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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.

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.

New Understanding of Synaptic Connections

Scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have unraveled how certain proteins work together to regulate the formation of connections between neurons. Read more.

New Cancer Drug Makes Commonly Prescribed Chemo Drug More Effective When Given Together

Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects. Read more.

Galveston Summer Camps For Kids Both Fun and Educational

When school is out, what’s there for kids to do? Quite a lot, if you consider all the summer programs available on the island. From preschoolers to mostly middle school age, summer camp programs give kids hands-on learning experiences while having fun at the same time. Read more.

A Genetic Mutation Provides a Potential Explanation for the Recent Spread of Zika Virus

The Zika virus may have undergone a genetic mutation that enabled it to become the serious public health concern we are battling today. Read more.

Murals Guide to Galveston

A guide to the many eye-catching murals located across the Island. Read more.

Disabled People Not Always Provided the Assistive Products That Make It Easier for Them to Work

There are a range of technologies and devices that can make it easier for people with disabilities to work. However, personal and environmental factors can make employment more difficult and thus need to be taken into consideration. Read more.

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