Rockport Beach Texas

Rockport is a small coastal community surrounded by Aransas and Copano Bays on three sides.  Don’t come here expecting to find a lot of spring breakers, as this area is more quiet and peaceful than many of the waterfront towns on the Texas Coast.  The Rockport-Fulton area is well-known for the beautiful windswept Oaks that dot the landscape. Some of the other major attractions of Rockport are its thriving artist’s community, its great fishing, an award winning beach and one of the best birding areas in North America.  Come visit Rockport Beach Texas!  Visit Rockport beach on our Texas Beaches page.

Rockport Weather – Best Time to Visit

Visiting Rockport during the month of May when temperatures are still hot but hotels are more affordable is the best month. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, just a bit cooler than the average 85°F you would experience during high season.   Most visit Rockport in the summer and this is the busiest season. You should also try avoiding the Memorial Day week (May 25th – 29th) and the July 4th Holiday week (June 29th to July 9th), as accommodations can be expensive during these dates.  There are an average of 14 days with precipitation each month between August and October, so expect some rain if you go to Rockport during this season.

Rockport Beach Attractions

Goose Island State Park

Goose Island offers camping, fishing and birding along St. Charles and Aransas bays, north of Corpus Christi.  Camp, fish, hike, geocache, go boating, and observe and take photos of wildlife, especially birds.  Visit Goose Island State Park for more information.

The Aquarium At Rockport

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor currently houses 22 tanks, with sizes ranging from 20 gallons to 1200 gallons. Of those 22, only two contain non-native fish. Fish are donated to us from local resources such as Texas Parks and Wildlife and licensed bait stands and shrimpers. Visit The Aquarium at Rockport for more information.


Copano Bay

Copano Bay is a northwestern extension of Aransas Bay. It is an estuary, and this bay is home to a diverse ecosystem consisting of various birds including the endangered whooping crane, and numerous finfish including the redfish as well as shellfish such as oysters. Copano Bay serves as a nursery for shrimp, which attracts a large number of redfish. Abundant collections of black drum, flounder and trout, can also be found in the bay. Oysters grow in large numbers to form elongated reefs “oriented perpendicular to tidal flow” in the estuary.  The reefs provide habitat for fish and sustenance for a wide variety of birds.

Fulton Mansion

Rising above the Aransas Bay and surrounded by stately live oaks, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton.  Visitors get a rare glimpse into the life of an affluent family in the late 1800s as they journey through the restored home, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about George Fulton’s engineering skills, take a walk through Harriet Fulton’s gardens, and hear the stories of living in a grand Victorian villa. Located behind the mansion, the Education and History Center offers interactive exhibits and a gift shop.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Rockport-Beach-300x126.jpg Rockport Beach

The Lone Star State’s first designated Blue Wave Beach, Rockport Beach prides itself on its clean, crescent-shaped stretch of sand. Popular with families thanks to its calm and shallow water, Rockport Beach offers convenient amenities like numerous shaded picnic areas, grills, volleyball courts, playgrounds and a walking path.

Things to Do in Rockport

Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures

There is no better way to see an abundance of coastal birds than aboard the Skimmer! Effortlessly gliding along shorelines and around oyster reefs to view the magnificent Whooping Cranes and other species is the way to go.   They typically point out 30 to 60 different species during their 3 hour trip and if you are interested, they will help you learn to ID them.  Telephone:  361-727-0643  Web:   Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures.

Redneck Outdoor Adventures & Guide Service

Hands down, the best guided fishing trip in Rockport!  No matter what your adventure, they will see to it that you have a great time and enjoy every minute as much as possible. So book today and start dreaming about salty air and screaming drags.  “Spend any amount of time with John from Redneck Outdoor Adventures and you will know that this is his passion. Client or not, he’s out there finding the best spots in Rockport because it’s genuinely what he loves to do. If you want to catch fish with a guy that won’t let you down, this is the place to go.”  Telephone:  361-557-1119  Web:  Redneck Outdoor Adventures & Guide Service. 

Rockport Kayak Guide Services

Whether you’re looking to catch a limit of trout, chase down tailing reds, or head out for some larger game-fish, their experienced guides will put you right on top of the action. They provide the rods and reels, fishing tackle, and kayak. All you do is show up ready to haul in the big one!  Learn about the thousands of species of birds, fish, and other marine life that live in the local bays and marshes on their Eco Tours.  Telephone:  361-727-9966  Web:  Rockport Kayak Guide Services.

