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Old 03-03-2021, 11:28 AM   #1
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Never been to the area, so wondering about several things. I hear Galveston Beaches are a bit restrictive.

Is it better to stay in or very close to Galveston or better to be down the coast a little further. If so, what towns should I look at?

We're mostly looking for some beach days and touristy stuff.

I have a lot of Holiday Inn points, so staying in that hotel chain (free) is extremely likely.

I assume with the Governor saying 'open up', Texas is going to be better than a lot of places!
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:35 AM   #2
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The water isn't very nice in Galveston at all. If I were you, I would look around Corpus or South Padre Island.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:36 AM   #3
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If you are going to travel from Illinois to a nice beach Galveston will be disappointing.

You can get some great food in the area and a few trinkets. But, if you want nicer water and beachfront I recommend you go further down the coast.

90% of the time Galveston basically looks like ditch water.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:36 AM   #4
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If you are coming from Illinois I would look at the Florida panhandle vs. Texas beaches
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:39 AM   #5
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If you are coming from Illinois I would look at the Florida panhandle vs. Texas beaches
This or Port Aransas south. The Corpus airport is also one of the easiest in the state to get in and out of fwiw.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:40 AM   #6
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Even Mississippi and Alabama have nicer beaches.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:57 AM   #7
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Going to Florida next week. Looking at Texas because the last couple days can be a Blackbuck hunt. Will look at Corpus.
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But....... If you wanted to come to Galveston, you could cross the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. There you can actually drive your vehicle on the beach and stop by our soon to be newly opened store Crystal Beach Decor' and More. There you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest whitetail deer you have ever seen, as you buy RTIC cups, shirts, Game Guard shirts and much, much more!
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Galveston is a S**t hole
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:11 PM   #10
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Stay in Galveston. Lots to do on the strand and walking the sea wall at night is pretty fun. There's a lot to do downtown on the strand.

For beaches, use the ferry to go to Crystal beach. Beaches are way better and there are less people.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:29 PM   #11
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But....... If you wanted to come to Galveston, you could cross the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. There you can actually drive your vehicle on the beach and stop by our soon to be newly opened store Crystal Beach Decor' and More. There you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest whitetail deer you have ever seen, as you buy RTIC cups, shirts, Game Guard shirts and much, much more!
This ^^^.
You can rent a really nice house for a lot less on Bolivar.
Beaches are wide open over there, and everything is laid back compared to G-Town.
Ride the ferry over over to Galveston each day.
Definitely not Florida water, but personally I love the area.
Always said I was going to move back one day, but haven't made it yet .
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But....... If you wanted to come to Galveston, you could cross the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. There you can actually drive your vehicle on the beach and stop by our soon to be newly opened store Crystal Beach Decor' and More. There you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest whitetail deer you have ever seen, as you buy RTIC cups, shirts, Game Guard shirts and much, much more!
True dat!
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:52 PM   #13
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Dont listen to the nay-sayers. Me and my family love Galveston.
If you stay on the island, take the ferry over to Bolivar and eat at Stingarees
Eat at The Spot
Go to The Strand, Moody Gardens and Scliterbahn


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Old 03-03-2021, 02:00 PM   #14
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Beach water color is over rated BS. We’ve been several times to Crystal Beach/Bolivar and our families have a blast. We VRBO front row house with a walk over and the party is on. We cross over at high island so no ferry necessary, if the women want to go to Galveston they can cross and do women stuff. Highly reccomend the area, and new things are being built. Most everything there has been built since the cane in 09.


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Old 03-03-2021, 02:38 PM   #15
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Beach water color is over rated BS. We’ve been several times to Crystal Beach/Bolivar and our families have a blast. We VRBO front row house with a walk over and the party is on. We cross over at high island so no ferry necessary, if the women want to go to Galveston they can cross and do women stuff. Highly reccomend the area, and new things are being built. Most everything there has been built since the cane in 09.


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This ^^^. Color doesn't matter, I live about 20 miles from crystal beach, we have a blast there. Bring your buggy to ride the beach and your boat to fish east Bay.

