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Waterfront bay home! Underwater fishing light! Bikes & kayaks included!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,352 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 9

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.'

Tortuga Cay is a place where families can bike to the beach on our complimentary 'beach cruiser' bicycles. A place where children can fish from our pier or kayak in the protected canals of Jamaica Beach (we provide kayaks & life vests at no cost). This is a place where parents can relax on the deck, knowing the kids & pets are playing safely in our fully-fenced yard; and a place where friends can enjoy a day of boating right from our slip or simply spend the afternoon relaxing by the fireplace.

Above all else, Tortuga Cay is a place to get away for awhile, relax, and enjoy life with each other!

Our private dock is equipped with an underwater fishing light to help draw in the 'big ones' after dark! Trout, red fish, drum, and several other varieties are frequently caught from our deck!

Fishing Guide Service: If you want to hit the water for a guided fishing excursion, our professional guide service is available to pick you up right at our pier for a full day or half day bay fishing trip. Just walk right downstairs and hop on the boat... it doesn't get more convenient than that! Simply inquire when reserving your vacation and we'll take care of the rest!

Our amenities...: Following an extensive renovation, Tortuga Cay now features beautiful granite counter-tops, glass tile back-splashes, all new stainless appliances, two fully renovated decks overlooking the expansive lagoon and much, much more. With three decks overlooking the water the home features water views from virtually every room in the house. The layout of the home makes it easy for families and groups to travel together; three bedrooms total with two bedrooms upstairs (and away from the main living area) and two decks adjoining the king bedrooms.

The beautiful stone fireplace with inlaid nautical tiles, features an electric fireplace operated with the push of button... the heating function is optional making the ambiance of a crackling fire possible any time of year, with no risk of burning to pets or children.

A note from the owners for parents traveling with small children... we have a 4-year old, a 3-year old and a 6-month old, so we know what it's like to travel with kids and have designed this home with them in mind. We've taken great care to ensure our home allows children to play safely AND allows parents to enjoy their vacation without constant worry. Lockable safety gates on both the upstairs deck and the fully-fenced yard help keep your children & pets safely away from the water and street. We also have a high chair and pack-n-play available for your use (just make sure to bring crib sheets).

Amenities include: 55' LCD TV, cable TV (in living room AND king bedrooms) and complimentary high-speed wifi, washer/dryer, Moen adjustable shower heads with massage setting, Tempurpedic king mattresses, attached boat slip, deck ladder for swimming in the canal, 2 single kayaks and a tandem kayak w/ paddles & life vests, 2 beach-cruiser bicycles and a tandem 2-person bike w/ helmets, covered hammock & swing, beach chairs, boogie-boards, all linens, towels, blankets, dishes, etc... all of this and more is included with your stay!

(Please note... if 'Tortuga Cay' is not available for the dates of your stay, our second home 'Kachina Cay' is located one street away and offers the same high standards and amenities offered at 'Tortuga Cay'. The rates are identical for both houses and you can view that listing at

Pets: Your pets are part of your family and are always welcome in our home with no additional pet deposit. The yard has been designed to give them room to play safely and away from the water.

More Details

Robin Harris
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Robin Harris

My wife, Wendy, and I love Galveston and all that it has to offer our family. We enjoy taking our kids to the beach, fishing and kayaking at the house and riding our bikes around Jamaica Beach. Having young children, we are frequent visitors to Moody Gardens, the Galveston Children's Museum and on the dolphin watching tours at The Strand, but some of our best times are when we are simply grilling at the house while the kids play in the yard or feed the seagulls on the deck.


Jamaica Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1352 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • This is not a party house and violations of our rental agreement will result in termination of your lease.
  • Prom groups & other parties are not allowed at any time. Other special events (birthdays, receptions, etc) must be approved IN ADVANCE by the owner .
  • Guests must be at least 25 years or older in order to reserve the home and adult guests may not rent the home on behalf of underage guests.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bathroom w/ travertine tile and granite countertops.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bathroom with travertine tile and marble countertops.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 (main floor) - 1 king , Bedroom #1 - King bed with tempurpedic mattress.
    Bedroom 2 (2nd story) - 1 king , Bedroom #1 - King bed with tempurpedic mattress.
    Bedroom 3 (2nd story) - 3 twin/ single , Two twin beds with third twin trundle bed.
    Living Room (main floor) - 2 twin/ single , Two twin roll-away beds with tempurpedic mattresses.
  • Both king bedrooms feaure adjoining full bathroom and floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors to private deck with water views. Twin room features large window with views of Galveston State Park and Galveston Bay.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Waterfront bay home! Underwater fishing light! Bikes & kayaks included!
average rating of 4.943662 based on 71 reviews

