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City: Galveston / Country Region: Texas / Country: USA / World Region: North America

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      04.07.2000 23:55
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      I live near Galveston which is located about 40 miles south of Houston on the Gulf Coast. The island comes to life in the spring as the hot weather starts developing. It's long beaches are alcohol free and are backed by a long seawall built for protection against approaching hurricanes. There are many nice hotels along the seafront including the Flagship which sits on a pier over the water. The further east you go, the more secluded the beaches. Jamaica and Indian beach are made up of beach house communities and condos which can be rented during the summer months. These are ideal for the family vacation, come in all shapes and sizes and prices. A ten minute ferry ride to the small island of Bolivar takes you to Crystal and Emerald beach which allow alcohol but are mostly used by the younger generation. Moody Gardens is the focal point on the island, a system of three pyramids. One, an enormous walk-through aquarium complete with sharks and large stingrays. One, a space themed display inspired by NASA and the other, a rain forest complete with tropical birds and butterflies. A large hotel and a tropical beach acompany the pyramids together with a large paddleboat with trips around the bay. This is a great day out for the family but can be costly. The Strand, the old part of Galveston is strewn with plantation type buildings and great shopping. If you like to fish, off-shore and bay fishing is available as well as surf and wade-fishing. Redfish, trout and flounder are the main catches of the day. On the whole, there is something for everybody in Galveston and accommodation is reasonably priced, even in the larger hotels. I recommend a visit in spring or fall. The summer months are very hot, humid and a little crowded.

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