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Twin Palms SEAesta Guidebook

Becky

Twin Palms SEAesta Guidebook

Food scene
Hangry after a long day of fun? Enjoy fresh seafood, juicy burgers, or chicken fried steak at several Surfside favorites. Craving Mexican? Lake Jackson is 10 mins away. Great Italian? Make the 20 minute drive to Angleton!
Best burgers on the island! Perfect for the whole family!
Jetty Shack
414 Parkview Rd
Best burgers on the island! Perfect for the whole family!
Enjoy great views of the beach on the deck while enjoying a fantastic cocktail! Lots of appetizers/menu items, full bar inside with plenty of indoor dining. Great for families before 8:30 pm- after 8:30 the party atmosphere begins! It's a fun place to be with a bar outside, often live music, and outdoor games!
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Beach Front Deck Bar and Grill
750 Bluewater Hwy
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Enjoy great views of the beach on the deck while enjoying a fantastic cocktail! Lots of appetizers/menu items, full bar inside with plenty of indoor dining. Great for families before 8:30 pm- after 8:30 the party atmosphere begins! It's a fun place to be with a bar outside, often live music, and outdoor games!
Kitty's is a must visit! One of my favorite places on the island! I love their weekend breakfasts, as well as their yummy hamburgers. Enjoy sitting outside under palapa umbrella tables, or sit inside like a local!
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Kitty's Purple Cow
323 Ocean Avenue
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Kitty's is a must visit! One of my favorite places on the island! I love their weekend breakfasts, as well as their yummy hamburgers. Enjoy sitting outside under palapa umbrella tables, or sit inside like a local!
I love sitting outside on their large deck overlooking the ocean! Food is good, lots to choose from, lots of drinks, and a great overall experience in Surfside!
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Seahorse Bar & Grill
310 Ocean Avenue
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I love sitting outside on their large deck overlooking the ocean! Food is good, lots to choose from, lots of drinks, and a great overall experience in Surfside!
Indoor dining with great seafood, chicken fried steak, and so many other options. Large menu. Has a bar/serves alcohol as well. Two large fish tanks to keep kids interested while you wait to feast! (Large portions!)
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Red Snapper Inn
402 Bluewater Highway
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Indoor dining with great seafood, chicken fried steak, and so many other options. Large menu. Has a bar/serves alcohol as well. Two large fish tanks to keep kids interested while you wait to feast! (Large portions!)
My nephew's favorite place on the island for seafood! Good food, service, and drinks!
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Dorado's Dive Club
135 Shark Ln
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My nephew's favorite place on the island for seafood! Good food, service, and drinks!
This is a fun place to visit- often has live music, karaoke, or other fun events. Great bar, with dine in food as well. FUN!
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Sharkies On The Beach
10 Surf Dr
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This is a fun place to visit- often has live music, karaoke, or other fun events. Great bar, with dine in food as well. FUN!
The Freshest seafood around! Go see for yourself! Crawfish, shrimp (deveined at no extra charge), and fresh fish await. Capt. Mark also has a great marina and bait shop on Bastrop Bayou/Freeport where you can also put in a boat.
Captain Mark's Seafood
603 W 2nd St
The Freshest seafood around! Go see for yourself! Crawfish, shrimp (deveined at no extra charge), and fresh fish await. Capt. Mark also has a great marina and bait shop on Bastrop Bayou/Freeport where you can also put in a boat.
This is located in Lake Jackson and is a local favorite for mexican food. They have a large menu and bar selection, and the prices are reasonable. Check it out!
La Casona
105 Abner Jackson Parkway
This is located in Lake Jackson and is a local favorite for mexican food. They have a large menu and bar selection, and the prices are reasonable. Check it out!
This is one of our FAVORITE restaurants. This is located in Angleton and is worth the drive! They have a large italian menu and great steaks too! They have a killer frozen peach bellini, as well as a full bar selection.
