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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!

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!

Choose Sandcastle Condominiums

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!

Port Aransas, Texas is a fantastic beachside destination! Located near the northwest tip of Mustang Island, Port Aransas offers you direct access to the warm waters of the Gulf Coast, not to mention lots of fun activities to enjoy both in the water and on land. If you are looking for a great beachside vacation with plenty of great places to swim, then Port Aransas is the vacation destination for you! However, with so many great beaches in the area, it can be difficult to choose which one is the best for your perfect vacation adventure. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best swimming spots near Port Aransas. Keep reading to learn more about all the best places to swim in the Port Aransas area!

Port Aransas Beach

Visitors and locals alike will tell you that Port Aransas Beach is a must visit during your vacation here! The namesake of Port Aransas, this beach offers a great introduction to all the perks of the area. You’ll enjoy a clean, sandy beach and warm inviting waters. Locals love it because you have the ability to drive on the beach, but there are also car-free areas that make for great swimming spots. You have easy access to everything else in the area thanks to the nearby ferry service that runs to and from Mustang Island. There are also many shops and restaurants up and down the beachfront that are great to explore. However, the highlight here is the water itself. Great for swimming and splashing around, there are also gentle waves that make it a nice spot for boogie boarding! Visit Port Aransas Beach and see why it received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020!

IB Magee Beach Park

If you love the beach so much that you want to stay awhile, consider visiting IB Magee Beach Park. Located on the northmost end of Mustang Island, the beaches here are full of opportunities to spot wildlife. Enjoy sightings of the many native bird species flying overhead or dolphins playfully swimming offshore. As one of the best beaches for overnight camping, you’ll find many convenient amenities here such as 75 campsites with both water and electric hookup, a beach bathhouse complete with showers, and a first-aid station. This pet-friendly beach park also offers free Wi-Fi to guests, so you can stay connected even while you reconnect with nature. Unlike other beaches along the Gulf, there is ample beachfront to spread out and feel like you have your own private stretch of land. There are fees associated with camping overnight here, and in many cases, reservations must be made in advance. However, the waters are great for swimming and the views of the Gulf can’t be beat!

Mustang Island State Park

Another fantastic swimming destination in the Port Aransas area is Mustang Island State Park. Similar to IB Magee Beach Park, this is another great location for those who want to camp on the beach. However, it’s also great for day trips and afternoon swimming adventures. On the campground, you’ll find amenities such as covered picnic tables and water & electric hookups. On the beach itself, there are convenient amenities that are sure to make your day at the beach a little more pleasant, such as ample trash receptacles and port-a-john restroom facilities. This is a great beach to visit for those seeking a bit of solitude, as there is ample area to spread out and enjoy a stretch of beach to yourself. There is a fee associated with entering the State Park, just so be aware of that before you go and visit the State Park’s website for more information. Sandy beaches, warm waters, and wildlife sightings await you at Mustang Island State Park!

Swim the Shores in Port Aransas!

When you are planning your vacation to Port Aransas, you’ll definitely want to set aside time in your itinerary to spend time swimming at one of the many beaches in the area. Although there are beaches everywhere that are great for fishing, boating, and wildlife sightings, it can be tricky to find a great place that is safe for swimming. Luckily, Port Aransas Beach, IB Magee Beach Park, and Mustang Island State Park offer great opportunities for swimming while also providing extra amenities that will make your time here more fun. Whether you are planning to stay for the afternoon or are considering an overnight stay, these beaches can accommodate you so that you can enjoy your perfect vacation experience in Port Aransas. Swim the shores and explore the waters at one of these great beaches in the area.

Come visit and see what makes this stretch of the Gulf special by enjoying your next getaway in the best swimming spots of Port Aransas, Texas!

Spring vacation is a treat before the season! Usually, the weather is fairly warm and mostly sunny, the water warm enough to go for a swim. There are plenty of things to do and go see during Spring Break in Port Aransas. Here’s a list of our top 5 things to do in Port Aransas during spring break, whether you’re with family or chilling with friends! Along with some local tips to enjoy a safe and fun Port Aransas spring break!

Go to the beach!

Of course, this seems like a no-brainer and it is definitely a huge part of spring break! You will see tons and rows of cars lined up to reach the sandy beaches, sometimes with wait times over an hour to get on to the beach! The secret here is to wake up early and get set up! Otherwise, you will be fighting the crowds as well as traffic, in search of your perfect beach spring break spot. You never know what Texas will offer as far as weather, so it’s best to bring a light jacket just in case it gets a little too chilly!

Learn How to Surf!

Springtime is usually the best time in Port Aransas for a great spring surf session! The water is usually green and clear while the waves range from small and crumbly to bigger and strong! The BoardHouse of Port Aransas has many rental boards to choose from as well as anything else you may need to ride some waves. The crew at the BoardHouse are some of the most helpful individuals and would never steer you in the wrong direction when it comes to surfing! There are plenty of places to get lessons around town also. It never hurts to whip out an old-school longboard but most beginners should start on a “soft-topped” board to eliminate any potential injuries! Remember to swim at your own risk and always let someone know that you’re paddling out!

Get a Port A T-shirt!

