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There are a number of motels in town, but only one belongs to a national chain, Best Western Ocean Villa at 400 E. Ave. G (tel. 800/WESTERN [937-8376]). Two local motels I like are Alister Square Inn at 122 S. Alister St. (tel. 888/749-3003), and Captain's Quarters Inn at 235 W. Cotter (tel. 888/272-6727).

Condos are the most popular form of lodging on the island. The beach condos in the town area are smaller buildings, but as you drive south you pass large condo properties on the beach, which are scattered along several miles of shore. Condo owners will contract with agencies to rent these out by the week, and these agencies advertise a lot in town and on the Web. I had dealings with one agency, Starkey Properties (tel. 888/951-6381; www.starkeyproperties.com), which proved very professional.

For RVs, try Mustang Island State Park. For reservations, call tel. 512/389-8900. They also have campsites. For a nice location closer to town, try On the Beach RV Park at 907 Beach Access Rd. (tel. 361/749-4909).

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