Giovanni's Italian Kitchen
729 East Mulberry Street
This is one of our FAVORITE restaurants. This is located in Angleton and is worth the drive! They have a large italian menu and great steaks too! They have a killer frozen peach bellini, as well as a full bar selection.
Yummy food, great wine....what else do you need? Located a short drive away in Lake Jackson...you won't be sorry!
The Grape Taste Restaurant
145 Oyster Creek Drive
Yummy food, great wine....what else do you need? Located a short drive away in Lake Jackson...you won't be sorry!
City/town information
Surfside is a relaxed lil beach town that offers great fishing, crabbing, surfing, or just plain chilling! Want high energy fun? Throw an axe in Angleton, swing a club in Lake Jackson, ride a coaster in Galveston or Kemah
Surfside Beach is a quiet little town with lots of laid back fun for your vacation. Plenty of fishing, crabbing, surfing, and just plain relaxing spots all across the island.
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Surfside Beach
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Surfside Beach is a quiet little town with lots of laid back fun for your vacation. Plenty of fishing, crabbing, surfing, and just plain relaxing spots all across the island.
The historical city of Galveston is just a short car ride away from Surfside Beach. Enjoy the boardwalk shops, take a day trip to enjoy Moody Gardens, or have fun at Pleasure Pier... so many options for vacation memories!
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Galveston
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The historical city of Galveston is just a short car ride away from Surfside Beach. Enjoy the boardwalk shops, take a day trip to enjoy Moody Gardens, or have fun at Pleasure Pier... so many options for vacation memories!
Great museums, food, and shopping, Houston has it all!
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Houston
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Great museums, food, and shopping, Houston has it all!
Sightseeing
Explore the gulf coast habitats, local history, and dinosaur bones!
Day use beach park that is great for surfing, fishing, and shell collecting. Bring the kids to the park and playground!
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Jetty Park
101 Parkview Road
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Day use beach park that is great for surfing, fishing, and shell collecting. Bring the kids to the park and playground!
Family friendly beach park with playground, gazebo, and crabbing pier. It's also a favorite event venue to rent out for weddings, reunions, and corporate retreats.
Stahlman Park
Family friendly beach park with playground, gazebo, and crabbing pier. It's also a favorite event venue to rent out for weddings, reunions, and corporate retreats.
Located a short drive from Surfside, a great little place to explore and birdwatch. Great for families with kids
Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
814 Lamar St
Located a short drive from Surfside, a great little place to explore and birdwatch. Great for families with kids
Across from Stahlman park- this is a great place to take the kids to go crabbing, or to just look for sea life.
Surfside Crabbing Pier
2277 Bluewater Hwy
Across from Stahlman park- this is a great place to take the kids to go crabbing, or to just look for sea life.
When you want a break from the sun with the kids, this is a must visit. It is free (donations accepted but not asked for), has an indoor aquarium with a touch tank, as well as an outdoor decked trail along the wetlands. This is only minutes away in Lake Jackson.
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Sea Center Texas
302 Medical Dr
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When you want a break from the sun with the kids, this is a must visit. It is free (donations accepted but not asked for), has an indoor aquarium with a touch tank, as well as an outdoor decked trail along the wetlands. This is only minutes away in Lake Jackson.
Enjoy this free park for some birdwatching, alligator spotting, hiking, wild-life photography, and more. Open dawn to dusk- In Lake Jackson
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
24907 FM 2004 Rd
Enjoy this free park for some birdwatching, alligator spotting, hiking, wild-life photography, and more. Open dawn to dusk- In Lake Jackson
This is a longer drive (in Needville) but so worth it. This is one of our favorite places to ride bikes and hike. They are known for their alligators, campsites, Nature center, and the George Observatory. There is an entrance fee.
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Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762 Road
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This is a longer drive (in Needville) but so worth it. This is one of our favorite places to ride bikes and hike. They are known for their alligators, campsites, Nature center, and the George Observatory. There is an entrance fee.
