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Island Retreat Condo on the Beach – Boardwalk to Gulf, Pool Access

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

Steps from the Gulf of Mexico, this 1BR/1BA condo in the desirable Island Retreat is just the beach getaway you’re looking for. Smartly designed to accommodate up to four guests, you’ll love our home’s sunny interior and coastal spirit.

Kick back at the community pool and sundeck, or take a short stroll down the boardwalk to the beach. Port Aransas’s shops, dining, nightlife, history and culture are just a short drive away.

Winter Texans welcome!

INSIDE THE HOUSE

Beachy accents and cozy furnishings adorn our living room, where you’ll find plush carpeting underfoot and shore paintings on the walls. After a long day in the sun, grab a seat on the sofa to watch a movie on the flat-screen TV. An additional sleeper sofa unfolds to a full bed to accommodate more guests.

This space also includes a round glass dining table with room for 4 in wicker chairs, in true seashore spirit. A full kitchen just off the dining area includes a gas oven with 4-burner stove, full fridge and microwave, so that your leftovers never go to waste and your beach lunches can be whipped up right at home.

For added privacy, a separate bedroom offers a queen-size bed. This airy space is decorated in deep blue pinstripes and stars, a nod to the spirit of the Texas coast you’re visiting. In the bathroom, you’ll find a shower/tub combo and sit-down vanity that makes it easy to get ready before hitting the town.

Conveniences like Wi-Fi and standard cable are included. Leave the sand behind by running your clothes through the onsite laundry before heading home.

OUR LOCATION

Our house is located in Island Retreat, just a short drive from delightful restaurants, shopping and many other opportunities for adventure! Two renovated boardwalks grant you direct access to beautiful gulf waters. Right at home, you’ll have access to a sparkling community pool with sundeck and shaded picnic area.

Port Aransas is on the very northern tip of Mustang Island at the intersection of Harbor Island and St. Jo's Island. It is an eco-tourism area, with lots of wildlife, including a huge variety of migratory birds. Bay and deep sea fishing is a local favorite with many charter boats available in the marina.

Thirty minutes away is the USS Lexington and right next door is the Texas State Aquarium. We are located approximately a three-minute drive from town, so you’ll have easy access while enjoying serenity and peace from the hustle and bustle.

If you’re a golfer, you can grab your clubs and head over to the New Port Dunes Arnold Palmer Signature Course just down the road. This course offers greens on both sides of the highway with a cart bridge connecting the two. The club has a pro shop and snack bar available.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark is only a 20-minute drive down the island for wet and wild fun in the sun.

The short term permit number is 248214

THE TURNKEY ADVANTAGE

Our property is TurnKey Rental Certified. All photos, amenities, calendar, and rates are 100% accurate. We will notify you proactively when early check-in / late check-outs are possible and you'll receive the comforts of home with a starter supply of shampoo, soaps, paper products and hotel-quality towels and linens.

And we make it easy to stay with us! Drive straight to your rental and access the rental with a unique lock code that we give only to you. When you book, we will send you our mobile app with directions, lock code, and instructions. We’re available 24 hours a day with live help.

All Turn Key Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. Each reservation includes applicable taxes, a cleaning fee, and a Property Damage Protection policy.

More Details

Property Manager
TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

Amenities

Port Aransas Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen bed, 1 Sofa Bed bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Tennis
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • tennis

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(120 traveler reviews)

Island Retreat Condo on the Beach – Boardwalk to Gulf, Pool Access
average rating of 4.425 based on 120 reviews
Austin, TX
3

Shabby unit, but great venue for families

  • 3 of 5

Worst part first: my wife started crying once she saw the inside of the unit; it was cramped and cheaply decorated, the bathroom was really grubby, and there was a huge dead roach on the floor. The overall impression was of a shabby motel room.

On the bright side, once you leave the unit, the communal areas are very nice, the general location is great (easy walk to a fabulous beach!), and you probably don't go to a beach to spend a lot of time indoors, anyway! We had a great time barbecuing, swimming, and playing basketball on the well-maintained grounds, and beach access was quick and fun via the wooden walkways over the dunes.

The beds were very comfortable (even the sofa bed -- it had a huge memory-foam topper that made it difficult to fold up, but that was worth it, as it was vastly more pleasant than any other sofa bed ever!), the appliances worked (though the stove is a bit off-kilter), and generally we enjoyed our visit.

The photos were mostly accurate, except that the kitchenette is much more cramped than it appears in the photos, and the bathroom was quite nasty with mold and water damage not visible in the particular angle shown in the photo.

The promised "ocean views from our front door" and the aerial photo of the complex (https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p207993) were quite misleading -- this unit does *not* face the beach, unlike those units -- it has no views at all, facing directly onto other nearby units instead. It's true that one can see a tiny patch of water off in the distance from the balcony on the way to the stairs down from the unit, but there is *no* ocean view (or any other) from this particular unit. A "romantic retreat" this is not.

