Destination guide

Get to know Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach’s idyllic location along the Gulf of Mexico has made it a longstanding favorite with sun-seekers, spring breakers, and water babies alike. This city combines its small-town charm and quaint main street with miles of unspoiled coastline, sizzling golden beaches, and stunning coastal marshes, meaning that there’s something to please all interests and ages. A stay in a Surfside Beach vacation rental opens up more than just the beach, though; known as the Cradle of Texas, this historic city was also home to the storied Fort Velasco, among countless other treasures.

Things to do

Tracing Surfside Beach’s roots

Open Tuesday through Saturday, the Lake Jackson Historical Museum is one of the area’s most popular rainy-day destinations. This non-profit center is a convenient 25-minute drive from most central Surfside Beach vacation rentals and provides an engaging and informative insight into the history and culture of the Lake Jackson area. The 12,000-square-foot institution has interactive exhibits and high-tech displays that are sure to thrill visitors of all ages. These chart 4 key periods in the region’s history—the prehistoric age, the plantation era, the city’s industrial development, and its modern-day founding.

Activities

Let Surfside Beach reel you in

The crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide ideal conditions for fishing, making Surfside Beach vacation rentals a popular choice for avid anglers. A number of companies operate offshore charters ranging from half-day excursions to overnight trips. The waters here are teeming with all manner of marine life, from red snapper and ling to tuna, dorado, and amber jack. Fishermen keen for a challenge can even try reeling in sharks. These outings also make a great activity for kids, so bring the family along for a sun-soaked day on the high seas.

Weather

Surfside Beach is heating up

The climate in Texas is relatively consistent all year round, with even the winter months boasting temperatures in the high 50s. As a result, these off-season months are a tempting time to snap up a Surfside Beach vacation rental. Summer conditions are perfect for sunbathing and hitting the beach. July averages spike in the mid-80s, so consider a Surfside Beach vacation rental with a pool to cool down under the Texan sun. Demand peaks during this period, and availability can be limited, so travelers with their heart set on a hot summer vacation will need to book early to avoid disappointment.

Natural features

Scenic Surfside Beach

The Bluewater Highway, a scenic 40-mile stretch along the breathtaking Texas coastline, connects Surfside Beach to Galveston. En route, you’ll be able to take in heart-stopping sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico and admire the stark beauty of the sand dunes that line the shore. In summer, these dunes burst with the color of local flowers, such as the purple morning glory, adding a floral charm to these tranquil, often isolated spots. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to enjoy some bird-watching. The warm sands are the perfect place to rest and watch these majestic creatures soar across the glistening waters.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Surfside Beach

Fly into Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), the closest airport, located 45.3 mi (73 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 48.1 mi (77.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Surfside Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 333 vacation rentals near Surfside Beach. From 319 Houses to 8 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Surfside Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Surfside Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Surfside Beach:

  • San Luis Beach: 187 vacation rentals
  • Jamaica Beach: 186 vacation rentals
  • Terramar Beach: 503 vacation rentals
  • Sea Isle: 272 vacation rentals
  • Indian Beach: 59 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Surfside Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Surfside Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Surfside Beach: 884 vacation rentals
  • Surfside Jetty Park: 622 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island State Park: 2,361 vacation rentals
  • San Luis Pass County Park: 1,572 vacation rentals
  • Port of Freeport: 580 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Surfside Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Surfside Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 319 Houses in Surfside Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Surfside Beach include:

  • Cottages: 8 rentals available
  • Cabins: 8 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Surfside Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Surfside Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.