Among the treasures of Texas is its 600-mile long coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas Gulf Coast is well known for its beaches which are popular summer vacation stops. But the Texas coast has a lot to offer during the winter, too.

The Texas Gulf Coast is accessible throughout the winter months, with Texas beaches from Galveston to South Padre open year-round. Winter beach temperatures fairly warm in Texas; all Texas beaches have moderate winter weather that seems almost spring-like to many visitors escaping colder temperatures of more northern climes. And the further south you travel along the coast, the warmer the weather tends to be, making the beaches at Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Mustang Island, Padre Island National Seashore, South Padre Island, and Boca Chica the most popular for visitors.

Most visitors to the Texas Gulf Coast are drawn to the outdoors, even during the winter. Luckily, there is plenty of outdoor adventure and activity in the area to satisfy everyone! One of the first things people do when they visit is to go beachcombing. Beachcombing is popular year-round along the coast, but especially during the winter when the waves often present a great variety of seashells, sea stars, and driftwood. Winter is an excellent time for gatherers and gleaners of beachy treasure to add to their collections!

When beachcombers look up from the sandy seashore, they will discover that feathers are featured! A wide variety of birds fly in and out of the area in the winter, making birding yet another fun winter activity, especially along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Winter is one of the best times to catch glimpses of endangered whooping cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area. It is also a great time of year for viewing the many migratory bird species that visit the Texas Gulf Coast seasonally.

Another fun activity to enjoy on the Texas coast is fishing! Fishing along the Gulf Coast is enjoyable during the winter months, when red drum, black drum, speckled trout, and flounder are all still plentiful inshore. It is also great to participate in surf fishing, which results in abundant catches of other species like whiting and pompano. Winter coastal fishing is an excellent time to find fish, whether you’re an amateur or a professional. You can grab your equipment and try it on your own or charter a fishing boat captained by an experienced guide.

Other outdoor activities to round out your winter vacation to the Texas coast include kiteboarding and windsurfing. These pursuits are popular in the winter season because the wind and wave conditions are ideal, especially along the lower coast. An area called the Laguna Madre is a favorite spot for kiteboarders and windsurfers who appreciate the limited crowds and flat, waist-deep water that’s perfect for the activities.


The real estate professionals at WEICHERT, REALTORS® – The Place of Houses based in Corpus Christi, Texas are ready to share their knowledge about living along the Texas Gulf Coast in every season. If you are buying or selling coastal property anywhere along the Gulf Coast, visit WEICHERT, REALTORS® – The Place of Houses online or call them at 361-882-5588 to discuss how the team of experienced experts can help meet your real estate needs.

Written by: Erika Mehlhaff