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Galveston Condo

  • 1
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Teri's condo was everything we needed and our little dog loved it too! So nice to be able to easily take our dog right off the porch and onto the grass. And you can't get tired of looking straight out at the gulf. This unit is also near a...”
- Review left on 06/30/2017

$149

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Galveston House

  • 4
  • 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“This house is in an excellent location - legitimately 100 yards from the beach - unlike many other houses that claim to be beachfront. There is a fun area below the house that is shaded with picnic tables for sitting. The interior decor was dated (...”
- Review left on 11/02/2015

$299

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Galveston Condo

  • 2
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“Went with my grown kids for vacation and had a great time. Condo wad well equipped with everything we needed. Enjoyed the balcony and view of the beach...”
- Review left on 07/20/2016

$140

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Galveston Condo

  • 2
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“We were in town for the Gritty Goddess mud run and stayed at this condo for the weekend. The condo was very clean, nicely updated, has a well stocked kitchen, comfy beds, a huge balcony and beautiful views of the pool and gulf. It is located on the...”
- Review left on 04/26/2016

$140

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Galveston Apartment

  • 3
  • 6
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Swimming pool

$150

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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$200

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Galveston Condo

  • 2
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful experience! Owner was very helpful, friendly and responsive. The air conditioner went out the second day we were there and she had a worker there to fix it in about an hour - on a holiday weekend! Beautiful pool and view, wonderful vacation...”
- Review left on 07/22/2016

$140

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Galveston Condo

  • 3
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“This was a great get away, it was so relaxing. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. It was nice to have everything you needed at your hands, from a stocked kitchen(pots & dishes), to a full size washer and dryer. Looking forward to our next stay...”
- Review left on 06/14/2016

$225

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Galveston House

  • 4
  • 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“There were no sheets on the beds, no toilet paper at all. Very spacious home with 3 levels, nice deck .we enjoyed the grill. Washer and dryer came In handy. Big kitchen. We really enjoyed our stay. Would come back...”
- Review left on 08/11/2016

$300

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 9
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$225

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Galveston Condo

  • 1
  • 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“We only had to bring our clothes and some snacks & drinks to have a very relaxing and much needed time together. The Tropical Sunrise had everything else and was quiet. The weather wasn't the best, but being indoors and able to look out and see the...”
- Review left on 05/01/2017

$90

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Galveston Townhouse

  • 2
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“The house was very comfortable with great walkable access to a quiet, clean and private beach. Yolanda is very nice and prompt with all communication. I enjoyed my stay very much...”
- Review left on 08/15/2016

$120

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Galveston Cottage

  • 3
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“We are returning renters from several years ago and we really enjoyed the place. It has all the comforts of home and several extras. we will considered to rent this location again in the future. Thanks”
- Review left on 11/10/2016

$265

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“This house was wonderful! It was only steps away from the ocean which made it very easy to run back and forth if you left something inside. The house slept 10 of us comfortably. We did a lot of cooking and the kitchen was great. We will definitely...”
- Review left on 08/09/2016

$350

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Galveston House

  • 2
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“My family stayed in Brisas over the Christmas Holiday. It is a clean, nice little beach-side house with clear unobstructed Gulf views Less than a minute walk to the beach. The kitchen is well equipped and the living space is comfortable.Pet friendly...”
- Review left on 01/05/2017

$225

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“3rd time staying at the house wasn't disappointed Darwin was helpful as always will stay again next year”
- Review left on 08/16/2016

$250

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Galveston House

  • 1
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Azure Vista was cut, bright and comfortable. The view and the deck were perfect. The bed was comfy too! The beach area was not as crowded as some areas, which was good. Enough restaurants and stores a short drive away. We enjoyed it and will go...”
- Review left on 06/02/2016

$200

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Galveston Apartment

  • 1
  • 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
“Our weekend stay was more than expected. Despite the dreary weather which was expected, the sunny disposition of the condo made our honeymoon stay very enjoyable. It is the perfect place for couples to stay, yet is expandable for slightly larger...”
- Review left on 04/07/2014

$100

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Galveston Condo

  • 2
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“How does one put into words a description of an environmental "glory light!" Beaches along Seawall Blvd. were extremely clean and water was almost crystal clear blue. This matched the impeccably beautiful interior decor of our condo at Maravilla,...”
- Review left on 07/25/2016

