Galveston Island is an alluring vacation destination ideal for fishing, paddle boarding and beach lounging. Somewhat reminiscent of Savannah, the streets are rich with history via old Victorian homes, which often serve as Airbnbs. Galveston also has an abundance of cute cottages, tiny homes and bungalows that offer a different experience than the typical condo. So if you are looking for affordable and intriguing lodging in town, these are the best Airbnbs in this Texas beach town.
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Within the East End Historic District, this age-old manor is located near the Strand, beach and bars or restaurants. Described as a tropical mansion, the 1905 structure exudes Victorian charm. Accented with period furniture, the Vanilla Orchid Room has a rich appeal that may or may not inspire one to throw on a velvet robe and sip brandy. Outdoor verandas allow guests to breathe in the fresh beach air while taking in the city views, and as the icing on top, these patio spaces have a touch greenery surrounding.
Clawfoot tubs, curving staircases, glossy wood floors—this National Register of Historic Places mansion is equipped with private suites and plenty of 1800s era flare. This suite also features a shower in addition to its antique tub, and the linens are soft and plush. Relax in the parlor, read a book in the library, or lounge on one of the porches. Since much of Galveston is thought to be haunted, it comes at no surprise that this Victorian home, one of the oldest here, is visited by ghost enthusiasts.
Why not rent an entire historic home built in the early 1900s? Located on Old East End, the Sofie Hansen House is amongst a neighborhood on the U.S. National Historic Register. You can fully settle into the dining room, living spaces and quaint kitchen, while really immersing into the Old Galveston way of life. In an ideal location, the beach atmosphere is only 10 blocks away. Seven guests can comfortably call this place home while on vacation.
Victorian homes are quite abundant in Galveston, and they make for the most lovely Airbnb stays. Only a half-mile from the beach, this full home rental is the perfect blend of traditional accommodation and a beachside location. The host provides all the beach towels, and there’s an outdoor shower to rinse sand and salt. Big bonus—on Sundays in the summer, fireworks can be seen while sitting on the porch.
Step into a time of nostalgia in this pastel and aqua vintage camper, equipped with a table, toilet, bed and cozy porch access, because it’s located behind a lovely Victorian home in the backyard. The camper was manufactured in the 70s but has been restored to its former glory. Keep in mind, showering space is outside, but the location is excellent as the beach is three blocks away and the Strand District, with shops and eateries only one mile away.
Beautifully situated on a coastal bayou, the stilt home was constructed in the early 2000s. Not only are the porch views incredible, but you can also fish the waters below without even having to pack up the gear and head somewhere else. The bungalow is quite serene, so if you’re looking for a quiet getaway, it fits the bill. With two bedrooms and one bath, four guests can be accommodated.
This precious tiny home with the cutest name has two bedrooms, one bath, but three beds, so it’s perfect for four guests. The pint-sized baby blue cottage has airy 1945 charm, and is ideally situated near the Seawall, Pleasure Pier, the famous Strand for endless shopping, eating and exploring. There’s on-site compact car parking, while two regular-sized cars can park in the street.
Love Airstreams? You’re in luck. “Louise” the Airstream was built in the 60s and is tucked in a little nook beside the historic Charles W. Adams house. The beach and Strand are within walking distance, as the trailer is in the Silk Stocking District. The inside has been fully renovated from the cabinets to the floors, so you’ll be living in style despite the low square footage. Louise feels like a little private paradise with its tropical outdoor decor.
Recently constructed, this tiny home is modern while featuring little details of older homes. The host has included numerous perks in addition to the ladder accessible loft, dreamy kitchen and two bedrooms. You’ll find all kinds of goodies stored on the bottom level, from water surfing boards to beach cruisers. And the back yard is an oasis of its own, with a snuggly, chic fire pit area. You’ll be totally refreshed after a week in this bright, uplifting Galveston paradise.