Gulf Coast

A First-Time Surfer Catches a Wave in Galveston

May 2, 2024 | By Sarah Hepola

Four Texas Hotels and Resorts With Plenty of Star Power

April 17, 2024 | By

As Texans got a front-row seat to a magnificent total solar eclipse this month, interest in astronomy has reached a record high.

From Magnolia to Broadway: Jamestown Revival Shares the Road to ‘The Outsiders’

April 4, 2024 | By

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
In 2015, Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay, aka Americana-folk duo Jamestown Revival, were seeing their hard work pay off.

Exploring the Cosmos at the Johnson Space Center

March 29, 2024 | By

When in Houston, do as the astronauts do. That means investigate moon rocks, attend mission briefings, and see how you fill out a space suit.

Experience Harlingen in the Rio Grande Valley Like a Local

March 20, 2024 | By Cynthia J. Drake

A Weekend Getaway in Port Isabel Brims with Seaside Treasures

March 19, 2024 | By Cat Cardenas

Shorty’s in Port Aransas Is a Blast From the Past

March 8, 2024 | By John O. Lumpkin

Galveston’s Mardi Gras Celebration Is a Family Affair

January 22, 2024 | By

Where to Stay in 2024: Houston and the Gulf Coast

January 2, 2024 | By

Restoring Gulf Coast Barrier Reefs One Oyster Shell at a Time

September 19, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

15 Years After Hurricane Ike: How Bolivar Peninsula and Its Food Culture Have Changed

September 13, 2023 | By Xander Peters

My mother almost always orders the stuffed shrimp. No matter the occasion nor the restaurant, her routine when visiting our beach cabin on the southeast Texas coast has been predictable for as many years as I can remember.

Sip Local Brews Near the Beach at These Port Aransas Pubs

October 26, 2022 | By Melissa Gaskill

A Hitchcock Native Preserves the Diverse History of the Texas Gulf Coast

September 29, 2022 | By Brooke A. Lewis

A Caribbean Native Finds a Connection to Home in Corpus Christi

June 30, 2022 | By Gabino Iglesias

Raz Halili Is the Oyster Prince of Texas

May 27, 2021 | By Mai Pham

The Sea Shell Shoppe Sells Seashells By the Seashore

December 24, 2020 | By Sallie Lewis

Monarch Butterfly Season Arrives in Texas With Virtual and In-Person Events

September 28, 2020 | By Kristen O'Brien

Around this time every year, up to 500,000 monarch butterflies start arriving in Texas, migrating 1,600 miles from Canada and the northern United States down south to Mexico, fueling up on nectar from mistflower, lantana, and sunflowers along the way.

Pick Up Good Vibrations From These Summer Snapshots of the Texas Gulf Coast

May 28, 2020 | By Kenny Braun

My Hometown: Bay City, agricultural town on the Bay Prairie

November 27, 2019 | By Heather Brand

Summer for Procrastinators: Surfside Beach

July 11, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

The village of Surfside Beach attracts fewer tourists, so those that do find their way there can focus on enjoying the beach.

I Survived the Texas Water Safari

June 18, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

Today, three days after my finish, I feel feral. I also feel like Wonder Woman filled my lungs with magic air that makes me capable of doing almost anything I set my mind to.

Visitors from a Distant Sea Bring Tiny Treasures to Texas Beaches

June 13, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

Small quantities of a seaweed called sargassum wash ashore all year long. But every few years, beginning in April, the sargassum arrives en masse—a deluge of amber-colored stems, leaves, and tiny gas bladders that help the plants stay afloat (and pop when squeezed). This relatively unpredictable event seems to occur after huge blooms of sargassum in the Atlantic Ocean, some 2,000 or more miles away. While piles of sargassum might hinder swimming and sunbathing, they also provide opportunities for families and other beachcombers to find seahorses, strange shrimp, and other tiny creatures that hopped a ride to Texas.

My Hometown: Luther Hotel Innkeeper Jack Findley Talks History and Having Fun on Tres Palacios Bay

June 10, 2019 | By Heather Brand

At the historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, proprietor Jack Findley often mingles with guests on the front porch overlooking Matagorda Bay. Findley’s path to Palacios was circuitous.

Texas Highways Editors Share Their Favorite Coastal Destinations

June 6, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

Share your favorite coastal memories and photos using the hashtag #myTXcoast for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts.

10 Can’t-Miss Beach Eats of the Gulf Coast

June 6, 2019 | By

Whether you’re a beach bum or you’ve never felt the sand between your toes, you’ll be craving a trip to the Gulf Coast after learning the stories behind these 10 iconic beach eats

Aransas Pass Makes a Perfect Summer Weekend Getaway

June 4, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

Could there be a better way to experience a town comprised of at least 70 percent saltwater than to get to the water as fast as you can? With 41 square miles of Redfish Bay inside its city limits, Aransas Pass offers just that—
a self-described “Saltwater Heaven” building on its revival after Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in 2017.

