If you don’t mind a petrochemical plant as your scenic backdrop, Surfside Beach is a delightful getaway for some low-key recreational activity. Though most of the folks here are Houston residents looking for a respite from the Galveston crowds, you’ll find other beach lovers here from across the state seeking similar solace. Popular Surfside Beach pastimes include fishing, swimming, sailing, camping, and shell collecting.
Just a few miles away near the community of Freeport is Bryan Beach, another casual, scenic stretch of surf and sand. Grab a bucket for some sand dollar collecting, a pole for shallow surf fishing, or a towel and sunscreen for sunbathing. Primitive campsites are available nearby. To reach the beach from Freeport, travel two miles southwest of town on FM 1495, then head three miles south on Gulf Beach Road.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition