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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!

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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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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Safety in the Surf

Beach Safety: It’s No Joke Every day grows warmer and the waves get more and more inviting. It’s just about time to dive into summer, but before you do that, take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with some basic beach safety tips and tricks. April has been designated Beach Safety and Rip Current…

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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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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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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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