Bolivar Flats Free Beach

County Park

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Rettilon Rd.
Bolivar Peninsula, TX 77650
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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

11 people have reviewed this location.

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Mrs. Brent
TN 30' Coleman Ford F250 7.3L
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: N/A

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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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
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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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 4

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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4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
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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Bugeyed1
FL 38' Georgetown
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
“ Not recommended for a class a coach. If you go and sometimes you have to train around if you can’t make it to the next entrance. But it’s still beautiful. ”

Reviewed Feb 07, 2018

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Not recommended for a class a coach. If you go and sometimes you have to turn around if you can’t make it to the next entrance. But it’s still beautiful.

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
“Love! ”

Reviewed Jan 29, 2018

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This is an amazing boondocking spot. All the previous reviews are spot on with location and other info. I would highly recommmend skipping the touristy RV parks in Galveston. Hop on the ferry (free, runs 24 hours and RVs - and tow vehicle fit fine) and find this spot! There is a port o potty on the beach that was surprisingly very clea... more

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GoWithTheFlow&Co.
35' Coachmen Chaparral 2016 Ram 3500
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

GoWithTheFlow&Co. would stay here again

“Beachfront freedom!!! Please don't litter!”

Reviewed Mar 09, 2017

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This was our 1st time boondocking...EVER! This beachfront camping was an amazing 1st impression =) GETTING THERE: -GPS: 29.383223, -94.72345 -We reached the Flats by taking Hwy 87 to Rettilon Road -Get water at Bolivar Peninsula RV Park for $10 (Oops, we forgot...and bought 8 gallons at the Discount Grocery along Hwy 87) -Check... more

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

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