachfront enjoyment are found in equal measure on this barrier island. Galveston Island's unique architecture and house tours, boats, beach leisure, ecotourism, dolphin and whale watching, and museums will appeal to both families and couples.
How to get there: Simply go south on I-45 or take the free Bolivar Peninsula boat.
Galveston IslandGalveston Island, Texas, USA
Pelican Island, located north of Galveston Harbor, is a popular destination for seasonal festivals, fishing, bird watching, beaches, and art and history museums. Explore Seawolf Park, meander downtown for food and art, watch annual festivals like Oktoberfest take over the streets, or hit the golf course or the famous fishing pier.
Follow Seawolf Parkway across the Pelican Island Bridge to get there.
Pelican IslandPelican Island, Galveston, TX, USA
Mustang Island's animals, beaches, and marine preserves make it a Gulf island worth visiting, with more than 18 miles of barrier-island shoreline. Camp on sandy beaches or in protected woodlands, spend sunny days on the ocean, or visit museums and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to learn about the island's fauna. Port Aransas, with its many stores, restaurants, and lodgings, is located on the island's northern tip.
How to get there: Take State Highway 358 across the JFK Memorial Causeway to State Highway 361 toward Port Aransas, or take the free Aransas Pass boat.
Mustang IslandMustang Island, Texas, USA
San José Island
San José Island, located just north of Mustang Island, has unspoiled beaches teeming with sea birds and shells. This old property is now a wildlife refuge that may be reached by ferry. Stay in one of the numerous lovely cottages available for rent in nearby Port Aransas. Its seaside neighborhoods are ideal for sightseeing, dining, and shopping.
Getting there: Take the ferry from Port Aransas' Fisherman's Wharf.
San José IslandSan José Island, Texas, USA
The Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area, a remote island only accessible by boat, is a perfect site for campers up for the challenge of no electricity or running water. In return for saltwater fishing, in-season hunting, bird watching, and stargazing, go completely off the grid.
The only way to get to the island is by private or charter boat.
Matagorda IslandMatagorda Island, Texas, USA
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