If you think you have to hop on a plane to experience this island life, know that your palm fix doesn’t require going through airport security.
Port Aransa – or Port A, as the locals say – is the quintessential summer vacation spot, with 18 miles of sunny beaches, cool sea breezes and a completely relaxed vibe. You are still in Texas, but you will feel poles apart.
Here are five ways to love this island getaway:
1. Soak up your version of coastal fun
Whether you want to dip your toes in the sand with a book in hand, go boogie boarding with the family, fish off the pier, paddleboard in a warm lagoon, ride the waves on a jet ski, or head out to San Jose Island and hunt for shells, there is beach activity to anchor everyone at Port A.
2. Savor the island flavor of Texas
After a day at the beach, the eclectic town of Port A offers a fun night out with a dining scene that excels in fresh-caught seafood, palm-covered palapas, and waterfront patios.
Many restaurants, including Roosevelt at the Tarpon Inn, Trout Street Barand Castaways Seafood and grills – will even prep all the catch you bring home from your fishing trip for a unique sea-to-table experience.
There are also many quirky and fun places, like Lelo Island Bar and its specialty tiki drinks and burgers.
3. Drive in style
Golf carts are the wheels of choice on Port A, and yet another reason to love this place. Listen to your favorite summer tunes and drive to the beach without having to search for traditional parking.
4. Go beyond the beach
If you’re stranded for the day, head to Farley Boat Works to learn more about the handcrafted boats that helped shape what Port A is today. You can also head to the Port Aransas Community Theater or take the family on a cruise on the Red dragon pirate ship.
5. Connect with nature
Sure, the beach is a natural beauty, but Port A also has four nature reserve sites with hiking and biking trails, boardwalks, and wildlife viewing areas. Hike the trails, paint the beach, or learn about sea turtles and seabirds at the Animal Rehabilitation Dungeon. In addition to reserves, nearby parks are another outdoor option.
Beach life in Texas has never been better. Learn more about how to create the perfect summer vacation and live on island time here.