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When you’re visiting Port Aransas, there’s a lot of great, local dining to be had! While you’re out here enjoying your unique, beach vacation in Port Aransas, you’ll have plenty of options for one-of-a-kind dining. The local restaurants in Port Aransas provide a wide variety of eating experiences, and of course, you can’t afford to miss the opportunity to sample the Port Aransas seafood. With all that in mind, here are some recommendations for restaurants exclusive to the area that you should try.

The Crazy Cajun Seafood Restaurant

A tried-and-true Port Aransas staple for over 28 years, The Crazy Cajun is the go-to spot if you’re looking to enjoy the distinctive taste of Cajun cuisine served with an island style. All different kinds of shellfish and traditional Cajun dishes are offered here. You can get your hands on shrimp, crawfish, snow crab, smoked sausage, and stone crab claws by the half-pound or pound at market price- perfect for serving groups after a long day on the beach.

Even if seafood isn’t your preference, The Crazy Cajun has plenty of meaty dishes to round out their menu. Ribs, gumbo, jambalaya, and more are all wonderful meals to quench your appetite. Beer and wine are also available for purchase during your visit, along with desserts and even their own special blend of Cajun spice to take along. Come see why they’ve been in business for nearly 30 years!

Seafood and Spaghetti Works

With a unique fusion of Italian and seafood dishes, Seafood and Spaghetti Works is one of the most exceptional dining experiences you’ll be able to find in Port Aransas. It’s a restaurant with a long history in the town, having been in multiple buildings since its original opening in 1979 under the name of “Spaghetti Works.” A few years later, the restaurant expanded its menu and received the name it has today. This is a great, local business to support while in town.

These days, the menu has reached a massive size with a variety of options. There’s something for everyone here, with a great selection of appetizers, especially seafood, to get your meal started off. From there, your choice of entree is wide-open. There are tacos, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, steak, chicken, pasta, and of course all kinds of seafood accompanied by a fully stocked bar and dessert menu to complete your experience. Whatever your choice, you’re sure to be impressed.

Irie’s Island Food

Founded by a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Irie’s Island Food offers a combination of local fare and fusion dishes that is sure to impress. Martin, formerly the head chef of several restaurants over the course of 20 years, put together the concept and created an impressive menu that locals and visitors alike can’t miss.

Rice bowls, tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more are all available for purchase here. There’s also a decent amount of Asian, Hawaiian, Mexican, and Cajun influence on the styling of the dishes. Because of this, you can expect to get a different experience every time if you decide to visit on multiple occasions to try some different dishes. This is a great place for curious palettes to visit, and they also have wine and beer offerings.

MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen

If delicious comfort food and BBQ are some of your favorites, consider visiting MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen while you’re visiting Port Aransas. They pride themselves on their ability to quickly and professionally serve larger parties without sacrificing the quality of their food. Bring the whole group with you and have them serve it all up family style.  For those in smaller groups, do not worry!  There are smaller portions to take advantage of as well.

Their menu has plenty of BBQ mainstays like chili, BBQ loaded nachos, and as many smoked meats you could imagine. Mix and match your meats of choice with the variety of platters they have available, or if BBQ platters aren’t your preference, indulge in an Angus Beef burger or fried fish platter. Finish off your meal with some pecan pie or peach cobbler and enjoy their full bar with sixteen beers on tap at any given moment.

Venetian Hot Plate

Get some authentic Italian cuisine from Venetian Hot Plate, opened in 1995 after founders Linda Maurice relocated to Texas from Venice. Enjoy fine, Italian dining in a casual atmosphere with the added flair of a well decorated interior and an abundance of eye-catching wine storage.

There’s no better way to get a sampling of Southern Italian cuisine in all of Port Aransas. You’ll find plenty of pasta dishes with shrimp, clams, and scallops that are all wonderfully paired with homemade sauces made to match the seafood’s flavor profiles. The same goes for all their other dishes, whether they’re prepared with beef, chicken, or no meat at all. They also offer a selection of salads, and plenty of hearty entrees like pan-seared duck, veal scaloppine, and more. Don’t forget to sample some of their handpicked wines while you’re there.

Wherever you decide to dine during your stay in Port Aransas, Sandcastle Condominiums has the perfect rental to complement your stay. Book with us now and dine in style while you enjoy your Port Aransas vacation.


