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Welcome to Galveston


The island city on the Gulf Coast, linked to the Texas mainland by a causeway, Galveston has survived the USA's deadliest natural disaster to become one of the country's hottest tourist destinations, and a favourite port of call for hundreds of cruise liners. Offering miles upon miles of beautiful beaches, some of the country's most superb restaurants and seafood, art galleries, antique stores, enervating entertainment, a fantastic portfolio of Victorian architecture and some fascinating attractions, there is possibly no better place to step ashore and become a land-lubber.

It is hard to believe that in 1900 Galveston was all but devastated by a hurricane, which claimed around 10,000 lives. Fortunately most of the historic buildings on the east end of downtown survived, and today the city is protected by a sea wall built post the disaster. The wall now safeguards a compact city that most locals declare they need never leave, because they have it all, right here in Galveston. Galveston citizens are only too pleased to welcome visitors to their wondrous city, and in fact they have produced countless attractions to suit all tastes, from fascinating museums to harbour tours with dolphin watching; excellent theatre to a unique fun family waterpark and a paradise for shop-a-holics.

The city's events calendar bursts with fun too, with an annual Mardi Gras, the famed Jazz and Blues Festival, a beach festival, bike rally and Victorian-styled Christmas festival, most taking place on The Strand, which is Galveston's hub of entertainment and fun. Even getting around Galveston is fun, whether it be on a horse-drawn carriage, aboard the 'Treasure Isle Tour Train' or a paddlewheel steamer.

Information & Facts


Galveston experiences a humid subtropical climate with heat from the deserts of Mexico and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico brought up along the prevailing winds. Galveston summers are hot and humid with average daytime temperatures of around 90F (32C) while winters are temperate and the mercury hovering around the 60F (15C) mark. Galveston's summer and autumn season (May to October) are constantly under threat from hurricanes and travellers should take note of this before planning to travel during these months.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

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