Continue reading to learn about The Best of Rockport 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 or on Pinterest.
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.
Best Rockport Area Beaches
Take advantage of Rockport Beach’s facilities and have a BBQ, go for a swim and walk along the pristine waterfront. Rockport Beach is renowned for being exceptionally clean and locals are proud of the waterfront here.
Padre Island National Seashore
Wildlife lovers must visit Padre Island. The barrier island is large, undeveloped and it hosts sea turtles, hundreds of bird species, dolphins, marine life and plenty of elbow room. Over 70 miles of coastline is available with more than 30 miles of beaches to explore.
Crystal Beach is popular during peak season, and is laid back and fun. It is far less crowded than many of the area beaches. The sunsets are epic and the ability to park right at the beach without taking a ferry is a huge bonus. Crystal Beach is 4 miles long of beautiful coastline.
Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park is a favorite for hikers and bikers, but the beaches are amazing! Beach combing is a popular activity and you can walk for miles along the tranquil shorelines. If you really want an adventure, take advantage of the camping options and stay for a few days. You can camp in the park or just outside of the park.
San Jose Island
San Jose Island is accessible by ferry, and runs on an hourly basis. Fisherman love the habitat here and casting a line off the beach or rocks might bring back a sea trout, red fish or one of the many species swimming through the waters here.
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.
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.
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