Last summer, Marco went to Houston for a car thing and I was in need of a long weekend somewhere fun. So, what did I do? I booked myself a hotel for a few nights in Galveston for my Texas weekend getaway. I know quite a few people who really like this little island off the Texas coast. The first time I went was probably around 2006 or 2007 (before Hurricane Ike hit in 2008 for sure). Marco’s brother was visiting us and we went on a road trip: San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and then Dallas on the way back to Lubbock. When we were in Houston, we decided on a day trip to Moody Gardens and an afternoon at the beach in Galveston. Moody Gardens was nice, but what I remember most of the day is how disappointed I was with the beach. I hadn’t ever been to the Texas coast and just expected a beach with nice water to jump into and cool down in the Texas summer heat… We got to the beach, parked at the Seawall somewhere, I walked to the water, and… barely put my feet in. The water was kind of dark, there was a whole bunch of seaweed and jelly fish floating around, and the water was really, really warm (imagine a hot bath). Yikes! In the end we still had a fun afternoon and just hung out at one of the restaurants nearby enjoying a view of the sea with a cool drink in hand.
Wen I planned my getaway to Galveston this time around, I wasn’t planning on going in the Gulf of Mexico to start out with. That was purely based on my impressions from our previous trip there and before I even found out through some research online that some of the jelly fish in Galveston are actually man-o-wars, the really purple jelly fish with long, long tentacles that sting anything that gets close to them. No thanks! Either way, I had my mind set on long walks at the beach instead and maybe a few drinks with a girlfriend from Houston who decided to join me for the day. The City of Galveston provides a map of beaches that is pretty helpful. However, my friend and I just drove west along the Seawall Boulevard until we hit a big parking lot right by the beach, got out, and started walking. It was pretty with the houses quite far in the distance and not too many people out and about. Later that afternoon we went closer to the pier (Souvenir Pier), parked close to the Hotel Galvez, and walked around the public beaches there for a while. I liked this area as you can walk for quite a while in either direction, but they also have nice restaurants or bar you can stop at for something to eat or drink.
Our hotel didn’t have a pool, but what they did have was a deal with the Hotel Galvez that we could use theirs. Perfect! So after all the walking and eating and seeing water without being able to go into it, we headed straight for the pool. Well, I’m lying… you obviously can get in the Gulf of Mexico of course and I saw plenty of people swim in it and kids playing in it. I honestly was just too afraid of all the potentially mean jelly fish, didn’t like all the seaweed floating around, and the water was too warm to be considered cooling. There you have it, I prefer a pool over the sea in some cases. Luckily, the pool at the Galvez is really awesome with cooling water, nice palm trees, and pelicans flying above your head. What more can a girl ask for on a weekend at the beach anyways?
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