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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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A Pet-Friendly Day in Port A

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…

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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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Cool Carts in Port Aransas

Riding in Style Those who have been to Port Aransas know that the transportation of choice on the island is not what you might expect. Once you cross that ferry, it’s not a car or bus you’ll find people driving around town in, but rather…a beach golf cart. These street-legal carts get you not only…

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Mother's Day in Port Aransas

When Flowers Aren’t Enough So, you want to show your mom how much you appreciate her, but maybe you’ve already used your best gift ideas and are running dry. Or maybe you have the perfect gift, but want to make sure her day is extra special. Take care of all of the above when you spend this Mother’s…

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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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Texas SandFest 2022

Texas SandFest is April 8–10, 2022 If you have yet to experience the largest native sand sculpture competition in the USA, now is the time! Texas SandFest is back to its regular April dates and ready to hit the sand! Sculptures You know that Texas SandFest is all about the sand sculptures, but did…

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How Do You Say port aran┬Ěsas (n.)

What’s in A Name? 4,500 years of history. There’s a reason Port Aransas often gets shortened to Port A, part of which is that Aransas can be somewhat puzzling to pronounce. Locals and frequent visitors have heard every pronunciation of Aransas under the hot Texas sun, but the correct phonetic…

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