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

For a seaside holiday, go 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 great place to go because of the selection of things to do. There are several beaches that accommodate different activities and age groups, so whether you're going out with a group of pals or the family, Galveston has something to offer.

The major beach on Galveston Island is a good day visit. The beaches are clean, peaceful and vast, so they can hold a lot of guests without feeling crowded. If you travel to this beach, there are a couple of details 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, stress-free day at the water and not a party-laden, litter-strewn college spring break environment. 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 need to drink alcohol while you're on a beach, then go over to the east end of Galveston Island to East Beach. This is the biggest beach by area in Texas, and set up with the party crowd in mind. There is a bar sitting on the beach, you can rent umbrellas for shade and there’s a volleyball court set up in the summer months. There are also fresh-water showers so you can wash the salt off your body prior to heading back.

For the family with smaller children, Steward Beach is your vacation spot. It is set up similar to East Beach but with a kids play area and no bars. Drinking is prohibited on this beach. Parking and entry to this beach is free also. Keep in mind, though, that there are no public restrooms here, so plan accordingly. If you desire sand and sun in a kid's environment, this is the beach for you.

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