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Galveston Bachelorette Guide

Congrats! You got your ring, now it's time to gather your girls and celebrate. Galveston, Texas is a great option for a place to party if you're looking for an affordable and accessible location for your bachelorette party, The island has lots to offer besides just the beach, but if you're not familiar with the area, planning the shindig can be stressful. That's why I created this go-to guide for having your Bachelorette in Galveston!


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Where to Stay

Where you choose to stay for your bachelorette, sets the tone for the entire trip! You want a place that fits the vibe you are going for while still comfortably accommodating all your guests. Below are a list of my favorite Airbnbs and Hotels in Galveston that I believe can do both for you and your besties. They all vary in price, privacy, and amenities so you can pick which one is best for your party!


Hotels

  • Why I love it: These rooms are located in a historical renovated building from the 1840s! Plus the rooms are above one of the most beautiful and classy restaurants on the island, Sugar & Rye, which hosts happy hour from 4-6 PM.

  • Location: Downtown Galveston. Close to many restaurants and bars that are within walking distance.

  • Why I love it: The Tremont is a local Galveston favorite. This upscale Hotel was built in 1839 and if you want a swanky classy vibe then this place is for you! Did I mention they have a downstairs bar and cafe? Great for late night shenanigans and early morning coffee for the girls.

  • Location: One street over from The Strand which is within walking distance of Galveston's nightlife.

  • Why I love it: This newly renovated hotel is right along the coastline. The atmosphere is not only swanky, but it boasts one of the best restaurants, bars, cafes, and pools on the island. Don't miss out on this 1911 gem. Oh. did I mention it's haunted?

  • Location: Close to Seawall. Across the street from the beach.

  • Why I love it: The interior design is beautiful! You will need minimal decorating to make this place feel cute.

  • Location: Downtown Galveston. Close to many restaurants and bars that are within walking distance.

Airbnbs

  • Why I love it: This is the only one stop shop for bachelorette parties. Not only does this unique location sleep 10 guests but it also has its own pool, fire pit, projector, and TONS of aesthetic photo opportunities (no extra decorations needed). This colorful disco gem also offers add on packages so you can avoid spending time at the grocery store and booking golf cart rentals. Just let the host what you need, and when you arrive everything will be ready for you!

  • Location: North side of Galveston. 2 miles from Seawall beach. Will likely need personal vehicle, golf-cart rental, or Uber for transportation.

  • Why I love it: The house is very spacious so it holds a big group and makes for solid privacy. Owned by the same people who decorated The Oleander Hotel so you know it's gorgeous inside.

  • Location: Downtown Galveston. Close to many restaurants and bars that are within walking distance.

  • Why I love it: This airbnb has a hot tub! Need I say more? You and your girlies can pour a bottle of wine, turn on some tunes, and relax after a full day at the beach.

  • Location: Close to Seawall. 3 minute walk to the beach.

  • Why I love it: Modernized appliances and lots of natural light! This decor is perfect for the minimalist bride who prefers a more chic atmosphere.

  • Location: Close to Seawall. 2 minute walk to the beach.

  • Why I love it: This space is the perfect mix of a historical Galveston home with a feminine accent. You'll easily be able to decorate this space up or keep it as is!

  • Location: Close to Seawall. 2 minute walk to the beach.




What to Do

Now that you have a place to stay you need to fill up your schedule! Galveston has so much more to offer than just the beach. Below are some of the best activities for bachelorette Groups!


  • Spend an afternoon out on the water! Great Escape Yacht offers a unique charter experience for your bachelorette. The catamaran is equipped with a kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms so you can be sure the whole day will be a breeze!

  • Price: $$$

  • You and your girls can relax at the San Luis Spa. Massages, nails, facials, and more! They surely have something for everyone.

  • Price: $$

  • Who doesn't love seeing dolphins? This company is located right on The Strand, so grab a marg or two and sightsee some the cutest Galveston sea residence.

  • Price: $

  • Need a little spook in your celebration? Check out Galveston's Ghost Tours. We are known to be one of the most haunted cities in America...but don't just take my word for it.

