Planning Your 2019 Galveston Vacation?

Picture of girl with fish on Galveston Island‘Tis the season to start planning your 2019 Galveston vacation! Our Vacation Planners will be hitting mailboxes starting January 7 but, in the meantime, here are some of our new Galveston Island favorites!

Galveston Restaurants

We’ve had some delicious new restaurants open in Galveston, including Pennie’s Tex Mex Take Out and Lolo Kai Smoothies & Wraps. Pennie’s offers tamales and bbq, including brisket, link sausage and their amazing weekends-only barbacoa & seasonal menudo. Lolo Kai serves up lighter fare, with a full wrap & smoothie menu in addition to their unique acai bowls.

Looking for something to liven up your weekend away? Check out Vintage Crown Boutique & Bar for their famous micheladas (the perfect accompaniment on a hot island day) or head over to Seawall Blvd. and tour the Texas Tail Distillery, offering a variety of locally-produced vodka, whiskey & moonshine.

Skydive GalvestonActivities & Attractions 

Feeling a little adventurous? Book a flight with Skydive Galveston and see the island from a totally different angle! Soar in the sky and view all 23 miles of Galveston beaches with this family-friendly tandem skydive service.

Not into heights? Keep your feet closer to the ground and book a tour with SegCity Segway Tours Galveston. From Haunted Legends to the Tree Carvings Tour, guests 14 years old+ can see the city in a new & fun way!

Pottery on Galveston IslandWant the perfect souvenir to remember your 2019 Galveston Beach Vacation? Stop by Clay Cup Studios with your whole family and paint your own pottery or canvas, create a glass fusion masterpiece or try their new silk painting!

Need some artistic inspiration before heading over to Clay Cup? Head on over to The Bryan Museum in the historic Galveston Orphans Home. Featuring one of the world’s largest collections of art related to Texas & the American West, this local gem offers stellar permanent galleries as well as rotating special exhibits, a library & an archive.

Houses along Beach in KahalaPlaces to Stay

From beachfront vacation rentals to bay & canal retreats, pet friendly to houses that work together for large groups, Sand `N Sea Properties vacation rentals are the perfect place to call home during your 2019 Galveston Island vacation. Local & trusted for over 40 years, we love welcoming generations of guests to our slice of Gulf Coast paradise! With 24/7 direct booking, on-site maintenance staff & a rental team of island locals, we’re here to help you through every step of planning and enjoying your best Galveston Island getaway! Plus, our great rewards program earns you free time at the beach!

A December to Remember on Galveston Island

‘Tis the season for fun and relaxation! With a calendar stuffed full of local Galveston December events PLUS a great vacation rental special to unwrap, there’s no reason to miss celebrating the holidays on Galveston Island this year!

“But wait!” you say.  “It’s the beach!” you say. “Isn’t it too cold?” you question.  While we absolutely live for summer on Galveston Island, we also love the onset of sweater weather (notice we didn’t say parkas 😉 ). If you’re wondering what there is to do on our Winter Wonder Island when it’s too chilly to sunbathe, the answer is: a lot!  Some of our favorite Galveston December events are:

Downtown Lanterns & LightsLanterns and Lights Galveston Lit Arch (through Jan. 1) – Featuring a magical display of lights, an interactive photo frame (#selfie #decembertoremember #familyfun) and a giant snowglobe on designated weekends, Saengerfest Park & the heart of The Strand District in Historic Downtown Galveston are dressed in their holiday best for the season. Be sure to get some holiday shopping done while you’re Downtown!

The Grand 1894 Opera House Holiday Season – This stunning local gem is hosting a fun variety of performances in December. Enjoy the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) or the smooth big band holiday sounds of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Dec. 2). The kids will love A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (Dec. 23).

Santa TrainSanta Train with Elves Galveston TX at the Galveston Railroad Museum (Dec. 15) – Santa’s train arrives at noon so get those cameras handy! Protip: the Railroad Museum participates in the Galveston Island Pass, a great way to save up to 40% on local attractions.

Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Indoor Waterpark (through Dec. 30) – Open weekends and select holidays through the end of the year, your whole family will love the special indoor season at Schlitterbahn Galveston! Enjoy the Snow Globe Float, Bahn Borealis Light Show, Surf with Santa & more! Protip #2: Buy your tickets online & save.

Now that we’ve covered some of our favorite things to DO, let’s talk about where there is to STAY (hint: the best holiday island vacations happen at beach houses!):

Galveston Vacation Rental Kitchen and Dining Room at BeachsidePicture it – the relaxing Gulf waves…the sounds of laughter & cheer…and plenty of room in the kitchen for ALL of the family chefs to prepare your their favorite holiday snacks. Dreaming of a house with two living spaces so the kids can work off the out-of-school crazies while the adults catch up on all the family gossip? We have larger vacation homes perfect for appeasing those sugar plums of stress dancing in your head.

Need a low key escape from the holiday insanity? #wegotyou. Pick a cozy vacation home and bring your favorite traditions with you to a quiet beach or bay vacation rental. Whip up some quick & easy seafood recipes in a fully stocked kitchen, or stop by one of the delicious Galveston restaurants the locals love (we’re always happy to recommend a must-eat, just ask!).

