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5 Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Port Aransas

All your favorite traditions, but on the beach!

This holiday season, bring your favorite traditions with you to Port Aransas and experience the festivities…island style. Here on the island, you get to keep your loved ones close but upgrade the board games to beach games and the hot cocoa to a piña colada! 

Check out these five reasons you should spend your holidays on the true Texas coast, then book your stay!


1. Family-Friendly Vacation Rentals

No more fighting over who’s going to host the celebration, because Port A has a bevy of stunning vacation rentals designed to entertain the whole family. Your group can choose from cozy beach bungalows to sprawling homes with dining rooms fit for a feast. Add a couple golf carts to the mix and you’ve got the holidays made!

2. Holiday Happenings

Port Aransas may not be covered in snow, but you can still find the holiday spirit everywhere you look! Lighted holiday signs lining Alister St. invite you to feel the cheer, and all season long you can view “Sand Santa” and his workshop, a sand sculpture featuring your favorite Christmas scenes. Take the kids to meet Santa at BlueWater Cowboy, then participate in the holiday golf cart parade! Extend your trip and you can board a boat or hop over to Roberts Point Park to ring in 2023 with a New Year’s Eve fireworks show!

3. Christmas Dinner on the Coast

One tradition you might be looking forward to skipping this year is the day-long cooking marathon. If that’s the case, you’re covered in Port Aransas. World-class restaurants dot this strip of sand, and many of them offer Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner specials with take-and-bake or dine-in options. You’ll still get the cranberry sauce and beloved buttery mashed potatoes, but this time, you also get to spend the day with your family. Still want a home-cooked meal made with everybody under one roof? Try out a private dining experience with the Port Aransas Cookbook or Rollin’ Tide Boil Co. 


Fresh seafood, served in more ways than you can imagine, can be ordered from restaurants scattered throughout the town. Dine in...

4. Gift Giving Made Easy

Local shops make it easy to check off everyone on your list. Boutiques are stocked with high-end fashions and coastal décor galore. Whether you take home a work of art or a Port Aransas T-shirt, these gifts will always keep the island top of mind. If you’re looking to really “give the gift of Port A,” what better experience to gift than a vacation excursion? Book a day trip out on the water reeling in Yellowfin Tuna or an evening fighting scallywags aboard the Red Dragon Pirate Cruises!

5. The Beach

This one may be the obvious choice, but picture it: after a hearty meal, you make your way down to the beach for a stroll. You can feel the sand between your toes, and you’re surrounded by the warmth and laughter of your favorite people. Togetherness, in the prettiest spot on the Texas coast—that’s what the holidays are all about.