A beach vacation can mean many things. It can mean lounging seaside all day long, napping on a chaise with a cool drink in hand. Or it can adventure with days filled with surfing, water sports, snorkeling and parasailing. For families, a vacation at the beach may include chasing your little ones on the sand, splashing at the shoreline and s’mores around the bonfire each evening.  Which ever you choose a little planning can help you and your family have the perfect get-a-way. 
  • Vehicular traffic is permitted on the beach east of Highway 332 (drive-on beach).  The pedestrian beach (west of Starfish) is always closed to vehicular traffic (including golf carts).  That’s why it’s called the “pedestrian” beach.

    All vehicles driven on the beach (including golf carts) must have an annual beach pass and have it showing on the front left windshield.

    The speed LIMIT on the beach is 15 MPH.

    The drive-on beach allows for parking at the dune-side only.  Traffic is one-way driving east. (On major holidays and weekends or during very high tide, the Chief of Police may determine that a temporary beach closure is necessary.)

    All-terrain vehicles are not allowed on the beach.  Any vehicles that are not street-licensed are not legal.  Licensed and insured golf carts are permitted on the drive-on beach only.  Drivers of golf carts must possess a driver’s license.

    City, state, and federal laws protect the dunes.  Dunes are strictly off-limits to both pedestrians and vehicles.  This is also for your safety, as snakes tend to live in the dunes.

    Horses are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through September 15.  Horses are allowed on the beach during weekends from April 1 through May 15 and September 15 through October 31.  Horses are allowed on the beach every day from November 1 through March 31.

    Camping is not permitted on the beach within the Village of Surfside Beach boundaries.  Camping is permitted on the county beach located east of the city limits at Beach Access Entrance 1, located about 4.0 miles east of Highway 332 on County Road 257 (Bluewater Highway).

    Campfires are permitted on the beach only if they are under control and no bigger than 3’ x 3’.  Christmas trees and sand fences are for erosion control.  DO NOT BURN THEM.

    No fireworks of any kind are allowed on the beach or within the city limits.

    Glass containers are not allowed on the beach.

    Keep sound systems at a volume that does not bother your neighbors.

    The State of Texas’s alcoholic beverage law prohibits public consumption of alcoholic beverages from 2:00 am Sunday until 10am on Sunday as well as under the age of 21 consumption or possession.

    Keep dogs you take to the beach on their leashes.

    PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. Please use the trash receptacles provided at the beach or, better yet, take your trash with you.

    Click here for a printable version of our beach rules.

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Buy Your Beach Permit:

Vehicular traffic is permitted on the beach east of Hwy 332 (drive-on beach). The Pedestrian beach (west of Starfish) is always closed to vehicular traffic (including golf carts). That’s why it’s called the “pedestrian beach”.  Golf carts are permitted on pedestrian beach with a permit and an official handicapped placard if the passenger is mobility challenged. 

All vehicles on the beach, including golf carts must have an annual beach permit and have it showing on the front left windshield.

Parking on Beach Drive requires a beach permit. 

Stahlman Park Event Center

Stahlman Park is a favorite event venue for Brazoria County that is ideal for large occasions such as weddings, reunions, or corporate retreats or for intimate gatherings with friends.  Its recent redesign offers large, climate-controlled, energy efficient space that is beautiful inside and out.

Views of and access to the Gulf of Mexico via the generous deck, gazebo, and walkover will enhance any occasion. You'll find capturing those special moments easy in this photogenic surrounding.  Below decks are picnic tables, a day shower, and a restroom for those wishing to enjoy the outdoors.

Indoor facilities include everything you'll need for your event.  A fully equipped kitchen and ice machine allow for easy meal preparation and serving.  Tables and chairs for guest seating are included.

Large men's and ladies' restrooms rooms double as dressing rooms.

You can use the audio system for presentations or with the hardwood dance floor as your celebrate your special occasion.

4000 Square Feet Climate Controlled Venue, Handicap Accessible
Dance Floor and “Band Area”, Large Restrooms double as Dressing Rooms
Audio/Video Capabilities, 72” Flat Screen TV, Wi-Fi
Deck, Gazebo, Beach Walkover, Picnic Tables, Day Shower, Outdoor Restrooms
(20) 60” Round Tables, (20) 3’ x 6’ Rectangular Tables, 160 Folding Chairs
Ice Machine, Fridge/Freezer, Stove/Oven, Microwave, Rolling Trash Can
--We do not provide linens, cookware, or set up/tear down.--
For more information or to schedule a tour, call 979-233-1531 ext. 106 or email your request to
To book Stahlman Park click here:

Mobi Chairs

A beach wheelchair is available to rent at City Hall for a refundable deposit of $100. Please email to reserve.

To book a Mobi Chair email
For more Info click here: Mobi-Chairs Brochure (PDF)

Beach Warnings

Always check in for up-to-date news of RIP currents and swimming conditions. Click here for current warnings.

Never swim when it is a Red Flag Day.

Sea Turtles
The sea turtles on the Texas Coast that come and lay their eggs on our beaches are critically endangered and federally protected. Disturbing these turtles in anyway is against the law. If you see an injured turtle or one on the beach for any reason please call this number immediately.

While visiting Surfside Beach if you come across an injured bird or other Wildlife, please call the Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue number immediately for rescue volunteers. 979-849-0184 (flyer)

Stranded Marine Life
If you see a stranded dolphin or other sea life, please call the Texas Marine Mammal Network (TMMSN)