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Family Friendly Cabin Good for Bird Watching Close to Crystal Beach & Galveston!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 1 bath with view of the Galveston Ship Channel and Nesting Waterfoul

Our cabin has a fully remodeled interior. It sleeps 8 comfortably, has 2 private bedrooms each with a queen bed, one open concept bedroom with 2 queen beds, and 1 bath. Central Heat and AC, 4 TVs, DirecTV, wi-fi, a dvd player, dishwasher, washer, dryer, electric stove, full fridge, microwave, toaster, crockpot, coffee maker and blender.

Outside there is a small deck in front, medium deck in back, slab below, gas grill, 5 patio chairs and fire pit. DO NOT BURN THE FIRE PIT UNDER THE HOUSE. Move it from under the house before lighting a single match please.

Walking distance from the cabin is the North Jetty, providing an excellent venue for unguided nature walks with stunning views of the nesting waterfoul and migratory marsh birds, and some excellent fishing and crabbing spots. There's a small beach (4 blocks long) with a boat launch. Scenic Fort Travis is a short drive away. The Port Bolivar/Galveston Ferry Landing is two miles away with access to all the sites and attractions of Galveston Island just a free boat ride away. Crystal Beach is 10 miles in the other direction with the Big Store and Stingaree Marina. Access to the big beach (the one that runs the length of Crystal Beach) and the Audubon Society's Tidal Flats Sanctuary is a little over a mile from the house. You're welcome to bring and use golf carts to get around, but please be aware they cannot be driven on the highway.

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Property Manager

I am Elouise Carpenter, a retired teacher, and my husband is a retired plumber. My son, an aspiring writer and avid gamer, lives at home helping with house and yard maintenance, and some bookings for the cabin. My daughter Elizabeth 'Lisa' Valastro is an insurance agent in Nederland, TX and handles the bookings for the cabin my son misses. I also have two grand daughters and two great grandsons in the Golden Triangle area.

Property Manager purchased this house in 1964

Why Property Manager chose Crystal Beach

I purchased land and had the home built in 1964 at that time as a beach cabin. In 1967 my family and I moved in and became residents of the Bolivar Peninsula. After Hurricane Alicia we built a newer home and moved into it. The original cabin was used for storage never being fully utilized. After years of sitting empty, we decided to revamp the original homestead as a rental home. It was completed in 2009, survived Hurricane Ike, and served as a residence for others who lost their home until they could repair or relocate. We have repainted and furnished the interior, and it's ready for weekly and weekend beach going renters.

What makes this house unique

Scenic beaches and beautiful sunsets make this a wonderful place to relax. Local Activities include fishing, crabbing, beach combing and bird watching. A short ferry ride to Galveston provides numerous sightseeing/tourism opportunities like historic home tours, Moody Gardens, and the Schlitterbahn Waterpark!


Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom is completely redone with a combination tub and shower, lavatory and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are non-smoking Queen bedrooms with closets, chest of drawers, two bedside tables, lamps, and DirecTV with HBO. Bedroom 3 is a non-smoking room with 2 Queen beds, chest of drawers, two bedside tables, lamp, and DirecTV with HBO.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Family Friendly Cabin Good for Bird Watching Close to Crystal Beach & Galveston!
average rating of 4.625 based on 24 reviews

Has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Third year in a row to stay here. It’s not fancy but has everything I need and well priced!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love staying here and we love the family that rents it!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd summer staying here and we love it! The family is amazing and it is awesome to be so close to the ferry and only like 8 minutes from the beach. We love that we are on the quieter and less crowded side of the ferry and beach.

Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to sleep while vacationing.

  • 5 of 5

We were here to see relatives and do the beach thing. We only needed the cabin for sleeping accomodations. For the price, it was nicer than any hotel we could have stayed at on the peninsula.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bathroom smell unbearable. Had to make up all the beds on arrival. Firepit area unuseable.

  • 1 of 5

Stove sitting on the front porch. Only part of the yards were mowed. Nails backing out on the stairs. Ice box smelled like fish. Note on the icebox indicated the bed sheets and towels needed to be washed before departure. I did complete that request and made up the beds for the next guest, so the could actually feel like they were on vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Apologies for the unfortunate conditions you encountered during your stay. I will speak with my family members who stayed on the premises prior to your arrival about the condition they left the cabin in, especially the fish smell in the fridge, especially since they didn't spend any time fishing and should have told me about the smell while they were there. We do typically leave the beds unmade as some renters bring their own sheets and pillowcases, however the beds always have a mattress protector and pillow protectors in place. As soon as my surgery recovery is complete I will remedy the nail issue and remove the stove, which was supposed to be taken from the property by my family also at the end of their stay. Please send me a message about how the firepit area was unusable and I will work on getting it improved before any future visits. I reviewed your rental and found you had agreed to pay the cleanup fees, so any notes on the fridge could have been disregarded in terms of cleaning, however as my after-stay inspection of the property was positive, I have refunded the cleaning fees in addition to your deposit, which should arrive in your account through VRBO in a few days. Your husband was very nice and understanding about our situation when he spoke with the owner during your stay. I will work to make improvements in our communications system with renters in the future. No renters should ever feel they cannot reach out to us about problems on the property while staying with us, we are always within walking distance of the property if we are needed to remedy an issue. Thank you for your honest review. It's good to know where we fell short of our renters expectations so we can improve. Marion, Property Manager
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Family Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Very quite and property clean. Spend one week and no issues. Good enjoyable time with family. Beach and ferry is nearby, to ride around Galveston and Crystal beach. Kids enjoyed spending time at the beach and feeling at home in the cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would recommend to anyone!

  • 5 of 5

We came down with some friends and had 8 of us and we all had a place to sleep. Great for people that plan on staying on the beach all day. Will come back. ALSO a BIG THANK YOU to the owner, because some how we left my little girl's bears that she sleeps with and the owner called me to let me know and unfortunately we were too far away to turn around and the owner mailed the bears to me at no cost to me.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Port Bolivar/Galveston
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Playita
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Port Bolivar Beach

A short ferry ride to Galveston home of Moody Gardens, Schliterbahn water park, the Bishops Palace, the tall ship Alissa, the historic Strand and it's shops, Railroad Museum, many historic homes tours, the Pleasure Pier, Pelican Island where you can tour a submarine, John Sealy Hospital, the East Jetty Fishing Pier, 26 miles of Seawall and beaches, tour trains, trolleys and ducks, jet ski rentals, sailboat rentals and party boat fishing trips and a lot more!




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300

We require a $300 security deposit ($1000 for Spring rentals) which may be sent to us as a check and if there are no damages the check will be mailed back to you. We allow pets but require a $100 pet deposit and pets must be secured in a kennel or pet taxi when you are out of the cabin. We have a $125 cleaning fee if we are cleaning the cabin. We must be informed prior to billing whether we will be cleaning or if you will be cleaning. Thank you!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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