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Recent Galveston reviews

  • Lovely!

    "Our family had such a lovely time! The condo was magnificent. The balcony is HUGE! I enjoyed eating at the patio table and taking in the beautiful scenery. We had plenty of room and all the supplies we needed. I even made cupcakes! :) We met the owner and she was so nice and helpful. We were very appreciative. I sure do miss the wonderful shower now that I'm home. Thank you Gisela. We'll be back!"
    Guest: Jennifer Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 1, 2014
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  • Took my breath away!

    "The adjectives used to describe this home are not exaggerations: large, luxury, beachfront, breathtaking. I spent 2 weeks happily watching the tides and weather from the 180 degree view. One morning we watched porpoises hunting off the third sandbar for about 40 minutes - going back and forth before disappearing from sight. I could even see the bay from the dining room windows. Our extended family (parents, children, grandchildren) were charmed by the views and the comfort. The bedrooms were spacious, and each was attached to a bath - so convenient! And separation of bedrooms and the hurricane shutters made naptimes easier. The living room and dining room were perfect for our family - more than enough seating and open floor space for a large train layout. The kitchen was the best equipped we've experience at a rental; all the dishes, pots, & pans we needed, plus a great pantry space. Something not mentioned in the description was a nice discovery - the "sand-room" entry at the bottom of the stairs with a lockable door out to the carport area. An entry like that lessens the fear of children deciding to go to the beach by themselves. The bench in that area was helpful for changing from indoor to outdoor shoes, and the plaque marking the high water mark during Ike was impressive. The owner was a delight to correspond with; I liked dealing directly with the owner and feeling his love of his family's beach home. That's something you don't get when you rent from a property management company. Our family all agreed that "By the Sea" would be our first choice for our next vacation on the island."
    Guest: Nancy B. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 16, 2015
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  • 2nd Annual Condo Christmas!

    "AMAZING STAY!! The condo was beautiful, spacious and everyone had an awesome time!! The balcony was large and accommodated 8 people seated, the view was non stop whether you were inside or outside. The condo looked just like the pictures, kitchen was well stocked with small appliances, plenty of clean towels and linens, the jacuzzi tub in the master bath was incredible and the view from the master bedroom & bath was unbelievable!! Chas was very accommodating and I would highly recommend this unit for any type of event. Diamond Beach is the absolute best place to stay on the island!!! Thank you Chas!!!"
    Guest: Laura A. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
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  • Shabby Chic Beach Getaway!

    "Our family of four just returned from a relaxing stay at this Pirates Beach gem. The home is beautifully furnished with great pieces that evoke both comfort and elegance. As mentioned in other reviews, the kitchen is well stocked with all you need (coffee and tea pot, plenty of cookware, dishes, basic spices, etc.) Plus, the location is unbeatable. You are less than a block from the beach. Yea! Restaurants, grocery stores, and shops are all a short drive away. There are smaller, Mom and Pop stores closer to Pirates Beach but the major strip along Seawall is about 15 minutes north. And when the heat was too much, we enjoyed the game and movie selection for a little indoor family fun. Thanks for a great vacation! We'll be back..."
    Guest: Cristy C. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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Galveston Travel Tips

Galveston, a Texas coastal city on an island just southeast of Houston, is an excellent vacation spot for families, history lovers and those looking for a little rest and relaxation on the beach.

Family Fun

Moody Gardens

This stronghold of education and family fun is a mainstay on any trip to Galveston. Its main attractions are three giant glass pyramids. A towering Aquarium Pyramid with exhibits related to geographic areas like the South Atlantic, which hosts a penguin encounter, and the Caribbean - home to thousands of vibrant tropical fish. Head to the Rainforest Pyramid to see funky-looking free-to-roam saki monkeys and macaws, or see special science exhibits at the Discovery Pyramid.

After you’ve soaked up plenty of knowledge, see a 4-D film at the Special FX Theater, immerse yourself in an interactive film at the Ridefilm Theater, or head outdoors to bask in the sun on the Palm Beach lazy river and water rides.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

The perfectly named Pleasure Pier is Galveston’s boardwalk, complete with rides, games and excellent dining options. Fearless big kids will love the Iron Shark roller coaster and Pirate’s Plunge, tiny tots will love the carousel and everyone can take part in old-fashioned carnival games. Head to Fish Tales or Bubba Gump’s for family-friendly dining.

Galveston Island State Park

This excellent 2000-acre state park is about a 25-minute drive from the city of Galveston. Come here to enjoy the quiet, sandy white beaches. Rare birds are frequent visitors here, because the Galveston Island is a unique, undeveloped barrier island habitat, so keep your eyes peeled for interesting species as you take a walk through on the salt marsh and prairie trails in the northern part of the park.

For the History Buff

Galveston is home to many excellent historical sites, several of which are located in the famous Strand Historic District, which encompasses the area between 20th and 25th streets near the harbor.

Historic Homes

Though the inside isn’t open to the public, if you’re an architecture buff, visit the brick mansion, Ashton Villa, located at the corner of 23rd and May Streets in the historic district and built in 1859. Take a tour of the lavish, castle-like Victorian mansion, Bishop’s Palace, built of stone and steel in 1892 and located on Broadway Street. You’ll also want to consider seeing the Samuel May Williams historic house, which was built in 1839 for its namesake and is the second-oldest home in Galveston

Ships, Trains and Planes

Galveston is also abundant in military and transportation history. Visit Sea Wolf Park at the very tip of Pelican Island to see two ships with military history: the Cavalla and USS Stewart. The Cavalla is a decorated WWII submarine that serves as memorial to the USS Seawolf, which sunk during WWII. The USS Stewart also served during WWII and is one of only three destroyer escorts in the world.

For an amazing experience, visit Pier 21 to take a ride on the fully-functioning tall ship Elissa, built in 1877.

You can also visit the Galveston Railroad Museum, located in the historic district at 25th and Strand streets. Kids are bound to love this excellent museum as well. Aside from some pretty cool locomotives, it features some fun statues sitting on old train station benches for a perfect photo opportunity. The Lone Star Flight Museum, adjacent to Galveston’s Scholes International Airport, is another great option with several impressive old planes both indoors and out.

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