Save on Your Galveston Island Vacation – #bookdirect!

As winter weather drags on (thanks Punxsutawney Phil) 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 Vacation time is too precious to leave to chance! We’ve been helping families choose the best vacation rental homes for over 40 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, email us, 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!

Investing in a Galveston Island Vacation Home

Are you considering a Galveston Island vacation rental investment?

Quick quiz – Do you find yourself regularly dreaming of your next beach vacation? Do you want the freedom to visit the Gulf Coast whenever you want? Do your children speak more fondly of “that house they went to last summer with the awesome shower outside & the beach in the back yard” than the one they come home to every day? If any of these apply to you – it might be time to start thinking about investing in a vacation rental property! 😉

There’s a lot to consider when you’re contemplating a second home or relocating to the beach full time. Fortunately, our REALTORS® are here to walk you through the whole process. Questions about what makes a good vacation rental investment? We have over 40 years of experience in vacation rental management and we would love to share our experiences & insights into the ever-evolving Galveston Island vacation rental market with you.

Interested in your options? Browse our current list of vacation rentals for sale for some homes with proven rental success. Or, check out listings from all of our REALTORS® or browse everything for sale in Galveston. Call our office or stop by the next time you’re in the area and and pick up a current listing brochure or speak to one of our REALTORS®.

We would love to welcome you as a neighbor here on Galveston Island. As so many of our current vacation rental homeowners know: renting a beach house is awesome, but owning one is even better!

Pet Friendly Galveston Island

Pup with a Beach View - Dog Friendly Galveston IslandSo, you’re planning your Galveston Island vacation, scrolling through options on your tablet…and you find it! The perfect beach house for your summer escape!

You check the bedrooms – yes! teens in a loft for the win! – then glance over to show it to your partner and, it happens. You catch the eye of your loyal canine companion. (The one you slip pieces of bacon to when no one’s watching.) Aaaand, there it is- those killer puppy dog eyes! The ones that say “you’re leaving me, aren’t you? To go frolick in the waves, sniff the sea air and chase the seagulls…”

Frantically, you scroll back up…searching…searching…ah HA! 

You’re out of the dog house! With over over 50 pet friendly vacation rental options here at Sand `N Sea, we’re sure to have a pet friendly beach house your whole family will love!

Now that you’ve eased your conscience (and added “dog treats” to your packing list), we have a few tips to help you and your dog have a great time at the beach:

Dog with Beach Towel - Pet Friendly Galveston Island• Be sure to have plenty of fresh water available for your pup to drink – at least 2x as much as usual. It’s hot at the beach and your dog will drink more than normal.
• Don’t let your dog drink salt water. It can cause him/her to get sick.
• Remember the leash laws. Galveston Island City ordinances require dogs to be on leashes at all times.
• Arrange for a shady, protected place for your dog to rest after a romp in the sun and surf. (Beach canopies, umbrellas, or just a towel draped over 2 chairs to make a little pup tent work perfectly for this!)
• If you leave your dog leashed in the shade, be sure to leave plenty of water nearby.
• Pets get sunburned too! Use sunscreen on exposed areas, like on noses and ears.
• If the sand is too hot for your feet, it is probably too hot for your dog’s foot pads.
• Don’t throw sticks or Frisbees far out into the water and expect your pup to retrieve them. The undertow can be strong and unpredictable, capable of carrying your dog out to sea before you know it. So play on the sand and near the water’s edge.
• Each day, rinse the salt water off your pup with fresh water. (The outdoor shower at your pet friendly vacation rental is perfect for this!)
• Watch for heat stroke and over exposure on sunny days, especially from noon to four o’clock-the hottest part of the day.
• Snakes! Do not leave your dog unattended in the yard. There have been snake sightings.
• Galveston has several restaurants that welcome pets. We’ll give you the list at check-in.
• In case you need help while on the island, Sand `N Sea has a list of recommended vets.

Be sure to ask about our special swag for your beach-going pet at check-in! We look forward to seeing you and your V.I.P. (very important pet) at a pet friendly vacation home on Galveston Island soon!

Free Night on Galveston Island this Holiday!

We made our list and checked it twice and found out that all of our guests are definitely nice! Come celebrate the holiday season with us on Galveston Island and get a FREE* night in one of our vacation homes!

