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Life is Better at D Beach House!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,888 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths , Sleeps 14

We have the linens for all the beds, towels for up to 14 people and kitchen towels. D Beach House is located Bolivar Dunes Blvd. in the Dunes at Bolivar Subdivision on Bolivar Peninsula. Sit on the covered balcony with a great view of the beach, watch Satellite TV, DVD or VCR on a 60' LED TV with Surround Sound, sit back and relax in a massage chair or go for a walk on the beach. You can sit at the breakfast room table and see the tug boats out the back window and look out the front window and see the gulf. What a great place to be. Rent the house for a minimum of 3 nights. There is keyless access to the front and garage doors, so you do not have to keep up with a key. It has a very sophisticated alarm system.

Dogs are welcome, please no more than 2 small to medium sized dogs (up to 50 lbs). There is a $100.00 non refundable pet fee. You must provide dog bowls and bedding. (Pets are not allowed on the furniture)

There are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a loft bedroom, sleeps 14

Master Bdrm is the lighthouse theme. It has Kingsize bed and Massage Chair for relaxing

Bdrm #1 is the beach theme. It has 2- Full size beds one with rails has TV/VCR combo 20' TV. Great for the little ones.

Bdrm #2- seashell theme. It has 2-Full size beds.

Loft has Queen size bed and a futon

Dining has chairs for 6, an additional 4 bar stools

Livingroom table rises to make additional eating place

No Smoking in the house. Smoking permitted downstairs only and disposed of properly.

Must be 25 years of age or older to rent.

House Cleaning (make this a vacation for everyone)

There is a $500.00 security deposit. Renter is responsible for all damage caused by renters and/or guests.

More Details

Darlene DeBoer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Darlene DeBoer

The house was built in 2008 and finished a couple of months before Hurricane Ike hit the coast September 13, 2008. The house had minimal damage because of the stricter building codes. Our son came and got to view the house 4 days after Ike to see that it was still standing. All the keys to house were washed away in the storm, so he was unable to view the inside. When they finally let us return to our amazement the inside of the house was all intact. In all we felt very fortunate to have a house still standing. I hope that you find it supplied with what you need. I have made an “Oh No I Forgot Box”, if you find that you have forgotten something and it is in the box please feel free to take and use it. And if you have extras of something that people forget please feel free to share it. In the pantry is non perishable that you are welcome to and if you would like to leave non open items,please do so.

Darlene DeBoer purchased this house in 2008

Why Darlene DeBoer chose Bolivar Peninsula

It is like having a private beach. Not a lot of people are in this area. I have a great times each year with Cousins Weekend, Girls Weekend and Crab Fest Weekend. Strolling down the beach looking for all the different items you find. It is a great place to be when you want to get your friends and/or family together for a memory making weekend.

What makes this house unique

We have the linens to all the beds- bath, hand and wash towels for 14, kitchen towels, When you stay at D Beach House you know we care and try to make your stay a memorable one. We put in the master bedroom a great Massage Chair. Sit back, relax and enjoy your stay at D Beach House

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 1st family vacation to Crystal Beach and it couldn't have gone better! From our first comunication Darlene was incredibly considerate, accomodating, and helpful. All house rules, expectations and trip advice are provided well in advance down to the best way to get there (avoid the ferry!) She checked in at just the right times during our stay and even took the time to offer a few dinner recommendations (excellent as well!) The house itself is clean and well laid out. The kitchen was exceptionally stocked w/lots of dishes, pots/pans, silverware, and cups. Had lots of other amenities you just don't find in rentals (toaster, blender, ice maker in fridge). Bedrooms are spacious and beds were comfortable. What I don't remember reading in other reviews and ultimatley became the best surprise to us was the location! The development the house is located in only has 4 properties! Other developments had 20-50 homes in them, and that wasn't the vacation we were after. A three minute walk to the beach and we had the entire beachfront to ourselves! The beachfront itself and gulf were great too. Warm/shallow water out to about 50-60 ft for the kids ( six children all under the age of 7). They quickly became very comfortable w/the water and absolutely loved playing in the waves . Excellent shell hunting too (we supplemented some sand dollars and other exotics for fun), and even came across a few live hermit/shell crabs that the kids enjoyed watching. Had a perfect breeze to help keep a bit cool and fly kites. Only negative to report about the entire trip were mosiquitos (Darlene warned they can be bad, so we were prepared, but they were REALLY bad!). We didn't get to cookout or enjoy the outdoors early AM or at night. Was looking forward to some beach walks after sunset, but now we have something to look forward to next time! Sincere thanks to Darlene for the exceptional hospitality!
Jun 2015
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Bolivar Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1888 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master bath. - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks with attached master closet.
    Downstair Shower - outdoor shower , Great for when you come off the beach to wash off.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 king , This is the Light House theme
    Beach room - 2 double , one of the beds has railing around it for young children.
    Seashell - 2 double
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 double , Spiral stairway leads up to this room.
  • The master bedrm has a king size bed and a sitting area that has a great massage chair to sit back and relax. There is a door that lead to a covered balcony that looks on to the gulf. The beach room has 2 full size beds and a TV/VCR Combo to watch movies on. On of the beds has railing all the way around it. Great for small children. The Seashell has bedrm 2 full size bed, a small closet and chest of drawers. The loft has a spiral staircase leading up to it. There is a queen size bed and a futon.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
Alarm System Electronic door locks (you do not have to keep up keys) Satellite TV DVD and movies VCR and lot of movies Massage Chair Furnished Kitchen including 12 cup coffee pot Central Air/Heat Ceiling Fans Concrete slab Microwave Washer/Dryer Dishwasher charcoal BBQ pit outside shower lawn chairs Built in Picinic table beach toys Board games Puzzles Toddler booster seat Living room table rises to make additional eating place


