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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!

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Melinda Mayden

More Than Just Lasagna

A Slice of Italy at Venetian Hot Plate in Port Aransas Just a fraction of a mile from the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, sitting diagonally on the corner of Beach and Station St., is a small orange building with a red roof. And inside of that building? Some of the best Italian food found anywhere in…

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Spend Valentine's Day in Port A

Love on the Beach Picture it. You, sitting on the beach, watching the waves roll in with a drink in hand and your favorite person by your side. That's the kind of romantic getaway you can experience when you celebrate Valentine's Day in Port Aransas. An island escape, though, doesn't mean you have…

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Birding Tours in Port Aransas

Take Flight in Port Aransas, Texas Right now is peak birding time down on the Texas coast. Between the famed Whooping Cranes, striking Crested Caracaras, and imposing White Pelicans, there’s enough birding activity in Port A to keep even the most avid birder entertained. Winter birds in Port Aransas…

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Style Currents

Get the Island Guide Look Welcome to Style Currents, where you can see more island style photos and details on the local boutiques that contributed to the 2022 Island Guide fashion spread. See something you like? Individual items are linked to the store below!* *Stores may not have exact items…

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Christmas Cocktails in Port Aransas, Texas

Be of good cheer(s)! This is the time of year when elves come out to play, when cookies are baking, when reindeer are flying…and when some pretty creative cocktails get the winter spotlight! Port Aransas restaurants are making that spotlight extra bright this year, with drinks that are spreading…

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Fishing Capture Flags and What They Mean

What are They and What Do They Mean? If you have been fortunate enough to be around the fisheries of Port Aransas during tournament season, it’s likely you’ve seen the flutter of small flags that line fishing boats as they pull in for weigh in. These flags add an element of excitement to the…

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Port Aransas Lover Gift Guide

Port Aransas-themed Gift Ideas Is Port Aransas your happy place? Has your family vacationed here for generations? Is your best friend obsessed with this cheerful Texas beach? Don’t worry, you’re not alone…and you’ve come to the right place! The Christmas holiday is right around the corner, which…

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Holiday Happenings in Port Aransas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town...and You Should Too! Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about your plans for the Christmas holidays! Whether you plan on a large family gathering or a more intimate celebration, give you and yours the gift of Port A this year. Find the perfect…

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Holiday Specials

Serve up your holiday meals on an island The holidays are rapidly approaching, and now is the perfect time to start making Port A holiday plans with you and yours. One ever important part of those holiday plans is, of course, the food! To help you plan your perfect Port A holiday, here is a list of…

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Port Aransas Cemetery Chronicle

The Unique History and Lore of Mercer Cemetery With Halloween right around the corner, ghosts, ghouls, and graveyards are on everyone's mind. Port Aransas certainly has its fair share of ghost stories, but the rich history of the area also means the local graveyard Mercer Cemetery contains many…

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