Bolivar Flats Free Beach

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Rettilon Rd. Bolivar Peninsula, TX 77650 Official Website

GPS: 29.3838, -94.7224

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 5 ft
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.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving on sandy beaches.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

15 people have reviewed this location.

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Trippinonasphalt would stay here again

“Pretty cool, but no bathroom!”

Reviewed Jun 12, 2019

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Very cool to be able to spend the night right on the beach. There were a lot of people taking advantage of the free camping area, to the point it seemed like some people maybe lived here. You should treat this place as if there is no bathroom... unless you are okay with using a port-a-potty with a literal mound of poop and toilet pap... more

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Dollop of Adventure
Willis, TX 30' K-Z Connect 303RL Ford Expedition
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Dollop of Adventure would stay here again

“Amazing beach ”

Reviewed Jun 10, 2019

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We stayed here for a weekend in early June. The first weekend after all the kids were out of school. It was a little busy during the day. But as the sun went down and people started to leave it was amazing! One tent was the only other person on the beach! Being able to sleep listening to the waves crash was amazing! I will say that as ... more

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Meandering Life
30' Forest River Rockwood Ram 2500
66 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
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Meandering Life would stay here again

“Free beach camping!!”

Reviewed May 17, 2019

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Beautiful beach camping. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay one night in late February 2019. The weather was beautiful for that one day and we were able to enjoy our free beach spot. However, the next day a front came through and high tide was very high, so we ended up going to a nearby RV park where it was dry. We were very ... more

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BigWoods would stay here again

“Nice and Free. Great fishing. ”

Reviewed Mar 06, 2019

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You do not have to buy a pass to park here. Enter off Rettilon Rd. As you enter onto the beach turn left. The first half mile from Rettilon going Northeast (left) does not require purchase of the pass. Beach is very hard packed and driving is easy. I would watch the tides here very closely. It’s called Bolivar Flats for a reason. Very ... more

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Mrs. Brent
TN 30' Coleman Ford F250 7.3L
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
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Mrs. Brent would stay here again

“A beautiful FREE place to camp! ”

Reviewed Jan 07, 2019

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It’s such a unique experience to camp directly on the beach! We stopped at ‘The Big Store’ on our way in and got a $10 permit to park on the beach and it’s good until the end of the year! The sand is very packed down, making the access in a travel trailer doable. We have a 30ft travel trailer and didn’t have any issues hauling or parki... more

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Days stayed: 2

Ash would stay here again

“Beautiful clean and spacious beach”

Reviewed Nov 26, 2018

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Great experience staying at this beach. Easy beach access, Free Boondocking. We even stayed on a holiday weekend and the beach was very spacious, felt like we had the beach to ourselves. The weather was great in late November, warm days and chilly nights, and we were able to get in the water. I was impressed by how clean this beach was... more

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Days stayed: 1
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Dan would stay here again

“Always a good time!”

Reviewed Jul 20, 2018

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I go here a few times a year to tent camp and fish.

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Days stayed: 3

Gypsy would stay here again

“Great break for the soul”

Reviewed Jul 20, 2018

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Free camping throughout the year with a one time $10 pass bought at any store here. Right on the beach is beautiful but very windy (of course). Dogs are welcomed but I didnt see many. Weekends are bumper to bumper and many of the campers...and tents are by the sand dunes. At the waters edge looks like a parking lot...but they mostl... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

sidebysideadventures would stay here again

“Great beach camping”

Reviewed Mar 27, 2018

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Had a wonderful time camping on the beach. We stayed in the “Free” area but for $10, you can purchase an annual pass and camp virtually anywhere. There were port a potties located about every 2 miles that were reasonably clean. Trash receptacles were located about every 100 yards which was very convenient and they were emptied daily du... more

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RoadNoise
34' Newmar American Star 2013 Chevy Silverado
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

RoadNoise would stay here again

“Perfect Beach Camping”

Reviewed Feb 16, 2018

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We followed the coordinates that 188sqft provided in their review and accessed the beach via Rettilon Road. We had no trouble driving on the sand but we arrived right before a thunderstorm so we stayed hitched up for the first night just in case we needed to move quickly. The next morning, the rain had washed some sand away and we had... more

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

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