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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Completely flooded at Townhomes now

The gate area is completely flooded ...

Step out there like Jim Cantore so we can really tell

How are the houses closest to the dunes? I can’t tell if the little lakes has flooded over Into the road

Thank you for your bravery. Have house in Sterling Shores. 🙏🙏🙏 Please stay safe😍

Stay safe, my generator kicked on the only power on Old RIVERBEND Rd

Matagorda Couny native here in Louisiana praying for safety for all

Prayers going up for all involved! Stay safe!!!

Oh gosh, Mary Lou...I sure hope your place is spared!!! Prayers coming your way!

Riding the Storm Out....Waiting on the Fall Out!!! REO Speedwagon!!

The storm is moving fast, can get organized....which is good....

Thanks for this update. Where are you filming from? We own Unit 9...at least the palms are being pruned...

Hoping it does not stay around or get worst

God Speed, Matagorda Beach. Prayers from DFW.

My sister and I own condo 43 and 44. We are on the dunes. Any info on those house over there? Matagorda Beach

You’re saying stay off the roads but here you are in the storm smh

Keep safe. Thank you for the viedo.

Be safe everyone

The waves breached the dunes?!

Be safe

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Matagorda Beach will start to feel the effects of this storm this afternoon as it moves toward Matagorda Bay. Beware of strong riptides today through Wednesday as well as higher than normal tides. At some point this will push tides all the way into the dunes. Dont get trapped down beach when the water comes up.

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Sending my prayers for everyone down there. Please be safe.

Larry Dean Rothrock II

Everyone stay safe 🙏🏼

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Coming down tonight. Shld get there abt midnight! Can’t wait.

Great report Clay! Thank you!

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I understand that the traffic and no rain don't help but holiday weekend ppl are going to be there and car all Park at entrance and crowded i

Are they going to clean it up for Monday don't want to waste My time to go there its been horrible we pay for it to get on it and no Maintenance on it sad Freeport is nice and Sargent beach isn't as bad 4wd is even bad to drive on matagorda Beach js . but just asking so no wasted Trip and gas I have 4wd and it was not good either

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Great report!

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