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The Raydio Ranch at Crystal Beach (sleeps 6-8)

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

The Raydio Ranch is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath beach house about a one block walk from the beach. The house has a queen size bed in each bedroom. There is a daybed with a pull out trundle that will sleep two and a queen size sleeper sofa that also sleeps two. There is a spacious outside deck that allows for entertaining with both a covered and uncovered area for the sun worshippers. The house was completely remodeled and refurnished after Hurricane Ike. All linens, pillows, towels, dishes and complete cookware are furnished. There are a full size washer and dryer. There is a disposal, but sorry, no dishwasher in the modern kitchen complete with furnished bottled water for drinking and cooking. We have a 36' Sony Satellite TV with free HBO and Showtime movie channels as well as a DVD player. In the large garage below the house there are some beach toys for use by kids, some plastic chairs to take to the beach and very importantly an extra toilet. There is a large outside shower downstairs to get that beach sand off. Pets are welcome with an extra non-refundable pet fee with a limit of only 2 dogs. The pet fee $25 per pet.

More Details

Jim Ray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2017

About Jim Ray

We purchased Raydio Ranch in June of 2004 and immediately enjoyed the fantastic Bolivar Peninsula fireworks displays for hours on end on the 4th of July. We lived in Beaumont at that time and eventually spent nearly every weekend 'at the beach'. I enjoy salt water fishing especially in the surf. But we also enjoyed riding the golf cart on the beach and socializing with our friends and family who often came with us or to visit. Our Labrador Retriever will just about go crazy when he realizes where he is. Dogs usually love playing in the water.

Jim Ray purchased this house in 2004

Why Jim Ray chose Texas Gulf Coast

I semi-retired in 2011 after 50 years in the radio business (hence the name 'Raydio Ranch') and we moved from Beaumont back to Austin where we had previously lived for more than 30 years. We love the beach house, our neighbors, the slow pace and great weather at the beach. However it is a much longer trip now from Ausitn and we don't come as often as we did when we were in Beaumont and only 55 minutes away door to door. We had never rented the house before and only a few times let relatives or very close friends use it. So we decided to share it with others and renting it enables us to still use it and enjoy the beach from time to time.

What makes this house unique

One of the best things about Raydio Ranch is that it is located in Sandy Shores. Most all of the houses have been rebuilt since Hurricane Ike. It is the most friendly first class subdivision on the Bolivar Penninsula. There are always social events going on in the 'hood' as it is called. The full time residents and the weekenders blend together seemlessly and everyone is very helpful to each other. All the partying is usually over way before midnight. No wild all night college kids around Sandy Shores. Lay around or fish on the beach. Let your kids build sand castles. Sit out on the deck and enjoy the sunset. Put up and take in the flag. Use the first rate gas grill to fix that great meal after a long day at the beach. You will love Crystal Beach, Sandy Shores and Raydio Ranch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We appreciate all the nice comments from some of the folks that have stayed at our beach house, Raydio Ranch. We did put a new washer and dryer in a few weeks back and are planning on buying a new sofa sleeper. Seems the futon, although very comfortable, is difficult to operate. One thing we wanted to clarify is that there is no golf cart for our guest to use while at the house. We had an older cart that ran well and thought it would be nice extra for our guests. Unfortunately our insurance carrier could not find anyone who would issue liability insurance on a golf cart for rental guests. So we had to remove it. Did not mean to disappoint. Thank you again for staying at Raydio Ranch this summer. Jim and Sharon Ray.
Aug 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Raydio Ranch at Crystal Beach (sleeps 6-8)
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 36 reviews
Groves, TX

July 4th 2016 Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Raydio Ranch is our home away from home. We have enjoyed our "friendcations" here for years and always look forward to our stay. The cabin is clean, comfortable, and located in Sandy Shores. Jim is very friendly and great to work. Wish we could stay here every weekend!

Christel, Cammie, Pat, Robin, Art, and Debbie

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice beach house, well kept, clean & great location. Will definitely return with family

  • 5 of 5
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Will definitely return with the rest of our family. As long as bacteria in water is not an issue

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beaumont, Texs

Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this cabin. It is in a great location near everything. It was clean and everything was easy to find. It was not to far of a walk to the beach. We would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone wanting to get away. The owner was great to work with. Looking to book again next year.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange, Texas


  • 5 of 5

The cabin was absolutely perfect! It was very clean and well organized. Very nice and quiet neighborhood, yet close enough to the beach for a walk. Would absolutely recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a great getaway. Hope to book more stays here for the years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went to the coast to spend a few days to just be alone. We had just lost our son and I was overwhelmed. I grew up on the coast in Fla but couldn't get back there so we chose this place. I read all the reviews & felt most comfortable here. All was last minute but Jim worked with us, he was amazing. We found some good seafood, nice walks on the beach and lots of time to gather thoughts. Everything was there so we didn't have to think about anything but food. That was what we needed. Will come back to this place. Best place for food was Steve's Landing, I love grouper and it was fresh. Big store nearby was great, great employees we lots of fun and they had anything we might have wanted.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Abilene, TX

Great home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We were taking a family vacation and this beach house was perfect for us! It is very cute and the kitchen and grill are wonderful. The owners are very helpful and kind. My kids loved the patio/ balcony. The outdoor shower to rinse off the beach was fantastic... It kept most of the sand outside. The best part is the cold AC... In Galveston/ Crystal Beach you need it and this one is awesome! We will go back!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Hobby Airpport, Houston, TX
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Bolivar-Galveston, Free Ferry operated by TXDOT
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Car: necessary

Our beach house called 'Raydio Ranch' is located in the Sandy Shores subdivision in the very middle of the 26 mile Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach, Texas. It is 13 miles to the free ferry that is operated year round by the Texas Department of Transportation. The ferry takes you across the bay to Galveston and its many attractions. Besides great restaurants, Galveston boasts The Schlitterbahn Water Park, The Strand, Moody Gardens, and its own tourist attractions. Raydio Ranch is also 13 miles to High Island the highest point on the Texas Gulf Coast in an area that is world renown for its birdwatching. Raydio Ranch is located a short 1 block walk from the beach which is the main attraction at Crystal Beach. You can swim, fish, look for shells, jog, catch some rays, people watch or just hang out with a cool one. There are multiple restaurants on the peninsula as well at the Gulf Coast Market, better known as 'The Big Store'. There you can find everything from groceries to a toilet seat to a TV to a bathing suit to t-shirts to all manner of souvenirs. The best thing about the area is that it is a great place to enjoy a quiet vacation for just a couple or a whole family. Try it, you'll like it.


Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $30

Check in is 4 PM. Check out is 11 AM. Early or late check in/out times can sometimes be arranged depending on occupancy. We use a combination lockbox for the key. The code is changed frequently. We send you the code just prior to your rental period. Assuming all is well, we return the deposit the week following your stay. Email is best for a quick response, but phone calls are ok.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , The extra toilet is in the potty room in the garage.
  • There is a large full bath upstairs in the house. Downstairs in the garage is a very nice new toilet in its own potty room. There is a large outdoor shower downstairs as well. We have a sink downstairs for washing up or cleaning fish. We also have a dog washing station complete with a leash hung from a rafter to secure your animal. It is a good idea to rinse the saltwater off your dog.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in each of the bedrooms. There is a new queen size sofa/sleeper (1) in the living room that sleeps 2. Twin or Single Beds (2) which sleep 2. It is a single daybed with a mattress underneath that pulls out. It is comfortable and works especially well for kids.
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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
You will love Raydio Ranch.

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