Posted on 4/24/2024

Galveston Vacation Planning - May 2024

Explore the highlights of May in Galveston with our guide to local events, tasty eats, and special vacation rental deals. These are some of our staff favorites, sure to make your May getaway one to remember!

The weather is starting to heat up here on Galveston Island, and beautiful beach days are here! Check out special menus for Mother's Day, a surfing festival, a wild game cook-off, and more when you visit our 32 miles of beach paradise in May.

Champagne Brunch

Dine at the gorgeous 1880 Garten Verein and enjoy live music with delicious food and a special gift. Add a Historic Homes Tour ticket for a real treat! Make reservations for this popular local favorite. May 12 from 10am - 12pm

Brunch at the San Luis Resort

Delicious buffest featuring meat & seafood, brunch classics, indulgent desserts, cocktails, live music, and a butterfly release ceremony. Purchase tickets ahead. May 12 at 11am, 12pm, or 1pm.

Buffet in The Garden

Indulge in this Moody Gardens event and enjoy your choice of salad station, seafood gumbo, carving station, pasta bar, specialy desserts & more. May 12 from 11am - 3pm.

West End Marina & Restaurant Brunch

Popular Sea Isle dining spot located right on the water offering a special buffet menu including prime rib, crab cakes, pastries, shrimp cocktail, pasta, and live music. Call ahead to book your table. May 12 from 10:30am - 2pm

La Izquierda Surf & Music Fest

Three days of surfing, music & good times! Surf competitions, a variety of live music including zydeco, reggae, & hip-hop, plus family-friendly activities and food vendors. View the full lineup. Beach Central on 21st & Seawall. May 3 - 5

Historic Homes Tour

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of this iconic tour. The Galveston Historical Foundation coordinates rare public tours of privately owned historic homes of all sizes. Sand `N Sea is a proud sponsor of this event. May 4, 5, 11 & 12

Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-Off

Put together by the Yaga's Children Fund and benefitting local children's charities, this family-friendly event is in its 28th year. Local vendors, delicious food, live music & more. May 10 & 11

Back Garden Tour

Supporting Clean Galveston initiatives, this rain-or-shine self-guided tour features private oases, calm retreats & shared garden spaces across Galveston Island. Tickets and a list of gardens are available online. Sand `N Sea is a proud sponsor of this event. May 18


An island institution since 1911, Gaido's offers fresh seafood, house-made desserts and unique flavors influenced by traditional southern and Creole flavors. 3828 Seawall Blvd

Shrimp N Stuff

Casual eatery known for fried shrimp, fried oysters, and seafood po-boys. Family-friendly local favorite with two Shrimp N Stuff locations. 3901 Avenue O & 2506 Ball Street


Contemporary eatery specializing in gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads & paninis. Vegan and gluten-free options available, as well as daily specials. 408 25th Street

The Original Mexican Cafe

Quaint cafe in the Historic District where local have enjoyed classic Tex-Mex dishes since 1916. 1408 Market Street.


Classic 3 BR, 2 BA beachfront home in popular Sea Isle with panoramic Gulf views, a partially covered deck, and beachy decor in shades of pale aqua. Bring your whole family to Starfish - dogs included! Sleeps 8.

Coastal Memories

Charming 3 BR, 2 BA beachside home with an open living area,fully-equipped kitchen, and spacious patio. Easy 1 block walk to the neighborhood beach access. Coastal Memories is the perfect choice for your Galveston getaway! Sleeps 8.

Blue Heron

Fully updated 2 BR, 2 BA beachfront home with a large loft, fun spiral staircase, open deck, easy beach access, and Gulf views from the dining table. The fenced yard at Blue Heron is perfect for your pup! Sleeps 8.

Latitude Adjustment

Beautifully remodeled, this 2nd row beachside home boasts a deep deck that’s partially shaded, a comfortable open floor plan that’s perfect for gathering friends & family. There's still great summer availability at Latitude Adjustment, so book your stay soon! Sleeps 9.

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