We may be exaggerating a bit when we tell you there are no calories in vacation meals, but the truth of the matter is vacations are when we tend to eat more freely than we do at other times in our life. We order the appetizer at dinner, indulge in calorie-laden, frothy, and delicious tropical beverages, and do not just order dessert at dinner, we fill the counters of our vacation homes with all the treats we deny ourselves during real life! The first trip to the grocery store often ends up with a cart that could have been filled by a teenager, and that is ok! We understand your sweet tooth and your upcoming escape to Port Aransas is destined to be the sweetest escape as you visit these delicious establishments, filling the counters of your Sandcastle Condominiums with every sugary snack you can think of! This guide to the sweetest shops in Port Aransas will ensure that your sweet teeth will stand up and cheer!
Donut Palace, 604 N Allister Street
No one wants to cook on vacation and although there will be many delicious breakfasts and brunches enjoyed out on the town during your stay, having a supply of donuts from the Donut Palace on hand can be the tastiest way to enjoy your morning meal! Boston Crème, Apple Fritters, Bear Claws, or even the simple old-fashioned glaze; the donuts found at the Donut Palace are fit for royalty and will give your every morning the sweetest start! (They also serve breakfast sandwiches if you need a little protein to counteract the sugar!)
Sugar Botany, 229 Beach Street
You know it is going to be good when the first name is sugar and Sugar Botany specializes in all the sweets we normally try to limit from our diets! Offering cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and pies, every occasion will be a special one when you choose this sweet shop to handle your sweet tooth! Also offering chocolate-dipped strawberries, you are evening at home with Sandcastle Condominiums promises to be a romantic night you will not ever forget!
Desserted Island Ice Cream, 100 E White Avenue
Ice cream can be enjoyed any time of the year, but during these sizzling summer months nothing goes down easier than your favorite flavor of ice cream and Desserted Island Ice Cream is the only place you will want to be during your summer vacay to Port Aransas. Banana splits, warm brownie sundaes, and every flavor of milkshake just taste better when enjoyed in the bright pink confines of this sweetest shop ever! And even though a milkshake is easier to consume while walking the beaches of Port A, there is just something wonderful about a cone piled high, dripping all over your hand as the waves of the sea crash against the sand!
Port A Creamery, 210 N Alister Street
Because there can never be enough ice cream in our lives, Port A Creamery is guaranteed to offer the icy treat that can meet the challenge of the sweetest teeth in town! Offering everything ice cream, including cakes that will be the highlight of any party, your summer afternoon spent sampling the sweets at Port A Creamery is destined to be your favorite part of your Port Aransas escape! Looking for something sweet, but NOT donuts for your morning meal? Their waffles, topped with whipped cream, ice cream, and all manner of sweets are a treat you will not want to skip!
Winton’s Candies, 601 S Alister Street
1995 was an excellent year in Port Aransas, being the year when Winton’s Candies first opened the doors of its mint green building! Serving every sweet tooth in town the finest of candies, there WAS a brief interruption in service after Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, but after 2 months of repairs, we could all once again enjoy the candies we crave! Plan to spend a lot of your vacation minutes exploring the sweets that load the shelves, especially as it can feel like a step back into time as you find candies from your youth you thought were no longer available!
Bourbon Street Candy Company, 5488 S Padre Island Drive # 2016 in Corpus Christi
When you are craving homemade fudge, it is only a short drive from your Sandcastle Condominiums to the sweet treats found at Bourbon Street Candy Company in nearby Corpus Christi! Offering everything from custom candy gift baskets to fruit and pretzels dipped in sweet fudge, this shop is destined to be one you visit repeatedly ensuring that your Port Aransas adventures will be of the sweetest kinds!
There is no Sweeter Place
Whether you are snacking on brownies by the light of the stove or are devouring donuts for breakfast at our dining room tables with your family, there is no sweeter place to enjoy all the comforts of home than in our Sandcastle Condominiums escapes. Reserve your favorite today!
