Port Aransas is located on the Northern tip of Mustang Island on the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast and is the perfect location for your next Vacation. Once a sleepy fishing town Port Aransas has grown into a vibrant and colorful favorite destination for thousands of visitors each year but still manages to retain the charm and friendliness that made it famous the world over.
Miles and miles of Texas Beach stretch out from Port Aransas but most peoples first memories of the Town are of the Ferry Ride which carries them across the shipping channel and onto our Island. Once here, they can choose from many activities that are sure to keep everyone entertained, young and old alike.
Port Aransas and the surrounding bays and Ocean are becoming one of the worlds prime Fishing destinations, Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and Black Drum are in abundance at the right times of the Year and for those that have a passion for the Deep Sea the many charter boats will be only too happy to take you chasing Sharks, Marlin and Huge Tuna.
Port Aransas is also a stop off point for Thousands of Migratory birds each year and the Island has many locations where you can view them in all their natural beauty such as the Wetland Park and the Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond.
The beach is probably the reason most people make the trip to Port Aransas and it wont dissapoint, around 18 Miles of sand and the warm Gulf of Mexico water give you plenty of space to find your own favorite place. There are a few Rental places in town where you can rent an Electric or Gas powered buggy to cruise up and down the beach and if you havent been to Port Aransas before you may be surpised to find that the Beach is a Legal roadway, although parts are not acessible by vehicle to allow a safe place for children to play. Watersports are also popular and there are many places where you can hire Jet Ski's,Kayaks and Surf Boards. Lessons for Surfing and Kite Boarding can also be found
Hundreds of Dolphins make their home in the waters around Port Aransas and many tours are offered so that you can see them up close. It's very common to have a dolphin surface a few feet from where you are Swimming or Fishing but there is nothing quite like being out on the open water and seeing them swim and play.
Port Aransas has a Calendar of events that has something for everyone, Open air Jazz concerts in the park, a spectacular 4th July Fireworks display also in Roberts Point Park, The Harvest Moon Regata sails into town in October, The Whooping Crane Festival and many other birding events take place over the year and of course who could forget SANDFEST, the beach is full of masterful sand sculptures from world famous artists and also some pretty good amateur ones too. All this and much much more, to find out just how much more take a look at the Calendar of Events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
Port Aransas has its very own newly built Community Theater (PACT) and has a busy schedule of performances to keep your evenings occupied. For the art lovers the Island has several Art Galleries where you can view and purchase examples of fine art from many artists, most local to the area. The Arts Center For the Island showcases more art and also provides classes at various times.
A recent attraction to Port Aransas is the completion of the long awaited Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, a full 18 hole course built to take advantage of the natural beauty of the dunes and coastline of the Island, green fees and more information can be found at the Newport Dunes Golf Club Website.
No trip to Port Aransas would be complete without a tour of the wide and varied shops in town. If its a gift for the people back home or you just want to treat yourself your sure to find what you want, from unique clothing and accessories at Stephanies Stuff to every Port Aransas Gift you could think of at one of the many gift stores in town.
This list is by no means complete and will be growing as time permits so check back soon !!!