An Epic 367-Mile Road Trip Reveals the Best of the Texas Coast

May 31, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

From Port Arthur to Port Isabel, navigating the best of Texas’ bays, beaches, and bards

The Best of the Coast

May 31, 2019 | By

Photo: Clouds Loom Over Follett’s Island

May 31, 2019 | By

Even when clouds loom, any day is a good day on Follett’s Island, which features about 11 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Free access to the beach is available at multiple points between Surfside Beach and San Luis Pass along Bluewater Highway. During the summer, the water temperatures are usually a balmy low- to mid-80 degrees—perfect for fishing, swimming, horseback riding, birding, and camping on the beach.

Escape to the Mother Lagoon for a Quiet Coastal Getaway

May 30, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

There are few places in and around Texas where the visible fish—plus dolphins, peregrine falcons, and brilliant-pink roseate spoonbills—outnumber the people viewing them. The Laguna Madre is one of those places, the only body of water in the state that truly qualifies as extreme.

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Port Aransas

May 30, 2019 | By Chet Garner

When the Texas summer starts cooking, my favorite form of relief is to dive into the largest body of water I can find, which is often the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Port A comes in—with its near-endless beaches, historic appeal, and laid-back attitude. Port Aransas is one of my favorite places to hit the Texas coast, and with its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, it’s got more Texas grit and personality than ever.

Tookie’s Campechana Cocktail Recipe

May 29, 2019 | By

Serves 6. Toss shrimp, campechana sauce, and pico de gallo in a bowl. Spoon into a martini glass, and top with diced avocado and
cilantro. Add jumbo lump crab on top of mixture. Place lime on the rim. Serve with tortilla chips and jalapeños on the side. 

5 Craft Breweries to Visit in Corpus Christi

May 23, 2019 | By Phil West

Craft beer fans might be pleasantly surprised by what awaits them in Corpus Christi: A trio of breweries opened within the past five years, and a couple of restaurants have recently started their own brewing operations. The result is adventuresome brews in a city more accustomed to mass-produced, beach-ready 12-packs. These days, when it comes to sipping in style, Corpus has you covered.

How Chef Mary Bass Gives Back to Galveston

May 23, 2019 | By Hannah J. Phillips

A Galveston native, Bass started her career by launching a bakery business, Viva la Cake Balls. She later became executive chef at Haak Vineyards & Winery in nearby Santa Fe in 2013, before becoming executive sous chef at BLVD Seafood when it opened in 2015. In 2018, Galveston.com named her “Best Chef on the Island” for the fourth consecutive year.

Sailors Test Their Endurance on the Annual Texas 200

May 23, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

This year marks the 12th edition of the Texas 200, a self-described “rolling messabout” up 200 miles of Lone Star coast June 10-14. Boats of all types and sizes, many built in garages, cruise in company through bays, cuts, and bayous and into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Photo: Vintage Postcard Depicts Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard in the 1940s

May 22, 2019 | By

The balmy excitement of a summer evening on Seawall Boulevard suffuses this vintage Galveston postcard. While the image is undated, the buildings point to the era of the 1940s and ’50s. Existing landmarks include the seawall, which the city constructed after the hurricane of 1900; the 1911 Hotel Galvez, still in operation; and Murdoch’s Bathhouse, a souvenir shop that has been rebuilt multiple times since the late 1800s. The postcard also depicts landmarks lost to time: the wooden Mountain Speedway roller coaster, built in 1921 and knocked down after Hurricane Carla in 1961; the 1929 Buccaneer Hotel, an 11-story building demolished in 1999; and, stretching over the water, the 1923 Balinese Room, a pier that succumbed to Hurricane Ike in 2008 and was famous for its history as an illegal casino.
Know of any fascinating vintage Texas photographs? Send copies or ideas to [email protected].

New Book Shares Stories of Aransas County’s Culinary History

May 15, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Full of recipes and anecdotes, the tome dives into this Gulf Coast region’s food culture

Gallery: Gulf Coast & South Texas Wildflowers

February 28, 2019 | By TH Staff

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer Larry Ditto to capture spring blooms in South Texas and the Gulf Coast. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

Key Allegro Displays Hauntingly Beautiful Relics from Hurricane Harvey

June 4, 2018 | By

Along the Texas coast, telltale signs of past storms endure in the occasional skeletal remains of piers jutting into the Gulf and bays.
Until they are rebuilt, these structures on Key Allegro along Aransas Bay recall the impact of Hurricane Harvey, presenting a hauntingly beautiful scene in the wake of last August’s storm. Key Allegro—a resort community with residences, second homes, and rentals—is located on an approximately 200-acre island near the northernmost end of Broadway Street between Rockport and Fulton.

