About Crystal Beach
and Bolivar Peninsula
| Bolivar is a
peninsula on the
upper Texas coast between the Gulf of Mexico and East Galveston Bay. It
lies in a northeasterly direction separated from Galveston Island by
the Houston Ship Channel and the Bolivar Roads, 3 miles wide. Free Public
the Peninsula with Galveston Island.
The Peninsula is called "an offshore sandbar at the eastern end of a
chain of islands extending along the Texas and Mexico coasts". The
widest point of the Peninsula's 27 miles is between Crystal Beach and
Caplen, (about 3 1/2 miles). It is also known as a barrier peninsula.
Bolivar Peninsula was named in honor of Simon Bolivar (1783-1836), a
freedom leader fighting to free South and Central America from Spanish
industries of Bolivar
Peninsula are mainly tourism and commercial fishing, concentrating on
harvesting and marketing shrimp, crabs and oysters. Their boats are
docked at the seafood houses, and are a great photo opportunity on a
There are five small communities on the peninsula. Port Bolivar,
Crystal Beach, Caplen, Gilchrist and High Island, none of which are
incorporated. Crystal Beach has the largest population. It is primarily
community catering to summer tourists. There are several hundred beach
houses available to rent on a weekly basis from the many real estate
companies, or individual home owners. The rental units are all
privately owned homes with full kitchens and sleeping facilities for
families of any size.
You will find a variety of fine restaurants, grocery stores, a bank,
water slide, night clubs, gift shops, convenience stores
- even a golf course!