We just came back from an amazing weekend on Galveston Island, TX. Upon moving to Houston, I was so excited to be living within an hours drive of the ocean. But then came the naysayers — Galveston isn’t very nice, the beaches are gross, the water isn’t clear, so on and so forth. Like I said, I live within an hour of the beach. Here are my top recommendations for spending a weekend exploring all Galveston has to offer.
|1| Head to Jungle Surf Rentals and rent a surfboard, beach cruiser, or a surrey bike and spend the day cruising the seawall. They also have showers and free parking for customers! Don’t forget to enjoy one of their delicious snow cones after a hard days pedal.
|2| Hit up Pleasure Pier for a heart-stopping (hopefully not literally) rollercoaster ride or a beautiful sunset ferris wheel ride.
|3| When you’ve tired of the beach or just need a cold beverage, head over to Float Pool Bar and enjoy their swim-up bar.
|4| Be sure to eat brunch at Mosquito Cafe. The building itself is full of history dating back to 1870, the menu is to die for and the service is impeccable. Don’t be deterred if the line-up is out the door — it moves quickly as they have an order first, then grab a table policy.
|5| If you’re planning to stay overnight, be sure to check in to one of the fabulous Airbnb’s in the area. We rented this house and it slept all 12 of us very comfortably and we especially loved the air hockey table and the proximity to the beach.
|6| Every time we go to the beach, we head straight for Stewart Beach. The $8 parking fee gets everyone in your car access to this private beach! You can also rent chairs and umbrellas and there are clean washrooms. Remember, every beach in Galveston is dog friendly as long as they’re on a leash and you pick-up after them.