Galveston: Where You Can Enjoy Sun, Surf, and Sand

For a seaside holiday, head to the Texas shoreline for some of the prettiest beaches along the Gulf coast. In particular, Galveston, with its 30-plus miles of beachfront, is a fantastic place to go because of the variety of things to do. There are a number of beaches that accommodate different activities and age groups, so whether you're going out with a group of friends or the family, Galveston has a lot to offer.

The main beach on Galveston Island is a fantastic day visit. The beaches are clean, peaceful and extensive, so they can hold a lot of tourists without feeling crowded. If you go to this beach, there are a few things you should know. First of all, no one can stay on the beach overnight. Campfires and alcohol are prohibited. Pets require a leash. Walking on sand dunes is strictly prohibited. Security guards are scattered around the area watching for lawbreakers.

Although this may sound like a lot of rules, they are in place to make this beach a peaceful, relaxing day at the water and not a party-laden, litter-strewn college spring break atmosphere. For those who go to the beach to read a book, get some sun, and take a refreshing dip in the water, this is the location to head to.

If you must drink alcohol while you're on a beach, then head over to the east end of Galveston Island to East Beach. This is the largest beach by area in Texas, and set up with the party group in mind. There is a bar sitting on the beach, you can lease umbrellas for shade and there’s a volleyball court set up in the summer months. There are also fresh-water showers so you can rinse the salt off your body before heading back.

For the family with smaller children, Steward Beach is your destination. It is set up similar to East Beach but with a children's play area and no bars. Drinking is prohibited on this beach. Parking and access to this beach is free as well. Keep in mind, though, that there are no public restrooms here, so prepare appropriately. If you desire sand and sun in a kid's setting, this is the beach for you.

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