Galveston Maps and Directions

How to Get to Sand `N Sea

Our office is located at:

13706 FM 3005 (at the entrance to Pirates Beach)
Galveston, TX 77554

  1. Take I-45 South toward Galveston (about 50 miles from Houston).
  2. EXIT 61st Street/West Beach exit.
  3. Turn RIGHT at 61st Street.
  4. Stay on 61st Street until it dead ends into Seawall Blvd. (the beach!)
  5. Turn RIGHT on Seawall Blvd.
  6. Continue for 8 miles. NOTE: The Seawall ends and it turns into FM 3005. You will pass beach houses on your left and there will be lots of pasture land on your right.
  7. There is a traffic light at the entrance to Pirates Beach & Pirates Cove, and you will see three flags: Texas, U.S. and Sand `N Sea Properties!
  8. Sand 'N Sea Properties is on the northwest corner (on your right) at this intersection.
  9. TURN RIGHT into the Pirates Beach Shopping Center.
  10. You've arrived!

Having trouble? Give us a call at 409.797.5500. We are here seven days a week and ready to help!

Driving Directions to Galveston

No matter where you’re coming from, it’s easy to get to Galveston with convenient access from nearly all directions. You can reach the Island by interstate & state highways, and a vehicle ferry system from Bolivar. Here are driving directions to Galveston from a few other major Texas cities. From airports and Ubers, to avoiding Houston traffic, our directions to Galveston, Texas, answer your questions. Find your fastest route to Galveston, TX 77554.

Directions from Houston to Galveston

To reach Galveston from the Greater Houston area, travel I-45 S for approximately 50 miles into Galveston.

Choose one of the following exits:

  • Take exit 1A for Broadway Street/ TX-342 Spur
  • Take exit 1C toward Harborside Dr./ TX-275

How to Get to Galveston Without Going Through Houston

In Houston, traffic congestion at rush hour can add hours of travel time to your trip. If you would prefer to steer clear of the traffic that accompanies driving on the city’s major highways, there are alternative solutions. You can avoid frustration by taking the scenic routes to Galveston without going through Houston.

Routes Avoiding Houston to the East

  • Use your GPS to find the route from your destination to TX-65 E near Winnie, TX
  • Travel east on TX-65 E to TX-124 S/Gulfway Dr.
  • Turn right on TX-124 S
  • Drive south for 45 miles
  • Take the Port Bolivar - Galveston Ferry to Galveston

Routes Avoiding Houston to the South

  • Use your GPS to find the route from your destination to Hwy 6 S near Sugar Land, TX
  • Travel south on Hwy 6 S for 49 miles
  • Merge onto I-45 S
  • Stay on I-45 S for approximately 5 miles to Galveston

Directions to Galveston from Dallas

The fastest route from Dallas/Fort Worth is almost as easy as traveling from Houston. The distance to Galveston, Texas from Dallas is 289 miles of freeway driving.

Travel I-45 S for approximately 286 miles into Galveston.

Choose one of the following exits:

  • Take exit 1A for Broadway Street/ TX-342 Spur
  • Take exit 1C toward Harborside Dr./ TX-275

If you prefer not to drive from Dallas to Galveston, it’s a short flight to Houston-Hobby Airport. From there, choose one of several shuttle options or rent a car for the duration of your vacation.

Directions to Galveston from Austin

Are you planning a trip to Galveston from Austin? Follow the directions below for a 3.5-hour drive through scenic rural Texas that avoids toll roads.

  • Take I-35 S
  • Use the second lane from the right to take exit 230 for TX-71 E
  • Stay on TX-71 E for approximately 87 miles toward I-10
  • Merge onto I-10 E
  • Travel 76 miles into Houston
  • Take exit 768B for I-45 South toward Galveston
  • Stay on I-45 S for 49 miles into Galveston

Choose one of the following exits:

  • Take exit 1A for Broadway Street/ TX-342 Spur
  • Take exit 1C toward Harborside Dr./ TX-275

If you prefer a shorter travel time, travel by plane from AUS to the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU).

Galveston Airports

While Scholes International Airport is located in Galveston, no major carriers have passenger flights there. Two major airports in nearby Houston provide the best options: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Either airport is an excellent choice, but passengers tend to have their personal preferences between the two.

What airport do you fly into for Galveston?

IAH and HOU both offer a variety of carriers, flight times and costs. However, most Galveston visitors who fly into the area prefer Hobby Airport due to its close proximity to Galveston. Hobby is 42 miles and only a 30-minute drive away.

If you are a cruiser looking for ways to get to the Galveston cruise port, Hobby (HOU) makes travel convenient for you. Several transportation companies offer round-trip shuttle service to the cruise port for passengers who fly into Hobby. That will save you the cost of a rental car and associated parking fees at the cruise terminal.

How far is Galveston from the Houston airport?

Hobby is 42 miles from Galveston. IAH is about 80 miles from Galveston, but it’s located on the far north side of Houston. This means you’ll be dealing with heavy Houston traffic in order to get south past the city. We advise guests to plan on a 2-3 hour travel time from IAH to Galveston during the summer months, when local Houstonians are also making their way to Galveston’s beaches.

