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Great Summer Getaway ... just steps from the beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Welcome to South Padre Island! Beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping and a diversity of year-round activities make South Padre Island one of the fantastic vacation destinations in the world.

Starfish Beach House Unit #1 is a spacious, two-bedroom, two-bath duplex, nicely decorated. Mid-island location just across from the beach. Sit on the balcony and enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean. Private parking directly in front of beach house.

The Starfish Beach House Unit #1 is pet friendly and we look forward to having your well behaved fur or feather covered family member enjoy their vacation too!

We will try to accomodate your needs to the best of our ability to make your 'Two Nation Vacation' a truly wonderful experience.

We are a registered property with the City of South Padre Island - Permit #2016-574591

Keywords: Duplex

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Carol Mark
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2016

About Carol Mark

We have been singing on the Island for 23 years. We bought this property as an investment and have had such a great time meeting the guests that come to stay at The Starfish Beach House. Year after year we get the same people that stay with us at this rental and they have all become part of one big family. We have seen kids grow up, get married and now bring their children to the beach to experience the same great time they had as children at The Starfish Beach House. It has been such a pleasure to get to know everyone!

Carol Mark purchased this house in 2000

Why Carol Mark chose Gulf Coast

South Padre Island has a little bit of everything for all to enjoy. This little slice of heaven at the tropical tip of Texas is so peaceful and relaxing.

What makes this house unique

You can just sit on the balcony and look out at the Gulf of Mexico and relax - take a walk or run on the beach or wait for the nightlife and enjoy dinner and dancing at one of our hot spots on the Island. There is always something to do or if you wish, nothing to dom, but enjoy the beautiful waters of South Padre Island!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Great Summer Getaway ... just steps from the beach!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews
Dallas, TX

My favorite beach house

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend staying at the Starfish! It is like being at home; it has a good vibe and it is cozy. I would pick the Starfish over any of those pricey high rise condos or fancy beach homes. You will not regret staying there. I've been staying at the Starfish for almost 10 years straight; can't wait to go back; the owner is amazing!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

I've stayed in many private home rentals with very positive experiences but this one was one of the worst. I don't mean to offend the owners, who were extremely nice and very welcoming and accomodating by the way, but wanted to give other people who may be looking at this property an honest review.

Honestly, the other 5 star reviews blew me away, only because the house was very dirty and kept in poor condition. Huge cracks in the filthy walls, stripped paint, chunks taken out of the walls, dust everywhere, spider webs in every corner (my oldest wouldn't even step in the downstairs bathroom - still has nightmares), non-working lights on the exterior making it very difficult to see and enter the property at night, malfunctioning lights inside that would flicker, non-working remotes, an ancient TV that was completely useless and extremely steep stairs that made it unsafe for my small children to utilize. Again, I don't think my expectations were high, but I think that if the owner/property mgr actually took time to take care of little things (like paint, dusting, etc) it would go a long way. The air conditioning worked, so that was a redeeming factor. The location was great. Although there was a ton of construction next door so don't plan on sleeping in.

I don't recommend this property if you are looking for a nice, plush relaxing place to enjoy on your vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This “honest review” is absolutely absurd. Let me start by saying, just by stating this in such a way that implies that other guests that have stayed at The Starfish Beach House and took the time to leave their comments are not telling the truth upsets me. I don’t appreciate this accusation that our past guests are liars. I personally spoke with this guest on the morning of their check-out, while I was granting them an extended late check-out at no cost, and when asked how their stay was, she replied that “Everything has been just fine”. Clearly, there was a lack of “honesty” either then or in this review now. We pride ourselves in the cleaning service that we have chosen to clean our properties and complaints have been non-existent in the 15 years of owning our rental properties. If there had been these problems as seriously as accused, why would you subject your children of ages 3 and 8 years old by forcing them into staying in such a horrible and unsafe place and why would you extend your stay, for free, past the check-out time? This would seem cruel and almost on the verge of child abuse, since you stated that the oldest child “still has nightmares”. Most importantly, why would you not call me and immediately let me know about these so-called problems? This sure does seem very odd to say the least. Everything in this rental from furniture to fixtures, dry wall, cabinets and TVs were completely replaced and new after Hurricane Dolly in 2008- just 7 years ago. I should have heeded the warnings of the tremendous amount of correspondences back and forth that these guests required before the booking of this stay for their 3-night stay and the written comments that she gave of having trouble “with other owners from VRBO”. As far as the “ton of construction next door so don’t plan on sleeping in” comment, the City of South Padre Island was improving the safety and convenience for all of the Island’s visitors by putting in new sidewalks along Gulf Blvd. I am not sure what I, as the owner, was supposed to do about this and I don’t see how this installation of sidewalks would hinder any “sleeping in” for any future guests. Our guests that were staying in our other rental unit right next door said that the construction was no problem whatsoever and were glad to see the city making improvements to the Island. Again, I state that this review is absurd. Please come and enjoy South Padre Island in one of our rentals at The Starfish Beach House!
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 7 stayed the weekend and it was just like home! The house was very clean and tidy and everything that we needed was there. The washer and dryer definitely came in handy and so did the beach accessories! We loved our stay and are looking forward to staying again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Natalie, Thank you for staying with us. It makes us happy when your vacation with family turns out to be a good one! So glad that you were able to use the amenities during your short stay. Make sure to look us up for your next get-away to South Padre Island! Thank you, Leslie
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Super cute!

  • 4 of 5

This was my first time renting a home like this, so was only going on friends past experiences. This was sooooooooo much better than any hotel. It was so nice having the washer and dryer, as well as the kitchen. The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because in the description it says that there is a stater charcoal set and we didn't find that. Will definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have you back soon. I truly wish you would have notified us immediately that you couldn't find the charcoal starter set, instead of after your stay. Each Unit has their own and since I live right down the street, I could have remedied this in a matter of minutes for you. Don't ever hesitate to call us when you have any questions or need something. Again, thanks for staying at The Starfish Beach House. Come back and see us! Leslie
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Love love loved this beach home!

  • 5 of 5

We have never rented a beach home before so we didn't know what to expect. This was just like home for us! It had all the comforts of home, and was close to the beach. The beds and pillows were far better than any hotel could ever offer, and it was nice to have the kitchen and washer and dryer. Everything was exceptionally clean and we appreciated being able to bring our little dogs too. Thank you! We're already planning our trip for next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed The Starfish Beach House Unit #1. It is great to know that your first experience with beach house rentals was a good one and we hope that we will be your choice for future stays here on South Padre Island! Leslie
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beach fanatics

  • 5 of 5

The beach house we stayed @ was great! We loved everything about it. It made us feel right @ home. We especially loved that it came with everything bbq pit, washer dryer, etc.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello from South Padre Island! It makes us really happy when our guests enjoy their stay and also when they use the ammenities that we have to offer. We try to keep adding to those ammenities as we go. We hope you will consider us again for any of your future vacations here on the Island. Thank you for staying with us! Leslie
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Offshore or Bay Fishing, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Night Clubs, Blackbeards's Restaurant is at the end of the block


Rates & Availability

South Padre Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Sep 16 2016 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50

Prices are subject to change until your dates have been reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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South Padre Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Large Yard, Central A/C and Heating, Phone with all Local Calls Free, Completely Furnished, Cable TV with DVD and/or VCR, Stereo with a Cassette/CD Player, A Full Kitchen with a Microwave, Blender, Toaster, Coffee Maker, Cooking Utensils with Dishes, Pots and Pans, Towels and Linens Provided, Alarm Clock/Radio in each Bedroom, Washer and Dryer in Unit#2, Charcoal Grill (BBQ) availible

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