Fun for the whole family! Teens and adults will love this experience, and it's only a 20 minute drive from Surfside!
Elle's Axe House
2829 South Velasco Street
Fun for the whole family! Teens and adults will love this experience, and it's only a 20 minute drive from Surfside!
This little gem is a short 20 minute drive from Surfside. Rent a bay for $30 an hour for a party of 6! Enjoy "Golf, Games, and Grub" at this local favorite.
Mulligan's Golf Center
855 County Road 340
This little gem is a short 20 minute drive from Surfside. Rent a bay for $30 an hour for a party of 6! Enjoy "Golf, Games, and Grub" at this local favorite.
Discover where Texas began while visiting this historic 1897 courthouse, located in Angleton, only 20 minutes from the beach. Please check capacity rates before visiting.
Brazoria County Historical Museum
100 East Cedar Street
Discover where Texas began while visiting this historic 1897 courthouse, located in Angleton, only 20 minutes from the beach. Please check capacity rates before visiting.
Learn about the history and culture of the city of Lake Jackson. Enjoy virtual exhibitions as well as in person tours- check capacity rates before visiting. Admission is FREE
Lake Jackson Historical Museum
249 Circle Way
Learn about the history and culture of the city of Lake Jackson. Enjoy virtual exhibitions as well as in person tours- check capacity rates before visiting. Admission is FREE
One of my kids' favorite places to visit. Learn about the shells you are finding on the beach, explore the collection of dinosaur bones, Native American artifacts and more! FREE admission. Check capacity policy before going.
Brazosport Museum-Natural Science
400 College Blvd
One of my kids' favorite places to visit. Learn about the shells you are finding on the beach, explore the collection of dinosaur bones, Native American artifacts and more! FREE admission. Check capacity policy before going.
Come and see collections of Maritime and history of the city of Freeport
Freeport Museum
311 E Park St
Come and see collections of Maritime and history of the city of Freeport
Kemah is only an hour drive and offers so much to do- the Boardwalk is a fun destination for the whole family. Get your fix on rides, retail therapy, food, and more!
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Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Avenue
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Kemah is only an hour drive and offers so much to do- the Boardwalk is a fun destination for the whole family. Get your fix on rides, retail therapy, food, and more!
Houston is an hour drive and has a lot to offer- the zoo, great museums, stellar shopping, and great food......
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Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
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Houston is an hour drive and has a lot to offer- the zoo, great museums, stellar shopping, and great food......
A local favorite for great golf in a true gulf coast environment!
Wilderness Golf Course
501 Texas 332
A local favorite for great golf in a true gulf coast environment!
Night Life
Surfside has both relaxed and party vibe nightlife scenes. Want to relax outside and listen to music? Visit Beach Front Bar and grill. Want a party vibe? Try Beach Bums. Want to walk to several bars? Head to Downtown Lack Jackson.
Sit out on the lighted patio or enjoy a great cocktail at the bar. This place has a cool and laid back vibe, and is a great place to hangout. This bar is one of the many cool bars in Lake Jackson.
Brody's
102 N Parking Pl
Sit out on the lighted patio or enjoy a great cocktail at the bar. This place has a cool and laid back vibe, and is a great place to hangout. This bar is one of the many cool bars in Lake Jackson.
Fun place for hanging out with friends. This restaurant becomes a lively night scene after 9 pm with no kids allowed. Sit inside at the large bar area, or relax outside at their big sandy beach bar downstairs. Often has live music
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Beach Front Deck Bar and Grill
750 Bluewater Hwy
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Fun place for hanging out with friends. This restaurant becomes a lively night scene after 9 pm with no kids allowed. Sit inside at the large bar area, or relax outside at their big sandy beach bar downstairs. Often has live music
Oceanfront relaxed hangout with good drinks, burgers, and music
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Sharkies On The Beach
10 Surf Dr
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Oceanfront relaxed hangout with good drinks, burgers, and music
Another cool, relaxed bar to grab a burger or some fresh seafood while sipping a cold cocktail
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Dorado's Dive Club
135 Shark Ln
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Another cool, relaxed bar to grab a burger or some fresh seafood while sipping a cold cocktail
Great drinks in a fun party atmosphere!
