The Best Beaches to Visit in Galveston: The Inside Scoop

December 2, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

When planning your next trip to Galveston, get the inside scoop on the city’s best beaches before you arrive. Plan to stay near the best expanses of shoreline. Check out these beaches and the array of hotels nearby including the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Galveston West-Seawall.

Spread out Your Towel on East Beach

Easily one of the most popular beaches in the city, East Beach is also the largest beach in the state. Depending on the time of year, you may find any number of live events underway here. From festive concerts to bikini contests to special events, this beach is the place to see and be seen.

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Families, couples, large groups, and singles love this beach because of its nicely maintained restrooms, vendors offering concessions, picnic tables under a covered pavilion, and outdoor shower areas. Relax and enjoy the ease of renting chairs and an umbrella rather than bringing your own.

Stay close to this beach to maximize the time you can spend playing in the sand. Hotels near this beach include a mix of locally-owned boutique hotels and name brand hotels.

Sink Your Toes Into the Sand at Stewart Beach

This beach has a big reputation for being family friendly. You won’t get the bikini contests here that you see at East Beach. Instead, you have kid-centric entertainment during summertime. This spacious beach has a beach patrol, restrooms, and a service that removes accumulated seaweed. To cover the cost of these amenities, beach goers must pay a per car fee, so be sure to check for current prices and take cash with you. With plenty of friendly Galveston hotels nearby, you can book a room close enough to walk to this beach.

Palm Beach at Moody Gardens

This is the only place in Galveston where you can find white sand beaches. This meticulously maintained area of beach includes beautiful landscapes and water attractions the whole family can enjoy including a lazy river and wave pool. Because this private property includes a range of attractions, expect to pay a hefty price for admission. However, once you’re inside, you have free access to lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, restrooms, showers, and volleyball courts. Palm Beach is accessible from a number of hotels on the island, including locally-owned inns and chains.

Sea Shell Beach

Serving up approximately 10 miles of coastline, this beach appeals to any visitor who simply wants to enjoy the natural beauty of sand and water. Enjoy having access to restrooms and an opportunity to rent chairs. Clean off the sand from your feet at one of several outdoor shower facilities.

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