Tips & Tricks for Visiting the Port A Way

You’ve got time off from work approved, lodging booked, bags packed, and you’re ready to head to the beach. But wait! What will you actually do when you get here? Do you know all that Port Aransas has to offer that will make this vacation the best spring break ever? What about the best way to interact with the local environment and wildlife? And do you know how to not look like a total tourist while you’re here? 

If this sounds like you, then here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Port A vacay!


Pack for the Actual Weather

Spring break should be all sunshine and clear skies with a temperature that's comfortable for shorts and swimming... but this is Texas, and the Lone Star State does what it wants when it comes to the weather. That’s why it’s important to check the weather situation throughout the whole week. Because spring break in the past has switched rapidly between hot and cold, it would be wise to pack a jacket or hoodie, just in case.


FlynnFlynn Tip: If you forget to bring weather-appropriate clothing, you can search for different clothing shops here

Create or Use A Digital Travel Planner

A travel planner is a great way to avoid decision fatigue while on vacation, and you can apply it to anything! From restaurants and shops you want to try to fun family activities that are more than just visiting the beach, this free digital Port Aransas travel planner will help you make this trip the best one yet. Click here to get yours and start planning your Port A vacation!


FlynnFlynn Tip: Make sure to have a few different backups for busy attractions like restaurants, fishing trips, and dolphin watches to avoid getting frustrated with wait times and crowds. Book ahead where you can, and go at off-hours for the rest.


Slow Down, You're On Island Time!

Being on island time means going with the flow of the island, stepping outside yourself, and truly enjoying Port A. So chill out, be kind, and remember: treat others how you would want to be treated.


FlynnFlynn Tip: Keep all of Port A safe by following all road laws and city ordinances, especially when it comes to the speed limit! Click here to see the beach cart rules.



Golf Cart Rules

In Port Aransas, driving around in a golf cart, or “beach cart,” is part of the island lifestyle. To stay safe, though, there are a few important…

Safety First, Always!

Whether you're on the road or at the beach, it is important to put safety first, for yourself, your family and friends, and the community as a whole. Along with everyday safety, the beach has some extra safety measures that come with the territory. For example, the beach flag warning system. This flag system is a quick way to see current conditions on the beach and whether it is safe to swim or not. For more information about staying safe on the beach, check out this post, "Safety in the Surf."


FlynnFlynn Tip: Remember, being safe is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do!

Beach Flag Warning System

The flag system is designed to notify visitors of current water conditions and to advise regarding swimming safety. Flags are displayed at access roads.

Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone

Port Aransas is so much more than just the beach! There are tons of different things to do, from birding, to shopping, to fishing, to dolphin watches and pirate cruises. There's a little bit of everything that all travelers can enjoy!


FlynnFlynn Tip: Check out the Port Aransas Events page to see what's going on around town!


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to visit the Port A way!