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Life is Better at D Beach House!!
average rating of 4.785714 based on 31 reviews
Baytown, TX


  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the open layout of the home and the beautiful view of the water. It was a very short walk to the beach and is on a quieter part of the beach so there was not a stream of traffic and noise. Everything was clean and well cared for. It was like staying with friends! I highly recommend D Beach House!!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and I hope will choose to stay at D Beach House again.
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Love this Place

  • 5 of 5

If you ever need a carefree place to stay this house and location is perfect.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. And hope you will return for a 3rd year.
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We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. The only thing was the door by the kitchen. It was accidentally opened and we had a hard time arming the house again. Other than that, I would suggest to all my friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Going this weekend to change the door locks. Sorry about the door. I put it on the paperwork and have a note on the door that we were having problems with that door.
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Will come again!! Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Darlene was very prompt with phone calls and emails!! Her home had every thing as listed and more! We had many laughs on the back deck and the beach!! Memories we will always have!! I would suggest this beach home to anyone wanting an uncrowded beach, great views and perfect distance to the water!

Thanks again Darlene!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The deck is definitely a great place to make lots of memories. I enjoy hearing from my renters about how much fun they had during their stay.
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Harker Heights, TX

Awesome house with lots of space, a deck overlooking the Gulf and walking distance to a clean beach!

  • 5 of 5

Rented for 4 nights for my son's 16th birthday. Friends and family stayed to play. Lots of cooking in the well stocked kitchen (dishes, pots, pans, utensils). They have 2 charcoal grills great for brisket, ribs, sausage, veggies! 3 bedrooms plus the loft. Master bed very comfortable. All the guys loved the massage chair! Front bedroom has TV/VCR with tapes and toys for the little kids. 62" TV in the living room with cable, DVD player. We never did figure out the stereo system LOL but wasn't a big deal. With Darlene's help you can get the stereo to play downstairs while you grill/picnic/whatever. They have lots of sand toys to take to the beach. The body boards are fun but some are due to be replaced. The beach is clean, quiet, not a lot of traffic. Chairs to sit on the deck and watch the water. Wrap around porch for the little kids to play while we were cooking. There is a store 5 miles away toward the ferry and a liquor store a bit further toward the ferry. There is no food in the house, plenty of spices. There were some bottles of liquor but we left them alone not knowing for sure who they belonged to or what exactly was in them ;) Overall we had a spectacular time. Will definitely be visiting in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. I have tried to think of everything that I would want in a stay. I love the massage chair and find myself taking a nap a lot of the time. Hope you will return again.
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Nice beach house

  • 3 of 5

We rent the house from 7/17 to 7/19/16. Looks like this house is under micro management, long list of don't do items covering several pages; we open one door that marked "stay lock" since it can be opened and we did it to release some smoke caused by cooking beacon, but immediately got a call asking us to close it; we have the door open for about one hour, not totally open, just not shut off totally on the day we leave since there are many traffic moving stuff, we got a call back saying we can't have it stay open since the air will erode the house.

The initial charge post a 125 house cleaning, but get another 100 deducted from security saying we failed to put blankets on bed to bucket. A total of 225 house cleaning is a bit too much for us to take.

The rest of the security deposit was mailed to me a few days later.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The note on the door say "Please do NOT open. This door is broken." The door is hard to shut and on the alarm system If the door is not closed the alarm system does not work properly. Also in my notes to renters "1. Please put all soiled sheets and towels in the tub mark “Dirty Linens”, if you do not place the dirty sheets and towels in the tub, there is an extra charge for the housekeeper to do this. 2.    The bedspreads and pillow sham are to stay on the bed." I love renting my house, so that is why I have to have House Rules.
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Stingaree Restaurant & Bar
Great place to eat and watch the tug boats in the Inner Coastal Canal
The Big Store
This place has everything.

