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Parking & Shuttles

Wondering where the best spots are to park and how to get around in the crowds? Check out the information below that will give you the scoop on the lay of the land.

Important change in 2024 Texas SandFest parking: There will be NO RV parking available inside the Texas SandFest grounds.


Park and Ride Locations

During SandFest, Regional Transportation Authority buses will provide shuttle transportation from the following locations and the beach at the end of Sandcastle Drive:

  • Roberts Point Park (near the ferry landing) — Fri, Sat & Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free Parking)
  • Port Aransas Community Park (700 Clark Parkway) — Sat & Sun, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free Parking)

​​Shuttle Fee – Free during SandFest

​The shuttle will drop off SandFest attendees at the end of Sandcastle Drive, which is a short walk near the North Entrance of the Festival.


 Golf Cart Shuttle from Gracie’s Way Parking Lot

There is a free parking lot on Gracie’s Way (off of Beach Road 1A) with a free Golf Cart Shuttle from Gracie’s Way to the south entrance of SandFest (Fri, Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.). You can then walk to the south entrance of SandFest.


​City Shuttle

SandFest visitors can get around town and to the beach on the city shuttle. The nearest drop off is on the Beach Road at Beach Access Road 1-A. Download the City of Port Aransas Shuttle Route Map for shuttle schedules and more information.


​SandFest Parking Lots on the Beach

There are two parking lots on the beach next to SandFest — one at the north entrance near Ave. G, and one at the south entrance near Access Road 1A. There will be no RV, trailer, or oversized vehicle parking inside SandFest parking lots. Parking is free; however, a city beach parking permit is required.

Accessible SandFest Parking

Accessible parking for cars with a valid (not expired) state-issued accessible car placard or license plate is available on the beach in the north SandFest parking lot, near Mile Marker 8. Space is limited. Accessible parking is on a first-come-first-served basis and space cannot be guaranteed.


Golf Carts

Only official SandFest golf carts are allowed inside the SandFest gates. You may park your personal or rental golf cart in the parking lots on the beach.


​Beach Parking Permits

The City of Port Aransas requires a yearly $12 permit to park on the beach. Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

  • During Texas SandFest, just inside the entrances to the North & South SandFest parking lots from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CASH ONLY.

Permits can also be purchased at:

Learn more about parking permits below.

Parking Permits

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