Galveston, Gulf coast lady...

To say that Galveston has seen it's ups and downs is to take her too lightly. To me she will always be a grand Southern Lady, faded and beautiful, standing up very proudly in her decay and her sense of history.

Galveston, Gulf coast lady...

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Kerry on January 24, 2001

A fusion of classic Texas and the Caribbean, Galveston is really notable for its classic architecture and its beautiful beaches. It's worthwhile to take some time and see the old homes and check out a little of their history, and how they fit into the history of Texas. Galveston's other main point is its history as a transportation hub. Both shipping and the railroad played an important part in the drama that was Galveston during its heyday.

The beach party culture is a great extension of Galveston's gulf coast identity, and it draws young people from Texas and from all over the country. At times a little over the top, it's still the place to be for the under 30's looking for sun and romance.${QuickSuggestions} Find your comfort zone and don't let anything stand in your way of having a good time. If you're 70 and want to party on the beach, they'll welcome you with open arms, or if you're 19 and want to soak up the history then dump your beach clothes, get cleaned up, and you'll be taken as seriously as any historian.

A word about crime: Galveston officials always say that any crime problems are no more than any other city of it's size, though the old timers shake their heads. Galveston is a safe town, just don't be stupid and leave valuables out in your car.${BestWay} As in most of Texas, an auto is mandatory. Galveston stretches for quite a way and it's best to drive and explore on short walks. Getting there from Houston is just a straight shot south and it's actually not too far from one Houston's airports. Galveston deserves some time to see and savor, so don't try and see it as a one day stop. It's a good weekend visit if you want to see what's really there.

Hotel Galvez

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Kerry on January 24, 2001

The Galvez is a beautiful old style hotel, and maybe Galveston''s answer to the Coronado in San Diego, though not quite as grand as that noble monument. It''s owned by the Wyndham group, so it can be pretty pricey, but it''s of an era when people really did things in style. Built in 1911, it''s been the place to stay for vips for many years and survived the major hurricanes quite well. The lobby is beautiful! There''s a nice small gift shop (not for the budget conscious) and the pool is great. It''s worth a look even if you don''t want to spend the money for an overnight stay.
Hotel Galvez & Spa Wyndham Grand Hotel
2024 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, Texas, 77550
(409) 765-7721

All along the... sea wall!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Kerry on January 24, 2001

I've always been partial to the East end beaches as they seem less crowded, though I could be wrong. The water is gulf coast warm, and the sand is fine and luxurious. Don't forget the sunblock!
public beaches along Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas

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