Top 5 beaches in Texas

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Top 5 beaches in Texas

Beaches are like pizza. Even bad pizza is good pizza, and just about any place where the sand meets the Gulf of Mexico is someone’s favorite beach because different Texans want different things from their beaches.

Some want raucous parties, some want solitude, and some want to be in the middle of “stuff.” We put our first weekly #TexasCool question out to readers and beach “experts” – there’s a job worth having – and arrived at the following:

5 – South Padre Island. It’s much more than just a spring break destination. Enjoy camping, surfing, parasailing on those “other” weeks.

4 – Crystal Beach. Check out the Kemah Boardwalk for rides, food, shopping and more.

3 – Mustang Island. There are more than five miles of coastline, and that means you can pick your adventure – surfing, swimming, birdwatching, mountain biking, fishing.

2 – Rockport Beach. First the bad news: Dogs and glass containers are not allowed. Now the good: You can take a photo at the Big Blue Crab – the 27-foot-long fiberglass beach icon.

And the No. 1 top beach in Texas is … Padre Island National Seashore. Everything’s bigger in Texas, of course, and Padre Island National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, according to the National Park Service.

Disagree with those choices? Get your votes in starting now for next week’s question: What are the Top 5 Texas musical artists?