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Galveston Island is a barrier island, joined to the mainland by bridges on the western and northern sides and a ferry system on the eastern end. It is approximately 32 miles long and 2 miles wide at its widest point. Most of Galveston's population lives in or near the City of Galveston at the eastern side of the island. The Coast Guard Base is located not far from downtown on the extreme eastern end of the island. The western half of the island consists of open space, farms, beaches, marsh lands and scattered vacation homes.

The climate in Galveston is semi-tropical, averaging 57 degrees F in the winter months and 81 degrees F in the summer. Rain is common and often heavy. During the summer the heat and humidity are not to be taken lightly. The temperature can consistently reach close to 100 degrees with very high humidity. In the winter temperatures reach lows around 35 degrees. During the winter months, temperatures fluctuate greatly as cold fronts blow through Galveston . Being a barrier island on the Gulf Of Mexico, hurricane preparedness and awareness are constant concerns for relatively low-lying Galveston Island and surrounding areas. Hurricane season begins 1 June and continues through until 30 October.

Galveston has a history of devastating hurricanes and has a comprehensive evacuation plan in place should it be needed. You and your family will receive a detailed information package on hurricane evacuation plans upon reporting. The Coast Guard conducts annual evacuation training for its members and their dependents just prior to the beginning of the hurricane season. A copy of the Planning and Evacuation Guide is included as enclosure (5). Interstate 45 is the main artery between Galveston and Houston. The distance from city to city is approximately 50 miles. Coast Guard personnel enjoy life in many of the communities located between the two cities along the interstate. As with any metropolitan area, traffic is greatest at peak hours. Rush hour traffic in Galveston moves well except in inclement weather. During periods of heavy rain, many roads become flooded and traffic is diverted to alternate routes. Houston boasts of being the only major city in the country whose traffic delay times have decreased steadily 10 years in a row. Nevertheless, it is suggested that traffic in and near Houston during peak hours be avoided if at all possible. Interstate traffic is also subject to peak hour congestion, but moves rather well throughout the day. Construction, weather (fog and rain), accidents and major social events can adversely impact traffic flow.

Galveston is a community with a mixed rural, festive and historical atmosphere. There are plenty of tourist attractions and interesting sites. These include: a railroad museum, an automobile museum, the Lone Star Flight museum, the clipper ship ELISSA, Seawolf Park (submarine, and naval ship on display), a famed opera house, working trolley cars and much, much more. Galveston Island is home to two prestigious colleges - University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M at Galveston (Marine Biology). Galveston also has several community colleges.


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Mailing Address
Commanding Officer
3000 Fort Point Road
Galveston, Texas 77553-1942

Last Modified 1/9/2015