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Family Friendly ~Enjoy the best of Port A~

Bedrooms 2
Space 880 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Easy access to beach and toys/videos for the kids!

Easy access to the best of Port A. ~Walk to the beach on the private walkway~, or drive all your gear there and set up base for the day. This section of BEACH IS AWESOME; it is very wide and separated from the car lanes by pylons, no worries about cars running over your beach blanket or sand castles. When you are ready the rest of Port A, the best restaurants and activities are a short 2 to 5 minute drive.

The unit is casual and family friendly with activities to entertain everyone, including an assortment of videos, activities, cable TV, NETFLIX and wireless internet access. Kids LOVE the on site playscape. The second bedroom has been decorated especially for kids with an ocean theme with colorful fish, and there is a second TV and VCR (with kid/family videos) perfect for early morning or bed time videos. The full kitchen has the appliances and utensils to keep everyone fed after a full day at the beach or just to save money. And the Sandy Turtle is a ground floor unit so no hassles with carrying luggage or kids up flights of slippery stairs. ~

Sorry, no pets, not even well trained ones that stay in crates.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Melissa

We love the beach and being there with our kids, and we want to share the joy!

Melissa purchased this condo in 2008

Why Melissa chose Texas Gulf Coast

We liked being near the 'fenced' section of the beach where our kids won't get hit by a car as well as being so close to everything in town. Our condo's complex grounds have a very open feel, with the large courtyard.

What makes this condo unique

We set up our condo for families with younger children. There are lots of on site toys and games and a large selection of favorite family videos and now we offer NetFlix. We also include a high chair and pack-n-play to help save room in your vehicle. Many of our guests say their children feel like the kid's room is their second home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 18 month old grandchild's parents were wowed at well-suited this place was for young children. The condo was also exceptionally clean and well stocked with all the kitchen things needed for the breakfasts and lunches when we ate "in".
Nov 2010
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Port Aransas Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 880 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Kid's bedroom has a bunk bed with pull out trundle. A port-a-crib is also available, but bring your own sheet.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Family Friendly ~Enjoy the best of Port A~
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 19 reviews

Property location was great, house was fair.

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Our group of 4 stayed 3 nights. It was an ok place to stay, but one bedroom smelled musty, the windows were difficult to open, basic cleaning supplies (2 trash bags ,1 kitchen towels and 1 kitchen wash cloth) were severely limited. We chose to cook our meals there and cleaning up was not easy. Bathroom towels and wash clothes were cheap, thin and scratchy and limited as well. Also the beds were crunchy sounding due to plastic covers on mattresses. Location to the beach made it worth it though.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, we are working to get the window fixed so it will be easier to open. I wish you would have mentioned the cleaning supplies and linens when we talked because I could have tried to get you new linens and supplies.
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Clean, cute & as pictured. A bit hard to open some windows/doors/blinds; salty air causes that.

  • 5 of 5

The condo is well equipped. The location is great. The office folks were easy to work with. The walkway to the beach is just a path on the dunes, not a boardwalk, which may make it a bit harder to traverse for some folks. We will send a private message to the owners regarding a couple of minor issues, but overall it was a nice play to spend a weekend.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Convenient and comfortable getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Sandy Turtle was a great spot for a weekend trip. It had all the amenities we were were looking for -- a fully-stocked kitchen, a patio to enjoy the breeze, WiFi connection, and a private path to the beach. An added plus was the toys and children's books, which my 3 nephews loved. The beds were comfortable and the staff on site was friendly and helpful. The condo was also central enough that we could walk to restaurants and shops. We would gladly return.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, quiet, comfortable and friendly!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean condo, TONS of toys and games for kids plus boogie board and kickboard. Very comfortable and very quiet grounds. The office staff was very friendly. Seemed mostly families with kids stayed in neighboring units. The pool was huge and shallow, also great for kids. Nice play equipment and a very short walk to the beach. Very scenic. We would definetly come back to the Sandy Turtle.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed the Sandy Turtle and thank you for letting others know!
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  • 5 of 5

We loved the condo! So cute and a quick nice walk to the pool and the beach! Nice and close to some great restaurants, too! Perfect for our family of six for the week. Thank you so much for everything. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so glad that you got to enjoy Port Aransas and staying with us at the Sandy Turtle! We hope to see you soon!
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Perfect family friendly condo

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the sandy turtle. Upon arrival we didn't have to worry about entertaining our kids at all while we were unpacking, because there is a closet full of toys (and games) to entertain the kids. My kids (2 and 1 years old) thought it was better then Christmas because they didn't even have to unwrap the toys and there was a whole closet full.

The condo also had two TV /VCRs plus VHSes to go with them. It was fun seeing our old time favorites and being able to share those with our kids.

This condo could easily sleep 8. In the master bedroom there are two queen sized beds. In the kid room there is a bunk bed, with a roll out bed underneath, and they provide a pack n play. They do not provide sheets for the pack n play so if you are planning on using it you may want to bring your own. We just used the sheets off of one of the beds we weren't using and it worked out just fine.

These is a short walk to the beach, but for our family it was far easier to load up the car and go park on the beach. Parking passes for the beach are cheap and you can get them almost anywhere.

The pool was COLD when we were there. It is probably refreshing in the summer, but in March when the temperture was only 75 degrees the pool was chili. It was a good size. For little kids, they really only had the steps to play on, otherwise they would have needed floatation devices.

The park at the condo was nice, it had three swings, three slides, and a picnic table. It was a great size for our kids, we had a hard time playing with them on the slide part. Our kids favorite was the teeter toter, They had never been on one before and played on that for the majority of the time.

The condo itself was clean and well stocked with kitchen appliances (full fridge, oven, toaster, coffee, blender, microwave, dishwasher, plates, silverware, knives pretty much anything you need). The patio is small but enclosed so you can easily leave the door open and the kids outside to play while making dinner. The walls are pretty heavy, we didn't hear to much going on around us and we were there over spring break. The kitchen table could seat everyone that it sleeps.

All in all we had a wonderful trip to the beach. It was nice not having to pack toys for the condo or for the beach, it made packing a lot lighter. There is information at the condo over places to see and things to do in the area. The condo is centrally located in the town nothing was far.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. We are glad your family enjoyed your time at the Sandy Turtle!
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Rates & Availability

Port Aransas Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring I
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 21 2017 - Apr 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring II
Apr 24 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer I
May 29 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer II
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter late 2017
Oct 17 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rental agreement must be accepted and confirmed for all rentals. An email address to send the rental agreement and a contact phone number will be required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Port Aransas Ocean Side

Other Activities: boating, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, mini golf

Golf: Few minutes from new Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course


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