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USA Texas Galveston Sunny Beach - Galveston Listing #4157

Happy in Margaritaville - Galveston, TX

74 reviews
Max occupancy: 10 2 Queen Bed, 6 Twin Bed 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 2 dog max  (40 lb weight limit) 
11203 Bernice Dr, Galveston, TX 77554

Oceanfront, dog-friendly luxury with unparalleled Gulf Coast views

This four-bedroom gulf-front Galveston vacation rental offers you the chance to experience the Texas coast while staying in the lap of luxury. With space for as many as 10 guests and two dogs, and boasting plenty of modern amenities, you may never want to leave!

Slip away from the hustle and bustle while you explore the shores of Galveston. This is the beach community sits close to town - it's only a block or so from the Seawall. Just seven miles from the historic Galveston Pleasure Pier, and five blocks from eateries, this rental puts you right in the heart of the action on the island.

Redesigned in 2014 by an award-winning designer, the decor lets beach-side ambiance flow through the home, bringing the coast to you.

Kick the sand off your feet as you make your way up to the stilted entrance of your home away from home. An open and spacious layout allows for all of your guests to spread out in the sprawling interior.

The bright and airy living room has high vaulted ceilings, towering picture windows, and an unobstructed view of gently crashing waves. Plenty of seating makes it easy to enjoy a family movie night on the flatscreen HDTV. Whether you're watching a DVD or staying up to date on your favorite show via cable, there's plenty of room to curl up and enjoy.

Take advantage of the fast WiFi by looking up a recipe to try in the upgraded kitchen. With ample counter space and a sit-at bar, your culinary assistants will be able to sip a glass of wine while they help you create your delicious dish. There's an additional cabinet top ice maker that can make up to 25 pounds of ice a day! Stepping out of the living room and onto the expansive deck, you'll be greeted by all-encompassing water views that span the Galveston coast. Grill up a tasty BBQ dish on your stainless steel gas grill as you watch the stars come out over the Gulf Coast.

Sleeping up to 10 vacationers (with a maximum of eight adults) and two canine companions up to 40 pounds with a fee, this luxurious home has everything you're looking for to enjoy a care-free, stress-free stay. When you're ready to retire, four bedrooms - each with its own unique layout and sleeping options - await.

The master bedroom boasts a relaxing queen-size bed, access to the lower deck, and tons of storage space. In the second bedroom two twin-size beds make the room cozy, and convenient. The third bedroom has two sets of twin bunk beds, allowing four people to stay in the room, while still having enough space to spread out. The fourth room has another queen-size bed.

The warm sands of the Texas coast beckon you to come play. Rent a jet ski, or book a spot on a local fishing tour to delve into the Gulf Coast and quench your thirst for excitement. Schlitterbahn Water Park has everything you need to give your younger vacationers a unique and fun experience while staying safe in the water.

When hunger starts to take center stage, take you group over to Cafe Michael Burger. Just five blocks from your front door, Cafe Michael Burger has tasty American fare and something to please everyone's palate. If you're looking for a seaside bar to quench a more adult thirst, head to Woody's Beachside Bar. Four blocks from your rental, you'll be able to indulge in some Galveston specialty cocktails.

Come experience the beach life at this gulf-view Texas coastal vacation rental, and delve into relaxation.

*Please note: this home resides in a noise-sensitive area and the owners participate in our Good Neighbor protection program. Our smart home technology will alert our team if excessive decibel or occupancy levels are detected, allowing us to reach out directly with a friendly reminder rather than risking a noise complaint from a neighbor. This technology is privacy compliant, and only monitors the presence of decibels and devices—not any personal conversation or information. Thank you for supporting our efforts to be good neighbors!*

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AMENITIES

Activities

Boogie board

Features

Washer/dryer : Private

Central AC

Kitchen

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Stove

Media

Internet

Cable

DVD player

TV

Wireless router

Miscellaneous

Snowbird-friendly

Iron

Outdoor

Gas grill : Private

Deck

Scenic

Water view

Waterfront

74 reviews

Sherry B. Sep 2019
The house was exceptionally nice compared to others, as was the lawn and beach! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The location was great and close to everything. A good place for a couple or a small group. We'll stay again.

