Anchor Your Summer Traditions in Port Aransas
You know you’ve arrived in Port Aransas when you see passenger windows rolling down, and hands extending out to ride the ocean air. It’s the international sign for “I’m on summer vacation” and it’s the constant state of being here on the island. Here the sun shines a bit warmer, the breeze feels a bit cooler, and every moment is a memory waiting to be made. It’s no wonder countless Texans have made Port Aransas their summer tradition for generations.
With something to offer everyone—from boogie boarding with the kids along our 18 miles of beachline, to exploring a restaurant scene filled with the freshest seafood imaginable—this eclectic town is full of surprises that you’ll want to revisit year after year. Whether you’re looking to escape for an island getaway or get the kids outdoors to explore Texas’ coast, it’s time to make your way to Port A.
Leave the car or truck in your vacation rental’s driveway and make your way around the island the Port A way—in a golf cart. Feel the sea breeze in your hair,cruise to your favorite beach tunes, and experience the epitome of what a drive to the beach with the family can be. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about finding parking; you can roll right up onto the beach, dig your toes in the sand, cast a line into the surf, and enjoy the relaxing fun you can only have on an island getaway.
Want to explore a little more? Connect with the island’s old seaside spirit by visiting Farley Boat Works to learn about the handcrafted boats that helped shape Port Aransas as it is today, or take in a show at Port Aransas Community Theatre. For family-focused fun, bring the kids aboard the Red Dragon Pirate Ship or head out to San José Island to search for seashells.
Create the Perfect Summer Vacation
Port Aransas was named one of the Top 25 Travelers' Choice Beaches, and you’ll see why the minute you arrive. Whether your ideal family activity consists of fishing on the pier or paddleboarding in a calm lagoon, Port Aransas has the perfect coastal adventure waiting for your family.
Claim your spot along the seemingly endless beaches and enjoy the warm Gulf waters with a cold drink in your hand. Grab your boogie board, test your balance on a surfboard, or tear across the waves on a jet ski. It’s easy creating the perfect summer vacation in Port Aransas.
You can find great food all over this proud state, but Port Aransas is the best place for you to get an authentic taste of Texas’ island flavor. Enjoy a plate of fresh-caught seafood on a waterfront patio, or the refreshing tasting of your favorite beach drink under a palm-covered palapa.
Looking for seafood as local as local can get? There are several restaurants, such as Castaways Seafood and Grill, that will prepare whatever catch you bring in from your Port A fishing trip. Looking to mix things up? Lelo’s Island Bar serves up amazing cheeseburgers and other delicious dishes ranging from classic to new island flavors. Whatever your family’s preference, whatever the budget, Port Aransas has the perfect dining experience for you.