The only thing that should be frozen this winter is your margarita. That’s why we rounded up the best Vrbos for snowbirds in Port Aransas, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, South Padre Island, Lake Travis, and Galveston. All of these Texas vacation rentals are available long-term. However, not all of them are pet-friendly, so be sure to check the listing if you plan on bringing fur babies.
Spend the winter on one of the most beautiful lakes in Texas Hill Country. Located northwest of Austin, Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado River. The massive lake sits just 30 minutes away from downtown Austin.
2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo
Located in The Island on Lake Travis, this waterfront condo looks out onto a peaceful cove surrounded by beautiful trees. Amenities include two outdoor pools with hot tubs, one indoor pool with a hot tub, a full workout area, and a sauna. There are also two enclosed tennis courts, and each end of the island has a barbecue area.
One king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, and a bunk bed mean this two-bedroom condo can sleep six adults. It also comes with a washer/dryer. You can bring your dog for a nightly pet fee. A large kennel and bedding is available. Swim or fish off the cove on either side of the bridge entering the island.
2 Bed, 2 Bath Apartment
Situated on a secluded bend that overlooks Cypress Creek Arm, this apartment offers picturesque views of Lake Travis from every room as well as its private covered balcony. The apartment is attached to the main house where the owner resides. Guests do have access to the patio and pool. It only has a mini-kitchen with a hot plate, mini-fridge, wet bar, microwave, and toaster oven, but there is a barbecue grill. There’s an additional charge if you want to have more than four guests sleep over, but the limit is six. This location is within walking distance of Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, while The Oasis, Volente Beach Resort and Waterpark, and Riviera Marina are just minutes away.
South Padre Island Area
South Padre Island is for snowbirds who are looking for a tropical island vibe. Known for its beaches, the Texas resort town sits on a barrier island of the same name off the southern coast of Texas. Go seashell hunting, experience the beach on horseback, and indulge in fresh seafood. Birdwatch at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, go deep sea fishing, and visit rescued sea turtles at Sea Turtle Inc.
2 Bed, 2 Bath Oceanfront Condo
Located in Saida Towers on South Padre Island, this beachfront resort rental features incredible views and amenities. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo sleeps six. The pool area, hot tub, and Gulf of Mexico are all right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include three pools (one seasonally heated), three hot tubs, a kiddie pool, an outdoor palapa bar and grill, four tennis courts, shuffleboards, and direct access to the beach.
Nearby, you’ll find dunes, white-sand beaches, shopping centers, restaurants, a grocery store, and activities.
2 Bed, 3 Bath Bayfront Home
Located on Hwy 100 in Port Isabel in a private gated community, this bayfront rental is only 4 miles from South Padre Island. The new two-story single-family home sleeps up to six. The master has a queen-sized bed, while the second bedroom has two twins. Each bedroom has a bathroom, complete with combination tub/shower. Whoever stays in the master can enjoy views of the South Padre Island skyline. It also has a stackable washer and dryer.
The backyard features a covered patio where you can birdwatch, see the sun go down, or look for dolphins. Community amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, and fishing pier. It should be noted that this property sits next to the community playground and basketball court — perfect if you’re traveling with kids. The pier has a ramp where people can put their kayaks in the water. It’s also a popular spot to wade fish.
2 Bed, 2 Bath Beachfront Condo
This cozy condo offers direct beach access and a pool! Enjoy beach views from the balcony. With one king-sized bed, two full-sized beds, one twin, and one sofa bed, this two-bedroom, two-bath condo can sleep up to six people. It also has a washer/dryer.
In addition to the pool, on-site amenities include a hot tub, kiddie pool, playground, small gym, and a tennis court.
3 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Beachfront Townhome
Part of the My Sapphire Luxury Beachfront Rentals, this tri-level townhome offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay. The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condo sleeps up to eight guests. It also has a washer/dryer.
Take advantage of resort amenities, including a hot tub, pool, gym, game room, and movie theater. Pamper yourself at the full-service on-site spa. Located south of the Queen Isabella Causeway, not only is it near the beach, but it’s also within walking distance of great shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Located between Austin and San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels offers something for everyone. It’s known for water recreation in the summer, when visitors flock to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to tube and kayak. It’s also home to a well-known waterpark, Schlitterbahn.
However, this Texas town offers plenty of things to do in the winter, too. For shoppers, antique shops and boutiques dot the German-influenced town. For golfers, The Bandit Golf Club is open to the public. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby Natural Bridge Caverns and Canyon Lake, while history buffs will appreciate stepping back in time in the charming small town of Gruene.
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo
Not only does this first-floor condo come with pool and hot tub access, but it also offers direct access to the Guadalupe River. With two bedrooms and two baths, it can sleep up to six guests. The first bedroom has a king-sized bed, while the second has bunk beds. It also has a washer and dryer as well as a private patio.
Shared amenities include two swimming pools, four hot tubs, sidewalk trails, picnic tables, and barbecue grills. This condo is conveniently located near Schlitterbahn, the Comal River, historic downtown New Braunfels, Landa Park, and Historic Gruene. Beautiful Canyon Lake, Texas, is just 20 minutes away.
