Destination guide

Galveston is Texas gold when it comes to seaside fun

If you want sun, sand, and seaside memories, you can't beat a vacation in Galveston. This barrier island on the Texan coast is less than an hour's drive from Houston. A Galveston vacation rental gets your Texan beach adventure off to the right start. Most of the island's attractions are within walking distance. Scream to go faster on the rollercoasters on Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, hang with the sloths at Moody Gardens, or cool off in Schlitterbahn Water Park. It's where family memories are made.

Things to do

Galveston, a treasure chest of pleasure

A big draw to the resort is the Galveston Island Historical Pleasure Pier. Originally built in the 1940s, folk come to ride the Iron Shark, a 100-feet tall rollercoaster, and the famous Texas Star Flyer, a giant swing which flies 230 feet over the sea. Another popular hotspot is Moody Gardens, which features an aquarium, a rainforest with monkeys and sloths, and even a man-made white sandy beach and lagoon. Next door is the Schlitterbahn Water Park, for even more dizzying rides and slides.

Activities

The beach at Galveston goes on and on and on...

Galveston is the main beach resort on the Texan coast, so you can expect all the treats and trimmings of a proper seaside resort. Grab a board and go surfing, build giant sandcastles on the beach, or just spin until you're sick on the delights of the Pleasure Pier. Up early? Then head to East Beach, the local's favorite, and watch the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico. After a busy day, wander down to Seawall Boulevard and enjoy some liquid refreshment in the many buzzy bars and restaurants.

Weather

Summer sizzles like a Texan steak

Like much of Texas, things start to get a little steamy in the summer months and temperatures often top the 95 degree mark. It's also peak hurricane season. Spring or late fall are usually the best times to visit, and there's often a wider choice of Galveston vacation rentals when the sun is still shining and temperatures are in the mid-70s. It's also the annual spring bird migration, which is quite a sight! Visit in winter and you'll still see some sunshine, but it's much cooler in the evenings, so pack a jacket.

Natural features

Nature of the beach—Galveston Island State Park

Situated 50 miles south of Houston, Galveston is a barrier island and beach resort on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Perched on the western fringes of the island, the Galveston Island State Park is a magnet for nature enthusiasts. There are various popular spots for fishing and kayaking, as well as a number of easy to moderate hiking trails. It's divided into coast prairie, beach, and wetlands. The beach area is lined with sand dunes and is great to spotting migrating birds, especially in the spring. You many even spot an armadillo, or a marsh rabbit hidden in the wilds.

How to get there

How to get to and around Galveston

Fly into Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), the closest airport, located 30.7 mi (49.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 37.8 mi (60.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Galveston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,675 vacation rentals near Galveston. From 1,549 Houses to 965 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Galveston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Galveston?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Galveston:

  • Jamaica Beach: 188 vacation rentals
  • Pirates Beach: 741 vacation rentals
  • Terramar Beach: 512 vacation rentals
  • San Jacinto: 417 vacation rentals
  • Sea Isle: 266 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Galveston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Galveston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Galveston Seawall: 2,423 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,532 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island State Park: 2,395 vacation rentals
  • Seawall Boulevard: 1,642 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Fishing Pier: 2,588 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Galveston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Galveston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,549 Houses in Galveston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Galveston include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 965 rentals available
  • Cottages: 70 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 70 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Galveston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,421 vacation rentals with pool available in Galveston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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