We are a group of 3 couples (45-50ish) going on vacation together in September. We would like to spend the last few days on the gulf coast (Thurs-Sun) and perhaps rent a house on the beach. We want to be somewhere that is not too terribly over-crowded and touristy, but also want to be within a mile or two of restaurants/bars/entertainment. So far I am considering San Padre Island or Galveston, but I really know nothing about either - which is better. Any suggestions? Helpful hints? Ideas for lodging? We are from the East Coast and not familiar with the area at all.
If I had to choose today, it would be Galveston simply because it's closer to a major airport in Houston and I assume air fare will be cheaper out of Houston.