If Galveston had a Margaritaville, then it would probably be Spanish Grant. This place has the charm and the chill vibe and would most assuredly make Jimmy Buffet proud. The understated appeal makes you want to trade in your high heels for flip flops and become one with the locals.
No shoes, no shirt, well that’s ok at Spanish Grant the idea is to enjoy island living and cast your cares to the wind. Pack up the cell phone and break out the grill because the scene is laid back and the motto is “its 5 o’clock somewhere.” This favorite vacation spot resonates with island goers because it offers beach or bay houses, so most anywhere you stay will have a water view.
No frills or fuss but a good old fashioned, back to basics, relaxing and decompressing, stress free vacation opportunity awaits anyone at Spanish Grant. Spanish Grant is welcoming, friendly and offers vacationers a sense of community while away from home. Not only is it neighborly but it allows a versatility that other communities don’t have in terms of amenities and flexibility. Some homes have private boat docks that appeal to the boaters, while other homes are just steps from the beach.
While you’re staying at Spanish Grant don’t forget to call up Capt. Hal Newsom’s Air Boat Tours just around the corner on Stewart Rd. or visit the Historic Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. If you’re a shutterbug, novice photographer or just love to Instagram; then you’ll want to get up early and head over to the Pleasure Pier to capture some amazing sunrise photos.
A great spot near Spanish Grant for outdoor excursions is Galveston Island State Park and Nature Center. It’s not only a great place for a hike or bird-watching expedition, but it’s also a peaceful refuge, as it’s the last undeveloped land on Galveston Island that allows visitors and wildlife unhindered access between the Gulf and the Bay. This 2000-acre preserve includes coastal prairie, wetlands, lagoons, and salt marshes. For those who want to get more adventurous than bird-watching, you can also mountain bike, fish, paddle, or geocache here!
If you’re looking for vintage seaside fun, visit the Historic Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. It’s got fun rides, carnival games, souvenir shops, and more, and is an excellent place to capture some amazing sunrise photos. While you’re on that end of the island, drop by Murdoch’s, a seriously historic landmark. Originally built in the late 1800s, Murdoch’s was one of the first businesses to cater to the many tourists who came to the beaches of Galveston. Murdoch’s Bathhouse started out providing swimsuit rentals and showers to bathers, and gradually added souvenirs, restaurants, and more to the operation over time. Though various buildings housing Murdoch’s were destroyed by subsequent storms (the original was built right on the sand), the shop has always been rebuilt and is still operated by the same family today.
Once you’re relaxed enough to contemplate heading into downtown Galveston for a day, you’ll find this little city can compete with just about anywhere when it comes to entertainment. Families will find plenty of adventure at Moody’s Gardens and Schlitterbahn water park, and everyone can enjoy a great bite to eat at one of Galveston’s many delicious restaurants. Those seeking nightlife will be pleased to find plenty of spots to enjoy a hot night on the town. And just about anything else you want to do is available in Galveston also, whether it’s catching a movie, drive a go-kart, play a round of golf, or fly a kite!
Don’t forget to head back towards Spanish Grant after sunset to enjoy an evening under the stars, cuddled up listening to the sounds of nature mixed with ocean waves, the perfect ending to any day.