Beach Driving Tips

Matagorda Beach can be a tough place to drive due to the soft sugar sand we have. The beach conditions change every day, so one day the driving conditions are good and cars can get miles down the beach. The next day the sand is soft and those same cars don’t make it more than 10 feet off the pavement. If you are planning to drive on the beach, these tips should help you.

  • Carry plenty of water. If you do get stuck way down beach, it could be a while before you are rescued. Make sure you are prepared.
  • Carry a shovel if possible. If you have 4×4 and a shovel, you can get out of almost anything on the beach.
  • Most vehicles will handle the sand better if you disable the traction control on your vehicle. There is usually a button on the dash that will do this.
  • Let some air out of your tires. When the conditions are soft, we air our tires down to 20PSI. This will make the ride better and you will float on the sand rather than dig into it. Beware of running lower pressures unless you are experienced as your tire can come off the rim. Stanley’s has an air compressor you can use to air back up once off the beach.
  • Keep your vehicle moving in the soft sand. If you do get into something too deep and you feel like you are bogging down and losing momentum, then stop. Do not continue to hit the gas once you have lost momentum. This will only bury your vehicle to the frame and guarantee that you need that shovel mentioned above. If you have not let your tire pressure down, this is a good time to do it. Sometimes lowering the air pressure in your tires and shoveling a little sand out of the way is all you need to do to get unstuck.
  • Know the tides. Just because you are able to drive down beach on hard packed sand does not mean you can come back that way. When the tide comes up, often the soft high road on the beach is the only way back and only 4x4s will be able to push through it.
  • If you follow a trail over the dunes, beware of the mud. Some of the mud on the backside of the beach is very thick and you will not escape without calling a tow truck. If you have to call a tow truck to a back area of the beach, plan to spend in excess of $500 to be rescued. Check the emergency info page for tow truck contact information.
  • When passing people parked on the beach, slow down! Many people have dogs and kids that can run out in front of you. If you hit someone’s kid or dog doing 40mph down the beach, plan to go straight to jail.

Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy your next trip to Matagorda. The last thing I will mention is don’t be an idiot. If you get stuck or have a problem on the beach while acting like a fool and doing donuts up and down the beach or speeding by parked cars and groups, no local is going to help you. If you get stuck while acting like an adult, chances are someone on the beach will give you a hand and save you the towing fee.

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We are currently working on raising funds to purchase equipment for mass removal of trash on Matagorda County beaches.  We think this will be the only major mechanized cleaning operation run by a non-profit in Texas.

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They need to maintain the beach more often than just twice a year

When we were there last month the hubs took the dog on the beach every day & took a trash bag & filled it every day.

We’ve been using Amazon Smile for a while to benefit Tropical Maniac Foundation. We should all promote that link more.

Big shell cleanup on pins uses equipment to clean

Finally they are trying to do something. It needs maintaining more often! Good to see that someone is trying to keep it clean!

Long overdue!

Where do the beach pass funds go? My vote would be to this cause as well.

Pack it in pack it out people!

How much is needed for the equipment?

Where can we donate?

Will this be for all Matagorda County beaches? Or just Matagorda? In other words will this include Sargent?

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๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Yessssss! Baywash has an easy “not even lifting a finger” to raise money fundraiser. Message me if you want me to set it up!

The Popo ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ needs to start giving out tickets

Who is responsible for the jetty and pier? People need to pick up after themselves and quit leaving their trash behind. I wish there was better enforcement of this issue.

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Did you know that a 2017 marine survey concluded the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine trash reported worldwide? Another Study in 2019 found that Texas gets 10 times as much debris on our beaches as the other gulf states. We are at the crossroads of a major crisis and an opportunity to take action and make a noticeable impact on our environment, wildlife and local tourist economies.

Upsetting isnt it? Well dont despair. Together we CAN make a difference! Follow us & visit our website to find out how to help.

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It is really easy to put your trash in a bag and take it with you... makes you wonder what their house must look like.

I always loved Matagorda Beach we lived there in the 80s while the Nuclear plant was being built but there was many days we would pull wooden pallets or barrels and other junk out of the water and take with us to the dumpster my guess at the time was the wind blowing stuff off of the offshore rigs but I loved MB many family memories there I remember a guy who had a BIG 4x4 back then with a huge long rope and he made extra $$ pulling us people out of the loose sand before we figured out gotta keep it in the wet lol good times though

I can't stand that! My husband and I were married on that beach and have grown up on it. We make a point just to go and pick up metal and garbage on the beach. YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT

I’ve been walking this beach since 1957. We all love our beach.. I’ve started keeping trash bags in my truck... when I walk instead of picking up shells I pick up trash. I agree perhaps we need a trash fee... more dumpsters.. awareness ... anything we can do to help our beach will save our beach.

I would be more than happy to participate in several beach cleanups this year!!!! Every time we come, we pick up all the trash in our area, even stuff that is semi buried in the sand...we try to get all that we see

A lot of the trash on the beach is washed up trash. It is hard to educate or change those people from foreign countries, we can pick their stuff up in order that we may enjoy the beach as it should be. But it is really upsetting to see trash like in your picture, that was simply left by people. Why cant they understand that if we don't pick up after ourselves eventually someone may say, you cant use the beach anymore.

It's super bad with the summer crowds, been fishing there for 35 years and every year it gets worse.

What laws are there to combat this? I'm a native Texan and don't recall these kind of issues on Texas beaches when I was a child. It's gotten progressively worse in the last 10 - 15 years. My family visited Hawaii 2 years ago and there was not a bit of loose trash ANYWHERE. What they DID have were plentiful signs displaying the fines for littering.....and they were steep.

My husband and I reaped much benefit from cleaning the lumber that washed in from the last 2 hurricanes. We made trip after trip to pick up all that we could, cleaning and repurposing much of it.

I didn't see anything on the website, do you have a link?

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Every time we camp on MB we pick up trash and bag it up with ours then put by the cans on our way out. I don’t understand why the powers that be don’t see the need for more dumpsters or larger than the existing ones!

That doesn’t look like washed up trash. More like asshole generated trash.

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