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Take a ride on the Galveston-Bolivar ferry and you’ll end up at one of the most popular summer destinations in Texas, the Bolivar Peninsula. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land that runs parallel to the coast in southeast Texas, facing Galveston Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. With its 27 miles of beautiful beaches spanning 5 unique communities, the area is a haven for anyone who loves the sand and surf. Many visitors spend their entire summer in one of Bolivar’s beach communities; whether they enjoy the resort lifestyle, amenities and bustling nightlife of Crystal Beach or the more tranquil, unspoiled, natural surroundings of the High Island area, there is something here for everyone.
Fun things to do on the Bolivar peninsula include many of the activities you’d expect from a vacation at the shore: swimming, sunbathing, fishing, boating and other water sports. Many first-timers are surprised to learn you can not only camp on the beach but you can drive on the sand (Permit from County of Galveston required ). 4-wheel drive is recommended, but you’ll see cars of all kinds cruising the sand.
The Bolivar Peninsula draws more than just sun worshipers and beachcombers, though; top-notch golf courses attract golfers of all levels. And birding is big here. Real big. The Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is a unique area combining salt marsh, mud flats and beach, diverse habitats that attract hundreds of thousands of birds of many species. Bring binoculars and a camera. Try to catch one of the guided walks offered by the area’s knowledgeable naturalists.
Another reason the Bolivar Peninsula is a great vacation destination is because if (somehow!) you get tired of swimming, surfing, sunbathing, off-roading and exploring this beautiful paradise, there are plenty of other activities to do on the “mainland”. Spend a day exploring historic Galveston, visit some of the great area attractions including Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Water Park, or spend a fun night at the Kemah Boardwalk. >> Read my blog from my last visit to Kemah.
Grab your board shorts, bikinis, binoculars, golf clubs (and don’t forget your sunscreen!) and I’ll see you on the beach! Summer is here…and the “Hamptons of the Texas Coast” is ready!