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Galveston Island oasis ranks among best Gulf Coast beaches

Galveston Island oasis ranks among best Gulf Coast beaches

Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012
The Travel Channel calls Galveston Island State Park a "quiet oasis."  Photo by Joel Luks
Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012
There, visitors will find marshes on the bayside... Photo by Joel Luks
Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012
And sandy shores at the beach.  Photo by Joel Luks
Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012
Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012
Joel, Galveston Island State Park, September 2012

The Travel Channel has published a list of the Best Gulf Coast Beaches, and guess which Lone Star locale was listed alongside perennial, powdery white favorites like Gulf Shores, Alabama and Florida beaches St. George Island and Destin?

Not South Padre Island, arguably the bluest and best-known in Texas, nor that beloved barrier island of Port Aransas. It's Galveston. 

 Travel Channel calls Galveston Island State Park a "quiet oasis" on the western end of the island.

Though the Travel Channel notes the island's swaths of sandy beaches and its "quaint Victorian downtown," it points specifically to Galveston Island State Park, a "quiet oasis" on the western end of the island that spans from beach to bayside. 

There, visitors can swim, hike, bike, bird-watch, fish or picnic away from the rowdy crowds that congregate along the Seawall. CultureMap day-tripper Joel Luks visited the park last year and remarked that the quietude and the confluence of freshwater marsh and salty beaches make for a great escape.

So go on. Show it some love. 

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