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October 25, 2014
Bolivar Peninsula Beaches including Crystal Beach
Family and beach party-ers, cars, tents, and million dollar homes. Gulf carts, teenagers, bikinis, grandparents and children playing in the sand. Those who love the sea love Bolivar.

Bolivar BeachesYou'll have fun on Bolivar's beaches, all 30 miles, with different areas catering to different age groups and lifestyles. The most well known area is called Crystal Beach and is named after its crystal-like sand. Crystal Beach is the busiest and most appealing to the more youthful at heart. You can join in the Crystal Beach party on the sand or watch it all happen from the view of an overlooking beach home.

You can drive your vehicle or gulf cart the entire length of the beach for a scenic tour of almost 30 miles. Bolivar's beaches are so beautiful and popular that many from Galveston Island ferry over to take part in the natural excitement that defines the area.

Favorite activities on the beach include: swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing for shells, fishing, horseback riding, sand-castle building, wind sailing, surfing and treasure hunting. Many find our beaches the perfect vacation spot or retirement area.
Play by the Rules Please!

Camping is Allowed on Bolivar Peninsula Beaches. Please keep in mind these rules:


2.NO BON FIRES_ONLY SMALL CONTAINED CAMP FIRES ARE ALLOWED(please check if burn ban is in effect before starting any campfires)



*As for accommodations, our beaches do offer portable restrooms, but not showers.

 Crystal BeachCrystal Beach Aerial  Crystal Beach Walkway
Our Beaches
The Texas Open Beaches Act (OBA) allows the public to have access to the Gulf beaches of Texas using a public beach easement. This beach easement is a rolling easement, set at the mean high tide line.

DunesSand Dunes
What are dunes and why are they important?
Dunes are a resilient natural barrier to the destructive forces of wind and waves. They are the least expensive and most efficient defense against storm-surge flooding and beach erosion. Dunes absorb the impact of high waves and storm surges, preventing or delaying the intrusion of waters into inland areas. Dunes hold sand that help replenish eroded beaches after storms as well as buffer windblown sand and saltspray. By serving as our front line of defense against tropical storms and hurricanes, sand dunes can prevent property loss and save lives.

What factors threaten the stability of sand dunes?
The growth of mainland coastal population centers and the increasing development and recreational use of the barrier islands threaten the stability of the dune environment. Construction and heavy use of the beaches contribute to dune deterioration. The vegetation that secures sand is destroyed, sand is lost, and the dune line is breached by roads, trails, and storm runoff. Dune damage that results from human activities accelerates the damage caused by wind and wave erosion.

What can be done to preserve dunes and prevent dune deterioration?
• The natural defense dunes provide can be strengthened by enhancing the development and stability of existing dunes and by building new ones. Native vegetation can be planted to accelerate sand accumulation. Plants such as bitter panicum, sea oats, and marshhay cordgrass can help trap sand and stabilize dunes. Temporary structures such as slatted wood or plastic sand fencing may also be used, but use of natural plantings is preferable.
• In areas where local sand supply is insufficient, dunes can be artificially constructed with imported beach-quality sand. These constructed dunes must be vegetated to maintain their stability.
• Before beginning any beachfront construction or dune restoration activity, check with your local government beach and dune authority to obtain the proper permits and to ensure that no dunes will be harmed. To report destruction of dunes, or if you have any questions about dune protection or restoration, call the General Land Office Beach Access and Dune Protection Program at 1-800-998- 4GLO.

Crystal Beach Labor Day
Crystal Beach Labor Day

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