Lots of Houston couples are enjoying romantic getaways close to home, by flocking to the beach resorts, hotels and vacation rentals along the Texas Gulf Coast. During the off-season from September to February more people are skipping-out on the expensive cruises to balmy tropical destinations in favor of Texas beaches. They are ideal places to have a fast and frugal escape away from city life.
It’s a pleasant surprise to some newcomers to discover that year around Texas beaches have a reasonable mix of sunny days, sandy beaches and the sound of the surf.
Even on the coldest days ( 49.7 F/9.8 C) the weather is temperate and nights slightly cooler which can translate into smaller crowds and cost savings for lovers taking a break from the big city for a weekend or all week long.
What’s To Do On Texas Beaches
There is so much to do along the 370-plus miles of Texas beach front that determining where to start is the biggest challenge you will face on weekend getaways. Galveston Island, Kemah and Clear Lake are the beaches closest to Houston. They offer a wide range of diversions that are affordable and fun things to do including:
Lone Star Flight Museum
Galveston Historic District
Clear Lake Marina
Family-friendly Houston Attractions
If your plan includes bringing the whole darn family along, have non fear, there are enough family-friendly attractions in Texas to fill every moment of your Galveston Island weekend getaway with jubilant activities.
Schlitterbahn water park
Boat tours of Galveston's harbor
Why not plan your trip to the island during the off-season. That's when the local attractions aren't nearly as busy and the city is decked out in a variety of other themes. Mardi Gras and Dickens on The Strand are two must-visit events on the historic island.
Daytrips: The Gulf Coast's Top 5 Recreational Activities
Some husbands prefer to take their wives and family for a drive a little further down the Texas coast, to South Padre, Corpus Christi and Freeport. They are the perfect places for couples to just hang out near the water or delve into the Gulf Coast's top 5 recreational activities:
Deep sea fishing
There are plenty of local companies waiting to assist visitors in having a good time in the sun. Even those without sea leggs who want to take advantage of the excellent sport fishing from the piers, jetties and beach fronts.
Members of glam and haute crowd can find plenty of shops where they can browse, barter and buy anything their heart desires.
What To Pack For Texas Getaways
Houston couples can expect some of the same kind of weather they have at home. Days filled with lots of time to get in a little sunning and cuddling weather after dark. Visitors not familiar with the temperatures should include their favorite beach gear and for good measures a few of the items below.
On the rare occasions when Gulf Coast is threatened by tropical storms, thunder storms or hurricanes you may want to avoid them. Otherwise be prepared to romp on some of the best water front real estate in the world.
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