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Old 03-08-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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Galveston was pretty crowded today, considering spring break is not upon just yet. Happy to report that most of the beaches have been sifted (ongoing in some spots) and the replenishment is also ongoing. Beach access is open completely on the west end now. Jamaica and Pirates Beaches are in fine fettle and most of the houses are looking good though repairs are still ongoing on many (including my friend's). Heard that the south side of the state park will probably not be open for at least 2 years. They are relocating the offices (which have been torn down) and all the electric/plumbing to the beach front camping area has been removed so it can be moved as well. The businesses along the Seawall looked busy. I did not make it down to the east end or the Strand today...too much work to do.
poltracker,

thx. so much for the update. We have booked a cottage / beach house and are really looking forward to our visit...just hope the weather will cooperate
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:46 AM
 
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Default Galveston

I am from Galveston and have condo at Pointe West. I strongly recommend that you do not rent anywhere on the West End yet. Lots of construction, houses still on the ground, debris and they are not finihsed cleaning the sand and rebuilding the beachs. Really depressing and not a HAPPY place.

Renting a condo on the Seawall, in Galveston is a much better option. Look at Palisade Palms, Victorian, San Luis, Emerald, Palms, etc. You are near everything and much of city is cleaned. PLUS they have already started rebuilding the city beaches. Bring your bikes if you have them.

Olympia and Tortuga's are great places to eat. Fish Tales is fun because it overlooks the beach, but food is hit or miss.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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I am from Galveston and have condo at Pointe West. I strongly recommend that you do not rent anywhere on the West End yet. Lots of construction, houses still on the ground, debris and they are not finihsed cleaning the sand and rebuilding the beachs. Really depressing and not a HAPPY place.

Renting a condo on the Seawall, in Galveston is a much better option. Look at Palisade Palms, Victorian, San Luis, Emerald, Palms, etc. You are near everything and much of city is cleaned. PLUS they have already started rebuilding the city beaches. Bring your bikes if you have them.

Olympia and Tortuga's are great places to eat. Fish Tales is fun because it overlooks the beach, but food is hit or miss.
Thanks for the feedback.....It is sooooo much better to get recommendations/advice from the people "in the know" - really looking forward to checking out some of the restaurants. I promise to report back after my trip
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I am from Galveston and have condo at Pointe West. I strongly recommend that you do not rent anywhere on the West End yet. Lots of construction, houses still on the ground, debris and they are not finihsed cleaning the sand and rebuilding the beachs. Really depressing and not a HAPPY place.

Renting a condo on the Seawall, in Galveston is a much better option. Look at Palisade Palms, Victorian, San Luis, Emerald, Palms, etc. You are near everything and much of city is cleaned. PLUS they have already started rebuilding the city beaches. Bring your bikes if you have them.

Olympia and Tortuga's are great places to eat. Fish Tales is fun because it overlooks the beach, but food is hit or miss.
Its not all that bad. Many of the places along the Seawall are still being repaired too, let's not talk about 61st. It is not completely bright and shiny but not a bad place to visit right now either. It was a lot worse not to many months ago. The Seawall was packed this weekend. While that is fun too, the poster may want to get out to the beaches on teh west end for a nice walk without as much crowding.

The eateries he mentioned are good, there is also shrimp and stuff on 39th and O Street that is good for fried stuff. Ate there Sunday and the fried oysters were good.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Default Island is coming back fast!

[quote=canuckmom;7745966]Let me start by pointing out three things -

* I have never been to Galveston, so I do not know what Galveston was like before Hurrican Ike.
* I have seached the threads related to Galveston beach areas.
* I have visted the City of Galveston website.

Still, I could NOT find the specific info I was looking for and am really hoping someone can help me.

We (two families) from the DFW area are planning a "last minute" Spring Break Getaway. We plan to rent a condo/beach house/cottage for 4 days - Galveston on Mar 18 - 21st.

I have narrowed our choices to three different options - rentals at Pirates Beach, Jamaica Beach and at West Pointe. Have I missed any other obvious choices?


I just got back from a 3-day weekend on the island just beyond Pirates Beach (actually Pirates Cove area). Great low 80's weather with brisk sea breeze, sunny the whole time, just had a wonderful time. You would only notice that maybe 10-20% of the cottages and big houses have some damage, with less than half a dozen pretty bad. Most of the heavily damaged or wrecked homes have been hauled off.