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Old 03-03-2021, 02:57 PM   #16
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Look at Cobb realtor lots of good rentals in Gilchrist
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:30 PM   #17
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Dont listen to the nay-sayers. Me and my family love Galveston.
If you stay on the island, take the ferry over to Bolivar and eat at Stingarees
Eat at The Spot
Go to The Strand, Moody Gardens and Scliterbahn


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Yep, love me some Galveston, way more than Florida and Alabama and I have been there numerous times. Tons to do in Galveston but I hang out on the West End or San Luis Pass fishing most of the time. Check out all the beach house rentals on the West End on VRBO. The closest places to attractions would be Pirates Beach, Sunny Beach, Indian Beach and just a little further down is Jamaica Beach. Also check out Cajun Greek's on 61st Street while there for some dang good eats.

https://cajun-greek-seafood.com/
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:22 PM   #18
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I got married in Galveston. We go there once a year. Hit the strand and enjoy all the shops, bars, coffee and food. La kings for a shake or malt.
Book a night on strand and git everything there, then finish off with a beach rental. Book a fishing trip as well.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:33 PM   #19
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Love Crystal Beach!
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:50 PM   #20
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Look at Cobb realtor lots of good rentals in Gilchrist
Can't go wrong here.
Been using them for 10+ yrs.
Top notch rental agency.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:07 PM   #21
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I live nearby and Galveston is great to visit for other things beside the beach. Check out Moody Gardens, walk down the Strand, Pleasure Pier, some cool bars and restaurants, charter fishing.

For the beach get on the county beach between Surfside and San Luis Pass, somewhere in the middle of that area, there will be several openings on Blue Water Highway to go straight onto the beach. You can back right up to the water and the beach is clean unless a bunch of seaweed came in. Take a heavy duty rake if the seaweed is there, a little elbow grease and you will have a clean spot to setup. Also, most of the openings to go onto the beach from the road have loose sand so take a truck or haul azz when going through.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:52 PM   #22
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:16 PM   #23
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The middle for sure.
You gotta stay on edges .
It definitely has its own vibe .
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:54 PM   #24
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am a b.o.i. sad but true would never take a trip back.. not the place it was back in the days. better places to go see and have fun.

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Old 03-03-2021, 09:16 PM   #25
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I usually post up right before the pass. Early mornings out there in the surf can be mind blowing sometimes.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:43 PM   #26
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My wife watched the "outdaughtered" episode where they went to Galveston so now were going to Galveston Island in June. It looks like were staying a mile or 2 East of the state park. We will definitely check out some of these places.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:55 AM   #27
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Stuck with Galveston. Got a Holiday Inn on Seawall Blvd - used points, staying for free (except parking).

And (for the most important part) booked a hunt for Axis or Blackbuck, after Galveston, with Hensel Whitetail Ranch - first week of June.

Not a fisherman, probably do whatever the wife wants on the non-hunting portion of trip - but she most always picks good stuff - I married extremely well.

I'll save Corpus Christi/Padre Island for a vacation/Nilgai hunt someday.
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:03 AM   #28
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Stuck with Galveston. Got a Holiday Inn on Seawall Blvd - used points, staying for free (except parking).

And (for the most important part) booked a hunt for Axis or Blackbuck, after Galveston, with Hensel Whitetail Ranch - first week of June.

Not a fisherman, probably do whatever the wife wants on the non-hunting portion of trip - but she most always picks good stuff - I married extremely well.

