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Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Campground Review: Jamaica Beach RV Park, Galveston, Texas

Jamaica Beach RV Park
Galveston Island, 
Galveston , Texas

After checking in and spending a day sight-seeing, we booked a second month.  (February & March 2013). We had site # 103, which is located at the front of the park, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The sites are concrete with grass areas.  Not huge, but adequate.

The owners, Ron and Dora, do everything humanly possible to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable. During Mardi Gras, they set-up an RV and BBQ grill along the seawall parade route (11 miles from the campground) and fed everyone from the resort for free (tips appreciated). 

On Wednesday of each week, Dora takes people shopping.  The ladies usually get together and go to lunch and then shopping for the day; so, if you do not have a tow-vehicle, you can still get into town for groceries, or go out and get beads, yarn, clothes, or wine (again, no charge ~ tips appreciated). 

Weekend Movies
Also, twice a week they serve breakfast (Wed & Sat mornings) for a nominal fee. Pot-luck, during the off-season, is on Thursdays and is enjoyed by many. They have a communal fire pit where they sometimes host a hotdog and smores event (no charge). Plenty of other activities are scheduled (jewelry making classes; RV related seminars; swap meet; etc...) 

The beach across the street is within walking distance; also, you can drive your vehicle on the beach in designated areas. The fishing was great (our group caught plenty of whiting; pompano; catfish and an occasional drum).

The campground boasts two pools and a hot-tub. One pool is heated at the beginning of Spring Break; the other has a swim-up bar for the adults (this feature was not open during our stay). 

Resident Muscovy Duck
The laundry was efficient. The bathrooms were clean. Cost of propane was a little steep in my opinion ($26 for a 30 pound tank); but, it is the "only game in town" for propane. Overall, this is a wonderful resort. You are not "nickeled and dimed"; you can wash your RV for free. Electric was included in our monthly rate of $545 (taxes included). The owners just completed a major overhaul of the park, doubling its size, and there is still some debris in the back of the campground. WITHOUT HESITATION, WE WOULD RETURN! 

The island of Galveston is well worth the visit with lots of restaurants, shops, and miles of clean, hard-packed-sandy beaches.

 There is a Kroger's (get gas points) and Walmart in town.  But for quick needs, there is a small market a stone's throw away, next to a good restaurant, Nate's.

Pleasure Pier

Lots of shops, bars, and cafés.

dead fish

Horseback Riding 
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  1. Nice to hear good reviews. Will have to check it out if we are ever in the area. Sasha Jevtich

  2. Thank you for the review. I am looking for an RV park to stay at in the Galveston area for later this year.

  3. Thank you for the review of this rv park. I am looking for an rv park in the Galveston area to stay in later this year.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay there we on the other hand didn't. We had front lot for a month all we had was smell of sewer due to holding tanks and soggy poop filled grass ( was told due to the rain ) yucky walking in people left overs!! I also received open mail from my mom when I called she had sealed and sent cash for my birthday didn't get that as well also a bill for my car came to me open .WTF is that? I did find Ron to be most pleasing to chat to but if I tried to talk to Dora she was just rude .I will not go back there ever and have told all my friends the same as well !

  5. To Anonymous (April 15,2014), sorry to hear your visit to Jamaica Beach was disappointing. I think I know just what site you are referring to, and, yes, that area smelled while we were there. (Looking at the campground from the road, the site to the far left up front.) Not sure why they keep that a site. Very surprised about the open mail. We were there two months and never had that problem. Did you inquire as to why it was opened? Part of the problem of any campground that puts out mail is the access of it by anyone. Some RV Parks don't allow incoming mail for this reason.


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