Welcome to our gallery of gulf coastal images and pictures of beaches, piers, marinas, and other seascapes images along the gulf coast of the Texas. These coastal images include images from Port Aransas, Rock Port, Corpus Christi, along with South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Galveston. There is nothing like a beautiful Texas Beach at sunrise or sunset.
Starting in the north Texas coast is Galveston. Galveston is an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas at the entry point to the Houston ship channel. It’s known for Moody Gardens, Amusement rides and restaurants line Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on the south shore. West is bird-rich Galveston Island State Park, with its trails, kayak launches and fishing spots. Stewart Beach and East Beach are on the island’s eastern end.
On the mid Texas coast is Port Aransas, or Port A, as Texans refer to it, is the only town on Mustang Island. In the early 1800s the area was frequented by pirates and buccaneers, including Captain Jean Lafitte. In 1916 a hurricane destroyed Port Aransas, but the city was soon rebuilt. With this rebuild, the town became a mecca for tourists, vacationers, and anglers.
One of the iconic locations of Port Aransas is Horace Caldwell Pier, a frequently photographed fishing bridge that stretches 1200 feet out into the surf, allowing anglers to reach the fertile fishing waters.
Just down the coast from Port A is Rockport-Fulton, seemingly a blend of two coastal towns along the Gulf of Mexico. Named for its rock wall that runs along the shore, Rockport is a tourist destination for fishing, boating, and beach-going. The city beach offers picnic tables with friendly seagulls and lots of cool sand for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
On the south Texas gulf coast is South Padre, a resort town on the barrier island of South Padre Island. More than 3,000 residents call this island home. The National Park Service controlled the island for many years, but in 1962, finally opened a portion of the island for settlement. The number or permanent inhabitants slowly grew, and now the economy relies mainly on tourism.
Connecting the mainland and Port Isabel to South Padre Island is the Queen Isabella Causeway. This 2.5 mile bridge spans the Laguna Madre, the salty body of water that separates the island from mainland, and is the only road between the two. The causeway was built in 1974 and replaced the old bridge.
West of South Padre and northeast from Brownsville, Port Isabel is home to shrimp boats, the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.