A beach break is the perfect gift when the forecast for this winter weekend looks like this… guess we’ll be wearing flip flops with our ugly Christmas sweaters – or t-shirts. 😉

Wondering what there is to do in the off season? The surf’s been up, so beachcombing has been particularly excellent lately. The shops along The Strand are decked out in their finest garland and tinsel and have a unique selection of gifts, and you can’t beat a dinner out at one of our local restaurants after a long day of shopping or strolling the beach. Plus, there’s a great selection of holiday activities!

*Valid for new stays only. Stays must be completed by January 2, 2018. Minimum 3 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

Galveston: The Winter Wonder-ISLAND

Galveston Island for the holidays? We couldn’t agree more! From the City of Galveston Holiday Parade (Dec. 16th) to the Santa Hustle 5k (Dec. 17th), there’s a lot going on here on the island – not to mention the abundance of unique shops that are sure to have the perfect gift for hard-buy-for-Uncle-Phil!

ICE LAND at Moody Gardens (our hands down favorite local holiday attraction) returned for its fourth year, and we think the Rainforest Holiday theme might be the best yet! Over 2 million pounds of ice were used by a skilled team of master ice carvers – resulting in an interactive 28,000 square foot ice sculpture complete with an ice slide!

Ice Land - Rainforest 2017

New this year is Downtown Lanterns & Lights at Saengerfest Park in the heart of Galveston’s Historic District. This unique display is the perfect place for holiday pictures, and is a great place to stop and take a break from holiday shopping (T-minus 10 days people!). As if these festive light sculptures aren’t enough – there’s a giant snowglobe for visitors to step into on December 16 & 23. We…ahem…our KIDS think this is awesome!

Lanterns & Lights in Saengerfest Park

Still working on your list and checking it twice? Don’t worry, the shops in Downtown Galveston are bound to have that unique gift you’re looking for! Browse an abundant selection of art galleries or check out to specialty shops like Strand Brass, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Eighteen Seventy One or The Kitchen Chick for the perfect present!

 

Sandhill Cranes have landed on Galveston Island!

And what better way to celebrate this annual migration than Holiday with the Cranes, a fun experience hosted by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC)!

Attendees flock to various special programs – from the Dawn Patrol to an East End Winter Coastal Birding exploration over the course of the weekend.

This unique program is just one of the annual events that the nature-minded team at GINTC presents each year.  Their 16th annual Featherfest celebration is coming April 17 – 22, 2018, bringing birders of all ages and experience levels from around the globe to our corner of the Gulf coast!

(You know what they say about the early bird – they get the best vacation home nest!…or something like that! 😉 We’ve got great Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for flocks of all sizes. We would love to welcome you to one for Featherfest!)

 

Dickens on The Strand – A Galveston Island Tradition!

Huzzah! Dickens on The Strand is parading through this weekend, December 1 – 3, 2017!

Friday night’s FREE kick-off festival takes place from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fezziwig’s Beer Hall features live entertainment, hearty ales and a specialty drink. According to the Galveston Historical Foundation, “Mr. Fezziwig was everything that Ebenezer wasn’t and this is sure to be a fun and lively start to the weekend’s activities.” – Count us in!

Saturday & Sunday bring costume contests, delicious food from period-themed vendors, a screening of the Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Victorian Bed Races, The Queen’s Parade and a variety of live performances by local and regional artists and performers.

For the kiddos – don’t miss Oliver’s Alley! At 24th Street you’ll find specialty programs, events and more on Saturday & Sunday. This fun area is presented by the Galveston Children’s Museum, so it’s sure to be a blast!

To download a full schedule of events, click here.

Best Cyber Monday Deal in Galveston is Coming Soon!

Don’t miss getting in on the post-Thanksgiving savings during our 2nd annual Cyber Monday sale!

Get $150 off ANY 7-night reservation for 2018 from January 2 – November 30, 2018 – including peak season and holidays!*

Our ONE DAY ONLY sales runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Monday, November 27, so gather your family post-turkey bliss and choose your next Galveston Island vacation home destination!

*This is a one-day sale. Only reservations booked on November 27, 2017 are eligible for the discount. Offer is not retroactive and cannot be combined with any other specials. Mention “Cyber Monday” when booking online or by phone.