Where to Watch Galveston Sunsets

Every great vacation includes time to slow down and enjoy the sunset. We think the best place to enjoy it is sitting on the deck of your vacation rental, but there are other great Galveston sunset spots too – including “meals with a view” options!

Galveston Island is no more than 3 miles across at its widest point, so vibrant sunset views can be had just about anywhere on the West End of the island. Beach or bay, it’s as easy as walking onto your rental’s deck to watch the sun sink slowly over the water.

Fishing Pier and Sunset on Galveston Bay

Sunset Dining on Galveston’s West End

If you decide to venture away from dining al fresco on your beach or bay house’s deck, there are two great options for a delicious West End meal. Savor some local flavor while overlooking the bay at either place!

Waterman’s Restaurant (14302 Stewart Road) offers an outdoor bar and patio area with a stunning sunset view. The restaurant is adjacent to Waterman’s Marina, so if you travel by boat, it’s a great stop during a sunset cruise. As you’d expect, the restaurant specializes in fresh Gulf seafood. But, if you’re craving steak, they offer certified Angus beef too.

West End Marina & Restaurants (21706 Burnet Drive) is located in the Sea Isle Neighborhood. West End Marina offers two dining options: eating upstairs under their palapa or downstairs in their Sandbar. And, look for a new Margarita Bar coming soon. This restaurant specializes in seafood with a Cajun and Latin flair – the perfect sides to your Galveston sunset!

Two people fishing at sunset, overlooking the bay

Other Superb Galveston Sunset Spots

Looking to get out and explore the Island? Here are a few places that are perfect for end-of-day wanderings or a personal picnic:

Galveston Island State Park (14901 FM 3005, Galveston, TX) offers a day pass that’s good through 10 p.m. The cost is $5 per person for guests age 13 and over. Children under 13 are free. On the Galveston Island State Park’s bay side, you’ll find hiking trails, interpretive trails, a kayak launch, fishing spots, and an observation tower. The park also offers convenient parking.

Sportsman Road is located just off of Stewart Road. To find this spot, turn north on 8 Mile Road and head west on Sportsman Road. You can park in the gravel area at the end of 8 Mile Road. This area is residential, so pack your blanket or chairs and some dinner snacks!

Surfside Jetty County Park (101 Parkview Road) is located in Surfside, just past the toll bridge on the far west end of the island far west end of the island. Surfside Jetty County Park is a 15-acre park with paved parking and a picnic area. You’ll have a view of the harbor channel, jetty, and the beach. If you want to grab dinner to-go before or after the sunset, check out the Red Snapper Inn (402 Bluewater Highway) in Freeport.

Man Kayaking at Sunset on Galveston Bay

One thing’s for sure, when you book your West End getaway in a Sand `N Sea vacation home, you’ll be in the perfect position to soak in the gorgeous colors as another day on the island draws to a close.

Sand ‘N Sea Properties offers an excellent selection of West End vacation rentals in Galveston. Options include beachfront, beachside, canal, or bayfront homes. We also offer pet-friendly vacation homes and homes with elevators.

Sand ‘N Sea Properties is locally owned and operated and has been helping guests make vacation memories on the West End of Galveston since 1974. Book your next Galveston vacation, workcation, or staycation with us!

Outdoor Activities in Galveston TX

Galveston is a popular beach destination for a reason. It’s an ideal escape for fishing and birding enthusiasts. Plus, the 32 miles of beach prove perfect for kite flying and a wide variety of other activities that outdoor enthusiasts love. 

We tried to keep this list to the Top 5 – but there are just too many great options to choose from! Regardless of your age or energy level, you’ll never find a shortage of things to do in Galveston!

11 BEST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IDEAS

Fishing

Surrounded by nutrient-rich waters that wash west across our shores, Galveston is full of excellent places to throw a line in (including right from the deck of your bayfront vacation rental!). Take the time to learn patience and a new skill, or get back to the hobby you love while fishing in Galveston. The island provides a wide array of underwater habitats perfect for a great catch of the day!

Fishing at sunset in Galveston tx

Boating

Who can resist a boating excursion? With a variety of Galveston boat rental options and easy access to the bay from your West End vacation rental, you can be out on the water in no time! Bring your fishing poles and life jackets and prepare for a relaxing day on the water.

Boat at sunset in Galveston TX

Birding

Galveston is a prime birding destination thanks to its location along the Central Flyway. Thousands of birds stop by on their annual migration each spring and fall. Join us during the off season for peak birding opportunities, and don’t miss the annual Featherfest celebration in April. Discover your new favorite outdoor activity in Galveston, TX!

Birds flying over Galveston TX

Kite Flying

The constant Gulf breeze is perfect for kite flying! Whether your piloting a line or simply watch those around you, this is a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy time with others. Bring your own favorite flyer or check out the local Kites Unlimited shop on Seawall Blvd. Kids of all ages will love this perfect beach activity!

family flying a kite on the beach

Parks

Galveston Island offers visitors a variety of different local parks for exploration. Stop by the playground, carve up the skate park, or let your pup off the leash at the local dog park. Visiting Galveston parks is a perfect way to enjoy nature and experience many of the outdoor activities in Galveston, TX.

