65 miles SE of Galveston; 50 miles S of Houston; 185 miles NW of Corpus Christi
There's no town or city called Brazosport; rather, it describes southern Brazoria County and its communities. These towns, which have a combined population of about 90,000, include Clute, Freeport, Surfside Beach, Lake Jackson, Angleton, Quintana Beach, and Brazoria. They are directly south of Houston, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from downtown. This is where the Brazos River flows into the Gulf. The area is a contrasting mix of elements. The towns that aren't on the beach have a pleasant small-town atmosphere. In the fishing towns, you'll find shrimp and fishing boats docked by the water. The beach towns (like Surfside) are vacation communities with lots of beach houses owned by Houstonians. In other parts, giant petrochemical plants dominate the landscape (an especially large Dow Chemical plant lies btw. Surfside and Freeport). But the coast also has large areas of protected wetlands and a rich variety of bird species -- the annual Christmas bird count in Freeport often reports more species of birds seen in a single day than at any other location in the United States.