Hooks & Horns Fishing Guide Service

Capt. Justin is a full-time professional guide.  He will take you on a boat or wade fishing on some of the most pristine bays in Texas.  So Pack the family and go fishing and enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast and catch some giant tailing redfish, speckled trout and flounder.  Telephone:  361-701-9633  Web:  Hooks & Horns Fishing Guide

Aransas Bay Birding Charters

Aransas Bay Birding Charters offers on the water photography and birding tours.  Your tour will take you into the bays and waterways of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  You will see and photograph Whooping Cranes, dolphins, blue herons, roseate spoonbills and many other wading and shore birds.  They also offer sunset cruises and Port Aransas Light House tours.  Telephone:  361-790-3746  Web:  Aransas Bay Birding Charters

Best Rockport Restaurants

Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill  $11 – 30

Enjoy breathtaking views of nature at its finest…and while you’re there, enjoy the finest cuisine the Coastal Bend has to offer. They specialize in freshly prepared seafood and unique “Marina Munchies”, plus steaks, Rockport’s best burgers, and delicious tropical drinks. Whether by car or boat, see spectacular views of the bay and wildlife preserve from their panoramic indoor dining room or dockside bar and dining area. They are open 7 days a week and feature live music, Thursday through Sunday. Take along family, friends, or groups to enjoy great food, drinks, music, and views in our friendly, beach-casual atmosphere.  Telephone:  361-729-6000  Web:  Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill.

The Groove  $11 – 30

At The Groove they love to surprise their guests with an interesting dining experience with flavors with which they may or may not be familiar with. Many of their herbs, fruit and vegetables that they use are grown right out back in The Groove Gardens. Their Prime Meats and Prime Fish are never frozen and all of their ingredients are as fresh as possible to your plate.  Telephone:  361-729-3663  Web:  The Groove.

Steerburger Grill & Grub  Under $10

Specialty burgers made with 100% FRESH ground Chuck, their special blend of seasoning, and char grilled over mesquite briquets. They also serve grilled chicken dishes and daily specials.  Telephone:  361-450-6740  Web:  them on Facebook.

Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill  $11 – 30

Whether you enjoy the casual laid back lifestyle or an evening of fine dining, Redfish Willie’s is definitely your place to be.  Chef Jeremy Lee has created an array of seafood, pastas, sandwiches, chicken and some downright great Cajun dishes that are enjoyed every day in the casual Redfish Willie’s setting.  Telephone:  361-758-9991  Web:  Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill.

Cheryl’s  $11 – 30

Unique offerings with an emphasis on flavor.  Steaks, curry, pasta, chicken, grilled pork and legumes.  Fresh flounder,  bay oysters and shrimp when in season.  Mornings in the A.O. Cuzco Coutyard – Sidewalk Cafe:  New Orleans style beignets and cafe au lait.  Croque Monsieur sandwich – bagels with smoked salmon – Italian cream sodas, Vietnamese style iced coffee.  Telephone:  call 361-790-9626  Web:  Cheryl’s.

Best Rockport Beach Bars

Moondog Seaside Eatery

Moondog Seaside Eatery is located right on the water in Fulton, Texas with great food, views, fresh seafood and a full bar.  They serve the coldest beer in town and mouthwatering seafood. Their brisket nachos, crab cakes, fish tacos, and sweet potato fries are just a few items on their menu that are among our customer’s favorites. They have a full bar with 12 beers on tap and Happy Hour specials.  Telephone:  361-729-6200  Web:  Moondog Seaside Eatery

Fulton Beach Bar & Grill

If you are looking for a fun, laid back atmosphere, where locals go to drink and dance. This is the place!  They have great food, drinks, pools tables and a DJ.  Telephone:  361-727-0333  Web:  Fulton Beach Bar & Grill

Poor Man’s Country Club

Relax with an ice cold beer or a drink from their full bar on one of their 2 decks overlooking the ski basin and Little Bay. Enjoy a salad, fish taco, fried shrimp basket or cheeseburger from their grill.  With two outdoor decks, Poor Man’s Country Club is the perfect place to catch cool breezes and enjoy views of jet skis and kayakers in Little Bay. The spacious cedar interior with roll up doors invites you to sit back and catch up with your favorite team on one of the many TV screens.  Telephone:  361-729-7667  Web:  Poor Man’s Country Club.

Latitude 2802

Provides a contemporary dining experience in charming Rockport, Texas. Specializing in fresh, local seafood, Latitude 28°02′ has come to be known as a culinary gem and favorite watering hole among the locals.  Telephone:  361-727-9009  Web:  Latitude 2802.