3 Bed, 2 Bath Home
This lovely home is within walking distance of Naeglin’s Bakery (the oldest bakery in Texas) and other downtown restaurants and shops. Take in scenic views of the Guadalupe River from the historic Faust Street Bridge. Gruene, Gruene Hall, Gristmill Restaurant, Landa Park Golf Course, and other attractions are just a 5-minute drive away. But who wants to go anywhere when you have this amazing outdoor space?
Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is another charming German town in Texas. The epicenter of Texas Wine Country is sure to suit oenophiles, as it is home to 50 wineries. It also hosts several festive holiday activities! Visit Sauer-Beckmann Farm, a living history farm at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, to see what rural Texas life was like a century ago.
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home
Dubbed “Das Steinhaus,” this three-bedroom, two-bath home offers peaceful surroundings. Take in the unique porch views of a pasture, complete with horses and cattle. This beautifully decorated Hill Country cabin offers luxurious amenities, including a pool/hot tub, a stone fire pit, an outdoor TV, and a living room fireplace.
It’s just minutes away from some of the most popular wineries in Fredericksburg as well as the town’s historic downtown area. Wildseed Farm, Alstadt Brewery, and Trade Days are all fewer than 5 miles away, while the quaint Texas town of Luckenbach is just a few miles away.
4 Bedroom, 4 Bath House
This lovely four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house is called Estancia. Its 2,800 square feet accommodate up to 12 guests. It has not one, but two master bedrooms with king-sized beds. Two more bedrooms are upstairs. One has a queen-sized bed while the other has two queens. The living room also has a queen pull-out. The crowning jewel is the pool, nestled in a private courtyard, complete with a shaded patio. Do note that it costs an extra $50/day to keep the pool heated.
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home
Nestled on 53 acres, “Two Angels Ranch” offers the best of both worlds: It’s in a gorgeous country setting, while just a few minutes from downtown Fredericksburg. This two-bedroom, two-bath country cottage is decorated eccentrically. In addition to a swimming pool, this vacation home boasts a fire pit as well as a fireplace.
Dubbed the “Third Coast,” Texas Gulf Coast beaches are perfect for snowbirds who like sand and surf. Located north of Padre Island, Port Aransas is in the heart of Mustang Island, a barrier island that sits along the coast of Texas. The quaint island town boasts stellar bird-watching, especially at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. TravelAwaits writer Heide Brandes recommends Keepers Pier for fishing. Everyone gets around the island in golf carts, so you may want to rent one for the season.
3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Condo
Located on the second floor of the Grand Caribbean, this three-bedroom, three-bath condo is available for “winter Texans” monthly from December through February at just $2,100 per month (two-month minimum after January 1). The catch is that while this unit has been repaired since Hurricane Harvey, other parts of the building are still under construction. However, you can still enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony and community swimming pool!
Up to eight guests can sleep here, the master bedroom has a king bed, and the other two bedrooms have queen beds. Each has its own bathroom. There are roll-away beds as well. The master offers access to the oceanfront balcony. There’s a washer and dryer, too. Beach toys, floats, and boogie boards are available as are games and puzzles. A community boardwalk lets guests cross over the dunes to the beach. Check with the office when booking if you want to bring a smaller bay boat as boat parking is allowed.
Another beach town on “The Third Coast,” Galveston appears to be a city of oil refineries until you cross the bridge to the beach. This Gulf Coast town is more than meets the eye. In addition to the beach, attractions include Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston, Moody Gardens, 61st Street Fishing Pier, and historic downtown Galveston, where you can find its main shopping street, The Strand.
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Oceanfront Condo
This newly renovated condominium is located on the third floor of Palisade Palms on East Beach. Listen to the ocean waves and watch the sunset over the water on its spacious balcony. This two-bedroom condo can accommodate six guests. The master has a California king-sized Tempur-Pedic bed, while the second bedroom has two twin-sized beds. The couch in the den also pulls out into a full-sized bed. The unit comes with a washer and dryer.
Condo amenities include two heated swimming pools (one with water fountains for kiddos), two large hot tubs, a fitness center and dry sauna, and a game and media lounge that features a pool table, foosball, air hockey, and shuffleboard. There’s also a ping pong table, tennis court, basketball court, small playground, playroom, and more. A private boardwalk offers direct access to Grand Beach.
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bath Beach House
The beach is just steps away when you stay at “Bermuda Blue.” Located on a large corner lot in the Bermuda Beach subdivision, this 1,562-square-foot home sleeps nine. The master suite features a king-sized bed and beach views. The second bedroom has a queen bed, while the third has bunk beds. Plus, there’s a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room.
A large uncovered wrap-around deck offers plenty of room for lounging in the sun and listening to the waves. The outdoor shower lets you rinse off when you get back from the beach.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston, Moody Gardens, 61st Street, and 25th & Strand are all within a 10-mile drive.