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The best way to get to know the area you are vacationing in is by eating at the restaurants the locals dine in, shopping in the stores the locals shop, and by attending the events that residents look forward to every year. Offering fun, entertainment, and often a taste of the town, these events can elevate your vacation experience to the next level, and when you visit Port Aransas, can introduce you to new traditions that you may want to make your own. We at The Dunes understand the importance of enjoying a trip you will never forget, and this guide to the top events in Port Aransas in June will help you see even more reasons we can’t imagine living any place else on earth.

76th Annual Shrimporee Festival, June 14-16, Shrimporee Grounds in Aransas Pass

As many as 35,000 people have attended the Shrimporee Festival on the weekend over the years, making it one of the most popular in the area, and if your journey brings you to Port A the 14th through the 16th of June, your trip will not be complete unless you plan on attending as well! Celebrating everything shrimp and offering at least most of the versions Forrest Gump’s friend spent half the movie talking about, if nothing else, we can promise you won’t go home hungry! Texas shrimp is fresh, sweet, and versatile, appealing to almost every palate, and because this festival also offers live music, arts and crafts vendors, and carnival rides and games, every member of your family will want to come back every day of the Shrimporee! A ferry ride taken from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass takes about 20 minutes and promises to add to the excitement of your shrimping adventure.

Red Snapper and Kingfish Tournaments, June 1- September 6, Fisherman’s Wharf

These two tournaments run concurrently, with the Red Snapper Tournament ending on August 19th and the Kingfish Tournament continuing through September 6th, but both will be a wonderful adventure for your favorite angler. Everyone is invited to join, and because the entry fee is only $50 for each tournament, the costs fit into most vacation budgets. Because a big check is offered to the winning fisherperson, if luck is with you, you may even win enough to pay for your stay in our seasonal sanctuaries. Winning big, vacationing for free, and getting to fish every day of your stay? We can’t see anything wrong with that!

Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament, June 14 & 15, Fisherman’s Wharf

Although women are perfectly capable of fishing and holding their own with the gentlemen, sometimes it is just more fun to hang with your sisters, and the Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament allows guests to do just that. Sign up starts on Friday the 14th at 5 PM, followed by a Captain’s Meeting at 7 PM and the shenanigans begin bright and early on Saturday morning. Signup fees aren’t listed as of just yet, but they include a specially designed tee shirt for all participants, offering a fun souvenir in case you and your team don’t happen to win the big prize at the end of the tournament (moms this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your daughters to the joy of fishing!).

6th Annual South Texas Ford Trucks Mafia Beach Bash, June 1, Beach Access Road 2

Celebrating the stalwart beauty of the Ford truck, as well as a day of beach, sunshine, food, fishing, and music, this cool party may entice you to rent a Ford truck to get around in during your stay in Port A. This is a club event, but if you are visiting someone who is a South Texas Ford Truck Mafia member, you too are invited to check out the fun, with raffles, giveaways, and club merchandise being offered for sale, and because it is first come, first serve, we recommend arriving early (start time is 7AM) to secure your spot. (If you don’t know anyone yet, but love Ford trucks, maybe now would be a great time to make some new friends at the local hot spots!)

Pool Parties, Barbecues, and Movie Nights at Home with The Dunes

Not every event has to be officially sanctioned an event with entry fees and fancy titles. The casual vibe of a Texas beach town invites guests to create their own family events in Port Aransas, and we at The Dunes encourage you to participate in your special event on the properties we offer! Rent a home with a private pool and enjoy a family pool party every night of your stay or bring home your catch of the day to experience a family barbecue each evening. State of the art televisions in our summer sanctuaries encourage movie nights complete with popcorn, beer, and soft drinks, making your stay with us unforgettable. Reserve your favorite escape today!

You came to Port A for Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico. No matter when you come, there are also plenty of fun things to do and see that are fun, including a myriad of adrenaline-pumping as well as relaxing water sports to experience. There’s something for every type of water sports enthusiast to enjoy during an island retreat. Check out our water sports guide to Port A for a fun filled water adventure.

 

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Glowing Kayak Tour 

Most people launch kayaks for a peaceful morning paddle before the rest of the world wakes to start making waves. For those who may not be early risers, consider taking that peaceful paddle during the evening and nighttime hours.  

