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Sandy Turtle, A Family Friendly Beach Condo

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Main Room 2014
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Master Bed Room - 2 full beds
Kid\'s Room - 3 twin beds
Private Beach Access with pylons
Playscape
Port Aransas
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Condo/Apartment – 
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

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goterps10
Round Rock, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Condo close to Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Our family loves visiting Port Aransas. The beach is not too crowded and the water is perfect for small children. We've generally stayed in hotels in the past, but have recently had bad experiences with noise at the hotels. This year, we decided to look for a condo, and the Sandy Turtle proved to be the perfect fit.

The owners are very easy to work with, booking was no problem. The price (about $250 a night) was comparable to other rentals we looked at. What sets this place apart is the focus on families with children.

The condo is 2 bed rooms, with one room obviously designated for the kids. A bunk bed, toys, games, and videos for kids are provided. The second room has 2 queen size beds, if you need the extra bed or space. The kitchen is small but functional, and all the standard kitchen appliances are provided (coffee maker, toaster, etc) as well as dishes, cups, and plates. The overall feel of the condo is cozy and friendly.

On the condo grounds, there is a pool (no lifeguard) and a play ground set. The pool was clean and was a good place to relax after the beach. We never used the playground, but it is one of the rainbow playset series and seemed to be in decent shape. To get to the beach, you simply head out over the sand dunes on a short path to the public beach. The beach itself is standard for Port A, generally nice, not too crowded, and the water is friendly to small children.

Our family (parents plus 2 children ages 4 and 1) would recommend the Sandy Turtle condo. Its a nice place that is young family friendly, which can be hard to find.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location, Family friendly
Liked least: Internet access didn't work
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Lesnmo
Sienna Plantation, TX
1 review
“A great condo, with amazing pool and short walk to beach.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

We spent Mothers Day weekend at Sandy Turtle and had a great time. Everything you need for small children is provided and my two and five year old called the room "their room." immediately. The pool is very big and within view of patio but far enough away that you can't hear people playing loudly. The beach is maybe a five minute walk and very nice. The condo is a little old and musty is the only reason for four stars. We were very comfortable and will definitely book again.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
Liked best: The kids room and pool
Liked least: The musty smell upon walking in but got used to it after a few minutes
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
Jun 2, 2012
We are glad that you had a great time especially the children in "their room."

We've talked with both the maintenance and the housekeeping managers about the musty smell you mentioned. There was some severe weather right before you arrived so perhaps the building just needed to breathe a little because it is okay now.

Looking forward to having stay with us again!
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Granny101...
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
“Perfect for anyone visiting Port A with a toddler in tow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010 for a stay in November 2010

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".

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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busymama
TX
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010 for a stay in June 2010
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Clean and close to the beach
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 25-34
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Rugged travelers
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jennifer
Tx
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010 for a stay in May 2010
4 of 5 stars Value 3 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 25-34
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
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The Adolphs
TX
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010 for a stay in March 2010
4 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location
Liked least: Other renters were loud & kept us up at night
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-44
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists
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Texas
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010 for a stay in June 2009
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Listed since : Oct 2009
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