Galveston Bay

Paddle Boarding

No matter your skill level, a few hours of paddle boarding the local waters is exactly what your next trip to Galveston Island needs! Plan your equipment rental and private lesson, then hit the Gulf or bay! (#protip – Ask your vendor about delivery & pick-up options for your beach house.) When the day is over, we are sure you’ll have a few impressive pictures to look back on as well.

Man paddle boarding with dog

Beachcombing

A long day of combing the beach for hidden treasures is extremely rewarding! Whether you are looking for sea glass, shark teeth, arrowheads, or maybe a unique shell for the kids, Galveston offers a variety of hidden surprise that will make your beachcombing plans worth it!

Shells on beach in Galveston TX

Kayaking

Immerse yourself in Galveston’s unique marine habitat no matter the water temp – enjoy the view from the seat of a kayak. Explore the coast’s splendor and reignite your connection with nature by taking a personal excursion or booking a guided kayak tour.

kayaking in Galveston TX

Jet Skiing

Every vacation or getaway needs some kind of high intensity adventure! Quicken the pace of your day by hopping on a jet ski while in Galveston. These small watercraft are perfect for exploring the canals and inlets along the northern coast of the island. Delivery & pick-up to your beach house is available from local vendors.

Man on jet ski in Galveston TX

Sand Castle Building

We take sand castle building seriously here in Galveston! Many locals say this is one of their favorite outdoor activities. This recreational activity is sure to provide hours of family fun for all ages and is a great past time to keep the kiddos entertained while their sunblock soaks in!

Family standing in front of sand castle in Galveston tx

Sitting and Relaxing

Take advantage of the serenity of the island while watching the waves roll in. Enjoy a simple stroll or just sit back and relax in your beach chair. Read a book, listen to a podcast, or watch the pelicans and shorebirds. Nothing’s better than the sand under your feet and your favorite drink in your hand while relaxing on a Galveston beach.

Woman relaxing on the beach in Galveston TX.

PLAN YOUR GETAWAY TO GALVESTON, TX TODAY

Galveston Island provides the perfect destination for sun, sand, and fun! Sand ‘N Sea offers 155+ of the best vacation rentals on Galveston’s West End. From open floor plans with multiple decks to elevators and swimming pools, these homes have the amenities you want for a perfect beach trip.

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Galveston, TX! Contact our team and start planning your perfect outdoor getaway today.

Pet Friendly Guide to Galveston

Read on for the inside scoop on the best places to bring Fido, how to beach like a pro with your pup, and what your canine companion shouldn’t miss on your Galveston beach vacation!


Beach Trip Tips

What do you need to bring to the beach for your pet? Your furry friend needs plenty of fresh water, a shady spot to relax and pet friendly sun screen on those delicate noses & thinly-furred areas!

The American Kennel Club has lots of good tips about sunscreen for your pup. Be an informed pet parent – be sure to avoid zinc oxide-based sunscreens (zinc is harmful if ingested). Look for varieties meant for human babies or sensitive skin. Better yet – ask your vet if they carry any in their office!

Find more tips for keeping your dog’s tail wagging during your beach trip here.

Local Leash Laws

Keep yourself and your VIP (very important pet) out of the dog house and on the right side of the law!

City ordinance requires dogs to be leashed at all times – including on the beach. This also lets you (attempt) to keep them out of the surf, and prevents them from bothering nesting shore birds or knocking over sandcastles during their beach stroll!


Dolphins & Doggos

Nothing makes us happier than watching a good case of the zoomies – on land or at sea!

Baywatch Dolphin Tours welcomes pups & their people on 45 minute guided tours of Galveston. Their covered jet drive boats (no propellers = happy sea life) depart from Pier 21. Pups ride free!

Footloose & Free Galveston Dog Park

Lindale Park at Fourth Street & Marine Drive has a great dog park that offers a chance for your pup to mingle and run to their heart’s content!

This off-leash Galveston dog park boasts a fenced green area with benches, water stations, and a small dog section. It also has a dog agility course, thanks to the efforts of a local Eagle Scout and Better Parks for Galveston.


Doggy Dining on Galveston Island

There’s a whole pack of pet friendly Galveston restaurants happy to feed you & your pup while you’re out & about on the Island! Our favorites include:

  • Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar (Postoffice Street)
  • MOD Coffeehouse (Postoffice Street)
  • Shrimp N Stuff (Avenue O location)
  • Sunflower Bakery & Cafe (14th Street)
  • Sand Bar at West End Restaurant (West End)

Enjoy dining al fresco on their patios and have a delicious meal with your whole family! (Call ahead to verify current hours & policies.)

Tasty Treats

With all of the delicious Galveston restaurants that you have to choose from, it’s only fair that your pup gets to partake in some special dog treats too!

