New Galveston Island Vacation Rentals

Beachfront vacations & fresh ocean breezes
Decks that face sunsets & fishing that pleases
Warm sandy afternoons spent like a king
…these are a few of our favorite things!

But our most favorite thing is adding new Galveston vacation rental options for our guests! Or maybe it’s welcoming new guests…no, it’s welcoming your family each year and seeing it grow & change…or, maybe…well, we have LOTS of favorite things, but introducing new vacation rentals is definitely in the Top 5!

We’ve had some gorgeous new Galveston Island vacation homes join our program in the last month, and we are excited to show them to you!

Blutopia beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Blutopia
Carpe Diem bayfront vacation rental
Carpe Diem
Coastal Retreat bayfront Galveston vacation rental
Coastal Retreat
Panorama beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Panorama
Salt Life bayfront Galveston vacation rental
Salt Life
Sea Eagle beachfront Galveston vacation rental
Sea Eagle
Don't Break It Galveston vacation rental
Don’t Break It

 

Find Your New Favorite

Has your family outgrown their favorite Galveston vacation rental? Or are you looking for the perfect place to start building lifelong vacation memories?These contemporary vacation homes are full of the amenities you’re looking for: pools, elevators, private piers, panoramic Gulf views, multiple decks & more!

Need even more reasons to try one of these stunning new vacation rentals? We’ve got TWO!

1Salt Life and Coastal Retreat both have “7 Nights for the Price of 5rental specials running for the month of June! That’s over $290 in savings at Salt Life and over $160 savings in Coastal Retreat – and that could get you a lot of fresh Gulf seafood to enjoy while at the beach!

2. Don’t forget – each stay in ANY of our new vacation rentals could be earning you points towards a FREE 2-night stay when you’re a member of the Sand `N Sea Beach Club!

Catch a Galveston Bay Getaway!

See how the other half (of the Island) lives – spend time fishing, birding or boating on Galveston Bay!

Causeway View Vacation Rental

We know our beaches are the prime draw to our slice of coastal paradise – who can resist sitting in the surf with a cool drink in your hand? The stuff dreams are made of we tell ya! – but, head north from FM 3005 and you’ll discover another side to Galveston Island that’s well worth your time.

Mother & Daughters with FishGalveston Bay is home to wildlife and marine animals as diverse as the bay & canal homes that border them! Red drum, sheepshead, flounder, sea trout and more are found in the bay.

Bring your boat or schedule a charter with a local fishing guide who knows all of the best spots! Or, just fish right from the deck of your canal front vacation rental. Grab bait from Sea Isle Bait Camp at the West End Marina, or stop by the Rusty Hook down towards Bay Harbor.

 

Looking for a truly unique casting experience? West End-based equipment lender Rick’s Beach Rentals offer fishing kayaks for 1 or 2 people by the day or week. Perfect for a paddle around the marshes or inlets!

Is the promise of excellent fishing not enough to convince your family to give the bay side a try? Reel them in with the promise of a private pool! We’ve got the perfect bait – four different canal front vacation rental homes with private pools: Aloha ParadiseChasing Sunsets, Bay Escape, , and Isla del Sol.

 

Catch Your Bay Getaway

 

Last but not least, check the weather forecast & read the fishing report to see what’s running. Who knows! Maybe you’ll join the ranks of the Texas Park & Wildlife’s Angler Recognition Program! Examing the current weight records and get ready to catch a big ‘un!

 

TALL SHIPS are Docking at Galveston Island!

Sail in for a weekend of family-friendly fun along Galveston’s historic harbor April 5 – 8, 2018 with TALL SHIPS ® Galveston!

Starting with Galveston’s own square-rigged iron barque ELISSA (1877), the tall ships participating in this years TALL SHIP CHALLENGE represent six unique builders and call six different ports home – including four in the United States and one each in the Cook Islands and the Netherlands.

Did you know? Galveston serves as the home port for ELISSA – The Official Tall Ship of Texas!

“ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area…from her stern to the tip of her jib boom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast. ” – Galveston Historical Foundation

ELISSA docks next to the Texas Seaport Museum at Pier 21 and can often be seen sailing around the bay.

Oosterschelde - Tall Ships GalvestonWant to see how our local tall ship stacks up against the competition? Sailing fans of all ages will love this unique chance to see history come alive on a wide aquatic stage as these ships kick off the very first TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 series.

Start with the Parade of Sail along Seawall Blvd. at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and continue with tours of participating ships, day sail excursions, live music, sunset happy hour sails & more, all weekend long! View the full event schedule & book your tickets today!

When and If - Tall Ships GalvestonBook your birth – get a FREE night at the beach when you sail into a Sand `N Sea vacation home for TALL SHIPS® Galveston! We offer a great selection of beachfront vacation rentals, beachside vacation homes and bay & canal homes perfect for fishing & boating!

