Enjoy Texas – Island Style! Port Aransas is located on the northern tip of Mustang Island on the Texas Gulf Coast. Escape to a relaxing retreat on the Texas Gulf Coast where world class fishing & boating, white sand beaches, spectacular bird watching, fascinating marine education opportunities, plus a full calendar of events, a thriving arts & culture scene, excellent shopping & restaurants and more combine to create the ultimate getaway on the Gulf of Mexico coast!
The Islands & Area Beaches
Mustang Island State Park is located on the south end of the island and offers five miles of beach along 3954 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and mountain biking on 5 miles of open beach, sunbathing, surfing and excellent birding, especially during spring and fall migrations.
Fishing & Boating
Port Aransas fishing is widely considered the best on the Texas Gulf Coast. Whether you charter a boat, dock your own at one of the marinas, or just cast a line from a dock or the shore, you’ll enjoy unparalleled fishing adventures on the jetties, bays, channels and the Gulf of Mexico itself. Species include: black drum, flounder, king mackerel, kingfish, marlin, red drum/redfish, sailfish, sheep head, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, tarpon, tuna and more.
Restaurants and Local Food Favorites
High on a sand dune overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, there is a little white Chapel, the oldest functional consecrated church on the Island. Known locally as the Chapel on the Dunes, it was built between 1937 and 1938 by Aline B. Carter. This historical church is one of the Eight Wonders of Port Aransas and is the site for many small weddings, memorial services, and baptisms.
Nature & Wildlife
Port Aransas, known as the “Nest of Texas,” offers an abundance of both birds (one of the highest on the Texas Gulf Coast) and birding sites, which include Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center, the Port Aransas Jetty, the Port Aransas Wetlands Park, the UTMSI Wetlands Education Center, and many more. Enjoy an intimate view of hundreds of permanent and migrating species in their native and wintering habitats.
Shopping & Activities
Aransas Pass Aquatic Center
Bring the family to our 50,000 gallon freshwater Aransas Pass Aquatic Center! Thrilling water slides, diving boards, jungle net and three pools for all ages! The Aquatic Center hosts swim lessons, aqua aerobics, fitness swim, lap swim, family swim and is only a short drive from our RV park.
Port Aransas Marine Education Services
The University of Texas at Austin Marine Research Institute promotes interest in marine science through educational programs for the general public. The Visitors Center offers educational movies, self guided tours, seven aquaria displaying typical Texas coast habitats, and more.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Located across the bay on the Texas coast mainland is Corpus Christi, which is home to a variety of world class attractions, activities and entertainment. Recreation abounds with all of the fishing, golfing, horseback riding, sailing, cruises and tennis opportunities. Enjoy a thriving dining & nightlife scene. Be entertained by the full calendar of events. Experience the “Texas Tropical Culture” of Corpus Christi’s performing arts & theatre. The variety of shopping caters to all tastes.