With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of parks, Galveston Island offers something for every kind of beachgoer. And with warm Gulf waves from spring through October, there’s plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique personality. Whatever your sun-seeking fancy, Galveston has a spot for you.
Stewart Beach’s well-tended restrooms and showers, souvenir shop, snack bar and beach wheelchairs are convenient for young and old. Lifeguards keep close watch on swimmers, and there are rentable chairs and umbrellas for those content to enjoy the sights. Alcohol is not permitted.
6th St. and Seawall Blvd., 409-797-5182
March through mid-October. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For Party Animals
Known for its festivals, live concerts and annual sandcastle competition, East Beach is the ultimate party beach. Offering showers and restrooms, concessions, umbrella rentals and volleyball courts, plus a boardwalk, concert stage, and an outdoor bar, it’s one of the few beaches allowing alcohol. It’s also the biggest beach in Texas, with room for fishing and birdwatching alongside the revelry.
1923 Boddeker Drive, 409-797-5111
March through mid-October. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For Sporting Types
Galveston Island State Park offers kayaking, bird watching and fishing clinics, all available at no cost with advance sign-up. The park is camp-ready, with water and electrical hook-ups, restrooms and showers, barbecue pits, a nearby boat ramp and a fish-cleaning station. Its four miles of multi-use trails are perfect for mountain bike riding, not to mention hiking and nature walks.
FM 3005, West of 13 Mile Road, 409-737-1222
Open year-round. $5 per person ages 13+.
Call for camping rates.
For Nature Lovers
Miles beyond the Seawall, on the island’s quieter West End, lie Galveston’s two Pocket Parks. Each provides a sandy place to frolic or wade, although Beach Pocket Park 2 also offers an educational wetlands preserve, outdoor showers, public parking and beach access points.
Beach Pocket Park 2, 11745 FM 3005 at 9 Mile Rd., 409-797-5102, galveston.com/carmona
March through September. $8-$16 per vehicle.
For People Watchers
Seawall Urban Park is the 10-mile stretch of coast along Seawall Blvd., the longest continuous sidewalk in America. Visitors can ride bikes, rent surrey bicycles or jog between the boulevard and the beach. There’s plenty to see on the way, including beachfront restaurants, resorts and, of course, the constant parade of other vacationers.
Parking along the Seawall can be purchased via paybyphone.com or at 866-234-7275 for $1 per hour, $8 per day or $25 per annual pass.
For History Buffs and Fishing Enthusiasts
Seawolf Park, on Galveston’s Pelican Island, is a former immigration station site. It features the USS CAVALLA World War II submarine and the USS STEWART, one of only three surviving destroyer escorts, both available for tours. It’s also a popular fishing pier and will soon offer 40 RV campsites.
Year-round. $6 to $10 per vehicle plus $2 to $6 per person for fishing and naval display.
For RV Goers
Dellanera RV Park offers 65 full RV hook-ups, plus day parking. The newly renovated sites include service utilities, water, sewer and electricity, along with picnic tables and barbeque pits. For the beach, there are umbrella and chair rentals, a playground, showers, laundry facilities, a gift shop and a recreation room. Dellanera also offers free Wi-Fi.
Year-round. Rates from $34 per night.
For Animal Lovers
All Galveston Island beaches permit pets on leashes (as long as owners clean up after them).
From the Blogs
Last Week For Red Snapper In Federal Waters For Charters
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Most red snapper limits are coming from 23 to 30 plus miles out. Catching kingfish 11 to 30 miles out on rocks, wrecks ,oil platforms, and buoys. Read more.
5 Great Beach Tips for Summer
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Summer is here and so is the time to visit the beach! Galveston Island has a variety of beaches to offer visitors and we have compiled our best beach tips to make the most out of your trip! Read more.
Snapper Limits Up to 20 Plus Pounds
Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Aqua Safari Charters report Mangrove snapper becoming abundant. Kingfish more scattered. Read more.
First Spanish Mackerel of the Year Offshore
Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
"Island Girl" reports more action on mangrove snapper. Weather conditions are improving. Read more.
Stella Mare RV Resort Offering Luxury On A Budget
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
TripAdvisor 2018’s No. 1 Destination For “Specialty Lodging On Galveston Island” offers luxury on a budget at award-winning Stella Mare RV Resort. New bookings for the month of June will receive 30% off select weekday sites or 20% off select weekend sites. Read more.
The Galveston Island Bucket List
Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018
There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.
7 Surprising Things to Do In Galveston This Summer
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
There is far more to do in Galveston this summer than hitting the beach, check it out! Read more.
Kingfish Everywhere, Ling Running
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Galveston fishing report provided by Aqua Safari Charters on May 23, 2018. Read more.
Galveston's Only Electric Bike Rental Shop Opens Downtown
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Electric bicycles are the new, exciting way to explore and experience the sights that only Galveston has to offer. Rent an electric bicycle and take yourself or a group of friends on a tour of Galveston’s history, curiosities and fare, all on your own schedule. Read more.
Galveston Island Market Celebrates 10th Year
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Galveston Island Market, sponsored by the Galveston Art League, will be holding its monthly open-air arts & crafts market on May 19! Read more.