We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Nice beach

Personally i liked my experince here. the trash was minimal and the water was a little muggy but it... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
Dallas, Texas
via mobile
Christmas at the beach

It was a beautiful sunny Christmas Day. We enjoyed at the beach. The only restaurant open was jack... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2016
Arch L
via mobile
Read all 37 reviews
All photos (12)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible18%
21 Jan 2018
“Better go now, it's soon gone”
14 May 2017
“Nice beach ”
Popular beach featuring playground facilities, eateries and picnic areas.
Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Anyways the title pretty much sums it all up. My wife and I moved to Houston a few years back from Michigan. Well since its pretty much cold all the time up north, we were excited to find out about Galveston Island for some fun...More

12  Thank jeffrey r
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 October 2014

We paid to park there one summer, decided to walk down the beach to see the sunset, came back only a few minutes past 8pm (their closing time), and found that our car was already hooked up to a tow truck! We had to pay...More

11  Thank robin f
Reviews (37)
Filter reviews
36 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
See what travellers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great, wide beach. Close to fast food and Walgreen's. It is undeveloped now, but soon to be filled with high rise hotels. Hurry before the fences go up!

3  Thank John2Mary
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Personally i liked my experince here. the trash was minimal and the water was a little muggy but it was a great place to have fun.

1  Thank Yasmiena27
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

It was a beautiful sunny Christmas Day. We enjoyed at the beach. The only restaurant open was jack in the box. We got some food Parked on the street and ate at the beach. It was a nice walk along the beach and we enjoyed...More

3  Thank Arch L
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Porretto Beach was a huge disappointment. It was dirty and disorganized, cluttered by junk, ropes, plastic barrels, etc. Bad parking. Go anywhere else!

1  Thank aeroblaine
Reviewed 21 March 2016

We did the crab run on this beach 5 years in a row. I think it is a delightful beach. The have the standard opportunities, rentals. It is rather sad that there is a lot of controversy for the private owners. We prefer to shop...More

1  Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Plenty of other beach areas and this place is simply not worth it. Often it is not kept up. Drive on down to Stewart Beach or East Beach or plenty of beaches on the sea wall that are free.

3  Thank Gayle41
Reviewed 1 December 2015

very clean beach with restrooms and concessions close by but not at beach .Umbrella and chairs available to rent or bring your own . Alcohol allowed in cans but no bottles on beach .

3  Thank Barbara A
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Good beach, lots of families enjoyed this beach. Water shallow, lots of swimmers. Canoes, paddle boarders

1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Awesome ......Great location and family friendly. Very well kept. Most People said it's thirty ... no good service ... i need to tell them this Galveston Island is not MALDIVES ...if ur looking for something 5 stars luxury Go spend some Strong money Far to...More

5  Thank Ynes Y
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Our visit had poor timing....after the flooding all across Texas, the beaches at Galveston looked like you would expect. However, the lifeguards were on duty, the sun was shining and it was a great day for a walk along the gulf! This public beach is...More

3  Thank Sabrina4120
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 53 nearby hotels
Pearl Inn
34 reviews
.04 km away
La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach
811 reviews
.62 km away
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach
960 reviews
.98 km away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Galveston
314 reviews
1.28 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 346 nearby restaurants
PattyCakes Bakery
186 reviews
.83 km away
Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant
911 reviews
.49 km away
Mosquito Cafe
1,253 reviews
.86 km away
330 reviews
.71 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 254 nearby attractions
The Bryan Museum
214 reviews
1.35 km away
Bishop's Palace
1,145 reviews
.66 km away
East End Historic District
212 reviews
1.15 km away
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
535 reviews
1.33 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Porretto Beach staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines