Best Gulf Coast Beaches
The scores of Gulf Coast beaches beckon travelers with promises of emerald waters, brilliant white beaches, picturesque sand dunes with waving sea oats, excellent nature hikes and ample bird-watching. Read on to discover our picks for the best Gulf Coast beaches.
Beach lovers and families set up camp with myriad towels, chairs and umbrellas, whiling away hours basking in the sun, quietly reading a novel or splashing in the surf. When lying by the beach grows tiresome, charter one of Destin's ubiquitous fishing boats for a day spent trawling the Gulf for a catch. Fishing has grown so popular in Destin that it now claims to be home to Florida's largest fishing fleet, and has boldly dubbed itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village." The area is also a popular golf destination; head to nearby Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and find 72 holes spread over 3 painstakingly manicured courses.
For respite from the masses, head to the quiet oasis of Galveston Island State Park's 2,000 acres, a mostly undeveloped stretch of land and shore. Here, you'll be able to take dips in the water (be careful, there are no lifeguards in attendance), or enjoy a number of outdoor activities like bird-watching, biking, fishing and picnicking. Camping is one of the park's most popular activities, and 66 campsites exist in the park, including 36 sites facing the beach.
Galveston Island State Park, TX
Come early summer, the beach proves attractive to another visitor: loggerhead sea turtles that come ashore to dig nests and lay eggs. At nightfall, the baby sea turtles can be seen making their way toward the water. A number of trails, boardwalks and viewing platforms wind through the park, and make for excellent, easy hiking and wildlife viewing. St. George's is also an excellent destination for fishing and many charter companies offer daily trips into the surrounding Gulf waters, rich with flounder, trout and redfish.
St. George Island, FL
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