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Galveston's Beaches: So Many to Choose From!

Summer fun on the island is just around the corner. So when the temperatures soar in the weeks and months ahead, what’s the best Galveston beach to hit the waves? That depends on what you’re looking for – whether it be family fun, volleyball and games, pristine sand or gentle surf, Galveston has it all.

 

Stewart Beach. Located on the island’s eastern side where Broadway ends at the Seawall, this beach is the most popular with families. In fact it’s regarded as Galveston’s most family-friendly beach. Amenities include a pavilion, children's playground, showers, concessions, chair and umbrella rentals, and a gift shop. Lifeguards are on duty. Leave the beer and other alcoholic beverages at home.

 

 

East Beach. Drive right up to the water in your car at Galveston’s premier party beach, with sponsored activities including festivals, live bands and an annual sandcastle competition. Located along the island’s easternmost shores, East Beach is also a good spot for bird watching to see

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Money - or the Lack of It! By Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas

 

Lorraine has written on a number of cruise topics since joining Galveston.com lo, these many years ago – but she needs your input to continue these missives. Any questions about cruising? If Lorraine doesn’t have the answer, she can surely find it for you – after all there is a wealth of information out there – and Lorraine loves to “share the wealth” – LOL!

 

That said – let’s talk money!

 

What’s the first thing that happens to your cash in Vegas? It’s converted into those cute little easy-to-spend “chips” or slot machine “tokens – hey – “play money” right?

 

Cruise ships use the same mentality – upon check-in you receive a card commonly referred to as a “sea-pass” – it serves as your cabin key, your identification, AND your credit card for the duration of the cruise. Just charge everything to that little card – it’s “play money” – NOT!

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas - Cruise destinations that depart from the Port

Not too surprisingly, the cruise industry has been a boon to the Port of Galveston.

 

Between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Galveston offers people from all over the region numerous opportunities to explore a slate of tropical ports on three to 14-day tours.

 

In its first quarter of 2017, Carnival is showing strong growth.

 

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"We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year," Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in a statement. "Our performance was driven by increased demand, particularly for our core Caribbean itineraries, leading to higher year-over-year ticket prices which enabled us to overcome the significant negative impact of both fuel and currency to exceed the high end of our guidance range." 

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Don't be alarmed by snakes on the beach in Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing

GALVESTON, Texas -- It’s that time of year again: rattlesnake season in Galveston.

The reptiles are once again making an appearance on the island. Beachgoers are warned not to trek through the dunes.

The rattlesnakes will start to emerge from their daytime hiding spots as the sun starts setting. Only one person was bitten by a rattlesnake last year, but nonetheless, it pays to be cautious.

“With a rattlesnake, he bites you, he’s got to pump those jaws. I got hit once in my leg with those jaws and that when he’s injecting,” said Hal Newsom with Animal Control Wildlife.

Newsom has been wrangling rattlesnakes since he was a kid. The varmint trapper says he’s responded to at least 22 rattlesnake calls on Galveston Island in the last three days.

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Panama Canal Cruises Now Departing Galveston Island Hotel Branch

Imagine stepping onto the Carnival Freedom in Galveston, and then 10 days later gazing over the historic Panama Canal from the ship’s deck or from the comfort of your stateroom. This can be done by booking a cruise through GalvestonCruises.com. But if you’re interested, you must act quickly. There’s only one such cruise departing Galveston each year and cabins sell out quickly.

 

“We get quite a few inquiries each month about Panama Canal cruises from Galveston,” says Dru Walters, Cruise Agent at GalvestonCruises.com. “When Carnival announced new itineraries with the canal, we held a small block of cabins because we knew they would go fast.”

 

This year’s Carnival’s Panama Canal cruise from Galveston’s cruise ship port departs October 28, taking 14 days with stops also in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Aruba; Curacao; Cartagena, Colombia; Limon, Costa Rica; and Cozumel, Mexico before returning back to Galveston. Departure dates for the following years include Oct 27, 2018 and Jan 19, 2019

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Galveston Capital and Marketing Tourism: Trolley buses to roll into Galveston by mid-May

Galveston's upcoming public transportation has some flair.