With plenty of gift shops, you might not know which has what and the coolest of that! The coolest thing when you’re a kid is to design your own t-shirt, which Destination and the Shark shop will help you do! Pick from so many different designs, colors and shirts to design the perfect memorabilia of your Port Aransas spring break vacation!

Visit the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

This spot is great for the family and cool to go see! There are so many different species of wildlife, birds and fish you will want to stay just to see what comes out! The viewing platform has a look out with a telescope to view the place at long distances as well as see for miles! There are two known resident gators that hang out here-but don’t let that scare you away! The two have been here for years and are very cool to see in person! There are so many different bird species to see. Definitely bring a camera, sunscreen, and binoculars to enjoy this spot to the fullest. And did we mention this is one of the best places in Port Aransas to watch the sunset!?

Get on Board Matee!

Port Aransas is home to the Red Dragon Pirate ship, which features excellent skits and games for the kids. Take a cruise during the day or at sunset and let the pirates entertain you as you travel into the channel. This ship is prepared for the 21 and over crowd also with plenty of yummy cocktails to choose from! Not only are the Pirates entertaining for the kids, adults will love them also. We guarantee you will crack up with their witty remarks and ship-styled humor!

Enjoy a Port Aransas Spring Break Vacation

We hope you enjoy your 2016 Spring Break Vacation with us here on our beautiful island and are able to enjoy some of our top 5 things to do in Port Aransas during Spring Break!! Remember to stay safe traveling and drink responsibly! Contact us to book a stay in one of our rentals!

If you’re visiting for a weekend or maybe even a month in Port Aransas during the Fall, Winter and Spring season you are guaranteed ultimate relaxation! Most people avoid our beaches in these off-season months but some would rather avoid the crowds.  There are many things to do in Port Aransas during these times of year and we know some secrets that keep others coming! Depending on the weather, Port Aransas can be a cold beach town and seemingly desolate.

However, for those who do take the time to travel here during these seasons know how beautiful Port Aransas can be! If you’re looking for something to do during these “off-season” months here are the top 10 things to do in Port Aransas. Each destination has an attached URL for more information.

South Texas Birding

There are several places located around town that you can take your binoculars and cameras for a refreshing nature scene. The most popular is the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Charlie’s Pasture. These two locations are remote from the town and offer nature at its quietest and best. Besides these two places, the jetty on the Port Aransas beach that faces the Corpus Christi Ship Channel offers views of not only birds but awesome ships! There are some places on HWY 361 that have entrances off to the bayside. Most of these places require a 4WD vehicle but there are some paved or caliche roads that are maintained by the state.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/leonabelle_turnbull_birding_center.cfm Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Website, including directions and other information.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/nature_preserve.cfm Charlie’s Pasture Website, including directions and visitor information.

Fisherman’s Wharf Tours/Fishing Cruises

Enjoy a guided Whooping Crane Cruise or a chartered fishing tour aboard the Fisherman’s Wharf infamous Skat Cat and Wharf Cat vessels.

http://wharfcat.com/winter.htm This is the link for the scheduled events of this year’s 2016 season!

The Red Dragon Pirate Cruises


This cruise is not just for kids! Adults will love the Pirate show that is put on and will be entertained by the games the kids do play, plus drinks are served on board. Winter cruises are until January 29. Click the link above to see the schedule or call for more information!

Beach Combing

There’s not a website for this because it’s plain and simple! Port Aransas is known for the many shells that wash up on shore from the Gulf of Mexico. From Port Aransas to the Fish Pass Jetties and further south, shells are scattered all over. You can do this anytime of the day and see very interesting shells and animals! The Padre Island National Seashore is further south but always has starfish washed on shore and large shells. Take the time to walk the beaches even if you are wrapped up in sweaters and scarves!

Port Aransas Art Museum

The Art Museum offers many classes throughout the seasons to all levels of artists. If you’re here for a month check it out! You may find you have skills you didn’t even know about.

http://www.portaransasartcenter.org/classes-events/ Click here to the schedule of classes and the information for each one! Some do require supplies but down at the beach, your inner creativeness seems to awaken and your inspiration for art is thriving!

Port Aransas Community Theatre

The PACT is a group of local individuals with a love for the performing arts. Each play is very well practiced and performed, so well that you WILL enjoy it with your company!

http://www.portaransascommunitytheatre.com/ Click here to find show times and ticket information!

Whooping Crane Festival

The Whooping Crane Festival is put on by conservationists of Port Aransas and the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. This event is Feb 25-28 of this year with only a $20 registration fee. If you’re a birder, you definitely want to come out and see our official “Snow Birds.”


Texas Sandfest

Each year people from all over the world venture to Port Aransas to see the impressive professional sand sculptures that are created on our beach! There are many contestants and extremely creative sculptures! You won’t believe these artists are only using sand and maybe a little glue to make these beautiful and detailed sand creations.

www.texassandfest.org This year’s dates are April 29-May 1st.

Fire it! Ceramics

Love painting and art? Fire it! Ceramics has pieces already formed where you can select your piece and paint it! You don’t get to work the clay at this place but let your inner creator break free as you design the pot, plate, or cup of your imagination!



Play a round of golf on a professional Arnold Palmer designed golf course! La Palmilla is just off of HWY 361 with gorgeous greens and fairways. The scenery lets you know that you’re still at the beach while you Tee off!

Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Port Aransas

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