The Best Beach Hotels and Beach Houses to Book in Texas

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9 December 2021

When most people think of Texas, they don’t necessarily think of the beach. But the Longhorn State has more than 350mi (563km) of coastline teeming with beach towns and water sports. Destinations such as Galveston draw residents from Houston, who come for family-friendly activities such as amusement parks and wildlife spotting. Fishers love Corpus Christi and nearby Port Aransas, while the resort town of South Padre Island boasts calm waters and a thriving nightlife scene. Plan your visit with our pick of the top-rated beach hotels and houses in Texas – bookable on Culture Trip.

By the Sea Gulf View Deluxe Condo, for a home away from home on Galveston Island

A light living room at By the Sea Gulf View Deluxe Condo, with a sea-themed decor, sofas, a TV, table and chairs
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Located in the barrier island city of Galveston, this high-rise condo lies directly across the street from the beach. Wake up every morning to unobstructed views of the ocean from your balcony. The two-bedroom condo sleeps up to six, with a full kitchen and light-filled living area providing the comforts of home. Within the complex you’ll also find an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a picnic area and barbecue grills.

Isla Grand Beach Resort, for a full-service beach stay on South Padre Island

Aerial view of the pools at Isla Grand Beach Resort
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If you want a full-service Texas resort getaway, this beachfront hotel is the place to be. Sitting pretty on the south side of South Padre Island, Isla Grand Beach Resort has been welcoming vacationers since 1959. It has it all, including acres of tropical foliage, two pools, two hot tubs, a poolside bar, a nightclub, beach games and several restaurants. Room options include everything from beachfront cabanas to high-rise condos. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy daily live entertainment, including live music, stand-up comedy and children’s activities.

The Place Hotel, for a budget escape in Port Aransas

A bedroom at the Place Hotel, with two white beds against a wooden headboard, a blue wall and a grey armchair
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Relax in the soothing blue rooms of the Place Hotel. The teal-and-white building is located just steps from Port Aransas marina, making it an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts. With extremely affordable rates, this stay is great for travelers on a budget. If you’re bringing the family, book a family room, featuring two queen beds and a sofa bed.

The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, for oceanfront luxury on Galveston Island

Terrace by the sea at the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, with several wooden chairs by a lit fire pit
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The stunning San Luis Resort offers a luxurious stay on Galveston Island. Set in 32 acres (13ha), the beachfront hotel has been a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award since 1999. Its tranquil pool overlooks the ocean – book a private cabana to enjoy the poolside food and beverage service. All guest rooms include balconies, but spring for a villa to get your own hot tub on a private veranda. For more relaxation, head to the spa to indulge in the signature 80-minute Banana Foster Body Treatment.

Best Western Padre Island, for a peaceful getaway by Corpus Bay

A stylish room at Best Western Padre Island, with a cushioned bed, a dark wooden floor, a table and chairs
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Opt for a peaceful stay with serene views of Corpus Christi Bay at the Best Western Padre Island. The hotel is removed from the hustle and bustle of nearby Corpus Christi city, but provides quick and easy access to downtown, 12mi (19km) away. At the hotel, you’ll find a pool surrounded by native brush and views of the bay, and spacious rooms and suites with kitchens. Daily hot breakfast is included with every stay.

Gulf Four-Bedroom House by Fountain Vista, for group stays on South Padre Island

A light kitchen at Gulf Four-Bedroom House by Fountain Vista, with a table, chairs, candles and a kitchen worktop
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This four-bedroom house on South Padre Island is perfect for large groups who want the convenience of a kitchen and spacious living areas. The children’s room includes two sets of bunk beds, so you can stay here with the whole family. Enjoy a meal on the large deck or lounge on the hammock overlooking the private garden. When you’re ready to hit the beach, it’s just a one-minute walk from the property.

Port Royal Ocean Resort and Conference Center, for epic swims in Port Aransas

An outdoor pool at Port Royal Ocean Resort and Conference Center, with a volleyball net over the pool
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If you want to say you’ve swum in the largest lagoon pool in Texas, you have to stay at Port Royal Ocean Resort. To gain access to the four water slides and Olympic-size heated lap pool, book one of 210 condo suites, which range in size from one to three bedrooms. The 25 acres (10ha) of the resort are also home to sand volleyball courts, a cabana bar and a restaurant and food truck, all with beach access. Fun activities such as sandcastle lessons and dive-in movies keep kids (and adults) entertained.

Looking for more relaxing stays in Texas? Check out our guide to the best spa and wellness retreats in Texas, USA, bookable with Culture Trip.

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