Take a guided kayak tour in special clear kayaks decked out in water safe LED lights! The lights come in several colors, and you can choose your own colors and sequences. The clear vessel not only allows you to see the lights dancing, but you’ll also get a unique view of the sea life swimming beneath your boat. Tours are 1.5 hours. 

Surf Camp 

An island vacation to Port A is the perfect place for you and your loved ones to become the clichéd beach bum with a surfboard in hand. You can get schooled in catching the perfect wave on a traditional surfboard, windsurfing, or both. Professional instructors will take you from a land-based introduction to the board all the way up to catching your first wave and riding it back to shore. Many companies even rent gear, so when you’re comfortable with your new skills, you can enjoy the activity with your loved ones on your own schedule. 

Jet Skis 

It’s easy to laze away the day at the beach without a care, but when you feel the need for speed, rent a jet ski for an adrenaline-pumping good time. Slice through the waters of the Gulf around Port A at top speed. There are several companies in Port A that rent jet skis for plenty of fast-paced water excitement. Companies also charter jet ski excursions and tours of the area, so if you want to get comfortable with the craft or see some of the best places around the island for further exploration later, choose a charter tour. Keep in mind you may need to obtain a Texas boating certificate before piloting a craft, either on your own or during a group tour. 

Swimming 

Swimming is the no-brainer water sport when it comes to island vacations. No matter whether it’s Port A and Mustang Island or somewhere else in the world, being surrounded by water means being surrounded by every water activity imaginable. Slip into your swimsuit and grab a beach towel. Whether you choose to wade in and stay close to shore or get your daily exercise with a swim out past the breakers, taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico is near the top of many activity lists for those looking for water adventure during a Port A vacation. 

Boating 

While jet skiing is typically a solo or two-person adventure, depending on the craft you choose, pile your larger group into one vessel together for a good time on the water. Rent a boat from one of the many companies in the area, then strike out on your own water adventure. Set sail for a favorite fishing destination, drop anchor and go for a swim, or hook up for water sports that involve toys like tubes, skis, wakeboards, and more. Before heading out, make sure the captain or captains have valid Texas boating licenses if necessary. 

Fishing 

Cast a lazy line from Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier and wait for a bite, or head down to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can charter a fishing boat to take you to the best fishing spots around the area. Many of the companies there offer half-day six-hour charters, as well as full days or even multiple days afloat. These tours are a great way to find a place a little further from your accommodations with a different beach atmosphere to experience. Make sure everyone in the group scores the appropriate Texas fishing license before setting sail for plenty of fishing fun. 

Deep Sea Fishing 

The adrenaline-filled activity is different than any other fishing experience you’ll find closer to land. Charter a fishing tour or brave the deep waters of the Gulf on your own. The added adrenaline and excitement of a deep-sea excursion on the Gulf is one an angler won’t want to miss, and the waters off the shores of Port A are some of the best.  

Cast a line in hopes of snagging kingfish, sailfish, marlin, tuna, and others. Some charter companies even offer shark fishing excursions for an extra adrenaline rush. These adventures typically set sail in the evening and night hours, when sharks are more active. 

Parasailing 

Sail up to 500 feet above the water of the Gulf of Mexico during this unforgettable experience. The 8- to 10-minute ride gives you a bird’s eye view of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life! The harness fits up to three people, so you can enjoy a solo experience or bring along a couple of friends. Participants must be at least six years old for many companies. Opt for the photo and video package to memorialize your flight. Add on a GoPro package to shoot the ride from your point of view. 

Snorkeling 

Take the water adventure below the waves! There is a myriad of companies that help you explore the water and meet the residents that live there. There are a variety of beaches and spots further out to sea where you can go to get a better look under the water’s surface. They provide you with all the gear you need, including mask, snorkel, and swim fins. Some companies even rent gear so you can explore on your own, near your accommodations or other spots around the island. Ask about the best place to score a wetsuit in town if there’s not enough space in your luggage to bring your own. 