Glow Seafood Kitchen

From their tiny rustic boathouse, Glow offers simply cooked meals along with cocktails, wine and beer in a relaxed setting. Glow is a tiny rustic bistro occupying a former sailboat repair shop. Chef/Owners Karey and David Swartwout offer simple seasonal coastal cooking, featuring local seafood as well as Texas game.  Guests can enjoy a relaxing meal in the bright airy dining room, cozy bar and covered porch and garden overlooking Little Bay.  Telephone:  361-727-2644  Web:  Glow Seafood Kitchen.

Top Rockport Beach Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Rockport-Bay View

This property is a 9-minute walk from the beach. This Holiday Inn overlooks Little Bay, and is a 5-minute drive from Rockport Beach Park. It features an outdoor pool, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.  A hot breakfast buffet is available every morning in the hotel’s spacious cafeteria. The hotel is located next door to Poor Man’s Country Club and Restaurant, and less than 1 miles from downtown Rockport.

Angel Rose Bed and Breakfast

Located less than 1 miles from Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, Texas, these Victorian-style accommodations offer free Wi-Fi and a gourmet breakfast.  The innkeepers can recommend local sites, which guests can explore with a bike, rented on location. In the sun room, guests can relax and read a book selected from the library at Angel Rose. Guests can also gather for a movie in the living room or enjoy a cup of coffee in a rocking chair on the front patio.  The rotating gourmet breakfast menu at Angel Rose B&B features stuffed French toast, pancakes, and egg casseroles. Special dietary needs are accommodated, with prior notice.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Corpus Christi Aransas Pass

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Corpus Christi Aransas Pass is located in Aransas Pass, 10 miles from Port Aransas and 16 miles from Corpus Christi.  Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Every room comes with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton

This Rockport, Texas hotel is located in the resort area near state parks and the shoreline. Each room comes with an always clean and fresh Hampton bed and complimentary WiFi to help you stay connected. Join them each morning for Hampton’s free hot breakfast or take breakfast to go with a Hampton On the Run Breakfast Bag, available Monday to Friday. Stay productive with their on site business center, keep active in the fitness center, or take a dip in the outdoor pool.

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. Jessica

    I’ve never been to Texas, other than a layover. I should travel down there and check it out. I heard that everything is bigger in Texas, so maybe the beaches are as well!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Everything is bigger in Texas! I will agree with that statement. I just moved to Florida from Texas, and I MISS Texas. Didn’t think I would, but Texas is just welcoming, with great hospitality. Anyway, Rockport is a great beach town to visit. Thanks for reading!

  2. Cristy

    Amazing pictures that really capture the beauty of this place. Very informative on all aspects. I have visited Rockport before, but this makes me want to go again. There is a lot that I realized that I have missed! Thank you so much for the information!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Cristy, and Rockport is a Texas gem I think. I love the place 🙂 Thanks for reading Rockport Beach Texas.

  3. Sophia

    Wow ! What a cute little tucked away beach town! I like how its not that populated and crowded ( I hate crowds) and that there is alot of outdoor bird watching to do. I am curious to check out the Fulton mansion. Is it haunted? What is the nightlife like here too?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is a great little beach town. No, Fulton Mansion is not haunted. Some have tried to create ghost stories, but there are none. There are several good spots for nightlife ( listed in the post 🙂 and you will find dancing as well. Actually a great little town with everything to offer. Thanks for visiting my Rockport Beach Texas post!

  4. Joseph

    Well I believe this is one of the best set out blogs I have seen it has everything in place video etc. Great information!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Joseph and for taking the time to leave me comments 🙂

  5. Dredd De Jesus

    Wow. I’m going to put this on my leap list. I can’t wait to try out the spots that you’ve highlighted in this article. Since I’m really into trying out different food, I will definitely check those bars and grills that you’ve mentioned here. It’s handy too that you’ve put some hotel selections because that really takes away the frustration of looking for different places to stay.

    Anyway, thanks for this!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have everything for you 🙂 Just book and come visit us in Texas! Rockport Beach will be here waiting.

  6. Jonathan

    Hi there,

    This place looks wonderful. I’m glad you shared Rockport Beach with me and I’ll will be surely visiting in the future. I’ve had a lot of luck with CheapFights so I’ll probably book with them. Also Car rental 8 I’ve heard were great. Thanks for these money saving tips. 🙂

    One for sure spot I’ll be visiting is Redneck Outdoors and Guide. I love to fish, and it sounds like John will show me a great time. I would love hearing those screaming drags.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You would enjoy Jonathan. I think you will find that Texas beaches, anything along the Gulf is going to be very reasonable. Look forward to seeing you here in Texas soon!

  7. Jackie

    Thanks for the specific details! I feel very informed about Rockport Beach Texas. I must say, after reading this post, I want to visit that area one day. I have been to San Antonio and Houston, but oh man this sure looks like a nice quiet and “secret” spot to just relax.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      This is a more quiet and peaceful spot, than going to San Antonio and Houston, plus you get the ocean and beach with it. You can’t miss!

