Once Upon a Tide - If you've been on the lookout for the perfect vacation rental, your search is over. Book this lovely home today to experience the vacation of a lifetime!Every Seat is the Best Seat in the Living Room! - Whether you're watching TV or relaxing, the living room is a great place to be indoors and simply relax, catch up on your TV series and browse the web.You Have Arrived - Welcome to your own personal paradise and enjoy a vacation fit for royalty!Settle In - Everything you need in a vacation rental is provided. Settle into your home away from home and rest easy knowing everything is taken care of.Spacious Living Room - Large comfortable couches, a flat screen TV, and ceiling fan so you can enjoy your evenings with family and lots of breathing space.Dinner Time! - Enjoy a meal with your crew! Lots of bonding time will be had at this table.A Fully Loaded Kitchen -  With this full spread of a refrigerator, stove, and utensils, you'll have everything you need for the gourment.Designed for Maximum Comfort - Inside and out, every element was designed and built with your comfort in mind.A Few More Feet! - The ocean awaits! Since only a short walk separates you from the fun of the beach, why waste any time?This is the Life! - Is it just us or does it seem like everything's better by the beach?Primary Suite - Spacious and gorgeously decorated, the primary bedroom ensures that you’ll enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep.Late Night TV - Can’t sleep? No problem. Just turn on some late night TV and you’ll be drifting off to dreamland in no time.Getting Ready For The Day -  You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home in this bathroom, it makes getting ready each day quick and easy.Relax and Enjoy It - Enjoy a nice long soak in this beautiful tub.Second Bedroom - The second bedroom is a welcome retreat for a second couple or any children who may accompany you to Once Upon a Tide.Spend Time By Yourself - The bedroom is well-suited to meet your needs for rest and relaxation.More Bathrooms - With multiple bathrooms, there is enough space without waiting and lots of privacy.Love To Sleep? - This comfy bedroom is sure to be the site of long leisurely naps and deep sleep in the evening.Sleep In Comfort - Whether you need an afternoon siesta or you're ready to snuggle in for the night, you'll find these cozy beds to be just right!Perfect Start (or End) to Your Day - Sip your coffee at the patio table while watching the trees rustle in the breeze; or savor a final glass of wine under the twinkling stars. This spot is prime!A Few More Feet! - The ocean awaits! Since only a short walk separates you from the fun of the beach, why waste any time?Grab Your Towel and Head On Out to the Beach! - Whether you're bird watching or dolphin watching, there's always something exciting to catch your eye on the beach!Wish You Were Here? - You can be. Book today to reserve your preferred vacation dates!Spanish Grant Drone 2 editedSpanish Grant Drone 1DSC06784_edit

Once Upon a Tide


4.79/5 (64)


4.79/5 | 64 reviews

Cozy Beach Home – Ample space for your next coastal family reunion

3 BR | 2 Full Baths | Sleeps 10 | Water View

Galveston, TX


Property type

Gulf View


Beach Access


Wireless Internet


Where you'll be


Great Views, Steps to Beach, Beautiful House, Great Rate! With Modern vintage colonial décor - a nod to Galveston's rich Victorian history - Once Upon A Tide is a little different from your usual beach house. Original antiques blended with attractive moder...
Great Views, Steps to Beach, Beautiful House, Great Rate! With Modern vintage colonial décor - a nod to Galveston's rich Victorian history - Once Upon A Tide is a little different from your usual beach house. Original antiques blended with attractive modern comforts make this a memorable, delightfully comfortable & attractive house. A second-row home, only steps to the beach, there are great sea views from both upper deck and lower patio without the front row price. Wake up to morning coffee and sunrise over the sea on your deck or wind down and enjoy a glass of wine in the gentle breeze at sunset.

If you love making memories with family meals there's room for 12 at the dining table inside or feel the breeze as you BBQ on the charcoal grill and dine alfresco on ample picnic tables on the lower patio next to the porch swing. The kitchen is well equipped for your needs.

The living room, with high vaulted, paneled ceilings reminiscent of whaling cottages of a bygone era is surrounded by windows giving 180 degrees light and a bright airy feel. A home theater system with surround sound is installed above the fireplace so you can watch your favorite movies on Netflix, Hulu, etc, watch blue rays or DVDs & listen to music from your phone, iPod or Pandora.

Pamper yourself as you slip between crisp white sheets in antique pillow-top beds at the end of a great day enjoying the beach. The primary bedroom has a queen bed (sleep 2) & full en-suite bath including both a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. The primary bedroom also features Roku streaming television. The second bedroom has a queen bed (sleeps 2). The third bedroom is a children's loft, great for gaming (has Wii Nintendo) with two twins over twin trundle beds (sleeps 4). The living area also features queen size sleeper sofa with an upgraded memory foam mattress.

Once Upon A Tide is located in the smaller community of Spanish Grant Galveston Beach.  Fewer houses afford a semi-private feel to the beach and plenty of room for you to enjoy. It’s conveniently only a minute's drive from activities at Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Seawall, Pleasure Pier, and grocery stores.