As one of the best spots to visit on the Gulf, Port Aransas doesn’t lack for a huge variety of entertainment. There’s always plenty to do outdoors, whether you’re visiting the beaches, boating, or enjoying one of the many different nature walks to get up close with the local wildlife. During the month of October, there’s also plenty of events to enjoy that run from relaxing to wild, from low-key boat rides to Oktoberfest parties. So, while you’re visiting the area, here are a few Halloween activities you should check out to maximize your vacation time.

Fright Night Haunted House

With a new theme each year, the Fright Night Haunted House offers a chilling experience for anyone looking to get in a few scares for the Halloween season. This year’s theme is The Haunted Hotel, and it’s sure to impress, as Fright Night has been rated as one of America’s Best Haunts and featured on Natural Geographic.

As with many haunted house attractions, it is not recommended that you bring small children to the event.  Be warned that although the actors do not touch you, they will be doing their best to scare you!  There will be plenty of scary props, fog, and strobe lights as well, so the faint-of-heart should be aware. If you aren’t sure about braving the experience but want to try anyway, there are emergency exits all over and you can leave any time you like. Get the most out of the season and see one of the best haunts in the US!

The Hauntings of Boogeyman Haunted House

The aptly titled “Road to Hell” leads to the location of this historic haunted house. There are several historically significant locations and events that happened in the area that led to the Boogeyman Haunted House’s location, featuring cemeteries with unmarked graves from the Mexican American War, the tree where the first recorded hanging in Texas took place, and the haunted Daugherty House.

Every weekend in October from 8pm to midnight, the Boogeyman Haunted House offers a more personalized and unique experience from your usual haunted walkthrough, including multiple attractions inside the property and a maze. If you plan on stopping in, check out what their unique theme is each Friday to see what appeals most to you.

The Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

Though open all year, pirates and Halloween have always gone hand in hand, and what better way to embrace the spirit of the season than to hit the waters on a kid-friendly pirate cruise? Expect to see things like mock sword fights, cannon fire, treasure hunting, and dolphin watching as you take to the waters aboard the Red Dragon. The ship is fully equipped, state of the art, and sails incredibly smooth, so even if you’re worried about anybody getting seasick, the chances are slim to none.

Red Dragon also offers adults-only cruises for those looking for a more mature experience. There’s an onboard bar and kitchen open for use, and the adults-only trip runs for about an hour and a half with live music and entertainment onboard. Adult cruises run every Tuesday and Thursday, so plan accordingly.

Texas Sandfest

Running since 1997, the Texas Sandfest is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the USA. Tens of thousands of visitors routinely come through during this three-day-long event in order to see some of the most stunning sand sculptures in the world, and it’s packed to the brim with all kinds of entertainment for all ages. Competitors spend months planning for their crafting and exhibition, and over the course of the event they bring piles of sand to life in gorgeous, unique forms that have to be seen to be believed.

When you aren’t observing the sculptures or taking photos of/with them, there’s plenty of other entertainment to be had. There’s a beer garden set up for the adults to have a few drinks and enjoy the breeze coming in off the gulf. Vendors also set up all kinds of different stalls to purchase from, be it food, clothes, jewelry, furniture, and all other kinds of souvenirs. When you aren’t shopping, there’s also live music to check out.  This event happens October 15-17, rain or shine, so plan accordingly, and don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

See Port Aransas in Style

Sandcastle Resort Condominiums has the perfect size vacation rental for you. From 1- to 3-bedroom offerings, you’re certain to find the right spot to maximize your vacation time and see all of the best Halloween and autumnal attractions the area has to offer. Book your stay now and enjoy the season to the fullest!

With the sizzling temperatures of summer waning and the crowds dwindling away, fall is a great time to visit coastal Texas. Port Aransas is known for its waterways, white sand beaches, wildlife, and is a great coastal Texas destination on which to set your sights this fall. Whether you prefer the added entertainment of fall festivities or the serenity of a day fishing or exploring nature, you can experience it all in Port Aransas. Our favorite fall activities in Port Aransas will get you started on planning the perfect seasonal getaway!


With prime access to Corpus Christi Bay, Aransas Bay, Redfish Bay, Port Aransas boasts top-notch inshore fishing grounds. As a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, a host of other opportunities await on the deep sea. Whether you embark on a boat charter or enjoy a day of DIY fishing nearshore, you’re sure to land some great catches when fishing in Port Aransas.