Since I've been there many times before, however, I noticed that a well-developed dune line with vegetation is just plain gone and a fair amount of new sand was trucked in but more just to fill in around the remaining homes pillars and foundations, with a lower, very flat strand plain seaward. It's just amazing how the storm bevelled down the beach profile and must have deposited the sand clear across the beach road or even into the back island lagoon. However, the beach is fine for swimming and even driving your car on where open to vehicles. With the loose stuff blown away you don't sink in!

A few places towards town I noticed even more substantial erosion with the water coming up much closer to the beach road than before. These areas were pretty few and far between. All in all I'd recommend everyone come on down, find a nice sandy stretch (still plenty left) and enjoy the relatively un-peopled relaxing beaches.

In town, the beaches were being actively replenished in front of the seawall this weekend (and probably for weeks beyond) with huge dump trucks lined up for a quarter of a mile. I think the city and state are doing a great job already fixing up the beaches and also getting The Strand and Seawall Blvd cleaned up. The local entrepreneurs have probably got at least 2/3s of the old shops, restaurants, and hotels back up and running. (alas not the Maceo families legendary post-WWII gambling casino/pier/restaurant Balinese Room where Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett sang. Even the rubble and splinters are gone). On a better note, the late 19th century Opera House with the perfect acoustics is back in operations with perfomances 3-4 days a week already going.

I heartily recommend all viewers who haven't seen anything except dire immediate-post-storm newsclips to rediscover the island. You'll give yourselves a grand time and help some really resolute, hard-working islanders rebuild their businesses with the return of customers.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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My mother, daughter and I are going to Galveston on March 20th. We are going to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel. I hope the ladies that were on KLTV last week were right when they said to come back to Galveston....
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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My mother, daughter and I are going to Galveston on March 20th. We are going to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel. I hope the ladies that were on KLTV last week were right when they said to come back to Galveston....
Moody Gardens is good. The area in between Moody Gardens and the rest of Galveston (i.e. Seawall, back toward town) is not so good. You'll be ok if you stick to Moody Gardens and the Seawall/Beaches though.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Default 37 slides:"What Galveston looks like now"

The Houston Chronicle newspaper placed a 37 slide digital slideshow on its online site www.chron.com. It should run for a week or so. Click on the little icon of a camera next to the heading "What Galveston looks like now".

By the way, I was on the island for a long weekend last week AND IT LOOKS GREAT (not perfect but really great compared to what it looked like immediately after a direct hit by a strong class II hurricane, H-spawned tornados, and a 14 foot storm surge across a 10 foot above sea level barrier bar island!). The people of Galveston and any and all gov't agencies involved deserve super-applause for the rapid recovery and their great spirit, drive, and resolution despite their immediate losses.

The Isle is back! Come on back, you'all, and see it again (or for a first time!). By the way, I'm not a city booster or business owner, just a Houston guy who lived their for two years and loved it and returns back whenever he can (it's only 50 miles from downtown Houston).
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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Default My weekend trip to Galveston - update

Thanks to all posters who gave me some advice about Galveston - not having been there before.

We had an absolutely fabulous time- When I left Dallas on Mar 19th, I did not know where the beach house was that we rented.

It was at Sea Isle near Jamaica Beach - beach area was great, sand awesome. We flew kites, rented golf carts, grilled out, had a beach fire, etc...

Ate dinner at Gaidos - the shrimp bisque was out of this world. Dinner mates loved the oysters on the half shell. Strolled thru the Strand - reminded me of a mix of Key West and Charleston, SC. Bought a coupla t-shirts and had a beer all at the same store

Did the touristy "sully rental" thing and rode our pedal powered golf carts up and down the seawall Checked out Shlitterbahn - only partially open - think I would not visit again until entire park is open.

The Seawall area was crowded - Spring Break, I guess. I was pleasantly surprised about the lack of debris - looks like a lot of clean up work has been completed. Weather was pretty good - mid 70's. A few degrees higher would have been nice - but it was sunny and pleasant overall.

Will definitely be back and plan to spend more time - wanted to check out Moody Gardens, the Elyssa (spelling? - tall ship), go fishing etc...PLUS there are many more restaurants to visit
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I am so glad you had a great time canuckmom! I can't wait to spend our usual week down there this summer. It will be a blast!

Thanks for posting!
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