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Texas Seaside: 8 of The Best Vacation Rentals in Galveston

From spacious homes with front row beach views and room for a crowd to romantic studios steps from everything, Galveston delivers a diverse array of vacation rental options

Texans have loved Galveston’s beaches since the early days of the state’s founding. Located just 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston is easy to reach, yet delivers a true vacation vibe perfect for a reset. This vibrant seaside retreat, as notable for its New Orleans-esque architecture as it is for its balmy gulf waters, offers everything from a romantic retreat to family vacations.

With a wide range of private beachfront rentals from which to choose, the comfort and convenience of home comes with ocean views and fresh sea air. Galveston offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant downtown dotted with restaurants, shops, and kid-friendly attractions, as well as miles of uncrowded beaches ideal for recharging and enjoying quality time with friends and family during the summer or any other time of the year!

Here you will find eight of the best vacation rentals in Galveston. It is worth remembering that, as they are single apartments or houses, availability may be limited. Our tip is to use trivago to search for different dates or other similar properties in the destination—there are plenty of good options!

Spacious Beachfront Home Ideal for Family Reunions

Meeting up to connect with family and friends we’ve been missing is one of the best reasons to hit the road. The options at Jamaica Cove are many, a treasure trove of comfortable sleeping options for up to 20 grown ups and kiddos. Situated right on the bay—love those sunset views from the decks—this place is ideal for a group getaway.

Pet-friendly Jamaica Cove welcomes up to three furry friends, and leashed dogs are welcome on all public beaches in Galveston year-round. The beach is less than five minutes away, and Galveston Island State Park is right next door for fishing, bird watching, biking, and paddling.

Jamaica Cove - Sleeps 20!!

Jamaica Beach
9.2 Excellent (65 reviews)

A Pet-Friendly and Romantic Condo in Galveston

Get away from it all with your honey and the pup to this Adorable Dog-Friendly Studio just a few blocks from the beach. Minutes from the Seawall, the beauty of this shore-themed condo—Inn Seaclusion unit number 10—is being able to walk everywhere.

Outfitted for comfort and sparkling clean, this quiet little hideaway is a perfect place for downtime in between exploring Galveston. It’s a 10-minute walk to historic Pleasure Pier, and there are scads of restaurants within easy strolling distance. If a home cooked romantic dinner is on the menu, grocery stores, and spots for bubbly are close to home.

Pet-friendly (with a small nightly fee), the unit also offers doggy amenities including treats and towels for wiping paws. A small dog park is nearby. Onsite laundry—don’t forget your quarters—makes cleaning up a breeze.

Adorable, Dog-friendly Studio W/ocean Views - Walk To The Beach And Dining!

Galveston
7.8 Good (16 reviews)

A Chill Beach Retreat That The Kids Will Love

Looking for a no fuss, no muss family getaway in Texas? Look no further—this Newly Decorated Beach House offers three spacious bedrooms, a well-stocked kitchen with pantry space for food from home, and lots of outdoor space. Wake up to coffee on the big second floor deck or take in the Gulf view from the master’s private balcony after the kids are asleep.

The short walk to the beach is easy on even the little ones, making it easy to pop back home if somebody needs a nap. Rinse off after a busy day in the sand, an outdoor shower is a real convenience. An outdoor grill and picnic table make family meals a breeze, and there’s even a high chair for the little one.

This is the quiet end of the island, close to Galveston Island State Park and about a half hour from downtown. But you won’t want to leave once you settle in to this easy, breezy beach address.

Newly Decorated Beach House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths With Awesome Gulf Views!

Galveston
9.6 Excellent (151 reviews)

A Vacation House in Galveston Perfect For Groups

Whether it’s a girlfriends getaway, families traveling together with kids, or a multi-gen family holiday, Sea Breeze delivers the goods. Located in the Sea Isle subdivision on the quiet side of Galveston Island, this three story beauty is made for comfort, not for speed.

With just one house between you and the surf, ocean views abound from all of the balconies and decks, and popping back and forth from the beach is a breeze. With ample room for up to 14—two of the four bedrooms have double full-sized bunk beds—an open floor plan and plenty of outdoor space, this is a perfect place for groups.

Sea Breeze ! 2Nd Row Beach House, Great Ocean View, With Outside Jacuzzi

Galveston
9.3 Excellent (61 reviews)

Stay Away From The Fray at This Condo on West Galveston Bay

Want a private beach spot with resort amenities? Welcome to Shores N Sunsets,a well-equipped condo with bay and beach views. Surrounded by three miles of beaches, the condo is located in the Point West Resort, loaded with amenities like an infinity pool, lazy river pool for the kids, fitness room, and onsite restaurant and beach bar.

Shores N Sunsets delivers an open floor plan perfect for conversation and game time, with enough space for as many as 10 to have downtime. The location is pristine, on the serene side of Galveston on West Galveston Bay, 30 minutes away from downtown action.

Shores N Sunsets, Beautiful Pointe West Galveston Bay & Beaches

Galveston
9.2 Excellent (36 reviews)

Modern and Family-Friendly Beach House in Galveston

Set steps from a quiet private beach, Seashell Chateau is the perfect seaside retreat. The house is sleekly decorated with a white palette throughout—good to note if you have very small kiddos. There are toys galore—from beach cruiser bikes to boogie boards and…wait for it…a five-person golf cart perfect for cruising around.

Three bedrooms and two baths can handle up to eight, with an outdoor shower an added perk. You’ll love the two outdoor spaces—that hammock in the banana palms will call your name. Ocean views abound.

Seashell Chateau - Beautiful Gulf Views

Galveston
9.2 Excellent (44 reviews)

Front Seat on The Beach for Relaxing Getaways in Texas Seaside

From its location on a private Sea Isle beach to the 46 foot porch with an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean, this Beachfront Beauty offers families and friends a winning address. With three comfortable bedrooms and two baths, this well-appointed beach home is perfect for a girlfriend’s beach retreat or a family vacation.

There’s lots of elbow room for hanging inside and out, including a covered picnic table for al fresco dining. The Sea Isle location offers a nearby fishing pier, a boat ramp, playground for the kids, and an Olympic-size community pool, for a small admission fee. The West End Restaurant and Sandbar Grill are right in the marina.

Beachfront 3br Galveston Home W/ocean Views!

Galveston
8.5 Excellent (95 reviews)