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Abundant sunshine, a temperate climate and mile after sandy mile of America’s premier beachfront property – it may sound like your vacation match made in Texas heaven, but here on the Gulf Coast, it’s merely the beginning! We’ve captured the very essence of this scintillating Texas region on our list of Top Gulf Coast Texas Resorts. From painted sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico to a challenging 18 holes on a championship Texas golf course, you’ll find them both – and a whole lot more – at the resorts featured on our list. So slip on your swimsuit, slather on the SPF 20 and find your tropical paradise on Texas’ Gulf Coast today!
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The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay is the number 1 pick for it's wide array of activities that are onsite and easily accessible. An 18-hole country club is your backyard for example.

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The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay is the number 1 pick for it's wide array of activities that are onsite and easily accessible. An 18-hole country club is your backyard for example.

78 luxurious rooms are yours to choose from as you spend lazy afternoons relaxing on the gulf coast. Hit the fitness center to feel even better after a day on the beach. Then visit the onsite Palm Room Bar & Grill for a delicious variety of local cuisine. Seafood, steak, and much more are on the menu. You'll feel pampered and incredible in this stunning Texas coast resort. You'll make great memories in the luxury, in the sand, and in the surf!

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200 S Fulton Beach Rd‎ Rockport, TX 78382

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You can enjoy on-property fishing, as well as easy access to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Plus there's always the 18-hole Bill Coore-designed Rockport Country Club.

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Visit the sumptuous Palm Room Bar & Grill for great bay views as well as for the wide ranging menu that includes seafood and steaks and other delicious choices.

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Peaking through the lush and picture perfect forests of the Texas Piney Woods is the sprawling Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. Let the 40 plus years of award winning customer service set the tone for... read more

Peaking through the lush and picture perfect forests of the Texas Piney Woods is the sprawling Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. Let the 40 plus years of award winning customer service set the tone for your resort experience.

Located only 30 miles north of the Houston Metroplex, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center gives you the chance to be immersed in the natural beauty that the area is known for. Regardless if your looking to relax or hold a conference this resort has something for you. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has 406 rooms which are individually located and outfitted to maximize your enjoyment. They have single rooms, doubles and suites, all of which have a unique view and access depending on your preference.The resort has a comprehensive list of amenities including internet, spa products, patios, coffee maker, safe and much more. Onsite the Resort has enough activities to keep you busy for your entire stay such as The Forest Oasis Water Park, fitness center, 36 holes of competitive golf and hiking/biking trails that roam through the breathtaking scenery of The Texas Piney Woods. In addition if your looking for more things to do during your stay check out the health spa, billiards room, tennis and bike rentals. With all the activity on site and the nature setting the backdrop, it would be hard to imagine you having anything but the getaway of a lifetime at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center · 2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Highlights

The resort is home to 2 full golf courses, The Oaks and Panther Trail. They both offer spectacular views of the Texas Piney Woods as well as being a challenge for any level of player.

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In 2014 the Forest Oasis Waterscape added a 1,000 foot lazy river that winds through the forest landscape.

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Port A Escapes

Port Aransas, Texas

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We know what you’re thinking: Port A Escapes sounds suspiciously like porta potties. Don’t worry: the similarity is entirely coincidental. Port A Escapes is actually short for Port Aransas Escapes, aka an... read more

We know what you’re thinking: Port A Escapes sounds suspiciously like porta potties. Don’t worry: the similarity is entirely coincidental. Port A Escapes is actually short for Port Aransas Escapes, aka an incredible place for you and your family to escape to!

As with most tropical islands, Port Aransas is a tranquil retreat that encourages a deep feeling of laid-backness. This well-earned, as the island boasts a plethora of amenities that will entice even the most jaded guest. With 18 miles of natural beaches, world class deep sea fishing, coastal shopping, island style restaurants, The Palmilla Beach and Golf Club, and the Schlitterbahn Beach waterpark, there’s seemingly no end to the fun and relaxation you can have on Aransas. Port A Escapes will provide a cozy cabin for you to rest in between “arduous” adventures out to enjoy your new tropical lifestyle.

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1900 TX-361, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Population

The population was 3,480 at the 2010 census.

Fun facts

Port Aransas is the only town on Mustang Island.

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For anyone that has gone on vacation and thought to themselves, "I wish I had a little more space", you're not alone. For your next getaway, why not go somewhere where you'll have more space than you know what to... read more

For anyone that has gone on vacation and thought to themselves, "I wish I had a little more space", you're not alone. For your next getaway, why not go somewhere where you'll have more space than you know what to do with?

Just past Corpus Christi, sit the Island House Beach Front Condominiums. Apart from their previously mentioned spaciousness, all the condos sit just steps from the sand and waves, allowing you easy access to beach luxury and fun. All sizes of condo are available, from one bedroom hideaways to three bedroom palaces. Hungry? Grill yourself up a famous Texas-sized steak in your fully equipped kitchens or on a gas grill. Or go out- there's no shortage of gourmet restaurants in the area!

