On Farm Road 3005 and West Bay, you’ll find the town of Jamaica Bay, to the immediate south of Galveston Island State Park. The site of the town was a former Karankawa burial ground and was developed in 1957.
Johnny Goyen and Earl Galceran from the Jamaica Corporation developed the area as a resort subdivision. The plan was to form this resort right by the marina. The development features 2,000 lots and many of the first residents were from Houston. As of 1990, 624 people called Jamaica Beach home. Since it is a residential community, you won’t find any businesses located in Jamaica Beach, giving it a true residential feel.
Galveston Island Park is a unique park located Galveston Island. The width of the park spans the entire Island and the park is divided into four separate zones: salt marsh, coastal prairie, sand dunes and maritime wetlands. It is a rare opportunity to view all of these different habitats in one state park.
The park takes up around 1,900 acres and was previously a cattle ranch, owned and operated by Maco Stewart. Stewart gave the State of Texas the land for use as a state park when he died, but stipulated that the state couldn’t take ownership for thirty years. In 1970, the State of Texas purchased the life interest of Stewart’s heirs and began developing the area.
The new 1,700 seat Mary Moody Northen Amphitheater was built and 150 campsites were set up. These campsites are currently open year round, giving campers an opportunity to enjoy the park during all seasons. You’ll also find over four miles of trails throughout the park, and ten screened in shelters.
There are also viewing platforms and a boardwalk available to view the migratory birds that make this stop on their annual route. Bird lovers will enjoy this chance to see many different types of shorebirds in one place.
Galveston also has much to offer. If you enjoy trolley rides, you’ll be able to take a trolley through the most historic areas of Galveston. This is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. There are many historic homes, sites and museums located all throughout Galveston and the surrounding areas.
Galveston is also home to many different theaters, giving you a chance to get all of the latest plays, music and more just minutes from your apartment in Jamaica Beach. There are many fine restaurants in Galveston and a wonderful selection of the area’s primary cuisines.
Houston is also located within easy driving distance, making Jamaica Beach a favorite among commuters. You’ll be able to access some of the best recreational sites in Houston, just minutes away. Whether you enjoy golfing, sports, racing, shopping or fine dining, Houston has much to offer. Some of the best amusement parks are also located in Houston, making the area family friendly. As the development continues to grow, more recreational opportunities will be added for the residents of Jamaica Beach. This is one residential community that is sure to keep on growing.
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