Pattycakes Bakery offers fresh baked goods daily – including dog treats! Stop by early for the best selection at this local Galveston Island favorite.

Want a cool treat? Check out the homemade ice cream at Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream. Flavors change daily. (#localtip – Run, don’t walk, to taste their Ultimate Nacho specialty sundae!)

Local Galveston Vets

You never know what will happen with your favorite canine! Just in case:


Get away & play in Galveston

Don’t be part of the 39% of people who have skipped vacations to stay home with their dog – book a pet friendly beach house!

Staying at a pet friendly beach house lets your pup’s nose get a full workout from the safety & serenity of the deck or fenced yard…and island sunbeams are the perfect place for a quick snooze before getting up and doing it all over again!

There’s something for everyone here on pet friendly Galveston Island. We hope to see you & your pup racing the waves soon!


Thanksgiving Dining on Galveston Island

Enjoy Thanksgiving on Galveston beaches! Several favorite local restaurants offer special Thanksgiving menus, with dine-in and take-and-bake options to meet everyone’s needs this year.

Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and – of course! – food!  While we all love the fruits of our kitchen labor – it can definitely get a little overwhelming! Thankfully (see what we did there?) there are a number of fabulous local food options for your Sand `N Sea Thanksgiving holiday on Galveston Island!

Who doesn’t love a Thanksgiving dinner full of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberries (we will forever love the “fancy” cranberry sauce from childhood – complete with those snazzy ridges from the can!), etc.? And then, of course, there’s the pie.  Pumpkin? Check.  Blueberry? Check.  Apple? Check.  Seriously, it’s really just more fruit if you think about it ;). Add fresh Gulf Coast seafood to all of those classics and you’ve got the perfect Galveston Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving in Galveston

Holidays at the slower pace of Island life are ideal no matter your age and you don’t have to worry about meeting that “in-law/grandmother clean” standard when everyone travels to a beach house instead – it’s a win-win!

Galveston has some great local dining options if you want to make it a TRUE holiday and let your family chef(s) relax too! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite Galveston Island Thanksgiving Dining options below, or view our downloadable 2020 Thanksgiving in Galveston guide here:

The San Luis Resort 4-Course Plated Dinner
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$71/adult, $35/children
*Reservations required. No parties larger than 10.

Moody Gardens Staff-Plated Thanksgiving Buffet
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$59/adult, $29/children
*Reservations required.

Galvez Bar & Grill – Feasts to Go
Herb crusted turkey, 3 sides, gravy, cranberry sauce and your choice of Gaido’s pecan or pumpkin pie.
Serve 6 – $175, Serve 12 – $325
Preorder by Thursday, November 19
Pick up Wednesday, November 25 or Thursday, November 26
409.515.2154

Mosquito Cafe – Take & Bake
Preorder by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24
Pickup 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25

thanksgiving dining on galveston island tx cornucopia

Now that you’re drooling, pick a place and get your Thanksgiving getaway finalized!  Make sure EVERYone gets a chance to relax and enjoy your Galveston Island Thanksgiving this year!

UPDATED FOR 2020

Your Summer 2020 Galveston Vacation

Wondering what’s new for your Sand `N Sea Galveston vacation rental experience this year? Check out our Summer 2020 Resource Page for all of the COVID-19-related updates – from our new contact-free check-in details to the most up-to-date information about our cancellation policy.

Already booked your Island getaway? Keep reading for the best insider tips on how to have a stress-free vacation!

NEW Contact-Free Check-in & Check-out

Guests no longer check in at our Pirates Beach office. We have moved to a contact-free, express check-in process!

You’ll digitally sign & submit your check-in paperwork the day before arrival. On your check-in day you’ll receive a text with the code to the key lock box at the home as soon as it’s ready for arrival. (Make sure you’ve provide your cell phone number when you book your reservation!)

No more worries about being stuck in traffic! Arrive any time after 5:00 p.m.

On departure day, return the keys to the lock box at the home by 10:00 a.m. It’s that simple!

Please know that we deeply miss personally welcoming each of you to Galveston. Don’t worry – we are still only a phone call away! Email us at info@sandnsea.com or leave us a message at 409.797.5500 if there is anything we can do to help during your stay.

View the Step-by-Step process here.

Please note: We are not able to accommodate requests for early arrivals or late departures. We need to ensure our professional housekeeping teams have the time necessary to accommodate our full cleaning, disinfecting & sanitizing protocols before every new arrival.

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

#1 – Bring Supplies

Just like in your own home town, some supplies are still difficult to find on the Island (paper products, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, shelf stable groceries, medications, etc.). Shop ahead and bring essential supplies with you.

Don’t forget – less time in line at the grocery means more time on the beach!

Use our Starter List of Things to Bring to get your packing list started!

#2 – Beach Rules

All 32 miles of Galveston’s public beaches are open. We encourage you to keep a few things in mind:

Leave at least 6 feet between you and your neighbors. (Beach breezes carry water droplets!)

