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Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


South Padre Island Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)


Casa Familiar is an upscale, 2700 square foot, four bedroom townhome. The properties is situated directly on the beach and features a wealth of amenities. Walk off the large patio with a private swimming pool and onto the beach. On the first floor of the townhouse is: bedroom #1 (queen canopy bed and a daybed with twin trundle bed-2 twin beds or can be converted into king bed) and bath. Fully-equipped kitchen, living and dining room (table seats 12) with full entertainment system and, 1/2 bath.

On the 2nd floor of Casa Familiar is: master bedroom (bdrm #2) with a king bed, bath & balcony; bedroom # 3 with full bed, twin bunk beds and twin trundle bed & bath; bedroom#4 with queen canopy bed & bath; laundry with washer & dryer, game room with balcony overlooking the beach. All bedrooms have adjoining full baths. Property is private and gated. Bring your laptop; high speed internet is provided. Because of high demand in the peak season, we only rent by the week from Saturday to Saturday.

This property is registered with the city of South Padre Island, Texas. Permit #2015-558171.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Tricia Smith
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Tricia Smith

Presently, I'm a therapist/psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical instructor at a state school of nursing. However, when we purchased Casa Familiar, I was a stay at home mom with 9 children, 2 with special needs and 1 or 2 foster children. Managing a rental business was a great way to stay at home and work. Technology has made working from anyplace possible. With my phone, I can answer emails while out of town.

Working in our rental business has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people to whom I'd never have access and the hours are very flexible.

Tricia Smith purchased this villa in 1999

Why Tricia Smith chose Texas Gulf Coast

During Thanksgiving week, 1999, my husband & I loaded up our Suburban with our 9 children and drove for the first time to a beach directly straight south of Kansas City...arriving in South Padre Island 17 hrs. later. After vacationing in Marco Island, FL, the previous year, we found that SPI was much more family friendly. We all fell in love with it. So much so, that we figured out how we could purchase a beach house, making time at the beach a regular family event. We were able to find a rundown townhouse, which sat directly on the beach and had been on the market for over a yr. We negotiated a great price, renovated it ourselves, named it Casa Familiar, and began renting to help with our costs. Since then, we've been renting to some wonderful families for as many as 14 years and others who have stayed several times.

Now that our children are getting married and having children, we've expanded by purchasing Casa Vecina which adjoins Casa Familiar. Thanks to the financial support of our guests, we're able to maintain and update the house making it a comfortable and family friendly place for everyone to enjoy.

What makes this villa unique

There's nothing like real beachfront living...unfortunately, many property owners claim beachfront but are located across the street or even blocks away. The end of the patio is the seawall & the boardwalk takes you to the beach. You can prepare lunch in the kitchen while watching the kids play on the beach and be within shouting distance when they need to come in.


based on 41 traveler reviews

Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!
average rating of 4.878049 based on 41 reviews
midland, texas

Perfect Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at Casa Vecina and we enjoyed it so much again.

It is such a beautiful place and the updates have made it even nicer. Everything is there to make vacation really special -- a bathroom for each bedroom, a walkway to the beach and , of course a private pool.

