Port Aransas was a favorite of pirates in the early 1800s and the notorious Capt. Jean Lafitte and his hearty band of buccaneers spent lots of time on the Texas coast. In fact, Galveston would owe its start to him and Mustang Island was one of his favorite haunts. Today, Mustang Island and Port Aransas are one of our favorite haunts because it is such a friendly and fun loving city with plenty to see and do. This page will give you some ideas on what to do on a weekend adventure or weeklong vacation in Port Aransas. Make sure you check out this links before heading to Port Aransas for a vacation or a fun weekend:
One of the reasons we vacation every year for a few days in Port Aransas is because of the good weather, beach, friendly locals, good restaurants, excellent nightlife, things to see and do, and variety of lodging options. If you're heading to Port A, you have lots of choices for where to stay. If you like to camp, you're in heaven with choices to camp downtown, right on the beach, in the State Park, or in a variety of private RV parks. We've tried them all and each has it own set of advantages or disadvantages. For example, camping on the beach is great for a day or so, but expect sand in your food, no electricity, and plenty of company strolling by your site. The private RV parks are more expensive, some are in town and others are a half block off the beach, and all of them have full hookups. The State Park is a good alternative if you don't mind being a little further out of town. Use this Port Aransas Campground Map to find a campground or RV park and read our reviews of the each of the parks that we have stayed at in Port A.
If you don't want to rough it, then you have lots of excellent options for hotels, condos, resorts, or private homes. For hotels, consider staying downtown in the heart of all the action at the historic Tarpon Inn - you can park the car and walk to great restaurants and nightlife and plenty of fishing charters or tour boats. If you're looking for a big beautiful home that sleeps your entire party and over looks the ocean, or one that's smaller and right downtown, or something in between, VRBO has lots of choices with prices ranging from $70 per night to $500 per night and up. There are lots of condominiums and a couple of resorts, one of which is Port Royal. Bottom line, with a little work and research, you can find a place that fits your budget and will accommodate almost any sized group.
Favorite Things To See and Do in Port Aransas
Some of the above links will provide more detail, but here is a short summary of why we love Port A and what we like to do on our vacations in Port Aransas: