I live on Galveston Island, and the bay side past 13 mile road to the end of the island is a gorgeous trip.
Smooth (unless a blue norther is approaching).
There are many slits and marshes with abundant wildlife. Around the Galveston Island state park are out ins and you might find some Indian artifacts.
The pirates are thick here and you can hear them if you try.
Jean Lafitte loved this area and some think the treasure is buried here...the real treasure is the solitude and beauty of the adventure.
You can camp at the state park but have to register ...or if you know someone that lives nearby you can kayak up to their canal home.
Lots of rentals in the area. The Gulf of Mexico is a favorite of mine as well.
We have history here.
Check it out.
Camping. Hotels. Beach Houses. Bay Houses.
Permits needed at Galveston Island State Park.
From Houston , Texas take 45 south to Galveston island. Right on 61st. Right on Seawall Blvd follow to State Park.
You can also put in at Andersons Bait Camp ...that is on Avenue S (right off 61st) to 13 mile road, right to the bay.
A map of Galveston Bay will be most helpful