we make vacations come true

our story

River Palm Retreat is a freshly modernized three-bedroom house and garage apartment located on the beautiful San Marcos River. We call it a “Retreat” because that is exactly what it provides…a retreat from city noise, traffic, and the stresses of work.

You will be relaxing on a remote and pristine stretch of the San Marcos River; there is no commercial inner tubing or public river access; this property is peaceful, safe, and serene year round. The owners, John and Cynthia, live adjacent to the property and established the vacation rental so that others could also enjoy the clean clear water, the lush vegetation, the ancient cypress and pecan trees, and marvel at the songs of countless varieties of birds.


We maintain everything inside and out at the highest level.  As my Dad used to say, “Do it right, or don’t do it at all.”

vacation ownership at its finest

Outstanding Service Makes the Difference


When you stay with us, your safety and comfort is our primary focus.  We strive to provide the very best environment for you to have fun, to be secure, and relax.


When you take the time to research and book a vacation rental, you want everything to be taken care of and working perfectly.  We maintain the property “like an aircraft” and stay on top of all the systems and supplies so that you will enjoy a stress free vacation.


Rest assured, we are always close by to assist if there are any questions or if you need advice about local events, restaurants, local outfitters, etc.  Help is just a text or phone call away.

RIVERVIEW LOFT – Two additional guests can be accommodated in the 400 square foot second story apartment. The centrally heated and cooled loft features a common living and kitchenette area, a bedroom, and a full bath. The covered 8’ x 20’ balcony looks over the entire back yard and river. The loft has its own washer and dryer located in a downstairs laundry room.

Creature Comforts

Hot Tub
Quiet Secure Neighborhood
Premiere Mattresses
Exquisite Bedding
Laundry Nook
Full Kitchen
Fast WiFi
60″ 4K DirectTV
Helpful Owner Nearby
Everything is new!

Outdoor Activities

Screened Porch
Rocking Chairs
Swing Set
Exceptional Birdwatching

Water Activities

Shallow Wading
Spring Fed Waters

Safety / Parking

Smoke Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher
Night Lights
4+ Vehicle Parking

why we’re the best vacation rental in the area

River Palm Retreat offers a “private summer camp”, vacation whether it be for a sabbatical, holiday, getaway or staycation, along the San Marcos River; available activities are swimming, fishing, kayaking, croquet, bird watching, sightseeing, shopping, and relaxation amidst the solitude of nature…and we have a hot tub. This unspoiled section of the San Marcos River is surrounded by mostly rural land and is generally inaccessible to the public.