Beach Time!

Week before last, we packed up our boogie boards, slipped on our flip-flops, and headed to Galveston Island, the beach getaway of choice for many Houstonians.  The convenience factor is key for our family, given that traveling long distances with the toddler is hazardous to my mental health.

The moment we drive over the causeway, crossing from the mainland to the island, I can feel everyone in the car breathe a collective sigh.  There's something so relaxing about the first glimpse of palm trees and water.

Smiles all around.

We usually prefer to rent a beach house with family or friends, but this summer, since it was just our little family, we decided to go for a condo.  We discovered a gem of a spot with the Condos at Diamond Beach

Check out our view!
Now, I am not exactly a beach/ocean enthusiast, thanks to lingering trauma from the Jaws movies in the '70s and '80s.  I'm really more of a pool gal.  However, I would not deny my daughter the joy of surfing in the waves, or my boy the pleasure of digging in the sand.  So, we got the best of both worlds with a beautiful pool, complete with a lazy river, and beach access, all in one spot.

At night, after putting the toddler to bed, we could sit on the balcony with our drinks and music and relax.

Full moon reflecting on the ocean.

We also managed to fit in a trip to the aquarium at Moody Gardens to get Baby Boy his shark fix.

Inside the shark-proof cage.

And Husband and I even got a babysitter one night, so we could have a nice dinner at Gaido's, the restaurant where we dined the night we got engaged, almost seventeen years ago.

Before heading out for our date!
And did I mention that the condo building has a spa, a bar overlooking the ocean, a movie theater, a game room for older kids, and a play area for the little ones?  Oh, and a spectacular indoor pool, in case it rains?  They have thought of everything at Diamond Beach.

As with any family vacation with a 2 1/2 year old in tow, the trip was not without some stressful moments, but all in all, we had a wonderful time. 

I've been coming to Galveston since I was a teenager, and even though the sand isn't pristine white, there's a little thing called seaweed, and the water isn't crystal-clear, there's a certain charm to the island that draws you in.  Some of my best memories, to date, were made here.

It's home to me now that I'm a Houston girl. 

Getting into this whole review post thing for #31dbbb, which is over now, but I couldn't resist just one more.  Moonshining with the Yeah Writers, so come join us for (almost) anything goes.

Comments

  1. I like the way you reviewed this by telling a story about your family rather than hitting us over the head with a "Hey, I'm reviewing this place!"
    That resort looks so nice. I wish I was there right now.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I was back there, too!!

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  2. sounds fabulous. and i too have been traumatized by jaws. still, i'm in! well, not in the water... but in for the vakay.. :)

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    1. Jaws, ha, ha! Traumatized an entire generation of kids!

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  3. Wow, looks like a great place. Lovely fam. pics...love the shark cage.

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  4. That looks so pretty! And Jaws was totally scary. Love the shot of the moonlight - even if there are sharks lurking.

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    1. Sitting on that balcony with the moon reflecting off the water was my favorite time of day :) But I was still thinking about the sharks out there...

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  5. Awesome, sounds like you've had a really great time.

    Also, congrats on 17 (almost) years since engagement - a pretty impressive number these days!

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    1. Well, you know, not like Hawaii or Bora Bora, but a pretty good heaven for only an hour away by car!

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  7. This place sounds amazing. I definitely like the idea of having access to a POOL and a BEACH. Pools are so much easier and cleaner, but beaches are better for memory making.

    What is a lazy river?

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    1. Yes! Pool = happy, beach = dirty but memorable fun. Maybe the lazy river is a Texas thing? It's a narrow, winding river-like "pool" with a gentle current, so you can float on a tube or just swim with the current. I guess it's supposed to mimic going "tubing" on a river. Not fast-moving, very relaxing, and clean, unlike a real river. It seems like all the big resorts in the state have them, as well as the water parks.

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  8. Lovely but I might panic a bit driving over the causeway.

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