The only drawback was the place hadn't been cleaned very well, so we cleaned some when we got there.
Manager response:
Sherry, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback following your stay. It sounds like you had a great time! We apologize our housekeepers missed some things. We have passed your comments along to our local manager who will follow up with our housekeepers to ensure cleans are being completed thoroughly. We look forward to hosting you again!
Paul V. Aug 2019
Roomy, welcoming and right on the private beach. Spent nights in the large back porch overlooking the ocean and listening to the waves. Wish I stayed longer than 3 days! Will try to the next time.
Holly M. Jul 2019
We loved the house, location close to town, the closeness to the beach, the privacy, and the deck! Everything we needed was already supplied.
Not a single complaint, we shall return !
carrie w. Jul 2019
We have a multiple family trip yearly and this is one of the best houses ever. Great location. Perfect set up for multiple families. Access to the beach is awesome.
Jenica K. Jul 2019
This was our second time staying at this home and it was just as wonderful as the first time. My family and I love this home because it is comfortable and easy to get to the beach. Perfect vacation home! We will be staying here again for sure!
Jesus S. Jun 2019
Good location and home.
Jeff T. Jun 2019
Great place!!
Kimberly Lynn F. Jun 2019
Took my kids and grandkids, everyone loved it
Lana H. Jun 2019
Lots of windows letting the light in and being able to see the ocean from the deck.
Christy F. Jun 2019
This place was so convenient and so close to everything ! If you go into town this is where you want to stay. Beachfront was amazing they have everything that we needed. We will return!
Becky G. May 2019
We keep coming back.
Lyn M. May 2019
Great weekend here, fabulous location, right on the beach!
jerry h. May 2019
Ocean view, just a great house.
Kimberly S. Apr 2019
Our family had a wonderful vacation at this home. It is well-appointed and very comfortable.
Krystal R. Oct 2018
This house is beautiful and in a great location!! We were steps from the beach!
Sharlyn S. Oct 2018
Loved being right on the beach. The house had been maintained very well. Will definitely stay here again.
Tom R. Oct 2018
The best thing was the fabulous view of the beach and gulf. Great house with very comfortable beds. Would definitely go back again.
mark w. Aug 2018
This place was awesome! Right on a private beach with easy access. Short 10 minute ride to get into downtown and the pier. The house itself was as advertised and amazing. We will return !
J. Nicholas S. Jul 2018
Great location. Close enough to town and beach. Very comfortable.
Sue P. Jun 2018
We enjoyed the beach and privacy of location. The beach house is in bad need of repairs. Bathroom door knobs were so hard to open, we got a calous on our hands. Could not open bedroom doors to deck. Tile in bath coming loose around tub.
Becky G. Jun 2018
The house is in great location to stores/Starbucks etc. Beautiful view and nice quite beach, even though it was Memorial Day and Galveston was hoping we were in our little sanctuary. Very clean and beautiful! Wish I could own this place! I will return...
Sue B. May 2018
Everything was great! Only improvement needed was clear directions for tv. We wanted to watch Netflix but when we clicked that button the tv went off—-so had to start the tv process again which we had to work on ourselves. Directions would have helped.
Nicola N. Apr 2018
We stayed for a week from 3 Apr 18. Fabulous house; exactly as photos suggest. It is luxurious with a homely feel. Excellent kitchen equipment- particularly the blender for fresh fruit smoothies. The raised deck was beautiful when the weather allowed (half of our stay was very cold and windy with rain!). Lots of buckets and spades, beach chairs & inflateables downstairs. A couple of boogie boards - we left an extra one behind as a donation (it wouldn't fit in the suitcase anyway!). We had great fun on the beach, making sandcastles, boogie boarding & swimming. The sea is never clear, due to Mississippi silt and the surrounding land formation, but we knew that before we flew out (from UK). Watching the pelicans dive for fish was fascinating. The huge TV was great for those days when weather wasn't so good.
The Dollar store, to the west, was handy for the odd grocery top up/forgotten essentials and there's a huge Walmart in town for the bulk shop. Jimmy's Pier was a great meal out - fab service with friendly staff.
Our daughter left behind her beloved cuddly crocodile in one of the top bunks; she is heartbroken. We are keeping all fingers crossed (after emailing and phoning) that 'Crocky' will be sent safely back to us, in England ( we only got home yesterday ).
'Happy in Margaritaville' was a wonderful holiday house; we were just a little unlucky with the weather... we hadn't appreciated that you could get British winter weather on the Texas coast in April!!
I will definitely miss waking up to the wonderful view.
Cliff T. Apr 2018
Claire F. Mar 2018
This is a beautiful house on the beach.
Mary C. Nov 2017
This house is great and has a wonderful location. The only issue we had was that the air conditioner fan was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation while it was running. Think it’s about to go out. The kitchen was the best equipped we have ever seen. We would love to rent again, just hope they fix the air conditioner.
Ly T. Nov 2017
I enjoy the stay
Alan W. Oct 2017
Great time for our three generation family. The location and accommodations were perfect for us.
Clifton W. Oct 2017
Location, Location, Location and View, View, View! As you walk in the front door you are embraced with a spectacular beach view! Nothing between you and the beach. Well appointed kitchen for eating in and CLOSE to town if you like eating out!
Kathy A. Sep 2017
Our stay there was just as great as it was a month ago. We enjoyed watching our two dogs playing in the surf. The short walk down to the beach was very convenient when carrying chairs and umbrella. Another relaxing and satisfying stay at Happy in Margaritaville.
Patrice M. Sep 2017
Beginning to feel like home. This is our second time here and we'll definitely do it again.
Kathy A. Aug 2017
Loved our stay at Happy in Margaritaville! The location is not only adjacent to the beach, but to all businesses on the Sea Wall. The view of the beach from the deck was awesome and privacy was a bonus. We will definitely rent this property again next vacation.
PAULA T. Jul 2017
Jeri H. Jul 2017
We have stayed here for 1 week each summer for the past 3 years and are very sad that our family has outgrown the maximum capacity.
The home and location are perfect! We particularly like the outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Would highly recommend to anyone.
TIen T. Jul 2017
Having the beach so close made the stay 10x more enjoyable. Our family could easily run back and forth between the house and the ocean, which made the overall vacation much more pleasant. I would recommend this house even though it is a bit pricier. It's worth it!
Anna Carla S. Jun 2017
Beautiful house, beautiful island, beautiful staff… Will definitely do it again
Thank you vacasa
Leigh P. Jun 2017
After owning a home in Pirates Beach for more than a decade, I was skeptical about renting a house in Galveston, but this place was great. The location is close to the Seawall but still feels removed. The neighborhood is small so the beach was never crowded--even with Sunny Beach right between two pocket parks where cars can park directly on the beach. The best thing I can tell you about this house is that we are already planning our return trip!

