Destination guide

A sun-washed tropical escape to Jamaica Beach

Jamaica Beach is a Texan version of a secluded tropical island paradise. This tiny palm-studded city is based on Galveston Island, Texas, a narrow barrier island facing out onto the shimmering aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Jamaica Beach vacation rentals include enormous waterfront family homes, cozy canal-side condos, and romantic beachside retreats. The city celebrates small and friendly seafood restaurants and bars. Nature enthusiasts will love the island's idyllic and unblemished state park _ covered in dunes, wetlands, and framed by beaches _ while culture vultures can visit the city of Galveston for museums and architectural sights.

Things to do

Regal architecture and captivating museums near Jamaica Beach

Take a day trip away from your Jamaica Island vacation rental and cruise up to the buzzing coastal resort city of Galveston, just 15 miles north, at the top of Galveston Island. Soak up some quirky Texas heritage with a tour of Bishop's Palace, an ornate 1893 Victorian-style castle-like mansion, built from white stone and capped with a red pointy turret. For complete contrast, visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, which tells the history of America's offshore oil industry, and is located in a real, retired rig in the Galveston harbor waters.

Activities

Out and about in Jamaica Beach

True to its name, the top Jamaica Beach activity is sunbathing on the sweeping, gold-flecked beachfront. The main stretch of beachfront is based southeast of the city proper, and gently dips into the balmy Gulf of Mexico waters. If you're after an outdoor adventure, hike through the adjacent Galveston Island State Park, where you can climb sand dunes and watch rare birds dance over the wetlands. If you're keen to cast a line into the glittering Gulf, you'll find several top sea fishing spots near Jamaica Beach, as well as plenty of fishing charter services.

Weather

Spring sunshine in Jamaica Beach

Jamaica Beach boasts a humid subtropical climate, where temperatures in the summer months _ which last from June through September _ frequently climb into the 90s. If you're looking for slightly more comfortable temperatures suited to extended outdoor activities, book a Jamaica Beach vacation rental in the warm and sun-struck spring months of March through May. If traveling in summer or fall, be aware that for Jamaica Beach _ and the rest of Galveston Island _ this is the hurricane season, and, while seriously devastating hurricanes are rare, they are an ever-present threat.

Natural features

Jamaica Beach is surrounded by wildlife and wilderness

Jamaica Beach is based at the epicenter of an abundance of coastal wilderness. To the south, the sandy beachfront joins the Kelly Hamby Nature Trail, a short shoreline hike where you can spot scissor-tailed flycatchers and cuckoos. Inland from here, the gargantuan Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge _ a stretch of saltmarsh and freshwater slough _ also sings with birdlife. A 50-mile drive north of Jamaica Beach, past Galveston Bay, leads to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, a mix of coastal marsh and prairie where you can fish, hike and hunt, and spot rare birds and American alligators.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Jamaica Beach

The nearest airport is in Houston, TX (EFD-Ellington Field), located 31 mi (49.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Houston, TX (HOU-William P. Hobby), which is 36.8 mi (59.2 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Jamaica Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 184 vacation rentals near Jamaica Beach. From 173 Houses to 4 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Jamaica Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Jamaica Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Jamaica Beach:

  • Crystal Beach: 622 vacation rentals
  • Pirates Beach: 720 vacation rentals
  • Terramar Beach: 498 vacation rentals
  • San Jacinto: 413 vacation rentals
  • Sea Isle: 271 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Jamaica Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Jamaica Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Galveston Seawall: 2,423 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,509 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Island State Park: 2,358 vacation rentals
  • Seawall Boulevard: 1,625 vacation rentals
  • Galveston Fishing Pier: 2,555 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Jamaica Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Jamaica Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 173 Houses in Jamaica Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Jamaica Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Jamaica Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 144 vacation rentals with pool available in Jamaica Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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