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Porretto Beach, Galveston

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3.6
  • Personally i liked my experince here. the trash was minimal and the water was a little muggy but it was a great place to have fun.  more »
  • It was a beautiful sunny Christmas Day. We enjoyed at the beach. The only restaurant open was jack in the box. We got some food Parked on the street and ate at the beach. It was a nice walk along the ...  more »
  • Porretto Beach was a huge disappointment. It was dirty and disorganized, cluttered by junk, ropes, plastic barrels, etc. Bad parking. Go anywhere else!  more »
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  • Awesome, service. Can wait to come back. Andrea birthday was a blast last year, plan on coming back with the whole family this year. Thanks, Sonya
  • Be careful - you might get towed!!!! This place appears to have some kind of racket with the towing companies and the city police. The parking lot "closes" at 8pm. We are tourists from out of town who are not familiar with the ways of Galveston, nor have we have ever seen a private business close and immediately start towing cars out of its lot, so we had no way to foresee that our car would get towed. When we paid our money at the front, we trusted that we were going to be treated nicely. They did not have signs clearly posted to state the hours of business or that they would tow if we were still parked there afterward. There is a tiny sign at the entrance way overhead and out of your line of site as you drive in (in small print, covered with legaleez, no less - just looks like a general tow warning) - of course we didn't see it. They had a few signs posted around some of the spots further down, but nowhere near where we parked. How about a big sign at the walkway that clearly states "This beach closes at 8pm"...wouldn't that be helpful? Nope, nothing like that. Furthermore, the ladies at the entrance, who seemed to be burdened by having to get off their lawn chairs to take our money to park, barely said a word to us, much less anything about business hours. The parking stub they handed us even states that our parking was valid until midnight. So...We strolled down the beach at sunset, came back a little after 8:00, and were very surprised to find the parking lot filled with police and tow trucks, one of which had already hooked up our car and was rolling off with it. We stopped the driver just in time. He generously offered to unhook our car if we paid him $125 on the spot (because the law requires him to). Since they don't take cash and we didn't have that much on us, he helpfully told me that I could get it from the ATM in the mini mart across the street. As the driver was threatening to drive off and we had 3 small children with us, there was no other choice. I ran across the street, past a seedy-looking tattoo shop with a large, scary-looking tattooed man smoking in the parking lot, glaring at me, into the mini market, where I found the ATM in the back next to what appeared to be - slot machines, or game machines, or something. There were people bent over them, playing, and I noticed that they had stopped and were eying me very closely as I took a large number of bills out of the ATM. I stuffed the cash in my purse and fled, out of the mini market, past the tattoo parlor and the scary man, and back to the beach, where I was able to pay the driver and get our car back without getting mugged. Luckily, the police are standing by making sure the tow truck drivers stay safe while they send unsuspecting tourists by themselves into scary places to gather large sums of cash. Way to protect the public, Galveston police.What a way to treat tourists. Bottom line: park on the street. It's not that much more expensive to park, you can stay as long as you like and you won't get towed.
  • Do not park in paid parking if you plan to be at the beach past 7:30, because at about that time the faculty begin arranging to tow away your vehicles. You have been warned. I am from Houston so I am a local and they treated me like some ignorant tourist until I informed them I was an attorney and had defended just about every one of the snotty officers superiors.
  • Simply awesome!!!
  • Best beach in Galveston! Clean nice and family friendly. This beach is privately owned but you only notice because its so nice compared to the other beaches. Anyone is welcome and they have rentals available if you forget your shade rent a colorful umbrella sit back and relax!!!

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