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Find gold on the sands of Port Aransas, Texas
Infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, knew all about safe harbors and secure hideaways, so Port Aransas was on his map even before it had an official name. Legend goes that he marked buried treasure here with a silver dagger spiked into the sand, which has yet to be discovered. While you're searching, be prepared for wonderful distractions from your quest because Mustang Island is a unique gem on the beautiful Texas Coast.
Fondly known as Port A, this little city sits on a pristine barrier island stretching 18 scenic miles between Aransas and Corpus Christi Bays.
Things to see and do
Mustang Island enjoys center stage along the nation's Central Flyway, where you can set your sights for hundreds of native and migrating bird species. Observation towers and boardwalks throughout the estuaries and dunes let you rub shoulders with majestic, endangered Whooping cranes.
Seven of these fascinating indoor oceans house living collections at the Marine Science Institute, and each one replicates a local environment. From rock jetties and oyster reefs to mangrove marshes, explore wonderful worlds and meet the mysterious creatures that call these waters home.
You'll never wear out the beaches at Port A, but an afternoon on the links with the salt breeze at your back is a bracing change of island pace. Conquer one of three public championship courses featuring panoramic views of brilliant blue Gulf waters.
Savor it fried, grilled, sautéed and countless other delicious ways at the annual June Shrimporee. The biggest Texas festival celebrating this little crustacean is more than 60 years old, offering dancing, carnivals and a classic downtown parade.
Angle your way into annual fishing derby fun at the July Deep Sea Roundup. This exciting competition is open to everyone; even the kids wade in with their own Piggy Perch contest.
The holidays take on a special light in Port A's Civic Center every year, with glittering island magic at the Enchanted Holiday Forest. Locals and visitors all drop by to add a personal touch of sparkle and cheer to dozens of Christmas trees. Your invitation to decorate and celebrate is always open.
Where to stayAll Port Aransas hotels are within walking distance to the waters, but you might prefer to be more central to take advantage of lower rates.
InlandOnly three blocks from the beach, Best Western Ocean Villa offers a very comfortable stay, with hot breakfasts to set you up for a day of relaxation and fun. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, everything you need is on hand.
If you can’t resist views of the sea and enjoy a good pampering, the Port Royal Resort sits right on the beach with lagoon pools, tennis courts, hot tubs and seasonal BBQs. Nearby activities include jet skiing, bay fishing and surfing.
Best time to visit
Weather rarely gets in the way of planning your trip to Port A, but mark June through September as a potentially stormy season. How often do the locals worry about the weather? You'll have to ask a native at one of the dozens of fishing tournaments that run all summer long.
Memorial Day through Labor Day is the busiest time of year, but you can slip across the causeway in late October to catch a quieter side of Port Aransas. The locals are always happy to share their friendly little island, and you'll have a better chance of finding that silver dagger.
Recently booked Port Aransas hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites PORT ARANSAS/BEACH AREA||17 hours ago||$144|
|Beachgate CondoSuites and Motel||1 day ago||$175|
|BEST WESTERN Ocean Villa||1 day ago||$116|
|Days Inn -Port Aransas TX||2 days ago||$111|
|Executive Keys Condominiums on the Beach||4 days ago||$151|
|Port Royal Resort Port Aransas Beach||4 days ago||$337|
|Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas||7 days ago||$143|
|Travelodge Port Aransas TX||8 days ago||$99|
Recently Rated Port Aransas Hotels
|Port Royal Resort Port Aransas Beach||
4.3 / 514 reviews
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites PORT ARANSAS/BEACH AREA||
3.7 / 532 reviews
|BEST WESTERN Ocean Villa||
4.1 / 567 reviews
|Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas||
4.0 / 54 reviews
|Americas Best Value Inn||
3.2 / 511 reviews
|Beachgate CondoSuites and Motel||
3.6 / 58 reviews
|Days Inn -Port Aransas TX||
3.3 / 537 reviews
|Executive Keys Condominiums on the Beach||
4.0 / 540 reviews
|Travelodge Port Aransas TX||
2.9 / 540 reviews
|Captains Quarters Inn||
2.6 / 512 reviews
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400 E Avenue G
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Discover this Port Aransas, Texas hotel offering comfortable accommodations and a hot breakfast. Take time out to relax and enjoy all that Port Aransas has to offer while staying at BEST WESTERN...
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820 Beach Access Road
The Executive Keys Condominium on the Beach offers a home away from home along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Located on Mustang Island near Corpus Christi, the property was designed for family...
300 West Avenue G
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The Travelodge Port Aransas TX is ideally located a stone's throw from the ocean and many other top destinations in Port Aransas. Nearby activities include sailing, fishing and dolphin-watching...
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727 South 11th Street
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3595 State Hwy 361
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The Days Inn Port Aransas, Texas, is within walking distance from the beach. Outdoor Tropical Pool. Seasonal SPA. 480 Sq. ft. Rooms w/ Kitchenette and Dinning Table. Microwaves and Refrigerators...
2208 Highway 361
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Set in the small fishing town of Port Aransas, minutes from Mustang Island, this cozy Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas, TX hotel is only 1/2 mile from inviting beaches and the lapping warm waters...
2000 On the Beach Dr.
We are just a friendly little place right here on the beach in Port Aransas. Unlike the big high-rise condominiums, all of our units are situated on four acres in buildings ranging from 2-4 floors....
235 W Cotter Ave
Captain's Quarters Inn is the BEST located hotel in Port Aransas, TX. It is across the street from Dolphin Docks and within walking distance to 3 major marinas! The hotel is just two blocks from...
306 S Alister Street
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6317 State Highway 361
Our Port Aransas Beach Resort all condos is right on the beach. Set on a 25 acre enclave wrapping around four lagoon pools with stepped waterfalls island a waterslide and palm trees. While the pool...
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