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Galveston Beach Tips

About 4 month(s) ago by Christine Hopkins "GalvTravelGirl"
Beach Umbrella and Chairs
The number one reason people visit Galveston Island is to enjoy the beaches. And, the good news is Galveston’s most popular beaches are right along the Seawall.
To make your next trip to the beach easier, we put together some handy beach tips…
Beach Chair and Umbrella Rentals
There’s no reason to lug your umbrella and chairs with you. You’ll find beach and chair rentals throughout the beachfront. And, following the City’s $19.5 million beach nourishment there’s plenty of beaches to enjoy between 12th and 61st streets where beaches were widened to about 150 feet.
Popular rental locations include:
• 10th Street (Poretto Beach)
• 17th to 21st Streets (includes beach area in front of Hotel Galvez)
• 23rd to 25th Streets
• 25th to 29th Streets
o SUP Gulf Coast also offers stand up paddle board rentals here
• 29th to 33rd Streets
• 33rd to 35th Streets
• 35th to 38th Streets
• 38th to 41st Streets
o Jet Ski rentals are also available here
• 49th to 55th Streets
o Jet Ski rentals are also available here
• 55th to 57th Streets
• 63rd to 65th Streets
o Good Vibe Surf Lessons also operate here
• 65th to 67th Streets
• 69th to 71st Streets
• 71st to 73rd Streets
• 73rd to 75th Streets
Note: Average rentals cost $35/day and are offered between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. but pricing and hours may vary slightly by vendor.
Public Bathrooms and Showers
In March 2018, the City of Galveston added five stainless steel structures, dubbed Portland Loos, to the beachfront. The bathrooms include an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand after a day at the beach. Bathrooms are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, there are port-o-lets in various locations. 
The new bathrooms are at the following locations:
• 19th Street
• 29th Street
• 39th Street
• 45th Street
• 61st Street
Make sure to always swim near a lifeguard. There are lifeguard stands throughout the beachfront. During the summer, lifeguards monitor the beaches from approximately 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Along the Seawall, lifeguards are posted at the following locations:
• 10th Street
• 13th Street
• 17th Street
• 21st Street
• 24th Street
• 25th Street
• 27th Street
• 29th Street
• 33rd Street
• 37th Street
• 39th Street
• 43rd Street
• 47th Street
• 51st Street
• 53rd Street
• 56th Street
• 59th Street
• 61st Street
Seawall Parking
The City of Galveston charges for parking along Seawall Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from 6th to 69th Streets and from 81st to 103rd Streets. Visitors can pay via PayByPhone or at a participating business. The location code is 5004. You will need the location code when using this App. Parking is $1/hour.

Galveston Trolley
If you don’t want to bother with parking, catch the Seawall Trolley from your hotel.
• Trolley fares are $1 for adults and free for children
• Exact change required; trolley drivers cannot make change
• The trolley operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the trolleys run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
• There are stops all along the Seawall from Stewart Beach through to Moody Gardens
• For information, visit www.galvestontrolley.com
Enjoy your visit and don’t forget your sunblock.
Where to Stay:
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
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