Discover a selection of 2,500 vacation rentals in Galveston that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $92 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Galveston. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Seaside fun at Galveston vacation homes

If you want sun, sand, and seaside memories, you can't beat a vacation in Galveston. This barrier island on the Texan coast is less than an hour's drive from Houston. A Galveston vacation rental gets your Texan beach adventure off to the right start. Most of the island's attractions are within walking distance. Scream to go faster on the rollercoasters on Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, hang with the sloths at Moody Gardens, or cool off in Schlitterbahn Water Park. It's where family memories are made.

History

Historic sites near Galveston vacation homes

History buffs will love the historic sites found throughout Galveston. Vacation rentals can be found near fascinating locations like 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at the Texas Seaport Museum, a 19th-century ship and maritime museum with exhibits on commerce, and the Galveston Railroad Museum, a historic locomotive with artifacts, model trains, and train rides. You'll also enjoy Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, a retired rig with several floors of models and interactive displays.

Things to do

Attractions near Galveston vacation homes

A big draw to the resort is the Galveston Island Historical Pleasure Pier. Originally built in the 1940s, folk come to ride the Iron Shark, a 100-feet tall rollercoaster, and the famous Texas Star Flyer, a giant swing which flies 230 feet over the sea. Another popular hotspot is Moody Gardens, which features an aquarium, a rainforest with monkeys and sloths, and even a man-made white sandy beach and lagoon. Next door is the Schlitterbahn Water Park, for even more dizzying rides and slides.

Activities

Things to do near Galveston vacation rentals

Galveston is the main beach resort on the Texan coast, so you can expect all the treats and trimmings of a proper seaside resort. Grab a board and go surfing, build giant sandcastles on the beach, or just spin until you're sick on the delights of the Pleasure Pier. Up early? Then head to East Beach, the local's favorite, and watch the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico. After a busy day, wander down to Seawall Boulevard and enjoy some liquid refreshment in the many buzzy bars and restaurants.

Weather

Best time to travel to Galveston vacation rentals

Like much of Texas, things start to get a little steamy in the summer months and temperatures often top the 95 degree mark. It's also peak hurricane season. Spring or late fall are usually the best times to visit, and there's often a wider choice of Galveston vacation rentals when the sun is still shining and temperatures are in the mid-70s. It's also the annual spring bird migration, which is quite a sight! Visit in winter and you'll still see some sunshine, but it's much cooler in the evenings, so pack a jacket.

Natural features

Nature of the beach—Galveston Island State Park

Situated 50 miles south of Houston, Galveston is a barrier island and beach resort on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Perched on the western fringes of the island, the Galveston Island State Park is a magnet for nature enthusiasts. There are various popular spots for fishing and kayaking, as well as a number of easy to moderate hiking trails. It's divided into coast prairie, beach, and wetlands. The beach area is lined with sand dunes and is great to spotting migrating birds, especially in the spring. You many even spot an armadillo, or a marsh rabbit hidden in the wilds.

How to get there

How to get to and around Galveston

Fly into Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), the closest airport, located 30.7 mi (49.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 37.8 mi (60.8 km) away.

Good for couples

Couple's fun near Galveston vacation homes

Galveston has an array of romantic attractions to enjoy on a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Bishop’s Palace, a historic mansion with stained-glass windows, ornate wood carvings, and period furnishings, and Galveston Island State Park, a vast park with campsites, hiking trails, and bird-watching spots. You'll also enjoy the Strand Historic District, a historic area with Victorian-era buildings and unique shops.

How many vacation rentals are available around Galveston?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,666 vacation rentals around Galveston. From 1,543 house rentals to 955 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Galveston?

Perhaps it's the spectacular sea views, or maybe it's the chance to simply kick back from sunup to sundown. But there's just something about a beach getaway that appeals to one and all. Vrbo has 1,194 beachside vacation homes to select from. Open to more ideas? Vrbo has oodles more rental options to take a look at, including:

  • 1,193 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 1,065 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 1,031 water-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Galveston?

If you're after a home away from home for your vacation, renting a whole house is a fantastic idea. You'll have plenty of space for all your vacation activities. There are 1,505 options currently on Vrbo. Prices begin at $80 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other popular rental types, like:

  • Condo: 933 vacation homes. Prices start from $66 per night.
  • Apartment: 53 vacation homes. Prices start from $76 per night.
  • Cottage: 49 vacation homes. Prices start from $120 per night.

Can I stay in Galveston in a large group?

There's nothing quite as exciting as being somewhere new with friends and family. The best news is Vrbo has options suitable for large groups. Condo vacation homes are the most popular option here for big groups of travelers. Our global database currently has 496 available. The vacation properties that can provide for large groups in the area include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 736 vacation homes perfect for that size. Stay a night from just $66.
  • Looking for a vacation rental for 8 guests? We have 507 that will suit. You can get one for as low as $134 per night.
  • Arranging a trip away with a group of 10? We offer 352 vacation homes that will be ideal. Prices start from $100 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your grandpa and all your mates to Galveston.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Galveston?

Vrbo has an assortment of fantastic budget-concious rentals. Treat your squad to a fancy night out on the town or hang around a bit longer with all the dollars you save. Clear Lake City is an awesome area to have a look at if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 4 rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable $118 per night. Another 205 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Silk Stocking District. With an average price of $195 a night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting to your friends about.

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