We are in Chicago where the temp will top off at 16 today with 4 inches of snow. Looking to get away in March.
Galveston came up on a tv show and the Lady and I talked about it. We both enjoy the quiet beaches but I appreciate the night life and get antsy after a while. She just likes the quiet time. I am more of an explorer and history nut than she.
We are both accomplished boaters, mainly sail, and active in the USCG Aux. (PE, VE, SAR) so the water in important. We both enjoy snorkeling. From past vacations, we prefer little structure to our trips. We are working folks neither rich nor broke but on a budget. Planned time away is perhaps a week.
A friend suggsted that we fly into Dallas and rent a car and explore the several hundred miles of coast line south perhaps into Mexico, but I am concerned that it would be a lot of driving, more work than play.
What I think worked for us was when we vacationed in Ft Myers Beach last year, walking a few blocks to the right was empty beach and a state park and the same distance to the left brought us to the part of town busy with shops and nightlife.
We are open to suggestions.