Whether you are looking for an interestingly themed cottage or merely a beautiful house with all the modern comforts, great views, and steps from the beach you'll find it at Once Upon A Tide. There are three (3) approved public pedestrian pathways to the beach in Spanish Grant.  One is at the end of Spanish Grant Blvd. and the other two are at the east and west ends of Ventura. DO NOT enter the beach at Buena Vista dunes or by cutting through private property to access the beach.  Parking is only allowed on the beachside of the road on Buena Vista.

Spanish Grant is a quaint, cozy, welcoming, friendly, island beach village, established well before the ’90s, located just seven miles West of 61st Street, with just three rows of beach homes and offers multiple pathways to access the beach. The beach in Spanish Grant is not a drive-on beach, which many families with small children prefer.

Ryson partners exclusively with Gulf Coast Concierge to make your time on the island unforgettable! Gulf Coast Concierge understands it's the little things that count. Create your own adventures with beach gear and golf cart rentals, a sunset cruise or a bonfire and smores on the beach. Gulf Coast Concierge also offers fishing charters, photo sessions, and a variety of in-home services. If you can dream it, we will do our best to make it happen!

All Ryson properties are non-smoking.

Sorry, pets are not allowed at this home. If needing a pet-friendly vacation rental, please check out Ryson's pet-friendly vacation rentals.

It is recommended to review Ryson's Packing List when planning your vacation. If there are any questions, please contact us.

Events, parties, or guests attending prom are prohibited at this home, as well as any type of large gathering with guests not listed on the reservation's Guest Registration or exceeding the maximum occupancy. These provisions are strictly enforced by Ryson Vacation Rentals, and GARM (Galveston Association of Rental Managers) security. If any questions, please contact Ryson.

This vacation home should accommodate up to 4 vehicles to be parked at the property. Carpooling is highly recommended. Vehicles should be parked in the driveway or designated parking space. At no time should any vehicle be parked on lawns, yards or dune. Many HOAs do not allow parking for trailers, RVs, boats, etc. Please contact Ryson with any questions.

Spanish Grant offers three (3) approved public pedestrian pathways to the beach in Spanish Grant; at the end of Spanish Grant Blvd. and the east and west ends of Ventura. Please do not enter the beach at Buena Vista dunes or by cutting through private property to access the beach. Parking only allowed on the beachside of the road on Buena Vista from the beach.

Even if listed as a provided amenities, Ryson is unable to guarantee specific cable package, network or channels or cable and internet signal quality and cable may not be available on all TVs.

All reservations require a completed Ryson Rental Agreement, and the agreement holder must be at least 25 years of age to rent this property and provide a valid ID at check-in. Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out time is at 10 am.

Monthly rentals are considered in the off-season - Winter Texans, snowbirds, retirees, corporate stays, medical professionals, university students and plant workers are welcome. Extended stays or monthly rentals require a stay of 30+ nights, and these reservations are tax exempt. This is an immediate savings of 15%! Although most extended stay reservations are between the middle of November through February, extended stays may be considered anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Extended stay reservations may not be placed online, but a Ryson Vacation Planner would love to answer any questions you may have and help you reserve your extended stay.

Ryson, established in 2006, is the largest local vacation rental provider on Galveston Island, offering close to 300 vacation rentals, including Ryson's Luxury Collection, in-house maintenance, housekeeping, inspection, laundry and property management. Ryson’s team of Vacation Planners are Certified Tourism Ambassadors and more than happy to work with guests interested in renting multiple homes, as they offer expansive local knowledge and know Ryson's vacation homes.

GVR # 03085

Where you'll sleep

2nd Bedroom
3rd Bedroom
Twin Bunk Twin Bunk
Primary Bedroom
Living Room
Sofa Sleeper


Water View
Beach View
Gulf View
Beach Access
Property Features
TV (s)
Smoke Detector
Linens Provided
Private Entrance
Fire Extinguisher
DVD Player (s)
Wireless Internet
Washing Machine
Iron & Ironing Board
Grill - Charcoal
Outdoor Shower
Hot Water
Dishes and Utensils
Coffee Maker
Ice Maker
Bath Towels Provided
Nearby Activities
Medical Services
Miniature Golf
Fishing - Deep Sea
Fishing - Sound/Bay
Fishing - Surf


Reviews and guest comments are collected from verified guests that have filled out a survey regarding their stay or provided a review via a third party booking site.

Espy P.
Verified Guest Comment

Nicole C.
Verified Guest Comment

Cute House, very close to the beach, but needs a deep clean, has an old smell to it and needs upgraded furniture-matresses The company Ryson Vacation Rental was Great! I like the fact that they text information to you.

Aaron H.
Verified Guest Comment

Great location and clean, other than that it needs a lot of work and new appliances.

Donna R.
Verified Guest Comment

Cameron C.
Verified Guest Comment

Great location, perfect for a small family. We are a family of 4 and would stay here again.


Important things to know



Check-In: 4:00 PM

Check-Out: 10:00 AM

Minimum age to rent: 25

Pet policy: No Pets Allowed

  • 46+ Days Prior to Arrival, 30% is due at the time of Booking.
  • Within 45 Days Prior to Arrival, 100% is due at the time of Booking.
  • Arrival window within 30 days or less, all payments are non-refundable.
  • Arrival window is within 31 days or more, a partial refund of 50% will be provided.