Here are things I wish I had known:
--The house is at the end of the block so there is no house on the left, which made for a quiet weekend.
--The rooms are smaller than they appear in the photos. Still comfortable except for bunk room which is quite crowded, especially when 4 people had all their belongings in there. It also has no dresser or closet.
--House set up is very conducive for groups--large living area in the middle lined with windows facing the Gulf and a deck across the back; two bedrooms on each side and both bathrooms accessible from the hallway.
--There is a large storage closet on the ground floor with lots of toys, lawn chairs (but no beach chairs), grill etc.
--The outdoor shower is fantastic! Very private and lots of shelves.
--The listing indicates that house includes starter amounts of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, toiletries and laundry soap but plan on bringing your own. With 10 ladies, we went through all and even bought more. We also had to purchase dish soap, a sponge, hand soap and shower gel. (None provided) Only enough detergent for two loads of laundry.
--The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and serving pieces, but did not have a cookie sheet or enough utensils. We had only 9 forks for 10 people. We purchased plastic forks while there.
--There is an ice maker in the freezer but it is slow to fill. We bought bags of ice every day for our beverages and coolers.
Ashley W. Apr 2017
This was a great spot for our girls' weekend! The home itself was even better than the pictures and even closer to the beach than it seemed in the pictures!
Angela . Apr 2017
The house is fantastic, both close to everything and very private as well. We'll definitely return!
Laura E. Mar 2017
We loved our stay at Happy in Margaritaville! It was cozy with plenty of room for the 8 adults we had. It had everything we needed and a perfect location steps away from the beach.
Jay C. Mar 2017
I surprised my lovely wife with a short 3-night stay here with immediate family members (kids and grand-kids). The location is superb for us, close to home and the seawall but still far enough away from the crowds. The house is perfect for our group size. Updates and furnishings are nice and modern. The beach is small and messy with gulf debris but it is so nice to enjoy from the porch.

