Galveston County

Local Laws and Customs

We love welcoming new and returning guests to Crystal Beach/Bolivar Peninsula. To make our visitors fee more at home, we’ve compiled this quick list of a few of our local laws and customs. We hope that you find it helpful as you prepare for your visit!


Golf carts require a license plate and only licensed drivers are allowed to operate them. Golf cart can cross Hwy 87, but are not allowed to drive down Hwy 87. Golf carts are allowed on the beaches: they are considered motor vehicles and all motor vehicle laws apply.

If you rent a golf cart from a reputable vendor, they will make sure that you golf cart is in compliance and that you are aware of all the regulations.


Sunset to Sunrise….Remove It or Lose It!

Keep Bolivar Beautiful promotes clean beaches for everyone – residents, second home owners, visitors, and our coastal wildlife.

Canopies, pop-up tents umbrellas, beach chairs and other gear should not be left on the beach overnight.

Anything found on the beach between sunset & sunrise may be removed and discarded, so be sure to pack out whatever gear you’ve brought in for your day at the beach.  We appreciate your help keeping our beaches clean!


The following are NOT allowed on our beaches:

  • No glass containers
  • No bonfires and/or campfires larger than 3’X3’X3’ and at least 10’ away from the dunes

Pets must be on a leash at all times

Swimming is not advised in rough waters. The undertow is strong and can be dangerous to all swimmers.

Dunes are protected by state law – do not walk on them, drive ATV’s, golf cart or any other vehicles on them or remove any vegetation.

Driving on Beaches

  • 15 mph speed limit
  • All state highway rules apply
  • Watch for people/children crossing

Fishing regulations – Click here for information:

Grilling on the decks of your home is a fire hazard and against county ordinances. When you grill, think ground level!

The Ferry from Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston is free of charge and a great experience. Be aware that during peak times, the wait can exceed 2 hours.