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15340 Leeward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

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There;s also a country club nearby for golf, dining, and recreation!

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The onsite swimming pool is heated during the winter months!

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South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center isn't JUST a place you come and stay- it's truly an experience, one that you'll never forget!

This is the largest full-service waterside resort and... read more

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center isn't JUST a place you come and stay- it's truly an experience, one that you'll never forget!

This is the largest full-service waterside resort and conference center in Southeast Texas, but the level of care and personal service will make you feel like you're in a mom and pop bed and breakfast. Inside you will spend your day relaxing by the pool, enjoying a full breakfast, or getting wet 'n' wild to your hearts content. Meanwhile, step out the front door and you have easy access to majestic Clear Lake and all the swimming, boating, and other fun that comes with it. Whichever of the resort's 237 rooms you stay in, you're sure to have a memorable experience!

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2500 South Shore Blvd, League City, TX 77573

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The hotel is six miles from the Johnson Space Center/Fix and four miles from the Kemah Boardwalk.

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There's an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a lobby lounge and a casual restaurant

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We know Texans are famous for doing things with bigger-than-average flair, but even we were blown away by our No. 6 resort’s grandiose proportions. We’ve seen our fair share of teased hair and 10-gallon hats,... read more

We know Texans are famous for doing things with bigger-than-average flair, but even we were blown away by our No. 6 resort’s grandiose proportions. We’ve seen our fair share of teased hair and 10-gallon hats, but we’d never witnessed elegance and class on such a grand scale as when we first laid eyes on The San Luis Resort.

It would be too simple to describe our No. 6 spot as a Gulf Coast resort when, for all intents and purposes, this Texas retreat is actually a complete hotel, spa and conference center on spectacular Galveston Island. It’s all the opulence of a Southern plantation manor, with polished marble floors, upholstered walls and gold-fringed furnishings. And it’s all the playful after-hours fun that this Texas town is famous for, from the waterfalls, grotto and Gulf of Mexico views of the tropical pool to the haute-cuisine and red-hot scene of the H2o lounge. Looking for a gorgeous Gulf Coast landscape to pair with your Texas wedding color palette? The San Luis Resort’s lush, manicured grounds serve as a striking supplement to emerald and ecru selections, while wood paneling and crystal chandeliers in the grand ballroom set the stage for more formal crimson hues. The bride won’t be the only one wearing white; even the resort’s wedding gazebo has been painted an eye-catching eggshell shade!

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Honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2000, The San Luis Resort features a fully accredited IACC conference facility along with the finest in hospitality, dining, entertainment and activities.

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Sip a fruity drink at The San Luis Resort’s refreshing H2o ultra lounge or perched atop a submerged stool at the resort’s swim-up pool bar.

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The Spa San Luis offers some of Galveston Island’s most luxurious spa services and amenities, including a complete fitness center, boutique and full-service salon all on site.

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While our No. 7 pick is a beauty in its own right, what really caught our eye was the breathtaking community that surrounds it. Set along a sparkling waterway that runs through the entire city, The Woodlands... read more

While our No. 7 pick is a beauty in its own right, what really caught our eye was the breathtaking community that surrounds it. Set along a sparkling waterway that runs through the entire city, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel is a stylish escape in the heart of The Woodlands, Texas.

The water taxis that cruise the waterway outside our No. 7 spot may bear little resemblance to Venice’s gondolas, but we can’t help thinking that they bring a bit of the same romantic ambiance to this Texas community. Then again, we could be thinking of the chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries that awaited our arrival to our Marriott hotel suite – just two features of the hotel’s Woodlands romantic escape package! Wake each morning to Ristorante Tuscany’s scrumptious Belgian waffles, piled high with strawberries and whipped cream, then pack the leftovers and head to Town Green Park for the best people watching around. But we promised you style and there’s plenty of it to be found in this modern Texas town. For the best bang for your buck, we recommend a short stroll to the Woodlands Mall. Those who can’t be bothered with budgets will love the 460 world-class shops, boutiques and specialty stores within walking distance of The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. And all it takes is a body scrub or manicure at the Spa at the Waterway to have you glowing from head to toe!

Highlights

More than 70,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space connected to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Getting there

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel is 20 minutes North of George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport. When exiting from the airport, take the Hardy Toll Road North. This will merge with I-45. Exit at Woodlands Parkway. At the second traffic light, Six Pines Drive, turn right. At the second traffic light, Lake Robbins Drive, turn right. The hotel is on your right.

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All of these Texas hotel rooms feature Marriott's signature Revive Bedding for a restful night’s sleep during your stay.

