"I've traveled all over the world in the last 13 years and I have never stayed in a condo like this. It was an excellent experience. Most condos only have a front balcony. This one has 3 doors to each of the 3 sides of the condo, with a balcony that wraps around 33% of the condo. There are only 2 deck chairs so use your beach chairs for 3+ people. Speaking of the balcony, the employees at the front desk absolutely do NOT tolerate any sort of bathing suits, towels, etc to be on the balcony to dry off. Not on the railing. Not on the chairs. Nowhere. Our stuff just wouldn't dry very much in the condo so we had to use the dryers@ 2.00 a pop everyday; make it a full load! Change machine limited to $1 & $5. If you don't have that, they direct you to walk 2 blocks across the street to a gas station to get change. Same with wristbands, general cash and exact change when you check in. So, bring change and plenty of cash. BTW, there is no Chase in SPI. Use the Chase in Port Isabel. In Port Isabel, there's a Walmart. (There's not really anything to shop at on SPI except overpriced beach gear stores but more about the resale shops in a sec!) It does things a little different. They offer 1/2 ct of almost everything bc vacationers only need supplies for 3-7 days! 5 ct of trashbags, 50 sheet paper towels, 2 oz dish soap, etc! And the prices are 1/2 cut too. Supplies you'll need for the condo: dish soap, trashbags, paper towels, (extra) rolls of toilet paper, foil, laundry soap, plastic wrap, cooking spray, seasonings. Hint: use travel bottle for dish soap and bring some yourself. Resale shops! There are 3 of them. 1 benefits the only animal rescue group on SPI. If you need beach towels, supplies, clothes, condo stuff, go there! Save $$$ on gently used stuff, support SPI animal rescue! We found giant beach towels for $4! Much cheaper than overpriced stores, environmentally friendly and they have everything you need. Transport: the yellow/blue Wave shuttles are free, safe, clean, fast, comes every 30 min! Aquarius has private beach access but not private beaches. Beach guys get there @ 9am, take up premium areas with their umbrellas/chairs and then charge you $25 for the day to use them! Don't fall for it! Beach tip: go north on Gulf blvd ALL the way to beach access #6. Drive on the beach, set up shop and spend the day where NOBODY else is! $12 entry fee; $2 refund when you return trash in plastic bag. IMMEDIATELY GO TO CAR WASH AND RINSE UNDERCARRIAGE OF CAR!"
Guest: Samantha T.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: July 16, 2016