Easter is just a few short weeks away and if you are not celebrating at the Port Aransas beaches, what ARE you doing? The laidback Texas lifestyle adds a certain charm to your holiday celebrations and as the days grow longer and the temperatures grow warmer, you may decide that spring in Port Aransas is so perfect you cannot imagine spending the holiday anywhere else. Especially when you choose one of our Sandcastle Condominiums in which to rest, relax, and recharge; designed to be an integral part of the vacation experience, every minute you spend with us is guaranteed to be the best minutes of your life! This guide to our luxury-laden properties and all the fun and exciting ways you can celebrate Easter in Texas will convince you that spending it in Port Aransas is going to be the best idea you have had this year!
It is never too early to start gathering the necessary ingredients for a perfect Easter celebration, starting with the Easter Basket. Everyone knows that the secret to Easter Baskets is in the layering as you put the grass in first, add the larger items such as a chocolate Easter Bunny and perhaps some Easter toys (the Dollar General is always a good place to go hog wild, but if you want a little more higher quality gifts, such as video games, the Target in nearby Corpus Christi isn’t far from your Sandcastle Condominium) then you fill in all the empty spaces with delicious candy! Winton’s Island Candies, housed in a mint-colored cottage not far from the beach, is where we go to fill stockings, goody bags, and of course, Easter Baskets! Located on Allister Street in Port Aransas and offering an almost overwhelming selection of your favorite candies, you can’t leave the store without nearly purchasing your weight in candy!
Easter Festival, 7402 Yorktown Boulevard in Corpus Christi, April 9
What if you want to be home for the holidays and still want to celebrate Easter in Port Aransas, albeit a little early? The Easter Festival held in nearby Corpus Christi takes place the week before the holiday, proving once again that Texas aims to please! Offering everything Easter including egg hunts, seasonal foods, and the opportunity to have your face painted like a bunny, this festival is 100 percent free and allows the early birds to get the eggs, er, the worms! Also featuring special games and inflatables that will help your littles burn off some of their candy highs, everyone is destined to have a wonderful time at this early Easter fest!
All the Comforts of Home
Sandcastle Condominiums are designed to be an integral part of your vacation experience, so why not celebrate under their roofs as you would at your own home? Color and hide Easter eggs, create a magnificent feast in fully equipped kitchens, and snatch a few chocolates for yourself when your kids’ backs are turned after tearing into their baskets! Reserve your favorite holiday hideaway today!
If you were at home, chances are you would start your Easter celebration with a sunrise service at your home church, something you can do here as well, simply search for sunrise services in your browser. However, if you want to try something different, or even if you really do not celebrate Easter, starting the day out with a sunrise stroll on the beach promises to bring you closer to the heavens! The quiet of those pre-dawn hours punctuated by the sounds of the surf will bring a peace to your soul, and then, as the sun begins its ascent, the inky black sky starts to slowly lighten, lightening your mood as well! It is hard to be in a bad mood when you start your day with the rising of the sun and if you really want to keep the good mood rolling, head back to the beach at sunset to watch the whole thing in reverse!
Hoppy Feaster! Enjoy Easter in Texas
We all have memories of our favorite holiday moments and chances are your own personal highlights reel revolves around the food. A delicious meal adds to every experience and when Easter rolls around, a visit to local restaurants for a good Easter brunch is our favorite part of the holiday and the local Port Aransas restaurants never fail to impress! From the elegant brunch menu offered at Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill (their Bloody Mary’s are world famous, by the way!) to the more laid-back choices found at Castaway’s Seafood & Grill, every bite you will take will be the best bite of the day! The Port A Benny’s at Tortugas, made with homemade biscuits, crabcakes, avocado, diced tomatoes, eggs, and hollandaise sauce are destined to be your newest obsession and they can be enjoyed at every brunch, not just at their Easter brunch!
As pretty much the entire world prepares to say farewell to the harsh weather of winter, chances are you are already planning a spring fling to somewhere warmer than your own wintry home town and if your journey involves a trip to Port Aransas, we can promise spring will have sprung by the time you arrive. Offering balmy temperatures that can reach the low 80s, sunny days that will add color to your pale cheeks, and a variety of fun to be had outside, your visit will put the spring back in your step. And because warm days (but not too warm!) and sunny skies entice everyone to drop what they are doing and come out and play, we at Sandcastle Condominiums can almost guarantee that our guests will even want to take their meals out under the big blue Texas sky! This guide to the Best Places For A Springtime Picnic In Port Aransas, TX will ensure that every minute of your Port Aransas vacation will be ones you never forget!
Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Boulevard
The sun is shining, the temperature is a perfect 75 degrees, and your cooler is packed with all your favorite picnic foods, but until now, you did not realize that Roberts Point Park is the perfect place to hold your al fresco feast! Located on the waterfront and giving picnickers views of huge cargo ships going about their cargo-ing business, there is also a playground on which sits equipment built to look like a pirate ship, making this park the absolute best picnic spot in all of Port Aransas.
Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond
Located behind Restaurant San Juan at 410 Cut-off Road, picnickers will find their paradise at Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond. A boardwalk made of wood leads visitors along a trail that provides peeks of local wildlife, vegetation, and of course, the pond itself and while there are no provided picnic tables, there are a couple of benches along the path. Pack your picnic and sit side by side watching people, animals, and the beauty of the Port Aransas landscape as you enjoy your favorite foods.
Wetland Park, 1112 TX-361
Popular with bird watchers, Wetland Park provides another boardwalk area to enjoy exploring nature, hiking, and of course, a happy picnic under the shelter of a wood gazebo overlooking the water. Wheelchair accessible, this park is another naturally beautiful part of Port Aransas guaranteed to make picnickers wish they never had to leave.
Port Aransas Beach
The beach is what drew you to our coastal town and the beach is where you will probably spend a large portion of your time, so why not increase your toes in the sand time with a picnic dinner at sunset? Perfect for a romantic evening out with your favorite traveling partner, the sounds of the waves crashing against the beach, the sight of the sun setting over the horizon in a fantastic ball of fiery color, and the taste of your favorite dishes combine together to create an experience you will never forget. When the last crumb has been devoured, the final sip has been savored, and the sky turns that velvety black that never ceases to amaze, a moonlit stroll along shore’s edge promises to be all the dessert this perfect picnic needs.
Venture Further Out & Explore
Mustang Island offers a beautiful spot for a picnic as you explore all there is to do on its 18 mile expanse, punctuated with a picnic! Named after the wild mustangs that used to roam freely on this barrier island, there are picnic tables for comfortable picnicking or you can just claim your stake on a piece of the beach and spread out your feast and prepare to be lulled into a pleasant state of atrophy. There are times in our lives when hustle and bustle is necessary, but during your picnic on Mustang Island hustle is never the answer! Relax and recharge, perhaps keeping an eye out for local birds without leaving your place in the sand!
Book a Stay and Enjoy the Best Places For A Springtime Picnic In Port Aransas, TX
Our Sandcastle Condominiums seasonal sanctuaries are designed to be an integral part of your vacation experience, so why not stay home, and play or picnic? You won’t have to go far for a refill on your wine when the refrigerator is just steps away and the views of the sea found on the balconies of many of our vacation escapes are destined to wow! Most balconies come with comfortable seating, perfect for picnic enjoyment, but if you really want to go old school with your culinary adventures, toss a blanket on the floor of the balcony, turn on some soft music and prepare to enjoy the perfect picnic in the perfect spot!
Winter months are meant for cuddling together for warmth, long conversations about your dreams and secrets, and enjoying delicious meals that often seem too heavy to eat during the warmer months of the year and when your winter journey brings you and your favorite traveling partner to the sunny beaches of Port Aransas, you will be able to enjoy all three! (Not that it gets that cold, but who really needs an excuse to cuddle?) This guide to the best restaurants for couples in Port Aransas area will ensure that your stay in our Sandcastle Condominiums promises to be romantic, warm, and filling!
The Phoenix Restaurant and Bar, 3500-A Island Moorings Parkway in Port Aransas
Not all romantic restaurants are required to have white tablecloths and candle lit meals. Sometimes all you need to do is offer delicious food, courteous and efficient waitstaff, and the setting of the sun over the harbor, which is exactly what you can find at the Phoenix Restaurant & Bar! Enjoy the freshest sushi and seafood in town, delicious cocktails, and that awe inspiring view of the Texas sun setting over the harbor and as the conversation on the patio drops to a low hush (everyone else is watching that sunset too!) you may discover that the Phoenix is your new happy place!
