Vacation is Better with (Furry) Friends

Any dog owner can attest that there’s a unique bond that forms between humans and their furry friends. There’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend! Wanting to share your vacation time with your pet, then, is only natural. Why wouldn’t you want to see your wiggliest friend romping around in the sand or making new friends on the patio of one of the island’s many pet-friendly restaurants? Below details just one of the many ways you can spend a pet-friendly day in Port Aransas!

Wherever you go or whatever you decide to do, just remember to always keep your pet on a leash! This will help keep you both safe and ensure a great vacation for all!


Wake Up At the Port A Beach Lodge

Nestled in the dunes of Port Aransas, the Port A Beach Lodge is where you can have your own little piece of beach heaven. 200 feet from the water and pet friendly, Beach Lodge offers a comfortable resting area for you and your fur baby! Their pet policy just requires a one-time $30 fee per pet regardless of breed, size, or length of stay. 

To see all the pet-friendly places to stay in Port Aransas, click here.

Port A Beachlodge

Located right on the beach, The Beach Lodge offers overnight accommodations with a bar & grill to grab a drink or quick bite. The peel and eat shrimp are fresh…

Enjoy A Coffee at Barefoot Beans

Located in the Shops at Old Town, sunny days guarantee that the patio of Barefoot Beans will be full of guests (including of the four-legged variety) enjoying an ice-cold nitro brew and other tasty treats. Kickstart your day with some espresso to motivate you to chase your doggo! 

Barefoot Beans

Barefoot Beans will help you start the day out right with specialty hot and cold coffees, teas, and smoothies served in a family friendly atmosphere. Dogs are…

Expend Some Energy at the Port Aransas Dog Park

With the caffeine from your Barefoot Beans stop running through your veins, jump and play at the dog park, where you can have some fun in the sun along with other pup-parents! 

Port Aransas Dog Park

Enjoy some off-leash time at the Port Aransas dog park, located at the Community Park. The dog park features two side for large breeds and the…

Visit the Port Aransas Pet Shop

Head over to Island Pet Company and get your pet a new toy for being a good boy or girl. Your dog can get a bath, training, or a new collar and leash. Island Pet Company even offers doggie birthday parties. Give your best friend the best birthday yet. Need a pet sitter? Island Pet has an hourly dog sitting for your four-legged friend. The knowledgeable staff can help you find the right long-lasting treats to keep your dog entertained or give you their expert advice on behavioral issues. Get anything you need and some things you don't when you visit! 

Island Pet Company

Port A's only pet store! Locally owned, Island Pet Company sells affordable and quality fresh and dry pet food, supplies, toys, treats, clothing, gifts…

Go for Lunch at Jackfish Brick Oven Pizza

After all that running, you definitely worked up an appetite! For lunch, stop by Jackfish for a pizza. Your dog will drool over the smoked Canadian bacon on your “Islander” pizza while you munch away on the patio. 


Do a Little Shopping at their Beach Boutique

Let your fur baby know that if they eat all their food, then you’ll buy them a little something from the Jackfish shop! Jackfish has a fun variety of toys fit for the beach or home, from “Lick Croix” to “White Paws.” Plus, sometimes they have free dog treats!

Jackfish Cart Rentals

Grab a pie... a pizza pie that is! Believe it or not, Jackfish Cart Rentals is home to a delicious brick oven pizza restaurant. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pizza or choose from the many great creations offered…

Jackfish Cart Rentals

Grab your family and friends some fun souvenirs while getting yourself decked out in a cool t-shirt and cap from Jackfish. Also find your beach toys and sunscreen while renting your golf cart and ordering a pizza to go.

Spend An Afternoon at the Beach

18 miles is plenty of space for you and your dog to roam! Your pup will love sniffing the salty air and splashing with you in the water! As much as you both love to explore, remember to not venture into the dunes, as there may be harmful wildlife and uneven ground.


In Port A, it’s all about fun in the sun and sand! The beaches of Mustang Island are fantastically unique. There are 18 miles of uninterrupted…

Have Dinner at Lelo’s Island Bar

Lelo’s Island Bar invites your pet to their patio for a “pup-tini” while you can enjoy any number of drinks, from a perfectly whipped piña colada to Lelo’s signature Mermaid Water. For your meal, choose from mouthwatering options like steak bites and Jack & Coke burgers.

LeLo’s Island Bar

Head to Lelo’s Island Bar – a local favorite for specialty island drinks, good grub, and genuine fun. Enjoy casual dining in a relaxed island setting…

See other pet-friendly restaurants in Port A below.

Listen to live music at the Port A beer hut

Sit on the swinging bar stool of the Beer Hut and listen to living music with your furry friend. Enjoy a cool evening and even watch the sunset as you have a cocktail and enjoy Port Aransas. This is a local favorite and out and a great place to meet other pet owners!

Port A Beer Hut

Port A Beer Hut is more than a beer bar with swings. Many evenings you'll find yourself swinging to some great music as the band plays in the gentle breeze…

Hang out in the Backyard of Treasure Island

Whew! All those fun-filled activities call for some relaxation! Join the crowd outside of Treasure Island, where there’s a spacious area suited for pets and the person that’s attached to the end of the leash. Order your favorite island drink and listen to some great live music as the night winds down.

Treasure Island

Get ready to have fun at the best bar in Port A – Treasure Island. This live music venue and bar has it all – hip atmosphere, friendly bartenders…

Woof! Now that sounds like a great day in Port A!