Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach
3.5
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Three Cabanas sleeps 5-7 people. Full kitchen, All pots, pans, dishes, linens, TV and WIFI Located on Private lake with 32 Palm Trees in rear yard. Good Crabbing
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  • Teresa M
    7 contributions
    great family fun
    Reading some of these reviews I see where color seems to be a big issue, but my family and I went and we are of the Hispanic race and were not treated any other way...we were left alone..people driving by would wave and say hi..we had a great time!! Music of all types..yes there is a lot of trash but that is later towards dark when people are leaving and also i wish there were more restrooms and they would keep them clean but we will definitely go back
    Visited September 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2020
  • texdentist
    North Richland Hills, Texas835 contributions
    Great Beach, Great Restaurants, probably avoid the holiday weekends
    We have been to Crystal Beach several times lately helping some friends settle into a new house near the beach. I see a lot of negative reviews about overt displays of conservatism, Trump flags, etc. Unfortunately, they are true, but mainly on the very busy weekends (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). Also avoid Top Down weekend, which is a rowdy weekend of thousands of Jeep owners partying. Google it to find the dates. They also are much more numerous from Crystal Beach city eastward than going west. Also, the beaches are wider and much less populated west of Crystal Beach. Most of the time, I would consider Crystal Beach to be a great place to visit. There are some seriously good restaurants -- Jose's Cantina for either Mexican Food or Seafood and Stingaree's for mostly seafood were way better than expected. Both also have great bars and live music many weekends. The Tiki Beach Bar had one of the best hamburgers I have had in a while, and a very diverse menu. The water is muddy, as is most of the Gulf Coast, but the beaches that I have seen are generally very clean. If you like the sound of breaking waves, Crystal Beach is for you. I'm sure complaints of trashy beaches are from the busy, party ends of the beach after a weekend of crowds. I have not seen them myself. I will be going back and very much looking forward to the great food.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 16, 2021
  • Cristal A
    1 contribution
    Conflicting.
    I’ve been to this beach numerous times and always encounter some type of racist vibe. I genuinely loved going here, but as of lately, even trying to rent a house to stay here with a group of friends is challenging because of the hosts. ( yes, paying for each person who will be sleeping there) Wish things were different! Going to have to look for a different beach to go to.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Bacons on the Road
    64 contributions
    Lovely Beach - and clean
    This is a nice beach. You do need to purchase a $10 parking pass to drive/park on the beach. We were only there three hours and had our vehicle checked three times, so they do take it seriously. Sand was packed down, which made driving extremely easy. We have four wheel drive, but it was not necessary. What really struck me was how CLEAN this beach was. We recently visited South Padre Island and the drive-on beach had an insane amount of trash, which was so sad. Even though we only visited for an afternoon, the $10 fee was totally worth it for us.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 5, 2020
  • beachgoer
    1 contribution
    Beware of Crystal Beach Racism
    My family rented a house near Crystal Beach and at first, we were very excited about having the beach so close until we actually drove down to it. Like all the beaches around Galveston, both the sand and water are brown, but that seems to be the only brown thing welcome around here. The beach is covered with people riding up and down in trucks and dune buggies waving confederate flags and trump flags. We were harassed by these confederates while we were minding our own business standing in the water. People screamed "a**hole" at our group for just standing in the water by a passing ATV. Another group of people in a truck started yelling at an immunocompromised member of our family who was wearing a mask that coronavirus wasn't real and that they should take their mask off. The confederate flags made us uncomfortable and unwelcome, to begin with, but the continued harassment has made this one of the WORST beaches we have ever been to.
    Visited June 2020
    Written June 28, 2020
  • Antua G.
    Lima, Peru8 contributions
    Great Hotel
    Beautiful hotel, great location just in front of the beach. loved the room super spacious and impeccably cleaned. And finally the crew Service was the best especially at the front desk if you have any questions or requests ask for Guillermo he is very helpful and attentive 100% RECOMMENDED
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 17, 2020
  • Sharonda D
    Miami, Florida5 contributions
    Nasty Beach, Nastier People
    I don’t think the people here want anyone that is not white to visit. The locals are very mean and disgusting for no reason. I was embarrassed for them. The beach is filthy with trash everywhere and it’s really not a pleasant beach experience. If you want a relaxing vacation in the beach, this isn’t it!
    Visited July 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2020
  • snlprice
    Cumby, Texas8 contributions
    Our family loved it!!!
    Spent the week in Bolivar Peninsula and drove down the beach to Crystal beach, so beautiful and so many shells. Can’t wait to go back and camp on the beach. Quiet, peaceful and so relaxing. Bring bug spray for mosquitoes in the evenings. Also we went during the week, did notice a lot of people come Thursday and Friday and it gets more loud.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2022
  • Debbie D.
    1 contribution
    The beach is dirty and the vibe is racist.
    Confederate flags fly high everywhere. The locals are pleasant enough, but I wouldn't trust the area at night. The vibe the flags create is "we will smile to your face and take your money, but black and brown people aren't welcome." It's not what I'm about and don't want my family to think that's okay. You might enjoy Crystal beach/Port Bolivar if you don't care about that or you don't mind if your family is subjected to that messaging. Otherwise, find another beach to visit. The only redeeming quality is you can drive right on the beach, but it's kind of dirty.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written May 21, 2022
  • Michelle P
    Austin, Texas6 contributions
    Racist Riviera
    I had been going to Bolivar/Crystal beach since I was a child, but this was the first time in 20 years. Never again. This place is nothing but full of racists touting flags with obscenities up and down the beach. At least they identified themselves so we could avoid them. I would definitely not bring young children here unless you want them to learn some choice new words before they head back to school. There was also quite a bit of trash on the beach and cars/golf carts zipping up down so it's like playing frogger to get down to the beach. Oh and constant fireworks from dark till whenever the last drunk finally falls asleep or runs out. So disappointing when all we were looking for was some relaxing time by the ocean.