Port Bolivar Lighthouse

The Port Bolivar lighthouse (also called Bolivar Point Lighthouse) can be reached by taking the ferry from Galveston across the mouth of Galveston Bay or by taking Highway 87 from Port Arthur to Port Bolivar. The lighthouse is on the northern side of Highway 87 a mile or so from the ferry landing.

Bolivar Point Lighthouse and the adjacent residences are privately owned and not open to the public. Good views can be had from Highway 87.

Bolivar Beaches

You'll have fun on Bolivar's beaches, all 30 miles, with different areas catering to different age groups and lifestyles. The most well known area is called Crystal Beach and is named after its crystal-like sand. Crystal Beach is the busiest and most appealing to the more youthful at heart. You can join in the Crystal Beach party on the sand or watch it all happen from the view of an overlooking beach home.

Rollover Pass

Rollover Pass, which divides Bolivar Peninsula as well as Gilchrist and carries water between East Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is regarded among sportsmen as a very popular fishing location in Texas with some the largest fish in the state.

Rollover Pass was a natural pass that had been closed until 1955, when it was opened by the Texas Game and Fish Commission as part of its efforts to preserve and improve fish and wildlife resources. Several businesses in the community operate to furnish necessities for permanent residents as well as tourists.

Bird Sanctuaries

The Bolivar Peninsula is part of the Bolivar Loop Birding Trail. Here, on the Gulf, with resounding waves breaking against the shore, an array of shorebirds may be observed and identified.

Birding is probably one of the most cosmopolitan outdoor activities in existence. By all accounts, the ranks of birders are growing. Formerly called “birdwatchers,” birders come from all walks of life, from doctors to lawyers, teachers, policemen, corporate executives, truck drivers, merchants, young children, young marrieds and senior citizens. There are as many varieties of birders as there are birds. They range from intense perfectionists who travel the globe at the drop of a hat to see a species never seen, to the casual weekend hobbyist who enjoys watching the neighborhood birds at a backyard feeder or nearby greenbelt.

North Jetty

The North Jetty, at the southwestern end of the peninsula, is one of twin restraining walls built into the Gulf of Mexico to provide a deep water channel to Galveston. The South Jetty extends into the Gulf from Galveston Island. Work on the jetties began as a construction experiment in 1874, and the major portion was completed only after Congress appropriated funds for the work in 1890. Completion of the system in 1898 made Galveston a deep-sea port for world commerce. The jetties now protect shipping to various cities along the Houston Ship Channel, and are used as fishing spots by many sportsmen.

The jetty protects the entrance to the Galveston/Houston Ship Channel. The North Jetty Road, 1.7 miles from the Ferry Landing, is unmarked except for a large sign on the inland side of the highway. The road dead-ends into the North Jetty. The jetty was built of huge granite blocks in the 1890's by the Army Corp of Engineers. Without the jetties, large ships would not be able to travel the channel as the channel would silt over and boats with more than a 12 foot draft would be unable to navigate through the area.

Fort Travis

Fort Travis is on the western end of Bolivar Peninsula close to the ferry landing and includes the seawall, broad grassy areas, oleanders, winding roads, well equipped play grounds, picnic tables and bbq grills. The 60-acre park still has battery sites. It also has picnic areas and cabanas rentals. It's part of the Galveston County Beach Park Board.

Galveston Bolivar Ferry

Many people say that the best things in life can be had for free, and this is definitely true most of the time. At least, one of the best things that you can do when visiting the Bolivar Peninsula is to take a ride on the Galveston Bolivar Ferry. It is a joy and a pleasure that can be had absolutely for free.

The Galveston Bolivar Ferry is a 24-hour marine transportation system operated by the Texas Department of Transportation. Both Vehicles and Walk-on passengers are welcome. The ride is 2.7 miles and takes 15-20 minutes to cross over Bolivar Roads at about 12 knots.

Golf Course

9 Hole Regulation Golf Course

Settled on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Mexico, the Rancho Carribe Golf Course is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets. About an hour southeast of Houston, this nine-hole facility features a renovated barn for a one-of-a-kind pro shop and holes with spectacular gulf views. Wallis Smith, who owns the course with his wife Julia, literally designed and built the course with P.G.A. Pro Robby Sharpless.




Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $125 + Tax
Linens $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a $500.00 refundable deposit.  Must be paid within 5 days of reservation.
Please make payments in the form of cashier check, personal check payable to Turbo Management LLC. The BALANCE OF RENT is due fifteen (15) days before your arrival date.
Add 6% hotel tax
There is a 3 night minimum on HOLIDAYS.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.