This is Bolivar like you’ve never seen.

Those who know Bolivar know it’s no ordinary destination. Nestled just northeast of Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula is its own Texas treasure. A national refuge for coastal birds and fishing, the area has become a vacation destination for families and tourists across the state. With beautiful vacation homes, peaceful beaches and local fun—some say it’s Texas’ best kept secret.

About Bolivar Peninsula

About 27 miles long and 3-1/2 miles wide, Bolivar Peninsula was named in honor of Simon Bolivar for his fight to free these lands from Spanish rule. Our five residential communities include Crystal Beach, Port Bolivar, Caplen, Gilchrist and High Island, and at the northwest side, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll find the historic Bolivar Lighthouse, built in 1872, which once guided ships entering Galveston Bay. It served for 61 years before being retired in 1933.

Each of these areas is rich with history and unique in beachfront, fishing waters, birding and small-town charm. The population more than doubles during the summer months as owners of beach homes and tourists arrive to enjoy the beach, bay sunsets, fishing and relaxation.

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Galveston County COVID-19 Business Task-force


Amidst the pandemic, it is critical that all citizens adhere to safety precautions not only as a means to stay healthy but also to preserve the opportunity to engage, patronize and support small businesses in Galveston County.

Do you pledge to do your best to remain informed of the latest recommended health and safety guidelines, to sanitize your facility frequently, to provide personal protective equipment and sanitation tools to your staff, and to take all steps you can to protect your employees, customers, and the greater Galveston County community? 


In partnership between the Galveston County Health District and local chambers of commerce, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has formed a county-wide COVID-19 Business Taskforce to respond to the needs of the business community during the pandemic.