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Matagorda is located on the southeast coast of Texas. It's a small town but big when it comes to all it has to offer both residents and visitors. As of 2012, the Matagorda population was 36,547. The population of the town of Matagorda is approximately 1,000. With more than 55 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline, Matagorda is well-known for its fishing and beach activities. Other things to do include kayaking, camping, birding, surfing and beachcombing for shells, driftwood, old Spanish coins and fossilized teeth (one local resident found teeth of a wooly mammoth identified to be over 20 million years old.) If you want to drive on the beach, take the beach access road three-quarters of a mile north of Jetty Park for direct access to twenty miles of beach open to vehicle traffic. Matagorda is home to Matagorda Bay Nature Park, which includes a natural science center, public fishing piers, wildlife viewing platforms, a pavilion, playground, kayak trails, restrooms, RV camp sites and a learning center with meeting facilities. Matagorda offers a variety of excellent fishing options, such as the Intracoastal Waterway, the Colorado River, East and West Matagorda Bays, from the Jetty Park Pier and the Gulf of Mexico. Information can be obtained from local bait shops for the best places to fish and weather information. A good surfing spot is near the mouth of the Colorado River, and kayaking, which is one of the newest water activities in the area, is perfect down the gently flowing lower Colorado River.

Surrounding areas: Lake Austin, Texas (12.7 mi), Palacios, Texas (15.2 mi), Port Oconnor, Texas (31.4 mi)

Matagorda Vacation Rentals

Matagorda Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bay City InnRT1Bay City, TX20.2 mi.(979) 245-0985
Cattlemen's Motel905 Ave FBay City, TX20.2 mi.(800) 551-6056
Econo Lodge3712 Seventh CtBay City, TX20.2 mi.(979) 245-5115
Holiday Inn Express920 Ave FBay City, TX20.2 mi.(979) 323-9500
Best Western Matagorda Hotel & Conf407 7TH StBay City, TX23.0 mi.(979) 244-5400

Matagorda Weather & Climate

Central Texas has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, with prevailing winds from the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are mild and relatively dry. Snowfall is rare, but ice storms occur about once every two years or so. On average, central Texas receives 33.6 inches of rain per year, mostly in the spring and fall. Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the springtime. Bright sunshine prevails, however, most of the time, with the area receiving nearly 2,650 hours of sun per year. The highest recorded temperature in central Texas was 112 F. on September 5, 2000. Summer highs exceed 100 degrees F. on an average of 18 days per year and exceed 90 degrees F. on 116 days per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 62°F 44°F 3.63 in. -
February 64°F 47°F 2.81 in. -
March 70°F 53°F 2.54 in. -
April 76°F 61°F 2.63 in. -
May 81°F 69°F 4.53 in. -
June 87°F 75°F 4.44 in. -
July 89°F 77°F 3.34 in. -
August 90°F 76°F 3.16 in. -
September 87°F 72°F 6.19 in. -
October 81°F 63°F 3.72 in. -
November 72°F 53°F 4.19 in. -
December 65°F 46°F 2.57 in. -

Matagorda Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palacios Municipal airport (PSX) located about 17 miles west of Matagorda in Palacios, Texas, the Bay City Municipal airport (BYY) located approximately 20 miles northeast of Matagorda in Bay City, Texas, the Wharton Regional airport (5R5) located roughly 40 miles northwest of Matagorda in Wharton, Texas, the Brazoria County airport (LBX) located around 42 miles northeast of Matagorda in Angleton / Lake Jackson, Texas, the Calhoun County airport (PKV) located about 43 miles west of Matagorda in Port Lavaca, Texas, the Victoria Regional airport (VCT) located approximately 58 miles west of Matagorda in Victoria, Texas, the Houston Southwest airport (AXH) located roughly 63 miles northeast of Matagorda in Houston, Texas, and finally the Sugar Land Regional airport (SGR) located around 67 miles northeast of Matagorda in Houston, Texas.

Matagorda Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Stewart Beach ParkGalvestonTX82.3 mi.
Six Flags AstroWorldHoustonTX82.6 mi.
Water Parks
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX101.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Palacios Golf ClubPalaciosTX14.7 mi.
Rio Colorado Golf CourseBay CityTX20.0 mi.
Old Ocean Recreation ClubOld OceanTX29.6 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX63.3 mi.
Rainforest at Moody GardensGalvestonTX82.3 mi.
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX82.6 mi.
Texas State AquariumCorpus ChristiTX106.5 mi.

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