When it comes time to escape your daily grind, you want to find a place where you and your family can spread out and enjoy some time together. If you’re looking for a place on the beach or close to one, then the Surf side Beach area in southeastern Texas might fit the bill. Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this beach town offers water sports, and beautiful weather, even in the spring and fall months. Up and down the coast, pretty little towns are waiting to welcome your group. Here are 12 Surfside Beach vacation rental locations.

1. Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach
Source: Flickr / Mike Juvru

While away your vacation days on the white sandy beaches in Surfside. You and your family can splash in the water or take a paddle boarding lesson at one of the local resorts. On the top floor of City Hall, learn a little more about this area at the Surfside Historical Museum, or reserve a dinner on the beach for two people to reconnect with your sweetie.

2. Quintana

Beach homes at Surfside TX
Source: Flickr / Roy Luck

Just south of Surfside is the coastal town of Quintana. Here, you can find a modest vacation rental to fit a tight vacation budget, and still be close enough to ride to the beach. Explore the beach at Quintana Beach County Park, which includes restroom facilities so you can spend the day. Take a tour on the water with Bayou City Adventures or Fling Charters.

3. Freeport

Fishing on Freeport Jetty
Source: Flickr / Roy Luck

Follow the Brazos River inland to the town of Freeport, where you can enjoy a vacation rental along the river, or one a few blocks away. Spend your days boating, kayaking, fishing, and biking around the town. Take the family to the Brazosport Planetarium to learn more about the cosmos, or to the Starplex Cinema to catch the latest blockbuster movie.

4. Jamaica Beach

Galveston Island Seawall Beach Lifeguard Stand HDR Sunrise
Source: Flickr / Katie Haugland Bowen

Drive northeast from Surfside along the barrier islands to the coastal community of Jamaica Beach. Take your kids to the Lone Star Flight Museum to learn more about the history of aviation, or the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum to learn more about the oil industry in Texas. Enjoy a day at the beach, a bike ride around town, and attempt to hang ten on a wave.

5. Galveston Island

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Source: flickr / mr_t_77

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of busy vacation spot when you choose a vacation rental on Galveston Island. After sunning on the beach, take the kids to Moody Gardens amusement park to ride the rides and enjoy fair food. Another hot spot is the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier with its retro rides and games. Your kids will love the view from the Ferris wheel that looks out over the water.

6. Tiki Island

Tiki Island
Source: Flickr / Paul Allen

Escape the crowds at Galveston Island with a vacation rental on Tiki Island, which feels far away but is still close enough to drive to all the hot spots. This small village is made up of streets that run along the tributaries of Jones Bay, and many of the homes have docks where you can tie your own boat, or rent one for your trip to spend your days out on the bay fishing.

7. Pointe West

Surfside, TX.
Source: Flickr / Poor Ole Rich

Located on the tip of Galveston Island, the Pointe West neighborhood offers you the chance to escape the tourist scene. With white sandy beaches lined by sea grass, this coastal community invites you and your family to relax and unwind with a stroll along the beach or just settle into a beach chair and listen to the surf. Close to the Bluewater Highway, this town offers easy access to downtown Galveston.

8. Bolivar Peninsula

Shrimp Boats, Bolivar Peninsula-3
Source: Flickr / finchlake2000

Find a home along the 26 miles of pristine beaches on the Bolivar Peninsula and enjoy a vacation filled with peace and quiet. Ride your bike around this small barrier island, or take a kayak out on the Gulf of Mexico. Take photos of the Point Bolivar Lighthouse, or wander through the Smith Oaks Sanctuary on the raised platform trails, and enjoy the coolness under the shade of the trees.

9. Harborside

Gulf of Mexico, 2 of 3
Source: Flickr / Patrick Feller

Choose a vacation rental in the small area of Harborside. Watch the big boats make their way in and out of the Galveston Cruise Terminal. Located close to Downtown Strand, this community offers you a slower pace of life just a short drive from numerous shopping and dining destinations.

10. Downtown Strand

Historic Home, Galveston, Texas
Source: Flickr / Ken Lund

Select one of the condos or lofts located in the Victorian era homes as your home base for your next vacation. Spend a day shopping at the local boutiques and window shopping at the art galleries. Each week this town offers an Art Walk to explore your love of art. On Sunday mornings, stop by Eat Cetera for brunch before spending the day biking, fishing, or boating.

11. Goat Island

Wilson's Plover
Source: Flickr / Greg Schechter

On the Bolivar Peninsula, you and your family can select a home away from home in the Goat Island area. You’ll enjoy the days spent building sand castles on Crystal Beach. Rent a boat and spend the day fishing and swimming just off shore at Stingaree Cove or Yates Cove. You can grill up the catch of the day back at your vacation rental.

12. Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Area

Pair of Eastern Great Egrets
Source: Flickr / A Yee

Travel northeast from Surfside and past the Galveston area to the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge area. You and your family can find a small vacation rental to get back to nature. Explore the Refuge trails with binoculars to check out the unique habitats of the local bird population, or bring your fishing rod to try your hand at catching some fish.