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Vacation Your Way – Quick Getaways on Galveston Island!

From shorter summer stays to week-long getaways & months-long Winter Texan escapes in Sand `N Sea vacation rental homes, Galveston Island has what you’re looking for!

Couple on Beach at Galveston Island Pleasure Pier

We may be biased, but in our (not really at all) humble opinion, there’s not much that can beat fresh Gulf seafood, panoramic views from ferris wheels over the Gulf, climate-controlled indoor water parks, fascinating historic architecture, a day trip through a rain forest or a dolphin sighting on the free Galveston Island Ferry!

First time to Galveston Island? We pack a lot of fun and flavor into 27 miles of coastline!

Local restaurants & eateries offer everything from fresh Gulf seafood to classic Italian, Greek cuisine to authentic Mexican. Sand `N Sea staff favorites include: Mosquito Cafe, Shrimp `N Stuff & BLVD Seafood, or try The Grotto at the San Luis Resort for a glamorous date night. Don’t miss La King’s Confectionery for a sweet treat with the whole family!

Wondering what else there is to do on Galveston Island? Tired of soaking in the sand, surf & sun during your Galveston beach house vacation? (we don’t want to use the word crazy…buuuuuut… 😉 ) There is always a great selection of unique Galveston Island events going on – many of them free & family-friendly! Don’t miss Movie Nite or Music Nite on The Strand – local favorites that take place monthly March – October! Or, check out this great 36-hour visit itinerary from the New York Times!

Book Your Shorter Summer Stay Today!

We want everyone to enjoy some well-deserved beach time; and we’re thrilled to announce that we have a great selection of Galveston Island vacation rental homes available for shorter summer stays this summer! Minimum 3-night stay.

Save on Your Galveston Island Vacation – #bookdirect!

As winter weather drags on (thanks Punxsutawney Phil) we know we aren’t the only ones dreaming of sunny days frolicking on Galveston Island beaches and relaxing on the deck in shorts & flip flops! Planning your summer vacation is sure to keep your spirits up – and you can save money (& aggravation) when you #bookdirect!

#bookdirect and save Vacation time is too precious to leave to chance! We’ve been helping families choose the best vacation rental homes for over 40 years now (in this case older really IS better!).

When it comes to planning your Galveston Island vacation, keep these Top 5 Reasons to book directly with a professional in mind:

Savings – The big travel websites (lookin’ at you HomeAway & VRBO), add significant fees to your reservation total. #bookdirect and you can save $100s. (that’s a lot of Gulf seafood!)

Communication – We are local, and we understand your special requests. We can answer all of your questions before you book. Plus, we’re here every step of the way, and our team is on call 24/7 during your vacation! Call us at 409.797.5500, email us at info@sandnsea.com, or stop by our office and see us!

Selection – No need to search multiple websites – we’ve already found the best West Galveston Island vacation rentals, and you’ll find them all on our website.

Local Knowledge – We know our beach houses, and we’re always happy to help you select the perfect vacation rental. We’ll also fill you in on the best restaurants, activities & attractions!

Specials – Our guests are the first to know about flash sales, discounts and they get to take advantage of our guest loyalty program, the Sand `N Sea Beach Club, to earn free nights at the beach!

Looking to vacation like a local? Our office is full of them! Our #1 goal is to find the perfect Galveston vacation rental for your family – and then we are always happy to help you fill in the details! Best seafood? We know where to find it! Best place to take the kids for a break from the sand & surf? We have a lot of experience with that too 😉

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing your next vacation rental – but when you #bookdirect with Sand `N Sea you can rest easy knowing your beach vacation will be worry-free & wonderful!

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Investing in a Galveston Island Vacation Home

Are you considering a Galveston Island vacation rental investment?

Quick quiz – Do you find yourself regularly dreaming of your next beach vacation? Do you want the freedom to visit the Gulf Coast whenever you want? Do your children speak more fondly of “that house they went to last summer with the awesome shower outside & the beach in the back yard” than the one they come home to every day? If any of these apply to you – it might be time to start thinking about investing in a vacation rental property! 😉

There’s a lot to consider when you’re contemplating a second home or relocating to the beach full time. Fortunately, our REALTORS® are here to walk you through the whole process. Questions about what makes a good vacation rental investment? We have over 40 years of experience in vacation rental management and we would love to share our experiences & insights into the ever-evolving Galveston Island vacation rental market with you.

Interested in your options? Browse our current list of vacation rentals for sale for some homes with proven rental success. Or, check out listings from all of our REALTORS® or browse everything for sale in Galveston. Call our office or stop by the next time you’re in the area and and pick up a current listing brochure or speak to one of our REALTORS®.

We would love to welcome you as a neighbor here on Galveston Island. As so many of our current vacation rental homeowners know: renting a beach house is awesome, but owning one is even better!

