Bluewater Highway Surfside Beach to Galveston

Surfside Beach, Texas

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A 40-mile drive along the Texas coast from the sleepy beachtown of Surfside Beach to the bustling port and tourist center of Galveston. The drive follows the coast, starting in a section that is relatively empty and quiet and ending in the busy tourist city of Galveston. As along most of the Texas coast there are few trees near the shore except where they have been planted. Wind, salt, and occasional hurricanes make it difficult for trees to become established. But the beaches and dunes have a stark beauty of their own. Nothing beats watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico on a cool, quiet morning. Behind the beaches are low dune ridges that are often covered with flowers such as the purple goat-foot morning glory. Marshes flank the back bays and harbor a tremendous variety of birds, fish, and other creatures. Special attractions: Galveston Island State Park, Bolivar Point Lighthouse, Bishop’s Palace, Moody Mansion, The Strand, Moody Gardens, Seawolf Park, Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry, beaches, fishing, camping, hiking, birding. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Bluewater Highway: Surfside Beach to Galveston Professional Review and Guide

"A 40-mile drive along the Texas coast from the sleepy beachtown of Surfside Beach to the bustling port and tourist center of Galveston. The drive follows the coast, starting in a section that is relatively empty and quiet and ending in the busy tourist city of Galveston. As along most of the Texas coast there are few trees near the shore except where they have been planted. Wind, salt, and occasional hurricanes make it difficult for trees to become established. But the beaches and dunes have a stark beauty of their own. Nothing beats watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico on a cool, quiet morning. Behind the beaches are low dune ridges that are often covered with flowers such as the purple goat-foot morning glory. Marshes flank the back bays and harbor a tremendous variety of birds, fish, and other creatures.

Special attractions: Galveston Island State Park, Bolivar Point Lighthouse, Bishop’s Palace, Moody Mansion, The Strand, Moody Gardens, Seawolf Park, Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry, beaches, fishing, camping, hiking, birding. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Surfside Beach
Distance: 40
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Bluewater Highway: Surfside Beach to Galveston

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May 2018