Bolivar Flats Free Beach

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Rettilon Rd.
Bolivar Peninsula, TX 77650
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GPS: 29.3838, -94.7224

Last Price Paid: $0
Max Stay: 3
Tent Camping: Yes

Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

2 people have reviewed this location.

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1 review
“Yes, watch the tides! ”

Reviewed Jan 12, 2017

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We attempted to stay here a while back but when we arrived, a mild storm producing onshore winds coupled with the high tide raised the water level enough to completely submerge the beach, so we had to go elsewhere for camping.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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188sqft
Pittsburgh, PA
27 Keystone Cougar
2013 RAM 2500
21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

188sqft would stay here again

“Beachfront, free, and easy to access with any size rig”

Reviewed Dec 21, 2016

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This was our first beach boondocking and it did not disappoint. Waking up to the ocean right outside your camper is an amazing feeling of relaxation (and a bit of anxiety the first few nights). It was easy to access and any rig should be fine in the sand. The Bolivar Flats are more like a packed dirt road than sand. We had no issues at all with traction in 2WD while towing and not towing our fifth wheel.

It costs $10 for a beach permit you can pick up at just about any local store. The Big Store is where we got ours. We didn't see any kind of stay limit, but we assumed it was 14 days.

There are some people that drive along the beach. Nothing much to worry about. Also, the beaches are a bit dirty, litter and such.

I had a dream about our camper floating away in the ocean the first night because of the constant wave noise. That's normal, right?! 😬

Enter the flats from Rettilon Rd (29.392015, -94.730910). We stayed at 29.378801, -94.724940 and there's an easier spot to access at 29.381973, -94.723574. We filled our water at Bolivar Peninsula RV Park for $10.

A word of caution: keep an eye on the tide charts. And not just the regular ones. Keep an eye out for storm surges and weather warnings. We had to leave when the approaching tides were 4 feet instead of the regular 1 foot. We had no idea until a nice gentleman stopped to warn us. If it weren't for him, we would have been in a mess of trouble at 2 AM when the storm hit. Needless to say, we left early and were sad to see this in our rearview mirror.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Bolivar Peninsula, TX – 188sqft

To say we were excited about this location would be an understatement. Last year we visited High Island, TX to visit my cousin, and we found the area so charming. Being next to a pretty...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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