I'll save Corpus Christi/Padre Island for a vacation/Nilgai hunt someday.
Not sure how long you will be staying. But, if you want a change of pace drive 20 minutes north on 146 and hit Kemah for some good food and live music at T Bone Toms and a few other venues.
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Old 03-04-2021, 11:00 AM   #29
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You guys are trashing my hometown.
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Old 03-04-2021, 11:22 AM   #30
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Galveston island Brewery makes some good beers also.
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Old 03-11-2021, 10:11 AM   #31
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Old 03-11-2021, 10:42 AM   #32
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The water isn't very nice in Galveston at all. If I were you, I would look around Corpus or South Padre Island.
This. I lived in Galveston for about 6 months while we had a project going on the island. I hated it. In my opinion you have to get near South Padre to find a decent beach in Texas. I'm not a fan of that whole stretch of coast through that area near Galveston.
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Old 03-11-2021, 08:32 PM   #33
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Lots of history there. So there is old and new. We just got back and appreciated it all.
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Old 03-12-2021, 07:39 AM   #34
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We are going the first of May. We plan on relaxing at pool bar and beach. Nothing else we won’t to do.
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Old 03-12-2021, 07:59 AM   #35
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Beach water color is over rated BS. We’ve been several times to Crystal Beach/Bolivar and our families have a blast. We VRBO front row house with a walk over and the party is on. We cross over at high island so no ferry necessary, if the women want to go to Galveston they can cross and do women stuff. Highly reccomend the area, and new things are being built. Most everything there has been built since the cane in 09.


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This. Downtown ( the strand) is nice to walk around, find some shops, grab a beer walk n talk. My son loves just going down there and being near the beach. If it was up to him at 5 years old, we'd live there lol.
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:15 AM   #36
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I live less than 30 min from Galveston. And, I won’t even visit the place unless absolutely necessary. I can find seafood just as good in Kemah or San Leon. But, for folks that don’t get the chance to get there very often it may be a nice change.

Kinda like New Orleans is to a lot of us from La.
I find the food and fun around Acadiana a lot better than New Orleans.
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:25 AM   #37
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Go to Orange Beach Alabama.
Cheap hotels beautiful water nice people.
I live Just the other side of the causeway from Galveston.
It's not pretty until you get 15 miles off shore
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:57 AM   #38
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Stuck with Galveston. Got a Holiday Inn on Seawall Blvd - used points, staying for free (except parking).

And (for the most important part) booked a hunt for Axis or Blackbuck, after Galveston, with Hensel Whitetail Ranch - first week of June.

Not a fisherman, probably do whatever the wife wants on the non-hunting portion of trip - but she most always picks good stuff - I married extremely well.

I'll save Corpus Christi/Padre Island for a vacation/Nilgai hunt someday.
Nothing wrong with Galveston. Sure there are nicer beaches up and down the coast, but Galveston has some pretty decent restaurants and history. The Space Center in Houston is neat to.
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Old 03-12-2021, 09:37 AM   #39
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:18 AM   #40
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Galveston has a cool vibe with plenty to do for " adults only " or the whole family. It really has it all... except pretty water.. great restaurants, water parks, outdoor theater, tours and museums of all kinds, fishing, birding, historical sites...you name it, it has it.
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Old 03-12-2021, 04:22 PM   #41
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Stuck with Galveston. Got a Holiday Inn on Seawall Blvd - used points, staying for free (except parking).

And (for the most important part) booked a hunt for Axis or Blackbuck, after Galveston, with Hensel Whitetail Ranch - first week of June.

Not a fisherman, probably do whatever the wife wants on the non-hunting portion of trip - but she most always picks good stuff - I married extremely well.

I'll save Corpus Christi/Padre Island for a vacation/Nilgai hunt someday.
Can you use your points at Holiday Inn Silverleaf? This place is out near the end of the the island and a nicer location.
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:33 PM   #42
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Old 03-13-2021, 10:21 PM   #43
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Blue Water Resort in Freeport. We just got back from a week in the RV park. Stayed bayside. Caught bunch of big blue crabs (in traps baited with chicken drumsticks) off the little piers there. Fished the surf by wading out in insulated waders to cast out farther. Caught my first Red Drum on bait shrimp and “fish bites”, 26 inches long, caught a nice flounder on cut bait and bunch of Whiting, and of courseL bunches of those dang little saltwater catfish. Buy you a crab box-trap nearby at Buckies and a throw net. Caught bunches of 3-6 inch Mullet for cut bait with a cast net right off the little piers behind the Rv spaces.
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