  • Price: $

  • Whether you want to nurse an end of party hangover or start the weekend with good energy, a sound bath is the way to reset the zen of the group.

  • Price: $$

  • Truly a crafter's dream. Think of this place as your workshop for anything DIY! Each person can pick their own project or the entire party can do a group activity. They have wine glass painting, woodworking, pottery, and so much more! Oh and they serve alcohol. Rumor has it, they offer a free craft for all bachelorette parties before you leave...

  • Price: $$

  • Need to escape the island heat for awhile? Try out one of the seven escape rooms at Escape the Island.

  • Price: $$

  • Host a permanent jewelry party! Get matching bling with all of your girlies.

  • Price: $$$

  • The spice level is high at this place! Experience premiere burlesque shows at this prohibition style bar.

  • Price: $

  • This bar is a local favorite! They offer a large dance floor, drink specials, and a karaoke room. Oh and the mechanical bull is FREE for brides!

  • Price: $

  • Tamara is one of the best yoga instructors on the island! Have your session on the beach or at your Airbnb. She's flexible!

  • Price: $$

  • Who says fitness can't be fun? Biking with your girls during your bachelorette is a memory you won't soon forget. Just BYOE (bring your own energy)!

  • Price: $$

  • Find out what the future holds for you and your friends! Book a tarot card reading at your rental or visit The Witchery on Post Office Street.

  • Price: $

  • Enjoy an afternoon of crafting by making custom headdresses with you and your girls! Especially if your party is Las Vega themed or you're celebrating Mardi Gras.

  • Price: $

  • This beautiful vineyard is about a 30 minute drive off island, but it's worth the trip! They offer self-serve tastings or a full service wine bar. Check their calendar to see what events are scheduled!

  • Price: $$

  • Contact Willow Coffee to have their barista will lead you through a private coffee tasting class. The owner even serves coffee from a portable van, so you can even have him come to you!

  • Price: $$

  • No judgement here. Live out your Lizzie McGuire or Hannah Montana moment at Galveston's favorite karaoke bar!

  • Price: $

  • Every 6-8 weeks, local businesses like galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and more stay open late and thrown a downtown party! You can experience live music on every corner and free libations and food at participating stores. Click here to see the schedule.

  • Set sail with all your friends by catching a cruise from one of Galveston's cruise ports. Currently they have many major cruise lines that leave from the historic Galveston Bay that has been used since 1825. Companies include: Norwegian, Disney, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean.

Beaches

  • Obviously Galveston has beaches...but do you know which one you should go to? Below are the various beaches you can visit and the pros and cons of each.

  • Seawall: By far the most popular beach for tourists. Pros: Along this strip you can find Pleasure Pier, hotels, transportation rentals, and numerous restaurant and bars. You and your group can easily walk to most places and not have to navigate driving around as much. Cons: This area can become highly congested, especially in the summer. More people can mean less seclusion and more debris. You will have to pay a small fee to park, but if you get a hotel or airbnb near Seawall you can likely avoid the extra cost.

  • East Beach: East Beach is known to be the favorite hangout spots of locals. Pros: Here you can find free parking areas, and a less touristy crowd. If you go to the very end of the island on the East side, you can experience one of Galveston's Jetty! Plus you're likely to experience more wildlife on this end. Cons: There are not many restaurants, bars, rentals, or hotels on this side of the island. You will need to prepare to pack all your chairs, umbrellas, and food. And while parking is free, it can be tricky to figure out where the public accesses are. I recommend using this website to learn more about parking!

  • Jamaica Beach: Located on the west side of Galveston lies Jamaica Beach. Pros: This is another beach that is out of the Seawall hub, which means it is much more quiet. You are likely to be around people who own a beach house in Galveston but don't live here full time. If you want more beach and less "activities" during your bachelorette, this would be a great option for you! Cons: There are only a few food and drink options here. You will need to make a grocery run before your stay, or plan to drive 20ish minutes downtown for nightlife. But don't be fooled. The small businesses that are here are usually less crowded and can provide a more intimate experience for guests.

