Why Vacation in Port Aransas?

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Vacation Getaway to Sun and Fun

Its summer here all round the year… breezy and fresh. If you want to get off your front porch at The Commons there are a lot of things to do

The Coast

As a beach community on the Texas coast, Port Aransas enjoys a climate that allows for year round enjoyment. The broad sandy beaches of Port Aransas may be the first thing people think of  but the fishing, birding, kayaking [both ocean and bayside], golf on an Arnold Palmer designed links course, and good food all keep bringing people back year after year.

Getting out on the water couldn’t be easier – Dolphin encounters, sunset cruises, fishing charters, kayak adventures and just plain old wave jumping keep people coming back.

Getting Outdoors

Swimming in the ocean or pool, biking on the beach for miles, lounging in a hammock, visiting Winton’s Candies for an old-fashioned candy fix, eating a Thunderbird at Café Phoenix, having guacamole made tableside at La Playa, buying fresh caught shrimp off the PollyAnna  — you won’t lack for things to do!

Going into Town

Getting around town can be by car, trolley, beach buggy, bike or foot. The trolley can be flagged down just outside The Commons on 11th, and taken on a circular loop around town The trolley is quite a bargain at $.25 a ride! Beach buggies and bikes are available for rent from various places in town, and are a fun way to see and be seen. View the Trolly Schedule

Grab Your Binoculars

Birding is year round on Mustang Island, with the excitement increasing during peak migration seasons. Port Aransas has created several birding centers, and there are weekly guided birding tours at the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center. List of birds to see in Port Aransas are available in the Port Aransas Visitor Center.  Some folks prefer boat watching, and head to the ship channel for the best viewing of huge oil tankers, cargo ships, fishing boats, sail boats and pleasure boats. View nations flags here.


The UT Marine Science Institute recently opened the Wetlands Education Center to help people understand Mustang Island’s ecosystem. There are self guided tours that explain how sand dunes protect a barrier island, why salt marshes are so ecologically productive, and help identify sand dune and salt marsh vegetation.

Additional Vacation Activities

Check out another source for finding fun here.

Further afield are other fun choices – you can help with turtle release on North Padre , visit the Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium  with a stop at Snoopy’s Pier for a fried fish fix along the way.

Local newspaper is found here