make it an art adventure vacation in the SandBox!

the space

The SandBox Inn is the upper half of an almost-vintage, pet-friendly, loaded-with-personality beach house located in a quiet residential area on the north side of South Padre Island, Texas.

• Spacious 2BR/2BA sleeps 10
• 1400 sq. feet of living area
• Unique, comfy "Beach Shack Chic" decor
• Cathedral ceiling
• Pool table
• Wi-Fi
• Piano
• New Appliances
• Designer kitchen
• Water views (Gulf & Bay)
• Huge loft bedroom (aka "the dorm")
• Two large party decks
• Half a block to the beach
• Pet, Kid, Geek Friendly
• Sandsculpture everywhere!

The Sandbox Inn of South Padre Island, Texas

updated 7/17/15

Breaking News

summer is a done deal, but bargain season is right around the corner!

Labor Day Weekend is still available - 3 nights for $775 includes all taxes and fees (for up to 6 people)

"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 a mere half-block walk to the beach."

Read what else Texas Highways has to say about the SandBox Inn...

Come see work progress on the South Padre Island Sand Castle Trail!

SandCastle Lessons & Billboards Even if the SandBox may not fill your vacation rental requirements, there is no reason why you can't still learn how to build a better sand castle while you are here. I offer private sandcastle lessons by appointment all year long, and I can build a wedding, anniversary or birthday castle for your beach party with prices starting as low as $100.

I Like Rocks. Rocks and Driftwood.
Shells, Pieces of Tile, Weathered Boards, Old Signs, Pot Shards, etc. etc.

Dad Feets and I shared a love for found objects - primarily rocks and pieces of driftwood - that are beautiful in and of themselves and/or as components of something larger.

I have been working hard on the east path that leads to Boppy's Annex, planting flowers he loved (come on, pansies!) and displaying his bird castles and stepping stones he helped me make. I am finding new homes for the portion of his rock and driftwood collection I brought back from MI, but there is plenty of room for more.

So if you want to make me happy to see you, bring me a rock. Really.

The SandBox is Kid/Pet/Artist/Geek Friendly

Q. How close is the SandBox Inn to the Beach?
A. 285 steps via my short, stubby legs.

the details


updated 1/26/12 the photo gallery

policies, etc.

"Sandcastle Academy" package deals

SPI - sandy feet recommends

new testimonials

new house concerts in the sandbox

I tweet follow me on twitter

This property is registered with the City of South Padre Island Permit 2015-884836.

the blog

see what's been on sandy feet's mind lately by perusing her blog

the critics

Read some guest reviews

the history

the short version

I Barter - Save $$$!

I have a wishlist of projects I would like to colloborate on with creative, handy people. Does that sound like you?

the innkeeper

sandy feet - professtional sand sculptor and innkeeper

'"sandy feet" has been a South Padre Island institution for over 25 years -- master sand sculptor, writer and now innkeeper! She has only one unit to rent -- which means she can lavish all her attention and resources on making this the absolute coolest place to stay on South Padre Island.

The SandBox Gallery/Garden is a little like the ocean -- constantly changing and endlessly fascinating. Enjoy a birdseye view - and free sandcastle instruction - during your stay! 

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Arrival Date

the neighborhood map

The SandBox is located within easy walking distance of

• Blackbeards - Indisputably one of the best places to eat on the Island - full bar, burgers to steak to Mexican to seafood

• Beach Access “Neptune Circle” - half a block from the house - public parking, chair and umbrella rentals

Padreritagrille - Singer J Michael Lafferty's Island Bar & Grill (great salad bar!)

• La Dulce Roma - espresso and gelato

• Shopping - Two big T-shirt/souvenir shops

• The Big Donkey - Mexican restaurant with killer margaritas -- owned by the same folks who run the rabidly popular Daddy's and Dirty Al's

• Paulino's - Family-run Italian

• Stripes Convenience Store

• Island Cinema

"Would you like a sandcastle experience with that?"

recent photos from the Sandbox Inn