Texas’ official saltwater fish, the redfish, are so plentiful in the Port Aransas area that there is an entire bay named after them. Available year-round, you’re sure to snag a redfish on your fall fishing trip to Port Aransas. If you plan for a deep-sea charter, prized catches such as mahi, mahi tuna, and marlin are all potential catches during fall months. Dolphin Dock and Deep-Sea Headquarters are two renowned fishing charters in Port Aransas that will get you out on the water with all the permits and gear you’ll need. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground and fish from the shore, be sure to check out these top fishing spots in Port Aransas. Horace Caldwell Pier, Fish Pass Jetty, Aransas Causeway, and South Jetty are a few of the top spots in Port Aransas for nearshore and surf fishing.


Port Aransas’s location and terrain make it an ideal place for birdwatching, especially during migration seasons. While people flock to Port Aransas for the white sand beaches and stunning ocean views, resident and migrating birds appreciate the Gulf beaches, salt marshes, and wetlands that make up this area’s terrain. The entire fall season coincides with migration season, with many birds stopping to winter in Port Aransas and some others using it as a stopping point before continuing on to Central or South America.

Get a bird’s eye view from the observation platform at Wetland Park, where you’ll spot an abundance of waterfowl and shorebirds. Gulls, terns, pelicans, and shorebirds can often be seen at the I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park and the south jetty. An especially good site for spotting migrating species is the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond Birding Center. Home to the only natural permanent freshwater wetland and pond on Mustang Island and featuring a picturesque boardwalk, you’ll want to take your time as you identify over 100 species of migrating birds. For those who would prefer the expertise of a guide, consider meeting at the 1,200-acre Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture for a guided bird walk. Though areas of the park continue to recover from hurricane damage, birding tours are still held on Saturday mornings at 8am from the Port Aransas Community Park. The tidal flats here are feeding areas and habitats for endangered and threatened species. Whether you’re an avid birder or you simply appreciate some peaceful time enjoying nature, be sure to check out these top birding sites in Port Aransas this fall!

Fall Festivals

One of the biggest events held each year in Port Aransas is Texas SandFest, this year it has been moved to October. A well-loved event by locals and visitors alike, this 3-day event draws visitors from around the world. Featuring renowned sand sculptors and amateurs alike, this fun event provides plenty for the whole family to see. The beach is filled with sand sculptures unlike any you’ve probably seen before, featuring exquisite details and unique themes. A separate Masters’ Gallery is where the true masterpieces can be found, as sculptors work to mold tons of sand into breathtaking works of art. In addition to admiring the many sand sculptures and monitoring their progress over the 3-day event, you’ll also enjoy live music, food, kids’ activities, and vendors offering arts & crafts, apparel, jewelry, furniture, and souvenirs, among other items.

Held at the end of October, the Wooden Boat Festival is another fall favorite in Port Aransas. This event features handcrafted kayaks, paddleboards, skiffs, sailing boats, and historic Farley boats – a perfectly fitting festival for this coastal town. Admire the handcrafted vessels, learn more about boating and boat building, and bring the kids along to create their own model boats!

Experience all the best that Port Aransas has to offer this fall! Still in search of Port Aransas accommodations? Browse the listings offered through us at Sandcastle Resort Condominiums here!

As an island destination, a getaway to Port Aransas, Texas practically guarantees you’ll be feasting on fresh seafood dishes at one of its many waterfront eateries. In addition to catering to seafood lovers, the culinary scene in Port Aransas offers Créole and Cajun favorites as well as worldwide cuisines. The laid-back island lifestyle means you barely have to shake the sand from your toes before heading to a nearby restaurant to refuel. Perfect for enjoying a meal before heading to the beach or satisfying your hunger after you’ve worked up an appetite out on the water, these casual restaurants in Port Aransas are a must-try during your island getaway.

Virginia’s on the Bay

Enjoy the experience of dining just steps from the water from your dockside table at Virginia’s on the Bay. Watch the boats going in and out as you dine on dishes from the land and sea. Start your meal out with an order of hush puppies to share before moving on to your entrée. The peel and eat shrimp and oysters on the half shell are favorites here, and if you’re dining with a group, this is a great place to try a Cajun Boil. For anglers who have landed their own fresh catch after a day out fishing in Port Aransas’ teeming waters, the chefs at Virginia’s are happy to prepare it for you grilled, blackened, or fried, and served up along with delicious side dishes. Be sure to save room for a slice of their key lime pie!

