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Best Porch on West Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 17-19) directly on the beach

Sandbox is a family-friendly single home on west beach blvd. In gulf shores. Sandbox sleeps 17 comfortably with 1 king bedroom, 1 queen, 1 queen and full, and our wonderful bunk room with 3 sets of bunks---the bottom of one is a full-sized bed. The large living room has 2 sofas and 1 love seat---1 sofa is a queen sleeper. Bathrooms have built-in hair dryers. The house is fully equipped and, of course, has the best porch on the beach!

Kathy Grooms
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Kathy Grooms

My husband, Dan, and I worked hard for many, many years raising our 2 beautiful children. When we finally reached a point in life where we didn't have to worry every day about how we were going to pay the bills, we went on a weekend vacation to a little place called Gulf Shores, AL. We stayed at a hotel on the beach and one starry night as we walked the beach hand-in-hand, we looked at the houses near our hotel and talked about how wonderful it must be to own one of those. Later, we met a fantastic real estate agent who took us to see all the houses on the market. Sandbox was the first house we saw and after a grueling week of looking, we both wanted to go back to that cute house with the incredible porch! Dreams do come true!

Kathy Grooms purchased this house in 1999

Why Kathy Grooms chose Gulf Shores

Hopefully, guests will read about us, visit, and see for themselves why we chose the Sandbox above all others!

What makes this house unique

My husband, Dan, knew right away that Sandbox was going to give us what we wanted most of all---unobstructed views to the East for glorious sunrises and to the West for the most brilliant sunsets on Earth. Between sunrise and sunset there are the dolphin shows and the most unbelievable starry nights you can imagine. On nights with a full moon or even 'almost full' you can watch Stars on the the waves catch the light of the moon. Add to all of this the incredible seafood restaurants just minutes from the house and the most comfortable beach house to finally lay your head for a few hours of sleep and guests soon want to re-book same week next year and start counting the days!


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , TV/DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 5 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Pack-n-play and baby feeding chair available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (5)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Best Porch on West Beach!
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews
Dayton Texas USA

The Perfect Family Vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The Sandbox is the perfect spot for a family vacation. The house is set up for all ages. We enjoyed mornings on the porch and afternoons on the sand. We would gather back for dinner on the porch and then head back to the beach for evening games of frisbee or volleyball. The house had everything we needed, including a very well-stocked kitchen. We look forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harriman, TN

Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sandbox for our family and friends vacation and it was the best Vacation ever!!! The house was perfect for a great time at the beach. The kids enjoyed the night time hunts for ghost crabs and the daytime fun on the beach. The kitchen was great for a big breakfast before heading to beach and the porch was perfect for relaxing anytime but the best times are sunrise and sunset. We will definitely visit again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at the Sandbox and could not have chosen a better vacation home! The house slept all 12 of us very comfortably and even more beds to spare! They had everything we could possibly need and even had everything I needed for a one year old. The beach umbrella, baby pool and beach toys galore were great to have access to! The view is stunning and we spent so much time on the wonderful deck and were able to watch the dolphins every morning! I cannot say enough good things about this home! We will definitely be returning for future vacations.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas at the Sandbox

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our three grown children and their families spent ten days this past Christmas at the Sandbox. Although the weather dipped near freezing on the first few days that we were there-we were toasty warm with a nice fire in the wood burning fireplace and one night a fire on the beach in a fire pit that we had brought with us. We had the beach pretty much to ourselves as there was nobody there. Over the next few days the weather turned very warm-upper 70's and full sun. The large deck was wonderful and the views were exceptional. We took our little Christmas trees with us and even put lights on the deck. Was a really fun Christmas and everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The house was well furnished with most every thing that one would need for a beach vacation. The owner was very available by e-mail and prompt to answer questions prior to, during, and following our visit. I am sure that summer visitors would find this rental to be very enjoyable but a winter trip to the beach is great too. Wish we would have been able to repeat next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lafayette In

The DECK on the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

The Sandbox is a great place to stay for a family fun vacation! Plenty of room to move around. A fully stocked kitchen, The best deck on the beach!!! beach toys galore! Looking forward our next visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa

Spring Break in Gulf Shores.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing 'Sandbox' with us. Our two families (4 adults and 7 teens) enjoyed a perfect week in Gulf Shores, and we thoroughly enjoyed your home.... and the BEST DECK on West Beach! We had coffee in the morning, and watched dolphins going by, and sat out on the deck at night, viewing the stars while listening to the waves. 'Sandbox" was very comfortable and well-stocked! The kitchen had so many tools, gadgets, pans, tableware, the bathrooms had plenty of towels and washcloths, and the deck had plenty of chairs and tables! It was a great week, and we would definitely rent 'Sandbox' again!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peninsula Restaurant & Grill
Bar & Grill
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
The Beach House Kitchen and Cocktails
American Restaurant
Janino's Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Bahama Bob's Beach Side Cafe
Seafood Restaurant
Flip Flop Deli Shop - Gulf Shores
Oyster Bay
Bar & Grill
Bill’s By the Beach
Seafood Restaurant
DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen
Seafood Restaurant
Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts
Donut Shop
Gulf Shores Public Beach
The Steamer Baked Oyster Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Gulf Shores Golf Club
Yabba's Wacky Snack Shack
Ice Cream Shop
JOHN GYRO mediterranean 2
Mediterranean Restaurant
The Hangout
Seafood Restaurant
Crico's Pizza & Subs
Pizza Restaurant
Snappy's Snowcones
Shrimp Basket Gulf Shores
Seafood Restaurant
The Flying Harpoon - Kitchen 11-1 Bar 11-2
Seafood Restaurant
Papa Rocco's
Pizza Restaurant
Rita's Frozen Custard
Original Oyster House Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Ribs & Reds
Barbecue Restaurant
Pink Pony Pub
Seafood Restaurant
Matt's Homemade Alabama Icecream
Ice Cream Shop
Mikee's Seafood
Seafood Restaurant
The Royal Oyster
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Gulf Island Grill
Hog Wild BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
Escape House Waterville
New Orleans Orginal Snoballs
Ragatta Condominiums
King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Duck's Coastal Kitchen
Breakfast Restaurant
Island Pancake House
Cafe Beignets of Alabama
Chocolate corner
Chocolate Shop
Nolan's Restaurant & Lounge
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Gulf Shores Dog Park
Fish River Grill
Seafood Restaurant
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Soul Bowlz
The Cove Bar and Grill
Bar & Grill
Hazel's Nook
Breakfast Restaurant
Sea N Suds
Seafood Restaurant
Gulf Shores Tennis Complex
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
Directly on the beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

Our rates include all housekeeping and taxes. No extras.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.