So, overall, we had a great time in Port Aransas, had no issues with checking in or out, had no internet issues (we updated the out-of-date internet access instructions left inside; there should be no problem with them now) and would definitely return to this family-friendly complex. We would try to find a better-maintained unit next time, but if this were all that was available in the Island Retreat complex, we would do it, just to get a chance to be at this location.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi James, thank you so much for taking the time to write us. We really apologize that you weren't completely satisfied and we want you to know that we are making updates, in part due to your suggestions. Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Port A and we hope to hear from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
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3

Pretty nice but WiFi did not work

  • 3 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The only downside to this rental was that the WiFi did not work. The instructions said that once I was connected to the WiFi network then I would be prompted for a username and password in the web browser. This did not happen. Instead, when I clicked on the network to connect I was automatically asked for a password. There was no initial connection to the network in order to get to the browser page in order to type in the username and password.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Owner's Response: Hi Stephen, we're so sorry about the internet problem. Guests can call us 24 hours a day with any problem that may arise. You were great guests and we hope to hear from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
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5

Excellent Vacation for a Family on a Budget!!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The condo we stayed in, unit 12, was identical to the pictures shown online. It was lovely. Everything required to sleep and feed a family of 4 was provided. I was surprised to pots, pans, silverware, cooking utensils, pot holders, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, towels, paper towels, linens, dish towels, and I'm certain lots of other things I can't immediately remember - as well as fantastic customer service. The property was gorgeous - the pools, and multiple lighted grill areas were immaculate. Someone else mentioned the long walk to the beach... Honestly? It's across the parking lot, over the boardwalk, then the sand and ocean. It's a bit of a walk (maybe 2 or 3 city blocks) but my family and I enjoyed every step. Even my teenagers had no complaints. There are no words for how wonderful it was to be able to wake up and take a thermos of coffee to the beach and watch the sun rise/set - it was majestic. I am not a professional photographer, but almost every picture I have of the beach and ocean looks like a post card. If I had to complain about anything? It would be the lack of comfort on the sofa bed, but that didn't exactly come as a shock. In short, my family needed an inexpensive place to stay (roof and bed) and found so much more. The stocked kitchen allowed me to buy actual groceries and cook dinner, so we saved money there too, AND we set down to dinner at the table. My family had the opportunity to pull together and we had the time of our lives. My children, as I mentioned, are teens, so with all the options on the property (pools, basketball, tennis, etc.), my husband and I even managed an hour or two alone everyday. We will definitely be back next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Owner's Response: Hi Tamara, thanks for the kind words! We look forward to hearing from you next year! -The TurnKey VR Team
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Cuero, TX
4

Nice Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Nice rental, a bit dated, but the location is nice and the pool and other facilities are nice. The bed and fold out sofa need to be replaced, but were not horrible. The Turn Key experience overall was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carl, thank you for the kind words and helpful feedback. You were perfect guests and we look forward to looking for to hearing from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
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2

won't stay here again

  • 2 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was adequately helpful.

The vacation rental was very dirty.

I was happy with the location.

I was very dissatisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The rental was smaller than expected. And it was not clean. The surfaces were dusty, the fan was dusty. The coffee pot looked like it had never been cleaned. I don't think these rental should be referred to as s condo. It was a hotel room with a kitchenette. The only thing I can say is that the location was great. It was an easy walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Owner's Response: Hi Aren, thank you so much for the informative review. We use this feedback to improve our homes and service. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, and if they are not met, we want to know. We apologize for the state of the rental when you arrived. For an immediate re-clean, guests can call our 24-Hour Customer Service Line and we'll come ASAP. You were great guests and we hope to hear from you in the future. -The TurnKey VR Team
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1

Most disappointed in my accommodations

  • 1 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very unhelpful.

The vacation rental was very dirty.

I was happy with the location.

I was very dissatisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

As soon as we opened the door we wanted to leave. The ceiling tiles were pushed up into the ceiling. The window ledge was covered with dirt and dead mosquitos. There was water damage and the paint was peeled off. The coffee maker pot had a brown film all over it and the bed spread had two large brown stains on it. The dresser drawer had a very large stain of some kind so we couldn't even unpack our bags. I called the support line to ask for another room but he told me that would be impossible and he would send someone over to tend to the problems. They never came. Since my credit card had already been charged for the stay we were stuck. After 4 nights no one ever showed up to fix the problems. They never called back to see if everything was okay or had been taken care of. We had to just put the bed spread on the floor and sleep without it. We stayed gone as much as possible and never used the kitchen, TV or couch. I will never stay at a TurnKey property again. The pictures on the webpage were definitely not accurate. I took pictures of everything and sent them in. Still didn't hear from anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: TurnKey Vacation Rentals
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