$130

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Swimming pool

$250

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

$160

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Galveston Condo

  • 3
  • 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$195

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Galveston House

  • 2
  • 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“Great little vacation spot. Totally designed for comfort and relaxation. Lots of room, lots of sunny spots, lots of places to lounge around. Huge kitchen and dining room stocked with all you will need. 5 minute walk to the beach which was clean...”
- Review left on 10/21/2015

$150

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Galveston Villa

  • 4
  • 17
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“Completely fell in love with the property. My family and I will definitely be taking vacations there in the future...”
- Review left on 10/17/2016

$325

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Beautiful beach house on in a very quite neighborhood. It was almost like having a private beach. The home was beautiful and had a great view of the ocean off the back deck. The location is somewhat remote, which is just what we were looking for....”
- Review left on 06/28/2016

$250

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Galveston House

  • 4
  • 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“This beach house was just delightful and the entire family fell in love with every aspect of it from the moment we arrived! The wrap-around deck is large with ample seating; the décor and accoutrements create an ambiance that is relaxing, yet beach-...”
- Review left on 03/19/2017

$345

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Galveston House

  • 2
  • 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“My husband, Robin,and I stayed at this beach house during the Christmas holidays and had such a great time! We had stayed here before and knew we had to come back. This beach house is so cozy and has everything you could possibly need there...”
- Review left on 01/28/2017

$275

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Galveston House

  • 4
  • 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“We stayed in this house with 10 people for one week, two families, and it was still comfortable. We had everything we needed for cooking and playing on the beach. The house is about 35 minutes from Galveston center but that makes it a nice quiet...”
- Review left on 05/29/2017

$250

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“My family needed a mental get away for the weekend. Although it was short it was much needed. Cute home, great location, quiet, and kept up...”
- Review left on 11/01/2016

$130

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Galveston House

  • 5
  • 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 mi
  • Ask about children

$700

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Galveston House

  • 3
  • 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Our family had a blast! The kids loved it. The enclosed outdoor shower was great. Inside was clean and had everything we needed. The view! That was the best part, you're on the beach, can't get any closer than this! The deck was such a great size and...”
- Review left on 04/26/2017

$245

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Galveston Condo

  • 1
  • 6
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$75

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Galveston House

  • 5
  • 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“I would like to be as articulate as possible, but WOW, what a great time we had. We visited with two family's and a total of 11 people. Such a great wide open kitchen, living room, gathering place. No one didn't have to double up, sleep on couch. 3...”
- Review left on 07/03/2016

$600

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Jamaica Beach House - 5.4 miles away

  • 5
  • 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 mi
  • Child friendly
“Lazy Daze is the best. Plenty of room, great amenities, beautiful view of the Gulf and close to convenience stores. What more could you want? This is a perfect place for family reunions, corporate retreats or private getaways. One of our best...”
- Review left on 12/31/2016

$300

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Jamaica Beach House - 5.5 miles away

  • 3
  • 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“Let me start by saying this was a very last minute booking and the owners bless them we're so kind and helpful to us! I'm so greatful that I found this gem bc we love it ! We booked it til Friday this is our first night here and I can't tell you how...”
- Review left on 11/23/2016

$125

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Tiki Island Condo - 12.9 miles away

  • 2
  • 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning

$350

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Tiki Island House - 13.4 miles away

  • 3
  • 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 mi
  • Child friendly

$250

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.3 miles away

  • 2
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“We enjoyed Galveston old and new plus the sunrise and sunset view from the balcony of this condo, all the makings of a wonderful visit. The landlady always available with any information needed...”
- Review left on 10/25/2016

$130

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.3 miles away

  • 2
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The accommodations were wonderful. It was a pleasure working with the owners of the condo. They provided us with a ton of information about the area and swapped recommendations about dining and recreation. The unit was very well maintained and had...”
- Review left on 09/20/2016

$165

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.3 miles away

  • 2
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask about children
“Great area of the island, not as populated. We were the only ones on the beach most days. Condo is a great location, clean and I felt very safe. The staff there was very friendly and helpful. We took advantage of the pool and grill most nights and...”
- Review left on 07/25/2016

$120

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.3 miles away

  • 2
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask about children
“I have stayed in this funky, fun, flip flop condo for the past 5 years and have never had an issue . The condo is very comfortable with four adult although I'm sure 6 would still be great.. Whether you're cooking breakfast or grilling by the pool,...”
- Review left on 05/23/2016