Four quaint, rubber-wheel trolley-like buses are being readied for the busy summer tourism season. They're anticipated to begin operating on the island by mid-May and will offer free rides this summer.

"The rail cars are going to take a year to be restored so the City will be using the rubber wheel trolleys along the rail line routes until they are back in service," Jaree Hefner, Galveston's Public Information Officer said. "Once the rail car trolleys are restored we will continue to use the rubber wheel trolleys on the Seawall route that runs from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens."

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The trolley-like buses are intended to facilitate transportation on the island, especially during peak travel months.

"By 2018 we will have three rail car trolleys running the downtown route and connecting to the Seawall via 25th Street and four rubber-wheel trol

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Jakarta Island Hotels Branch - April Means Fantastic Family Fun in Galveston Capital Tourism

Spring has officially sprung, presenting a splendiferous time to round up the family for some fun and adventurous April events on historic Galveston Island!

The cold weather has all but gone, replaced by balmy skies and the relaxing Gulf Coast trade winds. It’s a perfect time to bask in the sun while checking out these exciting Family Fun events in Galveston:

El Galéon Tours

From April 6-9, Galveston will welcome El Galéon, a replica of a majestic Spanish galleon that traversed the world’s oceans in the 16th century. Converted into a floating museum, the vessel offers a unique and up-close- look at life aboard the historic galleon.

Step aboard the170-foot sailing vessel, which harks back to the golden age of Western expansion into the Americas. The crew of El Galéon lives aboard the ship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will conduct tours.

Once aboard, be sure to roam above and below the decks (5 total), talk to the crew members and absorb dozens of interactive exhibits, video

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Vintage pictures of Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing, Texas' underrated jewel

PHOTOS: Greetings from vintage Galveston

Before the devastating 1900 hurricane Galveston was called the "New York of the South" for its cosmopolitan culture and diversity. People of great wealth lived there. It's said that 70 percent of all U.S. cotton shipped out of the Port of Galveston.

For most of its history the city of Galveston and the adjacent areas just south of Houston have played a major role in the development of the Gulf Coast region.

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It was where pirates and rogues once rubbed shoulders with Spanish agents. Where hurricanes have come and gone, taking Texans to watery graves.

Galveston Bay was a venue for a handful of minor naval battles in the Civil War, when its plum position on the coast made it a much-desired port.

 

 

 

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More Spacious Beaches Created Along Seawall Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas

 

GALVESTONBeachgoers arriving at the Galveston seawall this weekend will find a far more spacious beach to relax on following the pumping of more than 1 million cubic yards of sand along 3.5 miles of badly eroded beach.

The $19.5 million effort to pump sand taken from a sand bar in the Houston Ship Channel ended March 27 as the last batch of sand slurry plopped onto the new beach near 61st Street, said Reuben Trevino, operations manager for the Galveston Park Board.

"Come on down and enjoy the beach," said Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the park board.

Beachgoers will see the formerly narrow strip of beach extended to about 300 feet from the seawall. The beach is designed to gradually erode and form a slope until it stabilizes at about 150 feet, Trevino said. He said the process should take about two weeks.

The project got underway more than two months ago after numerous delays but was completed well ahead of the May 13 deadline set by the park board. The contractor

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas - County man sues H-E-B RediClinic

A Galveston County man has sued H-E-B and RediClinic after he claims he fainted inside a Rediclinic at an unnamed store.

A Galveston County man has sued H-E-B after he claims he fainted inside a Rediclinic at an unnamed store.

A Galveston County man has filed a lawsuit against H-E-B and the grocer's in-store clinic, RediClinic, after he said he was injured while having blood drawn.

The suit, filed April 5 in Harris County Court by Raymundo Calvillo-Luna, does not specify the H-E-B store where the alleged incident occurred or the date of the incident.

Calvillo alleges in his petition that he had blood drawn as part of a physical at the H-E-B Rediclinic.

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"On the third unsuccessful attempt to draw blood, Calvillo fainted, fell to the floor, struck his head on the concrete floor, and had a grand mal seizure," the petition states. "He was taken by ambulance to St. John's Methodist Hospital and was diagnosed wi

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