Crystal Beach Cabanas (Review)

Flood, famine, and locusts……

Ok not really but a lot has happened in the last month or so since I have blogged but I am finally back, in the swing of things, and ready to tell you all about a great place that my family and I found on our last trip to Galveston.

Bolivar Peninsula

Last month I had a ship inspection aboard the Carnival Vista at the Port of Galveston (you will read about that soon) and was in need of accommodations for a long weekend getaway. My husband and daughter were going with me, and we were in the mood for something different than the usual hotel offerings of Galveston Island.

For whatever reason I decided to take a look at what Bolivar had to offer. We had been out there before, taking the ferry from Galveston Island for a drive around the peninsula but this was our first time staying on Bolivar.

I found a cool place on Airbnb called Crystal Beach Cabanas that offered a nice variety of glampers and cabanas. We stayed in one of the glampers—the Love Shack—and we had an absolutely fabulous time.

Hobo Holton glamper

Hobo Holton glamper

Cathouse cabana

Cathouse cabana

Why do I recommend it?

The three cabanas and five (maybe six glampers) give you have a lot of options for you and the family. Cabanas run $79 - $99 per night on Airbnb and sleep 5 to 7 people. You can bring the entire family without breaking the bank. The cozy glampers run $48 - $58 per night and sleep 2 - 4 people. Couples and smaller families will fit well in the glampers.

If you have mobility issues, the glampers will be a better option for you since the cabanas have several steps to climb. If you are a lumberjack type like my sexy hubby, the cabanas will better because the glamper bathrooms can be a little tight.

Jeanne and O’Neal are the most hospitable hosts! If there is anything you need, you don’t have to go far and they are always happy to help. We were able to spend some time chatting with O’Neal and he was an absolute joy! Their menagerie of animals were friendly too.

We really enjoyed the peace and quiet during our stay. Many times we have stayed on Galveston Island and we know that there will be a lot of people, commotion, and noise. While there were people around, our stay at Crystal Beach Cabanas was more relaxed and quiet, and it was a real treat for us.

This place is very family friendly. The paddle boats available are nice for kids although our daughter decided not to jump into one. They were even nice enough to give us a training so that we didn’t end up in a jam out on the water (there is some debris from the last hurricane in the water so you want to pay attention!).

Tables, chairs, fire pits, and grills are common near all of the units.

Tables, chairs, fire pits, and grills are common near all of the units.

Plenty of hammocks too!

Plenty of hammocks too!

Fun and Activities

Out of the three of us, my husband spent the most time out on the water checking the crab traps via a paddle boat. I worked the entire time and my kiddo…..well she spent her time watching movies and playing around on her tablet. You can go fishing as well but it is strictly catch and release.

The glampers and cabanas have furnished kitchens so we really just ate out for breakfast. My husband cooked one night and we grilled out the next night while enjoying an evening fire. Each unit has a fire pit and grill so I encourage you to take advantage!

O’Neal was nice enough to recommend a nearby place to grab some shrimp and wow what a great deal that was! It was literally around the corner and down the street and they really added to our steak dinner.

Each unit has a TV and wifi available but we really didn’t watch much television. The weather was really nice so we spent much of our time outdoors. I even took my laptop and worked in front of the fire. You can’t go wrong with a fire pit!

My kiddo enjoying one of the hammocks.

My kiddo enjoying one of the hammocks.

Hubby on his way to check the crab trap.

Hubby on his way to check the crab trap.

We definitely plan on going back to enjoy the peace and quiet that is offered by Crystal Beach Cabanas but will check out one of the cabanas next time. There are a couple of cats, dogs, and a rooster so take some allergy meds if you are bothered by animals. Otherwise, I think you will have a fabulous time.

The free ferry ride to/from Galveston took about 25 minutes but, no matter the wait, it will be a treat for the kids. The ride is well worth going out to Bolivar and specifically Crystal Beach Cabanas. If you are new to Airbnb, be sure to use this link to get a discount on your first booking!

Make this beautiful day count!

Annette