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Imagine yourself as an Islander living in an elegant Victorian home on a shady, oak-lined street on the Island’s east end, or in a home overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the west end. There is a variety of rental property to choose from throughout the Island, from Galveston has the amenities of a larger city, but with tight-knit small town friendliness.

Its ethnically diverse citizens have worked together to make their city better since the early days of its founding in 1836. When faced with adversity, Galvestonians unite to solve whatever obstacles may arise. Non-profit organizations and community groups offer a variety of volunteer opportunities regardless of your interests or desired area of service.

The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy. Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.

All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.

When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Relax and enjoy watching the waves roll in at sunset as sandpipers scurry along the edge of the gulf water.

Where to Watch the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

There will be a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. Read about places around Galveston you can watch! Read more.

Drinking Light or Moderate Amounts of Alcohol May Protect Your Health

Light and moderate drinking may be associated with lower risk of death from all causes, according to a new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and colleagues in China. Read more.

Artist Boat Taking Beautify the Bucket Entries

Express your artistic talents and love of the ocean by entering the Artist Boat Beautify the Bucket competition. Registration is open now through Sept. 1. Read more.

Galveston Remembers Glen Campbell

Galveston Remembers Glen Campbell who sang the iconic song "Galveston". Read more.

Giant Shark Spotted on Seawall Blvd.

There is a new attraction coming to Seawall Blvd. called "Shark Attack & The Mysterious Underworld 5D." Read more.

Galveston Farmers Markets: Fresher and More Nutritious

Galveston has its share of local vendors bringing island residents and visitors some of the freshest local and regional produce – foods you can either eat fresh or cook while staying on the island. Read more.

Galveston Island: A Dog Lover's Paradise

Tis the season of sandy paws, salty kisses and happy tails. We’ve sniffed out the best places to bring your four-legged friends for the ultimate island adventure. So skip the kennel and head to the beach! Read more.

Zika Vaccine Protects Fetus Against Infection & Birth Defects

Immunizing female mice with a Zika vaccine can protect their developing fetus from infection and birth defects during pregnancy. Read more.

Galveston Island Brewing: Cheers to Three Years

Galveston Island Brewing is now celebrating three years of creating home-brewed beer – island style. In a short time, the west-end brewery has grown from a simple operation to a now bustling business. Read more.

12 Essential Things You Need to Do in Galveston This Summer

Early morning sunrises, warm sea breezes and the invitingly sandy shores of Galveston Island attract beachgoers from all over Texas and beyond. While enjoying Galveston’s beaches in the summer is a slam dunk, there are many ways to make the most of your stay here. Read more.

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