Black Sheep Bistro, 15201 S Padre Island Drive #120 in Corpus Christi
The giant porthole style painting of a swordfish frolicking in the sea may be the first thing you see when you walk into the Black Sheep Bistro, but it is the food and the person sitting across from you at the table that will be your prime focus! Offering a menu filled with deliciousness that includes a 14-ounce Ribeye so juicy and tender you may consider making the move to Texas just so you can enjoy this meal whenever you like, dimmed lighting and a colorful bar gives the place an intimacy that can only be matched by the intimacy you share in your relationship!
Trout Street Bar & Grill, 104 W Cotter Avenue in Port Aransas
We can’t stay away from the harbor and you won’t be able to either once you visit Trout Street Bar & Grill for the first time! Featuring a seafood filled menu brimming with the freshest treats from the sea, all prepared with a Cajun twist and offering more of the sunset views you will not be able to get enough of, Trout Street is sure to be a favorite of couples of all ages! Be sure to ask for a patio table and let the sounds of the harbor serve as background music for your romantic meal for two and don’t forget to order dessert! (The carrot cake ALWAYS wows!)
Restaurant San Juan, 410 Cut-Off Road in Port Aransas
When it is time to bring a little heat into your couple’s exploration of the beauty of Port Aransas, Restaurant San Juan always delivers the goods! Offering a spicy menu filled with your favorite breakfast dishes, this special place also serves breakfast, ensuring that your day will be yummy from start to finish! The flavors, the spices, and the homemade taste will become your newest obsession and because they are famous for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you could enjoy a South of the Border day of love with your favorite person, if you choose!
Lisabella’s Bistro and Bar, 5009 TX-361 in Port Aransas
Shiplap walls, rattan seating, and white clothed tables work together to create an atmosphere that is both casual and elegant in our next couple’s restaurant choice, Lisabella’s Bistro and Bar. The food is American, with steak and seafood being the focal points of the menu, and the large yard that surrounds the restaurant offers picnic tables and cornhole games, should you find yourself wanting to play a game. Lisabella’s is a family friendly restaurant that also serves up a healthy dose of romance, so be sure to stop by and fall in love with their Mixed Grill, a plate filled with honey glazed quail knots, beef tenderloin, and gulf shrimp! This dish ensures you don’t have to choose between red meat, chicken, or seafood because it offers all 3 on one deliciously full plate!
Come Home to Sandcastle Condominiums and Enjoy the Best restaurants for couples in Port Aransas
The best part of every meal in Port Aransas will be the one where you walk back into your Sand Castle Condominiums love nest, feeling full, satisfied, and ready to get comfortable! Reserve your favorite today!
Although every vacation could be a romantic one, there are certain getaways that are definitely more inspiring for love and nothing spells out romance louder than a trip to the beach! The magic provided by the sea and the sand blend with the love every couple feels and create an enchanted escape that will be remembered for years. And when Port Aransas is the beach town you seek and our Sandcastle Condominiums are the places you choose for your shelter, the magic grows stronger and your love sparks hotter! Our guide to romantic activities for couples in Port Aransas will ensure that your Texas journey is one you never want to end!
Sunrise Walk on the Beach
The early morning hours are the favorite hours for couples and as you walk along shore’s edge, the quiet of the morning punctuated by the waves crashing against the sand, these are the moments you will remember long after your visit has ended. Feeling your partners hand in yours, the cool waters nipping at your ankles, and watching the metamorphosis in the sky above as the colors change from inky black to blush pink and finally to the intense blue of another glorious day in Texas. Only in Port Aransas will you experience a dawn like this and if you aren’t normally a morning person, it’s ok. You can just tumble back in bed for another couple hours of sleep before officially beginning your day of love and romance!
Sweets for your Sweet
Normally we would say that a box of chocolates for your Valentine is totally cliché, but there’s never a bad time for chocolate and because a box of chocolates from Winton’s Candies, 601 S Alister, accompanies your beach getaway, I think your love will definitely approve! Open since 1995 and having survived a few hurricanes and the weird days of the pandemic we are currently in the midst of, Winton’s has been a local favorite since day one. Painted a mint green that hints at the deliciousness found inside, the fudge, retro candies, and the vintage Ford that has been retrofitted to become a unique display case for some of the candies they sell, all combine to create a most unique and welcomed gift for your sweet!
