Surfside (Texas)Surfside or Surfside Beach is a small beach town in the Gulf Coast region of Texas between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. It has over 4 miles of beaches.
From Galveston, head south to the toll bridge ($2 either direction) and follow the Bluewater Highway to town.
Horses are allowed on the beach May 15 - Sept 15.
BeachesThe pedestrian beach is between Welk St. and Thunder St., with free parking at both edges. The rest of the beach, from Welk St. north, allows cars with beach permits. Beach permits are $12 annually. There are picnic tables and BBQ grills at Jetty and Stahlman parks. Water quality signs are posted at beach entrances.
Jetty Parkphone: +1 979-233-3000address: 301 Parkview Rd
SurfingSee below for surfboard and boogeyboard rentals.
CrabbingThere's a crabbing pier over a small estuary at the north end of town, just across from Stalman Beach Park. The end of the pier is in disrepair and the last few yards have collapsed, but the rest is stable enough for crabbing, fishing, and birdwatching.
WatersportsJetskis and boats of all sizes are popular. Kayaks can also be rented.
phone: +1 979-233-2947Easy Going takes up to 6 people on their 35-ft boat for 6- or 12-hour fishing trips. They even clean and wrap your fish.
Johnston's Sportfishingphone: +1 979-233-8513
Bingo's Boardsphone: +1 979 230-9000T-shirts, swimsuits, assorted beach accessories, boards for rent and sale.
Kitty's Purple Cowaddress: 323 Ocean Ave, Freeport
Landshark's Pizza and Grillphone: +1 979-233-4355address: 409 E SH-332, FreeportLaidback pizza, salads, grilled meat, and fish. Take out and delivery available. Landshark is closed now.
Castaways Bar and Grilladdress: 110 Fort Velasco, Surfside BeachBurgers, steaks and daily grill specials.
Red Snapper Innaddress: 402 Blue Water Hwy, FreeportGreek and Italian influenced seafood. House specialties include Red Snapper a La Grec and crab stuffed jalapenos. Children's menu available. A small selection of beer and wine, including some Greek options.
Surfside Liquorphone: +1 979-233-3382Has beer, wine, and hard alcohol (neither Clute nor Lake Jackson offers anything but beer.
Castaways Club and Grillphone: +1 979-239-3737address: 110 Ft Velasco DrDim locals' bar with a couple of video gambling machines and $2 beers. The grill part seems to have closed.
Surfside Jetty ShackA great local find - just to the right of the jetty. Not very large but big on atmosphere and company. Sandwiches and burgers are tasty and the beer is always cold. Rebuilt after Hurricane Ike.. has a pool table, dart board and a few video gaming machines.
Cedar Sands Motelphone: +1 979-233-1942address: 343 North BeachfrontTired budget motel a block off the beach.
phone: +1 979 233-4948address: 330 Coral Ct
phone: +1 979-239-1923
phone: +1 979-233-6919address: 102 Fort Velesco Dr
Beach CampingFires are permitted as long as they are small and under control. Any cars on the beach, outside of the free parking areas, must have a permit.
phone: +1 979-239-1073address: 140 Bluewater HighwayBeach House Associates has a Selection of Premier Front Row Beach Houses in Surfside Beach, from 2 - 6 bedrooms with sleeping space for 2 - 30 per house.
Note that many vacation rentals do not have telephones, but there is decent cell phone coverage for the area.
- Tap water is affected by "trihalomethanes", a byproduct of over-chlorination. It's also not very tasty. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, there's no health danger for short term visitors, but you'll probably want to buy bottled water for drinking and cooking.
- Jellyfish are common in Gulf waters especially the Portuguese Man-of-War. Counteract the painful poison with a towel zapped in the microwave for 1 minute or a mix of vinegar and meat tenderizer.
- Hurricanes affect the area. Evacuation route signs are posted along main roads.