A visit to a swimwear boutique will always turn the mind to beautiful beaches. Some may dream of tropical islands with secluded coves fringed by palm trees and lapped by crystal clear waters. Others will stray to the beauties of home beaches. USA has a fabulous coastline with some wonderful beaches and Texas has its fair share.
South Padre Island
Beachgoers who love to show off their unique swimwear and beachwear will love Texas beaches. Designer swimwear for women finds a natural home on South Padre Island when thousands of college students throng to their favorite spring break destination. The Grand Beach Resort contributes to the party atmosphere by hosting concerts every day, catering to nearly 20,000 people per day. However, the temperate climate draws visitors year round, and with so many hotels, restaurant and bar options people flock there even in the off season.
Lake Jackson is the home of Surfside Beach, accessible only with a beach pass. Passes are available through the city or at businesses near the beach. The village of Surfside Beach is a quaint little town where you can collect up to 600 different types of shells on its shore. Stay in one of the hotels or condos, or rent a cute cottage. Go crabbing at Stalman Park, or charter a boat and have a little fun on the sea. The food options are enough to make you rethink your bikini and opt for a one-piece.
Located between Houston and South Padre Island is Port Aransas, with white sand beaches that are appreciated by both the sunbathers sporting their gorgeous ladies designer swimwear and swimsuit cover up dresses and beachcombers looking for a new treasure. Surfers and boaters enjoy the turquoise waters, and the soft sands invite long walks along the waterline. Fish, dance, or play golf, or go bird watching, there is something for nearly everyone. Don’t let physical challenges stop you; if you are confined to a wheelchair or find it difficult to walk, the island has a motorized wheelchair that’s designed specifically for the beach.
Not only does Galveston have 32 miles of great beaches, but several beaches are accompanied by great parks suitable for picnicking and other activities. Galveston has the hotels, condos, restaurants and bars you would expect from a beach town, but it’s so much more. Located just 50 miles south of Houston, the area was first settle by the Spanish in 1528. Along with that history comes a number of interesting historical sites and museums. However, if you came for the water, you won’t be disappointed-you can just walk the beach and play in the water, or go on a dolphin excursion. Visit the Elissa, a three-masted ship, or take “The Colonel,” a paddlewheel boat that offers coastal tours of the city.
San Jose, affectionately called Saint Jo’s, is a 21-mile barrier atoll with miles of empty, secluded shoreline. Accessible by a 5 minute ride on a jetty boat out of Port Aransas at Fisherman’s Warf, the $12 ride ($6 for kids) is well worth the money. Rides begin at about 6:30 a.m., and carry 20 people to the island every hour. Morning beach walks are great, especially since the temperatures can escalate to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon. The sand is often littered with all sorts of seashells, and you’re bound to come home with a small treasure. It’s a great island for people who love fishing. Nearby, the shipwreck SS John Worthington, sunk in an attempt to create an artificial reef, is visible from a boat.
This little secret is found at the end of the two-lane road F.M. 2031. It surprises most people to dead-end at such a wonderful location on such an unassuming little road. The bronzy beaches are a nice getaway from other more crowded Texas beaches, and along with the long stretches of sand it’s becoming well-known as a paradise for people who love fishing. While there are several hotels around the area, there are also several charming vacation homes, some on the waterfront or with beach access.
This is known as the Romantic Beach. The downtown area of Rockport has over 60 independent shops and galleries. Take a tour of the Fulton Mansion, constructed in 1870. The romance part of this equation comes from opportunities to cuddle under palapa-type umbrellas on the beach, or stroll along a 1,500 lighted jetty at the end of Rockport Harbor while holding hands with your loved one. Dine in one of the restaurants that feature fresh, local seafood from the area for a comfy romantic meal.Be sure to have a flattering swimsuit to show off on the lovely beaches of Texas and if not, treat yourself to a visit to a designer swimwear boutique in Houston, and do some city sightseeing while you’re there.