Winter getaway from the great Canadian North

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed for my family especially my younger children. Fully fenced in yard and upper deck, which made us feel really comfortable for our children to play and be outside. This house is really equipped for families with young children as we also got to use the kayaks around the canals. We all spent a lot of time on the swinging chair on the main deck as it was so peaceful and quiet. Robin was great and answered all of our questions within minutes of asking. The house was very clean and had everything we needed to cook for ourselves. The beach was only a few minutes away from the house and the house had a few things for the beach such beach chairs, kids sand toys, life jackets, bikes to ride to the beach. This was a highlight for our kids as they had a great time and as parents, always a win. Fishing in the backyard was great with the underwater lights and the kayaks. Robin also suggested a fishing charter guide that lives in Jamaica Beach who picked us up with his boat in front of the house and dropped us off at the house, which made it really convenient. We all caught fish and had a great time as the guide was top notch. 5 star house for all families and couples looking to be on the water canal. Very quite neighborhood with stores close by. Thank you we had a great stay and experience in Galveston, Texas.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Spring Break House!

  • 5 of 5

We have come to Galveston the past three years for spring break and have always stayed at this house. There are two king sized beds that make it so comfortable for my husband and I and our daughter and son-in-law. Plenty of twin beds for the kids! We love the kayaks and use them almost daily. The guys love fishing from the dock. But what we love the most is that we are far from the spring break crowds, but close enough to enjoy the attractions of Galveston. The west end is just a little more laid back than the seawall!

Robin the owner is great and very responsive. The fact that we can bring our dogs makes for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cruising 2018

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing... super clean and well worth the money. Great start to a vacation!!! Thank you Robin..

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for allowing us to host your trip!
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Very nice home!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Robin's home!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for allowing us to host your trip to Galveston! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope we'll have the opportunity to have you back on a future trip to the island!
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Spectacular Home in Jamaica Beach with everything you need for waterfront vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time that we have had the pleasure of spending vacation time at Tortuga Cay. The house is perfect for us as we have a boat and can use the boat slip and be on the water in no time. The house has a spectacular view of a wide area of water with surrounding houses. We enjoyed seeking all the large fish pass over the underwater light, the fireplace, the gorgeous deck and swing on the porch. The beds are very comfortable and TV, kitchen,etc. all worked perfectly. We fished in the canals and areas along the bay houses and caught lots of huge flounder, some trout and sand perch. Grocery and other stores are all ery close and have everything we needed. Robin ia always a great host and anwers questions that we have almost immediately. Tortuga Cay is the place that we dream about when we are not there and we really look forward to our visits there. It is the best.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you so much for the kind review! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip back to Tortuga Cay and we are happy to have you back again ANY time! Thanks again, Robin
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Very nice clean best place I have stayed at by far

  • 5 of 5

Great place fishing kayak bicycles Galveston 10 minutes away the house was immaculate and if I needed anything all I had to do was text Robin five 🌟

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Glad to hear the trip was a success! Hope we can have you back again soon!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Houston Hobby Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Buck's Tavern
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Bolivar Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nate's Seafood
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Jamaica Beach
Car: necessary

Our beautiful waterfront home is one of a very few located on a lagoon (the water equivalent of a cul-de-sac) within Jamaica Beach. This affords guests unobstructed views of a large body of water, perfect for swimming and kayaking, with limited boat traffic.

Click on the map link below & you'll see just how incredible our location is... with the beachfront just down the street and Galveston Bay access less than 50 yards from our deck, 'Tortuga Cay' is the perfect location for families looking to get away, while still only 10 minutes away from Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens, & everything Galveston island has to offer.

Jamaica Beach is one of the safest and most family friendly communities on the island. Our quaint beachfront community offers 4 restaurants, a Subway sandwich shop, 2 gas stations, a neighborhood pub, and an amazing family-run grocery store.

Golf: Formerly the Galveston Municipal Golf Course, the Moody Gardens Golf Course features a $16 million comprehensive renovation by the renowned golf course architects of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design. Revealed in June 2008, the Moody Gardens Golf Course features the best historical aspects of the original layout, while significantly improving certain holes and overall course flow. The course highlights its unique seaside tropical feel with 18 holes meandering through upland and lowland native areas, natural wetlands habitat of beautiful Sydnor Bayou and over 500 palm trees.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

This is not a party house and violations of our rental agreement will result in termination of your lease. Guests must be at least 25 years or older in order to reserve the home and adult guests may not rent the home on behalf of underage guests. Prom groups and Spring Break parties are not allowed at any time. Other special events (birthdays, receptions, etc) must be approved by the owner prior to making the reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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