Dellanera is a beach front RV Park just west of the busy part of Galveston where the piers and attractions are and is run by the City. I think if I had originally had a site on the west end of the park rather than the east end, I would have been happier and stayed the two months that I booked. As it was, I didn’t love my spot, and they didn’t have anything else, so I cancelled my second month. My initial spot was one over from the public beach parking and right by the main entrance with some condos nearby. I was able to switch my last two weeks to a spot near the center of the park right by the beach boardwalk. I liked this spot so much, I booked the same spot for next November.
Beach front spots are very nice. You can back in right at the top of the dunes and have a great view if you have a back window. The lagoon side is nice too although your back window would be looking out over the lagoon and then the highway (Seawall Blvd). There are also a handful of pull-thru sites in the middle. The park itself seems to be clean and well-maintained and the on-side manager’s trailer is near the front entrance. The pavilion building in the middle of the park has an office, gift shop, and laundry and shower facilities. The laundry is only $1.00 per load for washing and $1.00 for drying. All the machines worked well while I was there and my clothes and towels were always dry after one cycle.
My favorite thing was taking the dogs down to the beach every day. It’s very convenient and relatively people-free this time of year. There aren’t any signs about keeping your dogs on a leash but always use good judgement if you decide to let them run off leash. There are plenty of sunny days in November with periodic rain. And please take bags with you. Nothing worse than finding dog poo while walking on the beach.
Just down the street is a little strip mall with a nice cafe and a nails and massage salon. I scheduled a pedicure and a leg massage while here. Farther into town, you will find a Krogers, a Walmart, many places to eat, and souvenir shops, including the famous Murdochs gift shop which has been there since 1911. It’s fairly easy to leave the RV park, turn on Seawall Blvd and stay on this road for most of your shopping needs. If you turn and head up 61st street from Seawall, you will find a PetSmart and a Target as well.
In town near the cruise ships, there is a self-serve dog wash called Salty Dog Wash. The proprietor was very congenial and even gave me a break on the price. I told her that my big dog takes a long time to dry and she said just stay as long as I need. Farther up Ferry Road is the only off leash dog park in Galveston. It’s really quite nice with four large parks separated by chain link so you never have to worry about being around other dogs that might be aggressive.
I only did four attractions while here but there is a lot more to be had. I drove up to Houston to take a tour of the space center (45 minute drive), I toured the Moody Gardens Rainforest, I took the dogs for a nature walk at the state park, and I took a Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council bird tour. There are also historical houses and museums downtown and a railroad museum. During the summer, there is an amusement pier but I imagine that can get pretty crowded.
You can also camp at the beach at the state park but it won’t re-open following renovations until 2022 and there is a two week limit.