SCUBA 

Enjoy another way to take water sports below the waves. There are several companies that help you take water adventure in Port A below the waves. Book a SCUBA diving tour with your loved ones during your water sports-filled vacation and plunge under the water to see a side of Port A and the Gulf of Mexico you can’t see up close from the inside of a tour boat. They’ll outfit you with a mask, fins, air tank, and other necessities. Ask about wet suit rental or purchase so you can swim in comfort. Many companies offer SCUBA certification before the trip, and if you want to rent gear to dive later, you’ll need to be certified. 

Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trails 

Take a calming adventure during your trip to Port A. The trail was established in 1999 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is the first paddling trail on the Texas coast. It’s located on North Harbor Island, nestled between Aransas Pass and Port A, with several launch points off State Highway 361. The area is named for the historic Lydia Ann Channel and is mostly shallow – perfect for a quiet and solitary paddle full of adventure along the coast.  

Paddle through mangroves that line the channels and the open flats, or “lakes.” The trail is made up of a series of four loops, with the shortest being 1.25 miles and the longest being 6.8 miles. Follow the signs painted with numbers corresponding to GPS coordinates or download a map of the trails. There are several places where a trail may split to offer a different experience on each trip. 

Stand Up Paddleboarding 

Once you’ve got your blood and adrenaline pumping from your surfing or windsurfing adventure, calm it down with a serene paddle through calmer waters. Many of the companies that rent gear for other water sports such as snorkeling, SCUBA, or kayaking also have a selection of paddleboarding equipment for rent. 

Canoeing 

Along with kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, the activity is a more serene way to spend some time experiencing the waters of Port A. Many of the same companies that offer rentals for other water activities may offer canoe rental as well. There are a variety of calmer waters to explore, but many locals will suggest the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trails as a great way to see the area’s beauty in your own way. 

Marine Life Tours 

Tour the waters of the Gulf of Mexico surrounding Port A. Choose a charter tour that takes you out in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life. Make sure to bring your camera for glimpses of the majestic animals, as well as the breathtaking views of the Gulf and surrounding Port A landmarks. Daytime and sunset tours are available from many companies. Check with the captain first, as select charters offer snacks and beverages while others may allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks. 

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise 

Cruising the waters around Port A at a more leisurely pace is something for every tourist’s itinerary. There is an array of boats waiting to take to the waters surrounding Port A to spot wildlife, or just for a slow cruise of the water. Take a different kind of cruise packed with fun for the whole family and set sail on the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the Lydia Ann Channel where you’ll undoubtedly spot dolphins and other marine life. Sharpen your sword fighting or treasure map reading skills, fire a “kid” cannon, and revel in plenty of other pirate fun! Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief. If that’s not enough to get you aboard, there will be soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks for the adult pirates.  

Dock and Dine 

You’ll need to take a break from all the water sports fun and grab a bite, but you may not be ready to pack up your gear for the day. There are several area restaurants with dockside locations that allow you to take part in the “dock and dine” experience. Moor your vessel at nearby docks and enjoy a delicious meal or much-needed drink after a long day on the water. Disembark your vessel and come take a seat at a table and fully relax. Select restaurants even offer takeout and will bring the order directly to your vessel so you can get your food and be off for more fishing adventures! 

Beaches 

Of course, the beach is going to be a focal point of your water sports-filled island vacation. It’s also a fun-filled way of staying close to the water while taking a break from the salt. Keep up on your exercise routine with a refreshing run or walk on the beach. Spread out your blanket, plant your beach umbrella, and lounge on the sand with a book, or step out into the sun for sunbathing. Help the kids of the group build sandcastles before taking a sunset walk on the beach to wrap up the day. 

Your Island Headquarters for Water Sports Fun 

We hope you found our port A water sports guide helpful. When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A provided by The Dunes this spring, 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, and more. 

Contact us today to start planning your springtime retreat to Port A! 

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Some of your favorite moments during your upcoming getaway to Port Aransas will be the ones spent at shore’s edge, creating magical sandcastles with your favorite tiny travelers. The littlest ones, staring up at you with adoring eyes, watching you build a structure that looks absolutely perfect, the older ones coming up with creative ways to construct turrets and moats and all the little things that make sandcastles cool. And if you are looking for ideas that are even more creative and magical, be sure to visit during Texas SandFest in Port Aransas, taking place April 19 through 21st, before coming home every night to your own magical sanctuary, one of our luxurious and comfortable escapes at The Dunes.

