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Palacios is a city of 4,400 people (2020) on Matagorda Bay in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, 1½-2 hours southwest of Houston. It is especially noted for birding opportunities.

Get in[edit]

Most visitors reach Palacios by car, traveling on Texas State Highway 35 which runs along the central Gulf Coast.

Palacios has a small airport for private flights and a harbor connected to the Intracoastal Waterway. The city is also served by a Greyhound bus route running between Houston and Corpus Christi.

Get around[edit]

Local transit is mostly by car, although bike routes have been established within the city and a 1.5-mile walk along the seawall is popular with pedestrians.

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Do[edit]

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Eat[edit]

  • Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop, 128 10th St, Blessing, +1 361-588-6623. Ssily: breakfast 6-10AM, lunch 11AM-2PM. The restaurant entrance is on the side, if you come in the front you'll find the hotel lobby. While you'll pass Blessing before you get to Palacios, the breakfast might be worth the fifteen minute backtrack. $5-10.
  • Cheli's Cafe, 906 Main St, +1 361-972-0734. Tu-Su 6AM-1:30PM.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Luther Hotel, 408 S. Bay Blvd., +1 361-972-2312. While there are several places to get a room in town, you won't get a better local feel than the Luther. $60-120.
  • Hotel Blessing, 128 10th St, Blessing, +1 361-588-9579. A restored hotel. It's about fifteen minutes back north on SH-35. The front door is the hotel lobby.
  • Peaceful Pelican Bed & Breakfast, 317 East Bay Blvd., toll-free: +1-888-972-0317, . Upscale, restored 1910 waterfront home, bay views, luxury rooms, wireless Internet, opened 2008. $135-185.

Connect[edit]

Wireless Internet access is available at the Main Inn and Peaceful Pelican Bed & Breakfast.

Go next[edit]

To the east of Palacios there are several fine natural areas such as Oyster Lake, Mad Island Marsh and Matagorda Beach.

Routes through Palacios
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