Dinner a Deux
The surest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, but not all romantic meals have to be candle lit and quiet. Sometimes romance can be found in a fun restaurant that offers good food, unique décor, and a rowdy atmosphere that just makes you laugh out loud and Moby Dick’s, 517 S Alister, is exactly that type of restaurant! Serving your favorite surf and turf meals, frosty margaritas, and adhering to a pirate’s code that promises rowdies will be thrown to the sharks, Moby Dick’s offers a good time guaranteed to draw couples closer together!
On the Beach
When you visit Port Aransas for the first time, it is always difficult to stay away from the beach and the Back Porch bar allows you to drink, listen to live music, AND watch the sun set over the sea! Located on the harbor and offering a raucous good time, the back porch offers a great way to end a day of Texas sized adventures! Still hungry after your dinner at Moby Dick’s? Their nachos are built to change the world and will fill all the empty spaces in your stomach, perhaps warding off late night snacking sessions that interrupt your sleep!
Sunset with the Dolphins
If you thought the sunrise was awesome, wait until you witness your first Port Aransas sunset as a couple. Especially beautiful when seen from aboard the Scarlet Lady, the addition of dolphins viewed frolicking in the waters of Lydia Ann Chanel make this experience all that much more heartwarming. Offering a full bar and a smooth cruise, summer sunset cruises can be crowded, but in the winter during the off season it is less so and although you may not be the only ones on the boat you will feel as if you are!
Book a Stay and Enjoy the Romantic Activities for Couples in Port Aransas
The quietest moments can be the most impactful. Choose to stay in for a night and explore the amenities found in our Sandcastle Condominiums and re-discover all the things that made you fall in love with your special someone. Sip wine on the balcony overlooking the sea, watch romantic movies on smart televisions, and putter round the fully equipped kitchens together creating meals that can be shared. From the peaceful sunrise to the tranquil sunset love is in the air in Port Aransas and every minute spent together in the comfort of our Sandcastle Resort Condominiums will be ones that strengthen the bonds between you. Reserve your favorite love nest today!
Port Aransas is a wonderfully laid-back town, and it’s no surprise as to why. The gorgeous Gulf beaches and abundant fishing opportunities make for a slow paced, relaxing environment that creates the perfect vacation spot. When you aren’t out on the beach, fishing, boating, or wildlife watching, though, there’s still plenty more for you to do. The Port Aransas community has plenty of different stores with all kinds of themes that make for the perfect places to find that gift you’ve been looking for, or even a souvenir to commemorate your trip. While you’re in town, here is a Port Aransas Shoppers’ Guide that covers some places you might consider visiting.
If you’re looking for something to add to your time at the beach, why not stop by Fly It! and pick up a kite? This is an especially great stop if you’re bringing the kids along with you, as you can bring them along to find their favorite kite to run down the beach with. There are more than just kites, too. You can even find flags, windsocks, and yard decorations to bring home with you, all while supporting a local business.
This is a great stop on multiple levels because you can stop in and pick up local and regional wines that you won’t find anywhere else, and there’s also a bar on site if you want to stay in for a bit and have a couple drinks. They offer casual dining in the form of appetizers and charcuterie boards, and there’s often live music for you to enjoy with your new favorite wine.
Bella Bella Boutique
If you’re looking to pick up some unique fashion while you’re in town, there are definitely plenty of boutiques for you to choose from, and Bella Bella is definitely one of the can’t miss stops. Owner Christina Bell is a long-time resident of Port Aransas and has gone to great lengths to find bold fashion choices that women of all sizes can enjoy in this inclusive space. There’s a ton here, including clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats, and plenty more, so come and see for yourself.
Chilla’s Storage and Gift Shop
Though they sell climate-controlled boat and RV storage, you’ll find that Chilla’s also makes for a great spot if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to help commemorate your Port Aransas visit. There is a tone of nautical themed metal wall art here, making for the perfect piece to hang at home. There’s also plenty of colorful pottery, signs, plates, jewelry, and more, so stop by and find something uniquely Port Aransas.
Covered top to bottom and wall to wall, this is a fun gift shop to stop by if you’re looking for a souvenir but you might not be sure exactly what you’re looking for. There’s an eclectic selection here that you’ll just have to see for yourself, and if there’s something you can’t bring back with you, they even offer shipping.
Shannon Lafayette Photography
Whether you’re just looking to capture a family vacation or you’re having a special gathering out in Port Aransas for something like a wedding or birthday, you can easily schedule a photoshoot on the beach through this company. If you want to make your Port Aransas trip official with a professional photoshoot on the beach, this is the place to contact.
