1 . Beachfront Palms Hotel

Galveston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (409) 740 - 1261

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What does a complimentary breakfast, sun-kissed beaches, and green leafy palms spell out? Beachfront Palms Hotel on Galveston Island. Stay just across the street from a snow white beach on the Gulf Mexico and just steps away from a refreshing outdoor swimming pool shimmering in the sun. Close proximity to so many attractions on the island makes this hotel a hotspot of summer fun. Explore the beauty of the Moody Gardens or bond with the kids over a terrifying ride at Schlitterbahn Water Park. The Shrine Burn Center, Galveston Cruise Terminals, and the historic Strand District are great places to visit! Introverted travelers can make a wave of fun in the ocean surf or poolside relaxing in the sun. At the end of the day, return to a luxurious room and turn on the 32-inch flat-screen or enjoy a steamy mug of hot cocoa.

Address

5914 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

Average temperature

Galveston Island offers temperate weather year round, averaging 57°F in the winter months and 81°F in summer months.

Related activities

The Pier 21 Theater offers a variety of entertainment, including a show about the famous pirate Jean Lafitte, who took over the island around 1817.

2 . Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center

Galveston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (409) 744 - 4673

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Enjoy a wildly different beach vacation where sandy beaches and cresting waves aren’t the only locale. Venture to the rainforest to mingle with Saki Monkeys or to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean to play with seals and spectate sharks. Experience worlds of difference at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center. Then, of course there is the Discovery Museum, where mysteries of the wild are unearthed. Test your mettle on the water as you embark on the Colonial paddlewheel boat cruise, and once you set your feet on dry sand again, a lazy river begs summer relaxation! Don’t get moody on the golf course; it’s a challenge for newbies and pros alike. Lush vegetation and meticulously manicured greens should keep your mind at ease. Elope to Moody Gardens for a beach vacation like no other.

Address

One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554

Fun facts

The Saki Monkey does not have defense mechanisms. It is a rarity to see one up close.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Moody Gardens 3D Theater projects beautiful, larger-than-life feature films about your favorite animals and mammals.

3 . San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 392 - 5937

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Discover fine luxuries and family fun at this 30-acre year-round Galveston Beach resort and spa. Spacious and beautiful property, immediate proximity to the Gulf’s undulating waves, and award-winning dining helped in earning the resort the AAA four-diamond award since 2000. The lavish accommodations, breathtaking gulf views, and personalized service certainly don’t hurt. Did anybody mention there’s a spa? After a full day of getting drenched in sun on the beach, soak in rejuvenation at Spa San Luis. Put your muscles into lethargic bliss with an Asian or European massage or facial, and banish your stresses from the island with a hydrotherapy bath. These are just a smattering of the relieving services available at the spa. This type of treatment has guests reanimated and spunky enough to hit the onsite fitness center the next morning, although they could just relax and unwind in front of a beautiful gulf view.

Address

5222 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

Highlights

There are lots of special packages to choose from! Make it romantic with breakfast in bed, chilled champagne, and a moonlit drive in the resort's Bentley!

Related Onsite Offerings

Savor rare morsels of beef at the onsite Steakhouse. The best cuts of steak explode with flavor and the sea fare is always prime.

4 . Casa del Mar Beachfront Suites

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 392 - 1205

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Uncover true value alongside true beauty at Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites. Without all the arresting prices, Casa Del Mar showers guests in amenities from the moment they step into their fully furnished rooms. Enjoy a generous 475 square feet of a studio kitchen, queen sofa, linens and towels, and two satellite TVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi and friendly 24-hour guest service make sure any down time isn’t wasted. Relax on the private balcony below the wispy clouds, or take a sunset stroll adjacent to the enchanting water. The island is full of fun, shopping, and historical attractions. Whether it be architectural, cultural, or maritime heritage, Galveston Island has a colorful past and intriguing story to tell. Catch a flick at the Pier 21 Theater and be awe-stricken by Elissa, the iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1977 carrying 19 sails across three masts.

Address

6102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston Island, TX 77551

Extra Stops

Stop by Moody Gardens and experience rare animals of all habitats. This incredible zoo puts guests right in the thick of the wild, without having to live like Tarzan.

Related activities

Adorned in feathers of spectacular color, the birds of Galveston, Texas are great for viewing. Pack a pair of binoculars and be wowed by the avian animals piloting the skies of Galveston.

