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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Sea Lover Cottage – A Seaside Retreat

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath (sleeps 10 comfortably) waterfront home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal in Terramar Beach and is perfect for families vacationing on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Location, Location, Location

One of the highlights of this delightful beach house is its location at the west end of Galveston Island. Located in the desirable Terramar Beach area, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Sea Lover Cottage sits on the beautiful Vida Canal and offers easy proximity to the bay and to the beach at an affordable price. Sea Lover Cottage is clean and bright, and well-appointed.

Enjoy your coffee and start your day by viewing a glorious sunrise from the canal deck. Take a walk on the beach filled with shells for the collector, or build a sand castle. Go for a swim or snorkel in the blue Gulf waters filled with sea life. Body surf. Bird watch. Enjoy peace and quiet, with the exception of a meddling seagull. Take your kayak for a spin on the canal from your private boat house, or fish and crab the canal under the boat house overhead lights. Complete your day by grilling your catch and relaxing in the warm evening breezes constant through the lower level boat house.

If entertainment and excitement are for you, Sea Lover Cottage is convenient to Schlitterbahn Water Park, Moody Gardens, the Flight Museum, Sea Wolf Park, Galveston’s historic Strand District, the Galveston Pleasure Pier and much more.

Surrounded by Water

If your idea of a great summer vacation is being close to the water, then you will fall in love with Sea Lover Cottage. This home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal. The Vida Canal opens to the Terramar Navigation Channel, which opens to West Galveston Bay. Galveston Bay and San Luis Pass are well known for the best fishing in the Galveston area, and as two of the top fishing spots on all of the Texas Coast.

Bring your watercraft! The house is adjoined by a private boat house and boat slip. Terramar’s boat launch is available for your use. The Terramar Navigation Channel connects Terramar’s boat launch area, its turning basin, and its four residential canals to West Galveston Bay. Step off your private dock into your vessel and motor out to the Bay for a day of great fishing! Upon your return, clean your catch right on the dock and barbecue your catch on the grill conveniently located. Your private dock includes overhead lights for fun night-time fishing. Trout, redfish, flounder as well as blue and stone crabs are caught right off Sea Lover Cottage’s lighted dock. Your private boat slip is also ideal for launching your canoe, kayak or other people-powered craft.

Just across San Luis Pass Road are Terramar Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Sea Lover Cottage offers the best of two great water experiences; the home is caressed by the salt marshes and inlets of West Galveston Bay on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other side. Whether by the bay or the beach, your entire family will make unforgettable vacation memories at this seaside retreat.

Terramar Beach Community

Beach – The beach on the Gulf may be reached from the Terramar Beach main entrance at the end of Terramar Drive, or across any of the three public walkovers.

Swimming Pool – A beautiful outdoor pool, in a picturesque setting, is available for your use from Memorial Day weekend until September 30 (weather permitting) on Wednesday through Monday. The pool is closed on Tuesdays. Pursuant to a City of Galveston ordinance, children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for their safety and behavior.

Boat Launch and Pier – There is a private boat launch ramp with a turning basin and dredged navigation channel extending into West Galveston Bay. The boat ramp recently underwent repairs. It is a brief 20 minutes by boat to San Luis Pass and the Gulf of Mexico.

Please also visit the nearby pavilion.

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Hebel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Barbara Hebel

The owner grew up in Baltimore and water has always been a part of her life. As a child, she enjoyed summers along the Chesapeake Bay in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland. Later in life, she became a world traveler and has lived in many exotic locations, including Azerbaijan. While there, she vacationed along the Caspian Sea in what are called “dachas” – a Russian word for seasonal second-homes. After relocating to Texas, she began searching for her own dacha where she could spend time with her family and pass on some of her fondest memories. She seized the opportunity to settle on Galveston Island in beautiful Terramar Beach. Sea Lover Cottage is affectionately referred to among family and friends as “the Dacha.”

