We asked on Facebook: What makes you most thankful for living on the Texas coast?
Where to start? The sunrises, sunsets, the colors of the water, the tides, the wildlife. The giving, fun-loving and kind community that truly supports one another in times of adversity. I am thankful to call Galveston my home.
I am most grateful for living in this beautiful historic island where I wonder on the beauty God has created, the bounty of the sea, the resilience of its people, and the friendliness and ready smiles of islanders.
I love seeing all the different birds throughout the year!
Heidi Hansen Seigel
Passing over the bridge every night coming home from work, my whole attitude changes once I see the water.
Linda Peterson Camardelle
Thankful for such a rich and fascinating history, and the opportunity to share it with others.
Kathleen Shanahan Maca
The smell of seaweed — I know it’s crazy.
Raising my daughter in a place with a small-town feel. Also, how the energy flexes and expands with change.
I’m thankful for the healing power of the salt air!
Community. Neighbors. The lace we build, even as strangers.
Our unique, quirky, eccentric, over-the-top relaxed way of life. It’s in the air we breathe. It’s the sway of the palm trees, the sun, the breeze, the wind. It’s heaven.
Absolutely the sense of community. The minute you arrive on the island you are welcome with open arms.
Harry St. John
On a daily basis, Galveston is a gentle place to live. In addition, we have The Bryan Museum and history all around us. There is always something fun to do.
Grateful for my close friends who are making their way back to the island and never gave up their island roots. The heritage in Galveston is strong and the people are even stronger. Storms make us resilient, and bring us closer. I’m grateful for the people in our community who make it better for all of us.
Fall weather and less traffic.
The pleasant Southern hospitality and wholesome friendships.
Love hearing the seagulls!
Denise Sowell Shead
The beautiful sunrise and sunsets!
Although we’re growing, we still offer a small-town charm. People smile and say hello to strangers. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunrise. It’s a quick drive anywhere. And, we support each other.
Christine Ruiz Hopkins
Every day is a blessing looking out over state water bottoms, but remember, it’s God’s water for everyone to share. We are blessed.
Being able to see the Gulf every day. Few can boast of having a drive to work each day like we Galvestonians have!
Andrea Pieri Sunseri
The sunsets. They are like no other here. It’s a simple way to wind down the day and put it all behind you by watching the sun melt into the horizon. Especially on these fall days.
I am forever grateful that I get to spend my mornings with my dog, Scylla, at the beach. She is the happiest pup running in and out of the waves chasing her ball. Her happiness brings me joy and contentment. Her smile says it all. Living the dream.
The beauty of the beach and surf. Ever-changing.
When I moved here, I was a head nurse at UTMB and I lived on the West End. The drive along the seawall going to work gave me the encouragement to keep going. The drive home relieved all the stress of the day. No matter the weather, the Gulf brought me peace. It still does, 40 years later.
Perhaps it defies explanation, but the air feels different here. Or maybe it’s the lure of packed sand and sometimes raucous birds. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Surf, sand, seafood and sun!
The sunrises, sand, the shore, the salt air, the shrimp, the blue skies, the blue crabs and the sunsets.
Rocco L Pelosi
Living on the Gulf feels like we’re constantly on vacation. The people are friendly, the food is good, and there’s always something new to see. When we come home, all is well; every day is a new adventure.
Sound of waves gently caressing the shores, or lapping against a boat. Watching sunrise/sunset.
The seasonal weather and opportunities for year-round fun!
Just knowing the beach is 20 minutes from home.
Kathy Silva Garza
Our gorgeous fall weather. All three days of it!
Mandy McGuire Rider