Beaches at High Island, Texas

Beaches at High Island, Texas
If you are looking for a road less traveled, High Island along the Gulf of Mexico at the southern end of Texas may be your answer. High Island is a place with a small population and remote beaches where visitors are free to swim in the Gulf of Mexico or take a nature walk through a bird sanctuary.

The beaches and surrounding attractions in High Island are open year round and the town offers accommodations for campers and RVs.

Beaches at High Island

Built on a salt dome at the end of Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County, High Island is a small town with two remote beaches. High Island East and High Island West beaches sit on either side of the salt dome at 38 feet above sea level, the highest point on the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce.

The beaches are remote, nearly inaccessible by car and surrounded by oil pump jacks and oak trees. Nearby Crystal Beach is a family oriented and more populated beach. Crystal Beach stretches 7 miles across the Bolivar Peninsula.


On the beach, visitors can go for a run in the sand, swim off the coast or go surfing in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby, visitors can see one of four bird sanctuaries or enjoy the wildlife refuge for a nature walk. Smith Oaks Sanctuary, the largest of the bird sanctuaries on High Island, covers 143 acres, notes the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors can see egrets, herons and spoonbills while walking under 100-year-old oak trees. The Anahuac Wildlife Refuge also has several walking trails. The refuge is a layover stop for migrating birds and at times visitors can see as many as 80,000 geese stopping by on their way south, according to CultureMapcom.


For travelers with an RV, the High Island RV Park has RV pull-in sites with sewer hookups. The RV park also has tent camping sites as well as restrooms with showers, a laundry facility and free WiFi. The Gulfway Motel is located in High Island Texas and is open year round.

According to, there is also a rental home near the Huston's Audubon's Boy Scout Bird Sanctuary known as "The Roost." Rentals fill up quickly during the spring, but remain mostly vacant during the summer and fall.

Article Written By Amelia Jenkins

Amelia Jenkins has more than eight years of professional writing experience, covering financial, environmental and travel topics. Her work has appeared on MSN and various other websites and her articles have topped the best-of list for sites like Bankrate and Kipplinger. Jenkins studied English at Tarrant County College.

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