Rolling waves, soft white sand and coastal cuisine are some of the highlights of Port Aransas. Experience its laid-back way of life on the pristine beaches and discover why Port Aransas is known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas”.
Things to do in Port Aransas
The most alluring feature of Port Aransas is the island’s 10-kilometres of stunning beach, boasting warm, clear water from the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a day swimming, surfing, parasailing or playing Frisbee or just kick back and relax with a good book. When the sun goes down, you can enjoy a campfire under the stars.
Ever wanted to see alligators in the wild? Visit the wetlands boardwalk and observation tower at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Centre to explore the mangroves and see several species of birds and alligators basking in the sunshine.
Nature enthusiasts can visit Port Aransas Nature Preserve, a popular hiker’s retreat comprised of vast salt plains, emerald lakes and hidden sea coves. As the sun begins to set, follow the Bulkhead Hike & Bike Trail towards the beach, where you can spot pelicans, dolphins and seabirds from the shoreline.
Join a saltwater fishing charter and take to the seas to catch the island’s renown redfish. Perfect for all skill levels, the waters surrounding Port Aransas are home to more than 600 species of saltwater fish. After a lucky day at sea, head to a local “cook your catch” restaurant, like Fins Grill and Icehouse.
Getting around Port Aransas
Port Aransas is located on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico and is accessible from the mainland by a free ferry. The island is small enough to walk or bike. The Port Aransas Shuttle is an easy way to get around, serving the surrounding area.