East Beach

Located in northeast Galveston at the end of a long and winding road is East Beach—a huge stretch of sandy coastal land fringing the Gulf of Mexico. East Beach in Galveston Texas is the largest state beach and one that welcomes thousands of annual visitors. Famous as much for some of the best Texas beach parties as it is for its size, East Beach hosts large-scale outdoor music concerts, scores of special events, and many other outdoor activities lined up on Galveston's exciting calendar of events.

The biggest beach in Texas is only forty-five minutes from Houston and draws plenty of urban dwellers to the shores, especially during weekends and holidays. From May through August there are beach umbrella and chair rentals available. There are both quiet areas to chill out in as well as beach areas full of action. East Beach is well-known as one of the only Texas beaches legally allowing alcohol consumption on the premises. Though this doesn't seem to pose many problems, some families prefer quieter beaches such as Magnolia Beach or Mustang Island to East Beach in Galveston Texas.

The beach is officially a park and there is a small per person fee to enter East Beach in Galveston Texas that funds beach maintenance. During the slower season, from March through May, East Beach sometimes waves admission fees. There is also a fee to park cars. The lot holds up to 7,000 vehicles, making it the perfect spot for events. Because East Beach has such a large capacity and is the biggest beach in Texas, it can get extremely busy in peak season, from about June to September so be sure to arrive early for a choice spot.

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