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Surfside Jetty County Park (Upper Texas Gulf Coast)

Posted by Jody on April 9, 2013

Surfside Jetty County Park, Texas

Surfside Jetty County Park, Texas

Surfside Jetty County Park is the perfect day-trip destination on the Texas Gulf Coast! Two of my top reasons for heading to this particular family friendly beach park are 1) the ample paved parking available right up close to the beach and 2) the well maintained permanent restrooms (both are very hard to come by on this part of the upper Texas Gulf Coast). The park offers so much more, though: a grassy lawn for flying kites and a play area for the kids to romp, covered picnic tables, a sandy beach, and a .6 mile long jetty jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico that’s just right for a leisurely stroll.

Surfside Jetty County Park on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast

Surfside Jetty County Park on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast

The Surfside Jetty was packed with folks fishing from its protective riprap on the sunny spring day we visited, but there was always room for us to pass.

Surfside Jetty, Texas

Surfside Jetty, Texas

The adjacent sandy beach is a wonderful place to beachcomb for seashells. According to the Village of Surfside Beach website, “600 known shell species found among our 27 miles of sandy beaches of Brazoria County.”

It’s also the perfect place for children of all ages to build sand castles, watch the surfers, and swim or splash in the water. *Note: No lifeguards are stationed at Surfside’s beaches.*

Beaches Full of  Treasures at Surfside, Texas

Beaches Full of Treasures at Surfside, Texas

Lots of families came  much better prepared than we were – with camping tents, shade shelters, furnishings of all sorts, well-stocked coolers, and enough packaged food to stock a couple of small convenience stores… I do believe I’ve heard these super organized, ultra-ready people referred to as “beach contractors.” Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, we’ll come better outfitted (with own big top and plenty of provisions) to sit back, relax, and spend the whole day having fun on the sand and shore.

Beach Contractors at Surfside, Texas

Beach Contractors at Surfside, Texas


 Here’s a peek at some of the beach treasures we found at Surfside Jetty County Park beach!

Surfside Beach Treasures: Oysters, Scallops, Cockles, and Ark Shells

Surfside Beach Treasures

~Oysters, Scallops, Cockles, and Ark Shells!


Have a great day at the beach!

16 Responses to “Surfside Jetty County Park (Upper Texas Gulf Coast)”

  1. OMG the shells, the shells!!!! Beautiful pics and another great place to visit!

  2. Wow and we have a foot of snow moving in!!!

  3. Samantha said

    I ran into Surfside Beach by accident about six years ago while vacationing in galveston from northwest Arkansas. Since that time, I have been back on numerous occasions and prefer to stay in Surfside rather than in Galveston for a number of reasons, mainly hotel rooms and vacation home rentals are much cheaper and the beaches are far less crowded…so much so that during most of my sunrise walks on the beach, I have had the beach completely to myself!! Another major plus is that it is only 30-45 minutes from Galveston (a drive with an ocean view almost the entire distance on the Blue Water Highway) so it is easy to drive into Galveston to spend the day and then escape the craziness of the crowds and nightmare traffic and return to the peace and tranquility of Surfside to actually enjoy your vacation. Of course, should you want to avoid the crowds all together, there are numerous places in Surfside to eat a great meal–my favorites are The Red Snapper and Kitty’s Purple Cow–both have excellent food and a great staff. Also stop by and visit Bingo’s Surf Shack where you can rent surf boards, buy t-shirts and souviners, and grab a quick bite to eat before heading to the beach! If you go in time for breakfast, local surfing legend Bingo Cosby will make you the best omelette in Texas, and he can provide a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area…and he is quite the character! 🙂
    A free late afternoon activity my kids always considered the highlight of any trip to the area was watching the dolphins swim in the channel that runs along the jetty. They also loved watching the huge ships being pulled into port by the tug boats.
    Also a friendly reminder–this is Texas and the mosquitos are almost the size of house cats, so take plenty of bug spray. And this area has one of the last remaining stretches of beach (several miles long) in the entire nation on which you can drive your vehicle!!
    I can not get back to Surfside Beach enough and make the 11 hour drive at every given opportunity. I highly recommend this quaint little seaside village to anyone looking for a relaxing get-away at an affordable price. You won’t be sorry!

    • Jody said

      Well, then… you sound like the perfect person to write a guest post (or two)!! We usually stay in Clute and then make the drive to either Quintana Beach County Park or to Surfside. The two parks are like night and day even though they are just across the jetty from each other! Thanks so much for your info and advice!
      ~ I hope you’ll consider guest posting for us in the future!! (We have a submissions tab on the home page FYI.) Have a great day at the beach!

  4. Beautiful place, Jody, and those shells are amazing. 🙂

    • Jody said

      It was great fun! We’ve been to Surfside before, but never to this section of beach with the wonderful park. Loved it! ~We’ll be back. 🙂

  5. Fossillady said

    Looks like a great place to spend a nice relaxing day. I think the jetty and seashell hunting would be especially fun! Kathi :O)

    • Jody said

      It’s the perfect family spot (along with Quintana Beach county Park) because of the restrooms too. The beaches along the Gulf Coast can be somewhat rustic! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Jody

  6. How wonderful. I would love to visit and bring home a few of those treasures! Great post!

    • Jody said

      Thank you so much! Surfside really is one of those strands where you’d be certain to come home with a pail full of beachy treats!

  7. Marianne said

    The shells are beautiful!


  8. Capt Jill said

    It was so nice to see these posts today. I live nearby (Lake Jackson) but spend a lot of time at Surfside. I used to live there years ago and it is really a fantastic place to have some fun on the beach. Quintana is nice too. These Texas beaches are some of the last ones left where you can go down there and be left in peace. You can camp out, have a bonfire, bring everything in your car, go surf fishing, horseback riding, etc. I love Texas beaches for the freedom. FL might have the pretty white sand, but that’s all they have any more, they can keep it. I’m offshore at the moment and these posts are making me homesick 🙂

    • Jody said

      🙂 Capt. Jill, I know exactly what you mean! I grew up just blocks from Foster Beach in the City of Chicago. It doesn’t matter where I am, I’m always ready for a trip to the beach! The Texas Gulf Coast is an amazing place. Thanks so much for visiting our little blog. It’s so much fun for us to share with other beach lovers.

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