About Galveston Island
Why Choose Galveston as Your Next Vacation Destination?
Galveston Island is well known for its 32 miles of public beaches and beautiful vacation rentals; an abundance of art galleries, antique stores, local restaurants & unique shops; great fishing & birding all year long; and a full host of historical attractions & museums perfect for all ages.
Today, Galveston enjoys a reputation as a relaxing Gulf Coast vacation destination, but it hasn't always been that way.
History of Galveston
Named after Bernardo de Galvez, a Spanish colonial governor and general, Galveston Island has a long history with headline-worthy drama. This unique barrier island served as the base for Pirate Jean Lafitte in the 1800's before being purchased in 1836 by Micheal B. Menard. He and a team of nine other influential men formed the Galveston City Company and quickly built the city into a flourishing port full of merchants, wholesalers, cotten agents, and more.
Galveston enjoyed a booming economy, even becoming known as the "Wall Street of the South", until it became the site of the worst natural disaster in US history, The Great Storm of 1900. Reconstruction efforts - including raising the whole city's elevation and building the 17 foot high seawall - took over a decade, but it regained much of its former glory by the 1920s, when famous performers such as Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee & Frank Sinatra came to the island's booming nightclubs, the Balinese Room and Hollywood Dinner Club.
How is the Weather in Galveston?
Galveston is beautiful any time of the year, but the most pleasant temperatures are usually found in the spring or late fall, when temperatures are typically in the mid-70s. The winter is brisk and full of Gulf Coast winds. Summer months easily top 85+ degrees, but with 32 miles of beaches, Schiltterbahn Galveston waterpark, and lots of Galveston vacation rentals with neighborhood pools, it's easy to stay cool!
Things to Do in Galveston
Galveston Island may have a small footprint, but it's definitely large on attractions! From Moody Gardens to Schlitterbahn-Galveston, and an international cruise port to the popular Historic Pleasure Pier, this Gulf island has something for everyone to enjoy! Other Galveston vacation points of interest include:
- Moody Gardens Aquarium & Rainforest Pyramids
- Galveston Railroad Museum
- Galveston Naval Museum at Seawolf Park
- Seaport Museum & The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
- The Bryan Museum
- The Strand historic shopping district
In addition to the miles of public beach available to Galveston vacation rental guests, Galveston has 6 distinct beach areas, stretching over the 30+ miles of Gulf coastline:
Fishing in & Around Galveston
What kind of fish will you catch during your Galveston vacation? Great fishing is found year round thanks to nutrient-rich waters from the Mississippi delta region that flow around the island. This silty water creates a prime growing ground for:
- Redfish, whiting, croaker, black drum, sheepshead
- Red snapper, kingfish, amberjack
- Crabs, shrimp
Galveston is perfect for surf & wade fishing, pier fishing, crabbing, shrimping and offers plenty of deep sea charter options.
How to Get Around Galveston
Take a Bike Ride
Galveston Island is the perfect place to explore on two wheels. Rent a traditional bike for a soothing solo adventure, book a surrey and make it a family affair as you pedal along Seawall Blvd. and take in the panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, or go high-tech and easy with a Zipp E Bikes electric bike rental. Most rentals are available by the hour or the day.
Explore Galveston on Foot
There are lots of great Galveston walking tours to choose from, including:
Drive along the Coast
Seawall Blvd and FM 3005 stretch the entire length of the island, with great views of the Gulf. Take a leisurely drive, cruise along on your motorcycle, or rent a golf cart and just explore your neighborhood.
Lyft and Uber are both available in Galveston and nearby Houston, making it easy to get to the island and all of its points of interest.
Where to Stay in Galveston
Can I rent a Galveston beach house?
Yes! Galveston vacation rentals are located throughout the Island, and they offer options for all budgets, seasons and groups! Sand `N Sea manages Galveston beach house rentals with large living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, private bedrooms, large decks, off-street parking, and amenities such as elevators and pools. Splitting the cost with your family and friends is a great way to make your vacation dollars stretch further without giving up any comfort!
What's the best area to stay in when visiting Galveston?
West End neighborhoods offer a chance to stay out of the noise and traffic of the Seawall and Strand entertainment districts, but remain within easy driving distance.
Looking for quiet beaches away from it all? Book a Galveston vacation rental home in:
- Pointe West
- Playa San Luis
- Bay Harbor
Have a large group that needs vacation houses that work together within 30 minutes of Downtown Galveston?
- Sea Isle
- Terramar Beach
- Indian Beach
- Pirates Beach
Want to be closer to town? These neighborhoods offer vacation rentals within 12 miles from the heart of Downtown Galveston and offer easy neighborhood beach access:
- Jamaica Beach
- Spanish Grant
- Bermuda Beach
- Pirates Beach
Are there pet friendly Galveston vacation rental options?