It’s not hard to find the seashore when you’re on the Gulf Coast of Texas; it offers quite a few barrier islands, after all. However, depending on your familiarity with the area, you may be wondering how you can find the best spots to soak up the surroundings. Allow us to introduce you to Surfside Beach and the neighborhood of Surfside Galveston, proudly one of the Gulf Coast’s least developed and most pleasant beaches.

A Neighborhood True to Its Namesake

You may have heard the saying before, “If you can surf in Galveston, you can surf anywhere.” Though it may appear to have negative connotations to many people, there are certainly surfers out there who would take such a reputation as a challenge. However, the extremity of this phrase may be unfair. It is certainly possible to surf on the beaches in nearby Surfside, though surfers should be very aware of the dangerous riptide that is found in the area as well as the unpredictability of the waves. However, those who are up to it will find in Surfside an exciting surf complete with long jetties and clean breaks. Board rentals are available.


Though obviously located a short distance from Galveston, Surfside is also easily accessed from both Houston and Austin. While Austin is located around 300 miles to the northeast, or a three-hour drive, Houston is only a short 55-mile journey north. The journey between Galveston and Surfside Beach takes about one hour and brings visitors down the beautiful Costal Highway.

An Abundance of Character

Surfside Galveston Beach is technically a small village in its own right, with around 500 residents. Most of the dwellings in the area are single-family beach homes. Vacation rentals are available. Investing in a vacation home is also an option. Many recreational areas abound in the area including the aforementioned surfing, paragliding, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Tent rentals and golf cart rentals are also available.

Surfside Galveston TX

Although the beach can sometimes get busy, Surfside Beach remains one of the less developed beaches in the Galveston area, which gives it a charming and even private feel. During weekday hours, it is possible for visitors to be alone on the beach. On weekends, visiting in the early hours is recommended. In selected areas, visitors are permitted to drive their vehicle along the beach, which allows for easy access.