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Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico & the fun of Galveston at our "Peace at the Beach"

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Welcome to Paz de la Playa, and our 2 Bd/2 Bath Condo with oversize balcony

Welcome to our relaxing unit, with its oversized balcony overlooking the pool, the Gulf and the lake next door. Enjoy stunning sunrises from the comfort of our 4 piece seating set.

See NOTE below re: Construction at the Maravilla and the impact on our balcony.

The unit is a new build out from 2014 with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, professional decor with upscale furnishings. Bathrooms are modern.

Gulf, pool, lake and tropical views from the balcony, living room and master bedroom.

King bed in master with private bathroom. Queen bed in 2nd bedroom. Twin beds in built-ins in hallway and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Unit sleeps 8.

The Maravilla has 3 pools, the one pictured from the unit's balcony is the heated pool. The grounds are beautiful with a hot tub, BBQ grills, exercise room and oversized gathering areas near the pools.

TV's in living room and bedrooms. Blue ray player in Living room and Master bedroom, DVD player in 2nd bedroom. Video library in the unit.

HOA Construction update: as of September 1, 2017, our balcony has a brace - see photo added. The complex is in litigation with 2010-era contractors for faulty work on 2nd and 3rd floor balconies and walkways. Support braces have been added.

While the repairs are underway, the HOA has instructed owners and guests that the balconies are not to be used. There is not an issue with first floor balconies having a construction defect but there is a risk since the second and third floor balconies with a defect are overhead. We use our balcony when we are there but we do so at our own risk. Our balcony is only 1 of 2 that are oversized meaning you generally sit on furniture under open sky, not under a 2nd/3rd floor balcony. We should have an exception but the HOA finds it easier to have one general rule. I have been instructed to tell guests, no balcony use.

The HOA has inspected the balconies, removed the soffits and installed a brace to be safe. Their additional safety precaution of "no use", even for first floor balconies surprises me but I guess it is the most conservative approach. The exposed beams and the braces are not attractive - I apologize for that "new look" we will have to live with for several months. I apologize for the instruction to not use the balcony and to do so would be at your own risk.

More Details

Sherron Watkins
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Sherron Watkins

We are from the Houston area and get down to use the unit as much as we can. We hope you enjoy your stay and ask that you treat the place as you would your own home.

Sherron Watkins purchased this condo in 2015

Why Sherron Watkins chose Galveston

We purchased Paz de la Playa in late December 2014. San Luis Pass and the Galveston/Surfside areas were our home away from home in the summers. My grandparents had a place on the beach and we loved spending our days there.

Before the 1900 storm that devastated Galveston, my great great grandmother ran a hotel in Galveston with her husband. Lizzie and Thornton Thatcher spent their time between Galveston and Eagle Lake, Texas. I often refer to our unit as Lizzie's Lodge and Inn in a tribute to this pioneering woman who immigrated from Scotland to Texas in the 1800's.

What makes this condo unique

We love the Maravilla Condos - the place offers a fabulous stay in Galveston because of the pools as well as the proximity to the end of the Seawall (the beach) and the fun activities of Galveston: Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn and the Pleasure Pier. We selected our unit because of the oversized balcony, a feature unique to about 8 units at the complex.


Galveston Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pet information must be sent with reservation for approval. $20 Parking fee is purchased upon arrival. Valid for entire stay. No cash accepted.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms. Master has shower; 2nd bathroom has shower/tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Additional sleeping via Twin bunks in hallway. Queen sleeper sofa in living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico & the fun of Galveston at our "Peace at the Beach"
average rating of 4.885714 based on 70 reviews
Kansas City

A Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time ever in this condo! It is clean and has great amenities, the pool and hot tub are super nice, and the beach is walking distance. We want to come back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Great location and wonderful condo!

  • 5 of 5

The condo was located right along the main road of Galveston island, was within walking distance of a beach, and was just a short drive to get to local restaurants and attractions. This place was very nicely and well furnished with everything that our group needed. The patio was a great place to eat group meals and relax in the evening. The heated pool was nice to swim in and the larger unheated pool was great to lay out at when it was too cold/windy to go to the beach. Sherron was great to work with and provided great recommendations. Would definitely stay at again and recommend to anyone traveling to Galveston!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy home

  • 4 of 5

Great condo! Great location!!! Will come again!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Thomas

Excellent location for a base to explore and wonderful for the beach and walking

  • 5 of 5

Sherron was wonderful to work with. We received timely and full entrance instructions before our arrival. We were given excellent information on all the sites to see, places to eat and shopping locations.The condo was well laid out and comfortable. The beams on the deck are a minor distraction and did not deter our use of the space, Great sunrises!! The pools were very nice at the complex. In all a great time was had by us and we would highly recommend anyone to try the condo.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great get-a-way before the holidays.

  • 4 of 5

The condo is furnished nicely with everything needed to take the stress out of traveling. The complex grounds are well maintained. Sherron was great to work with. I recommend this unit to anyone traveling to the Galveston area.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Condo

  • 4 of 5

We rented this VRBO on short notice and were glad we did. The accommodations were pleasant and comfortable. The deck was being repaired but we had been forewarned about the construction. The only reason we did not give it a 5 star rating was because of a few housekeeping issues - dishes and silverware were not as clean as they could be and there were a few dust bunnies scattered about along with a few dusty items under the bathroom vanity. Aside from that, the condo was great.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

The Maravilla Resort is located at the West end of Galveston's historic Seawall Boulevard, within walking distance to Jimmy's Fishing Pier, Miniature Golf and Go Karts and close by (within 5 - 15 minutes) of Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Pleasure Pier and the Strand, as well as jogging on the seawall, tons of shopping, restaurants and beach activities.

Enjoy the fireworks at Moody Gardens on a summer Friday or Saturday night from the complex.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning_Sanitation Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 15.0%

No smoking in unit including the balcony. All reservations are subject to contract review and acceptance. Use "Email owner" click through to request contract terms. Contract must be reviewed for reservation acceptance. Pets must be approved. Case by case basis. $15 parking pass purchased from front office upon arrival. Valid for entire stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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