Freeport, Texas, is a town in the Lone Star State with a rich history and plenty to do. Even at more than 50 years old, it is in no way outdated and suits the stylings of the modern outdoorsman to a tee. Whether you choose to play a round at the Freeport Municipal Golf Course, fish off the city's numerous waterfronts or explore chunks of nature toward the coast, Freeport has it all. One of the many offerings of this seaside town is its array of beaches along the Gulf Coast.
Surfside Beach is located a few miles west of Freeport. The beach's website refers to Surfside Beach as the Cradle of Texas, where some of the state's original 300 settlers first set foot on Texas soil. This beach is known for its excellent bay and offshore fishing. If you don't have a boat, you can inshore wade fish, bank fish or fish off the long jetty. If you have a boat, you can fish off Christmas Bay and San Luis Pass, or venture out to sea. The area has plenty of bait and tackle stores to get any bait and fishing equipment you may need. The beach also offers lots of opportunities for surfing, boating, bird-watching and shelling.
1022 Bluewater Highway
Surfside Beach, TX 77541
Along the western edge of the island of Quintana and several miles south of Surfside Beach lies Quintana Beach, home to Quintana's Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, a popular bird-watching spot with many trails, ponds and park benches as well as Xeriscape Park, which offers a hummingbird garden, a nature trail and a wooden bridge that crosses a canal. Fishing is available off the Intracoastal Waterway, the Brazos River, the Fishing Pier, The Jetty's, and at Morrison Park. Purchase bait and tackle at The Jetty's and Hook & Lines Grocery, the latter of which also offers fishing licenses for sale.
814 North Lamar Street
Quintana, TX 77541
Bryan Beach is located on Farm Road about four miles south of Freeport. As of 2010, this beach is one of the few Texas beaches where you can still drive and camp for free. Like other Texas beaches, Bryan Beach offers fishing, surfing, boating, swimming and shelling. Hiking is also an option, with the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Trail very close by. Even with its many offerings, the beach has developed a reputation as an ideal spot for relaxing, so you may want to hold off on visiting Bryan Beach until after a day's activities.
Bryan Beach, TX