Respect the guidelines and keep your group at 10 or less.

Leave No Trace – dispose of all of your waste items in the bright blue trash cans provided by the City & be sure to bring your beach equipment in each night.

As of May 15, there are six West End beach access points that are closed to vehicular traffic on the weekends. Pedestrian traffic is welcome. Click here for details.

#3 – Where to Eat

Galveston restaurants are slowly shifting back to dine-in service in a limited way (primarily outdoor dining, at 25% capacity).

Just interested in grabbing your favorite dishes and lounging on the deck of your private beach house? The majority of our local eateries continue to offer curbside pick-up service.

Find a current list of open Galveston Restaurants here – and don’t be afraid to call ahead to your favorite if it’s not on the list!

#4 – What to Do

Looking for a little more than just relaxing and soaking in the sun?

BONUS FREE download: Historic Galveston Island coloring book! Full of fun facts about some of the most interesting spots on the Island!

#5 – Housekeeping

Our Property Services managers have been hard at work educating & training our professional housekeepers on our updated protocols. The key points:

Hospital-grade disinfectants continue to be used before every new arrival. (Rated to kill COVID-19.) All of the chemicals we use are EPA-approved. Our teams use ROOM SENSE 200 on all hard surfaces and Champions Aerosol Disinfectant on all soft surfaces.

Housekeepers & Inspectors follow all CDC guidelines and wear fresh masks & gloves as they clean each home. They pay special attention to high-touch areas including, but not limited to:

  • light switches, outlets, lamps, fan pull chains, elevator controls
  • cabinet knobs, drawer pulls & other handles including faucets & toilets
  • controls for large & small appliances, including TV remotes
  • stair railings & outdoor deck railings

Our commercial laundry sanitizes all towels and sheets at 160 degrees between guests. (Most home machines only reach 100 degrees.)

Galveston Concierge Services & Beach Equipment Rentals

Need grocery delivery? Beach chairs, umbrellas or tents? Dreaming of a campfire on the beach complete with s’mores? The professionals at Sea La Vie Concierge Services can take care of it all! 409.457.9544

Interested in renting a golf cart? Rick’s Rentals is located out here on the West End and will deliver & pick up directly from your beach house. 409.632.0256

Enjoy all 32 miles of sandy coastline during your stay: add to your seashell collection, ride the waves, work on perfecting your sandcastle technique, catch fresh Gulf seafood for dinner, and more! Get ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation on historic Galveston Island!

We look forward to seeing you at the beach!

Sand `N Sea Properties and COVID-19

For more details about check-in/out changes and other new office policies, visit our COVID-19/coronavirus webpage.

As is the case throughout the country, things are continuously changing here on Galveston Island. We want to make sure our guests, homeowners and staff have the information they need and we are updating this page regularly.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at info@sandnsea.com with any questions. Our limited staff is working remotely from home, but we will do our best to respond to you as quickly as possible.

March 23, 7:00 p.m.

Galveston County has issued notice of a shelter-in-place order. This countywide order will go into effect beginning at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and remain in effect until April 3.

We have not yet heard from City of Galveston officials regarding any other specifics that will impact Galveston Island.

Please know, our Reservations & Property Services teams are working remotely from home. We are committed to returning phone calls & emails from all of our guests just as quickly as we can with our limited staff.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the options available to you on a case-by-case basis. Where possible, we are helping guests adjust reservation dates. In other cases, we are processing refunds. (Please remember, it can take several days for your credit card company to apply your credit to your account, regardless of when we process it.)

We continue to encourage guests to contact us via email at info@sandnsea.com. Include your reservation number, leaseholder name and the best contact phone number.

We are not accepting any reservations for arrivals before April 4.

Our team will be back at their (remote) desks again at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, and we will continue to work diligently to reach all of our valued guests.


March 21, 11:00 a.m.

Our reservations team is responding to all guest inquiries as quickly as possible. Our primary focus at this time is guests with arrival dates through April 25.

We encourage guests with questions to email us at info@sandnsea.com. Please include your reservation number, leaseholder name and the best contact phone number.

Due to the high volume of calls, you may reach our answering service when you reach out via phone. Guests with imminent arrival dates will receive priority in the queue. Please know that we are doing our best to get back to everyone as soon as we can.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reach out to every one of our guests.


March 18, 2020 3:45 p.m.

Yesterday’s orders closing all Galveston Island’s entertainment venues and restaurant dining rooms for 7 days has certainly added a challenge for day-to-day operations for our local chefs and restaurateurs.

Several local restaurants have moved their operations to carry-out or delivery services. Some great options currently offering meals to-go include:

If you aren’t in town, we encourage you to purchase a gift card for use during your next visit to Galveston. We know our guests all have their favorite spots to eat while vacationing. If we all work together to continue to support them through these uncertain times it will help ensure your favorites will be here for your next visit, too!


March 17, 2020 4:00 p.m.