This surprise won me many "brownie points" Thanks.
Alissa G. Mar 2017
10 close friends rented the home for the weekend. It is a wonderful location, close to all the amenities and excitement that Galveston has to offer and right on the beach. The house had everything we could need for the weekend and was well decorated and maintained. Very satisfied!
Mark V. Mar 2017
Came down for the first weekend of spring break. Great home for a weekend getaway. Great location for a family not wanting to be to far away from all the action but wanting some privacy to enjoy some quality family time.
Robert H. Mar 2017
Good place to find, Great place to stay! Far enough from the crowd, but close to the action. Great location!
Tamisha L. Jan 2017
Whe had a wonderful time even though the temperature outside was 30 degrees. Plenty of room . Right on the Beach!! Loved it.
Mary Ann K. Nov 2016
This house has EVERYTHING ! We cooked a variety of foods and there were dishes and utensils for all eight of us with enough for company too ! Four couples stayed a week and never felt cramped. The layout is perfect. The deck is a haven. We will be back .....SOON !
Johnsie T. Nov 2016
Awesome House, Awesome Location, Awesome Experience!
Clifton W. Oct 2016
beautiful home, close to town, plenty of parking and fantastic view!
Patrice M. Oct 2016
Love the place! Will definitely try to stay here again!
John L. Oct 2016
Great place, view was great. Loved that we could park our cars under the house.Short walk to beach.
Bob L. Sep 2016
On the beach on Galveston, there are two types of properties for rent. Nicer, quality ones that you are happy paying more for to get something like you would be happy to live in full time; and then there are ones that are probably being held strictly for the income, with less regard for maintenance and repair of items that invariably start going downhill with rentals.
When you see so many things that are obviously being ignored by the rental company and the owner, you understand that you've rented one of the latter types.
This property falls into that last description. I feel like it was rented frequently this season by parties (maybe literally) that don't care about how a place looks and is maintained.
That said, if you're looking for a beach party house that a dozen young adults might share rental fees for a party place, you will only be unhappy that it is priced like a better rental should be.
Manager response:
We are disappointed to see this guest was not more pleased with their accommodations. While this guest did experience maintenance issues, they have all been addressed since this guest's departure now that there have been openings in the rental schedule to get serious work done. The home has had a facelift including interior/exterior paint, window screens, door hardware, and new fixtures. Sheetrock has been repaired, and the internet issue has been addressed. Being on four beachfront lots with a panoramic view of the water, and being the closest beach house to the sea wall, we feel that we offer a great value to our guests and will continue to do so.
Jamie H. Sep 2016
There were a couple of issues with the house, but over all we had a great time! Beautiful house with great views!! At the end of the street. the beach access was very very close, loved it. No vehicles are allowed on this stretch of the beach, so seemed like it was our own private beach! Loved it and would come back!
Vicki M. Jul 2016
We stay there for one week and could not be happier with the location. loved it!!!
Deborah R. Jul 2016
Never really sure when you book someplace on-line but this home was a great find. We had a total of 8 adults and 3 children and home suited our needs well. First lets talk about location. It is right on 8 mile beach in Glaveston and though not private is blocked from vehicle traffic except patrol and maintenance. So set up your canopies and not having to worry about children and vehicles was a relief. Oh and this house is on beach, walk out door and over dune and there you are. Now for house, did not have any issues with mosquitoes, parking is great, held 2 large pick-ups, 1 SUV and 1 car with plenty of spare room. Downstairs is enclosed trash area, locked door into storage space, which even though list said surf board and boogie board, did not see those but plenty of toys, along with the gas grill, chairs and numerous other stuff. On one side is the shower with hot and cold water and on outside is the foot shower. Do be careful going barefoot in grass there are some grass burrs and fire ants. There is a stairway in front and one in the back to the deck that spans the whole back. There is a table along with chairs on the back deck. One door leads into the living/dining area and 2 doors at each end into queen rooms, one being the master. Only 2 baths which we worked around, another 1/2 bath would have been nice with as many as we had. Living area is huge and bar at kitchen we really never seemed crowded. Believe me when I say you don't need to bring anything for the kitchen except food. It was stocked with every gizmo you can think of, pots, pans, dishes, utensil's, appliances, and even a junk drawer. Bathrooms have toilet tissue but nothing beats charmin and small soap and a couple small bottles of shampoo are provided. Towels are plentiful and this home has a washer/dryer combo which is nice. They do advise not to use dryer sheets due to fire issues. Wi-fi is provided but for some reason all phones and tablets would connect but not open also printer on desk had broken plug-in prong, we didn't need it, more of a safety issue. Overall we had a wonderful time and will stay here in the future and will highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay in Galveston.
Maria R. Jul 2016
Is a beautiful house to enjoy, Thanks
Marina T. Jun 2016
This is the first time we have ever rented a beach house and the experience was awesome! It was hard leaving such a beautiful relaxing place. Can't wait till we have the opportunity to stay again.
Stephanie S. Jun 2016
We couldn't have asked for a better location. Steps from the beach, with a large deck and lots of windows. However, watch out if you have very young children. I spent half of our first day finding places to stash all the breakable knick-knacks. :)
Judy J. Jun 2016
perfect location for beach experience
Cathy H. May 2016
This beach house had everything you could ask for and more. It was well supplied, esp in the kitchen. The beds were good, linens were ample, there was all sorts of things to play with in the storage room, good grill and washer/dryer, and the best part was the beach location is perfect!!! The only thing that would have made it better would have been an ice maker and better weather. I highly recommend "Happy in Margaritaville."
Ly N. May 2016
Beautiful single story open floor plan. Nicely decorated. Very clean. Had all the amenities we needed. Great location close to town and steps away from the beach.
Nadine P. Feb 2016
Look forward to staying again...