Surfside Beach in Texas is truly an extraordinary travel destination! Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway where highway 332 meets the sea. With it’s four miles of unspoiled shoreline, Surfside Beach is an outstanding retreat for recreational sporting enthusiast, sun worshipers and nature lovers alike. The miles of sandy beaches, coastal marsh, rivers and bays team with birds and other wildlife, birders will be amazed at the abundance and variety of birds that flock to this amazing coastal habitat.
Surfside is also home to the Beachhouse, hundreds and hundreds of multi-colored,
multi-shaped dwellings line the gulf, ready and waiting for you to call home for a week or a weekend. Real estate is a booming business along the shores of Surfside as more and more people want to own a piece of this sunny paradise.
For the visitor Surfside offers a wide variety of businesses that include motels, rental houses, offshore fishing charters, fishing piers, restaurants, souvenir shops, and a water slide.
Surfside is one of my favorite places on the Texas Coast for photography, especially when I come across wrecked shrimp boats, such as this one. I made several trips to photograph this boat and timed one to coincide with the Full Moon rising in the East and sun setting in the West. I always try and include some sort of element into my beach scenes, people, birds, boats or anything I come across to give the picture a strong subject.
Historic and key Texas Port of entry located near here. During the civil war was fortified by troops and eight gun batteries at the mouth of the Brazos river.
To provide shelter and landing facilities for blockade runners; to protect rich farmlands; and to prevent Federal invasion. The south exchanged cotton for European guns, ammunition, milled goods for army and home use. Valesco was one of the busiest ports.
Federal vessels attempted to stop vital trade, and constantly fired upon runners as well as the shore defenses and patrols. The runners would approach the port on dark nights when the waters were smooth, and by the use of sounding lines could determine the nearness to shore and avoid blockaders.
Boilers would be kept well fired with hard coal that burned with a minimum of smoke. In case it became necessary to outrun enemy patrol ships. Union ships had to go to New Orleans for drinking water, food and fuel, because Texas marines on rafts or dredgeboats or Texas cavalry and infantry units kept them of the shores.
The raw courage of the Texas coastal defenders made this a most dramatic story in the history of the confederacy