CITY PRESS RELEASE

GALVESTON, TX – March 17, 2020 – Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Tuesday enacted two orders closing public amusement venues, including bars, and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru services, following federal guidelines regarding Coronavirus and public gatherings.

The order requires the closure of public amusement venues operating within the City of Galveston, effective 4 p.m. today. The second order limits restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru only, effective 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Hotel restaurants will still be able to serve guests only. The order also closes bars, effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

This includes museums and theme parks, such as the Pleasure Pier, and other large attractions, such as Moody Gardens. The orders were signed into effect by the Galveston Mayor on Tuesday, as permitted under the emergency declaration enacted Monday, as authorized by the Texas Government Code Chapter 418.

This decision is intended to reduce the risk of community spread and protect the health of our residents. The decision is prompted by the first confirmed case of community spread in Galveston County. By state law, the order will be in effect for seven days, effective immediately.


March 17, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Many local attractions have closed public operations for the next few weeks in an effort to support social distancing efforts aimed at keeping our friends and neighbors as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While your favorite museum might not be open, there are still plenty of things to do around the Island during your visit. Local restaurants are adjusting schedules, rearranging dining rooms & offering new curbside pickup services. Other small businesses are getting creative with the way they offer their services.

As we all know, modified schedules and plans for closings are changing rapidly. Please be sure to check social media accounts or call ahead for current hours before jumping in your car. As of today, you can make plans check out these great local options on your visit to Galveston Island:


Self-Guided Tours, perfect for stretching your legs and getting some fresh air:


Museums & Attractions

  • The Bryan Museum (no guided tours or special events)
  • Moody Gardens
    • Aquarium Pyramid
    • Rainforest Pyramid
    • Discovery Museum
    • The current Skeletown exhibit is perfect for home learning curriculum!
    • Golf Course
  • Galveston Historical Foundation Sites:
    • Texas Seaport Museum (no audio tours available)
    • Tall Ship ELISSA
    • Historic Harbor Tour & Dolphin Watch
    • 1892 Bishop’s Palace (no audio tours available)


Other Activities


Other Island Updates:

  • Pointe West announced that their community pools will be closed as of 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, until further notice.
  • City of Galveston suspended rubber wheel trolley service through March 31. Fixed-route service will continue to operate as normal, with modifications to keep passengers at least six feet apart.


March 16, 2020 7:00 p.m.

In the last few days, we have seen even more area schools extend their Spring Break closures to multiple weeks, as well as an increase to the number of businesses restructuring their workflow to accommodate remote offices for their employees.

As the need for social distancing increases, we continue to work hard to welcome guests from Houston and other nearby areas to their private beach house reservations, as scheduled.

Here at the Sand `N Sea office, we continue to refine our “best practices” daily. The focus remains on mitigating risk for our guests, their families, and our vacation rental and real estate teams.

In addition to the efforts that we began last week, we are working on several procedural changes for low/no-contact check-in, etc. We will share those once they roll out live for our guests. For now:

At check-out:

We encourage guests to use our Express Check-out lockbox located in the parking lot on the east side of our office (towards 12 Mile Road). Just drop your keys in the box and go!

Other Island updates:

As of 6:00 p.m. the City of Galveston informed the Galveston Restaurant Association that Galveston restaurants can still operate dining rooms within appropriate guidelines.

• No more than 50 people at one time in a dining room.
• No tables larger than parties of 10.
• 6-foot social distancing between tables.
• Curbside pick-up, take-out, drive-thru, & delivery options are allowed, and will continue to be allowed even if a federal mandate closes dining rooms.


March 13, 2020 2:00 CST

With the unprecedented events of the last week and the unknown impact timeline of COVID-19, we wanted to keep our readers up-to-date about what is currently happening within the Sand `N Sea office and our community.

Our guests’ health is important to us and, here in Galveston, our community is committed to best practices and procedures when it comes to the health & safety of all visitors to our Island. We continue to closely monitor statements regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and remain in close communication with state & local tourism officials and other business owners. Like the majority of businesses, we are following guidance from federal, state and local agencies, including the CDC and WHO.

We know that you may have questions about your upcoming Galveston vacation, and we feel it’s important to be transparent with our policies. Here are a few of the things that we are doing to mitigate the risk for our guests and staff members:

In our office:
• Our entire office is disinfected daily, and check-in counters are cleaned frequently throughout the day.
• Check-in counters also have hand sanitizers for guest and staff use, and there are disinfectants for staff to use between guests.
• Hand sanitizers and disinfectant sprays are positioned throughout the office, in restrooms and in all areas which staff & guests use frequently.
• Property services requires all staff and maintenance vendors entering and departing to use the sanitizing stations located in their department.
• Vacation Rentals team members and Realtors are required to stay home if sick.
• Any staff members or Realtors traveling internationally or on cruises are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days after arrival back in the US.

