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Karen Smith

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

BEACH FRONT condo with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Texas Gulf Coast Condo Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 full bath, sleeps 4-5 with pull out sofa

This beautifully remodeled condo is directly on the beach - walk down the stairs, and 20 paces to put your feet in the sand. You will be lulled to sleep by the the ocean, and gently awakened to the songs of the birds, the sounds of the ocean waves and the light of the sun as it rises over the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the sunrise while lounging in bed - The bedroom and living room each have sliding patio doors which open out onto a 20 foot balcony. The views from this 3rd floor unit are stunning. The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher. The bathroom features granite countertops, custom cabinets and a tiled, walk-in shower. The living room has vaulted ceilings, computer station, flat screen TV and stunning views of the beach and ocean. The master bedroom has a king size bed, vaulted ceilings, an in-room safe, and a flat screen TV. The complex also has 2 heated swimming pools, beautiful landscaping, free WI-FI and cable TV. Coin laundry facilities. Come relax in paradise!


We do not rent to "spring breakers". Families are welcome!

**Building is not handicapped accessible: This is a 3rd floor unit, with no elevator.**

This property is registered with the City of South Padre Island, Permit Number 2015-177761.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Karen Smith

We enjoy coming to the Island to kick back and relax. Eveyone on the Island is so friendly. The beach is great. The restaurants have good food, entertainment, and great service.

Karen Smith purchased this condo in 2006

Why Karen Smith chose Texas Gulf Coast

We love being directly on the beach. The Tiki is as close to the beach as it gets without getting your feet wet. We also love the relaxed atmosphere on the island. There are shuttles available from both Brownsville and Harlingen airports, making for a convenient trip.

What makes this condo unique

The views from the balcony are what sold us on this condo. You cannot get any closer to the water. We love to sit and watch the kiteboarders, the kids playing on the beach, and watching skydivers land on the beach next door.


based on 59 traveler reviews

BEACH FRONT condo with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico
average rating of 4.8135595 based on 59 reviews

Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this condo! So many amenities that we couldn't take advantage of them all! Check in and check out was a breeze and the office staff was very helpful and friendly! The views from the balcony were beautiful- it was perfect being right by the beach. We did not notice any excessive noise the entire time we were there! We will definitely recommend this location to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to post your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to hosting your next vacation.
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  • 5 of 5

This is by far one of the best condos we have stayed in, Karen has the condo equipped with everything you need! Family of three and had ample space! The views off the balcony were amazing the bed was comfortable and it's beautifully decorated.. the sand is literally steps away. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from Home (with a view)

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views! Beautiful condo! This property exceeded all our expectations. The owners have added so many personal and thoughtful touches that we felt quite at home. The view is splendid and we spent many hours sitting on the balcony listening to the waves, though occasionally interrupted by others on the beach with loud music. However, once again, the view was so relaxing that we just timed our balcony time to avoid the noise. We would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo overlooking the beach!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is located right on the beach with easy accessibility to the sand and surf, or, if you prefer, enjoy the sun and view right from your own balcony. The kitchen is adequately stocked with everything you need, the bed is comfortable, and plenty of towels, chairs, etc. are provided for beach use. It's a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachfront Beauty

  • 4 of 5

The condo was exactly as described--beachfront, third(top) floor, well done inside and prepped for the beach with beach towels, chairs, umbrella, cooler, etc. Plenty of shoreline to walk, shops and restaurants within easy driving distance, and Claytons next door. The condo is clean, up to date as you can see in the pictures. The only reason I did not rate this 5 stars was the interruptions by the management company. Exterior repairs, wifi updates, insect treatment, AC off twice and water shutoff all in the week we were there. They do try to keep the property in good shape but we have not experienced this many interruptions at other places.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our beachfront condo. We believe we have the best location on the beach. Our guests can enjoy the many local attractions, dining, shopping, walking the beach, swimming in our heated pools, and the beautiful ocean view from the balcony. Thank you for letting us know about the interruptions, we have not had this issue previously. We immediately contacted the condo board president and management, and they have assured us this will not be an issue in the future for our guests.
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