  • Pointe West: The most secluded of beaches in Galveston but one of the most beautiful! Pros: The lack of people in this area make this beach incredibly clean and tranquil. If you are looking to relax and unwind by the waves, then you should think about this area. Plus, they also have a Beach Club that has a restaurant, bar, two pools, and private beach access for guests! Cons: Point West Beach is about a 30 minute drive from Seawall. Almost all of this area are beach homes of summer locals or rental properties. The closest dining options will be in Jamaica Beach or the Pointe West Beach Club. However, the Beach Club is only available to people who book a stay near their property so it is not open to the public. Read more about the Pointe West Beach Club here on this website. Pro Tip: If you choose to stay in the Pointe West area but don't stay at a Beach Club rental, you can still order to go from the bar and pick up your food as to-go food is available to the public.

*All other major Galveston events can be found on the Galveston Island's official website or on the events tool on Facebook.


Great Escape Yachts

Favorite Vendors

Sometimes parties need a little extra flare! If you're someone that's not from the island, you may rather hire a vendor to help you out instead of carpooling down decorations, food, or other "extras" around from out of town. These local vendors can provide convenience and ease to eliminate extra stress.


  • What I love: This company is run and owned by a Galveston local who knows how to capture the scent of the sea into candles, perfume, and other body products.

  • How to use them: If you're looking to include goodies in a gift bag for your guests, these are an essential!

  • What I love: Elevate your beach experience with high-end beach decorations! It's perfect for photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

  • How to use them: Bring your own food + drinks and just show up! They will take care of the set-up and tear down.

  • What I love: They have the cutest balloon arches and other party decorations! You don't have to do a thing.

  • How to use them: Send them a vision of what you want kind of party decor you want, and they can make the magic happen.

  • What I love: Every bachelorette needs a good lingerie party! Whether you want something nice or spice, they offer the largest selection of lingerie/lounge wear on the island!

  • How to use them: Call ahead, they might can get you a private shopping experience or hold your lingerie shower in the shop.

  • What I love: You don't have to take time to go grocery shopping during your stay! Fresh ingredients can be added to a pre-made charcuterie for your party,

  • How to use them: It's pretty simple, message their Instagram account! Tell them your guest count and any food allergies, and your charcuterie board will be ready by the time you arrive.


Hotel Galvez Restaurant

Restaurants

You can't party on an empty stomach! Luckily there are tons of different places to grab a bite to eat on the island. Use the list below when you and your girls are deciding where to go. Each one has a different vibe so you can pick which one fits your bachelorette party the best.


  • Brunch: This hotel is not only gorgeous but has been voted one of the best Sunday brunches of the island! Includes seafood, omelet bar, coffee, and bottomless mimosas. One price for all you can eat + drink.

  • Reservations required.

  • Price: $$$

  • Brunch, Lunch, Dinner: If there is one restaurant that fits the girlie bachelorette vibe, it's this one! Their classy and modern design is mixed with pops of color and gold accent decorations, making it one of the more elegant dining experiences on the island. And their food and cocktails? Even better than the atmosphere.

  • Reservations available.

  • Price: $$

  • Brunch, Lunch, Dinner: Spilling one of my favorite secret Galveston gem for you... The Porch is located in a quiet corner of East Beach on Baytown's property. Called "The Porch" for their covered outdoor seating that looks out onto the Galveston ocean. Because it's off the beaten path, you will experience a serene and intimate meal with you and your bast gal pals! They have one of a kind food, wine, and sweet tea for you to enjoy.

  • Reservations available.

  • Price: $$

  • Lunch and Dinner: If you're a bride that loves Mexican food, you HAVE to come to Vida Agave. It's the best on the island! Not only is the food fresh, but their margarita's are strong. Check their socials as they occasionally turn into a night club later in the evening, and on Sunday nights offer free Salsa dancing lessons.

  • Reservations available.

  • Price: $

  • Brunch, Lunch, Dinner: Looking to eat on The Strand? Yaga's is a favorite. They have something for everyone and even voted one of the best brunches in Galveston.