At your beach house:
• Our professionally trained housekeeping teams continue to use professional level disinfectants and cleaning supplies.
• Our commercial laundry washes towels and sheets professionally – at 160 degrees (your home washer typically reaches 100 degrees).
• Inspecting & Property Services staff that are entering houses have been extensively trained and are being super vigilant about disinfectants and cleanliness standards.

Your private vacation home is the perfect escape during this stressful time. Spacious living areas, private decks, and miles of beaches make it easy to avoid contact with other travelers. Many local restaurants offer delicious takeout options, and all are taking precautions above & beyond normal food safety practices.

A few things to note that will make your trip even easier:
• Hand sanitizer and other home supplies like toilet paper may only be available in limited quantities at local stores. We recommend bringing these items with you.
• The majority of our homes offer free WiFi for guest use. If you have questions about your home’s amenities just give us a call. Telecommute with confidence, but be aware that speeds can be slow here on the more rural side of Galveston. You are always welcome to use the WiFi, fax or printers at our office.
• If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage you to stay home. Even in the best of times, vacationing while sick is no fun. If you or your guests are ill and you elected to purchase travel insurance coverage please contact RedSky Travel Insurance (866.889.7409 or redsky@archinsurance.com).
• We understand that circumstances with your family may be changing daily. If you have concerns, please call us at 409.797.5500. We would be happy to go over your options with you.

We want you to be confident in your choice to vacation in Sand `N Sea beach houses. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 409.797.5500 with any questions.

We will continue to post updates as the COVID-19 situation evolves here on Galveston Island.

Save on Your Galveston Island Vacation – #bookdirect!

As winter weather drags on we know we aren’t the only ones dreaming of sunny days frolicking on Galveston Island beaches and relaxing on the deck in shorts & flip flops! Planning your summer vacation is sure to keep your spirits up – and you can save money (& aggravation) when you #bookdirect!

#bookdirect and save on vacation rentals in Galveston TX Vacation time is too precious to leave to chance! We’ve been helping families choose the best vacation rental homes for over 45 years now (in this case older really IS better!).

When it comes to planning your Galveston Island vacation, keep these Top 5 Reasons to book directly with a professional in mind:

Savings – The big travel websites (lookin’ at you HomeAway & VRBO), add significant fees to your reservation total. #bookdirect and you can save $100s. (that’s a lot of Gulf seafood!)

Communication – We are local, and we understand your special requests. We can answer all of your questions before you book. Plus, we’re here every step of the way, and our team is on call 24/7 during your vacation! Call us at 409.797.5500, email us at info@sandnsea.com, or stop by our office and see us!

Selection – No need to search multiple websites – we’ve already found the best West Galveston Island vacation rentals, and you’ll find them all on our website.

Local Knowledge – We know our beach houses, and we’re always happy to help you select the perfect vacation rental. We’ll also fill you in on the best restaurants, activities & attractions!

Specials – Our guests are the first to know about flash sales, discounts and they get to take advantage of our guest loyalty program, the Sand `N Sea Beach Club, to earn free nights at the beach!

Looking to vacation like a local? Our office is full of them! Our #1 goal is to find the perfect Galveston vacation rental for your family – and then we are always happy to help you fill in the details! Best seafood? We know where to find it! Best place to take the kids for a break from the sand & surf? We have a lot of experience with that too 😉

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing your next vacation rental – but when you #bookdirect with Sand `N Sea you can rest easy knowing your beach vacation will be worry-free & wonderful!

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Mardi Gras! Galveston – Get Ready for Another fun Night

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Heading to Galveston Island for our 109th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration? We want to see you!

The party starts February 14, 2020 and continues through February 25, with plenty of festivities for all ages.  Our “Must Attends” for a true Mardi Gras! Galveston experience are:

February 14 @ 8:30 p.m.: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade – This FREE event offers families, friends, and local businesses & organizations the chance to show off their moves! Check-in the night of the parade for a team number, grab your bedazzled umbrella and boogie on!

February 15 @ 1:00 p.m.: 9th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade – register your beach cruiser today!

February 16 Fiesta Gras (all day): A celebration of Hispanic Heritage, children under 12 get in free with an adult for this day full of live music, food & parades. Bidi Bidi Banda and La Leyenda are headlining this year’s festivities!

February 22 @ 6:30 p.m.: Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade, viewers will enjoy spectacular floats, marching bands, beads, and more!

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February 23 @ 1:30 p.m.: Krewe of Barkus & Meow Parade* – The Galveston Island Humane Society hosts this a-meow-zing parade full of pets decked out in their Mardi Gras finest!  Registration details and forms can be found online – this is a great one to participate in!

February 23 @ 3:00 p.m.: Children’s Parade* – the Firefighters Local 571 hosts this parade with costumed kids and decorated floats.

*Family Friendly for All Ages

DON’T FORGET….we have a rental special going on!  Book a Mardi Gras getaway of a minimum stay of 2 nights (for stays through February 29, 2020) and get an extra night at the beach for FREE – call us at 409.797.5500 to book today!

