Find your perfect Texas vacation rental on the water

While you'd be forgiven for thinking of cowboys, BBQ grills, and steamy temperatures when you hear mention of Texas, you'd be doing the Lone Star State a disservice if you thought its appeal ends there. Texas vacation destinations include the likes of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, but it's the state's breathtaking countryside and big, beautiful lakes that hit the spot for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Experience the state's wilder side for yourself when you enjoy a stay in one of the many available Texas lakefront vacation rentals. Whether you're enjoying a weekend away with the kids or reconnecting with old friends, they offer the perfect place to stay.

Canyon Lake rentals

Widely described as "The Jewel" of Texas Hill Country, Canyon Lake sits along the Guadalupe River about half-way between Austin and San Antonio. The lake's proximity to two of Texas' major cities makes it popular with travelers looking for weekend lake house rentals, though there are plenty of reasons to enjoy a longer stay. It's an area that offers a medley of outdoor activities, for starters – from relaxed fishing from decks of river cabin rentals to thrilling water skiing and parasailing on the lake. There's plenty to enjoy on land, too – not least the expertly crafted greens of Canyon Lake Golf Club, concerts at the Whitewater Amphitheater, and tasting tours at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards.

Lakefront rentals at Lake Conroe

Situated to the west of the lush Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Conroe has long since served up an idyllic base for lakefront vacations in Texas. The water here is clean, clear, and perfect for all manner of watersports, including swimming, jet skiing, and pleasure boating. Lakefront vacation rentals at Lake Conway often include a private boat slip, so you'll be able to rent a boat from one of the lake's marinas and take full advantage of that on-the-doorstep access to the water. On land, hunting, hiking, and golfing are among the many ways to spend the day before returning to your Lake Conroe vacation rental to enjoy a nightcap and a well-earned rest.

Lake Livingston waterfront rentals

Lying to the east of Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston is less than an hour's drive from Lake Conroe. Despite their proximity, these lakes have a character of their own. In Lake Livingston's case, that comes courtesy of 450 miles of shoreline and the pristine Lake Livingston State Park. From fishing and hiking to birding and biking, there's no shortage of things to do here, though loved-up couples might just want to book one of the secluded waterfront cabin rentals at Lake Livingston – these favorite picks serving up a private, cozy base for romantic getaways with the other half.

Lake Texoma lakefront vacation rentals

One of the country's largest reservoirs, Lake Texoma sits along the Red River on the Texas/Oklahoma State Line. It takes its name from two states but boasts a personality of its own. It probably goes without saying that the most popular Lake Livingston vacation rentals are those properties that sit along the water's edge. It's a small but satisfying selection, with those Texas lake houses in Preston Point among the most sought-after, largely due to its setting in the heart of the lake. And when you're all settled in? Sandy beaches, scenic coves, superb fishing, and sailing await.

Possum Kingdom Lake vacation rentals

Set along the Brazos River about 80 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom Lake counts more than 300 miles of shoreline among its highlights. The lake is also known for its clear blue waters, not to mention the towering cliffs that line its southern shores. It's a top spot for snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving, though the surrounding landscapes offer every reason to venture from your lakefront rental at Possum Lake and explore a little further afield. The Possum Kingdom Lake State Park and the Palo Pinto Loop are just a handful of ways to get off the beaten track and enjoy a little downtime.