Finding Your Own Place in the Sun
With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of parks, Galveston Island offers something for every kind of beachgoer. And with warm Gulf waves from spring through October, there’s plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique personality. Whatever your sunseeking fancy, Galveston has a beach for you.
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R.A. Apffel Park (East Beach)
Beach Town - Beach Access 1A
Palisade Palms - Beach Access 1B
Grand Beach - Beach Access 1C
Seawall Urban Park
Beach Pocket Park 1
Sunny Beach - Beach Access 7
Beach Pocket Park 2 & Tipsy Turtle
Hershey Beach - Beach Access 10
Bermuda Beach - Beach Access 12
13 Mile Road - Beach Access 16
Jamaica Beach - Beach Access 17
Sea Isle Beach Park - Beach Access 27
Isla Del Sol - Beach Access 29
Terramar Beach - Beach Access 31
Bay Harbor - Beach Access 33
Miramar Beach - Beach Access 34
Half Moon Beach - Beach Access 35
Salt Cedar Drive - Beach Access 36
Point West Boardwalk - Beach Access 38
Stay Safe in the Water!
Avoid rock jetties and piers at all times. Don’t dive into unknown depths. Be aware of strong surf. And, most importantly, know the meanings of the colored flags posted at each beach denoting current water conditions and swim near a lifeguard:
|Poor air / water quality|
|Strong winds & currents|
|Dangerous marine life|
Why Does the Gulf Change Colors?
The water off the coast of Galveston is turbid, meaning it lacks clarity. This turbidity is a result of suspended solids in the water like sediment, plankton and microorganisms.
The Gulf and Bay floor around Galveston is shallow and covered in very fine silt. This means that wind and waves can easily disturb and suspend the silt in the water. On a calm day, the water around Galveston is actually a lovely shade of blue.
Average Water Temperatures
|Month||Water Temp (F/C)|
|January||54° / 12°|
|February||55° / 13°|
|March||61° / 16°|
|April||71° / 22°|
|May||78° / 26°|
|June||83° / 28°|
|July||86° / 30°|
|August||86° / 30°|
|September||83° / 28°|
|October||75° / 24°|
|November||67° / 19°|
|December||59° / 15°|
What Is That Weed?
Every year, there is a potential for large masses of Sargassum (seaweed) to wash up along Galveston’s beaches during the spring and early summer months. The name seaweed incorrectly implies that these brown algae have little value. In fact, this floating habitat provides food, refuge, and breeding grounds for an array of animals such as fish, sea turtles, marine birds, crabs, shrimp, and more. Sargassum also serves as a primary nursery area for a variety of commercially important fish such as mahi mahi, jacks, and amberjacks. And once arriving onshore, it becomes an invaluable food source for many coastal birds.
If you see seaweed floating, grab a handful and quickly shake it to see some of the distinctive, well-camouflaged creatures that call it home.