Destination guide

Kick back on Crystal Beach

A laid-back community on the Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach is a great spot for families and friends to enjoy a Gulf Coast getaway. Whether it's fishing, birdwatching, or simply finding a secluded spot on the beach that means vacation to you, this is the kind of place where feeling the sand between your toes is part of the deal. Stay close to the action by choosing from the range of Crystal Beach vacation rentals. Whether you're looking for a cozy hideaway for 2 or space for the whole family, you'll find many rentals are just steps from the ocean.

Things to do

Family fun at Crystal Beach

If the beach isn't an all-day event, there are plenty of ways to add a little variety to your vacation. Challenge the kids to a round or 2 at the Gulf Range, an 18-hole mini-golf course that celebrates all things Lone Star State. Cool down afterward with a trip to the Fun Town Water Park, where 2 giant slides and a lazy river offer up endless fun over the summer. And, for a culture fix, squeeze in a trip to historic Fort Travis, where the views of Bolivar Point Lighthouse from atop the fort's bunker are nothing short of memorable.


Choose your pace at Crystal Beach

Blissful days on the beach come easy here. Locals and vacationers alike are often seen on the sand from the early hours, some hunting for shells and others hoping to add to their collection of sea beans and shark teeth. Tidal treasures aside, Crystal Beach offers a range of activities, from boogie boarding to sandcastle building. If you're keen to haul in the catch of the day, you can do so right at the water's edge or at the nearby North Jetty. Barbecuing your catch on the beach serves up the perfect end to a perfect day.


Visit Crystal Beach all year round

With a pleasant climate all year round, there's never really a bad time to set up camp in a Crystal Beach vacation rental. The summer months of June through September serve up temperatures in the 80s Ñ perfect if you're dead set on showing off a glorious tan when you get back home. Over the winter months of December through February, temperatures drop to around 50 to 60 degrees, still plenty warm enough to enjoy strolls along the beach, crabbing with the kids and trips to the museums along the coast.

Natural features

Natural delights near Crystal Beach

With almost 30 miles of Bolivar Peninsula coastline on the doorsteps of Crystal Beach vacation rentals, a vacation here is a real treat for nature lovers. At either end of the peninsula, the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge and the Bolivar Flats are sanctuaries for everything from pelicans to crested caracara. For a chance to catch sight of dolphins playing in the bay, you can take a trip to Galveston on the free ferry, and while you're there, head to Moody Gardens to see the free-roaming monkeys at the Rainforest Pyramid or simply relax on Palm Beach, the city's only white-sand beach.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Crystal Beach

Fly into Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), the closest airport, located 33.3 mi (53.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 40.5 mi (65.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Crystal Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 628 vacation rentals near Crystal Beach. From 550 Houses to 31 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Crystal Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Crystal Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crystal Beach:

  • Jamaica Beach: 184 vacation rentals
  • Pirates Beach: 722 vacation rentals
  • San Jacinto: 415 vacation rentals
  • Bermuda Beach: 60 vacation rentals
  • Beachside Village: 79 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Crystal Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Crystal Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Galveston Seawall: 2,442 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,519 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island State Park: 2,377 vacation rentals
  • Seawall Boulevard: 1,632 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Fishing Pier: 2,575 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Crystal Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Crystal Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 550 Houses in Crystal Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Crystal Beach include:

  • Cabins: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 31 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 10 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Crystal Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Crystal Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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