  • Price: $

  • Brunch, Lunch, Dinner: This local bistro has some of the freshest ingredients on the island. From warm baked goods and delicious coffee in the morning to salads, pizza, and wine in the afternoons.

  • Price: $

  • Lunch and Dinner: Eat as a group on their beautiful outdoor patio space or order takeout. The Garden Thai will satisfy your tastebuds.

  • Price: $

  • Breakfast: Who can resist the taste of mouthwatering kolaches?! Baked by one of Galveston's most beloved chefs, Mary Bass, Good Dough has specialty kolaches that you won't want to miss out on.

  • Price: $


Drinks

If you and your girls want some booze to get the bachelorette party started then look no further! Below are just some of the great bars in Galveston.


  • The Strand is one of the most popular spots on the island to go out at night and Tsunami's is one of the top spots to stop. It's one of Galveston's best dive bar, so be sure to put it on your list for the girls night out.

  • Are you a marg girl?! Then you need to bring the party to Vida Agave. They hands down have some of the best and strongest margaritas in Galveston.

  • A more low key bar with delicious cocktails. You and your group can sit outside on their large patio, sometimes they even have live music on the weekends.

  • This is one of the oldest bars on the island, some even say haunted. Try it out for yourself in their lounge or rooftop bar. One of the best places to start the night off before hitting the Strand.

  • Every drink is specialty made at DTOs! Pick from classic cocktails to unique tiki drinks. Every girl can find something they like, even a good mocktail for the DD.


Vida Agave Margarita

Transportation

Whether you're driving or flying, you'll have to figure out how to get around the island. Here are some options you and your gals can consider when deciding how to get around in Galveston.


Airport

  • Hobby: This is the closest airport to the island which is located South of Houston. It's 50 minutes from the island, and about a $40 Uber Drive to Galveston if you don't want to rent a car.

  • Bush International: Located about an hour and a half from Galveston, this airport is North East of Houston. While it may not look too far away, the Houston traffic to Galveston can be brutal depending on the time of day. Just plan accordingly if you decide to fly into this airport.

Rentals

  • Golf Carts: Galveston is highly accessible to golf cart drivers. You can get around a majority of the island on one, with an exception of a few streets. Even then you can park the golf cart and walk or call a car. But almost all of the popular restaurants, bars, and activities have golf cart parking. You and your girls can pile into a six or eight seater, or for a smaller group grab a two or four seater! There are plenty of places to rent golf carts from! But I've rented from Galveston Golf Carts and can personally vouch for them.

  • Carriage Haus: If you want a mix of a car and golf cart you should rent a vintage 1908 Model T car from Carriage Haus. Not only is this a fun way to get around the island but makes for a cute photography photoshoot.

  • Convertible: Broncos, Mustangs, and Jeeps (oh my)! Cruise Galveston in style by booking a modern and topless car for you and your girl gang.

Personal Cars

  • Know that Galveston has certain areas you can park for free and other areas that are pay to park. Paid parking is usually in high traffic areas like downtown and Seawall. To learn more about paid parking visit this website.

Other Alternatives

  • Uber: Of course, Galveston has Ubers that can take you anywhere on the island if you need it, especially if you've been drinking. Please be smart and don't drink and drive (including golf carts)!

  • Trolley: Galveston has two trolley rails that run throughout the island. Be sure to check the website before you and your girls head out because it does change depending on the schedule!

  • Walking: If you stay near The Strand or Seawall, you can walk to lots of places without needing a vehicle; however, those two spots are on opposite sides on the island so if you need to get from one to the other be sure to call a car. Please note: I highly recommend not walking across Broadway Street. It is the busiest road on the island and drivers can be crazy!


Learn More

Hopefully these recommendations are helpful and can steer you in the right direction for planning your bachelorette party in Galveston, Texas! If you're still looking for more recs, be sure to check out my Instagram page @Aesthetically_Galveston. It's filled with tons of Galveston content you may find helpful. And if you want to reach out with questions or just to say hi, you can always DM or email me at aestheticallygalveston@gmail.com


Congrats beautiful bride! I hope you have the best celebration.

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