Special Report: Texas Coastal Comeback

May 24, 2018 | By

We’ve been tested time and again, from despotism to depressions, oil busts to dust bowls—and now by Hurricane Harvey. But as in past trials, Texans have found a way to turn obstacles into opportunity and seize the chance for renewal. Consider Lee Roy Hoskins, owner of Port Aransas’ venerable Tarpon Inn, who labored for months to rebuild after the hurricane. “We had a lot of things we needed to work on anyway,” Hoskins says with a smile.

Port Aransas to Beachgoers: Come on Back

May 23, 2018 | By John Lumpkin

Anticipation grows as you roll down the window and drive onto the Port Aransas ferry to cross the narrow channel to Mustang Island. Salty air invades the senses, and sunrays glint on the shifting waters where dolphins play. As you disembark into the heart of this historic fishing town, brown pelicans skim the water for dinner or perch on weathered piers. Fishing boats rock gently in the harbor, rigged for their work in nearby bays or the open ocean.

Galveston Unveils Its Annual Holiday Spectacle: Ice Land

November 10, 2017 | By

What: Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX
When: Through January 7, 2018

The holiday spirit blends with the tropics this year during Galveston’s annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land.

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Hugo Ortega Dishes on His Love for Houston

November 9, 2017 | By Heather Brand

Hugo Ortega’s culinary touch is celebrated in his hometown of Houston and beyond—he’s the creative force behind a string of successful eateries in the city’s prosperous yet competitive restaurant scene.

The New Food Court: Diverse Cuisine Options at Houston’s Conservatory

November 9, 2017 | By Mai Pham

Arriving during the dinner rush at Conservatory Underground Beer Garden & Food Hall, a bustling eatery in downtown Houston, I walked past a wall of colorful pop-art portraits at the entryway, then proceeded down the beautifully ornate stairwell.

Christmas Rocks! Houston’s One-Stop Holiday Shop

November 8, 2017 | By Heather Brand

In Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol, a reformed Ebenezer Scrooge proclaims, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Shoppers looking to keep the Yuletide spirit in their hearts year-round need look no further than the Christmas Rocks store in Houston.

National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

November 7, 2016 | By

 
The holiday season includes a multitude of traditional activities, but one that some people may not be familiar with is the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

Gladys Porter Zoo Summer Safari

June 9, 2016 | By

A treasure in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo is a lush, 31-acre enclave built around a meandering resaca.

Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project at Holocaust Museum Houston

June 9, 2016 | By

 
The Holocaust Museum Houston memorializes the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust with Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project, an exhibition of handmade butterflies crafted by children across the globe.

Babe’s Beach Dedicated

June 6, 2016 | By

School’s out. The sun’s out. So the timing is right as Galveston unveils a new beach area – Babe’s Beach – which gives visitors much more room to dig their toes in the sand, play volleyball or simply stroll the coastline.

Scenic Route: Pleasure Pier in Galveston

May 17, 2016 | By

Seawall Boulevard on Galveston Island stretches about 10 miles along the island’s Gulf of Mexico side.

Come Sail Away

May 11, 2016 | By Erich Schlegel

A pod of eight dolphins broke the surface of the water as we turned our sailboat back toward the Corpus Christi skyline.

Daytripper: Port O’Connor

September 15, 2015 | By Chet Garner

The vastness of Texas is no secret, but many don’t realize that within its “hugeness” lies more than 360 miles of coast and an astonishing 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline.

24th Annual San Benito Conjunto Festival

September 10, 2015 | By

San Benito celebrates the homegrown music of South Texas on October 23-25, 2015 with the 24th Annual Conjunto Festival.

Scenic Route: Port Aransas Marina

May 27, 2015 | By

The Port Aransas Marina—off Texas 361 by the ferry landing—offers a striking view of vessels docked at the Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor.

Hello Beach!

May 13, 2015 | By Robb Walsh

After years of visiting Texas beaches whenever I could, this spring I made the leap and moved my family to Galveston.

Scenic Route: Harbor Bridge

April 13, 2015 | By

To find more information, visit the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau website, www.visitcorpuschristitx.org.

Scenic Route: Terry Hershey Park

February 13, 2015 | By

For more park information, visit www.pct3.hctx.net.
To order a print of this photograph, call 866/962-1191, or visit www.texashighwaysprints.com.

Beaching on the Cheap

June 1, 2010 | By E. Dan Klepper

I confess. I am a dreamer. A grasshopper in an anthill world. Each month, as soon as I pay the bills, I take the money left over and go hiking or mountain biking.

Now Open

March 1, 2010 | By Janice Van Dyke Walden

Seeing the San Bernard River flow unimpeded to the Gulf of Mexico is something of a miracle.

A Coastal Charmer—Rockport

April 15, 1999 | By Larry Ditto

Rockport appears to suffer from a split personality. On the one hand, it offers enough water- and wildlife-related activities to run the most rugged tourist ragged.

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