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Crab Shack|BeachBox|Waterfront Canal|Boat Slip
Built on a deep water canal in Jamaica Beach, The Crab Shack is a cozy A-frame with a delightfully retro vibe. There’s space for nine people across three bedrooms and a newly built deck that reaches out over the sparkling canal and provides tons of elevated outdoor space for lounging, dining, or fishing. A shaded space under the home has a charcoal grill, outdoor shower, swinging chair and two kayaks. The Crab Shack is a quick drive away from the beach, grocery stores, and west end restaurants.
$109 per night
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Waterfront paradise. Bikes/kayaks! Pet friendly!
Borrowing from Walt Disney's mission for Disneyland, our mission for Tortuga Cay is simple...'to be a place where friends & family can have fun together.' Located on one of the largest canals in Jamaica Beach w/ direct access to Galveston Bay & State Park, you can't ask for a better location... - 10 minute bike ride to the beach, Jamaica Beach Swimming Pool (open seasonally), playground & city park - 20 minute drive to the Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, the Strand & Sea Wall
$216 per night
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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
$256 per night

Stay near Jamaica Beach's top sights

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Je Mocha Bean Coffee & Wine Bar24 locals recommend
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Way West Grill & Pizzeria37 locals recommend
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Jamaica Beach Food Store6 locals recommend
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Shrimp N Stuff Food Truck21 locals recommend
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Subway8 locals recommend
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Jamaica Beach Hardwareo6 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach

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Coral Reef - Beachside, King Bed, EVCharging, Wifi
$101 per night
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No Agenda Hacienda-Walk to Beach-Arcades-Fire Pit!
$96 per night
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☀Trendy Seaside Condo w Beach Views, Pool & HotTub
$71 per night
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Reel 'em Inn|BeachBox|Short walk to Pool/Beach!
$95 per night
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Cozy Canal Home 4 Min Dr to Beach + Outdoor Space
$125 per night
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Waterfront Home! Kids/Pet Friendly! Kayaks/Bikes!
$216 per night
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Ocean 2nd Row: 4 Bedrooms: Large Decks: Bring Pets
$104 per night
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Moos like Jagger🐮|OceanView|2br2ba|Pool & King Bed
$104 per night
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Beachfront Bungalow|BeachBox|Ocean View|Large Yard
$110 per night
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Pearl O' the Sea
$160 per night
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Just 1 More
$196 per night
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The Lemon House🍋|Ocean View|2 Bed/2 Bath|KING BED!
$91 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.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Jamaica Beach?

Summer is the busiest time of year to stay in one of Jamaica Beach’s rentals, 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.

What are the 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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