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Vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach

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Home in Jamaica Beach
Boat Dock, Hot Tub, Kayaks, EV, Dog friendly, King
The Nauti Pelican is a Laid back canal house freshly remodeled with all the finer finishes for the perfect family getaway. A Lovers Loft is located on the private 2nd floor that will have you and your special person castaway into paradise with water views all around from the terrace off the master retreat and the perfect onsuite for 2. Walk in showers and bathrooms on all floors. Come kick back and relax in this stylish Jamaica Beach Modern Canal Home just close enough to the main island.
$189 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Beachfront Paradise-Beachfront View- First Row!!
First Row!!! Unobstructed view, beach front location with panoramic views in a great location of Jamaica Beach, Galveston Island. The house is literally on the beach with easy access to the beach. Romantic walks on the beach are right in front of the house. New paint, remodel 3 bathrooms and almost the entire house. Beautiful downstairs area to enjoy the breeze, rinse off in the outdoor shower downstairs. Free driveway parking on premises, 4 spaces. Washer and dryer included
$294 per night
Home in Galveston
*20% off Oct! Beach Views/Walk to Beach/Games!
The Salty Starfish With only a 1 Block Walk to the Private Beaches of Palm Beach, The Salty Starfish is a perfect Beach getaway with Breathtaking views of the Ocean, Huge Outdoor Entertainment area with 4 Bikes, Cornhole, Horseshoes, Outdoor TV and much more!! Enjoy a glass of wine and watch the beautiful sunset while listening to the sound of the waves crashing! You’ll never want to leave...
$171 per night

Stay near Jamaica Beach's top sights

Way West Grill & Pizzeria37 locals recommend
Shrimp N Stuff Food Truck21 locals recommend
Jamaica Beach Hardwareo6 locals recommend
Subway8 locals recommend
Jamaica Beach Food Store6 locals recommend
Je Mocha Bean Coffee & Wine Bar23 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach

Home in Jamaica Beach
Waterfront paradise! Bikes & kayaks! Pet friendly!
$259 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Just 1 More
$207 per night
Condo in Galveston
The Lemon House🍋|Ocean View|2 Bed/2 Bath|KING BED!
$118 per night
Condo in Galveston
Livin' The Life|Ocean Front|Pool|2 Bed & 2 Bath!
$140 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Cozy Canal Home 4 Min Dr to Beach + Outdoor Space
$142 per night
Condo in Galveston
☀Trendy Seaside Condo w Beach Views, Pool & HotTub
$143 per night
Home in Galveston
Steps to Beach Sleeps 8 Ocean Views
$149 per night
Guest suite in Jamaica Beach
Bottoms Up
$110 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Beachfront Bungalow|BeachBox|Ocean View|Large Yard
$162 per night
Home in Galveston
Birdhouse on the Beach
$236 per night
Home in Galveston
*Chic Beachside Villa* ~ 2nd Row *STEPS TO BEACH!*
$279 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Cozy 2-Bed Beach House - Family and pet friendly
$141 per night

Your guide to Jamaica Beach

Welcome to Jamaica Beach

Jamaica Beach is a tiny collection of stilt houses in pastel yellows, vibrant greens, and bright blues that sits on a narrow strip of land on Galveston Island in southern Texas. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sort of a place bordered on the east and west by the city of Galveston and everywhere else by water.

Just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Galveston and 90 minutes from Houston, Jamaica Beach was once a weekend vacation destination, but the town was incorporated in 1975 and it’s now a tight-knit community with a relaxed, small-town feel. The northwestern half of Jamaica Beach is carved through with canals that feed into West Bay and are great for kayaking and birdwatching, and the city also boasts a park and a public swimming pool that’s particularly popular during those hot Texas summers. But the main attraction here is the beach itself, with its wide stretches of sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Jamaica Beach

Summer is the busiest time of year in Jamaica Beach, especially on weekends and holidays. Vacationers, as well as daytrippers from Houston, flock to the Gulf Coast to escape the heat and humidity by splashing around in the surf. However, July, August, and September also bring a slight risk of hurricanes, so be sure to check the forecast.

Winters here are mild and lovely, but the best times of year are really spring and fall, when the weather is still warm but not scorching, and the crowds thin out, allowing Jamaica Beach to resume its laid-back pace. These shoulder season months are also when you’ll catch local events such as the annual Easter egg hunt, city-wide garage sale, and beach cleanups, and when birders come to watch the spring and fall migrations along the Central Flyway.

Top things to do in Jamaica Beach

Galveston Island State Park

Immediately adjacent to Jamaica Beach, the 2,000-acre Galveston Island State Park also stretches across the barrier island from the bay to the Gulf and contains long, clean beaches; picnic areas; four miles of hiking paths and boardwalks; and even paddling trails for canoes and kayaks.

Local fishing

Galveston Island is an angler’s paradise, and more than 100 species of fish are regularly pulled from its surrounding waters, including redfish, black drum, tuna, mahi-mahi, and marlin. Fish from the shore, paddle out into the bay to drop a line, or head into Galveston and book a deep sea charter, then grill up your catch at the end of the day.

History of Piracy

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the shores of the Gulf Coast were overrun with pirates, including the infamous French privateer Jean Lafitte, who spent a great deal of time at the eastern end of Galveston Island. Jamaica Beach nods to this legacy, with streets named after real-life seafaring scoundrels and nautical figures from legends. Nearby Galveston also has a themed museum and entertainment venue where you can dig deeper into local piratical lore.

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