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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:00 am

What It’s Known For

Located along the western shores of Galveston Bay the unincorporated communities of San Leon Bacliff and Bayshore create the county’s largest non-incorporated community on the mainland. All started out as fishing communities but have developed into some of the most sought after residential properties in the county. Fishing remains a big part of the economy in the area but much of the economic influences shifted to the state Highway 146 corridor and the growth of retail food service and bars.

Some Of The Main Sites

All three communities are known for great spots to eat seafood. In Bacliff the popular eatery is Clifton’s Seaside Diner which is based on the original name of the community Clifton’s by the Sea. In San Leon its Gilhooley’s which is known for its fresh oysters. Another popular eatery is TopWater Grill which has dockside parking for those who arrive by boat.

Site Too Famous To Miss

Railean Distillery maker of Railean Rum and Railean Blue Agave Spirits. The 5-year-old distillery is the only heavy spirits manufacturer in the county and has quickly grown in popularity. Tours are offered most days of the week.

Best Festival

Where The Hell Is San Leon Festival at Wayno’s. What started out as a joke because San Leon was a difficult place for non-locals to find is now a regular festival held each April with live music and “mayoral election.” Events include a wet T-shirt contest a “Jackass”-style stunt contest and a tobacco-rolling contest.

What It’s Known For

Located along the western shores of Galveston Bay the unincorporated communities of San Leon Bacliff and Bayshore create the county’s largest non-incorporated community on the mainland. All started out as fishing communities but have developed into some of the most sought after residential properties in the county. Fishing remains a big part of the economy in the area but much of the economic influences shifted to the state Highway 146 corridor and the growth of retail food service and bars.

Some Of The Main Sites

All three communities are known for great spots to eat seafood. In Bacliff the popular eatery is Clifton’s Seaside Diner which is based on the original name of the community Clifton’s by the Sea. In San Leon its Gilhooley’s which is known for its fresh oysters. Another popular eatery is TopWater Grill which has dockside parking for those who arrive by boat.

Site Too Famous To Miss

Railean Distillery maker of Railean Rum and Railean Blue Agave Spirits. The 5-year-old distillery is the only heavy spirits manufacturer in the county and has quickly grown in popularity. Tours are offered most days of the week.

Best Festival

Where The Hell Is San Leon Festival at Wayno’s. What started out as a joke because San Leon was a difficult place for non-locals to find is now a regular festival held each April with live music and “mayoral election.” Events include a wet T-shirt contest a “Jackass”-style stunt contest and a tobacco-rolling contest.

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