Galveston Island, Texas is a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles from Houston. The island, except for the area known as Jamaica Beach, is within the city limits of the City of Galveston. The island is about three miles wide and 27 miles long. Much of the island was devastated by the 1900 hurricane. Rebuilding was a slow process, but in the 1980s a renewal campaign successfully promoted the Historic Downtown District. Today Galveston Island is known as a popular vacation area.
With some 32 miles of beach, Galveston Island has many family activities. You will find several National Historic Landmarks, and The Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark are popular amusement areas. If you enjoy boat tours, The Galveston Bolivar Ferry is a 20-minute trip each way between Port Bolivar and Galveston and offer the opportunity to view dolphins swimming by. Many outdoor activities such as kayak tours, surfing, nature walks and fishing clinics are available at the Galveston Island State Park. History lovers will want to check into the many museums in Galveston which offer insight into the history of the island. One new museum is Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast. History reports the theory that the name of the town is a variation of a famous pirate.
The real estate in the town of Galveston is a combination of, luxury waterfront homes, townhomes, historical Victorians and older ranch and cottage homes. The diversity in the housing guarantees that there are many options in both homes and budgets in the neighborhoods of Galveston Island. This beach vacation area has plenty of beachfront food and drinks establishments and antique and vintage shops. The area also has highly rated schools. These combine to make this is an amazing place to live and to visit. Some traveling for more than local needs is necessary, but it is an easy trip to shopping, medical, and jobs in Houston. The many amenities of this beautiful area make it a must-see destination for home buyers in the Galveston area. If you would like more information on homes for sale in Galveston, Texas, please contact us today and allow us to assist you.