Summer has officially ended, but there is no shortage of great reasons to spend the fall or winter on Galveston Island! In no particular order, here are a few of our favorites:
Fishing – #1
Surf fishing, wade fishing, deep sea fishing, fishing from the dock, warm weather fishing, cool weather fishing…well, you get the idea 😉 Enjoy great fishing of every kind when you visit Galveston Island during the winter! This year, there are 2 inaugural fishing tournaments (the Galveston Fishing Rodeo & Fall Flounder Classic, with prizes!) to lure you in as well!
Birding – #2 Check out our previous post for some hints about the best birds to look for at this time of year! We love the huge Sandhill Cranes that migrate to Galveston for the winter – you can find them strolling the pastures throughout the West End. Don’t miss the Holiday with the Cranes event put on the by GINTC (Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council), December 8 – 9 (more info coming soon to their webpage).
Beaches – #3
Galveston’s 32 miles of beaches are perfect no matter the weather, but beachcombing gets even better as short winter storms move through, and seasonal currents bring new creatures up from the depths of the Gulf. Plus, the weather can be beautiful & there are fewer people sharing the sand with you during winter on Galveston Island!
The Grand 1894 Opera House – #5
Constructed in – you guessed it! – 1894, “The Official Opera House of Texas” plays an important role in supporting the arts, with award-winning dramas, Broadway musicals, internationally-acclaimed musicians & the Serious Fun Children’s Series gracing the stage every season!
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Beachfront vacations & fresh ocean breezes
Decks that face sunsets & fishing that pleases
Warm sandy afternoons spent like a king
…these are a few of our favorite things!
But our most favorite thing is adding new Galveston vacation rental options for our guests! Or maybe it’s welcoming new guests…no, it’s welcoming your family each year and seeing it grow & change…or, maybe…well, we have LOTS of favorite things, but introducing new vacation rentals is definitely in the Top 5!
Has your family outgrown their favorite Galveston vacation rental? Or are you looking for the perfect place to start building lifelong vacation memories?These contemporary vacation homes are full of the amenities you’re looking for: pools, elevators, private piers, panoramic Gulf views, multiple decks & more!
Need even more reasons to try one of these stunning new vacation rentals? We’ve got TWO!
1. Salt Life and Coastal Retreat both have “7 Nights for the Price of 5” rental specials running for the month of June! That’s over $290 in savings at Salt Life and over $160 savings in Coastal Retreat – and that could get youa lot of fresh Gulf seafood to enjoy while at the beach!
2. Don’t forget – each stay in ANY of our new vacation rentals could be earning you points towards a FREE 2-night stay when you’re a member of the Sand `N Sea Beach Club!
See how the other half (of the Island) lives – spend time fishing, birding or boating on Galveston Bay!
We know our beaches are the prime draw to our slice of coastal paradise – who can resist sitting in the surf with a cool drink in your hand? The stuff dreams are made of we tell ya! – but, head north from FM 3005 and you’ll discover another side to Galveston Island that’s well worth your time.
Galveston Bay is home to wildlife and marine animals as diverse as the bay & canal homes that border them! Red drum, sheepshead, flounder, sea trout and more are found in the bay.
Bring your boat or schedule a charter with a local fishing guide who knows all of the best spots! Or, just fish right from the deck of your canal front vacation rental. Grab bait from Sea Isle Bait Camp at the West End Marina, or stop by the Rusty Hook down towards Bay Harbor.
Looking for a truly unique casting experience? West End-based equipment lender Rick’s Beach Rentals offer fishing kayaks for 1 or 2 people by the day or week. Perfect for a paddle around the marshes or inlets!
Is the promise of excellent fishing not enough to convince your family to give the bay side a try? Reel them in with the promise of a private pool! We’ve got the perfect bait – three different canal front vacation rental homes with private pools: Aloha Paradise, Bay Escape, , and Isla del Sol.
Sail in for a weekend of family-friendly fun along Galveston’s historic harbor April 5 – 8, 2018 with TALL SHIPS ® Galveston!
Starting with Galveston’s own square-rigged iron barque ELISSA (1877), the tall ships participating in this years TALL SHIP CHALLENGE represent six unique builders and call six different ports home – including four in the United States and one each in the Cook Islands and the Netherlands.
Did you know? Galveston serves as the home port for ELISSA – The Official Tall Ship of Texas!
“ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area…from her stern to the tip of her jib boom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast. ” – Galveston Historical Foundation
ELISSA docks next to the Texas Seaport Museum at Pier 21 and can often be seen sailing around the bay.
Want to see how our local tall ship stacks up against the competition? Sailing fans of all ages will love this unique chance to see history come alive on a wide aquatic stage as these ships kick off the very first TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 series.
Start with the Parade of Sail along Seawall Blvd. at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and continue with tours of participating ships, day sail excursions, live music, sunset happy hour sails & more, all weekend long! View the full event schedule & book your tickets today!
Book your birth – get a FREE night at the beach when you sail into a Sand `N Sea vacation home for TALL SHIPS® Galveston! We offer a great selection of beachfront vacation rentals, beachside vacation homes and bay & canal homes perfect for fishing & boating!
First time to Galveston Island? We pack a lot of fun and flavor into 27 miles of coastline!
Local restaurants & eateries offer everything from fresh Gulf seafood to classic Italian, Greek cuisine to authentic Mexican. Sand `N Sea staff favorites include: Mosquito Cafe, Shrimp `N Stuff & BLVD Seafood, or try The Grotto at the San Luis Resort for a glamorous date night. Don’t miss La King’s Confectionery for a sweet treat with the whole family!
Wondering what else there is to do on Galveston Island? Tired of soaking in the sand, surf & sun during your Galveston beach house vacation? (we don’t want to use the word crazy…buuuuuut… 😉 ) There is always a great selection of unique Galveston Island events going on – many of them free & family-friendly! Don’t miss Movie Nite or Music Nite on The Strand – local favorites that take place monthly March – October! Or, check out this great 36-hour visit itinerary from the New York Times!
We want everyone to enjoy some well-deserved beach time; and we’re thrilled to announce that we have a great selection of Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for shorter summer stays this summer! Minimum 3-night stay.
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!
So, 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:
• 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!
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 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!
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!