Galveston Resources for Guests

Whether you’re visiting for the 1st or 40th time, Sand `N Sea will make your Galveston vacation memorable for all the right reasons! You will find all the Galveston resources you’ll need before, during and after your visit right here.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Things To Do to fill in the time you aren’t on the 32 miles of Galveston Island beaches! Additionally, we are proud to offer helpful resources for planning a homeschool field trip, whether your stay is 3 days or a week or more! 


What You Should Know About Vacationing in Galveston

Our FAQ page is a great place to start, but we know everyone’s vacation needs are different. Don’t hesitate to call or email us with your questions - we are here to be your all-things-Galveston resource!

Just started packing? Check your list against our recommended Things to Bring to make sure you have everything you need! This is especially helpful for first-time vacation home renters.

Galveston weather can change quickly. In the spring and fall temperatures can vary by over 20+ degrees from sunrise to mid-afternoon. We are also prone to short bursts of rain in the afternoons. Pack in layers!

A Galveston map is helpful for navigating and planning your daily adventures. Galvestonians often refer to the Island by three different regions: the West End, Seawall, and the East End. 

Beach safety is critical, so be sure to read up on what the flags mean and where you can expect lifeguards. Also, check out our information on local Galveston laws to learn about regulations for golf carts, fires on the beach, beach tents and more.

The Sand `N Sea Guest Experience

We want to make sure each Galveston vacation rental is one for the memory books! As a local leader for more than 45 years, we have the knowledge and resources to ensure your time on the Island leaves you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Our office is open 7 days a week, which allows us to welcome you in person at check-in, no matter what day you arrive! Please remember that, per our rental policy, the leaseholder for the reservation is the only person able to collect keys. Any exceptions will need prior arrangement with our staff.

What time is check-in?

Check-in is at 5 p.m.. If you arrive early, hit a public beach access point, grab a bite to eat, or take a #gramworthy picture with Shelly Sandersun, our Turtles About Town statue (#shellysns).

You'll receive a text with your lock box code as soon as your house is ready for you! Once you receive that info you can head directly to your vacation home to unload and start your getaway!

We will check in with you by phone after you arrive to make sure everything is going perfectly! If there is anything we can do to improve your stay, please call us immediately.

Something going wrong? 

Sand `N Sea’s vacation rentals team is available 24/7 to address any unexpected maintenance issues or questions about your home. Call us at 409.797.5500 during normal business hours or at 409.737.4444 for after hour emergencies.

What if there’s a storm approaching Galveston? 

We will text the cell phone number on file with your reservation if there are any advisories you need to be aware of during your visit. Check to see what your Travel insurance covers.

We can also help you find the perfect restaurants, boutiques, or museums to enjoy during your stay! Just give us a call or email us at with your questions. We work and play on the Island too, and we are always happy to share local favorites.


Galveston Resources and Useful Links

AIRPORT: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

2800 North Terminal Road, Houston, TX 77032

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is located on the north side of downtown Houston. 

Travel time to/from Galveston depends on traffic and can range from 1 hour and 45 minutes to three hours. Please plan accordingly. 

AIRPORT: Scholes International Airport at Galveston (GLS)

2115 Terminal Drive, Galveston, TX 77552

Scholes International Airport offers two 6,001' x 150' runways able to accommodate almost any aircraft, up to a Boeing 767. Perfect for private or chartered planes, at GLS there is never a charge for aircraft or vehicular parking.

AIRPORT: William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

7800 Airport Boulevard, Houston, TX 77061

Hobby Airport is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to Galveston Island. 

Travel time to/from Galveston depends on traffic and can range from 45 minutes to two hours. Please plan accordingly. 

BEACH PATROL: Galveston Beach Patrol

301 Seawall Boulevard, Stewart Beach Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Galveston, TX 77550

The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is among the top lifeguarding agencies in the country. 

Check beach & weather conditions and learn about beach safety on their website

CITY: City of Galveston

823 25th Street, Galveston, TX 77553

COUNTY: Galveston County Health District

9850 E.F. Lowry Expressway Suite, Texas City, TX 77591

COUNTY: Office of Emergency Management

1353 FM 646 West Suite 201, Dickinson, TX 77539

The OEM is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive emergency program for Galveston County. 




Ferry Road, Galveston, TX 77550

More than 8 million passengers ride the Port Aransas and Galveston-Port Bolivar ferries annually. The two routes operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. 

The Port Aransas route runs between two and six ferries a day and connects travelers on SH 361 a link across the Corpus Christi Channel between Aransas Pass, on the mainland, and Port Aransas, on Mustang Island. The quarter-mile route typically takes less than ten minutes, although peak summer hours may require drivers to wait longer. 

Check out the live webcam feeds of the ports and estimated wait-times at 

FIRE: Fire Station #7 - Pirates Beach

3902 Buccaneer, Galveston, TX 77554

Fire Station 7 is located near the Pirates Beach subdivision. Station 7's area is primarily residential. Station 7 is one of two stations not protected by the Galveston Seawall. This area includes Galveston Island State Park. Station 7 houses Engine 7 and Ladder 7. 

FIRE: Fire Station #8 - Sea Isle

21710 S. Shelby, Galveston, TX 77554

Fire Station #8 is located in the Sea Isle subdivision and protects the far west end of Galveston Island. Station 8's area is primarily residential with numerous multimillion dollar dwellings and resort style complexes. Station 8 houses Engine 8 and Brush 8. 