Beach Bums Bar & Grill
18 Fort Velasco Drive
Great drinks in a fun party atmosphere!
This is one of my favorite places to enjoy some good food while drinking a cocktail. For nightlife, this is a more laid back, relaxed vibe.
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Seahorse Bar & Grill
310 Ocean Avenue
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This is one of my favorite places to enjoy some good food while drinking a cocktail. For nightlife, this is a more laid back, relaxed vibe.
Bring your party back to the house or beach- drive through and grab some tasty daiquiris, jello shots, and more. While there, pick up a cool t-shirt or magnet!
Surfin Rita Daiquiris To-Go
403 TX-332
Bring your party back to the house or beach- drive through and grab some tasty daiquiris, jello shots, and more. While there, pick up a cool t-shirt or magnet!
My sister loves the philly steak sandwich here, while I love the laid-back outdoor bar/seating!
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Pier 30
1601 TX-332
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My sister loves the philly steak sandwich here, while I love the laid-back outdoor bar/seating!
Wine anyone? This is a local favorite for wine and a great time. They often have shows and entertainment-call ahead to see what is on the agenda!
Wine Revue
219 Parking Way
Wine anyone? This is a local favorite for wine and a great time. They often have shows and entertainment-call ahead to see what is on the agenda!
10 minutes down the road, Downtown Lake Jackson has a cool bar scene- lots of outdoor seating, live music, and fun galore. Park and walk to many different bars. The Fill station is one of them and is known for Texas BBQ, cold beer, and a true Texas Vibe.
The Fill Station
127 Parking Way Street
10 minutes down the road, Downtown Lake Jackson has a cool bar scene- lots of outdoor seating, live music, and fun galore. Park and walk to many different bars. The Fill station is one of them and is known for Texas BBQ, cold beer, and a true Texas Vibe.

City advice

What to pack
Drinking water
Bring a few gallons of drinking water. Then, take your empties to the Surfside City Hall at 1304 Monument Dr, on the pedestrian side, to get free RO refills. Go early to ensure availability on crowded weekends/holidays. Check the surfsidevillage.org site to review any water issues.
Getting around
Golf Cart, beach chair, kayak, and water toy rentals
For fun and easy island exploration rent a golf cart, a kayak, or some other water toys. Here are a few places to check out: 1. Surfside Beach Buggy Rental 281-830-3913 2. Surfside Beach Toy Rentals 979-824-2990 3. Beachfront RV Park and Resort (jetski/golf carts) 979-824-2990
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Fishing Charters
Don't miss some great fishing while on the Gulf Coast! Here are a few to check out for a "reel" good time! 1. Groves Guide Service 979-849-7019 2. Texas Gulf Coast Adventure's 832-691-4183 3. Oilfield Outkasts Charters 979-388-5971 4. Action Charters 979-233-2999
Ways to save
Surfside Loco Shop
DO NOT MISS this little gem of a beach shop! Laid back vibe with some local t-shirts, as well as clothing, swimsuits, and beach gear. They also sell homemade tamales. Pick up beer, ice and snacks too. Owners are awesome and will often negotiate on retail/clothing! While you are there, pick up a beach vehicle permit for $12
Customs & culture
Bucees is king around here...
If you are new to Texas, you are going to start wondering what BUCEES is....its ICE, snacks, swimsuits, hats, shirts.....Well friends, it is more than a gas and convenience store....it is legendary. The one right before the bridge has LOTS of beach wear and gear, along with plenty of snacks, beer, and of course ICE. This is your cheapest place for ICE and fountain drinks. They are also known for clean restrooms. Welcome to Brazoria County- the home of BUCEES!
