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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!

Swing Your Way to Port A

Get into the "swing" of island living. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” -Duke Ellington By Duke Ellington’s standards, Port Aransas definitely means something, because it’s got that swing! The island is dotted with those playground fixtures of childlike wonder where maturity is…

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Port A Live Artist Features

What are your names? "Rich Edwards and Maranda Mae." What genre of music do you play? "Roots Americana. We call it blue folk country grass." Where are you from? "Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains in Western New York State. We've been floating around Texas since 2005. Currently staying out in…

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Texas Legends in Port Aransas

The Tournament, the Tradition, and The Triple Crown. Nothing speaks to tradition like fishing tournaments in Port Aransas. From May to November, nearly every weekend in Port A is stacked with a fishing tournament, sometimes two. Fishing, and the evolution to big game fishing, are so deeply woven…

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How Do You Say port aran┬Ěsas (n.)

What’s in A Name? 4,500 years of history. There’s a reason Port Aransas often gets shortened to Port A, part of which is that Aransas can be somewhat puzzling to pronounce. Locals and frequent visitors have heard every pronunciation of Aransas under the hot Texas sun, but the correct phonetic…

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You're On Island Time

It’s Worth the Wait. You’ve been waiting for the moment you could step onto Mustang Island and take a deep breath of that sea salt air. Understandably, it can be frustrating when that moment gets delayed. However, the inner peace that descends when you feel the sand between your toes and hear the…

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Port Aransas Sandcastle Building Tips & Tricks

Build a Better Sandcastle With sand made of angular grains and containing high clay and silt content that locks in moisture, Port Aransas beaches are scientifically one of the best places in the world to build a movie-level sandcastle. After all, there's a reason one of the nation's largest…

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Rainy Day in Port A

“Rain, rain, go away” doesn’t have to be your mantra when the clouds show up and a storm is ‘a-brewing. Just because Port Aransas is known for its beaches–and for good reason–doesn’t mean a little rain shower has to ruin your vacation. Below are six ways, from morning to night, that you can make the…

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Fit for the Fourth in Port A

Celebrate the USA, island style There's no better way to live out the American dream than by spending Independence Day in Port Aransas. You can watch the fireworks show aboard a boat at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy a top-tier patriotic brunch, dance the night away, and, of course, lounge on the beach…

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Seven Cool Pools of Port Aransas

The eighteen miles of uninterrupted public beach are a major draw to Port Aransas. Those sandy shores are responsible for countless hours of family fun. Sometimes, though, you want your swim to be sandless and saltless, and for that, there are pools! Here are seven of the coolest pools on Mustang…

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