This year was fun being there during sand castle days. The weather was perfect, so we spent a lot of time flying our growing kite collection. It was definitely a special family vacation for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best South Padre find EVER!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 8 (ages 12-90 and from 3 states) found Casa Familiar to be one of the best vacation homes we have visited. We were looking for a place to accommodate active young teens and their parents as well as sedentary elderly grandparents. Casa Familiar fit like a glove. The owner, Trish, was very responsive and accommodating. She took my phone calls and answered all my questions as we were deciding on a place. The house is clean and comfortable with great access to the beach. It boasts a well appointed kitchen which allowed us to have amazing home cooked meals (I admit we are a bit of a foodie family!). Each room has a bathroom en suite with a powder room on the ground floor. The floor plan is perfect for splitting up the various groups as the grandparents enjoyed the first floor bedroom with easy access to the living area, kitchen, patio and pool, while the younger members enjoyed the upstairs bedrooms as well as the game room and sunrise balcony. But the story that sets this property apart from anything else is how kind and generous the property manager, Kathie, was to us. When I learned the Idaho brother couldn't make the trip at the last minute, I was concerned for my 88 and 89 year old parents, as they were arriving early and would not have a family member taking then to the house as we had planned. I called Kathie to ask about ground transportation, and she offered to go to the Brownsville airport to escort my parents to the house. That's 45 minutes each way for her! She took them to the house, took their luggage in for them, then took them to a nearby restaurant so they could get lunch. I was very touched and so grateful to Kathie that my parents didn't have to wait 4 hours until the next of our group landed in Harlingen. I don't think you get that type of treatment in most places. We had a beautiful vacation and hope to come again next fall. Thank you to Trish, Kathie, and the wonderful cleaning staff from la familia in California, Indiana and Texas.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family just finished our 4th stay at Cass Familiar. It is truly, for us, like coming home. Our family of 10 fits so comfortably in this beautiful house it makes our stay effortless. From the modern updates that have been made to the kitchen to the relaxing walk from pool to beach, every detail is taken care of. We are looking forward to making more memories in years to come at Casa Familiar.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If every guest was as kind and appreciative as you, Marnie, it would be so easy being a property owner. I hope that we have many more years working together. Thank you.
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Another wonderful week at Casa Familar!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay. Our family once again stayed at Casa Familiar. Had an absolutely great time. The house was very clean and inviting when we arrived. Having bathrooms in each bedroom was a plus. The half bath off the kitchen came in so handy. It was so nice to be able to be walk on the walkway right to the beach. Not to mention the private swimming pool. The upstairs patio was our hang out every evening. Watching the Friday night fireworks off our walkway with no crowds was terrific. You won't go wrong staying at this property. Trish and Kathy were so easy to work with. Can't wait to come back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, MJ for your really kind words. You've been such a joy to work with.
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Best week with my family, 4th year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 has stayed at this property for a week out of summer, 4 years in a row (although, we could easily include both sets of grandparents and some cousins, there really is that much space). I didn't think it could get any better but I was wrong! We've used VRBO or similar sites to rent in New York, California and Florida and I can tell you, I've never seen a rental property this well stocked, well decorated or well cared for. We are more impressed every year! The owners and their management team truly take pride in their property and your desire to have a great vacation, it's obvious. This is truly the perfect beachfront property. AND THEN they made improvements. Oh my, the kitchen is absolutely beautiful and the bathrooms are modern, clean and extremely upscale. You can't get any closer to the beach and as a photographer, I can tell you I have snapped some of my all time favorite photos of my children just steps from the private walk over. The beach is so beautiful and far less crowded than it is over near the condo complexes. We love that dining is so close and the movie theater is down the street. We take three vacations through the year - one even includes mouse kids will still tell you that "the beach house" is their favorite vacation. The atmosphere provided, both in decor and location, is a perfect getaway for relaxation and family bonding. We will be back year after year.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review. We're fortunate to have you stay each year as you're a pure pleasure to work with.
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Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Vecina over Christmas. Our entire family (11 pple age 3.5 to 72 yrs) relaxed and enjoyed the house and beach immensely. Trish, owner, and Kathie, manager were friendly and very helpful getting our crew in and settled. Questions were readily answered and any issues likewise addressed.

This property, I will say, is ideal in so many ways...location on the beach, private access thru the dunes- shared only with Casa Familia, the size, the floor plan etc were all great for our large group. Most of all we really appreciated the feel and atmosphere of the house. The owners have devoted a great amount of energy and attention to the myriad details of furnishing and "outfitting" a vacation rental which makes it so comfortable to move in and feel at home.. There wasn't a kitchen utensil that wasn't available (often with duplicates). Pots and pans, dishes, glasses, silverware, small appliances-- all supplied in ample numbers for a large group. We have stayed at many VRBO rentals in the past and found this home to be by far the best and most completely thought out and prepped, so we could move in and feel very much "at home"... it was truly more like a home than a vacation rental. Kudos to Trish and Tim and sincere thanks for a wonderful family Christmas at their Casa Vecina. By the way we had ideal weather for Dec.!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Brownsville or Harlingen
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
WannaWanna Beach Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
South Padre Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 100
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sits on the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Post Office
Nearest Point of Interest
Island Cinema
Nearest Point of Interest
Police Station/Fire Department
Nearest Point of Interest
Blackbeard's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Marlin Supermarket
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Isla Grand Beach resort (former Radisson)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

South Padre Island Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Dec 22 2016
1 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Season
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 18 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
End of Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Season
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Refundable Security Dep $1,000
Tax Rate 14.5%

Please contact owner for information on additional units. During Spring Break season, we only rent to families, NO SPRING BREAKERS. During peak season, rental is only weekly from Saturday to Saturday. Dates are not flexible for peak season.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Padre Island Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) In addition to standard-sized baby bed, there is a port-a-crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Day bed is twin-sized with twin-sized trundle, Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed with pull-ou trundle (all 3 beds are twin sized)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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