Revision as of 01:56, 22 March 2007
Surfside or "Surfside Beach" is in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. A small beach town between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway with over 4 miles of beaches.
Surfside is about 60 miles south of Houston, where the closest airport and car rentals can be found. Take Highway 288 South all the way through Lake Jackson. On the south edge of Lake Jackson you'll cross Main Street and a few hundred yards later, on the right, turn right on 332 East, across the intercoastal waterway bridge to Surfside Beach.
From Galveston, head south to the tollbridge ($2 either direction) and follow the Bluewater Highway to town.
The beach makes for excellent walking, but the few services in town are spread out enought to make a car or bike a necessity.
Horses are allowed on the beach May 15 - Sept 15
- Beaches The pedestrian beach is located between Welk and Thunder St, with free parking located at both edges. The rest of the beach, from Welk St. North, allows cars with beach permits. There are picnic tables and BBQ grills at Jetty and Stahlman parks. Water quality signs are posted along the beach and swimming is not recommened in all areas.
- Jetty Park
- Stahlman Park
- Surfing See below for surfboard and boogeyboard rentals.
- 'Crabbing There's a crabbing pier over a small estuary at the north end of town, just across from Stalmen Beach Park. The end of the pier is currently in disrepair, the last few yards have collapsed, but the rest is stable enough for crabbing, fishing, and birdwatching.
- Watersports jetskis and boats of all sizes are popular. Kyaks can also be rented.
- Easy Going Charters 1 979 233 2947 (tollfree 1 800 293 2947).  Easy Going takes up to 6 people on their 35 ft boat for 6 or 12 hour fishing trips. $1,000 gets you everything but food or drink. They even clean and wrap your fish.
- Johnston's Sportfishing 1 979233 8513
- Bingo's Boards, ☎ 1 979 230 9000. T-shirts, swimsuits, assorted beach accessories, boards for rent and sale
Surfside has only a small convience store for groceries, for real shopping you'll need to head over the bridge to Clute or Jackson Lake. Fresh fish and shrimp can be purchased at the small fish market on the other side of the bridge.
- Kitty's Purple Cow, ☎ 979 2334355.
- Landshark's Pizza and Grill, ☎ 979 233 4355. Laidback pizza, salades, grilled meat and fish. Take out and deliver available.
- Red Snapper Inn, ☎ 1 979 239 3226. Greek and Italian influences seafood. House specialities include Red Snapper a la Grec and crab stuffed jalopinas. Children's menu available. A small selection of beer and wine, including some Greek options.
- Surfside Liquor, ☎ 1 979 233 3382. has beer, wine, and hard alcohol (note that neither Clute nor Jackson Lake offers anything but beer. Closed Sundays.
- Castaways Club and Grill, 110 Ft Velasco. Dim local's bar with a couple of video gambeling machines and $2 beers. The Grill part seems to have closed.
Most visitors to Surfside take advantage of the numerous and affordable vacation homes ranging from tiny one-bedroom A-frames, to muti-story houses big enough for family reunions.
- Cedar Sands Motel, 343 North Beachfront, ☎ 979-233-1942. Tired budget motel a block off the beach.
- 330 Coral Court, ☎ 979 233 4948, .
- Austin's Landing RV Park and Resort, ☎ 979-239-1923 toll free: 888-468-1923, .
- 102 Fort Velesco Dr, ☎ 979-233-6919, .
- Camping is allowed on the beach. Fires are permitted as long as they are small and under control. Any cars on the beach, outside of the free parking areas, must have a permit.
The closest public internet connections are at the Lake Jackson Public library and in Galveston. If you're in town for a week or more, you can arrange wireless access through Surfside.net (owned and opperated by the mayor!).
Note that many vacation rentals do not have telephones, but there is decent cell phone coverage for the area.
- Tap water is effected by "trihalomethanes", a byproduct over overclorination. It's also not very tastey. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, there's no health danger for short term visitors, but you'll probably want to buy bottled water for drinking and cooking.
- Jellyfish are common in Gulf waters especially the Portugese Man-of-War. Conteract the painful poison with a towel zapped in the microwave for 1 minute or a mix of vinegar and meat tenderizer.
- Hurricans effect the area. Evacuation route signs are posted along main roads.
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