Port Aransas Travel Guide
Port Aransas South Jetty
Port Aransas South Jetty
I make this look good (just kidding)
Camping Port Aransas
View of Port Aransas from the South...
Genmar Minotaur coming into Port Aransas
Sunshine, bonfires and warm water
car ferry, expensive parking (on beach)
In a nutshell
Crusty camp, beer guts and back fat; this is the REAL Texas coast.
Buy Fresh Seafood!!
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...
Take a walk down the jetty
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...
Play at waters edge
You can spend hours playing in the sand. Build a sand castle, bury yourself, dig for shells,the joys are endless.
Feed the birds
It is so much fun to feed the seagulls. They seem to know when someone has food and fly in from miles away.
1 Review and 111 Opinions After having stayed at some of the more expensive places on island, we found the Plantation Suites...
1 Review and 39 Opinions I'm still waiting for a refund that was promised to me by these people. They have lied to me...
San Juan's: Noisy and Fun
Can be loud and noisy but always fun. The food is priced right and taste is good, portions excellent. Find this restaurant mentioned on Dakota Rogers' web site in her design pattern: Aransas!
Anything accompanied by low priced Margaritas!
San Juan Restaurant: Great Mexican food!
San Juan restaurant was recommended to us from the Park Ranger and I'm glad he told us about it. The food is excellent and they even gave us a free appetizer of nachos. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly.
Fajitas with chicken and shrimp
Taqueria San Juan: Great Food & Best Prices!
One of the few restaurants open during the off-season, Taqueria San Juan was not only open early on a Sunday morning, but surprisingly busy as well! It is by no means a fine dining experience, but still a nice place to go for some good Mexican food at great prices.
San Juan Cafe: Good Breakfast!
We went to San Juan for breakfast, there was one waitress covering our entire section and she was GREAT! The service was fast and efficient, and the migas were very authentic "Jalisco". The best tip that this is a good, local place was the full parking lot.
The Gaff: Cozy Friendly Pizza with Love
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...
Salty dog (?) Salloon: a few good bars with music
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
Written Mar 5, 2006
Driving From Austin to Port Aransas
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.
Written Jun 6, 2010
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Shops: Get in the swim
There seems to be a swimsuit and t-shirt shop of every corner near the beach.Stop in and try on a few.
Winton's Candies: Delicious Treats in Port A!
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...
Watch out for Man oWar and oil exploration trucks!
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...
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...
Prepare for sun sand and wind
Luggage and bags: Back pack
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,
Written Mar 5, 2006
Watch the birds
Almost an overwhelming plethora of birding on the sea shore ! Through the week take a walk in almost solitude down the endless miles of beach.
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...
Nice links course
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!
Written Mar 1, 2009
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