Information for your Vacation in Galveston Texas
Located along the Gulf Coast region in the state of Texas, Galveston is the county seat of Galveston County. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a total population of 57,466. Galveston was named in honor of Bernardo de Gálvez, the viceroy of Mexico, and is known for its historic neighborhoods and a ten-mile long seawall designed to protect the city from floods.
Just 40 minutes from Houston, Galveston Island and the nearby Texas mainland offer a relaxing getaway with a large variety of condos, vacation homes, and villas. Choose a vacation that offers luxurious living while making the most of the beautiful beaches of the island at affordably priced rates.
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Galveston Island offers a wide variety of water sports, including swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, boating and sport fishing. Galveston is also home to one of the three Schlitterbahn waterparks in the United States.
There are two 18-hole golf courses located on the Island - the Galveston Island Municipal Golf Course and the Galveston Country Club. The Municipal course is a public course and the Country Club is private. Many additional golf courses are available throughout the nearby Houston metropolitan area.
José de Evia, who charted the Texas coast in 1785, named Galveston Bay after Bernardo de Gálvez, the viceroy of Mexico. The town was founded after Texas gained its independence and in 1939 the Texas legislature granted incorporation to the city of Galveston with the power to elect town officers. During its early years, Galveston was the largest city in Texas, and was still the fourth largest until the 1900 Hurricane struck, devastating large portions of the city. Part of the reconstruction effort after the hurricane was the famous 10 mile long seawall that protects the Gulf Coast side of the city.
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