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Address: 2612 Gulf Blvd, Beach Access 7, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6940
Phone Number: +1 956-433-9948
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and...

We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's beach Bar on South Padre Island. Our aim is to make your family vacation one to remember, and we supply everything - you just bring your smile. We recommend that you secure your booking before your visit by e-mail, phone or text (please include your name if texting). (** we have a new booking engine on the site - Jan 2016 credit cards accepted) Instructor Andy Hancock will be pleased to help you build the castles of your dreams using 3 simple steps and no previous experience or creative ability is necessary. Our job is to make sure that in one lesson you have all the skills you will need for a lifetime of building on the beach. We don't watch the clock as we are too busy watching our clients have fun. We even include tools for the truly inspired! - See you on the best beach in Texas!

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Absolutely amazing experience

Had the best sandcastle lesson! Andy Hancock gave great instructions and demonstrations! I am not artistically talented at all, but with this lesson, I made amazing sand castles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
caramgrossman
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had the best sandcastle lesson! Andy Hancock gave great instructions and demonstrations! I am not artistically talented at all, but with this lesson, I made amazing sand castles and had a blast! He has a super sense of humor and excellent knowledge of history, math and science! Definite must do! - Cara Grossman

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lesson great! We learned plenty in two hours! It was a great idea to do the lesson at the beginning of a our trip because once we were done we used the skills we learned to test on the beach multiple times! Andy and max were extremely funny, helpful and very family friendly. He even keep my 16 month... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for all ages! Appointments were very accommodating, and the kids ant wait to do it again. Highly recommended

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Thank jblaylock07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Andy is super nice and a great teacher. Now our family will be making other amateur sand-castlers jealous anywhere we go. Especially because of the professional tool kit we got to keep! One of the highlights of our vacation and we did a lot of stuff!

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Andy came to our condo and taught our group of 10 family members the tricks and secrets of how to build amazing sandcastles. The kids (ages 3-15) were distracted by the first day of waves, but were definitely engaged in the early part of the lesson - Andy worked hard to get our video-gamers involved and active, but was unoffended... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come to South Padre every year. I saw Andy two years ago on the beach giving a lesson. We try to do something new every year. So this year I booked a 2 hour lesson for my son, daughter in law, 9 year old grand daughter and my husband. It was awesome. It was a true family experience. Andy... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Andy is amazing with children (and adults) of all ages! Not only will you spend a few hours of quality time with your family, you will have fun and walk away with knowledge of how to build a REAL sandcastle! He is a teacher at heart and loves to have fun! What I loved the most is how he encouraged... More 

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Harlingen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Andy is a lot of fun, keeps the atmosphere light-hearted and creative! My kids' creativity level far surpassed my own, so I'm well-aware of their ability to teach to all levels (ha). I was initially concerned about a the sun and heat for a 12 PM appt., but it was shaded and the breeze kept us plenty cool. We highly... More 

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Katy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The time just flew and everyone had a great time! Andy and Max were fun-loving and made the whole experience enjoyable. An awesome family memory and my teenager has been building things on the beach ever since.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my 28th birthday, all I wanted to do was learn how to build a sand castle!! But never did I think the experience would be SO AMAZING! I met Andy at Boomerang Billy's & took a 3 hour private lesson. When i found out I had 11 minutes left of the lesson - I was upset! I did not... More 

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