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Free Beach camping

Parked on beach with nobody else in sight. Hard to beat free camping on the beach.

No tents allowed

They do not allow tent camping Place looks nice though.

Free Beach Camping

Saturday, March 20,2021 Surfside Beach Access Road #4 Third day here. Temp 72°, light breeze, bright sun.

A couple of other camping rigs in the distance early this morning along with two část fishermen with pickups at water’s edge. My dogs ran free.

I moved up here from Access Road #1 two days ago to get away from people and noise congestion and was successful.

Any vehicle can drive on the upper beach and there is light traffic during the day from beach day users. Late Last night, there were kids doing wheelies in their pick ups and a very loud ATV blasted by around 2:00 AM so if this kind of thing keeps you awake you’ve been forewarned.

You won’t find camping amenities here, just sun, sand, and surf rolling in with waves big enough for light surfing. Apparently, the fishing is pretty good, too.

The Freeport beaches are popular, but clean (I picked up one small bag of trash from around my site. The County came through this morning with a clean up detail of four.) The beach is wide and there are very small Dunes on the up side to camp against. No chance of water encroaching on your campsite.

Love it here.

A well-laid out park acquired by KOA in Feb. 2021

This is a nice RV park that was well laid out when built, and it seems they are continuing that as they expand the number of sites. Note that we were there during the transition from the Galveston Island RV Resort to the Galveston Island KOA. So, there's no telling what KOA might do regarding prices, amenities, policies, etc. Therefore, our review is based on the structure and layout of the park. 

We found the sites to be large with plenty of room in between rigs compared to many RV parks, including most of the others on Galveston Island. There is electric (50- and 30-amp), water, and sewer on each site. Many of the sites are pull-throughs. The ones along the outside rows are back-in sites but have the advantage of no roads or neighbors behind you. 

The roads through the park are nice and wide, so there is plenty of room to maneuver large rigs. 

The bathroom facilities are decent; reminiscent of residential bathrooms. It's nice that there are 4 bathrooms with showers and they are unisex. We never ended up waiting. Plenty of hot water, although pressure from the older showerheads seemed lacking at times. 

The laundry room was clean and the machines worked reasonably well. There were 5 washers and 5 dryers available (when they were all working). 

The location could be good or bad depending on your priorities. It's an easy walk across the road to the beach to reach the Gulf of Mexico and the beach stretches for miles. It's also quieter in this area because you are on the west end and not near the city. However, that could be a downside for some folks. It's a solid 20-minute drive to get to town for restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. That may seem long if you want to go in and out of the city a lot, and it's too far to bike it or walk it, so you have to have a vehicle to drive into town with. There are gas stations and a small grocery store within a few miles. 

As I mentioned, this is now a KOA, so I don't know what they're going to do with the pool, hot tub, and lazy river. (All three were closed while we were there in February, so can't really comment much on them.) A KOA representative told us they are looking at adding a playground to the park. 

If it had not been bought by KOA, we would have gone back here whenever we are in the Galveston area. Until we see what KOA does with their rates and policies, we simply don't know if we will return.

Fun park to stay all along the Gulf Coast

Nice sites, nice amenities, walk to beach and great fishing on the canal side!

Nice RV Park Across Street from the Gulf

We really enjoyed our vacation at Galveston Island RV Park.  The park is fairly new and very well kept.  Bathrooms and showers are super clean.  There is a nice swimming pool, lazy river and a huge hot tub to enjoy!  They sell frozen margaritas and pina coladas in the office, which is a nice touch!  The sites are not shaded at all, which makes it hot for summer camping.  There are plenty of palm trees, they're just not fully grown yet.  We walked across the street to the beach every day, which was really nice.  It's a little ways out of town and there are no restaurants nearby, which was a con, but definitely will not stop us from staying here again.

They are thieves!!

We had to cancel due to weather conditions. We have a 72 hour notice and they charged us for the entire reservation. Their answer is that they never give refunds under any circumstances. Beware, it doesn't say that on their website and they don't tell you when you call to reserve either. He said they don't have to post it in Texas. Never give them CC info!

Alligators!
 We loved this place! Our campsite was on Burr Oak loop. Very spacious. Quite a walk to the bathroom though. Very clean bathrooms. 

The trails are awesome! So glad we had our bikes, it allowed us to cover a lot of ground. We did see over 10 alligators. Some on the side of the trail, some in the water….I lost count of how many we saw. Great for hikes. Awesome for bikes.

First to Review
Noisy—No Refund

We paid for three nights (over the phone-big mistake), but after two loud nights we wanted to leave. Went to the office but no one was there during posted business hours. Called the number we had and manager said that the owner will not give refunds. Asked for owner’s number but he wouldn’t give it, so we will be spending another sleepless night here. It is packed with trailers, so apparently other people don’t care, and on the plus side it has concrete pads which is nice because it had rained the day we came in.

Escape from the City

This is the best place to escape from the big city and enjoy nature! There is so much to do. The hiking and bike paths are aplenty. We loved seeing the gators, especially when the babies were hatching (spot dozens of babies in the photos). The observatory is also incredible. There are so many friendly astronomy enthusiasts who are willing to share a peek through their telescope (pre-covid) and share their knowledge. Be sure to help keep light pollution down in that area so everyone can enjoy the stars (no flashlights or phones out). This is such a great park to enjoy and spend a weekend away from the city without traveling too far.