What to pack
Bring something for shade on the beach
While we provide an outdoor charcoal grill, beach chairs, beach mats, beach sand toys, and a beach cart- you will want to bring a tent for some shade. In high season, you need to put your tent up early to save a good spot for a fun day on the sand. You can leave it up all day with no worries. Take it down daily to prevent issues with wind and tides. Bring plenty of sunscreen and aloe! We have some aloe at the house, but it is always good to have plenty!
Travelling with kids
Child proofing
Our home is decorated to give a feeling of welcome and relaxation. If you need to move some of the small decor out of kids' reach, please just kindly return to their locations upon departure. We have plenty of plates, cups, and utensils for littles. You will need to bring crib/pack and play if needed. We do have stairs, so please be mindful for safety. There is a bag of outlet protective covers in the drawer next to the refrigerator. Please return these to this location after use. Fire extinguisher and cleaning supplies are under kitchen sink with child safety lock.
Travelling with kids
First Aid, Urgent Care information
Vacation is all about fun, but sometimes accidents happen. For small issues please find a first aid kit above the oven vent hood. We have some general supplies, including ibuprofen, peroxide, and bandaids. For jellyfish stings, we have a spray bottle labeled Vinegar under the kitchen sink. We take that with us to the beach just in case...Spray directly on affected area instant relief. If someone in your party needs to see a doctor while on the island: 1. Altus: 979-705-4172 2. Pediatric Urgent Care of Texas 979-705-5007 3. Options Urgent Care: 979-285-2273 4. Brazosport ER 979-297-4411
Getting around
Nightlife in the area
There are plenty of fun bars in Surfside, and there is a great little area in Lake Jackson with a fun scene as well. Here are a few to look up: Surfside: Beachfront Bar and Grill, Dorados, Beach Bums, Sharkies, and the drive through Surfin Ritas to Go . (find phone numbers in food scene) Lake Jackson is only minutes away: Wayside Pub, The Fill Station, Brody's, Growler's, Rickochet Billiards, Wine Revue, and the Grape Taste are just a few to check out.
Useful phrases
Ask Alexa for further information about Surfside
We have an Alexa in the kitchen for your assistance in getting good information in our area. Ask Alexa about the weather, local events, restaurants, bars, and more!
Getting around
Driving on the Beach
For driving purposes, Surfside Beach is divided into three main areas- pedestrian beach (turn right off the bridge), middle beach (turn left off the bridge), and free beach (turn left off bridge and drive on Bluewater Hwy past city limits). Pedestrian Beach- No cars/golf carts allowed on beach Middle Beach requires $12 annual pass for cars and carts- buy at Surfside Loco, all entrance booths, and Surfside Food Mart Free Beach- outside of city limits on Bluewater Hwy- many entrances- no fee for cars or carts. Just know that Pedestrian and Middle Beaches tend to be cleaner.
What to pack
Toiletry and like amenity information
Each shower has dispensers of Shampoo, Conditioner, and body wash- please don't push too hard! We also provide a starter pack of detergent pods, dishwasher pods, dish soap, and a few rolls of toilet paper and paper towels, and a few trash bags. (Some products may be limited with pandemic related availability.) Depending on your party's size and rental season, you may need to buy some extra supplies. There is also a large glass container in the Flamazing Master that has other personal supplies you may have forgotten. There are cotton balls and qtips in the first floor bathroom.
Book before you go
Septic system information-PLEASE READ
Our home is on a septic system. To prevent plumbing issues that would interrupt your fun vacation, PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH ANYTHING EXCEPT TOILET PAPER IN THE TOILETS. Please dispose of feminine products in the small trash cans. We thank you so much for this assistance!
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Food Delivery in Surfside
Want food delivered to your door after a long day at the beach? Use one of the food delivery services below! Waitr Doordash