Local Expert Shares Her Best Tips for Galveston

Christine Ruiz Hopkins, co-author of 100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die

Christine Ruiz Hopkins

Christine is a proud BOI. To locals, this means she was “Born on the Island.” She was raised in Galveston and began working in the island’s tourism industry when she was 15 years old as a water slide attendant at the now-demolished Sky Rapids Water Slide at Stewart Beach.

For more than 25 years, she’s worked in travel and tourism promoting Galveston. Her tourism background makes her a “local expert” for Galveston Island. She’s written more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island.

Christine is the co-author of 100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die, released in April 2020. This book is part of a nation-wide series published by Reedy Press. Her book, 100 Things offers a “bucket list” of ideas to check off your list during your visit. Order your signed copy before your stay.

Additionally, Christine is a local guide for Tours By Locals. After taking a private tour in Amsterdam, she decided to share her love of Galveston and knowledge by locally offering this service. Her private walking tours are limited to no more than six participants and take place in Galveston’s historic downtown.