  8. Margy

    Hi Leahrae,

    I immediately was attracted to your beautiful site. Anything to do with beach + travel destinations, and I am there!

    Who knew this gem even existed in Texas? I like the thought of visiting a thriving art community and the restaurants look amazing!

    You had mentioned there were not a lot of “spring breakers” there which is also fine by me. What type of visitor does this area usually draw to the area? Families, retired couples, honeymooners?

    I really appreciate all the information you’ve provided (very detailed!) and will definitely put Rockport Beach on my list of beach locations to visit.

    Thank you,


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You, know you get a little bit of everybody coming to Rockport, but the college crowd heads for South Padre and Galveston. I am glad you enjoyed reading Margy! Thanks for visiting Rockport Beach Texas!

  9. Ian

    I would love to visit Texas next year. I think your blog has highlighted the beach and I can’t to visit there.

    Is it possible to do paragliding and jet skiing around there?

    By the way I’m a vegetarian, would it be inconvenient for me to dine around this area?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Rockport beach Ian. Yes, there are water sports activities and you could definitely go jet skiing and paragliding. You will not have a problem locating restaurant, foods for vegans 🙂 This whole area is beautiful and you can see a lot of beautiful beaches and places all in fairly close proximity.

  10. judith

    Wow, another great beach write up from the state of TX. Who knew? Clearly it’s just me. I would like to go some place more for the winter holidays so thanks for including the map. But with family down that way, it’s always good to have options for things to do because you never know when you might find yourself looking for a beach in Texas. Anybody have any personal experiences with the food in Rockport Beach? Yes, good food can make or break my trip! Thanks!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Judith good food can. All the restaurants I listed are the favorites of the locals and visitors. Stick with them 🙂 Rockport is awesome! The beach is great as well ..

  11. JoAnnah

    Wow, never knew you can find such a beautiful beach in Texas! Thank you for including the airport information, or else I would have gone on google search and google maps in attempt to find the best airport. Looks there is much to do there as well. This location will go on my list of spots to travel when I’m in that area again. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are most welcome Jo! The locations of airports is a good thing to know, so you can guage the trip distance to your final vacation spot 🙂 Rockport Beach is a great place where most Texans love to go! Thanks for visiting!

  12. Dennis

    Rockport Beach! Sounds great. I have never been to that part of Texas and the lack of spring breakers would suit me fine! You really have set out plenty of things to do. Do you actually visit all the spots? What a great job that is! The bird watching trip sounds great. (how can you tell a bird watching boat? It lists!) haha I used to run a bird boat in the DRy Tortugas on the east side of the gulf! Good job, I wanna go visit!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Dennis! When you are ready, just let me know 🙂 I will help plan your trip to Rockport Beach Texas!

  13. Mark1

    That looks like an awesome beach. I am planning a trip to the USA next year and I certainly want to visit Texas at some point in my life.

    The only two beaches that I have been to in America are Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach. VA Beach was great, but at Myrtle Beach, it just rained the whole time.

    How would you say that Rockport Beach compares to these two East coast destinations?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would say that you would have a fantastic time. Rockport is one of those places that everybody in Texas loves. The beach is probably the best in the state in my opinion. I would definitely prefer them over any others. I would also visit Galveston Island beach too though, fun place!

  14. jschicanha

    I have just been hearing a lot about Rockport and this beach! I did not realize what a good beach destination this is. I thought it would be a lot hotter there, but the weather is great. A lot of information, Thank you!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting!

  15. KeldynFrancis

    You have done such a great review on Rockport Beach in Texas. I have been looking at a beach destination for my next holiday destination with good fishing, nice hotel and food. Do you know who I could contact any local companies for holiday package deals or is it best to do it yourself?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is probably best to do it yourself (cheaper) or I can put something together for you as well 🙂 I stand nothing to gain, and could find you the best prices. Let me know your dates of travel Keldyn. Thanks for visiting!

  16. Ronald Kennedy

    Although summer is ending and fall is soon to set in, your BeachTravelDestination is just what the long distant traveler would be looking for. Everyone loves a spectacular family getaway! There’s so many beautiful places to go, a person would have a hard time making up their mind.

    When an individual explore your travel site, they have the option of selecting some of the most beautiful beaches around the world. Anytime of the year, the weather will always be next to perfect!

    With so many other sites along the same line as this, I feel BeachTravelDestination stands out among the rest with the most variety of cool beach selections from around the world.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Ronald, that is exactly what I am trying to do 🙂 Thanks for visiting Rockport Beach Texas!


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