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY GETAWAY

‘Tis the Season for the Holidays on Galveston Island

Galveston Island Gulf View from Amor del Mar vacation rental Well, we’ve made it through Halloween and, even though it was 78 degrees in Galveston today, we are gearing up for the “big” holiday season! Thanksgiving…Hanukkah…Kwanzaa…Christmas….there’s lots of great reasons coming up to gather the family. Here are some of our favorite Galveston Island holiday events:

Start by enjoying your turkey & trimmings at a Galveston Island beach house in November! Find the perfect beach house, then prepare your family favorites OR (here’s our pro-tip) let everyone relax and preorder a full dinner for pick-up at one of our local island eateries. Mosquito Cafe and ShyKatz Deli & Bakery are already taking preorders for full Thanksgiving feasts, and there’s a full list of holiday brunches & buffets to choose from!

Bring the whole family to the holiday tree lighting celebration at the Hotel Galvez  on November 23, at 6:00 p.m. Featuring performances from The Nutcracker, area choirs & dance groups and the Galveston Community Band, this great community event is fun for all ages. FREE

Galveston Lanterns and Lights

Downtown Lanterns & Lights (November 24 – December 31) features light displays, an interactive photo frame, and a giant snow globe! Happening in the heart of the Downtown Historic District, displays will stretch from 20th to 25th streets on The Strand as well as along 23rd and Postoffice Streets. BONUS: you can finish up your holiday shopping in the district’s many boutiques, art galleries and antique shops! FREE

ArtWalk (November 24) encourages you to enjoy a leisurely stroll (work off some of that pie!) throughout downtown spaces while enjoying local & regional art and light refreshments. FREE

Family in traditional costume at Dickens on the Strand Galveston Island txGalveston Historical Foundation special events, including Dickens on The Strand (November 30 – December 2) and the Full Moon Tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace (November 23, 7 p.m.) are local favorites.

For a unique Galveston Island holiday events experience, get your tickets today for Holiday with the Cranes (December 8 – 9), celebrating the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes. This weekend is fully feathered with a full flight of indoor and outdoor nature activities!

 Runners at the Galveston Santa Hustle RaceThousands of Jolly old & young St. Nick’s are coming to Galveston for the Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon (December 16), benefiting the Galveston County Food Bank. Racers enjoy candy, cookies & Christmas music along the route!

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY GETAWAY

Need more info on Galveston Island holiday events? Check out our full local events calendar and follow us on Facebook! Want to be the first to hear about our winter rental specials? Sign up for our emails!

Top 5 Reasons to Winter on Galveston Island

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:Girl holding fish on hook in Galveston Texas

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!

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 virtual event put on the by GINTC (Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council), on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Beaches – #33 Texas Sandhill Cranes Walking in Grass By The Beach.
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!

Festivals – #4
‘Tis the season – festival season that is! We’ve got something for everyone happening on the island at this time of year – and the perfect excuse for a Galveston weekend getaway! Many of your seasonal favorites are still adapting to be mindful of this year’s health & safety recommendations. Be sure to check out the changes before booking your trip!
ARToberFEST — October 16 – 31, 2020 (digital)
Dickens on The Squares — December 5 & 6, 2020 (limited tickets)
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest — January 15-16, 2021

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!

Book Your Winter Getaway

Need more ideas (aka excuses) for getting away to Galveston this winter? Check out our full local events calendar and follow us on Facebook! Want to be the first to hear about our winter rental specials? Sign up for our emails!

New Galveston Island Vacation Rentals

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!

We’ve had some gorgeous new Galveston Island vacation homes join our program in the last month, and we are excited to show them to you!

Blutopia beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Blutopia

Carpe Diem texas bayfront vacation rental
Carpe Diem

Coastal Retreat bayfront Galveston texas vacation rental
Coastal Retreat

Panoramic beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Panorama

Salt Life bayfront Galveston vacation rental
Salt Life

Sea Eagle beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Sea Eagle

Don't Break It Galveston vacation rental
Don’t Break It

Find Your New Favorite

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!

1Salt Life and Coastal Retreat both have “7 Nights for the Price of 5rental 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 you a 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!

Catch a Galveston Bay Getaway!

See how the other half (of the Island) lives – spend time fishing, birding or boating on Galveston Bay!

Causeway View Galveston Texas Vacation Rental

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.

Mother & Daughters with Fish on Galveston IslandGalveston 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 ParadiseBay Escape, , and Isla del Sol.

Catch Your Bay Getaway

Last but not least, check the weather forecast & read the fishing report to see what’s running. Who knows! Maybe you’ll join the ranks of the Texas Park & Wildlife’s Angler Recognition Program! Examing the current weight records and get ready to catch a big ‘un!

TALL SHIPS are Docking at Galveston Island!

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.

Oosterschelde Sailing and boats - Tall Ships GalvestonWant 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!

1877 sailboat - Tall Ships Galveston bayBook 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!

Navigate our Vacation Rentals

Vacation Your Way – Quick Getaways on Galveston Island!

From shorter summer stays to week-long getaways & months-long Winter Texan escapes in Sand `N Sea vacation rental homes, Galveston Island has what you’re looking for!

Couple on Beach at Galveston Island Pleasure Pier

We may be biased, but in our (not really at all) humble opinion, there’s not much that can beat fresh Gulf seafood, panoramic views from ferris wheels over the Gulf, climate-controlled indoor water parks, fascinating historic architecture, a day trip through a rain forest or a dolphin sighting on the free Galveston Island Ferry!

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!

Book Your Shorter Summer Stay Today!

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.

Investing in a Galveston Island Vacation Home

Galveston Isaland Drone ImageAre 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!

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Pet Friendly Galveston Island

Dog Puppy Pet 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 Vacation Rental on 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!