A Fresh Start in Port Aransas
The time for New Year’s resolutions is here! But crafting new goals for the year doesn’t need to be a drag. In fact, some resolutions you can even get a head start on while on vacation in Port Aransas! Start building your best life by taking these common New Year’s resolutions and doing them on your next trip—island style.
The Texas coast is rife with new things to experience in 2023. If you’ve been to Port Aransas before, you’ve likely spent time on the warm, sandy beaches. But have you strayed off the beaten path? Perhaps on this trip, you try a new restaurant or take a deeper dive into history by taking a tour of the hidden gem that is the Chapel on the Dunes. Get out on the water in a fresh way by renting a kayak from Coastal Bend Kayak and experiencing the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail for the first time or trying your hand at fly fishing with Kenjo Fly Fishing.
Try a New Sport
Step outside your comfort zone and try a new sport—a water sport, that is. For nearly 20 years, Texas Surf Camps has been teaching surfing lessons in Port Aransas to all ages and skill levels. Join in on a group or women’s-only class to kickstart your skills or schedule a solo class and learn to surf or stand-up paddleboard with one-on-one instruction. You’ll be popping up in no time!
Hone Your Skills
If you have long loved casting a line from Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas, it may be time to up your game. In the “Fishing Capital of Texas,” there are endless ways to hone your craft as an angler, like chartering a boat with a fishing guide for a deep-sea trip. If you want to take the next step, challenge yourself by signing up to participate in your first-ever tournament, like the long-historied Deep Sea Roundup!
If your aim is to get some extra sunshine in the new year, you’ve come to the right place. The Port Aransas Nature Preserve consists of four sites—the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Charlie’s Pasture, Wetland Park, and Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond. These sites are home to the fantastic native flora and fauna of the Texas Gulf Coast, and Charlie’s Pasture’s newly-opened South Trail is an ideal walk to take in the sights.
Find a New Hobby
If you’ve ever attended Texas SandFest, you know that the sand on Port Aransas beaches has been the medium for many breathtaking works of art. But did you know that you can learn how to create your own art from those beachy grains? Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy Mark Landrum has been carving for over 20 years and is happy to teach his ways with a sandcastle-building lesson of your own!
Wishing you all the best in accomplishing your resolutions in 2023! Have a very happy New Year!