Lone Star Taste
Texas is a big place with all kinds of different kinds of treats, and you’ll be able to find many of them at Lone Star Taste exclusively out in Port Aransas. Sauces, dips, preserves, jerky, specialty sodas, and countless other different snacks are waiting for you here, and if you want to stock up on some of your favorites before you head back home, many of these goods stay fresh for a long time.
Mirage Beach Wear
You’re in town and right next to some of the best beaches in the state, so of course there’s going to be a swimwear store. Whether you forgot to pack your beach clothes, or maybe you just want something fresh and new, you’ll find new beach fashion for men, women, and children alike. They also have their own line of souvenirs, and equipment for surfing and skateboarding.
Coastal Closet is a great boutique shop to visit if you’re looking for a carefully curated selection of name brand clothing for just about anyone, and that’s not all, either. This store also has plenty of furniture and interior decorations for you to choose from if you’re looking to bring something home with you to help liven up your house with something that reminds you of the beach life.
Theres Plenty More to the Port Aransas Shoppers’ Guide
This is just a small selection of some of the best stores in Port Aransas stay. While you’re in town seeing what everyone has to offer, you might even find another store off the beaten path that speaks to you. Come by and visit us, and hopefully you’ll find that perfect piece of Port Aransas to bring back home with you.
Sometimes escaping the winter cold can help you find a new enjoyment for the holiday season. Depending on where you live, the Winter snow and cold can make it tough to go outside and enjoy the season, but like many Gulf coast locations, Port Aransas stays nice and temperate all year. You’ll have access to all of the beaches during your visit, and on many December days it’s still warm enough to go for a swim if you’re feeling up to it. Even better is that you’ll still be able to enjoy some peace and quiet since you’ll be in town before peak season officially hits, and there are some local events that capture the spirit of Christmas in Port Aransas that you’ll want to participate in while you’re here.
Santa Meet and Greet with Red Dragon Pirate Cruises
This beachside event will be a great opportunity to have some fun at the beach and give the kids a chance to get their yearly photo with Santa. Experience the beachy Winter wonderland while you drink hot cocoa and enjoy some tasty baked goods, and you can even bring the family pet along if you’ve brought them with you for your Christmas vacation. Even better is that there’s no entry fee for the event itself, so everybody is welcome to attend. If you are planning on getting a photo with the big man himself, be sure you have your own camera on hand, since they won’t have their own photographer on site.
Enchanted Holiday Forest at Robert’s Point Park
The Port Aransas Parks & Rec Department is putting on a community driven event that allows individuals, families, businesses, non-profits, and everyone else to put together a tree of their own for display. Even if you’re just planning on passing through, you’re sure to enjoy the creative displays put on by everyone involved, and you’ll get to see what the Port Aransas community is about, because this year’s theme is “My Favorite Things.”
Live Music All Month
Throughout the entire month of December, you’ll have opportunities to catch multiple musicians doing their thing. Some of the shows will happen at concert venues, and others will happen at your new favorite local bar or restaurant. If you’re looking for a great way to fill out your night with new entertainment, keep an eye out for show times.
Holiday Drive-In Movies at Port Aransas Community Park
Christmas movies are a seasonal mainstay, and if you make it out to the drive-in event, you’ll be able to see two Christmas classics back-to-back. Reserve your registration for this event on December 17th to secure your spot and enjoy Rudolph and A Christmas Story from the comfort of your own car with free popcorn.
See Seasonal Wildlife
Birdwatching is a common activity around Port Aransas, with many different species passing through the area during different seasons. Since the weather is bound to be gorgeous, why not head out and see all of the migratory birds coming into town at one of the preserves? If you’re experienced, you’ll have an easy time finding the birds making their home nearby, and if you’re new to birding there are plenty of guided tours that can help you get into it.
Enjoy Family Dinner at Your Vacation Rental
Just because you’re out of town doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have your own lovely Christmas dinner with friends and family. Our vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens and have all of the modern appliances you could ask for to put together a feast that reminds you of home. Whether you’re putting together something light to keep the party going, or you want to really put together the whole feast with a Christmas turkey or ham centerpiece, you’ll have everything you need. With all of the counter space and storage, you’ll also be able to keep everything fresh so it’s ready at just the right moment.