    Visited July 2022
    Written August 3, 2022
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Teresa M
7 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Reading some of these reviews I see where color seems to be a big issue, but my family and I went and we are of the Hispanic race and were not treated any other way...we were left alone..people driving by would wave and say hi..we had a great time!! Music of all types..yes there is a lot of trash but that is later towards dark when people are leaving and also i wish there were more restrooms and they would keep them clean but we will definitely go back
Written September 9, 2020
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texdentist
North Richland Hills, TX835 contributions
Sep 2021
We have been to Crystal Beach several times lately helping some friends settle into a new house near the beach. I see a lot of negative reviews about overt displays of conservatism, Trump flags, etc. Unfortunately, they are true, but mainly on the very busy weekends (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). Also avoid Top Down weekend, which is a rowdy weekend of thousands of Jeep owners partying. Google it to find the dates. They also are much more numerous from Crystal Beach city eastward than going west. Also, the beaches are wider and much less populated west of Crystal Beach. Most of the time, I would consider Crystal Beach to be a great place to visit. There are some seriously good restaurants -- Jose's Cantina for either Mexican Food or Seafood and Stingaree's for mostly seafood were way better than expected. Both also have great bars and live music many weekends. The Tiki Beach Bar had one of the best hamburgers I have had in a while, and a very diverse menu. The water is muddy, as is most of the Gulf Coast, but the beaches that I have seen are generally very clean. If you like the sound of breaking waves, Crystal Beach is for you. I'm sure complaints of trashy beaches are from the busy, party ends of the beach after a weekend of crowds. I have not seen them myself. I will be going back and very much looking forward to the great food.
Written September 16, 2021
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Cristal A
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
I’ve been to this beach numerous times and always encounter some type of racist vibe. I genuinely loved going here, but as of lately, even trying to rent a house to stay here with a group of friends is challenging because of the hosts. ( yes, paying for each person who will be sleeping there) Wish things were different! Going to have to look for a different beach to go to.
Written April 24, 2023
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Bacons on the Road
64 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a nice beach. You do need to purchase a $10 parking pass to drive/park on the beach. We were only there three hours and had our vehicle checked three times, so they do take it seriously. Sand was packed down, which made driving extremely easy. We have four wheel drive, but it was not necessary. What really struck me was how CLEAN this beach was. We recently visited South Padre Island and the drive-on beach had an insane amount of trash, which was so sad. Even though we only visited for an afternoon, the $10 fee was totally worth it for us.
Written March 5, 2020
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beachgoer
1 contribution
Jun 2020
My family rented a house near Crystal Beach and at first, we were very excited about having the beach so close until we actually drove down to it. Like all the beaches around Galveston, both the sand and water are brown, but that seems to be the only brown thing welcome around here. The beach is covered with people riding up and down in trucks and dune buggies waving confederate flags and trump flags. We were harassed by these confederates while we were minding our own business standing in the water. People screamed "a**hole" at our group for just standing in the water by a passing ATV. Another group of people in a truck started yelling at an immunocompromised member of our family who was wearing a mask that coronavirus wasn't real and that they should take their mask off. The confederate flags made us uncomfortable and unwelcome, to begin with, but the continued harassment has made this one of the WORST beaches we have ever been to.
Written June 28, 2020
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Antua G.
Lima, Peru8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Beautiful hotel, great location just in front of the beach. loved the room super spacious and impeccably cleaned.
And finally the crew Service was the best especially at the front desk if you have any questions or requests ask for Guillermo he is very helpful and attentive
100% RECOMMENDED
Written January 17, 2020
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Sharonda D
Miami, FL5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
I don’t think the people here want anyone that is not white to visit. The locals are very mean and disgusting for no reason. I was embarrassed for them. The beach is filthy with trash everywhere and it’s really not a pleasant beach experience. If you want a relaxing vacation in the beach, this isn’t it!
Written September 8, 2020
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snlprice
Cumby, TX8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Spent the week in Bolivar Peninsula and drove down the beach to Crystal beach, so beautiful and so many shells. Can’t wait to go back and camp on the beach. Quiet, peaceful and so relaxing. Bring bug spray for mosquitoes in the evenings. Also we went during the week, did notice a lot of people come Thursday and Friday and it gets more loud.
Written October 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Debbie D.
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Confederate flags fly high everywhere. The locals are pleasant enough, but I wouldn't trust the area at night. The vibe the flags create is "we will smile to your face and take your money, but black and brown people aren't welcome." It's not what I'm about and don't want my family to think that's okay.

You might enjoy Crystal beach/Port Bolivar if you don't care about that or you don't mind if your family is subjected to that messaging.
Otherwise, find another beach to visit.

The only redeeming quality is you can drive right on the beach, but it's kind of dirty.
Written May 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michelle P
Austin, TX6 contributions
Jul 2022
I had been going to Bolivar/Crystal beach since I was a child, but this was the first time in 20 years. Never again. This place is nothing but full of racists touting flags with obscenities up and down the beach. At least they identified themselves so we could avoid them. I would definitely not bring young children here unless you want them to learn some choice new words before they head back to school. There was also quite a bit of trash on the beach and cars/golf carts zipping up down so it's like playing frogger to get down to the beach. Oh and constant fireworks from dark till whenever the last drunk finally falls asleep or runs out. So disappointing when all we were looking for was some relaxing time by the ocean.
Written August 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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