Galveston has historic charm and plenty of Gulf side shops and restaurants along the seawall. Corpus Christi is a sizeable city full of modern attractions as well as both bayfront and Gulf beaches. Port Aransas has a quaint charm that attracts many visitors, while the Padre Island Nationa Seashore beckons to those who value solitude.
However, judging by the traditional 'best beach criteria' of white sand, clear water and warm year around temperatures, the nod for best beach in Texas has to go to South Padre Island. Located just a dozen miles above the Texas/Mexico border, South Padre Island is a true subtropical beach with clearer water, whiter beaches and more diverse marine life than the typical Texas beach.