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Port A's exclusive source for travel tips and local perspectives from people who live, work, and play in Port Aransas!

Don’t Worry, Be Crabby

Crabbing in Port Aransas, Texas When you crave a fresh succulent crab leg, skip the lines and catch your own! Island Tackle is the go-to spot for all you crabbing supplies—crab buckets, traps, rings, nets, line, gloves, tongs. You name it, they’ve got it! Here’s a little how-to if you are planning…

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Q&A with the New Owners of Fly It! Port A Kite Shop

Let's Go Fly a Kite Fly It! Port A has been a beloved stop for visitors and locals alike for over 30 years. From kites and windsocks to flags, toys, and yard art, Fly It! carries everything you could want or need to have a high-flying time in Port Aransas. This year, owners Ralph and Suanne Pyle…

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Dos and Don'ts of Beach Celebrations

Tips and Tricks for a Beach-Friendly Soiree Port Aransas and Mustang Island offer a long stretch of sand to hold gatherings of all occasions. There's truly no better way to celebrate any accomplishment or milestone than on the beach with your loved ones. So, load up the car (or golf cart), purchase…

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A Pet-Friendly Day in Port A

Vacation is Better with (Furry) Friends Any dog owner can attest that there’s a unique bond that forms between humans and their furry friends. There’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend! Wanting to share your vacation time with your pet, then, is only natural. Why wouldn’t you want to see…

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Private Dining in Port Aransas

4 Ways to Experience Private Dining in Port Aransas If Port Aransas is your vacation tradition, you know of the extensive (and delicious) dining options available on the island. From the “Cook Your Catch” experience to delectable seafood, there’s no shortage of island fare. But what do you do when…

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More Than Ice Cream

Get the Scoop If you're been to Port Aransas before, you likely know that just what you need after a hot summer day on the beach is an icy treat. You're likely familiar with the traditional ice cream spots and the snow cone stands, but did you know Port Aransas also has several more "outside the…

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Independence Day in Port A

An Island Style Guide to the 4th of July So, you’ve booked your stay and are geared up and ready to make your way to Port A for the long July 4th weekend. Congratulations! You’ve done the hardest part. Once you get here, you’ll have days to spend lounging on the beach, dining at all of the unique…

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Flip Flopping Around Port Aransas

Happy National Flip Flop Day! Port Aransas doesn’t have a city shoe, but if it did, the honor would undoubtedly go to flip flops. Flip flops are the backbone of the beach footwear game. They’re easy to slip on for the golf cart ride and off once you get to the beach, they’re versatile for going out…

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Pack Like a Pro

Tips & Tricks for Packing for a Port Aransas Vacation Today is both the start of Memorial Day Weekend AND National Road Trip Day, making it a very happy Friday indeed! If you’re taking a cue from National Road Trip Day and planning a road trip to Port Aransas sometime this summer, there’s no need to…

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An Accessible Stay in Port A

Highlighting Accessibility Options on the Island Today marks the first day of Anglers on Wheels, a twice annual fishing tournament put on by The Door in the Wall, Inc. This event is a free fishing trip for people with disabilities and their friends and family members. All participants in the trip…

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