Moby Dick’s

Housed in a tiki-style building, the atmosphere at Moby Dick’s is tropically festive. Welcoming to families, a pirate theme is pervasive throughout, and an array of video games are available for kids to play while waiting for their order. The menu at Moby Dick’s features burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood baskets, seafood boils, and platters from the land and sea. For non-seafood lovers, there are a variety of chicken and steak dishes. The seafood combos are a favorite here, offering a little taste of everything. Kids will enjoy ordering from their own separate meu, and everyone can save room for their chocolate eruption mousse cake, drizzled in chocolate, and topped with whipped cream. Let your conversation linger long after the final bite has been taken over one of the tropical drinks Moby Dick’s is so well known for. Drinks such as the volcano bowl and giant margarita are made for two and are perfect for sharing!

Coffee Waves

Get your most important meal of the day at Coffee Waves, one of the best coffee houses in the area. Their beans are roasted weekly in small batches by local roasters, providing the perfect caffeine boost to power through the day. Along with regular coffee options, they also offer chai and specialty coffees that will get your day off on the right foot. Snag a table in this charming café to enjoy a breakfast croissant or panini, made fresh. If you’re stopping for a mid-day caffeine boost, consider treating yourself to a scoop of their mouth-watering gelato, made onsite. Between coffee, breakfast and 18 flavors of gelato for dessert, Coffee Waves has got you covered!

Seafood & Spaghetti Works

If your group is divided between pasta and seafood, Seafood & Spaghetti Works may be the answer. This eatery not only serves up dishes that cater to a wide range of tastes, but it is also housed in a pleasant building reminiscent of a beach house with tall cathedral ceilings and fans that keep the breeze circulating. Catch the latest sports game on the big screen TV as you dine, or simply enjoy the company and pace of being on vacation. This family owned and operated eatery has been a mainstay in Port Aransas for 40 years and is sure to quickly become a favorite. Start your meal out with an order of crab cakes for the whole table to enjoy before moving on to your main course. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu here is varied with an array of sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, steaks, seafood, and classical Italian dishes. Their classic spaghetti is a favorite, and for seafood lovers, the shrimp with lemon cream sauce is a must-try. Wash it down with a cold beer, specialty drink, margarita, or glass of wine as you enjoy serene views of the marsh. And if there’s any room left, you won’t regret treating yourself to an order of their bread pudding with whiskey sauce!

Spend your days enjoying the sea, sand, and sun in Port Aransas, but don’t forget to pause and refuel at these Port Aransas casual dining spots! Seeking accommodations nearby? The Port Aransas vacation rentals we offer at Sandcastle Resort Condominiums offer all the comforts you’ll need to enjoy life along the beachfront in Port Aransas. Contact us to learn more!

The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great place for a getaway no matter the time of year. The beachside town of Port Aransas offers plenty of unique activities for visitors to enjoy. You’ll find many fun and exciting activities to add to your itinerary, but you’ll want to make sure to stop at some of the best beaches in Port Aransas for the ultimate relaxation.

Port Aransas Beach

Splash in the waves of the town’s main beach. The beach is clean and safe – it even has a lifeguard on duty. Stake your claim on the sand with beach chairs, umbrellas, and all your other beach gear for a fun time all day long. Stop by the pier for some eats and head back to the fun within minutes.

Mustang Island State Park

Enjoy the park’s five miles of coastline and soak up the sand, sun, and water. Sun yourself on the beach, swim in the waves, fish in the bay, and more. You can also camp! There are sites with water and electric hook ups, as well as “primitive” drive-up sites with no hook ups. Pack a picnic lunch, plan a hike or bike trip around the park’s 20 miles of trails, kayak or participate in another water activity, or even bird watch.

IB Magee Beach Park

Enjoy the waterfront and all its activities like swimming, snorkeling, building sand castles, or soaking up the Texas sun. Pack a picnic and enjoy it under the picnic shelters, and make sure to bring all your beach gear to make your home on the sand. Overnight camping at both RV and primitive sites is allowed for a small fee.

Horace Caldwell Pier

Surfers, anglers, bird watchers, and beach bums alike will find their home at the waves crashing at the Horace Caldwell Pier. The pier is located close to Port Aransas’ town center and sees plenty of traffic on nice, sunny days. Stake your claim on the beach with blankets, umbrellas, sand toys, picnic lunches, and more. Stay all day and enjoy a perfect sunset over the water. x

Padre Balli Park

Swim, fish, and enjoy every activity in between, then set up camp for the night. The white sandy beach hosts a mix of natural wonder and modern amenities to make your stay fun and memorable. Check the availability of hook ups before making plans for overnight camping. Ask about beach buggies that allow you to drive down the beach and make it to your chosen beach spot just a little bit sooner.

