Tampon beach, OP? Or should we call it dirty diaper beach. Been grazed by both on separate occasions while in Galveston. That place is vile.
R1 is absolutely right. Galveston is lovely but it shouldn't be anywhere near a "best beach" list.
Galveston has some fab historical gothic revival mansions though and the famed Balinese Room was a real hot spot back in the day. Ike took it out permanently. I work down there and am actually surprised how pretty the water is right now. The summer heat will make it worse though.
Well, on the plus side if frolicking in the waves isn't your thing the parking situation looks damn convenient.
R11: they are called "beach whistles."
The one with ME, silly!
Anywhere in Florida is better OP. Or Corpus Christie. Or anywhere in California. Or anywhere. Just anywhere.
Got sent to Galveston for 3 months for work, it was a horrible, horrible experience. Hated the place with a passion. Maybe it's been colored by my experience of the people I met but it remains in my memory as a shithole that I would nominate as the first trial target of an orbital missile.
My favorite beach is in the expensive little town of Carmel, Ca. Astonishingly white sand, little bay surrounded by mountains and Monterey pine forests, lovely twee downtown Carmel up the hill, and never crowded.
Of course you can't swim in the freezing water and the air is so cold you'll be wearing a fleece rather than a speedo for most of the year, but it's beautiful.