Best (& Sweetest) 12 Weeks of Summer Ever #10
10. Beach living, rental style
Renting a house or cottage on the beach provides the joys of coastal living minus many of the headaches. Just think, you can sunbathe and body-surf to your heart’s content, then head home without boarding up your windows or cleaning sandy floors.
One of South Padre’s most appealing beach rentals is The SandBox Inn, a two-bedroom, two-bath cottage with a spacious kitchen, a mesquite bar, a piano, and a pool table. Stepping outside, the cottage offers two decks for viewing the Gulf and the bay—and is
Even cooler, the yard contains a garden of sand sculptures, such as a life-sized cat and a guitar. The creator of those sculptures is cottage owner Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga, a sand artist who co-founded the island’s annual sand sculpture competition. SandBox guests can watch Sandy Feet at work on her latest sculptures, and book a private lesson.
If you need more space, consider the Coastal Colors beach house on Galveston Island. The four-bedroom, four-bath rental accommodates up to 16 guests. True to its name, Coastal Colors is a riot of color with a mix of contemporary and vintage furnishings. The turret-shaped master bedroom looks out on the Gulf, and nautical-themed bunk beds line the walls of two of the bedrooms. Two decks, a screened porch, and a dune walkover half-a-block away make enjoying the outdoors easy.
From the May 2013 issue.