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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!

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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Cook Your Catch @ La Playa

La Playa MEXICAN GRILLE After a day on the water in our favorite little fishing town, we took our haul to a local favorite for "cook your catch." La Playa Mexican Grille, the home of daily fresh fish specials, traditional Mexican food, and 70+ tequilas! We left our snapper in the more than capable…

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Did you know you can rent that?

In Texas, you’re never too far from Port A. Even though it's a short drive from home, your worries will feel like they’re a world away. Start your stress free vacay by packing less and securing beach rentals that take up valuable space in your luggage. The island is only 14.07 sq miles total, so it…

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San Jose Island

SAN JOSE ISLAND Take "coastal distancing" to the next level with a secluded getaway to the privately owned, San Jose Island. It’s a brief ferry ride from Port A, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Known by the locals as St. Jo's, the island is largely uninhabited and undisturbed, with miles…

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Plastic Free Earth Day in Port A

The less plastic the population uses, the less ends up in oceans and on beaches. That is a beautiful, utopian thought. But it seems like a daunting task and daunting tasks are often pushed to the side with the thought, "We’ll do it when we have time to truly devote to it." But that begs the…

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25 Ways to Explore Port A

Roberts Point Park: Dolphin sightings Fish off bulkhead Horseshoes Pirate Ship Playscape Shaded picnic areas on the point Ship watching Community Park Community pool Disc golf Pickleball Playscape Skate park Take surfing lessons with Texas Surf Camps Bird watching at Paradise…

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Port Aransas Welcome Center Mural

On your next Port Aransas island retreat, stop by the Welcome Center at 403 W. Cotter to soak in the gorgeous and newly complete rotunda mural by artist Kaleigh Glover, featuring all the most recognizable Port Aransas and Mustang Island landmarks. While you're there, speak to a knowledgeable local…

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Keep Calm and Keep Port Aransas Beautiful

Between wide stretches of beach and an abundance of distinctive wildlife, it’s difficult to imagine anything more appealing than the natural beauty of Port Aransas. Preserving that beauty, however, requires that those who enjoy the environment also act as its protectors. Helping that process along…

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