Near High Island, you'll encounter fishermen, families, and locals out enjoying the beach. If you don't plan to get naked, you can stop here. There's plenty of sea glass, shells, and driftwood, the fishing is great, and even compact cars can navigate the first mile or so of road. If you plan on skinny-dipping, however, you'll want to go at least three miles from the paved road - we've been told this is where Galveston County ends and the beach becomes officially topless, but we can't find any proof for this idea. It's likely that this is just the point at which the beach becomes so sparsely visited that it's not worth the trouble to constantly patrol for nudists. Again, the road is rough and the beach is narrow in many places. We recommend biking in if you're not sure your car will make it.
1. Don't stare. Nobody likes a creeper, and most people don't go to the nude beach to be seen. If you're new to this and can't control your wandering eyes, put on some sunglasses and try to be cool. Which brings us to...
2. Act normal. If you wouldn't do it at a regular (non-nude) beach, don't do it here. That means no peeing, masturbating, sex, etc.
3. Don't be a nuisance. Some well meaning first-timers commit a faux pas we call 'excessive friendliness' - if you approach someone and they don't explicitly invite you to join them, don't. If they're smiling, nodding politely, and making non-committal replies to what you're saying, leave them alone. Some people do come to the beach to make friends, but many don't. Respect their privacy and solitude, and find some other way to entertain yourself.
4. Don't take photos of other people. Just like at any other beach, you may want to document your fun afternoon for Facebook, Instagram, or your travel blog. We do plenty of that. Just make sure other people aren't identifiable in the background of your photos, and NEVER take pictures of other people without their invitation.
That's all there is to it. If this is your first time visiting a nude beach, relax and have a good time. It's not scary - we promise!