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Surfside-Beach is a great little town located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Texas. It lies just west of Galveston Island and is part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Surfside Beach was 793 full time residents. Gulfscapes Magazine voted Surfside Beach "Best Gulf Coast Town". The village of Surfside Beach offers a wide range of lodging, restaurants and outdoor activities. For lodging, you can camp in one of their scenic RV parks, stay in a hotel or rent a beach house. Restaurants serve everything from fresh seafood to hamburgers. Surfside Beach has miles of beautiful beaches, several city parks, a bike trail and boat ramps. Things to do include fishing, boating, surfing, shelling, hiking, biking, camping and just relaxing beachside. There are 600 known shell species found on Surfside Beach's 27 miles of sandy beaches. It's considered one of the shell hunting "hot spots" in the state. Surfside Beach is also well known for its' birding opportunities, especially along the Intracoastal shoreline, which is the southern boundary of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. For history buffs, Surfside is the site of Fort Velasco, where the first colonists arrived in 1821. In 1832, the first battle of Texas' war for independence took place at the site of Fort Velasco.

Surrounding areas: Quintana, Texas (1.4 mi), Freeport, Texas (4.3 mi), Lake Austin, Texas (32.2 mi), Tiki Island, Texas (33.3 mi), Bayou Vista, Texas (33.8 mi), Galveston, Texas (38.6 mi)

Surfside Beach Vacation Rentals

Surfside Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Country Hearth Inn1015 W 2ND StFreeport, TX4.2 mi.(888) 325-7818
Best Western Clute Inn & Suites900 Hwy 332Clute, TX8.6 mi.(979) 388-0055
Holiday Inn Express809 Hwy 332Clute, TX8.6 mi.(979) 265-5252
La Quinta Inn Clute/lake Jackson1126 S Hwy 323 WestClute, TX8.6 mi.(979) 265-7461
Mainstay Suites1003 W Hwy 332Clute, TX8.6 mi.(979) 388-9300
Motel 6 # 0342 Clute1000 Hwy 332Clute, TX8.6 mi.(979) 265-4764
Best Western Lake Jackson Inn915 Hwy 332Lake Jackson, TX10.7 mi.(979) 297-3031
Ramada Inn Lake Jackson925 Hwy 332Lake Jackson, TX10.7 mi.(979) 297-1161
Comfort Suites296 Abner Jackson PkwyLake Jackson, TX11.6 mi.(979) 297-5545
Country Hearth Inn1235 N Velasco StAngleton, TX18.7 mi.(888) 325-7816
Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel180 Freeman BlvdWest Columbia, TX25.1 mi.(979) 345-5151
Best Western Brazos Inn714 S Columbia DrWest Columbia, TX25.7 mi.(979) 345-2399

Surfside Beach Weather & Climate

The Southeast Coast of Texas has a subtropical humid climate. The coastal areas are warm most of the year due to currents of the Gulf of Mexico. It can get cold in winter if a strong front arrives - sometimes even causing snow at sea level. Summers are hot and humid. Rain in the coastal region is more abundant than in the inland region, and subtropical forests line the Rio Grande River. The wettest months of the year are April and May. Inland, it's drier, and ranches dominate the landscape, characterized by thick spiny brush and grasslands. Southwest Texas' position at the northwestern end of the Gulf of Mexico makes it vulnerable to hurricanes. Some of the most destructive hurricanes in history have impacted Texas, most recently Hurricane Rita in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 62°F 45°F 4.29 in. -
February 65°F 47°F 2.84 in. -
March 71°F 54°F 2.87 in. -
April 76°F 61°F 2.82 in. -
May 82°F 69°F 4.02 in. -
June 87°F 75°F 4.65 in. -
July 90°F 77°F 4.74 in. -
August 90°F 76°F 4.18 in. -
September 86°F 72°F 7.80 in. -
October 80°F 63°F 4.52 in. -
November 72°F 54°F 4.42 in. -
December 65°F 47°F 3.51 in. -

Surfside Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Ellington Field (EFD) located about 46 miles north of Surfside Beach in Houston, Texas, the William P Hobby airport (HOU) located approximately 48 miles north of Surfside Beach in Houston, Texas, the Sugar Land Regional airport (SGR) located roughly 51 miles northwest of Surfside Beach in Houston, Texas, and finally the George Bush Intcntl Houston airport (IAH) located around 71 miles north of Surfside Beach in Houston, Texas.

Surfside Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Stewart Beach ParkGalvestonTX38.6 mi.
Six Flags AstroWorldHoustonTX56.7 mi.
Water Parks
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX78.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Freeport Municipal Golf CourseFreeportTX3.6 mi.
Old Ocean Recreation ClubOld OceanTX28.5 mi.
Bend Golf Course at BrazoriaRosharonTX29.8 mi.
State Parks
Galveston Island State ParkTX26.6 mi. 
Texas Seaport MuseumGalvestonTX38.6 mi.(History)
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & MuseumGalvestonTX38.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fort Bend Museum AssociationRichmondTX52.4 mi.(History)
George Ranch Historical ParkRichmondTX52.4 mi.(History)
Houston Maritime MuseumHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Menil CollectionHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Houston Museum of Natural ScienceHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Science)
Museum of Health and Medical ScienceHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Science)
Museum of Printing HistoryHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Technology)
Contemporary Arts MuseumHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of Fine ArtsHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Art)
Rice University Art GalleryHoustonTX56.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Rainforest at Moody GardensGalvestonTX38.6 mi.
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX56.7 mi.
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX104.1 mi.

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