Quintana Beach County Park on the Texas Gulf Coast – So Many Reasons to Visit
Posted by Jody on June 5, 2012
Quintana Beach County Park:
Our family gives this 51 acre beach and park complex a definite “two thumbs up!”
Quintana Beach County Park is located on the upper Texas Gulf Coast on the tiny man-made island of Quintana, the “Gateway to the Gulf.” We think it offers one of the nicest beach experiences on the Texas coast. Here you’ll find a “natural” beach that is maintained by the tides and weather. Expect to see seaweed and driftwood strewn across the sandy beach. This simply means that Brazoria County leaves it to Mother Nature to care for her Gulf Coast shoreline. You won’t find the county regularly raking or “cleaning” the sand, and this just makes beachcombing that much more interesting.
There are so many reasons to visit Quintana Beach County Park! Here are just a few:
1) While beachcombing on the 1/2+ mile of sands within the county park’s boundaries, we found a wonderful assortment of seabeans (also known as drift seeds), driftwood and delicate angel wings.
The Quintana jetty, locally known as the west jetty, is the eastern border of the county park. It offers plenty of fun on its own!
2) The fine folks at the county park told us that the jetty measures about 1/2 mile long. It’s a lovely walk. While strolling along the Quintana jetty, you can try to find the shape of the Lone Star State embedded in the concrete. I think it was our 5 year old grandson who spotted it first!
3) One of my favorite activities at the beach park was just sitting on the rocks of the jetty, watching the tugs go out and the ships come in through the Freeport Ship Channel.
4) Our family doesn’t fish, but it was easy to see that surf fishing, pier fishing, kayak fishing, and fishing from the extra long jetty are all the rage at Quintana Beach County Park.
5) Birding, too. Most notably, we watched pelicans in flight and the regal great blue heron.
6) Swimming – NOT from the jetty! (of course), although there are no lifeguards at the beach.
7 & 8) Surfing and kayaking are very popular sports here.
9) Clean, well maintained camp sites and rental cabins are available just off the beach. Special event pavilions can be reserved for day use, too.
10) There are lots of amenities and a few historic sites just beyond the dunes. Be sure to use the dune preserving crossovers! Nice washrooms and showers are available, along with picnic tables and vending machines.
Pick a reason, any reason, to visit Quintana Beach County Park and your family will have a great day at the beach, too!