What is the best beach in Texas?

South Padre Island
••• South Padre Island. Danno Wise

Question: What is the best beach in Texas?

Texas has hundreds of miles of coastline. And, each summer thousands of visitors flock to beaches across the Lone Star State. But, what is the best beach to visit in Texas?

Answer: Texas has literally dozens of beach destinations scattered across hundreds of miles of shoreline. Most of these beaches have their own unique characteristics. And, since the Texas coast stretches from Louisiana to Mexico, there is a great diversity in Texas beaches.

So, to some extent, the best beach is a question of personal preference.

Galveston has historic charm and plenty of Gulf side shops and restaurants along the seawall. Corpus Christi is a sizeable city full of modern attractions as well as both bayfront and Gulf beaches. Port Aransas has a quaint charm that attracts many visitors, while the Padre Island Nationa Seashore beckons to those who value solitude.

However, judging by the traditional 'best beach criteria' of white sand, clear water and warm year around temperatures, the nod for best beach in Texas has to go to South Padre Island. Located just a dozen miles above the Texas/Mexico border, South Padre Island is a true subtropical beach with clearer water, whiter beaches and more diverse marine life than the typical Texas beach.