Sunshine, bonfires and warm water
car ferry, expensive parking (on beach)
Crusty camp, beer guts and back fat; this is the REAL Texas coast.
A must do for all that come to the coast to eat fresh seafood. My wife and I asked the question, where do you get the best seafood in Port Aransas? We asked several people, from the desk clerk at the hotel to the grocery store check out clerk and every single time we got the same answer - down the main street to Port A Seafood Co. Upon entering the...more
The jetty stretches far out into the gulf, made partially of concrete and large granite blocks. It offers an excellent spot for fisherman and birdwatchers. You can see brown pelicans, gulls, and other seabirds, numerous ships coming into port ranging from fishing trawlers to tankers, sea snails in the pools between the rocks, and if you're lucky,...more
A number of boats offer bay or deep sea fishing in the channel. You can also get a party boat for a 4-hr bay trip. They include the Scat Cat and the Wharf Cat at Fisherman's Wharf and the Island Queen at Woody's Sports Center.In June, July, and August there is a fishing tournament most every week.If you don't want to fish just go down and watch the...more
right on the beach, $50 per night. one queen bed, warm shower, pool, a/c, friendly service, decent...more
After having stayed at some of the more expensive places on island, we found the Plantation Suites...more
I'm still waiting for a refund that was promised to me by these people. They have lied to me...more
This is a rare local pizza restaurant with a customized cozy pirate appeal. The pizza is so good you have to taste it for yourself. We couldn't believe the ravings about this place so we just had to do it for ourselves and I have to say the pizza was better than any I've tasted. The only experience better than the pizza was the people. Kip the...more
I enjoyed several evenings out in small bars and watched a little live music...always fun and a good way to met some locals .
Dress Code: No dress code where I went
Many Austinites visit Port Aransas during the summer or year round. Most of them take the obvious but boring route following I-35 and I-37 through San Antonio. A much better route is to take Hwy 183 through the towns of Lockhart, Cuero, Goliad, and Refugio. Not only is it a scenic drive through the South Texas countryside, it is just as fast as taking the major highways. If you want stop-by-stop driving directions, I've posted them online at http://www.thecommonsatseashell.com/drive_austin_to_portaransas.html.
And here is a google map I've created with driving directions.
They have the best candy on Mustang Island! I recommend the chocolate-peanut butter cups, the candy corn, the white chocolate fudge, the mint drops (I think that's what they're called), and the malted milk balls. The ambiance of the older location (there are two) is not to be overlooked. There are all sorts of humorous sayings, etc. on the walls,...more
Numerous blue man o war jelly fish washed up and in the water though no one I saw got stung it probably would not fell to good. When I was relaxing one day on the beach along came 2 transport flatbeds on the beach and they got stuck right in front of me , Irritating but I guess an evil we cannot get rid of since the oil co.s have exploration rights...more
I've been visiting Port Aransas at least once per year for the last 11 years, and I've never had any problems until September '04 when someone absconded with my tools out of the back of my truck! The police said they thought it was this vagrant that keeps coming back to the island. Other than that one instance, I've never had any problems here.more
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach/water shoes, tilly hat, windbreaker,
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: anti-histamine in case of jelly fish sting, sunblock,
Photo Equipment: YES lots of photo ops
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good windproof endurable tent for beach camping (free) . Should be able to withstand gusts of 30-50 mph winds.
Miscellaneous: snacks and water for those beach walks, along with a good camp stove,
A Life Saving Station authorized by congress opened here in 1880 and later became the US Coast Guard Station. There is an 82 foot cutter that operates from here covering the Gulf from Freeport to Brownsville, and four search and rescue boats also operating from here.Visitors usually can visit the center and the boasts if they are at the center.more
You might want to go over to St Jo's for 1/2 a day.San Jose Island is a private island, however, the area near the jetty and the beach is open to the public. It is accessible by boat, no facilities, just miles of sand and an uncrowded beach.It takes about 15 minutes by jetty boat to get over there.Be sure to take something to drink and plenty of...more
We played this Arnold Palmer designed, links-style course at Port Aransas, TX. We played as a twosome and enjoyed a leisurely pace for the entire 18. As of February, 2009, they have not completed the clubhouse. Right now they are working out of a "portable", but very friendly staff.
Equipment: Lots of extra balls!