Glorious Galveston Getaways

For a seaside vacation, go to the Texas shoreline for some of the most beautiful beaches along the Gulf coast. In particular, Galveston, with its 30-plus miles of shoreline, is a good place to go because of the variety of things to do. There are numerous beaches that accommodate different activities and age groups, so whether you're heading out with a group of pals or the family, Galveston has something to offer.

The key beach on Galveston Island is a fantastic day visit. The beaches are clean, peaceful and vast, so they can maintain 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 remain on the beach overnight. Campfires and alcohol are prohibited. Pets must be on a leash. Walking on sand dunes is strictly prohibited. Security guards are scattered around the area watching for lawbreakers.

Although this may seem 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 setting. For those who come to the beach to read a book, get some sun, and take a refreshing dip in the water, this is the place 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 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 clean 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 not allowed 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 environment, this is the beach for you.

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