Sometimes you just need to get away. Be spontaneous and pack your bags for a last-minute vacation in Port Aransas. Enjoy the waters and shores of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico on an island vacation like no other. Whether you’re coming from out of town or out of state on your last-minute retreat, there are plenty of things to do and see that can make your last-minute vacation in Port Aransas as packed full of adventure or as relaxing as you like.
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Enjoy the Beaches On You Last-Minute Vacation in Port Aransas
No matter how quickly you decided to pack up and point your compass to Port Aransas, you’ll need to make sure to plan plenty of beach time. Pack up your gear and head out for a day on the sand or playing in the water. Spread out your beach blanket and plant your beach umbrella for a day of lounging on the sand with a book or step out into the sun for a little sunbathing. Swim in the waves of the Gulf, or help the kids build sandcastles before taking a sunset walk on the beach. There is plenty to do on your last-minute vacation in Port Aransas.
Get out and tour the waters of Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico like a tourist. Charter a tour and head out in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life that call the water around Port Aransas home. Make sure to bring your camera to catch glimpses of the majestic animals, as well as the breathtaking views of the Gulf. Daytime and sunset tours are available from many companies, and some allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks.
Chapel on the Dunes
A Port Aransas vacation, no matter how far out you planned, is the perfect time to learn more about the area’s history. The historic 1930s church was built by the Carter family, which includes former Texas poet laureate Aline Carter. The church no longer holds services, but locals and visitors from near and far can tour the church building and grounds during tours organized by the Port Aransas Museum.
Glowing Kayak Tour
Enjoy a different way to kayak the waters around Port Aransas. Board a unique clear kayak that’s lit up by special underwater LED lights! The clear boat allows you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings, but also the underwater world beneath you as you paddle. Set the lights to your personal preference of color and style. Paddle along as your tour guide points out landmarks and provides an abundance of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.
Red Dragon Pirate Cruise
Take a cruise your out-of-state counterparts may take. Fun for the whole family, you can sail the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel and enjoy dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, cannon fire, and plenty of pirate fun! Bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief. Enjoy soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks adult pirates in the group crave.
Lydia Ann Lighthouse
The Lydia Ann Lighthouse, also known as the Aransas Pass Light Station, was built in 1857. The lighthouse is not accessible by road, so you’ll have to admire it from afar. Take a cruise past it in your own vessel or get a good view of it from nearby Roberts Point Park.
Hang 10 on the crashing waves of the Gulf surrounding Port Aransas. You can try windsurfing or traditional surfing along the Port Aransas coast. Learn from professional instructors during private lessons that will give you the skills to prepare you to rent your own board and surf the waves on your own.
There are several companies that take water sports fun below the waves. Book a snorkeling or SCUBA diving tour where you’ll plunge under the water to see a side of Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico you won’t see from inside a tour boat. Ask about age restrictions before booking, and make sure to get SCUBA certified before you attempt a dive without a skilled instructor.
Rent a jet ski and slice through the waters of the Gulf at top speed. There are several companies that rent jet skis for more fast-paced water excitement. Contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers. You may have to obtain a Texas boating certificate before piloting a craft yourself, even with a tour group.
Last-Minute Vacation in Port Aransas
When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf. We’re also close to many other area attractions, tours, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. We offer one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms for your larger group. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, ocean views, and more.
Contact us today to book your last-minute trip in Port Aransas!