Port Aransas Travel

Welcome to our Port Aransas Travel guide!  Port Aransas is a fun and funky island getaway for beach, sun and family fun! It is located between the dunes of Mustang Island and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.   Its tranquil beaches, gentle breezes and abundant wildlife are the perfect backdrop for your next vacation photos. Spend sun drenched days beachcombing for shells, strolling along the shoreline or splashing in the warm gulf waters. Adventure seekers will find activities that meet their speed like kite surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, kayaking and more.

Fishing is BIG in this small town. The surrounding Gulf waters brim with fresh catches, and fishing tournaments fill our event calendar almost every weekend during the summer months. For the fishing trip of your life, take a deep-sea excursion, fish the bays and channels or cast a line in the surf or from our public piers. There’s plenty for nature lovers to love in ‘Port A.’ More than 300 species of birds visit us annually, making us a popular destination for avid birders. With six birding sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail, there are plenty of opportunities to add to your ‘life list’ or just enjoy the myriad of wildlife. Board the passenger ferry or jetty boat from their marina and discover San José Island, an undisturbed, natural haven for seashell seekers and nature enthusiasts.  Visit our great Texas beaches here.

Weather (Best Time to Go)

Of course peak-summer will be the most expensive time to come but summer regularly provides great beach weather and an excellent tan during this time. The seasons just before and right after “peak season” are dates that are just a little earlier or a little later in the summer. This advantage not only gives you more desirable rates but usually more private and exclusive time in the sand and around the town of Port Aransas and usually with exceptional weather. Spring, fall and even winter, which is known for its exceptional sunsets, are beautiful times of the year to visit Port Aransas and Mustang Island as each one has their own claim to the Port Aransas beauty.

Port Aransas Attractions
San Jose Island, Port Aransas Texas, Port Aransas Beaches, Port Aransas Travel, Texas BeachesSan Jose Island

San Jose Island is privately owned. Historically a ranch, today the island is managed principally for wildlife. Access is permitted only on public land, meaning that you must stay on the beach below the vegetation line. But that is exactly where a wealth of birding, shelling, fishing and beach combing can be found.  The chance to immerse yourself in unruffled Texas nature is just a short ferry ride away from Port Aransas, Texas.  This island, set in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is home to some of the best birding and saltwater fishing in the south. Boasting 21 miles of undisturbed golden sand, vehicles are prohibited on this particular Texas shoreline. San José Island is a collector’s resource for beautiful and unique seashells including lightning whelks, shark eyes, sand dollars, starfish, angel wings, and more.  Visit San Jose Island for more information.

Leonabell Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Texas, Port Aransas Beaches, Port Aransas Travel, Texas BeachesLeonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

A raised boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible extends out into the cattails for a close-up encounter with birds, alligators, fish and more. An observation tower offers a panoramic view of the pond and the surrounding flats. A free viewing scope is mounted on the tower and a free ADA-compliant scope is available at another viewing box along the boardwalk.  There are free guided birding tours for anyone, novice to expert on Wednesdays at 9am at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center at the end of Ross Ave.  Visit the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center for more information.

Mustang Island, Port Aransas Texas, Port Aransas Beaches, Port Aransas Travel, Texas BeachesMustang Island

At Mustang Island State Park, what you do is up to you. You can play at the beach, camp, picnic, fish, hike, mountain bike, kayak, bird watch and geocache.  Stay at one of 48 water and electric campsites or 50 drive-up primitive sites.  They have water, cold-water rinse showers and portable toilets along two miles of the beach. Full restrooms and showers with hot water are located near the water-electric campground.  Paddle the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail. The three segments of the trail follow the western shoreline of the island in Corpus Christi Bay. The 20 miles of trails pass through some of the best shallow-water fishing areas in Texas. Enjoy close-up views of coastal birds.

Roberts Point Park, Port Aransas Texas, Port Aransas Beaches, Port Aransas Travel, Texas BeachesRoberts Point Park

Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas, Texas is home to waterfront family fun.  The park is visible as visitors ride the ferryboats from the mainland to Port Aransas on Mustang Island and folks may drive, bike, walk or take the free local trolley to the park from stops along a 1-hour loop that runs through Port Aransas.   Roberts Point Park is the host site for activities and events throughout the year in this South Texas tourist destination.

Things to Do in Port Aransas

Stray Cat Sailing Charters

Sail aboard the 32′ StrayCat for an adventure you won’t forget.  Enjoy the beautiful Texas Riviera with them.  Beautiful scenery, birds, sunsets, and of course the dolphins.  Cruise the Lydia Ann Channel, Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  Visit St. Joseph Island for swimming and exploring.  They look forward to taking you and your family and friends sailing.  They are family friendly and pet friendly!  Telephone:  217-663-3737 or visit them on the web at Stray Cat Sailing Adventures.

