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Location / Population / Climate


Port Aransas is the only established town on Mustang Island and inhabits 8 miles of the 18 mile long barrier island. Mustang Island is located north of Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world and south of San Jose Island, renowned for its shelling. Running parallel to the mainland, barrier islands protect the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves. Surrounding waters include the Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann Ship Channel and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Scattered about are several small islands that contribute to our reputation for great fishing, shelling, birding and nature adventures.

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Port Aransas: 3,480 (2010 Census) Registered Voters: 3,033 (2015)

Annual Average Temperature: 71.5°
Annual Average Rainfall: 31.92 inches
Prevailing Wind: Southeasterly
Average Elevation: 5-6 feet above sea level

Monthly Averages

January: 56.2°
February: 58.8°
March: 63.6°
April: 70.5°
May: 77.6°
June: 82.4°
July: 83.8°
August: 84.1°
September: 81.8°
October: 75.4°
November: 66.4°
December: 58.9°

Air Service / The Ferry / Trolley Shuttle


Air Service

Mustang Beach Airport, State Hwy 361 South, 3,500-foot lighted asphalt runway. Part-time airport manager. Automated aviation fuel available. Contact City Hall at 361-749-4111 for details. Trolley service available between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

The Ferry
The Port Aransas Ferry System operated by the Texas Department of Transportation provides FREE transportation service seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The short ride connects Mustang Island and Port Aransas with the mainland via Aransas Pass. The number of ferry boats in service at any time depends on demand. Two larger vessels have been added to the fleet, each capable of carrying 28 passenger vehicles. This now provides eight boats to bring visitors to and from 'Port A.' During peak hours, especially during holidays and summer months, some travelers may experience a wait while the ferry makes the trip back and forth across the channel. A 24-hour radio message advisory (AM 530) provides information on ferry regulations and can be used for live broadcasts in case of emergencies. Wait time links along with live ferry cams are located below. A total overall length (for combined vehicles such as a car and boat) is 85 feet. The maximum width allowed is 96 inches. A maximum of 13 feet 6 inches in height is allowed. Peak months are June, July and August, however, the winter months can be busy with our influx of "Winter" residents.

Port Aransas Side
Landing looking South
Landing looking East
Cutoff Road, looking South

Aransas Pass Side
Looking North

Ferry Wait Time
Operational Status

The Trolley Shuttle and Flexi B Bus
The Port Aransas Shuttle travels daily through the city. Whether you're up for a morning of shopping, relaxing at your favorite restaurant for lunch, or spending a lazy afternoon at the beach, the shuttle can get you there and back in air-conditioned comfort! All the main streets and several side streets leading to the beach are served and the entire route is repeated every hour, from the first stop at about 10:00 a.m. to the last one at about 6:00 p.m. Remember, we are on 'Island Time,' so the times may vary slightly, depending on the season. Catch the shuttle at designated locations or just give one a wave and climb aboard anywhere along our route. 
Download the Shuttle Schedule

The City offers two bus options into Corpus Christi and back. The Flexi B (Route 90) is geared for those who wish to go shopping and have appointments in Corpus. The Padre Island Connection (Route 65), is provided transportation for employees between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas and is operational during the peak summer months.

Library / Computer Club / Schools / Camping


Bill Ellis Memorial Public Library: On the east side of the City Hall Complex; 27,215 volumes including audio books and videos; subscriptions to 80 periodicals; 51 Texshare - online subscriptions. Hours: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Computer Club

The Port Aransas Computer Club located at 430 N. Alister, offers free Internet to locals and visitors as well as use of a scanner, printer, memory card reader or digital cameras, CD and DVD burner and game night for the kids.  For more information, call 361-749-4011.

Port Aransas Independent School District
Total Enrollment: 526 
Port Aransas High School: 162 
Brundrett Middle School: 137 
H.G. Olsen Elementary School: 227 
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
International research facility, graduate program for marine science, serving as a center for the study of Texas' bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and the world's oceans.


I B Magee Beach Park on northern tip of island -- 361-749-6117
Mustang Island State Park 12 miles south of Port Aransas on SH 361 -- 361-749-5246 
Port Aransas Beach three day limit -- beach parking permit required.
Available at the Chamber of Commerce and various other locations.
Ordinance subject to change annually.

Taxes & Government



Real Property


Assessment Ratio

Net Assessed Values

City .275666 100% $1,857,260,637






Farm to Market Road
Nueces County Hospital District



School 1.125550 100% $2,197,649,461


Water District








Hotel/Motel Tax
         13% Collected
          7% to City of Port Aransas
          6% to State of Texas (2% returned to City for beach maintenance)

Sales Tax
          8.25% Collected
          1.5% to City of Port Aransas
          1.0% General Fund
           .5% Recreational & Development Corporation
           .5% Regional Transit Authority
          6.25% to the State 


Municipal Government
City of Port Aransas
710 W. Avenue A
Phone: 361-749-4111
Fax: 361-749-4723
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emergency Preparedness

Police Department: Twenty-three employees including officers, dispatchers and staff

Fire Department: Twenty-two volunteer firefighters with seven trucks

Emergency Medical Service: Five paramedics and five emergency medical technicians (Hospitals in Aransas Pass, 20 minutes and Corpus Christi, 30 minutes)

Natural Gas: City of Port Aransas Gas Division - 361-749-4111

Telephone: CenturyLink of Port Aransas Inc. - 800-201-4099 

Water & Sewer: Nueces County Water Control & Improvement District No.4 - 361-749-5201

Maximum daily capacity of 5.4 million gallons and a 1.9 million gallons daily average. Overhead storage, 650,000 gallons; ground storage, 3.04 million gallons. Wastewater treatment capacity 1.38 million gallons per average day.

Waste Disposal: Privately contracted through the city with commercial hauling through Republic Services. Residential curbside recycling. Residents may utilize the city collection station located at 1430 Ross Ave.