We asked on Facebook: What does living the good life mean to you and what are the best things money can and can’t buy here?
The good life to me means simple pleasures — eating a fresh-from-the-garden tomato, sitting on the porch in the evening listening to night sounds, having time with friends that you can enjoy a glass of wine with and share some good hard laughter.
– Deeva Brantley
I grew up in Galveston. The bay was our backyard. Fishing, crabbing, oystering, then coming home and having a crab boil, shucking oysters and frying fish. Then volleyball, horseshoes, hide-and-seek, dodge ball, to name a few. Ending the night with a pool tournament, ping-pong tournament or a game of poker. It was a great time.
– Stacy Newkirk Kaiser
Anticipation as you see the rolling waves growing, beginning at High Island, and culminating with accelerated excitement as you see the white beaches on Crystal Beach, before boarding your mini cruise at Bolivar, as you admire the lighthouse and search for the glint of dolphin fins jumping for attention and admiration.
– Tammy Sue Mitchell
Living the good life is being able to walk the beach every morning and taking your time. The best thing about having money is being able to rent two chairs and an umbrella on the beach.
– Wanda Buttner
The beach, the fishing and the incredible history.
– David Alexander
I’m partial to all the great music on the island, especially the open mic jams.
– Darla Jordan Goolishian
Money can’t buy the wonderful sound of the surf, or the great tidal breezes we enjoy all the time here.
– J. Roy Hall
The best thing you can buy on the island is a piece of it. Owning property in Galveston is like having your very own piece of paradise. It is the gift that keeps on giving and the sunsets are priceless. Best investment around.
– Casey Miller
Strolling through our East End neighborhood after sunset, listening to the seagulls above us and feeling the cooling breezes on our faces.
– Joe Jaworski
The thing that has always amazed me about this area are the local people — the old-timers — who know the value of a hard day’s work, helping one another and taking care of each other … .
– Sandi Jerome Pevoto
The sunrise and sunset are always a treat. Beachcombing is my go-to pastime.
– Katherine Pollock
Watching the sunrise over the Gulf. Priceless.
– Jaime Bahena
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets with pink, orange, purple and crowned by our “mountains,” the spectacular clouds.
– Elizabeth Anderson
The good things are the island itself. It’s the peace and serenity that the Gulf offers. Can’t buy the sound of the waves. Plus, Being here for six generations says something.
– NormaJean Nelson
Coming across the causeway, the water, the flight of pelicans and seagulls, is a peaceful sight. Blood pressure seems to come down after fighting Houston traffic.
– Leigh Gottlob-Cowart
Crossing the causeway and getting that first breath of salt air, reminding us we live on island time.
– Ethel Hiriart
Looking out my window in the early morning to realize my kids have already snuck out to go pier fishing.
– Stephanie Vasut
We are so lucky to have UTMB here. It not only brings jobs, but saves lives. My family has always had great medical care there.
– Barbara Pickering