C&T Bay Charters

C&T Bay Charters provides private saltwater fishing charters to anglers of all ages and skill levels. Charters leave daily to the waters surrounding Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and Rockport Texas including the world renowned Baffin Bay for Texas sized redfish, speckled trout, and drum. They invite you down to south Texas to experience the excitement of fishing the gulf coast.  Telephone:  361-946-5290  Web:  C&T Bay Charters

Bron’s Beach Carts

With hourly, daily and multi-day rates, their street legal golf carts are affordable fun for everyone! They also offer free delivery and pick up, local airport delivery and discounts to repeat customers, military and their Facebook followers.  Enjoy the freedom of being on island time as you cruise the beach or around town in one of their 4 or 6 passenger beach carts.  Telephone:  361-290-7143  Web:  Bron’s Beach Carts

Chute ‘Em Up Parasailing

They offer some of the best views of Port Aransas while floating up to 500 feet from our NEW state of the art Parasail Boats “Chute ‘Em Up” & “Hang ‘Em High”.   Telephone:  361-774-5792  Web:  Chute ‘Em Up Parasailing.

Skydive South Texas

The top thrill in Port Aransas!  Go for a tandem skydive over Mustang Island with a professional instructor.  Free fall for 45 seconds and land gracefully under a parachute built for two.  Over 4500 visitors have already been skydiving with them and zero depart wearing a frown!  Telephone:  361-945-5867  Web:  Sky Dive South Texas

Best Port Aransas Restaurants

Irie’s Island Food  Under $10

Tacos on handmade flour tortillas, delicious sandwiches on house made buns, Asian and Hawaiian delights, desserts made from scratch.  Telephone:  361-749-2310  Web:  Irie’s Island Food.

Roosevelt’s  $31 – 60

It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal.  At Roosevelt’s, they believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience.  Telephone:  361-749-1540  Web:  Roosevelt’s.

Black Marlin Bar & Grill  $11 – 30

If you’re looking for an upscale, yet casual, coastal venue for your next event, let their events team help you create an experience that exceeds your expectations. Whether it is for charity fundraising, corporate events, customer appreciation, networking, or a personal celebration, the Black Marlin Bar & Grill is the perfect venue to treat your guests to on the Texas Coast.  Telephone:  361-749-4653  Web:  Black Marlin Bar & Grill.

Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill  $11 – 30

Chef Jeremy Lee has created an array of seafood, pastas, sandwiches, chicken and some downright great Cajun dishes that are enjoyed every day on this waterfront restaurant.  Their pet friendly patio offers up some spectacular views of the marina. Stop in and enjoy a Double Willie (their tall drinks), listen to some live music, and see if you can catch some dolphins swimming in the harbor.  Telephone:  361-758-9991  Web:  Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill.

Mustang Island Food Company  Under $10

Mustang Island Food Company was designed to serve Gourmet food in a convenient way. They provide Dine In Service, Carry Out or Delivery as well as catering to everyone who visits, lives or works in and around Port Aransas.   Telephone:  361-749-6432  Web:  Mustang Island Food Company.

Best Port Aransas Beach Bars

The Gaff

They are a family friendly bar and grill famous for pizza, cold beer, live music, chicken bingo and belt sander races.  Stop by and try their “World Famous” Gaffer pizza, belt sander races and chicken bingo with “The Amazing Pearl.”  If you are looking for great food and good company, stop in at the Gaff.  Join them on the patio every weekend for live music from some of the best local musicians.  Bring your dogs, family and friends and experience their quirky, pirate themed bar and grill in Port Aransas.  Telephone:  361-749-5970  Web:  The Gaff.


Don’t be turned off by the dive bar appearance, and they do allow smoking inside so not a family friendly atmosphere.  BUT the drinks are poured very generously, the live music is fantastic, and food is actually delicious.  Parking can be a bit of trouble, so if you are going for the live music, get there a little early.  Telephone:  361-749-3663   Web:  Giggity’s.

Stingrays Taphouse

Why are there 2 perfectly running Corvettes (1970 & 1977) hoisted over the bar?  Simply put, the owners were told to sell their Corvettes to make room for the bar by their lovely wives. As you can guess, the guys’ solution was to keep their cars and display them; hence the name Stingrays. They opened our doors on October 3, 2013.  Stingrays Taphouse and Grill is an industrial-chic elite sports bar that provides the ‘raving fans’ a unique dining and entertaining experience. It is owned and operated by Texans: Shawn and Sandy & Chad and Kimber.  Telephone:  261-749-2287  Web:  Stingrays Taphouse.

