driftwood on matagorda beach

Things to Do in Matagorda

History of Matagorda

Matagorda is the third oldest town in Texas.  It was settled by Elias R Wright, one of Stephen F Austin’s surveyors, along with 60 settlers in 1829.  Once the county seat and thriving shipping port, Matagorda is now a sleepy fishing village approximately 100 miles southwest of Houston.  It is located at the intersection of the Lower Colorado River, the Intercoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico.