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Vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach

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Villa in Jamaica Beach
Agua Vista-Private Canal Home/HotTub/2min to beach
Looking for a modern exquisitely decorated beach home where you can fish/kayak right off the back porch & enjoy sunrises/sunsets from multiple private decks? You've found it! Welcome to Agua Vista waterfront Villa. Our modern home features 3 bedrooms/2bathrooms upstairs&1bedroom w/ 1/2 bath downstairs w/ an open concept expansive living/kitchen space, smartTV's in every room. Ping Pong, Kayaks, Fishing, Shade, Games, Hot Tub, Fans on all porches and lots of beach toys will keep you entertained!
$331 per night
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.
$436 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
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
$386 per night

Stay near Jamaica Beach's top sights

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

Other great vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach

Home in Jamaica Beach
5★ New on market! Waterfront w/ bikes & kayaks!!
$440 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Just 1 More
$236 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Waterfront home! Great fishing! Free bikes/kayaks!
$443 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Sunset Views with Pool and Great Fishing
$488 per night
Townhouse in Galveston
Hot Tub | Low Cleaning Fee | On Private Beach
$339 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Beachfront Paradise-Beachfront View- First Row!!
$646 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Isla Vida
$287 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Vibrant Jamaica Beach Treasure w/ Deck & Dock
$255 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
Fun 3 story home! Pool and spa! 1/4 mile to Beach!
$445 per night
Home in Jamaica Beach
The Sunriser |BeachBox| Big Deck & Canal Access!
$252 per night
Vacation home in Jamaica Beach
Waterfront Home! Pet Friendly/Kayaks/Ping Pong
$408 per night
Vacation home in Galveston
Coral Reef - Beachside, King Bed, EVCharging, Wifi
$246 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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