Tropic Island Resort Overview:
Tropic Island RV Resort is a great place to stay if you want to explore Port A and the surrounding area. The Park is a few blocks from the ferry, a city park with fishing along the channel, the marina with a ramp and fishing charters, and several good restaurants and fun bars. We love to stay here and bike or walk to all the fun things to see and do in Port A.
Tropic Island RV Resort has over 100 full hook-up RV sites and a choice between back-in, pull through, or premium sites with more space and big enough for quad slides. The sites are all side-by-side with paved level pads, the roads are paved, and big rigs can easily maneuver through the park but the back in sites may be a little tight to get into.
If you or your friends don't have an RV, then the Tropic Island motel rooms are perfect. All of the motel rooms have been remodeled since 2002 and they range from standard motel rooms to two bedroom two bathroom kitchen suites. They sleep from two to six people.
Tropic Island RV Resort has been family owned and operated since 2001. The staff is friendly and helpful and the park is clean and well maintained.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Topic Island Resort has 113 sites which are a mixture of:
- small back-ins for tents, pop-ups, or the smaller rigs
- premium small or large back-in sites
- pull-through sites
- premium corner sites
Some of the premium back-in sites back up against an open field and the corner premium sites are a little larger, more spacious, and best suited for the big rigs with quad slides.
The sites range in size from 18' by 57' to 25' by 70' and all of the sites are paved and level. Each of the sites are long enough to accommodate your tow vehicle, TOAD, or a second car. A few sites have water and 30 AMP service only and the rest of the sites have 20, 30, and 50 AMP service, water, and cable TV. All of the sites except for the overflow area have sewer hook-up. Hook-ups are conveniently located near the end of each site.
Each site has a picnic table and concrete patio pad and a small 8' to 15' wide grassy area. From our perspective, all of the sites are very closely packed together but don't let that stop you from staying at Tropic Island RV Resort.
The vast majority of the sites are open with no shade except for a small cluster of sites under some large trees – sites 131 to 135 but they are not very long and best suited to smaller RVs or trailers, pop-ups, or tents.
If you're looking for some affordable convenient lodging or if your RV isn't large enough for all your friends and family, then the motel rooms at Tropic Island RV Resort are perfect. You and your guests can choose from:
- standard motel rooms with a king, queen, or two queen beds
- efficiency rooms with one queen bed
- one bedroom kitchen suites with a queen bed or two bedroom kitchen units with a queen and full bed
- one bedroom king suite with a king bed and sleeper sofa
- large two bedroom two bathroom kitchen suite with two queens and a king bed
Each of kitchen suites are well equipped with refrigerators, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and utensils. Maid service is available each day for all of the motel rooms. All of the rooms have been remodeled and updated starting in 2002.
As a guest at Tropic Island RV Resort some of the other amenities that you’ll get to enjoy during your stay include:
- a pool and hot tub with ample outdoor chairs
- a fish cleaning station
- an overflow camping and parking area for boats or extra cars
- laundry room and showers
- free cable TV - Internet service is available on a fee basis
- A rec room with a TV, pool table, sharing library, foosball table, puzzles, tables and chairs, exercise bike, and kitchen facilities
- A computer station with a printer in the office area
- Propane and FAX service
Throughout the year Tropic Island has a number of planned activities and each month during the winter there are several special events and activities for winter Texans and visitors. For example, in November there was Bingo, a ladies fun brunch, arts and crafts, ice cream socials, $4 breakfast, and a bring-a-dish Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey and fixings provided.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
One of the reasons we love staying at Tropic Island RV Park is because it is so convenient to lots of fun things to see and do in one of our favorite Texas cities.
Just across the street from Tropic Island is a seafood restaurant, a Mexican restaurant plus an self service ice machine, pharmacy, laundromat, and shaved ice stand. Three to five blocks away is:
- the marina and boat ramp
- the ferry which allows foot traffic and is worth a ride back and forth across the channel - keep an eye out for dolphin
- the park with events and a playground, picnic area, fishing along the channel, volleyball, and more
- deep sea and other fishing charter boats as well as dolphin cruises and bird sightseeing tours
- Fins Restaurant with a deck overlooking the marina plus good drinks and fresh seafood
- a token beach wear and souvenir shop
Port A is one of our favorite cities and it’s a must for us to visit it at least once a year. For the past 3 year friends and family have joined us for Thanksgiving in Port A and we always have a blast. In 2010 we enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving at Tropic Island RV Resort. The weather was short sleeves every day but one, the fried turkey was out of this world, and as usual we had a blast at the beach and warm Gulf water, enjoying the restaurants, playing pool and dancing at the local bars, and biking all around town.
One of our favorite things to do is bike everywhere we want to go and Tropic Island is conveniently located to all of it. We’ll bike to the beach and spend some time playing in the sand and surf, bike along the beach to a local beach bar for a drink and appetizers, then bike to some restaurants for lunch or dinner, and of course bike to some of the best and friendliest bars in Texas like Shorty's.
We also enjoy biking around the marina and Roberts Point Park, then take the grandkids across the channel and back on the ferry, then bike along the channel to Charles Pasture which has a mile or more of paved trails and boardwalks out over the marsh. A fun and scenic bike ride. After all that, it's time for a margarita and appetizers on the deck of Fins.
And we can’t leave Port A without visiting Shorty’s for drinks and pool. For the last two Thanksgivings, Larry Joe Taylor, a well known Texas singer songwriter, has stopped in to play a couple of his island songs and entertain the crowd with his fantastic voice and songs about the coast. After Shorty's we walk next door to Bernie’s for dancing or at least watching the locals and tourists having a blast on the dance floor.
Playing golf at Newport Dunes Golf Course, under 10 minutes from Tropic Island, is also a must do for us. Wow, what a fantastic track – scenic, fun, challenging, and excellent conditions. Read our review of Newport Dunes to learn more about this outstanding must play course.
Time permitting we'll head over to Rockport for biking and lunch on the bay. Or down to Corpus to take in some of the attractions like the aquarium, Lexington, or the Museums.
Cool Nearby Activities:
It’s impossible to get bored in Port A – they have something for everyone. They are well known as a fishing Mecca – from pier to surf to deep sea fishing. Shopping is not the best in Port A unless you want a souvenir t-shirt or kite to fly on the beach but you can go for a helicopter ride, enjoy a round of putt putt, go on a dolphin or bird watching tour, sit on a park bench and watch the huge tankers go by typically being lead by a group of dolphin. And there are several miles of beach for surfing, swimming, football or Frisbee, or sitting in a lawn chair enjoying the surf, sun, and sunset. You can even drive your car or camper on the beach!
- Texas Outside's Port Aransas Map to quickly locate some fun stuff to do
- our Top Ten Fun Things To See and Do in Port A
- the Port Aransas web site to find restaurants, bars, and more
Port A is loaded with great restaurants from fish tacos to gourmet dining and a number of the restaurants have outside decks and patios on the water. And it doesn’t get much better than all the fun bars and nightlife – and the locals are some of the friendliest in the Lone Star State. You can find drinks and fun at everything from funky small bars with power belt sander racing on Saturdays (the Gaff) to upscale dining and martinis on the deck at Trout Street overlooking the marina and lots of everything in between.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more