|Crystal Beach, also known as Patton, stretches seven miles along State Highway 87 in the middle of Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County Texas.
Crystal Beach is a perfect place to visit, live, retire or get away! Soulful activities include walking, running, sunning, sailing, surfing, shelling, birding and just plain resting. With its small-town, quaint charm, the beach is relaxing and far away from the stress of "Life in the City". The local businesses and residents are friendly and will welcome you to the beach.
The peak tourist season begins with Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. The Bolivar Peninsula beaches have been attracting beach-goers and people-watchers for over 50 years.
Crystal Beach is a family oriented beach community. Most popular as a resort destination in the summer, the mild gulf climate makes it comfortable all year round. Crystal Beach and neighboring towns offer all the vacation amenities one needs. Fresh seafood abounds, that you can cook at home or enjoy in one of the many restaurants. And should you tire of the beach, the golf course is excellent.
As a resort town, Crystal Beach sees an influx of visitors each summer. Families spend time on the beach, with children making friends that they see year after year during the summer holidays. Days are leisurely, unhurried and filled with southern hospitality. Year-round residents support the tourist industry and enjoy the quiet off-season months and mild weather when they have the town to themselves.
The population of full-time residents is estimated at 1,600. Crystal Beach is thus the largest community on the peninsula in population as well as land area. Officials estimate that 80 percent of Crystal Beach property owners are "weekenders," so the summer, weekend, and holiday population is greatly expanded. Crystal Beach has a bank, a hotel, and a supermarket, and most of the real-estate agencies on the peninsula have their headquarters here.
Crystal Beach is named after its sand which is described as "sparkles like crystal". The average July high temperature is 93 degrees, the average January low is 51. Crystal Beach begins about 6.5 miles from the ferry and extends for about 7 miles. With low, grassy dunes on one side and the shallow water and gentle waves on the other, you can keep an eye out for the occasional seashell or rare sand dollar without worrying about getting lost.
There is one school, Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School, in the area. It is operated by Galveston Independent School District. Crystal Beach students attend Ball High School in Galveston for high school. Galveston College also serves Crystal Beach.
The United States Postal Service operates the Post Office at 2200 Highway 87 Crystal Beach, TX 77650-0717
Yearly Crystal Beach Endless Summer
Bash on Labor Day Weekend
- GOLF TOURNAMENT
- CHILI COOK OFF
- KIDS FISHING TOURNAMENT
- LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT!
Comments from visitors to Crystal Beach
"I would go to Crystal Beach. The waves are small and the beaches are large with alot of sand. The ferry ride over is pretty cool if you keep your eyes open you'll probably see some dolphins. Beach house rentals are the way to go. You just have to bring you own towels and bedding but you can live like your in your own home. You can also rent the bedding from the property managers for a small fee. You pay premium for a beach front house and less for each row further back away from the beach. The beach houses vary from old fishing cabins to new state of the art homes that would be the pride of any neighbor hood. Swedes rents more than three hundred homes and there are several other management company that do the same."
"We enjoyed our large beach house in Crystal Beach, TX. It had enough room for 8 people and had a large living room, two full bathrooms, a large deck and a covered parking place. We were a few rows back but were within walking distance to the beach. Our house also had access to a community pool, which the kids enjoyed. The area is so much less busy than Galveston. It's more family-friendly, too! Of course you can ride the free ferry across the bay to Galveston. The kids loved the 20 minute ride, watching the seagulls and dolphins."