High Island Beach, Texas

High Island Beach is a free beach area that once was home to several beach-front residences. In September 2008, Hurricane Ike wiped out all the homes and eroded much of the beach into the Gulf. Highway 87 once ran through this beach, and today, remnants of the highway can still be seen in the water.

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

The only place where camping is allowed at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is along the beach. It's free to camp here up to 14 days. There are no reservations, first-come, first-serve, and the only amenities are trash dumpsters.