Galveston, Texas, is a beach-lover’s paradise. This unforgettable island city offers more than 32 miles of sandy beaches, which are perfect for swimming, walking, and collecting seashells. Whether you want to explore a state park or public beach, you can do both and much more at this gorgeous destination. Stay at a Galveston vacation rental if you want to be in the heart of all the action.

1. An airy, oceanfront condo nestled on the seawall and just steps from the beach

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 7

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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Enjoy daily meals while listening to seagulls flying over the beach and breakers hitting the shore. Granite countertops, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer make this vacation rental feel just like home. A 54-inch TV in the living room lets you chill at night after an active day on the water. Sleep up to seven people with high-end mattresses in two bedrooms. This gated community is within walking distance of several attractions, and you have access to two resort-style pools, a heated spa, and a full gym. Please, no pets.

 

2. A quaint coastal condo with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 6

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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Just a 10-minute walking distance to the beach, this one-bedroom/one-bathroom getaway has everything you need for a summer getaway. Use the charcoal pit for grilling, or the blender to make great smoothies or mixed drinks. The fenced-in yard gives you privacy, while a large porch offers a way to enjoy meals and soak in the sunshine. Four adult bikes and two children’s bikes are your ticket to downtown Galveston to see all the sights or go shopping for food. This cozy condo sleeps up to six people, which is great for a family or couples’ getaway.

 

3. A relaxing beach house with a tiki bar, lagoon-style swimming pool, and easy access to the boat dock

Where: Jamaica Beach, Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 10

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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Spend your mornings catching trout, flounder, and red fish, or go fishing at night to catch the next day’s dinner, thanks to the underwater lights, at the private pier in the canal. This two-story, four-bedroom/2.5-bathroom gem offers an upper deck with a hammock to watch the boats go by during a lazy afternoon. Light up the fire pit to barbecue or roast marshmallows. Bring up to 10 guests total, and entertain them with four TVs after a long day outdoors at Jamaica Beach, just a few minutes away when you walk. The private pool surrounded by palm trees gives you a taste of the beach in your own backyard. Please leave pets at home.

 

4. A quiet 15th-floor high-rise condo featuring direct beach access and a roof terrace with ocean views

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 8

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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At the north end of Galveston’s long beach front, this three-bedroom/three-bathroom condo offers a stunning 15th-floor view of the beach below. Motorized window shades keep out the morning light until you’re ready to wake up, and high-speed WiFi keeps you connected when you’re away from home. An all-in-one, four-function printer turns your vacation into a workstation if business calls. Premium Bosch appliances and Cuisinart dinnerware complete your kitchen experience when cooking food. Your living room opens up to views of the beach below as you watch fishing boats return to port after hauling in their catches. Just get on the elevator, walk out back, and you’re on Grand Beach. This condo sleeps up to eight guests, including two in a pull-out bed in the living room.

 

5. A pet-friendly beach house in walking distance to the coastline and Pleasure Pier, perfect for large group getaways

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 16

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The Blue Kahauna sits mere steps from the beach and is within walking distance of Pleasure Pier. Four bedrooms sleep up to 16 guests, which comes in handy if you’re hosting a special event or wedding, bringing more than one family, or have a several kids. A fully equipped kitchen helps you cook food, and laundry facilities provide a way to clean your swimwear after a day at the beach. The upper and lower floors offer views of the beach, while the back porch has a spot for barbecues and a sand box entertains young children. Pets are welcome here, for a fee.

 

6. A grand and spacious beachfront retreat with multi-level decks, a media center, and wet bar at Pointe West Resort

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 18

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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Five bedrooms sleep up 18 people in this beautiful three-story vacation rental with a sun room/cupola that serves as a fourth floor. Porches on the front and back let you and your party enjoy the outdoors while eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner. See 360-degree views of the water from just about any room. A 70-inch, wall-mounted TV provides electronic entertainment. Granite countertops, high-end cookware, and complete kitchen appliances allow for cooking your favorite dishes in your home away from home. A gas grill barbecues food like a master. The west end of the house, or the front of the home has spectacular views of the bay at sunset, and your back porches allow you to gaze at the sunrise every morning. The beach is just steps away. No pets, please.

 

7. A charming front-row abode situated directly on Terramar Beach, great for families with pets

Where: Terramar Beach, Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 12

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Go straight from your porch to sandy Terramar Beach in your bare feet thanks to this beautiful four-bedroom/two-bathroom home. Sleep up to 12 people, including kids on bunk beds in one bedroom, for a fun family adventure right on the water. Chow down on food on your upper or lower decks, while a full-kitchen gives you an opportunity to cook your meals every day. Enjoy beautiful sunrises coming in your bedroom window every morning if you’re an early riser. Savor a cup of coffee from the convenient Keurig machine or two standard coffeemakers. Pets are welcome here.

 

8. An idyllic, dog-friendly beach house only a stone’s throw from the shoreline

Where: Pirates Beach West, Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 8

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Walk three short blocks (five minutes) to the beach, and see partial views of the ocean, thanks to this three-bedroom/two-bathroom home that sleeps up to eight. A private sand volleyball court lets you play outdoors at home, while a portable swing and crib comfort your toddler or baby. Beach toys and boogie boards complete your family’s beach experience. Pets are welcome with a pet fee of $50 depending on the breed.

 

9. A romantic, Victorian-style cottage located a mere three blocks from the beach

Where: San Jacinto, Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 2

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Spend a cozy week with your sweetie in this one-bedroom/one-bathroom cottage that sleeps two. Mermaid Cottage sits on the property of a huge Victorian-style home built in 1896 just three blocks from the beach. The private courtyard of this vacation rental represents the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch or afternoon tea, while the open-style living room has antiques and coastal decorations that bespeak a vintage vibe. Take advantage of a fully stocked kitchen to eat your meals in comfort. Please, no pets, and no small children as the steep steps are not safe for youngsters.

 

10. A roomy, tranquil beach house offering an optional concierge service and multiple balconies with sweeping beach views

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 14

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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Gaze at the beach or bay from one of four balconies in this spacious four-bedroom/two-bathroom house that sleeps up to 14 people. Cook your fresh seafood in a fully stocked kitchen, and take advantage of a concierge service that delivers your groceries to your door. Walk to the beach or bay in just a few blocks, or dive into the community pool if the crowds at the beach are too much. No pets here.

 

11. A delightful seaside escape with an expansive deck, community swimming pool, and boat launch

Where: Galveston, TX
Sleeps: 12

Galveston, TX vacation rental
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This three-bedroom/two-bathroom home sleeps up 12 people just a few steps from the beach. Enjoy sunrise views from your front balcony on Adirondack chairs, while granite countertops and a farmhouse sink helps you prepare meals. A waffle iron and Keurig coffee maker make your meal experience better. A 65-inch Smart TV has access to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, while an electric fireplace enhances the ambiance with or without heat. The huge downstairs picnic table gives you ocean views during each meal or happy hour. No pets are allowed.