Because it has the most flight service, IAH is an appealing choice for some passengers. Those who enjoy more flexibility with flight times and ticket prices like the diverse selection at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

How much is an Uber ride from Houston to Galveston?

Uber and other rideshare companies do not have fixed rates. Their rates depend upon the time of day, trip distance and volume of customers requesting service. Uber rides from Hobby Airport to Galveston cost anywhere between $55- $100+. Rides from IAH average between $55- $150+.

Our team at Sand ‘N Seas strives to prepare you for your next trip to Galveston. When you are relaxing on the beach, the last thing we want running through your head is "how far is Galveston, Texas from the airport" and "when do I need to leave". Let us help answer your questions to ensure your getaway feels as relaxing as possible.


Galveston Maps

If you’re looking for an accessible and activity-filled Island getaway, Galveston, Texas is  just the ticket. Only 50 miles south of Houston, this quaint little island offers big fun — historic Southern charm, relaxing Island culture, exciting family adventures, and metropolitan amenities like fine dining and multiple theatres. Whether you are seeking action-packed adventure, exploration or just plain relaxation on your vacation, Galveston delivers.

We’ve assembled a collection of helpful maps to familiarize you with all Galveston Island has to offer.



Where can I find a Galveston tourist map?

Finding the best Galveston tourist map for your trip begins with narrowing down your scope of activities. There is so much to do! A map of Galveston beaches will provide you with many opportunities for fun in the sun. Sunbathers will want to take full advantage of fun on the 32 miles of sandy beaches, while outdoor sports players and nature lovers will want to check out all of the bay area fishing spots and parks. For thrillseekers, the area is brimming with amusement parks and attractions, and the local calendar is full of festivals that will delight. Here are a few maps that are sure to be helpful for new and return visitors, alike:


Map of Galveston Beaches

Galveston is literally surrounded by beaches and parks! The challenge isn’t in finding one, but rather choosing the very best spot for your dream vacation. 

Stewart Beach, located at the end of Broadway on the east end of the island, is a great option for families. This popular beach boasts showers, a playground, and Beach Patrol lifeguards on duty. East Beach is the best choice for social beach-goers, with a calendar full of concerts and festivals including the AIA Sandcastle Competition. Take a drive or bike ride down the 10 miles of sea wall and you’ll find sandy spots in close proximity to shops, restaurants, and attractions like the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Head to the West End and you’ll find multiple pocket pars as well as the entrance of Galveston Island State Park. This local favorite spans the beach and bay sides of the Island and is, great for outdoor exploration, fishing, and kayaking. 

In addition to considerations for each beach area’s culture and amenities, well-planned beachgoers will want to have the scoop about fees, pets, parking, camping options, and restrooms before they head out for their sandy adventures. This helpful map conveniently charts some of that information. You may also access this site for a general overview map complete with weather and beach condition webcams. 


Source: Galveston Park Board of Trustees

 

Map of Galveston Fishing

Galveston’s diverse coastal climate allows for incredible fishing in both salt and freshwaters. While charters and pier fishing are easy to find, it can be a challenge to locate free resources about great spots for bay area fishing. This Galveston Bay map provides a fishing location icon for some general direction, and the Galveston Bay Recreational handbook contains an entire section of maps and information for anglers looking for a great spot to cast off. 


Map of Galveston Attractions

For those vacationers who love thrills and adventure, Galveston will not disappoint. Fans of amusement parks will find Moody Gardens aquarium, rainforest & ropes course, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterban waterpark spread over the island. Historic sites such as the Strand theater, Moody Mansion, and Bishop’s Palace can be found throughout.  Great dining, shopping, tours, and museums are peppered in as well, though more highly concentrated in the East End. 


 

Where to Stay in Galveston, TX

As you make your travel plans, choosing your accommodations is just as important as the itinerary when it comes to ensuring your trip is successful and relaxing. A map of Galveston beaches can only take you so far. That is why Sand `N Sea strives to offer our guests the very best service. Our selection, quality, and Island hospitality are just a few reasons we are so highly rated by our past guests — and why we know you’ll love us too. 

We have over 155+  properties to choose from,  including large group and pet friendly options ranging from beachfront to quiet bay retreats with private decks and fishing piers. Vacation home rentals are of great value. Fully equipped kitchens, free parking, and guest loyalty perks allow you to spend your money on your experiences with no hidden costs. 

Locally owned and family operated since 1974, our team is on the ground seven days a week. We are committed to offering the very best service and amenities during your stay. We live and play on the Island and want to share our slice of coastal paradise with you! 

Call us today to speak with a reservationist or browse and book our properties online! 


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West Galveston Island

Spanish Grant

  • Diamond Beach
  • Hershey Beach
  • Beachside Village
  • Sands of Kahala
  • Bermuda Beach

Pirates Beach

Pirates Beach West

  • Pirates Cove
  • Lifitte's Cove
  • Palm Beach

Jamaica Beach

  • Beachcomber
  • Boardwalk


Indian Beach

  • Gulf Palms
  • Acapulco Beach
  • Karankawa Beach
  • Kahala Beach
  • Kahala Beach Estates

Sea Isle

  • Isla del Sol
  • Terramar Beach

Pointe San Luis

  • Bay Harbor
  • Stavenger
  • Half Moon
  • Miramar

Point West