The name 'Coastal Bend' can rather amorphously apply to communities from Galveston to South Padre Island. But its heart is the rural stretch running from the southern tip of Galveston Island to Corpus Christi. Here small towns, often forgotten by time, lie next to the water at the end of long and quiet roads. Many shelter in the profusion of inlets and bays, protected by more than 100 miles of uninhabited barrier islands. The only visitors to the islands are birds, which flock here by the score.
The region just south of Galveston, the lands here are rural and often bucolic. Natural areas such as Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Brazos Bend State Park should be your focus, along with the inviting towns of Fulton and Rockport.