Quintana, Texas – unusual contrast

This sign is at entrance - mosquitoes are big and swarming.

This sign at entrance says it all mosquitoes are industrial!

When I say an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Do you think of sandy beaches, blue water, and palm trees? Well Quintana Island is not really like that. It is a more rustic beach, with the sand the color of dirt, and the blue water is located further off shore. This part of the Texas coastline has no condos, restaurants, and very few homes, making it feel more natural. On Quintana island there is very little residential development and you won’t find a restaurant, gas station or tourist shop. You will find a long beach you can walk on, bike on, drive on, park on and surf fish without big crowds and only the dunes framing the waterline.

Looking up the beach from park

Looking up the beach from park

Now, about the contrast.  There is this very rustic beach with the gulf on one side and if you turn and look the other way, you’ll see a large natural gas liquification  plant and and industrial chemical plant.  Not noisy or dirty at all and kind of interesting to see the activity at those type of sites but not very natural.

Gas storage towers

Gas storage towers

We stayed at the Brazoria County Quintana Beach park. It has three loops for campers and a tent area. The spots are paved and a little short.  Our 27 foot ‘rig’ was a little snug.  There are overflow parking areas if you have a big rig and need to park your vehicle.  There is no shade or privacy between the spots. For other amenities other than the beach, they have good free wi-fi, full hookups, big playground for kids, and a washer/dryer.

In the park there is a lighted fishing pier and a mile-long jetty for walking and viewing fisherman hauling in different salt water species and seeing large ocean going vessels coming into Port Freeport.

Lighted fishing pier

Lighted fishing pier

If you need groceries, gas, ice, or restaurant the cities of Freeport, Lake Jackson, and Surfside are a close drive away.

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