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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!

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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You're On Island Time

It’s Worth the Wait. You’ve been waiting for the moment you could step onto Mustang Island and take a deep breath of that sea salt air. Understandably, it can be frustrating when that moment gets delayed. However, the inner peace that descends when you feel the sand between your toes and hear the…

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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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