Galveston Island on the Texas Gulf Coast is about an hour’s drive from downtown Houston and is home to many residents who work in the Houston area and Houstonians who own weekend and vacation property in the City of Galveston or in the Galveston Bay area. Also, thanks to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston is home to a thriving medical center and the personnel who staff it.
So proud of their heritage, and dedicated to the preservation of their beloved island, native Galvestonians distinguish themselves from the rest of their hometown’s citizenry with the title “BOI” – which indicates that they were “born on the Island.” Imbued with a rich and tantalizing history and rightly proud of its survival and recovery from some of the worst storms in history, Galveston continues to thrive and rebuild itself.
Galveston is an island with a proud history. Its people possess an unwavering fortitude. Believed to be the island where the Spanish explorer, Cabeza de Vaca, was shipwrecked, it has been a pirate refuge and the mega-center of Texas deepwater commerce. It has seen unimaginable riches and disasters, natural and man-made. The Islanders—past and present—have been impacted by disease, fires, hurricanes and a Civil War; and yet an indomitable spirit has always emerged, intact and proud. Galveston is a prime example of our Texas heritage, for it is our rich heritage that makes us exceptional and defines us.
Still, Galveston is best known as a tourist resort, along the gulf side’s boardwalk, where you will find Texas Gulf Coast’s premier amusement park, the Pleasure Pier, and on the bay side with its Moody Gardens offering the Aquarium Pyramid, the Rainforest Pyramid, the Discovery Pyramid, an IMAX 3d Theater and the beautiful Palm Beach. The Galveston Strand is a hot spot of activity virtually every weekend but truly comes alive during various celebrations including Dickens on The Strand during the holiday season and its Mardi Gras parade and related activities are renowned, and the nearby Port of Galveston welcomes a growing number of cruise lines.
Galveston’s housing options range from stately Victorian-era and traditional homes within the city itself to beach and bayfront villas and bungalows on both the well-established West End, home to such communities as Pirates Beach, Lafitte’s Cove, Jamaica Beach and Sea Isle, and the more recently developed East End that includes Beachtown. Also, a number of high-rise condominiums and apartment complexes dot the shoreline.
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