Pet Friendly Galveston Island

Pup with a Beach View - Dog Friendly Galveston IslandSo, you’re planning your Galveston Island vacation, scrolling through options on your tablet…and you find it! The perfect beach house for your summer escape!

You check the bedrooms – yes! teens in a loft for the win! – then glance over to show it to your partner and, it happens. You catch the eye of your loyal canine companion. (The one you slip pieces of bacon to when no one’s watching.) Aaaand, there it is- those killer puppy dog eyes! The ones that say “you’re leaving me, aren’t you? To go frolick in the waves, sniff the sea air and chase the seagulls…”

Frantically, you scroll back up…searching…searching…ah HA! 

You’re out of the dog house! With over over 50 pet friendly vacation rental options here at Sand `N Sea, we’re sure to have a pet friendly beach house your whole family will love!

Now that you’ve eased your conscience (and added “dog treats” to your packing list), we have a few tips to help you and your dog have a great time at the beach:

Dog with Beach Towel - Pet Friendly Galveston Island• Be sure to have plenty of fresh water available for your pup to drink – at least 2x as much as usual. It’s hot at the beach and your dog will drink more than normal.
• Don’t let your dog drink salt water. It can cause him/her to get sick.
• Remember the leash laws. Galveston Island City ordinances require dogs to be on leashes at all times.
• Arrange for a shady, protected place for your dog to rest after a romp in the sun and surf. (Beach canopies, umbrellas, or just a towel draped over 2 chairs to make a little pup tent work perfectly for this!)
• If you leave your dog leashed in the shade, be sure to leave plenty of water nearby.
• Pets get sunburned too! Use sunscreen on exposed areas, like on noses and ears.
• If the sand is too hot for your feet, it is probably too hot for your dog’s foot pads.
• Don’t throw sticks or Frisbees far out into the water and expect your pup to retrieve them. The undertow can be strong and unpredictable, capable of carrying your dog out to sea before you know it. So play on the sand and near the water’s edge.
• Each day, rinse the salt water off your pup with fresh water. (The outdoor shower at your pet friendly vacation rental is perfect for this!)
• Watch for heat stroke and over exposure on sunny days, especially from noon to four o’clock-the hottest part of the day.
• Snakes! Do not leave your dog unattended in the yard. There have been snake sightings.
• Galveston has several restaurants that welcome pets. We’ll give you the list at check-in.
• In case you need help while on the island, Sand `N Sea has a list of recommended vets.

Be sure to ask about our special swag for your beach-going pet at check-in! We look forward to seeing you and your V.I.P. (very important pet) at a pet friendly vacation home on Galveston Island soon!

Free Night on Galveston Island this Holiday!

We made our list and checked it twice and found out that all of our guests are definitely nice! Come celebrate the holiday season with us on Galveston Island and get a FREE* night in one of our vacation homes!

A beach break is the perfect gift when the forecast for this winter weekend looks like this… guess we’ll be wearing flip flops with our ugly Christmas sweaters – or t-shirts. 😉

Wondering what there is to do in the off season? The surf’s been up, so beachcombing has been particularly excellent lately. The shops along The Strand are decked out in their finest garland and tinsel and have a unique selection of gifts, and you can’t beat a dinner out at one of our local restaurants after a long day of shopping or strolling the beach. Plus, there’s a great selection of holiday activities!

*Valid for new stays only. Stays must be completed by January 2, 2018. Minimum 3 paid nights. Not valid with other promotional offers. Not all properties are eligible for this promotion.

Galveston: The Winter Wonder-ISLAND

Galveston Island for the holidays? We couldn’t agree more! From the City of Galveston Holiday Parade (Dec. 16th) to the Santa Hustle 5k (Dec. 17th), there’s a lot going on here on the island – not to mention the abundance of unique shops that are sure to have the perfect gift for hard-buy-for-Uncle-Phil!

ICE LAND at Moody Gardens (our hands down favorite local holiday attraction) returned for its fourth year, and we think the Rainforest Holiday theme might be the best yet! Over 2 million pounds of ice were used by a skilled team of master ice carvers – resulting in an interactive 28,000 square foot ice sculpture complete with an ice slide!

Ice Land - Rainforest 2017

New this year is Downtown Lanterns & Lights at Saengerfest Park in the heart of Galveston’s Historic District. This unique display is the perfect place for holiday pictures, and is a great place to stop and take a break from holiday shopping (T-minus 10 days people!). As if these festive light sculptures aren’t enough – there’s a giant snowglobe for visitors to step into on December 16 & 23. We…ahem…our KIDS think this is awesome!

Lanterns & Lights in Saengerfest Park

Still working on your list and checking it twice? Don’t worry, the shops in Downtown Galveston are bound to have that unique gift you’re looking for! Browse an abundant selection of art galleries or check out to specialty shops like Strand Brass, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Eighteen Seventy One or The Kitchen Chick for the perfect present!