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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 Shrimp Festival Quickly Approaching

The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival at Saengerfest Park in Historic Downtown Galveston is one of the top festivals to attend this Fall season. Read more.

Seven Reasons to FALL for Galveston This October

Fall brings beautiful weather and some of the BEST events the Island has to offer. Check out seven things you can do this October! Read more.

Shows at The Grand to Benefit Mainland Relief Efforts

Galveston fared well and is now in a unique position to help our neighbors. Donations will be accepted to aid those who may have been affected by Harvey. Read more.

Trolleys Cruising the Seawall and Downtown After a Brief Pause

Take a look back at the origin, current state and promising future of the Galveston Island Trolley. Read more.

Galveston Open for Business and Helping the Mainland with Recovery

Galveston was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Harvey and is organizing many relief efforts. Read more.

Galveston Humane Society Helping with Relief Efforts

Our local animal shelter has become the central point for receiving and distributing food and supplies for Galveston County and placing animals in shelters around the country. Read more.

Galveston Tourism Makes Full Return to Business with Reopening of Railroad Museum

Galveston tourism has made a full return to business with the reopening of the Galveston Railroad Museum today. All Galveston beaches and major attractions are now open. Read more.

5 Days Turned to 12 Aboard the Carnival Valor

People reflect on the Carnival Valor's recent 12 day cruise. The cruise's arrival in Galveston was delayed by Hurricane Harvey. Read more.

Giant Tarpon Caught Off the Galveston Coast

Man catches largest Tarpon in Texas history! (Pending Texas Parks and Wildlife verification) Read more.

Galveston Tree Art: Beauty from Mother Nature's Wrath

These sculptures, bittersweet as they may be, are marvelous reminders of the trees that once shaded the island’s charming neighborhood streets. Read more.

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