Do Things the Port A Way

Learn How to Live Like a Local

How can you be the best visitor to Port Aransas? Learn how to do things the "Port A Way" with these helpful tips and guidelines. Be a part of the reason Port Aransas will maintain its charm and beauty for generations to come!

General Courtesies

This is your dream vacation and locals' dream place to live...but remember, this destination is also an island. Space is limited, so it's important to think about others. 

  • Follow and pay close attention to all parking guidelines given to you by your lodging accommodations.
  • Dispose of trash properly, whether you're on the beach, in your rental, or out on the town!
  • Practice courtesy and follow road laws while driving (this includes golf carts, which can NOT be driven on Hwy 361 south of the intersection at Avenue G).
  • Pack your patience! Service workers want you to have a great vacation, too, and they're doing their best to assist you as quickly as possible.
Click on the links below to learn more about each topic!


Beach Rules & Safety

As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. While you will absolutely have the time of your life soaking in the sun on the beaches…


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…


Travel to, from, and within Port Aransas and Mustang Island is available by ferry, car, airplane, and buses. Come visit soon!



The shores of Port Aransas are well-known for being home to a variety of sea turtles, including the endangered Kemp’s Ridley. Protection of these turtles…

Trash (Adopt-A-Beach)

An unfortunate reality of having such beautiful beaches is that they don’t stay that way on their own. Littering is an everyday challenge that…

Dune Safety

The sand dunes lining the coast are not only a signature feature of Port Aransas and Mustang Island, but also an important one. Read more about the dunes and…