Frequently Asked Questions

The most common question we get is "What are your recommendations for places to eat and things to do in Galveston".

  • Check out our custom Google map with all of our recommendations.  We add to this each time we discover a new gem.   You can click directly on of our recommendations, colored in Purple, and see it on your Google Map app.   Check out our Galveston Recommendations Map here. 

What kind of supplies do I need to bring to Playa Romantica?

  • Groceries / Beverages needed for trip (basic spices and some condiments are provided only).    Full service grocery stores are a 10 minute drive from the home.  Only basic staples can be bought close by.   We suggest you bring with you everything that you think that you will need for your stay.
  • Multiple swim suits (bring more than one so that you can let one dry while you use second one)
  • Beach/Water shoes, Sun Tan Lotion, Sun Glasses, Hats, Cover-Ups
  • Beach Towels – house is equipped with bed linens and bath towels.  Beach towels are not provided.
  • Rafts, boating equipment, fishing equipment/ bait
  • Cell Phones
  • Cooler – for porting beverages from house to beach.
  • Computer – the home is equipped with WiFi.    If you bring a smart phone or computer you’ll be able to check email, surf internet, etc
  • Wii Games, Movies, etc.  The home is equipped with several Wii Games and a lot of DVDs, but if you have favorites, feel free to bring them. 
  • The home will be equipped with several rolls of paper towels, several rolls of toilet paper for each bathroom, several garbage bags, and basic cleaning supplies.    We find this is sufficient for most groups.  However, if you feel this will not be sufficient for your needs, you may want to bring extras. 
  • Liquid soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided in dispensers in each bathroom.   If you prefer hard soap or specific shampoo/ conditioner, you will want to bring it with you.
  • If you plan on doing Laundry during your stay, you will need to bring laundry detergent.  
  • If you plan on fishing, you will need to bring equipment necessary  (fishing license, bags, ice, bait,  etc)

What is there to do nearby Playa Romantica?

Fishing Guides Charters
  • See complete list at 
  • Fish N Divers - Phone: (979)255-3528
  • Get Hooked Charters- Phone: (409) 698-7122
  • 3G Fishing Charters-. Phone: (979)777-4867
Jet Ski or Golf Cart Rental
  • Rick's Beach Rentals rents this type of equipment and can be reached at 409-632-0256 or 409-939-7824.  They can also be found online at .  Pick-up and delivery of your rental equipment are available.
  • Coastal Cruizers Custom Carts -  -  (409) 974-4301
Moody Gardens
  • Aquarium, Rainforest in Glass Pyramid, Science Exhibition (Discovery Pyramid) and an IMAX theater with several 3D and 4D shows daily.   They also offer lazy rivers with tower water slides, wave pool, white sand beach area, lagoons and waterfalls, as well as a Paddle Boat Harbor Tour on the “Colonel”.
    • One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
    • Phone:  1-800-582-4673
    • Website:
    • Tickets Online:
    • About a 10 minute drive from Playa Romantica
Schlitterbahn Water Park-
  • Schlitterbahn is a fantastic waterpark, with water rides for young and old. Voted #1 indoor waterpark.   Part of Schlitterbahn Galveston is indoors and offers off season use in a heated environment
    • 2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, TX  77554
    • Phone:  409-770-9283
    • Website:
    • 10 minute Drive from Playa Romantica

Other Attractions:

  • Historic Home Tours - The Broadway Beauties: 1859 Ashton Villa, 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1895 Moody Mansion which portray early 20th century family life among Galveston's elite;
  • The Grand 1894 Opera House ranked among the nation's finest historical theaters;
  • the Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship Elissa highlighting the history of the Port of Galveston;
  • The Great Storm documentary detailing the 1900 hurricane which killed 6,000 and changed the Island's history;
  • the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum; the Railroad Museum in the restored Union Depot;
  • Harbor Tours offering dolphin watching;
  • The Lone Star Flight Museum & Texas Aviation Hall of Fame housing one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation
  • Treasure Isle Tour Train,
  • The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat,
  • Galveston Island Ferry,
  • Galveston Duck Tours,
  • Galveston Harbor Tours,
  • Galveston Island Tours,
  • Painted Lady Tours and
  • Aerial tours through our local airport, Scholes International Airport.
  • Horse-drawn carriage through the downtown area at dusk.
  • For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 888-GAL-ISLE, or Also, you may wish to download the Official Galveston Island Visitor Guide by clicking here.
• Space Center Houston – NASA's Johnson Space Center
• Offers Tours, Rides, Educational Info, Exhibits
• 1601 NASA Parkway (formerly NASA Rd. 1), Houston, TX 77058
• Phone:  281-244-2100
• Website:
• About 45 Minute Drive from Playa Romantica
Greyhound Racing
• Gulf Greyhound Racing
• 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, Texas 77568 (exit 15 off of I-45)
• Phone:  409-986-9500
• Website:
• About 25 Minute Drive from Playa Romantica
Pick Your Own Fruit
• Fruits and Such Orchard - PYO blackberries and peaches
• 6309 Avenue U (at Bowerman), Dickinson, TX, 77539.
• Phone: 832-443-6733.
• Open: Monday to Friday from 6pm-8pm; Saturday and Sunday open all day
• There are many places to shop in Galveston
• The Galveston Strand shopping district is one of the main attractions of the island with stores housed in elegant Victorian buildings, leisurely horse and carriage rides, gorgeous window displays, and stores full of merchandise from around the world.
• The Strand area is 20th – 25th @ the Strand
Premiere Cinema
o  8902 Seawall Blvd @ 89th Street - (409) 741-1700
o Around an 8 minute drive from Playa Romantica
Live Music
• There are many restaurants, bars, and hotels that offer live music in Galveston.
•  See for a list of venues and performances.
Mini Golf
• Magic Carpet Golf
• 9030 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554
• Phone: (409)740-2000
• Galveston Country Club (see country club section of guide)
• Moody Gardens – See Moody Gardens Section
• There are numerous places that you can rent bicycle and bike around the seawall or other areas of Galveston. 
• They rent individual bikes, bikes for two, or bike limos for a whole family
•  To book online, see prices, etc
Segway Tours
• You can take a segway tour of Galveston
• Phone:  409-762-2255
• A list of all beach parks on the island can be found here
Ghost Walking Tours
• Galveston Ghost Tours
• 409-877-1794
• The Grand Theater
   o 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX 77550
   o Phone: 800-821-1894
   o Website:
   o The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas."
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