Port Aransas, TX

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Port Aransas showing golf, a sporting event and a garden

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

Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Plantation Suites & Conference Center
2 out of 5
1909 State Hghway 361, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $61 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Property and staff water pleasant."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Plantation Suites & Conference Center
Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
2 out of 5
300 W Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $65 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Situated in Port Aransas, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Port Aransas Birding Center and Port Aransas Beach. Ellis Memorial Library and Holiday Beach ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (645 reviews)
"Employee was very pleasant and property look well taken care of. rooms were comfortable."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Ocean's Edge Hotel, Port Aransas,TX
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 aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Horace Caldwell Pier and IB Magee Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (646 reviews)
"Right on the ocean"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

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Camp Coyoacan
Camp Coyoacan
2 out of 5
237 N Station St, Port Aransas, TX
The price is $999 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Located in Old Town Port Aransas, this campground is within a 15-minute walk of Port Aransas Birding Center and Port Aransas Beach. Holiday Beach and IB Magee ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (237 reviews)
Not worth the money
"The location is too loud to have tents with cloth walls. It’s near streets with bars and a lot of people driving around in loud pickup trucks. There are supposed to be quiet hours after 11 pm but people were not observing them. The bathrooms were cheaply made, in only fair condition and not super ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 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 aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Beach and Port Aransas Beach. Horace Caldwell Pier and IB Magee Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (646 reviews)
"Right on the ocean"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

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, ...
4/5 Very Good! (244 reviews)
"The pool is fabulous!! The elevators need maintenance!!"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2021

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.

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