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Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest is October 15–17, 2021 Texas SandFest is one of the largest native-sand sculpture competitions in the USA. What began as a small local competition in 1997 has grown into an internationally recognized three-day family event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of…

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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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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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Whooping Cranes in Port Aransas

Whoop it up! Every winter Whooping Cranes make the long journey from northwestern Canada and central Wisconsin to winter along the Gulf Coast of Texas and a few other southeastern parts of the United States. Standing five feet tall and boasting a wingspan of 7.5 feet, they are quite a majestic…

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5 ways to reach your fitness goals in Port Aransas

Is it possible to enjoy your vacation while maintaining your health and fitness goals? Yep! It sure is. Here are five fun and easy ways to stay fit in Port A. 1. Take a walk along the shore A walk on the beach is a great, low-impact aerobic exercise. Walk barefoot for an added bonus because your…

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The Chapel on the Dunes Endures In Port Aransas

An excerpt from "The Chapel on the Dunes Endures In Port Aransas: Mustang Island’s oldest continuously operating church has survived decades of hurricanes and comes out shining" Texas Highways Magazine Written by: Sallie Lewis Photos by: Larry Ditto High atop a sand dune in Port Aransas, a small…

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Resources & Latest News on Covid-19

RESOURCES & LATEST NEWS Travelers to Port Aransas– and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination. Please take care of yourselves. We…

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Is it Time for a Schoolcation?

As schools around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning may look a little different this fall. Remote learning allows students to access educational curriculum outside of the traditional classroom. If you can learn anywhere, why not REMOTE HERE? It’s time to take a Port A…

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