Moby Dicks

Whenever the paths of free thinking, passionate and creative individuals cross, it paves the way for phonomenal events to occur!  Such is the case of Moby Dick’s.  Be sure to visit their “Leaky Tiki Village” with its wonderful waterfall, and animatronic Pirates. Enjoy “All Day” Happy Hour Priced Adult Beverages, Music, Live Entertainment, Karaoke, and Fantastic Service!  Telephone:  361-749-9447  Web:   Moby Dicks.


It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal.  At Roosevelt’s, they believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience.  Telephone:  361-749-1540  Web:   Roosevelt’s.

Top Port Aransas Hotels

Hampton Inn and Suites Port Aransas

This Texas hotel is just 3 miles from Port Aransas Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. A breakfast buffet and fully non-smoking rooms are available to guests.  An outdoor swimming pool and a spa tub are featured on site at Port Aransas Hampton Inn and Suites. Guests can get a workout in the fitness center or read a complimentary newspaper in the lobby. A laundry facility and a business center are also accessible.

Camp Coyoacan

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, Camp Coyoacan is set in Port Aransas. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.  You can play tennis at this campsite, and the area is popular for cycling. Camp Coyoacan also offers bike hire. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is 2,650 feet from Camp Coyoacan, while Port Aransas Marina is 2,950 feet from the property. Corpus Christi International Airport is 27.3 miles away.

Island Hotel Port Aransas

Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay, this Port Aransas motel offers rooms with free WiFi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool located on site.  Guests can play a game of billiards in the game room at Port Aransas Island Hotel.

The Place at Port Aransas

Located in Port Aransas, 1,950 feet from Port Aransas Marina, The Place at Port Aransas features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking.  The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some accommodations include a sitting area where you can relax. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay

The Lighthouse Inn is the perfect choice for a vacation on the Texas coastal bay, with full-service accommodations in the beautiful Aransas Bay. Relax and enjoy a laid back Texas getaway with luxurious guest accommodations and amenities and their friendly staff. Positioned at the entrance of Fulton Harbor with a magnificent view of Aransas Bay, enjoy modern amenities, private fishing pier, shoreline access and their excellent location close to local attractions and things to do in the Texas Riviera.


  1. CJ508

    Well you successfully made me want to go and hit the beach and find some seafood!

    I have spent some time in Corpus Christi and briefly visited Port Aransas a few years ago and enjoyed the location. Lately I have gotten into traveling with a travel trailer to reduce cost on hotel rooms or having to rent a house when I am out of town.

    Do you have any recommendations for RV parks in the Mustang Island area, and what I can expect to pay for the RV sites there.

    Thanks for your time and great article!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi CJ, you can stay right in Mustang Island State park.  The camping fees are $10 for primitive camp sites and $20 for campsites with water and electric.  You can visit their website at Mustang Island State Park.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  

  2. Jill

    Hi Leahrae,
    Wow, another beautiful post. I feel like packing up right now and visiting Port Aransas. So much to see and do and the wonderful beaches.
    Thank you so much for feeding the soul with all this beauty.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Jill 🙂 Thanks for visiting the wonderful coastal community of Port Aransas. Please come back again !

  3. Cedric


    Mattie this website looks amazing. How long have you been doing this?

    I am totally impressed!

    The website is well designed, with the categories, recent post, and recent comments section everything is neat and the color is balanced perfectly.

    I love the niche.

    I see your archive section dating back to March 2016 is that how long you’ve been doing this?

    I may need you to have a look at my site and tell me if I or where I may need improvement.

    But oh yes your site is beautiful!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Wow, thank you Cedric.  I must be doing something right!  I am glad you enjoyed visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.  Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Sean

    I was born and raised on the gulf coast in the state of Florida. There were many wonderful beaches to visit. However, Port Port Aransas look alike it is an incredible place to take a relaxing vacation. How’s the fishing?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live on the gulf coast in Florida as well 🙂 Just moved here a year ago from Texas. The fishing is great Sean. You would have a blast! Thanks for visiting Port Aransas Travel.

  5. Liliana

    The top of the page is very eye catching, which makes a visitor want to know more and scroll down the page. There is a lot of information about the destination and how to get there, this makes it a lot easier for a person of interest to get all the information they need. Very well put together.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Liliana! Yes, everything you need and want to take with you on a great Texas Beach vacation. Port Aransas is really unique and beautiful.

  6. Lorenz Valdez

    Being from hawaii where our beaches are just gorgeous here, i do take it for granted sometimes because i see it everyday. But when i went to santa monica pier and seen their beaches, which the beach in the pic reminds me of, i appreciated what we have here even more!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      That is a good thing and yes you do take the beaches for granted….I do the same thing, and I love the beach. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Nick

    Oh man, this makes me want to go the the beach right now! It’s been a little while since my last vacation and I’ve never been to Port Aransas before.

