We have been going to Crystal Beach Texas for quit a few years.
This is a great vacation for you and your friend to take together.
Crystal Beach has a few hotels, but if you can get your friends to go, you can go in halves and rent a beach house.
Depending on how many goes, the size of the house, and where it is located decides the amount you will spend. A good part of the houses there, are for rent. And you can rent for the weekend or for the whole week.
This would be a great vacation for the singles who like to party.
On the beach, in the heart of Crystal Beach, they have a place called the Zoo. If you prefer lots of people make reservation way in advance for a holiday.
The Zoo is this strip of beach that stretches around a mile long where all the locals and out of town singles and partiers go. This is really not a place for kids, for you never know what your going to see. People are parked on both sides of the path, with cars driving back and forth in the middle. Its kinda like spring break every holiday. I have seen speakers in the back of a truck, that was so big they could have been used in a concert. I an seen women stop traffic, get in front of a truck and start mud wrestling. I have seen people actually bring a pole to dance on. I have seen an artist set up and paint bathing suits on. And they look real. That's the wild part of the place.
If you are more of a laid back type of person, go when it is not a holiday. Get a place farther down the beach from the zoo and build a fire. You and your friends can start your own little party just by waving and hollering at the people that go by. If you build it they will come, LOL.
But, you can't be bashful if your single and want to meet new people. If you are bashful bring a friend who is not.
The people are very friendly there and it doesn't take much.
Now beside that they have family type fun stuff too, like a water slide, bumper boats, and down the road there is another small water park. There is a lot of good places to eat. My favorite is Stingrays and Steve's Landing. Their is a place you can rent golf carts to ride up and down the beach. And, you can't forget about the great fishing. I don't fish, but I like watching the people surf fish.
Also, you are only around 10 minutes from the ferry that will carry you in to Galveston. But Galveston is a whole nother review in itself.
To sum it all up, I would say Crystal Beach is just a small, down home beach town, where the people are friendly and the good times never end.
Update On Jun 24, 2008: The picture with the mask is mardi gras. The picture of the band on the trailer is from July 4th, party. The other picture is to show the fishing. And the others are to show the beautiful views.
Update On Jul 07, 2008: We just went back, for the forth. Disney has nothing on these people down there. The fireworks start at dark and go on heavy till 11pm or 12pm. Fireworks as far as the eyes can see, down the beach for miles, you have got to love it. They lighten up a little after 12pm, and go on for who knows when. My crew got tired before they ended. It very beautiful and a sight to see.
Update On Oct 02, 2008: I would hold off on this one for awhile. Ike, made this place look like a nuclear bomb hit it. The last two picture are a before and after of my parents beach house. It will take at least a year to clean up the peninsula, maybe two???