Bob Hall Pier

Fish and surf at this popular beach for both activities. Of course, you can also pack your swim and sand gear and hang out in the waves or on shore soaking up the sun. The location is a year-round attraction, and the pier features a small bait shop where you can purchase bait and tackle before heading out with your rod and reel.

Paradise Island National Seashore

Escape and enjoy the natural beauty of Texas’ Gulf Coast. The Padre Island National Seashore is just moments from downtown Port Aransas but feels like a world away when you arrive. There are over 70 miles of wild coastline awaiting your arrival and enjoyment. You’ll lose your worries and cares while you participate in fun activities like birding, fishing, and even sea turtle hatchling releases during the season.

San Jose Island

This is the only privately owned island on the list. The public is welcome, and it’s just a short ferry ride away from Port Aransas. Step onto the island and feel the world beyond the shores fade away. The pristine island is the perfect place for beach picnics, sea shell collecting, and other water activities you can only experience on an island. Natural island beauty awaits those who make the trip to the island’s shores.

Book Your Stay & Visit the Best Beaches in Port Aransas

Once you’ve decided to make Port Aransas your destination for some memorable Texas beach experiences, make sure your next step is booking a private vacation rental with Sandcastle Condominiums. You can begin and end every day of your Port Aransas beach adventures in a beautiful private vacation condo rental with all the comforts of your own home. Choose a small studio or one-bedroom unit for your smaller family or a sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a three-bedroom condo to accommodate a large group to experience the best beaches in Port Aransas. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom where you can catch a nap before more beach time and private outdoor spaces like patios or balconies. Choose a premium unit for perks and upgrades like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your trip to Port Aransas and have fun making beach memories to last a lifetime!

Port Aransas is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite beachside destinations due to its sunny weather, opportunities for wildlife spotting, amazing things to do, and fun town atmosphere. Nothing quite kicks off a great day of vacation than a delicious breakfast. Before you hit the beach, be sure to check out one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in Port Aransas!

Island Cafe

For a classic, diner-style breakfast that offers great flavor at a reasonable price, head over to Island Cafe. Island Cafe serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their breakfast menu is a local favorite for no-frills food with a side of great service. Enjoy classic breakfast items such as eggs, waffles, and pancakes alongside Island Cafe originals such as the super taquito, filled with eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and ham. Best of all, all of their breakfast items are under $10, so you are only getting great food, but you also are getting it at a great price! Centrally located between the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, the Port Aransas Ferry Landing at Roberts Point Park, and IB Magee State Park, it’s a convenient first stop of the day no matter where you are headed! Island Cafe serves breakfast daily from 8am to 11am.

Donut Palace

Although a sit-down breakfast is a nice way to start off the day, sometimes you have too much planned, and you need to grab food and hit the road. Donut Palace is the perfect spot in Port Aransas for a delicious, quick-serve breakfast. As the name might suggest, Donut Palace is the go-to bakery in the area for fantastic, fresh donuts. However, their menu isn’t just for those with a sweet tooth. You’ll also find a variety of breakfast sandwiches to complement their donuts, cinnamon rolls, and apple fritters. Open daily from 5:30am until 12:30pm, they specialize in breakfast and offer up some of the best early morning bites in the area. You’ll find it hard to dine just once at Donut Palace during your stay in Port Aransas!

Coach’s Island Grill

Sometimes a classic breakfast is classic for a reason, and at Coach’s Island Grill you will find a delightful menu filled with your favorite American breakfast items. Order three-eggs omelets, steak and eggs, or a variety of items a la carte, but no matter what you order it is sure to be delicious. Don’t see your favorite breakfast item on the menu? Simply ask your server and see what the kitchen can whip up for you! Here, the owner goes by the nickname of “Coach,” the staff prides itself of great service, and the sports theme simply adds to the homey feel of the restaurant. As a recent recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, this is a can’t miss stop for breakfast in Port Aransas!

San Juan Restaurant

Claiming to have “the best Mexican food north of the border,” San Juan is the perfect choice for great Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! On their breakfast menu you can order your huevos (eggs), just about any way you could imagine from the classic huevos rancheros to more unique options such as huevos con nopalitos (eggs with cactus) and huevos con chicharron (eggs with pork rinds). You can also choose from ordering your meal as a plate or as a burrito or taquito. Although they also serve up American-style breakfast offerings, such as pancakes and biscuits, naturally their Mexican options are where they shine. Best of all, nothing on their menu is over $10, so you are getting a great deal as well! San Juan Restaurants serves breakfast from 6am to 11am daily.

