Nothing captures the feeling of summertime quite like a trip to the beach or lake. And thanks to Texas’ coastline (which stretches over 350 miles along the Gulf of Mexico), and our seven thousand lakes, you’re not too far from experiencing a little sun, a few waves, and a whole lot of time to relax.
If you’re looking for a chance to get away this summer, take our advice and book one of these 5 phenomenal destinations in Texas. Whether you need family-friendly picks, options for couples, or a place to gather with friends, we’ve got you covered.
1. For Historic Beach Charm
When it comes to resort accommodations on the island, no one does it better than the San Luis Resort. We recommend you spring for The Villas, secluded premium guest suites in a quiet corner of the property. Each comes with welcome champagne, a separate veranda with personal hot tub, valet service and a serene pool with cabanas and daybeds.
While you’re there, head to Gaido’s for the fresh catch of the day and great views of the bay. And, when you need a break from the sun, tour some of historic Galveston’s most beautiful properties like the Moody Mansion or the 1892 Bishop’s Palace.
2. For Plenty of Water Wildlife
Voyage out on the ocean for a chance to see some dolphins. See how sea turtle conservation is protecting some of Texas’ most fascinating wildlife. Or, charter a boat and head out to deep sea waters to fish. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and even Snook are easy to reel in thanks to the Gulf of Mexico’s warm water environment.
3. For Something Close to Home
Book a room in The Estate for rustic Texas accommodations. The best part is — you can bring your furry, four-legged friend with you.
4. For Hill Country Views
You must make a stop at the historic Gruene Hall while you’re there for a photo op and a little live music. Or, if you’re looking to cool off, start a float trip down the Guadalupe in nearby New Braunfels. Finish the day with dinner and drinks at the Gruene River Grill and enjoy those waterfront views.
5. For the Urban Adventurers
A river cruise is a must for first-time visitors (or if it’s been a minute since you’ve seen Alama City from the water). We think the cruise gives the best view of the area and knowledgeable tour guides will enlighten you with all kinds of San Antonio history and culture facts. When you’re hungry, head to Boudro’s for patio seating and table-side guacamole. Or, if you’re on-the-go, grab a sandwich (and a homemade root beer) from German deli Schilo’s.