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Bolivar Peninsula is a stunning, Texas Gulf Coast getaway perfect for a fun filled, sun soaked family vacation. This lovely sliver of a peninsula with its shimmering white sand beaches and miles of breaking waves that separates the eastern part of Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico offers visitors a whimsical laid back vibe in beautiful beach front accommodation. This is a tranquil haven perfect for getting away from it all for a truly relaxing break.Plan your perfect family vacation
Find your perfect vacation rental on Bolivar Peninsula. The area features delightful, breezy, spacious, unique wood build housing that is elevated on stilts with a huge, wide upstairs outdoor balcony that runs the full length of the property overlooking the ocean. Look no further than Bolivar Peninsula for your perfect vacation by the sea! These pastel, ice cream colored vacation rentals are impeccably furnished and you will find the perfect size rental for a party of six as well as plenty of space for groups of up to fourteen guests.
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The area and getting around
This unique Texas ocean community is located on 27 miles of narrow peninsula stretching out into the Gulf of Mexico and attached to an eastern mainland region rich in salt marsh wildlife preserves and heritage Texas ranches. On the western side is neighboring Galveston Island with its historical buildings and glorious seaside carnival vibe. Bolivar Peninsula is only 1 hour and 26 minutes from Houston Texas and 5 hours by car from Dallas or Fort Worth making this an ideal beach destination for beach lovers who live inland, or winter sun seekers.Delicious seafood restaurants and unique local activities
Bolivar Peninsula truly offers vacationers the best of both worlds. This peninsula is really tranquil and unspoiled with no high rises with several outstanding beachfront seafood eateries. There are several miles of pristine sandy beaches to enjoy giving you plenty of opportunity for lazy family days on the beach. Neighboring, nearby Galveston Island is packed with possibilities for shopping, dining and theme park action that will make your family trip to this lovely part of the world even more memorable and special. There are roller coasters, a big wheel and there is a huge oceanarium theme park complex located on Galveston Island.
Travelers and activities
Bolivar Peninsula is a delight for fishing enthusiasts. There are numerous locations for excellent fishing opportunities. With dozens of fishing charters available on the peninsula, manned by experienced captains who will take you straight to where the fish are most likely to bite, you will not be returning to shore empty handed! There are splendid possibilities in the area for kayak fishing, and Crystal beach is an incredibly popular destination for wade fishing. Bring your fish haul back to your lovely vacation rental for a fish barbecue and a blissful sunset deck dinner. Crab, trout, redfish and flounder are abundant at Bolivar’s north jetty.Bolivar Peninsula for bird lovers
Because Bolivar Peninsula is situated along one of the least developed coastlines in the USA and provides a wide variety of habitats such as beaches, mudflats, woodland and salt marshes, experienced birdwatchers consider this one of the richest areas in the world for appreciating birds. Grab your binoculars and your camera and head out into the wild beauty of the Bolivar’s bird sanctuaries! The North Jetty and High Island on Bolivar are spectacular sites for seeing warblers, shorebirds, wild ducks, wild geese, raptors, flocks of long legged avocets and an abundance of snowy pelicans.
Did you know that from the late 1800s to early 1900s Bolivar Peninsula was known as the Watermelon Capital of Texas because of all the watermelons that were grown here!
Top 5 travel tips for Bolivar Peninsula
Drive just 32 miles northeast of the peninsula via Highway 87 and you are in for a day out in rural Texas that will delight both young and old. En route you will see the rugged, marshy landscape of the Upper Texas Coast and how it slowly changes into rich, fertile ranch land that has been handed down for generations in local families. Try to be in town for the annual March Texas Rice Festival, a taste of a vibrant agricultural fair, fabulous food, warm hospitality and plenty of attractions and music! Stop for lunch on the main street of Winnie and fill up on authentic crawfish, seafood tacos, chicken fried steak and gravy and gorgeous enchiladas in one of the atmospheric family run diners in town.2. Visit Anahuac Wildlife Refuge
Be sure to check out this glorious coastal marsh wildlife preserve that is nestled right next to a wild coastal prairie zone creating a perfect habitat for dozens of exquisite migratory birds and alligators. Here you can hear the chorus of thousands of waterfowl, see alligators sliding into the water with a splash and hear the call of wild ducks in the prairie breeze. Hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, boating and car touring are some of your options for enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the wild, unspoiled natural surroundings of this special corner of Texas.3. Island hop to Galveston Island
Head west from your lovely Bolivar Peninsula vacation rental along highway 87 and hop on the free 18 minute ferry ride and disembark on Galveston Island for an awesome day of sightseeing and activities! The gigantic triple glass pyramids of Moody Gardens house a fabulous trio of theme parks. Explore the stunning aquarium pyramid for a look at fascinating marine life, the rainforest pyramid for a tropical adventure and the wonderfully interactive Discovery Museum. Unforgettable adventure rides are yours to enjoy at Historic Pleasure Pier where rollercoasters and a giant ferris wheel await. This whimsical, retro theme park is located right on the pier and the views are spectacular. Stroll through the island’s gorgeous historic neighborhood and stop for a diner brunch to refuel.4. Explore Fort Travis
One of the most splendid views of the Bolivar Peninsula is from the top of the bunker at historic Fort Travis. Here you can gaze across the shimmering blues of the Houston Ship Channel and watch as mammoth tankers and cargo ships arrive on the horizon and see the glittering high rise hotels of Galveston. The rocky shoreline here offers a great spot for fishing and there are wide grassy areas for picnicking or ball games. Just a 15 minute walk from the fort is the towering Point Bolivar lighthouse that makes a great place for taking iconic seaside holiday photos.5. Spend the day on Crystal Beach
This lovely Gulf of Mexico beach offers 7 miles of wide, beautiful soft sand for sinking in your toes and for relaxing and swimming in gorgeously warm water. This is a popular beach for fishing and there are plenty of reasons to spend the day by the sea soaking up the sun or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. This is a lovely family beach for building huge sand castles! There are some great family friendly restaurants on Crystal beach where you can sample sumptuous steaks, wild caught gulf shrimp, fresh oysters, snapper and Galveston blue crab and seafood gumbo and catch a live band in the evenings.