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Isla Grand Beach Resort

South Padre Island, Texas

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We’ve found a spectacular island getaway that doesn’t require logging long hours on an overseas flight. Even better, it’s perfect for the whole family! For blue waters, white sands and beachfront fun on... read more

We’ve found a spectacular island getaway that doesn’t require logging long hours on an overseas flight. Even better, it’s perfect for the whole family! For blue waters, white sands and beachfront fun on your Gulf Coast family vacation, pack your bags and make your way to Isla Grand Beach Resort!

Our No. 8 spot only feels worlds away – in reality, Isla Grand Beach Resort is located on the surf, sun and entertainment mecca more commonly known as South Padre Island! We hope you and the little ones don’t mind getting a little dirty; here, a majority of the most popular activities center on sandy beaches and warm coastal waters. If you’re like us, your sand art talents are limited to crudely sketching your name in the sand. Or at least they were, until you spent the day with a South Padre Island sandcastle master, who quickly transforms your boring sand tower into an impressive sandcastle complete with moats, turrets and even an alligator or two! Our hats are off to parents for all the work they do, but how come we never stopped to consider that maybe it was the kids who needed a break? Fortunately, Isla Grand Beach Resort is one step ahead with children’s activities that feature water games, arts and crafts and even a special night of entertainment exclusively for the little ones!

Highlights

The Isla Grand Beach Resort offers outstanding convention, meeting and banquet facilities for your Gulf Coast Texas business, wedding or group event.

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Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruises depart daily from Port Isabel and boast a swashbuckling good time for you and the kids with face painting, sword fighting, treasure hunts and water pistol duels!

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Isla Grand Beach Resort’s cabana rooms and two-bedroom condos have plenty of space for the whole crew on your Texas family vacation. These Gulf Coast condos even feature views of the Gulf of Mexico!

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Lonestar Inn & Suites

Victoria, Texas

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Located in Victoria, the crossroads of Texas, Lonestar Inn & Suites serves as the premier base camp for Southwester sightseers. Visit the exciting attractions of cities like Houston and San Antonio before... read more

Located in Victoria, the crossroads of Texas, Lonestar Inn & Suites serves as the premier base camp for Southwester sightseers. Visit the exciting attractions of cities like Houston and San Antonio before finding fun on the Gulf of Mexico. Afterward, unwind in their relaxing accommodations.

As your gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, you're just a short ways from the aquamarine waters. Deep-sea fishing, diving, and cruising highlight your aquatic adventures. If you prefer to stay dry, get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Texas Zoo, take in a show of the several local performing arts groups, visit a museum, or travel to any of the nearby cities for additional attractions. There's never a dull moment here. After an adventure-filled day, enjoy the inn's spacious setups and array of amenities. Whether you choose a standard suite or the relaxation of the Jacuzzi suite, the rooms are the perfect place to rest after a long day of fun. Make a splash in the outdoor swimming pool, stay in shape at the fitness center, or surf the web with Wi-Fi access. And, each morning begins with a hot breakfast starring biscuits and gravy, fresh fruits, and more!

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1907 US Hwy 59 North, Victoria, TX 77905

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Soak in some Texas history at Texas history at the historic La Bahia Mission in Goliad or stuff shopping bags at the Victoria Mall.

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Frequenters of the fairway can tee it up on the very beautiful and challenging Riverside Golf Course or Colony Creek Country Club.

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Kontiki Beach Resort Condos whisk you away to a Gulf of Mexico paradise! Calming waterfront views, spacious condos, and an ocean of activities offer something for everyone from beach bummers to avid explorers. Do... read more

Kontiki Beach Resort Condos whisk you away to a Gulf of Mexico paradise! Calming waterfront views, spacious condos, and an ocean of activities offer something for everyone from beach bummers to avid explorers. Do as much or as little as you want at this Gulf of Mexico getaway!

Condo suites overlook the aquamarine waters, offering spacious one- to three-bedroom suites. Soak in the Gulf views from your private balcony, kick up your feet on your outdoor deck, take a dip in the sparkling pool, swing away on the tennis court, or shoot some hoops in the basketball area. The picnic area features grill stations, perfect for a family barbecue. Cast your lines at the fishing pier and reel in redfish and speckled trout. If you're ready for some Gulf adventures, head off on a fishing expedition with Deep Sea Headquarters or learn to ride the waves at a surf camp. Admire the sea life at the Texas State Aquarium or soak up some knowledge at the Texas Maritime Museum. Or, if you'd like to do nothing at all, stretch out on the beach and catch a tan, the Gulf waves whispering their eternal song. Your waterfront paradise awaits at Kontiki Beach Resort Condos!

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2290 N Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX 78382

Highlights

The Rockport Health & Fitness Club features state-of-the-art exercise machines and experienced trainers to ensure an effective workout session.

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Bird-waters can catch a glimpse of many varied species without ever leaving the grounds!

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