Galveston Vacation Rental Guide

With hundreds of beach houses and vacation rentals available on Galveston’s 32-mile coast, the island is a great destination for remote getaways, “workations,” roadschooling trips and social distancing friendly fun.

If your looking for a vacation rental, the island offers everything from beachfront mansions and waterfront condos to historic cottages and luxury high rises. Here’s a quick guide to booking a vacation rental in Galveston.

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pictured: Galveston's vacation rentals

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West End Beaches

The majority of Galveston’s beachfront and beachside vacation rentals can be found on the West End stretching for miles and miles past the Seawall. Here, you’ll experience a remote atmosphere, natural sand dunes and tranquil beaches. The West End is also home to the Galveston Island State Park and the Coast Heritage Preserve, a popular kayaking destination. Ryson Vacation Rentals and Sand ‘N Sea Properties are two great places to start researching homes.

West Galveston Bay

Galveston Bay offers some of the best views of the island from waterfront homes nestled along its calm, expansive waters. Many vacation rentals on the bay feature private docks and provide easy access for boating and fishing.

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East End Beaches

While Galveston’s East End is home to the East Beach public beach park, you can also find more secluded beach areas at its luxury vacation rental properties. The award-winning Beachtown community features picturesque luxury homes, some with private pools, in a location just a few minutes from the seawall. The Galvestonian offers beachfront condo rentals with the convenience of resort style amenities and services.

Historic Districts & Central Galveston

Central Galveston can be bustling with activity if you’re near the Seawall, but tucked into its many neighborhoods you’ll find charming historic districts, from the Silk Stocking District running along 25th Street to the East End Historical District surrounding the iconic Bishop’s Palace. Here you can find everything from modern bungalows a few blocks from the beach to colorful Victorian homes with stand-out ornate details. A favorite vacation rental among history buffs is the 1866 Carr Mansion, which recently went through a complete remodel and features a modern spin on this classic Greek Revival style dwelling. If condo living is more your style, great options are found all along Seawall Boulevard including Casa Del Mar, and Marivilla Resort are two popular options.

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Island Neighborhoods
Historic Downtown Galveston

Known for its majestic Victorian architecture, historic downtown Galveston is home to iron storefronts housing boutiques, antique shops, coastal art galleries, restaurants and attractions in the most walkable area of town. Downtown also provides easy access to Pier 21 and Galveston Harbor entertainment. The Quarters is a luxury extended stay option located across from the iconic Tremont House hotel.

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