Port Aransas Travel Guide

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Port Aransas Highlights

  • Pro
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    butterfly_girl says…

     Sunshine, bonfires and warm water 

  • Con
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    L-A says…

     car ferry, expensive parking (on beach) 

  • In a nutshell
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    MinorSeventh says…

     Crusty camp, beer guts and back fat; this is the REAL Texas coast. 

Port Aransas Things to Do

  • 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 same answer - down the main street to Port A Seafood Co. Upon entering 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 tankers, sea snails in the pools between the rocks, and if you're lucky,...

  • 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.

  • Relax on beach, wake board surf...

    Relax on the beach... walk through the wake (water is warm), wake board surf with the little boys and teens, read a book....

  • Go fishing

    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...


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Port Aransas Restaurants

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. Migas for breakfast.

  • 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 tasted. The only experience better than the pizza was the people. Kip the...

  • Great pancakes, seafood and drinks !

    Food and service is good The shrimp and garlic mashed potato were great and the stack of pancakes for breakfast are worth going in and the friendly staff and owner.


Port Aransas Nightlife

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    by Gairc Written Mar 5, 2006

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    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

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Port Aransas Transportation

  • by JimiB Written Jun 6, 2010

    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.

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    • Beaches
    • Birdwatching
    • Family Travel

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Port Aransas Shopping

  • 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.

  • 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 be overlooked. There are all sorts of humorous sayings, etc. on the walls,...

  • Best Souvenir Selection in Port Aransas!

    Ahh, this store brings back so many memories! They have a plethora of t-shirts, beach gear, arts & crafts, keychains, postcards, even disposable cameras, and much more. It really depends on what you're buying, but the prices are fairly reasonable.


Port Aransas Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for Man oWar and oil...

    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...

  • Theft

    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.

  • Spring breakers

    It is best to go elsewhere during spring break season.The arrival of 150,000 or so students can be overwhelming, to say the least.Unless you are a student or you enjoy hordes of noisey people you will probably want to plan a trip to Port A at another time.


Port Aransas What to Pack

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    by Gairc Written Mar 5, 2006

    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,

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Port Aransas Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

  • USCG Station

    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.

  • Private Island

    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...


Port Aransas Sports & Outdoors

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    by hoofhearted Written Mar 1, 2009

    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!

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    • Road Trip
    • Luxury Travel

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