5 . Inn at the Waterpark

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (409) 740 - 1155

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Casual. Carefree. Laid back. That’s how guests feel at the Inn and on the lazy river of the waterpark as they ride round and round. Inn at the Waterpark is not only steps away from Galveston’s famed Schlitterbahn Waterpark, but also the Moody Gardens pyramids and other local attractions like the Lone Star Flight Museum. Galveston Island is an intricate place to explore, and it’s worth uncovering all of its secrets! Now containing 151 rooms, recent renovations allow more guests to be doused with wireless internet, complimentary breakfast, and the coolest water rides on the island! Of course, there is also 32 miles of hot sandy beaches to explore and the gulf waters throwing potent waves at your feet. With all this excitement going on, there won’t be any time left to spend in luxurious, fully furnished accommodations, and you won’t care!

Address

2525 Jones Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Number of resorts

The resort's parent company, 1859 Historic Hotels, Ltd., owns 11 properties in several states: Texas, Colorado, Virginia, and Kentucky.

Related activities

The Historical Foundation of Galveston is the island's place to learn and discover, to unearth a rich and vibrant history of pirates, architecture, culture, and more!

6 . Maravilla Resort Condominiums

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (409) 740 - 1245

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What rests just across from the shoreline of The Gulf Of Mexico on historic Seawall Boulevard and a quarter mile from Galveston Island West Beaches? The vacation of a lifetime – at Maravilla Resort Condominiums. Guests experience boundless tranquility and an elevated standard of life. With each individually owned suite exuding its own character and beauty, you will never have the same stay twice. All housing is fully furnished, and decorated. Find your perfect home away from home here. Nearby attractions are seemingly limitless! Zip around on go karts, whack a homerun in batting cages, or put ‘til you drop on a miniature golf course. Galveston Fishing pier has recently been remodeled; the new beauty offers excellent fishing and dining with spectacular ocean views. Stroll miles of beach, work on your tan, or do battle with the surf just steps outside of your room. Convenience, luxury, and serenity await.

Address

L. E. Moore Plaza Center 2001 61st Street Suite E Galveston, TX 77551

Fun facts

Galveston has the second largest historic preservation group in the nation. The Galveston Historical Foundation celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1996.

Related Onsite Offerings

It's easy to stay in shape with a state-of-the-art fitness room looking out over the beautiful gulf waters.

7 . Commodore on the Beach

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (407) 763 - 2375

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The Commodore might be on the beach, but that doesn’t make it any less of a high-ranking hotel. Wake up to a stunning morning view of Galveston Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Take it all in with your first cup of joe on your private balcony. Each of 90 rooms sports a gulf view, transforming a hotel room into a thing of beauty. The combination of an unbeatable beachfront location and family-friendly rates is a stunning attraction in and of its own. Standing on the midsection of the island, the hotel is close to many island attractions. To the east are Galveston’s restored historical treasures, museums, and Pleasure Pier. To the west, fun presents itself in the forms of Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Water Park, and the Lone Star Flight Museum. Or you could stick around and dip your feet into the sparkling pool, or play in the fountain. Scour the beach for shells, or sculpt a magnificent sand castle.

Address

3618 Seawall Blvd., 77550 P.O. Box 3830 Galveston, TX 77552

Getting there

If you are travelling from Houston, Texas, take Interstate 45 South to the Galveston Causeway. Shortly after crossing the Causeway, take exit 1-A to the right and travel approximately .5 miles to 61st St. Turn right onto 61st St. and travel approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Seawall Blvd. and travel east for approximately 1.8 miles to 3618 Seawall Blvd. The Commodore will be on your left.

Fun facts

There are more than 32 miles of pure sandy beaches on Galveston Island to enjoy, stroll on, and dig your toes into!

8 . Hilton Galveston Island Resort

, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (409) 744 - 5000

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Encrusted on Seawall Boulevard, this gem of a resort treats guests like royalty with serenity, entertainment, and all the sun you could want. This premier resort is an excellent headquarters for those who want to explore the historic city, and a welcoming home away from home for those who prefer the comforts of the swim-up bar, 24-hour fitness center, and other lush amenities. Coastal tranquility emanates from the fully furnished guest rooms, which boast Peter Thomas Roth bath amenities and the Hilton Serenity bed. A flat-screen TV and comfortable living space offer sumptuous relaxation after a long day at the beach or in town. Don’t miss the Pleasure Pier, where classic midway games, over a dozen rides, and top-notch dining indulge the senses. Make the Hilton your home base for a whole ocean of fun.

Address

5400 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

Highlights

Kids stay for free!

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy the deliciously casual cuisine of Palm Court, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort's onsite restaurant. Stretch your stomach to match the size of the breakfast buffet, or bring the whole family for lunch and dinner.

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