As we experienced on our first stay, this is a fine location. The condo is welcoming, including all that is needed for an enjoyable vacation. Be aware of the music at Clayton's. It can be and was very loud. Loved the weekend fireworks on the beach.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sea Turtle Inc.
"This is a wonderful, educational "must-do". It is directly across the street from the condo..."
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
Andy Bowie County Park
"Stroll along the beach hunting for seashells, and watch the fisherman "
Wanna-Wanna Beach Bar & Grill
"Great burgers, fried shrimp and fish, with a view of the beachgoers. 1 mile walk along the ..."
Isla Blanca Park
"There is a daily fee, however, you can park by the jetties, and watch for dolphins in the sh..."
Blue Marlin Supermarket
"This is a well-stocked grocery store, with a bakery, deli, butcher and fresh seafood. "
Pier 19
"Great views of the bay, good food and drinks at good prices. Casual"
Louie’s Backyard
"One of the best spots on the Island for sunset watching. Try the nightly specials in the Lo..."
Grapevine Cafe & Coffeehouse
"Great breakfast and lunches, but not on the water."
South Padre Island Adventure Park, LLC
"Horseback riding on the beach, for all levels of riders. Great fun!"
Tom & Jerry's Beach Club Bar & Grill
"This bar and grill has good food, good prices. Not on the beach. "
Skydive SPI
"For the adventurer, tandem skydive over South Padre Island - land next door to the condo on ..."
Clayton's Beach Bar and Grill
"An easy walk along the beach to Clayton's for sandwiches or a cold drink. Be sure to spend ..."
South Padre Island Birding And Nature Center
"Beautiful place to watch the Island's many bird species."
Ted's Restaurant
"Small, local restaurant - great breakfast, easy on the wallet"
Breakaway Cruises
"Sail the catamaran for a sunset dinner cruise, BYOB. Live music, excellent food, a truly wo..."
Padre Rita Grill
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Brownsville/South Padre Island International

Directly on the beach! Large balcony overloooking the beach and Gulf of Mexico. Short walk along the beach to Clayton's Beach Bar/Grill with entertainment. 5 minute walk to Sea Turtle Rescue Center; 10 minute walk to SPI Birding Center, 15 minute walk to SPI Convention Center.

Other Activities: Shelling, dolphin watching, surf fishing right out front,

The evening Catamaran sailing dinner cruise is excellent, a gentle cruise in the bay. Entertainment and great food is supplied, they have a grill on-board for grilled shrimp and fajitas, BYOB and fireworks cruises in the summer. Sunset at Laguna Bob's (formally The Wahoo) is a tradition. On especially great sunset nights, people actually stand up and applaud. A BYOB sunset on the 'FLATS', at the beach access just North of the Convention Center, is also spectacular. And don't forget to relax and enjoy an evening or two on the balcony or on the beach in front of the Condo.

Golf: SPI Golf Club is about a 20 minute drive in Laguna Vista. Very nice golf course with some holes right on the Bay.

There are also golf courses in and around the Brownsville area (30-40 Minutes) that are nice and have very reasonable fees.


Rates & Availability

South Padre Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
May 27 2016 - Sep 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
December 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
March 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 14.5%

Guests can choose the $59.00 Property Damage Protection Plan in lieu of the Security Deposit. DOGS UNDER 25 POUNDS ONLY WITH PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT - NON-REFUNDABLE PET FEE $100.00** **Rates subject to change prior to booking**

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Texas Gulf Coast Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Tiled walk-in shower; granite countertop
  • Custom built vanity and linen closet, granite countertop.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , in living room
  • 13'x15' bedroom, with king size bed, large dresser, clock/alarm; flat screen TV on wall; 2 large open face closets for your clothes and shelves for storing your luggage. There is also an in-room safe.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Courtyard
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
**THIS IS A 3RD FLOOR UNIT - NO ELEVATOR** Dining area has pub height table and chairs for spectacular views while dining. The balcony has a lounge chair, as well as a bar height table and 4 chairs, which allow you to relax and watch the beach goers from your private balcony. A small cooler, 4 beach chairs, beach umbrella, 4 beach towels, straw beach mats, boogie board, children's sand toys, and beach tote are included for our guests' comfort at no charge.

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