The Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston is getting a new beach resort in February 2024.
The resort will be called The Peninsula Beach Resort and is being developed by Bolivar Investment Group on a 110-acre plot at 1500 State Hwy 87, Port Bolivar at Crystal Beach, according to the Houston Business Journal (HBJ).
There will be many different amenities and lodging options, including “90 single-family homes on 15 acres, 117 rental cottages with a clubhouse and two pools, 50 RV sites and five beachside condominiums totaling 160 units,” according to The Real Deal. There will also be a massive three-story bar and grill and limited retail space (1,400 feet).
In addition to bringing retail, food, and drink, the resort will have a small airport, making it the U.S.’s sole fly-in beach resort, Bolivar Investment Group co-founder Michael Wiglesworth told the HBJ. Airport hangars will be available to buy or rent.
Construction is expected to break ground next month and will start with building the 41,000-square-foot bar and grill called Zoo Beach Bar & Grill. The second phase will potentially begin near the end of this year and deal with building the lodging and the clubhouse. The third and final phase will start at some point in 2024.
Wiglesworth told the HBJ that he hopes Bolivar will become more of a destination with these improvements to the peninsula.
“This is the biggest development there, from what we know, and it will really drive a lot of awareness and traffic to Bolivar,” he said to the HBJ.
Wiglesworth and his team, which comprises investors, developers, and builders, have been gradually buying land on the peninsula for this project since 2021.
The peninsula has been slowly developing in the past few years. Last year, Bolivar Beach Club and RV Resort opened, which has now come under the ownership of Camp Margaritaville. It still operates as an RV resort, and the Camp Margaritaville website describes it as a “laid-back outdoor experience with all the comforts and conveniences of a luxurious resort.”
Additionally, Sky Investments has started construction on the first few units of a condominium complex on the Bolivar Peninsula called The Pearl of East Marsh. The company is building 32 luxury condos, a boat ramp, and a resort-style pool.