$130

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.4 miles away

  • 2
  • 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“This place was awesome! The pool was amazing, it was right across from the ocean! The condo itself litterally came with everything! Yolanda seriously thought of everything you would need to cook with and provided it...”
- Review left on 08/26/2016

$118

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.4 miles away

  • 2
  • 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“We loved the place. It provided everything we needed. The view was beautiful and access to the beach was easy! Only complaint wished the second bedroom had at least a queen size bed instead of full size. Other than that it was awesome stay...”
- Review left on 07/26/2016

$118

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.4 miles away

  • 1
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Nam is a pleasure to deal with. Booking was easy, she is very prompt and willing to answer questions. The condo itself is lovely! Clean, well-kept, with comfortable beds (even the sofa bed is comfortable), modern features, and an incredible view....”
- Review left on 07/10/2017

$130

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.5 miles away

  • 2
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

$118

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.5 miles away

  • 1
  • 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Place was great! The main bed was comfortable. Had washer and dryer (fantastic for drying swimsuits and beach towels). View was really good and the pool/spa at the facility was a big plus...”
- Review left on 03/23/2015

$100

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.9 miles away

  • 2
  • 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning
“4 adults (including my older parents) and my 3 sons stayed at this condo for three nights. We had such a great time. The condo was spotless and provided great space for three toddlers, my dad who has mobility issues, and all of our belongings. The...”
- Review left on 07/10/2015

$189

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Galveston Island Condo - 15.9 miles away

  • 1
  • 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Clean condo with plenty of sleeping room for 5. Not too comfortable to hang around in. Pool was great. Easy access to the ocean. Family stayed in a condo down the street that was more updated for the same price. Owner was easy to get in touch with....”
- Review left on 06/30/2016

$105

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Surfside Beach House - 16 miles away

  • 4
  • 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“We rented Fish House for a family vacation. There were 10 of us (4 adults and 6 kids). The house was fabulous! It was perfect for hanging out and there was plenty of room to spread out when we wanted some "me" time. We had so much fun fishing and...”
- Review left on 07/17/2017

$350

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Surfside Beach House - 17.3 miles away

  • 4
  • 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Our family of five stayed at the Bluewater Star in the fall of 2016. The house is very comfortable and nicely decorated. The view from the house is amazing. My wife loved the kitchen which was well stocked with everything one would need to provide...”
- Review left on 12/02/2016

$300

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Surfside Beach House - 18 miles away

  • 3
  • 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning

$225

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Surfside Beach House - 18 miles away

  • 3
  • 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask about children
  • Air conditioning

$225

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Surfside Beach House - 18.3 miles away

  • 5
  • 22
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Child friendly
“This beach house was great for my church group because of the gorgeous view, great amenities, and beautiful house. We enjoyed how the house's location was near the beach and the beaches were so clean. All of the appliances was working and useful for...”
- Review left on 07/13/2016

$264

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Surfside Beach House - 18.3 miles away

  • 3
  • 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$449

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Surfside Beach House - 18.4 miles away

  • 4
  • 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

$199

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Surfside Beach House - 18.7 miles away

  • 4
  • 20
  • 1 night min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Stayed here for a guys weekend away and fishing trip. Wonderful house with a great location and views. Easy access to teh beach and very wonderfully kept home!! Would reccomend for anybody looking for a place to stay on the beach...”
- Review left on 06/03/2014

$249

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Surfside Beach House - 18.8 miles away

  • 6
  • 40
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$700

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Surfside Beach House - 18.8 miles away

  • 3
  • 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$599

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Surfside Beach House - 18.8 miles away

  • 3
  • 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

$700

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Surfside Beach House - 20 miles away

  • 3
  • 32
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

$700

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Surfside Beach House - 20.2 miles away

  • 4
  • 20
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

$499

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San Leon Villa - 25.5 miles away

  • 5
  • 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“An amazing home surrounded by Palm trees with a beautiful pool and a palapa to sit under by the water. There is plenty of entertainment close by in Kemah or Galveston. This was our third year to go and we enjoy the peace and rest we experience there...”
- Review left on 05/29/2017

$350

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Bacliff Cottage - 25.7 miles away

  • 2
  • 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
“The cottage was.great, nicely furnished, roomy, close the a lot of things to do, house was clean. When we got there air was on, house was cool. We had no problems. Plenty of space, quite neighborhood, would for sure stay there again. We rented the...”
- Review left on 06/07/2016

$125

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Crystal Beach House - 27.7 miles away

  • 6
  • 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

$500

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About Galveston

Galveston, Texas is a city on the barrier Islands of Galveston and Pelican, making it a favorite among beach goers. With soft sand, the gentle lapping water of the Gulf of Mexico, and tons of Galveston beach vacation rentals, it's also a Spring Break hotspot. There's more to this area than just a beach. It's rich in history and has some of the most beautiful Victorian architecture in Texas.

