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Address: 2612 Gulf Blvd, Beach Access 7, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6940
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+1 956-433-9948
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and...

We are pleased to be the premier sandcastle lesson company in the USA and operate from Boomerang Billy's beach Bar on South Padre Island. *PLEASE BOOK EARLY* Our aim is to make your family vacation one to remember, and we supply everything - you just bring your smile. We recommend that you secure your booking before your visit by e-mail, phone or text (please include your name if texting). (** we have a new booking engine on the site - Jan 2017 credit cards accepted) Instructor Andy Hancock will be pleased to help you build the castles of your dreams using 3 simple steps and no previous experience or creative ability is necessary. Our job is to make sure that in one lesson you have all the skills you will need for a lifetime of building on the beach. We don't watch the clock as we are too busy watching our clients have fun. We even include tools for the truly inspired! - See you on the best beach in Texas!

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My wife and I had a lesson with Andy that was awesome! We had our 2, 4, and 6 year olds with us and he was great with them. I highly recommend these lessons to anyone coming to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a lesson with Andy that was awesome! We had our 2, 4, and 6 year olds with us and he was great with them. I highly recommend these lessons to anyone coming to SPI because you learn more than just the basic dump the bucket sand castle building. Andy is a talented builder and teacher.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth every penny!! For my birthday, my husband and 2 best friends went down to SPI for 4 days. One of the items we really wanted to do was the sandcastle lessons...yes, we are all in our 30's...so what?! Andy is an absolute hoot and makes everything funny and interesting. You get to play and make your own design, as... More 

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Sayville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are so glad we did the sandcastle lesson. Andy is fun, patient, artistic, and he is an excellent teacher. Plan to take a lesson in the very beginning of your vacation. You will want to build sand castles everyday. Many experiences for tourists on the island are fun, but this was fun that lasts for the whole vacation and... More 

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York, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time and recommend this to anyone that is going to be on the island. Andy truly loves what he is doing and sharing his skills. I know that we are going to do it again next year when we are down.

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Thank wllundy
Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Learn the tricks and secrets of building an ultimate sandcastle...we had a great time for all ages! 80 year old grandparents watched as their grandkids and daughter built a sandcastle taller than mom. Plus the kids made a 10 pound sand ball where they played the ultimate "don't drop the ball" game. As Andy says: we don't do boring. And... More 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Our sandcastle-building lesson with Andy was a highlight of our family vacation to South Padre Island. Andy is a maestro with sand. He starts with an unshaped pile of it, his hands start moving, and before you know it an elaborately detailed sculpture takes shape before our eyes. And the best part about him, which is the best part about... More 

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SandcastleAndy, Owner at Sandcastle Lessons, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. You and your family were a delight and i am glad you found the experience rewarding! Chatting with families on a range of subjects is always fascinating and to meet a young man who was studying philosophy was awesome. But one of the highlights was his response when i asked why philosophy? He said"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We had a personal interview with Andy Hancock while he was reconstructing the largest sandcastle in the world at the visitor center at South Padre Island. He is so knowledgeable on the facts on sand castles and how to construct them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Truly a fun filled afternoon in sand for the whole family with Andy. Kids really loved it...finally a lesson that they think was fun! Andy really connected very well with the kids. It was amazing how much we could learn in two hours and make our own sand castles. and the best part for kids was when Andy made a... More 

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Hitchcock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had a family 3 hour class with Andy and it was an unforgettable experience. This was my husband and my 2nd class with Andy and it was a fun and amaizing as the 1st! If you are in South Padre Island, this is definitely something that you should try, your sand castle creation will make you feel like a... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Had a great time with family. Fun for all ages. Amazing conversation and dialogue along the way. Worth every penny!

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