Those staying in holiday homes in Galveston will quickly discover the area has a rich and exciting past which is one of its main appeals. Tales of looted treasure, the history of the colonists and the many natural disasters that the city has survived make this a fascinating place to get to know. The city of Galveston is on Galveston Island, a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas with a deep harbour and a busy port.
The miles of beachfront stretch from Poretto Beach to the west end parks. Galveston offers all the usual beach attractions such as swimming, boating and watersports. Anglers catch trout, catfish, drum and flounder from the well-maintained pier. The annual Mardi Gras parade takes place along the historic Strand along with the island's Jazz and Blues Festival and the Victorian themed Christmas Festival. Cultural attractions include the grand 1894 Opera House, now restored and frequently hosting performances by international stars. The arts, culture and recreational activities coupled with first-rate dining attract over 7 million visitors a year.
The main attractions around Galveston holiday rentals are the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Botanical Gardens and the historic buildings along the Strand. Galveston has several historic ships to tour including the tall ship Elissa, the USS Cavalla and the USS Stewart berthed at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island where fishing and picnicking can also be enjoyed for free. Visit the historic districts in Galveston and admire the 60 historically significant buildings dating back to the 19th century. Galveston is the main cruise port on the Gulf Coast for those wanting to book an extended trip. Alternatively, the port offers many boat trips, sunset cruises and fishing charters into the Gulf.
Visitors staying in Galveston holiday rentals in Texas will find the area has a humid subtropical climate with very hot summers and mild showery winters. Summers are sunny but showery, reaching an average 26-34°C (79-93°F). Winters are mild especially near the coast with plenty of sunshine each day making it popular for snowbirds from the colder northern states and Canada. December and January are the coldest months averaging 17°C (63°F) during the day and 7°C (45°F) at night. Snow is almost unheard of but rain showers occur year-round.
Galveston holiday rentals are served by George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport at Houston which is just 70 miles away along the I-45 Highway south. Houston Airport has flights from domestic and international destinations and is the 7th busiest airport in the USA. It is a primary hub for United Airlines and also serves Continental and Delta Airlines among many others. The five terminals are linked by an inter-terminal train. There is a shuttle service into Houston, or hire a car for the drive to Galveston.