This beach house was built in the early 80's - right around the time I moved to the island. As SPI beach houses go - it is certainly not new, but not exactly a relic either. She is a sturdy old thing that has successfully weathered 80 mph winds, hail, rain and even snow.

When I first moved here - as a renter, circa 1994 - the only thing growing in the back yard was sticker burrs. The neighborhood consisted of mostly empty lots and Blackbeards' was half the size it is now.

The salt air is refreshing to the lungs and the spirit -- but it is hard on structures. The sliding glass doors don't slide as smoothly as they once did and the deck has a mellow, weathered patina; those who require sterile, gleaming new everything might ought to look elsewhere. But nowhere will you find an island rental with more character. The furniture is comfortable and there is little that can be damaged by rowdy dogs or happy children. I expect you to track sand into the place, and if I don't hear billiards banging or other happy noises from up there, I start getting worried...

The SandBox Inn is the upper half of beach house - technically a duplex - located in a quiet residential area on the north side of South Padre Island, Texas.

• Spacious 2BR/2BA sleeps 8+
• 1400+ sq. feet of living area
• Unique, comfy "Beach Shack Chic" decor
• Cathedral ceiling
Sweet Pool table
• Wi-Fi
• Piano
• Apple Hifi iPod-driven sound system
• Eames Lounger
• New Appliances
• Designer kitchen
• Water views (Gulf & Bay)
• Huge loft bedroom (aka "the dorm")
• 600 sq. feet of deck - the south deck features an outdoor bar and a birds eye view of sandy feet's sandbox
• Half a block to the beach

The only rental on South Padre Island that has a pool table, an upright piano and a bidet!
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