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Now we just need to figure out what we’re going to do with all of these beads…

2020 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule from Galveston Monthly Magazine

Galveston Fishing Rodeo & Flounder Fishing Tourneys

Man and Woman holding a Kingfish caught at the Galveston Fishing RodeoGrab your gear and get ready to reel ’em in at the Galveston Fishing Rodeo in October or the Fall Flounder Classic this November & December!

Hosted and coordinated by the Galveston Professional Boatmen’s Association, these two tournaments cast light on the amazing surf & off-shore fishing we get to experience here on Galveston Island!

The 2019 Galveston Fishing Rodeo runs from September 27 at 6:30 p.m. to October 31 at 5:00 p.m in the Galveston Yacht Basin. With inshore & offshore divisions and over $10,000 in winnings and prizes, there’s something for everyone in the second year of this popular tournament that’s open to private boats as well as guided anglers.

Inshore: Bull redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel & Gaftop Catfish.

Offshore: Kingfish, Ling (Cobia), Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Greater Amberjack, & Mangrove Snapper

Man presenting several Speckled Trout on his back caught at the Galveston Bay Fishing RodeoThe entry fee for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo open angler (boat or shore fishing) is $30, while the guided division fee is $100. Weigh-ins happen at the Galveston Yacht Basin Bait & Tackle on North Holiday Drive.

The 2019 Fall Flounder Classic kicks off November 1 at 6:30 a.m. and runs through December 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. – that’s 8 weeks to find the most fabulous flounder out there, or just enjoy frying, roasting, or grilling all of your runner-ups! 😉 All anglers are welcome! Spend the day shore fishing along our 32 miles of beaches, hanging out on the pier or jetties along Seawall Blvd., or bring your boat and enjoy the open water! Giveaways & drawings in addition to the top prize are really just a bonus to the delicious reward of catching & cooking up this coastal favorite! (After weigh-ins, of course!)

Entry fees for the Fall Flounder Classic are $30 for open anglers & $100 for the guides division. Prizes for each category are different!

Two men holding large fish at the Galveston fishing rodeoAfter you get registered for your tournament-of-choice be sure to get your beach house booked! With plenty of room for storing your gear, multiple bedrooms, great space for grilling your fresh catch, and fully stocked kitchens, our beachfront, beachside & bayfront vacation rentals are a real catch!

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Updated: 2019/09/05

3 Day Galveston Trip Planner

What’s the best way to spend 3 days on Galveston Island? Tour museums, try local eateries, stroll through canopied streets, peruse unique shops & antique galleries and more! As Galveston Island locals for over 40 years now, we have the inside track on where to go, what to eat and what to see during your long weekend or mid-week escape to this Gulf Coast treasure. Read on for our Galveston Trip Planner broken out for one, two, and three day trips.

What to do with 24 hours on Galveston?

After a refreshing night of sleep at your bay or beachfront vacation rental, wake up & enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck – the view is great no matter what time you start your day! Then, put on your walking shoes and get ready to see (& taste) the best that Galveston has to offer!

3 days on Galveston activities photo collage of Sunflower Bakery pancakes, Bishops Palace, The Bryant Museum and a boy with a tree sculpture on Galveston

9:00 a.m. – First, the most important meal of the day! Indulge at the charming Sunflower Bakery & Cafe (512 14th Street). Enjoy challah french toast, quiche, migas, or other brunch favorites. Don’t forget to grab a few baked goods from the case for tomorrow’s breakfast!

10:00 a.m. – After fueling up, tour Historic Downtown Galveston. A host of tours with local experts highlight this former “playground of the south.” Choose from a variety of guided tours, including those by SegCity Galveston, Galveston Historic Tours, or Zipp E Bikes’ electric bike adventure tours.

Next, visit the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and lauded as one of the most significant Victorian residences in the country.

12:30 p.m. – On to lunch! Keep it light with local flavors from Farley Girls Cafe (800 Postoffice) or EATcetera (408 25th Street). Both offer delicious daily specials. Take a quick minute to book tomorrow’s dinner reservations & theater tickets.

1:30 p.m. – Next stop? The Bryan Museum. Located in the Galveston Orphans Home, it houses one of the largest collections of art & artifacts related to Texas and the American West in the country.

3:00 p.m. – Explore the East End’s self-guided Tree Sculpture Tour. Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston’s live oaks in 2008, but a group of homeowners saw an opportunity to create beauty from destruction and commissioned artists to create whimsical tree sculptures from the remnants of these once-majestic trees. Walk, bike, or drive to see over 15 unique creations.5:00 p.m. – After your day of tours, stop by Katie’s Seafood Market (star of National Geographic Channel’s Big Fish, Texas) and pick up some delicious ingredients for dinner. Then, stop in at The Wine Next Door (418 21st Street) to select the perfect pairing for your fresh Gulf seafood. After shopping, head back to your beach house to prepare a quick dinner in the full kitchen, then relax & dine on the deck while watching the sun set over the water.