FIRE: Galveston Fire Department

2514 Sealy Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550

FIRE: Jamaica Beach Fire Department

5355 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
409-737-1800 ext. 2

Organized in 1976, the department continues to be an all volunteer department dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Jamaica Beach. 

For emergencies, dial 911. 


2002 Strand, Galveston, TX 77554

Purchases made at Eighteen Seventy One go towards GHF’s mission of preserving and revitalizing the architectural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island. In addition to information on all GHF events, programs and attractions, the store is also the exclusive distributor for WoodWick & RibbonWick Candles and Kitras Art Glass. The store also carries antique jewelry from Grandmother’s Buttons, Jack Black and numerous vintage children’s games and toys. A large selection of Galveston related books are also on hand as well as a fantastic selection of items for house and home.

HISTORICAL FOUNDATION: Galveston Historical Foundation

2228 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

Incorporated in 1954, Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the nation's largest local preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation and stewardship of historic properties. 

LIBRARY: Rosenberg Library

2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Public library with great children's area and activities. Check out their special program calendar online.

LOCAL MEDIA: Galveston County Daily News

8522 Teichman Road, Galveston, TX 77553

Find out what's happening around Galveston about current events, check your favorite team's scores, find a job, get the local weather and beach forecasts, search real estate listings and get helpful tips on where to eat, stay and shop in and around Galveston and the Bay Area! 

LOCAL MEDIA: Galveston Monthly

5444 Jamaica Beach, Galveston, TX 77554

LOCAL MEDIA: The Islander Magazine

9348 Jamaica Beach, Galveston, TX 77554

"For those who love Galveston Island - the playground of the Southwest!" 

MEDICAL: Ambulance


MEDICAL: Island Health Minor Emergency Center

4623 Fort Crockett Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

Open 9am-6pm, M-F 

MEDICAL: UTMB Emergency Room

901 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX 77555

UTMB’s Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 by physicians and registered nurses who are specially trained and certified in emergency medicine.

Serious emergencies.

MEDICAL: West Isle Urgent Care

2027 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551

Open 8 a.m - 10 p.m, 365 days a year.

POISON CONTROL: Texas Poison Center Network


POLICE: Galveston Animal Control


POLICE: Galveston Police Dept.

601 54th Street, Galveston, TX 77550




GARM - Galveston Association of Rental Managers security service is on-call and available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. 

GARM security responds to calls about problems in vacation rental homes managed by GARM companies - problems such as parking in restricted areas, loud noise and over-occupancy. 

POLICE: Jamaica Beach Police Dept.

5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554

For emergencies, dial 911. 

The Jamaica Beach Police Department provides 24 hour patrolling of our streets and a marine division for our canals. Jamaica Beach has the reputation of one of the safest areas to live in Galveston County 

PORT: Port of Galveston

123 Rosenberg, Galveston, TX 77550

POST OFFICE: Galveston Post Office

601 25th Street, Galveston, TX 77550

M - R: 830am - 5pm; F: 830am - 12noon; Sat & Sun: Closed


3115 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550

The Island Transit service area covers 27 square miles servicing Galveston Island as well as Mainland patrons through Island Connect Mall of the Mainland and Victory Lakes services.

Dial-A-Ride Services can be reached at 409-797-3909. 

RECYCLING: City of Galveston Recycling Drop-off Center

702 61st Street, Galveston, TX 77551

Come by and drop off - 
Papers, plastics 1-5 & 7, cardboard, glass (clear, brown, green), refrigerators, air conditioners, stoves, washers & dryers, scrap iron and metal, aluminum, car batteries, old gas, antifreeze, tires, ink jet cartridges, computers, E-waste, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and yard waste. 

Mon - Sat: 8am - 4:45pm

TOURIST & VISITOR INFO: Galveston Island Visitors Center

2328 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

Looking for Galveston tourism information? The Galveston Island Visitor Center is located in the carriage house of Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is there to help any guest discover the many treasures of Galveston Island. 

Hours of Operation 
Open 7 Days: 10am - 5pm 

WEATHER: KTRH Radio - 740 AM

Don't miss breaking news coverage...listen LIVE at 

WEATHER: National Hurricane Center

Providing current forecasts, severe weather advisories, hurricane tracking and satellite imagery. 

WEATHER: Pirates Beach Weather Station

Get current weather conditions and check the local surf cams here. 

WEATHER: The Weather Channel

Check the current conditions or get the weekend forecast here. also features vacation planning guides, storm tracking tools and other helpful information. 

WiFi WEST END (Free Internet Access): Starbucks

2808 61st Street, Galvston, TX 77551

Hours: M - Sun: 5am - 9pm 

WiFi WEST END (Free Internet Access): Sugar Bean

11 Evia Main 101, Galveston, TX 77554

Neighborhood coffee house in Galveston's Evia subdivision - complete with coffee, treats and snacks and internet access. 

MEDICAL: Hospital Health ER 24/7 Emergency Room

4222 Seawall Boulevard & 42nd Street - Close to Ben & Jerry's

Family Owned & Operated

Hospitality Health ER is commited to providing you with the highest-quality medical care services for minor and emergency services, around the clock.

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