When dinner’s ready, you’ll have plenty of options for where to dine. If you want to keep it classic and eat at the dining room table while you share in the good company, there’s seating for everyone. If you want to soak up the gorgeous breeze coming in off the coast and make the most of the weather, balcony seating is right there waiting.
Your Port Aransas Christmas Is Waiting
Enjoy all of the holiday cheer with the beach at your fingertips when you stay with Sandcastle Condominiums. We’ve put together a portfolio of gorgeous rentals for you to live in luxury, and we’re confident that you’ll fall in love with your new home away from home for Christmas. Our agents have comprehensive knowledge of our properties and are committed to answering all of your questions to pair you with the perfect place. Get in contact with us and get your Christmas vacation started!
While you’re planning your vacation to Port Aransas, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to filling up your schedule. Of course, one of the obvious choices for most people is to see all of the scenic beaches the island has to offer, which is a great benefit to staying there, but the area is also loaded with opportunities for travelling golfers. With a combination of both 9- and 18-hole golf courses in Port Aransas, you could easily fill up your winter getaway by hitting the green every day. While summer is a great time of year to golf, there’s something to be said about the cool breeze coming off the coast on those winter days without the sun beating down on you. Visit us to enjoy Winter Golf in Port Aransas!
Palmilla Beach Golf Course
Originally designed by gold legend Arnold Palmer, Palmilla is a 12-hole course. Though at first it was a regulation 9-hole course, they eventually expanded it by adding “The Loop” to their property, which is a 3-hole short course. As with many of the links style golf courses, technique is more important than raw power, so be sure to brush up on your technique. Due to the temperate environment in the area, you can expect clear skies even during the winter, but make sure the breeze doesn’t throw off your game.
By booking your tee time, you’ll have access to a complimentary golf cart to navigate the course, and they also give you an hour of practice at the driving range before your tee time so you can be warmed up and ready to go. They also have clubs available for use, and if you want to relax after you finish playing, they have REDS Patio Bar open for business.
Oso Beach Golf Course
Open to the public since 1946, this 18-hole course is a must see destination for golfers from all over. Though the majority of the course plays over flat terrain, there are plenty of other hazards for players to worry about as they progress through the course. Fairways are lined by plenty of trees and bunkers, and of course you can’t forget the coastal breeze. Water hazards are common as well, especially on the back end of the course.
This course also offers plenty of different teaching options for anyone looking to improve their game. Whether you’re just getting started, or you’re a seasoned veteran, they have different types of courses available that are tailored to your needs. Kids eighteen and under have access to the junior academy, which is a great way to get them started if you’re bringing the family along with you. For everyone else, there’s the Learn to Play program if you’re a beginner, or the Game Improvement Program for those with experience. If you’re staying for an extended period of time, the clinics run over the course of several weeks, so get registered to get invested in improving your game.
Lozano Golf Center
As one of the most popular golf courses in the area, this Championship Golf Course is a great stop for anybody looking to make the rounds during their stay. Renovated relatively recently, this course has great playability and fresh turf, and is also friendly for players of all different skill levels. This is a long 18-hole course, and one of the most daunting challenges, especially for newer players, is definitely the combination of wind and water hazards. If you can manage to play around those, however, the fairways have wide landing areas and the general layout is fairly open, so don’t worry too much about making those precision shots.
This course is owned by the city of Corpus Christi, but the management company that runs the course is renowned for their professional and friendly staff, so rest assured knowing you’ll be getting high quality service when you choose to play here.
Lessons are also a feature here, as with many popular courses, so if you aren’t feeling confident about getting straight onto the course, consider booking a lesson to get some tips and tricks on how to improve your golf game. Instructors and even other players may be able to offer you some special insight on how to play your best while you’re here.
Just a Taste of What’s Available at Winter Golf in Port Aransas
This is a premium golfing destination, and because the weather is so fair all year, you almost never have to worry about winter closures, especially considering snow isn’t going to be an issue. There are plenty of other 9- and 18-hole courses in the general area, so feel free to shop around and see what works best for you. Whether you’re planning on hitting one course or as many as you can manage during your winter vacation, Sandcastle Condominiums has centrally located properties that will make it nice and easy for you to make the trip.
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.
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.
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!
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!