Coffee Waves

Listed as the best coffee joint in town, and a recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, Coffee Waves is a must visit breakfast spot in Port Aransas. Open from 7am to 7pm daily, Coffee Waves is a great spot to visit for your morning cup of Joe, or an afternoon pick me up. Their menu is filled with a variety of hand-crafted coffee drinks, such as espresso, lattes, and macchiatos. Not a coffee drinker? You won’t be left out! They serve a variety of non-coffee beverages, including tea, hot chocolate, and fruit smoothies. Breakfast here is great for grab and go, with items such as breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries. If you stop by in the afternoon or early evening you are literally in for a treat, as the gelato here is a local favorite! House-made weekly, Coffee Waves serves up a daily rotation of up to 18 flavors that are a can’t-miss treat in Port Aransas. From savory breakfast bites to sweet dessert treats and of course great coffee, be sure to visit Coffee Waves during your next visit to Port Aransas!

This week’s fishing report from the docks of Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas:

Our 8 hour trip this week caught Vermillion Snapper Scamps, Stawberry Grouper and 14.8 lb School Master Snapper – Pending World Record aboard the Pelican with Capt James Wheeler, Pictures and details in next weeks report about the World Record.

Our 12 hr trip hauled in nice Amber Jack, Vermillion Snapper and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks.

Had 2 – 24 Hr Tuna Trips returned on 1-16-16 aboard the Pelican Rod Reuter from Platteville, WI had a nice catch of Amber Jacks weighing in at 65 # & 70#’s with Capt James Wheeler and Capt John McIntyre, they caught 99 Black Fin, 16 Amber Jacks, 2 Grouper and 5 Vermillion Snapper.

1-16-16 aboard the Gulf Eagle with Capt Keven Hollar and Capt Jeff Wilson hauled in 13 Amber Jack, 28 Black Fin Tuna and 37 King Mackeral.

1-17-16  The Gulf Eagle returns off another 24 hr with Capt Kevin Hollar and Capt Jeff Wilson with 9 Amber Jack, 40 Black Fin Tuna, Gag Grouper and Vermillion Snapper

The Bay trip had a nice catches of Whiting.

Stay tuned next week to see what new catches there may be!


Report by Marsha Walker – DSH

Port Aransas is a beautiful beachside vacation destination in Texas. Known for its great beaches, natural wildlife, and friendly town atmosphere, Port Aransas is a great place for a getaway for anyone looking to relax and unwind. Although you can likely expect lovely warm and sunny weather in Port Aransas year-round, occasionally you’ll experience a rainy day or two here. However, a bit of rain doesn’t mean that your vacation is ruined! Take the opportunity to explore the town of Port Aransas and pass the time until the clouds clear and the beaches open again. Keep reading to find out our top picks for rainy day activities in Port Aransas!

Port Aransas Museum & Farley Boat Works

It is easy to be disappointed when you’re rained out during your beach vacation, but the silver lining is that it offers you plenty of opportunity to explore the town of Port Aransas! One of the top sites in town is the Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works. These two destinations are less than a mile apart and both offer great insights into the rich history of the Port Aransas area. At the Port Aransas Museum, you’ll find the interesting artifacts such as The Fourth Order Fresnel lens that graced the top of the Lydia Ann Lighthouse from 1878 to 1952, the bell from the train that brought the rocks to build the jetties, and vintage films of Port Aransas from the 1920s and 30s. Farley Boat Works was originally established in 1915 and recently re-established in 2011. This fully functioning boat shop is a living exhibit of boats from past, present, and even future as new boats are continually being built here. The Port Aransas Museum is open Thursdays-Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm and offers free admission, although donations are kindly encouraged. Farley Boat Works is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8am-12pm and 1pm-3pm and Satrudays and Sundays from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Admission to Farley Boat Works is also free! Both of these attractions are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and take in some local history in Port Aransas.

