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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.