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Beachside re-modeled condo, sleeps four. Stunning views from private balcony!

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Studio with 2 Queen Beds, full kitchen, spacious bathroom.

Recently Remodeled without the rate increase! Ready to unwind and get rid of that stress in beautiful Port Aransas, Texas? Well, imagine yourself enjoying a good cup of coffee in the morning on a private balcony with breathtaking Gulf Views! Now is your time to relax in one of 2 on-site pools, while your children enjoy the playground close by. Our efficiency comes with 2 queen beds, full kitchen, wireless internet service, cable TV., and again, beautiful Gulf View with a private balcony! The picture really does not give justice to the incredible view. The grounds are immaculate with tennis courts, recreation areas, children's playground, BBQ Pits, paved walkways to the beach and parking right at your door. Just a short trip into town for great dining and shopping. We look forward to you enjoying Gulf View efficiency as much as we do!

'The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.'

If you would like to book this unit and find it does not accommodate your schedule, please view our other island condos. Need 3 condos near each other, for different parties...we got you covered!

If you love the coast and need more room, please view our 4 bedroom house in Royal Sands on Mustang Island,

If you love the coast and the complex of Island Retreat, please visit our 3 bedroom penthouse with breathtaking Gulf Views!

If you want to get away from the Beach, we own two fantastic properties in Colorado.

Love the mountains and want to be in the heart of them? Check out our property in Ouray, Colorado.

You will love this property, with fantastic mountain views in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

COPA# 248300

More Details

Natalie and Patrick Maxwell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Natalie and Patrick Maxwell

We live in Austin, Texas and found ourselves escaping to Port Aransas every chance we got. Since we enjoy it so much, it made sense to purchase our own piece of Paradise! Once we saw this unit, the view sold us and the pictures don't really do it justice. We are so pleased to be able to share our paradise with you and know you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Natalie and Patrick Maxwell purchased this studio in 2013

Why Natalie and Patrick Maxwell chose Port Aransas

We looked all over the island to find a condo that fit our needs. The view, private balcony and immaculate grounds primarily attracted us to this unit/complex. While looking at other complex surroundings, it was clear the cleanliness and proximity to the beach is by far superior at Island Retreat, in comparison to other complexes on the Island. I as well like the close proximity to town, but the feel of complete privacy and quiet in the unit. Once we saw this, it was an easy and immediate decision to purchase!

What makes this studio unique

Again, the view, private balcony and complex grounds make this property unique. Having a full kitchen at your disposal appealed to me as well. I love to cook and it also saves money on dining out!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Daughter and her family loved the rental and had a super time while in Port Aransas!! it was their first time to Port A and they just raved over the island community and particularly the beachfront accommodations. They said they were definitely pleased with the accommodations, the cleanliness and loved the fact they could walk to the beach!! Thank you for providing such a nice place for them as I am sure they will be returning to Port A in the future. Thank you again and have a great week!!
Aug 2013
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Port Aransas Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Please bring your own beach towels as the unit does not provide these.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • Please note, this is a true efficiency and not a 1 bedroom.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
If you like to fish, the ABSOLUTE BEST place to go on the island, is Woody's Sports Center. They offer deep sea fishing and bay fishing.


Come enjoy the balcony views and take a walk on the beach. You will love it!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jul 21, 2017

From the moment they arrived, the Bear and his family knew that Island Retreat #132 was the hidden jewel of Port Aransas. The property features truly magnificent 180 degree views of the ocean, a spectacular sunrise, and a shaded balcony in the evening. Inside the property, you will find two comfortable queen beds that are positioned “just right” to either watch TV or to carelessly gaze at the ocean. The beautiful kitchen has granite countertops and new stainless-steel appliances. It is fully stocked with everything you could imagine that even a novice sous chef can produce a five-star meal. Tile floors extend throughout the property and the bathroom shower features elegant tile accents. Outside, we were able to use our free parking permit and consistently landed a spot right in front of the property. With the beach only a five-minute walk away, it made it easy to go back to the property for forgotten items or to make a quick lunch. We ventured out for dinner each night and Natalie, the property owner, provided us with excellent recommendations. Trout Street delivered an amazing meal with local seafood and an unforgettable ambiance. The proximity of the property also allowed us to see some of the local attractions; one afternoon we crossed the free ferry and ventured as far as the Big Tree on Goose Island (about 35 miles away). Always the perfect host, Natalie called us both when we checked in and checked out to ensure that we were enjoying our stay. Thank you for allowing us to create memories for a lifetime!

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Beachside re-modeled condo, sleeps four. Stunning views from private balcony!
average rating of 4.86 based on 102 reviews

We had a relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was quiet and peaceful even though there was construction going on in the area.

Port Aransas is working its way back from damage from Hurricane Harvey. Our unit 132 is quite relaxing with the view over the Gulf even though the weather didn't permit as often as we would of liked. That's weather! The room was clean as usual and ready for occupancy.

Joe and Connie

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you back again this year! Glad you had a nice time!! See you next year!
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Beautiful quiet place

  • 5 of 5

Loved this efficiency. Clean and fully stocked. Great view from the balcony.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. We really love the view from the balcony as well. It is a very relaxing condo.
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Perfect Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This condo was wonderful. We were getting worried that we would not be able to find a place last minute due to lots of properties being renovated from the hurricane but this place is perfect. My husband and I take a yearly trip to Port A around New Years last year on a sort of honeymoon and this year as a one year anniversary trip. We were super bummed that the condo we had on our honeymoon was going through repairs. This condo was a floor and a door over from where we stayed on our honeymoon and it did not disappoint. It was well stocked with everything that was needed. Plenty of clean towels, toilet paper, dish soap, paper towels. It really was great. The owners or managers were really responsive to any questions that we had. It was a comfortable little getaway with perfect views of the ocean. We could enjoy the beach without getting out in the cold. Our stay was simply wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to have been able to accommodate you for your yearly stay in Port A! Thank you for the kind words. We try to ensure that the condo is supplied with everything needed to provide a pleasant stay. You were awesome guests and we welcome you for future getaways!
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Sweet little place

  • 5 of 5

This is a very sweet little place. You can't get any closer to the beach.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathryn, Thank you so much for your kind review! You are right the beach is a five minute walk max. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to your next visit!
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the condo very much. It is in a great location, and it is beautifully decorated. The beds were extremely comfortable and the condo was very clean. We would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shannon, you are welcome anytime! Thanks for booking with us. We are so pleased you found our condo comfortable and clean. We strive for our guests to have the best experience possible and look forward to your next visit!
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My happy place!

  • 4 of 5

Love this condo! The view is fabulous morning and night! Coffee in the morning on the balcony then wine at night. Walking directly to the beach with the out door shower is a big plus! The beds were comfortable too! Kitchen has all the necessary equipment to cook anything from shrimp pot to the best knives, a big plus too! This is my second visit to this happy place and I will be back! I did use the awesome pool too this time, sweet clean and not crowded!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris! Thanks so much for the review! We love the views and sitting on the balcony and drinking coffee in the morning. We are so glad we were able to accommodate you guys and looking forward to having you back again! Many thanks, Bianca
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Corpus Christi Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Port Aransas Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Newport Dunes
Car: recommended

Recently Remodeled! Port Aransas is a small island community with miles of great beaches! Just a short ride into Corpus Christi to visit the USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium or Schlitterbahn Waterpark (coming soon!). The island has great restaurants, shopping, deep sea or bay fishing, miles of fantastic beaches and Newport Dunes Golfcourse!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.