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All About Port A

If you’re looking for a place that includes plenty of sun and warmth for your next getaway, you’ll want to make sure Texas makes the short list for your consideration. After deciding on the Lone Star State, you’ll have to figure out just where you want to spend your time. Zero in on the island sanctuary of Port A. First, learn a little more about some valuable Port Aransas tourist information where you’ve decided to spend some time.

Small Town

Port A is the only established town on Mustang Island, one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas coast. As of the 2020 census, the permanent resident population only totaled 2,904 people.

Early History

In 1519, the Karankawa Indians were living a nomadic life in the region when the Spanish began probing the nearby coast. A fleet of four ships mapped the Texas coastline, marking five passes – including Aransas Pass. Nearly 200 years later, the French began exploring the area to establish their own colony.


The Gulf Coast, including the waters of Port A, was a typical haunt in the early 1800s. Captain Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers favored Mustang Island for their camp – and to hide treasure!


During the American Civil War, the area served the Confederate Army, with Aransas Pass providing passage for supplies like beef, salt, seafood, and cotton for troops fighting in the north. The importance of the pass was the cause of many attacks and control passed between Confederate and Union hands several times. During World War II, Congress created the Southern Defense Command, stretching from North Carolina to Brownsville, including Port A. The Port A base hosted a temporary field artillery base for the 2nd Infantry Division, featuring 105 MM Howitzers.


Today, the town of Port A is known for fishing, beach activities, and more. The small town swells to over 60,000 during the spring break and summer holidays. The town hosts festivals, events, fishing tournaments, and more.

Getting to Know Port A

You came to the Port A area to explore and experience a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones. Enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay when you book a vacation rental provided by Sandcastle Condos. Book an efficiency unit for your sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a four-bedroom unit and invite the whole family. Enjoy private outdoor spaces like a balcony or patio or use our private beach access to get down to the beach in a snap. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area.

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