Boondocking On A Texas Beach

There’s nothing like driving the RV off the road onto a beach and making yourself at home. That is exactly what we did at Magnolia Beach, Texas. We parked just a few feet from the water and were lulled to sleep at night with the cashing waves. The beach is elevated several feet higher than the water so no worries about drifting unintentionally out to sea!

The beach offers ample wildlife and tranquil views of the gulf waters along with fishing, boating, kayaking, beach walking, shell hunting and relaxing. Commercial oyster and fishing boats are a common scene and tanker ships come and go from a nearby refinery visible in the distance.

Magnolia Beach is located on the Gulf Coast of Texas about 1.5 hours north of Corpus Christi near Port Lavaca. It is a free area for day visitors and for overnight tent and RV campers. It offers minimal amenities but there is a restroom with shower facilities available. The beach is hard-packed sand and shells providing a good base to support RVs of any size and weight. We counted 34 total RVs present during our beach stay and there was ample room for many more.

Both Verizon and AT&T provided strong 4g service. We were able to stream Netflix without issue. Groceries and supplies are available at Walmart, HEB and other stores in nearby Port Lavaca. There are several RV parks nearby that may offer a dump site, water, and propane.

The weather varies wildly during the winter as it does throughout Texas. During our December 2017 stay we had a mixed bag of fog, cold, rain, wind and sunshine. Sunsets when visible were stunning and often were pink and purple. Every day is different and that’s all part of the adventure of living in an RV.

We loved our time at Magnolia Beach and recommend it as a great boondocking and day use site.

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4 thoughts on “Boondocking On A Texas Beach”

  1. 1

    Camping on the beach. Now how did the salt water spray effect you undersides etc. It’s called rust. I hope you got it washed under and upper right after you got off the beach.

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      Hi Ron – thank you for the advice. Being from the upper midwest we are quite used to salt on our vehicles (that is what they use to keep the roads clear of snow). We didn’t experience a lot of water spray during our stay at the beach, but we still washed the RV and our tow vehicle after the stay.

  2. 1

    Thank you for posting this. We plan to do some traveling/boondocking across the south after I retire in a year or so and I’m really excited about the possibility of spending a few nights at this site on the beach.

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      It is a great spot to boondock. With the hard pack crushed seashell beach and lack of tide, it’s an easy in and out beach site with room for any size rig.

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