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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 409.797.5500 if there is anything we can do to help during your stay.
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.
#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?
- Bird by Car (interactive map with species info & birding hot spots)
- Turtles About Town
- Tree Sculpture Walking Tour
- East End Historic District Tour
- Bryan Museum (limited hours Wed. – Sun., or tour virtually)
- ArtistBoat guided kayak tours (small groups)
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!