    Of course I love eating food (maybe a little too much) and Giggity’s looks really good. Actually, I’d probably check all of them out. San Jose Island looks like a pretty fun place to visit as well.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well Nick, you would love the entire area. The Texas Gulf coast has so much to offer and so many great beaches!

  8. Simon

    Port Aransas looks stunning, what a long strolling beach there is. I live in the UK and never had a holiday in America before. We usually travel to places like Mallorca of Lanzarote for our holidays.

    We keep saying let’s cross over the large pond and see destinations in America for a change and Port Aransas in Texas sounds like a great place for a holiday.

    Thanks for adding all the things to do and see. I will investigate thanks to your post.
    Thanks again,

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Simon. You will love Port Aransas and the entire area. Texas is beautiful and the Texas gulf coast beaches are something to enjoy for sure! Thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

  9. judith

    Thanks for posting. I had never heard of Port Aransas. I am always looking for places that may be off of the beaten path. Also, thanks for being specific with the yearly weather calendar as I originally thought December might be a good time to check it out but clearly the spring and summer would be best. Has anyone else been to Port Aransas? Any other insider tips? Always down for a good restaurant tip also! Thx.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been there, and the places I listed are the best places there 🙂 Port Aransas is going to be a lot more quiet and peaceful than some of the other destinations in Texas, other than Rockport which is similar to Port Aransas.

  10. thestayathomedaddy

    First of all, looking at your website I can see where I want to get mine too. I live in the Texas Panhandle to your destinations are right up my alley. I like how you gave short synopsis of all that Port Aransas has to offer from weather to things to do to restaurants and bars. I did not see any activities for vacationing with children. I like the way you incorporated links for all the things to do. Your site is very professional and I would refer to it for travel advice.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much for visiting to a fellow Texan 🙂 I really like the Port Aransas and Rockport area. Both areas have lots to do for families with small children. I feel they are better than going to Galveston by far.

  11. Anthony Little

    I really enjoyed your article, The images were breathing. You have provided some great information on Port Aransas and You covered a lot details or how much fun is for families to experience a great place for vacation.

    The article answer any question that visitor needs such as Weather, Airport, Car rental and thing to do while they are vacationing in Port Aransas. Thank for a great article.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Anthony. I hope that you are ready for your vacation to Port Aransas! It really is a beautiful place to visit.

  12. Richard

    You certainly did your research on this little gem of a holiday resort, I always think of Florida and Santa Barbara as holiday seaside resorts. There seems a lot to do for a holiday maker. Is it family friendly or is it just for the retired? I would love to come over and explore this side of the world someday.

    Great post

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know, you are going to find all sorts in Port Aransas, a good variety of people of all ages visit Port Aransas. Thanks for visiting and I hope you come visit soon!

  13. Felicity

    Great information on Port Aransas travel. This seems like a really nice and sunny place for vacation to help me relax. Traveling to the beaches are also great ways to bond with families. Nice guide on the things to do, places to eat, and hotels in Port Aransas. I really hope to travel to those beaches in the future and enjoy the culture as well as learn about the wildlife.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      thank you Felicity! I know that you and your family would really enjoy the Port Aransas beaches and area. Thanks for visiting!

  14. Billy

    Hi Mattysmom,

    Great website easy to read, good use of links and not too long, pretty much capture everything for a holiday destination. Perhaps you can mention a bit about the costs of staying there, being an island I assume it is a bit more expensive. Do you have any links to appartments, etc, anything on AirBNB?



    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Billy, I could not find any links for apartments or vacation rentals here, nor could I find B&Bs. But it is not that expensive to go to Port Aransas. I plan on adding costs and packages next 🙂 Thank you for visiting.

  15. Dave

    Hey Leahrae,

    You have covered pretty much everything I needed to know about the place. It sure seems a nice place and I’ve been considering the idea of visiting that place.

    And from what I’ve seen, the travel is certain. A few questions though before I make up my mind. Can I make reservations for myself in Port Arkansas Vacation Rentals and get a room in two days?

    I want to do it a while from now, and I need this so that I can get my budget planned out.

    I’ll be waiting for your response,

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I have used Flip Key for making reservations as well. No matter when you make the reservations, they pretty much have the same rates listed. It’s not like going to some places where the rates go way up and down. You will love the Port Aransas area beaches!

  16. Andy

    This is a very engaging article and makes me want to go there. I have two small children (6 and 3) so are there things for them to do as well? We live in Florida and enjoy our ownd beaches but would like to branch out… Thank you for sharing the wonderful location and lifestyle.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, I bet you do enjoy your beaches 🙂 I actually love Florida beaches. Out of all the beaches in Texas, this area is the best (this and Rockport). Your little ones would have a blast as there are so many shells, and the sand is great for sand castles. Of course there are water sports activities as well.


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