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Many people choose to visit Port Aransas due to its abundance of natural wildlife on both the shores and the land. On a rainy day when you can’t enjoy these in the wild, why not head to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and learn more? The Marine Science Institute has long been a fun destination in Port Aransas for both tourists and locals alike but has been closed for several years following damage from Hurricane Harvey. Recently renovated and newly opened, the Marine Science Institute is open for visitors Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Admission here is free, and the Institute is full of exhibits that showcase the natural habitats found around the Port Aransas area and features interactive exhibits that are sure to delight family members of all ages. Outside of the institute is a great photo op with the sculpture “Interdependency” from local sculptor Kent Ullberg. This sculpture, from a distance, appears to be a straightforward depiction of a fish leaping out of the water. However, as you get closer, you’ll find details of other ocean creatures within the sculpture that highlight the connectedness of the coasts and the oceans. This sculpture is a great visual reminder that drives home the message of everything you’ll learn from your visit to the Marine Science Institute. Any ocean lover will be delighted by an afternoon spent here!

Port Aransas and Mustang Island Chamber of Commerce

On a rainy day in Port Aransas, learn more about where to spend your time by making a stop at the local Chamber of Commerce. Open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm, this is a great place to visit to learn more about fun activities, sites, and destinations in the area and get some great facts and stories from the staff here. Not only can you find out about great local destinations, but also find out about great dining spots in the area and learn the best places to rent equipment and hit the water once the sun comes out again. Whether it’s your first time in Port Aransas or you’ve visited several times before, the Chamber of Commerce is a great stop in town to find out all the news in Port Aransas!

A visit to Port Aransas is usually filled with lots of sun, surf, and fishing, but don’t let a rainy day spoil all the fun. You can still enjoy a great day vacationing in Port Aransas, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Learn more about the local history and the wildlife here during your rainy day in Port Aransas! For a great beachside Texan vacation, book your trip to Port Aransas today!

When summer arrives in Port Aransas, residents and visitors alike find their joy in a variety of water activities, both as a way to escape the heat and as a way to enjoy some adventures during their precious time away from the job. As our section of paradise is one of the longest of the barrier islands that can be found on the Texas coast, the opportunities to play are numerous, ensuring that your summer escape to our island will be filled with fun activities and memories you will never forget. Want to make your getaway even more special? Choose Sandcastle Condominiums for your vacation accommodations; coming home to the comfort and style we offer in each property will be the highlight of your Texas travels!

Simple Pleasures

Sometimes the smallest adventures offer the largest impact; enjoying a day on the beach can be the perfect example! Pack a beach blanket and chairs, a cooler full of refreshments, and a basket of beach toys and spend a day under the sun, frolicking in the water. Building sandcastles with your children at shore’s edge can make the most magical of memories, and if you want to build a sandcastle that will impress, Sandrum.com offers lessons for constructing a castle so grand, bystanders will think you are a professional! For those traveling with their teens and tweens, they can be a little harder to impress, but if you spend some time learning to boogie board with them, your teen may smile, and your tween will think you are the coolest parents alive!

Man (or Woman) Versus Fish

You can’t come to Port Aransas without taking some time to pit your wits against the fish in an activity that is as old as time. We are talking about fishing, of course, and the opportunities to catch the big ones are numerous! Grab a pole, a lawn chair, and your favorite bait (Island Tackle of Port Aransas is a popular place to buy your bait) and sit at water’s edge on the beach for some low-key fishing fun. The peace, the quiet, and the serenity of these hours spent waterside are guaranteed to be the moments you will wish would never end, even if your catch is less than grand.

The most fishing fun you can have, however, is by chartering a fishing boat and heading out into deeper waters! Offering power, camaraderie, and the opportunity to win a free trip—on some charters the fisherperson who catches the most can get their charter costs refunded! Go into deep waters with Deep Sea Headquarters or Coastal Charters and come home with your limit of yellow fin, black fin, or blue marlin, or stay in the shallows with Texas Coast Fishing which offers a money back guarantee; if you don’t catch a keeper fish, you won’t be charged for your fishing expedition!

Naturally Exciting!

This next adventure is one of our favorite ways to kill a couple of hours on a lazy day and is one activity you should move to the top of your vacation bucket list! A variety of companies offer dolphin tours, taking guests out to where the friendliest creatures in the sea frolic and play, led by captains who are also friendly and knowledgeable about all matters natural. Learn about the world under the sea as you speed across the waters enjoying a day of fun in the sun with a dolphin tour offered by Dolphin Watch Nature Tours, a company that includes a live touch tank as part of their tour. The Scarlet Lady Dolphin Adventure offers a sunset dolphin cruise that combines the fun of spotting dolphins with the romance and awe of a Texas sunset, so be sure to bring your best camera, as you will want to have something to remind you of the beauty of the moments you experience out on the water!

