Hibernate In Texas: 16 Vacation Rentals Perfect For Snowbirds


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.

Colorful Dramatic Sunset Over Lake Travis golden and purple reflecting off water around the cove of high limestone cliffs outside of Austin , Texas Hill Country
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Lake Travis

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

Nestled between the scenic Hill Country and North Austin, this first-floor unit is located in The Hollows on the north shore of Lake Travis. Stay in shape while you snowbird. This master-planned community’s 1,400 acres feature miles of hiking trails, a fitness center, and four pools! Shopping, restaurants, and entertainment can all be found close by.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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, onsite amenities include a hot tub, kiddie pool, playground, small gym, and a tennis court.

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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 a 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.

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New Braunfels

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. For shoppers, antique shops and boutiques dot the German 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 may 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 pools and a hot tub, 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, TX is just 20 minutes away.

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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 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.

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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.

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2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home

Nestled on 53 acres, “Two Angels Ranch” offers the best of both worlds: its 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.

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Port Aransas

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….


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