Bolivar Flats Beach

Bolivar Flats Beach

County of Galveston, TX

Free Camping on the Texas Shore

Bolivar Flats Beach is a free beach located at the Rettilon Road entrance, then northeast up to the "washout" (about 1/4 mile) which is where a small creek empties into the gulf, just before the housing developments start. Southwest of Rettilon Road entrance requires a Bolivar Beach Sticker at a $10.00 fee.


Bolivar Flats Beach

County of Galveston, TX

County of Galveston

Tel: (409) 934-8103


GPS: 29.3824, -94.7230

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: Three (3) days

Amenities: Trash cans, porta potties

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Bolivar Flats Beach

When entering the beach from Rettilon Road, the beach towards the left (northeast) is free, while the beach to the right (southwest) requires a Bolivar Beach Sticker. Only the first 1/4 mile of the beach from Rettilon Road northeast to where a small creek washes into the Gulf is free. On the other side of the creek, east to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, requires a Bolivar Beach Sticker.

This is a very popular beach for locals. Also, a lot of campers and RVers come here. Much of the beach is solid enough where you won’t need 4WD, as long you don’t stray too close to the water.

In our experience, come here from Monday to Thursday to enjoy a smaller crowd.

For more information about the Bolivar Beach Sticker.

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