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Port AransasUnited States of America

The coastal Texas resort village of Port Aransas entices visitors with its outdoor activities as well as its interesting history and friendly atmosphere.

Port Aransas is a town on Mustang Island, a barrier island off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its location, Port Aransas is a popular destination for outdoor activities, but the city also impresses with galleries and heritage sites.

The first inhabitants of Port Aransas were Karankawa Indians. In the early 1800s the area was frequented by pirates and buccaneers. To see and hear about the local folklore, visit Port Aransas Museum.

Walking or cycling around is easy since the town is flat and compact. Alternatively, travel on the cheap trolley that runs from Roberts Point Park and Marina to RV parks in the south.

Visit the 8-mile (13-kilometer) coastline of Port Aransas to enjoy the town’s beaches and rent equipment from one of the local shops. Beach buggies are a fun way to see the waterfront and you can explore Corpus Christi Bay on a Jet Ski or kayak. Book in for dolphin-spotting or deep-sea fishing trips departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

View some of the 500 local bird species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. To see marine life, including seahorses, visit the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit Mustang Island State Park. The kids will love rolling down the large sand dunes here. Consider camping on the beach; it’s a great way to see local wildlife, such as raccoons, opossums and gophers.

Find work by local artists at coastal galleries. Live music is a big part of the Port Aransas’ entertainment scene as well. Local and national bands perform every Friday and Saturday night at a local bar.

Access to the town is via the free Aransas Pass ferry crossing in the north or the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway in the south, connecting Mustang Island with Corpus Christi on the mainland.

Where to stay in Port Aransas

Port Aransas featuring art and interior views as well as an individual femail

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(153 area reviews)

Old Town might not have many top sights, but IB Magee Beach Park and Port Aransas Birding Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Port Aransas

Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Plantation Suites & Conference Center
2 out of 5
1909 State Hghway 361, Port Aransas, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $51 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Port Aransas Birding Center and Ellis Memorial Library are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (948 reviews)

"The property was quaint and charming, the rooms were clean and for the most part quiet. They offer pet friendly rooms which we loved. They have a pet run in the back, which is awesome for pet owners. This brings me to the only negative experience, if you don't travel with pets you can skip this part. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Island Hotel Port Aransas
Island Hotel Port Aransas
2 out of 5
2607 St Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $70 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

This family-friendly Port Aransas hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Port Aransas Beach, Holiday Beach, and Newport Dunes Golf Course. Port ...

4.3/5Excellent! (960 reviews)

"For the price - awesome. Great beds! Cllean rooms! Nice location! Friendly staff!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Island Hotel Port Aransas
Best Western Port Aransas
Best Western Port Aransas
2.5 out of 5
400 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $89 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Port Aransas Birding Center and IB Magee Beach Park are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (902 reviews)

"Loved the cleanliness of the property, the friendliness of everyone from the front desk to the housekeeping staff, the close proximity to the beach, and the onsite library. Our stay was relaxing and peaceful. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Best Western Port Aransas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Port Aransas

Camp Coyoacan
Camp Coyoacan
2 out of 5
237 N Station St, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $82 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Old Town, this campground is within a 15-minute walk of Port Aransas Birding Center and Port Aransas Beach. Holiday Beach and IB Magee Beach Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)
Lovely views and breeze from the deck

"We enjoyed our stay and were perfectly comfortable in our little tent. I would describe this as a kind of hostel. Shared bathrooms but it was not crowded so easy to find a vacant one when needed. Enjoyed talking to other visitors. The deck is absolutely the best thing about this place. Always a breeze ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Camp Coyoacan
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
2.5 out of 5
2000 On The Beach Rd, Port Aransas, TX

Nestled on the beach, this Port Aransas condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Horace Caldwell Pier and Newport Dunes ...

3.9/5Very Good! (485 reviews)

"Location was great. Condo was very nice inside and bigger than expected. Needs a good cleaning. Trash under bed. Dryer took a lot of time to get towels dry and made an awful noise."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Beachgate CondoSuites and Oceanfront Resort
Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
6317 State Hwy 361, Port Aransas, TX

Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Aransas condo resort is on the boardwalk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mustang Island Beach, Port Aransas Beach, ...

4/5Very Good! (228 reviews)

"Clean,quiet,and family friendly. Friendly staff observing COVID precautions. Always enjoy staying here soaking up the sun and listening to the waves at the beach."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Port Aransas

Port Aransas Beach
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Port Aransas Beach

4.5/5(949 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Port Aransas Beach, a popular beach in Port Aransas. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Holiday Beach
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Holiday Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Holiday Beach during your trip to Port Aransas? Wander the waterfront and beautiful beaches in the area.

Horace Caldwell Pier
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Horace Caldwell Pier

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Port Aransas with a trip to Horace Caldwell Pier. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

JP Luby Surf Park
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JP Luby Surf Park

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at JP Luby Surf Park during your travels in Port Aransas? While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
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University of Texas Marine Science Institute

5/5(1 review)

Walk around the campus at University of Texas Marine Science Institute during your stay in Port Aransas. Wander the waterfront and beautiful beaches in the area.

Lighthouse Lakes Trail
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Lighthouse Lakes Trail

Enjoy a trip to Lighthouse Lakes Trail and popular activities like fishing in Port Aransas. Wander the waterfront and beautiful beaches in the area.

Top things to do in Port Aransas

Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas

$20
Per adult
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Texas
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Texas

$10
Per adult
Corpus Christi Scavenger Hunt: Sparkling City by the Sea
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Corpus Christi Scavenger Hunt: Sparkling City by the Sea

$20
Per adult
Party Cruise in Port Aransas
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Party Cruise in Port Aransas

$57
Per adult

Reviews of Port Aransas

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
344
5 - Excellent 66.53771760154739%
4 - Good
157
4 - Good 30.36750483558994%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 2.514506769825919%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.38684719535783363%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.19342359767891681%

5/5 - Excellent

Ryan

Jun 4, 2020

It’s one of the places we love in TX.

4/5 - Good

Andrea

May 29, 2020

Port Aransas is always a chill place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Port A is my happy place

5/5 - Excellent

Amanda

May 21, 2020

Beach was very clean everyone kept their distance we found a lot of star fished washed up on the shore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Very nice place to stay for a couple of days!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 16, 2020

So nice to see some many place back up and open after the Hurricane. They have done a fantastic job at cleaning up the entire city.

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