Things to Do when Staying in Jamaica Beach
If you have your own golf cart, be sure to bring it. You’ll be glad you did! If not, contact Gulf Coast Concierge to reserve your golf cart rental for your stay. Delivery and pickup are included.
Jamaica Beach borders the West side of the Galveston Island State Park, which is 1,921-acres and spans the width of Galveston Island with four distinct ecological zones: salt marsh, coastal prairie, sand dunes and maritime wetlands and sandy beach. The State Park offers swimming on its two miles of beaches, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, four miles of nature trails to hike or mountain bike, kayaking and geocaching. Visit the State Park nature center to learn more about the park and the programs offered. Also, the State Park was at one time, the home for the Mary Moody Northen Amphitheater, a 1,700-seat theater, built by the Lone Star Historical Drama Association, but was closed in the ’90s.
For history buffs, check out the historic marker “Karankawa Campsite” plaque at Jamaica Beach City Park, on the Southeast corner of Bob Smith and Jolly Rodger. The Karankawa were Indigenous people, concentrated in southern Texas along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The Karankawa fought with the Spanish, French and English, served in the Mexican Army, were known for their skill in the art of wrestling and one of the only tribes known to keep dogs.
Looking for a meal you don’t have to prepare yourself? Jamaica Beach has that covered too; Way West Grill & Pizzeria, Shrimp and Stuff food truck and Subway, and a couple of convenience stores: Jamaica Beach Food Store, Circle K and just down the road past Jamaica Beach is a Chevron. Jamaica Beach is just past Waterman’s and Nate’s Westend Seafood & Steaks is just a little further West. Next to Chevron, is Seven Seas Market. They have just about everything the larger chain grocery stores carry, plus a great little deli!
If you don’t find everything you need in Jamaica Beach, but don’t feel like heading back into town, the Dollar General, located outside Pirates Beach West, is a beach vacation guest’s dream. They not only offer great prices, but this Dollar General’s inventory is catered to our West End guests!
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