Barbara Hebel purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Barbara Hebel chose Galveston

Located at the west end of Galveston Island, in the desirable community of Terramar Beach, Sea Lover Cottage sits on one of only four exclusive Terramar Beach canals. The home offers easy proximity to the bay and also to the beach. The west end is idyllic. There is very little noise, and there are no hotels swallowing up the coast. The tranquility of the Gulf Coast is on display in this area. You will find warm breezes, white sand, and wonderful memories.

What makes this cottage unique

This home is uniquely situated at the west end of Galveston where the island is at its narrowest, and in one of the most desirable areas. This home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal, offering easy access to West Galveston Bay. Just across San Luis Pass Road are Terramar Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The lot was specifically chosen to position the home for the sunrise view from the canal deck. Gather on the canal deck with your morning coffee as you marvel at one of the most breathtaking sunrise views available on the island, right from your own private deck. The lower level boat house features an open concept and constant summer breezes.

Bring your watercraft! The house is adjoined by a private boat house and boat slip. Terramar’s private boat launch is available for your use.

Vacationing at Sea Lover Cottage includes full access to all of the amenities at Terramar Beach.

Come enjoy warm breezes, white sand and wonderful memories at an affordable price.


Terramar Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Two Bathrooms: Master Bathroom Up with Jacuzzi Tub; Guest Bathroom Down with Tub/Shower Combination and Double Sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Three Bedrooms: Master Bedroom Up with a King Bed, a Day Bed and a Child Bed; Guest Bedroom Down with a Double Bed; Guest Bedroom Down with Bunk Beds plus a Trundel; Living Room Day Bed with a Trundel.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Thanksgiving Relaxation

  • 4 of 5

Our family spent Thanksgiving here and it was a blast. Our kids loved being able to fish off the dock all day and night. The place was clean and was the perfect size for us. The beach was a 2 minute drive away and our kids loved going and playing in the water. We would recommend this to all of our friends and are looking forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hewitt NJ


  • 5 of 5

Very satisfied clean . With no hassles . No surprise charges . It was exactly as describe.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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mahopac, ny

summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

excellent time the place was clean with all the amenities needed. we had a excellent location on the canal with a two minute drive or 5 minute walk to the ocean for sunrises! on the back end of the canal we had sunsets over the pier part of the community. I had a great vacation got to do some deep sea fishing, and there were plenty of crab and fish right off the deck of the house! Thank you

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great summer vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We rent through VRBO often, but this was the first time we stayed at this location. We had a GREAT vacation. We were very busy because the beach was so close and the pool was closer. We also spent time fishing from the dock at the house. The kids caught a lot of fish! The VRBO post doesn't say so but the house has underwater lights in the canal. We will definitely go back for another visit. Highly recommend this location.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great stay here. House is well furnished & well kept. It was a great place to spend the week relaxing. Our family fished, crabbed, swam at the pool & beach and just chilled. The upper deck is great for sunrise coffee & quite time, and the lower deck is nice for cooking out and fishing. We were close enough to Galveston to enjoy the Strand, movies, and other fun, but far enough that the beach wasn't super crowded. The manager is very nice and extremely efficient, the check in/check out process is super easy. Great neighborhood, very quite & attractive! This is a great place to stay! We will definitely be back & will recommend to friends!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Great Summer Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time at Sea Lover Cottage. The kids loved fishing in the canal and then heading out to Terramar Beach for the day. We went to the waterpark, the pool and also played some mini golf. It was the perfect combination of finding things to do and also just relaxing. We don't get to Galveston often but this will be our "go to" place. The house was clean and comfortable and the reservation process was simple. Barbara was a pleasure to deal with. All in all, it was a fantastic family experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Terramar Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Peak
Mar 26 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday Week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Peak
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Lone Star Bike Rally
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Nov 5 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 15.0%

Reservation includes access to all Terramar Beach amenities! No cleaning fee!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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