48 Hours In Galveston – Day #2

What’s on the agenda for Day #2 on Galveston? Spend a leisurely morning on the beach sunning or surfing, shower off at your beach house and get ready for some great local lunch fare. Then shop in Historic Downtown, explore Pier 21 and enjoy a fine dining experience followed by a live show at one of 2 local theaters.

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9:00 a.m. – Wake up to the peaceful sounds of waves washing ashore. Then, toast the delicious baked goods you picked up downtown yesterday and enjoy a leisurely start to your second vacation day!

9:30 a.m. – Sun, sand & surf all morning! 3 days on Galveston isn’t complete without beach time. If you’re lucky enough to be at a beachfront vacation home then the fun is just outside of your door. Otherwise, take your pick from multiple public access points, two West End Pocket Parks, the crowds and entertainment of East Beach, or the centrally located Seawall beaches, near the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

12:00 p.m. – Rinse the salt & sand off at your beach house. Then, head into town for delicious salads, pastas & soups at Mosquito Cafe (628 14th Street); or swing into The Spot (3204 Seawall Blvd.) – Island famous for burgers, wings & milkshakes, with open-air deck seating and Gulf views.

1:30 p.m. – Make your way over to Historic Downtown Galveston for a tour of the Texas Seaport Museum and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, where you will learn about Galveston’s rich immigration history as the “Ellis Island of the West” and view artifacts from the infamous Texas Navy.

3:00 p.m. – Browse the unique shops along The Strand. You’ll find an eclectic assortment of clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, souvenir shops, and specialty goods. Stop by La King’s Confectionery & Ice Cream Parlour(2323 Strand) for handmade chocolates, freshly pulled saltwater taffy or a frozen treat made with their Purity ice cream, the first manufacturer of ice cream in Texas.

6:00 p.m. – Freshen up, then it’s time for your dinner reservation at Rudy & Paco’s (2028 Postoffice) – voted one of 2018’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by Open Table. Featuring grilled seafood & steak with a South & Central American flavor, this island institution offers a fine dining experience with amazing cuisine. You’ll be tempted to linger, so make sure you allow time to make it to the theater!

Evening – Take in a live performance at one of Galveston’s two theatres – The Grand 1894 Opera House or Island ETC. The Grand features world-class musical performances, comedians, ballets and more, while Island ETC is a professional repertory theatre company that stages 5 -6 productions a year.

72 Hours In Galveston – Day #3

Your vacation might be winding to a close, but there’s plenty to do to extend your fun on day 3 of your Galveston vacation! Wake up with a trip to the local coffeehouse, take a tour of a decommissioned oil rig, lunch on the water, create the perfect souvenir, indulge in dinner & dessert on Postoffice Street in Historic Downtown and then wrap up your day with a sunset drink on the deck!

3 days in Galveston photo collage with MOD coffee, Seagull II boat tour, Turtles About Town Statue, Hey Mikey's Ice Cream and Ocean Star Drilling Rig Museum on Galveston Island TX

9:00 a.m. – Make the most of your 3 days on Galveston with another relaxing start to the morning at MOD Coffeehouse (2126 Postoffice), a local favorite for over 15 years that’s serving handcrafted tea & coffee beverages as well as sweet treats.

10:00 a.m. – Visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum. This decommissioned rig features three floors of models & interactive displays illustrating the story of the offshore oil and gas industry. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

11:30 a.m. – Book a seat aboard the Seagull II Harbor Tour, a 50-foot twin-engine boat with a covered main deck as well as an open upper deck seating that’s perfect for watching the resident dolphins frolicking in the wake. Operated by the Texas Seaport Museum, this narrated tour highlights the historic Port of Galveston.

1:00 p.m. – Get off the tour boat and then lunch right on the water at Fisherman’s Wharf (2200 Harborside) or walk a few blocks and enjoy dining in the courtyard of Shrimp `N Stuff Downtown (216 23rd Street), another longtime local eatery featuring broiled and fried seafood.

2:30 p.m. – Work off some of that delicious seafood by checking out the Turtles About Town! Galveston has 19 turtle statues dotting the island as part of a campaign towards awareness & conservation of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles who nest here each year. Started by the Turtle Island Restoration Network & Clay Cup Studios, with the support of local businesses who sponsored a statue, these unique art installations were all designed & decorated by local artists and make the perfect photo opp to remember your Island visit by!

5:00 p.m. – Finish your night on Postoffice Street (where you’ll find several Turtles About Town statues). Grab dinner at Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar or Taquilo’s TexMex Cantina and be sure to save room for dessert at Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream (we highly recommend the ice cream nachos – perfect to share!).

6:00 p.m. – Not ready to head back to your beach house yet? Stop into Clay Cup Studio where you can paint your own pottery, take a glass fusion class, or create a canvas. This walk-in art studio also offers great classes, so be sure to check their schedule before you head to the Island.

Finish your 3 days on Galveston with drinks on the deck of your beach house and start planning your return trip!