Is the water brown in Galveston?
While we were exploring the giant state of Texas, we decided to find out. My husband and I love the ocean and visit regularly. We normally are swimming in the Atlantic Ocean though, so the Gulf of Mexico was a new experience. The little town of Galveston Island has a bad reputation due to the deep brown coloring of the sea on its shoreline. I even heard it referred to as Texas’ armpit. Don’t believe the hype. The water is, in fact, brown, but there are many theories as to why. (See my blog here)
There is a strong absence of a shoreline in many parts there. The Army Corps Of Engineers built a massive seawall back in the early 1900’s after a hurricane almost wiped the town off the map.
Assess to the beach is a bit limited due to the seawall. We swam mostly at the Gulf Shores Beach on the west end (far past the seawall). Parking is oddly situated on the side of Seawall Blvd and driving (or parking) on that road can be tricky. There are more accidents on Seawall Blvd each week than in all neighboring towns combined. If you are planning a trip to Galveston Island, Texas I recommend walking.
Galveston has a renovated downtown area that is alive with music, shopping, and food. We drove through it but we did not stop and walk through it. During our visit, the temperatures were a smothering 102 and the humidity was around 70-80%. I definitely could see visiting sometime in mid-March and enjoy the walking then. This town is swimming in history. There were many markers along the way that enlightened us on our journey.
The Best Places on Galveston Island
The best places on the entire Island were small Mom-and-Pop restaurants situated along Seawall Blvd and the San Luis Pass Road. We found a great Mexican restaurant named Salsa’s that served giant portions for a great price. There was a deli-style eatery on San Luis Pass Blvd right next to a gas station. It was a hole-in-the-wall place with wonderful nachos and catfish for a very small price. It was named Seahorse Grill. I highly recommend this little dive for some wonderful food at a budget price! A more pricey option we indulged in was Café Michael Burger. Here we each had a burger and shared an order of fries. My husband’s burger looked good and was rather large, but my burger… Well, I don’t eat meat, so mine was a veggie burger. It was bigger than my face! I suppose we paid for it too. Each Burger cost approximately $15 each and the fries were about $7 that we shared.
The small town was saturated in charm and friendliness. The sky was absolutely beautiful and photogenic. The seawall (although hated by many) provided a beautiful place to take nature photos. It was a peaceful place I enjoyed my morning coffee and gave thanks with a grateful heart.
This post has kindly been contributed by Christina Polovich and is a travel blogger. You can visit her blog here and enjoy many posts about her travels.