A Daredevil’s Adventure

The last water adventure we are going to discuss is not for the weak of heart, but the daredevils in your traveling party are sure to jump at the chance to try parasailing! Chute Em’ Up Parasail is where you need to go to feel alive as you sail through the sky tethered to a boat with a colorful sail keeping you afloat. Surprisingly inexpensive for an adventure that will make your heart beat faster, there is an age limitation (the flyer must be over 7 years of age), but there are no weight restrictions for this safe but thrilling adventure. As you fly effortlessly through the air with the sea below you and the clear blue sky surrounding you, for a little extra money, the staff will take professional pictures of you, offering all the proof you need to your friends back home that yes, this was the year you made your dreams come true!

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No matter how you spend your days in Port Aransas, all the comforts of home will be yours when you choose Sandcastle Condominiums for your Texas escape. Reserve your stay with us today!

Are you in search of a fantastic beach destination to enjoy your 4th of July weekend? Then look no further than the seaside city of Port Aransas, Texas! Here you’ll find warm and inviting Gulf waters, beautiful sandy shores, and an inviting town atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in your home away from home. For the 4th of July holiday weekend especially, Port Aransas is filled with fun activities that are sure to keep you entertained all weekend long. From arts and crafts to live music and fireworks shows, the perfect 4th of July weekend awaits you in beautiful Port Aransas!

Independence Day Fireworks

The cornerstone of any successful 4th of July weekend has to be attending a fantastic fireworks show. Luckily, Port Aransas has you covered with their Independence Day Fireworks Display. Celebrate America’s birthday with a breathtaking 30-minute fireworks spectacular lighting up the skies. Located in Robert Joints Park, this event is free for all to attend. However, as this a must-see event in Port Aransas, plan to arrive early to get parking and a good view. The show begins promptly at 9:30pm. Enjoy the view from the shores or consider renting a boat and enjoying the show from the Gulf. Either way, you are sure to be wowed by the fireworks show here!

Rockport Art Fest

Although a fireworks show is the bread and butter of a 4th of July weekend, the fun and entertainment doesn’t stop there in Port Aransas. To enjoy the holiday weekend like a local, consider heading to nearby Rockport at attend the Rockport Art Fest. Founded in 1969 as a way to raise funds for the local arts, it has grown into a full-blown local institution in Texas, with over 120 artists participating to show their works to over 10,000 annual attendees. In addition to great art shown by local artist, you can also enjoy live music, great food, a live auction, and plenty of activities for kids. The event will be held on July 3rd from 10am to 6pm and July 4th from 10am to 5pm. Consider purchasing a VIP ticket for $15 that allows you entry to both days of the fest beginning at 9am. If you want less of a commitment, a one-day pass is only $10. Attend one of the most popular events in the Port Aransas area and support the local arts scene by spending some time at the Rockport Art Fest!

Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series

For country music lovers, there is no better event in Port Aransas than the Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series! This is the 8th annual event and is quickly becoming a must-do for locals and visitors alike for 4th of July weekend. Spend Saturday evening enjoying live country music, Texas style, in an intimate environment. The event will be held at the Palm Plaza, adjacent to the Black Marlin at Palmilla Beach Resort. Enjoy dinner at Black Marlin and then head to the lawn for great live music. General admission tickets are $30; you can also reserve a table for 8 for $500. Those who choose general admission are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. This year, the Rankin Twins performance begins at 7pm sharp to be followed by Sunny Sweeney at 9pm. If you love county music, then the Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series is a can’t miss event during your 4th of July vacation in Port Aransas!

Live Music at The Back Porch

If you want to spend your 4th of July weekend in Port Aransas, then you definitely want to make time to head to local bar and venue The Back Porch. The atmosphere here is relaxed and a little rough around the edges but is definitely friendly and charming. Feel like you are sitting in your own back porch, if your home was on the beach, at this great outdoor venue. Enjoy live music here nearly every night of the week, and the weekend of 4th of July is no exception. This year, enjoy a show from local Texas country artist, Zach Walther. The Back Porch combines all of the things that make a vacation in Port Aransas great – a welcoming atmosphere, great Gulf views, drinks served cold, and awesome live music. What could be better?

4th of July is the perfect weekend to plan a getaway to somewhere new, and there are few places better to choose for your next vacation than Port Aransas, Texas. The beautiful beaches and sandy shores are waiting to welcome you! In addition to great year-round activities, there are plenty of fun things to do during the 4th of July weekend. Make the most of your summer holiday vacation by spending it in Port Aransas!