We asked on Facebook: What is the most coastal thing about your lifestyle?
Sitting on our front porch and watching people enjoy life! Life moves at a slower pace here.
My commute to work is a drive on Seawall Boulevard with the coast on my side. I try to never take it for granted.
I have discovered that there is a difference between “going out to dinner” flip-flops and “going to the grocery store” flip-flops. Some are dressy and others aren’t. It’s a real thing!
Flip-flops every day.
Laura Manning Stokes
Wearing flip-flops to work and the treat of sometimes being able to ride my bike to work.
Wearing flip-flops just about year-round.
Quiet evenings on our front porch listening to the hustle and bustle of tourists during the spring and summer months and the soothing sounds of the lapping waves during the fall and winter months.
Lori Kocian DeWillis
I can see the water from my job.
Spending time with my soul mate listening to the birds and watching nature on the bay.
I just bought a new condo, and so when I wake up every morning, I open the curtains to see the Gulf! And, taking my Buddy dog for a walk on the beach!
My family knows that when I pass from this world, I want to take one last ride down the seawall in my funeral procession. I love this island and the seawall is its signature.
Andrea Pieri Sunseri
The sounds of seagulls. It’s weird not to hear or see them when you travel away from the coast.
Catching crab off the pier!
Enjoying a variety of fresh catch for dinners, whether caught myself, from a friend or bought from Katie’s Seafood Market.
My attitude! I feel like the beach is in my soul, and living on the coast has made me a happy, healthier person!
Eating crabs all the time from my crab traps! My lifelong dream!
Dotti Hollis Krustchinsky
Watching the sun rise on Galveston Bay from my bedroom.
In the past year, we have traveled the Louisiana Gulf Coast and the Texas Gulf Coast. 24 days. 24 different hotels, stopping at bait camps and boat ramps interviewing the locals. In my mind, it has been meeting these people along the way. Just a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Enjoying the sunsets and moon reflections on Galveston beaches and bay.
Just sitting on my porch in the evening watching the pelicans fly in formation overhead. The smell of salt air and coconut suntan lotion and music blasting from motorcycles.
Sailing every day.
Flip-flops and tank tops – 365 days a year. I was born to live on the coast! I do own a heavy sweatshirt for those rare cold days, but I have not owned a coat of any sort for 15 years!
Being able at any time to gather my wits and refocus my energy
at the beach.
Garland Gigi Mulvey
Standing in Walmart parking lot and watching the porpoises across the street. Having fresh Gulf seafood at most all our restaurants.
Free music concerts on the seawall at McGuire Dent and The Gazebo across from the library on Sealy. Gulf breezes and gorgeous birds.
ArtWalk — atmosphere of the old town square where you see so many people, you know, and some you don’t see often.
Basically, a chill lifestyle on our little sandbar.
During the COVID lockdown last year, I would surf for a workout when I had a couple hours between Zoom calls, when there was swell!
When a coastal cruiser becomes your main transportation.
When the temperature drops below 55 degrees, I have no idea what to wear and sometimes feel it’s best to just remain at home.
Elise Ott Worthen
Can drive a few blocks and fish for redfish in the Gulf of Mexico.
Marsha Wilson Rappaport
My day is not complete unless I see the beach.
Fredell Pollak Rosen
Walking the seawall most mornings before going on to work at GISD. Come Teach by the Beach!
Stephen F. Duncan
I drive across the bay to go to work!
It’s the island sounds for me. Falling asleep to waves and waking up to birds. The seagulls make me laugh. They start fussing and sound like monkeys fighting over a banana.
Lilly Van Jones
Running on the beach every day. There’s so much more to it than just physical movement. It is so good for the mind before anything else.
Morning coffee looking at the Gulf.
Watching the pelicans, in the evening, with a bottle of wine. No glass needed.
Gorgeous tropical plants, birds and fish.
Saralyn Jacobson Richard
Watching the waves!
I design beach homes for a living.
Fishing and eating fresh seafood.
Arthur Buehrer Jr.
Watching the sun rise or set whilst strolling on the beach.
My vacations — 99 percent are to Galveston. BOI, 1960s. Sunrises while eating IHOP.
Wanda McWhorter Huddleston