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East Beach

Leashed dogs are welcome on East Beach and all public beaches in Galveston, TX year round. Also known as R.A. Apffel Park, the East Beach is located at the far eastern tip of the island, and features a pavilion, boardwalk with stage, restrooms, concessions and other amenities. Unlike most of Galveston’s beaches, alcohol is permitted at East Beach. Visit Website

Or call (409) 797-5111 or email info@galvestonparkboard.org for more information.


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East Beach has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 208 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • K
    Aug. 3, 2021
    Great beach!

    Went to East Beach from the residential side and there is free public parking right next to the paid parking. The beach went on forever. Our dog enjoyed the sand and surf. Let her off leash since there was only one other family on the beach when we visited on a rainy day. Would definitely go again!

  • Andrew
    Jan. 18, 2019
    A pleasant walk

    We parked in a residential area with free public parking and a boardwalk to the beach. The beach was wide, with hardpack sand and plenty of seashells. We walked a couple miles and encountered a couple other dogs.

  • Sabrina
    Jul. 12, 2018
    Dirty beach, trash everywhere.

    Use the free parking side next to the paid, arrive early or later. Mid day is very crowded. The beach is dirty. There is trash and garbage everywhere. Drunk people everywhere. The water is murky but you can walk far out and its only thigh or waist deep. My dog had a bad reaction to the salt water and broke out in hives. I was not impressed, but it is far better here than down the road at Stewart beach which is disgusting.....

  • Sami
    More than a year ago
    Nice Impromptu Trip

    Went here for a day trip looking for a beach I could bring my dog and family! My dog’s never been to a beach before and seemed to really enjoy himself! It wasn’t too busy on a Friday afternoon and it was so relaxing. Be warned though on beach parking is $10 (free further away) and chair/umbrella rental was $38 for the day (but they were packed up at 4pm). Overall it was a great time and I would definitely go back!

  • Sabrina
    More than a year ago
    Holiday Beach

    We spent a few hours down at the beach off the main sea wall and were able to park right at the beach line. It wasn't crowded and everyone was courteous of each other. We stayed a few hours and had a great time. Our dog stayed on leash and he had a great time too.

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