Things to Do

As expected, Galveston offers a number of seaside activities like sunbathing, swimming, boating, and fishing. Visitors enjoy parasailing in the gulf, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and many other water activities. But if you're planning a trip here, you'll also want to check out the Strand National Historic Landmark District. Here a number of Victoria-era buildings are refurbished and repurposed for use as restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.

Galveston's rich tourist culture makes it a hotbed for both public and self-guided tours. Check out wildlife, nature and harbor structures while riding high on the blue crescent waves of boat tours. Consider taking bike, train, carriage, or walking tours that can guide you through historic centers and landmarks. You can also explore public art exhibits, and view some of the impressive tree sculptures that dot Galveston's landscape. Scare yourself up some fun by partaking in a ghost tour through the city's oldest cemeteries.

Museums, opera houses, and homes dating back to the founding of the town share a part of Galveston that many overlook. Each offers a special voice in the recounting of Galveston's colorful history. Stop by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the Moody Mansion Museum, or the oldest building in town, the 1838 Michel B. Menard Home to travel back in time.

Some of Galveston's most popular family-oriented attractions are water parks. All kinds of water sports can be experienced on nearby beaches too, including Stewart Beach, R.A. Apfell East Beach Park, and Seawolf Park on Pelican Island. The largest of these water parks, Schlitterbahn, is sure to entertain the entire family for hours on end with its extensive variety of rides and water-related activities.

Galveston's illustrious record in various commercial industries has given it the artifacts and opportunity to found a number of museums. Visit the Galveston Railroad Museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling and Rig Museum and others for visual history exhibits. If you'd like to take a piece of history home with you, don't forget to stroll through the city's art galleries and antique shops.

Stopping by Moody Gardens can be a lovely introduction to wildlife in a controlled environment. This tourist destination educates visitors about conservation and gives them information on how to save natural resources, while using visual tools like aquariums, rain forest exhibits, and even a lush golf course. Moody Gardens even boasts 3D and 4D theater screens - check online listings for information about showings. During the summer, Moody Gardens hosts a water park that's great for family fun.

Shopping

Galveston is known for its shopping. From the quaint stores of the Strand to the modern retailers on Seawall Boulevard, visitors have their picks of places to find the perfect souvenir. The Historic Downtown District offers a number of unique finds amidst a Victorian-era backdrop. This area is also known for its vibrant arts community with Gallery Row, home to many sculpture, photography, and fine arts galleries. Antiquers will also enjoy the number of antique and collectibles stores in the downtown area. This historic 36-block district is home to more than 100 unique shops, galleries, and bistros.

Events

One of Galveston's most popular events is Mardi Gras, Texas style. Since everything's bigger in the Lone Star state, it should come as no surprise that this two weekend celebration attracts over 250,000 visitors a year with parades, costumes, lively music, masked balls, and glittering lights. Galveston also throws a number of culinary events, including its Food and Wine Festival and the delicious Shrimp Festival. Both offer delectable treats with a beautiful outdoor setting.

Motorcycle fans invade the island in November for the biggest annual road rally in Texas. More than 500,000 bikers and bike fanatics come to Galveston each year for live concerts, meeting opportunities of world-renowned bike builders, competitions, and workshops.

For a holiday event everyone will remember, checkout Dickens on the Strand. This Victorian Christmas tradition offers five stages of entertainment, costumed food vendors, and strolling carolers. It's bound to make even the Scrooges among you delight in the holiday.

Nightlife

Galveston boasts some of the hottest nightlife in the area, and best of all, the chic spots are within walking distance of many of the Island's top attractions and hotels. Many visitors enjoy sipping a cold one and watching the sun drop slowly below the western horizon. While Galveston is known for its bar scene, that's not the only kind of nightlife available. The town boasts many live music venues and theaters.

This city is a delightful place for a beach vacation, with copious Galveston beachfront vacation rentals, but it offers so much more to enjoy than just the sand. From the quaint shops of the Strand to the distinct murals on Seawall, Galveston offers a number of entertaining options.
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