The Largest Sand Sculpture Competition

Word of advice for travelers attending Texas SandFest in Port Aransas for the first time: Do not let yourself become discouraged about the structures you have created with your family in comparison to the sculptures you are going to enjoy during the festival. These are artists creating masterpieces with sand and water, and their depictions of Abe Lincoln sitting on his chair, sea turtles swimming through the sand, even their nearly life-sized castles take weeks to complete and years of training to construct. Instead, take these few days to savor live entertainment, delicious food, and the magic of sand sculptures that you will have to see to believe! Additionally, if you are in town starting on the 15th, their pre-festival activities include free sand sculpting lessons by professional sand sculptor and chainsaw sculptor, Andy Hancock, outside the North Gate. Guest relations and ticket tent opens for advanced wristband sales on Wednesday April 17, and on the 18th, they are featuring celebrity sand sculpting demos by Amazin’ Walter.

Opening Day

Anticipation adds excitement and energy to the ambiance on opening day, and as you step through the gates, that feeling will be infectious. Food trucks are generally not permitted in Port Aransas, but for SandFest, they will be lining up in the parking lot, as will vendors selling arts, crafts, and souvenirs that you never knew you needed until you held them in your hands. Temperatures will be in the 70s and the Texas sun will be bright, so be sure to slather on the sunscreen and bring your sunglasses as you meander happily through the sandy festival grounds. Opening day offers all sorts of exciting experiences, including the opening of lesson mountain and the beer and wine tents that will be open from 10 AM until 7 PM, a half hour after closing. Feeling ambitious? The amateur contest check in begins at 10 AM on this first day and if you missed the pre-festival sand sculpting lessons, the children’s lessons will begin at the same time. The Music Stage will offer musical performances by local musicians from 3 to 7, ending this first day of magic on a high note.

Day 2 Will Be Even Better Than Day 1

The fun continues on day two, with many of the events and activities looking pretty much the same, but with the addition of a kids’ activity tent that opens at 9AM (ages 3-12 with parent accompaniment) and the amateur, teen, guppy, and youth contests taking place. Even your tiny travelers can strut their stuff; the amateur contest winners will be announced on the Music State starting at 5:15 PM.

Day 3, More of the Same, But with Winners

Day three brings, of course, the announcement of the winners of this fun festival of sand, but there is also a raffle drawing held at 3PM, with one lucky winner’s ticket being the one that wins a golf cart. And although it may be hard to ship that home, we are sure if you are the lucky raffle winner, you won’t mind figuring it out! The final day of any festival often brings a mixed bag of emotions as guests and participants realize that the excitement is drawing to a close, but we can promise that every moment of every day will be the most fun! The only sad part will be the realization that you have to wait another year before you can enjoy this moment again, but hey, it gives you something to look forward to, right?

Coming Home to The Dunes

As the gates close at 7 or 7:30 each night of the festival, coming home to your sanctuary from The Dunes will give you something wonderful to look forward to every evening. Wash all the sand off in luxury baths, (It is always surprising how sand manages to get in places you never thought it could!) watch a little television, play board games with the children, and relax in comfort and peace until it is time to head back to the SandFest in Port Aransas the next day. Reserve your favorite Port Aransas condo rentals today!

Enjoy the waters and shores of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico on an island vacation like no other this Memorial Day. The year-round sun and warmth of Texas makes it an ideal destination any time of year. Port A is the perfect mix of sun, sand, water, and fun for a vacation that satisfies just about everyone. Along with the sand, water, and sun, there are a variety of Port A Memorial Day activities and attractions to keep everyone happy and busy throughout the long weekend, or if you happen to be staying a little longer with us, all throughout your stay. 

Beaches 

An island vacation means 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, get your exercise with a walk or run on the beach, or have a Gulf-side picnic. 

Chapel on the Dunes 

Learn more about the area’s history this Memorial Day. 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 A Museum. You can also rent the church for events, including your upcoming wedding. 

Glowing Kayak Tour 

Enjoy a different way to kayak the waters around Port A. Board a unique clear kayak that’s lit 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. The 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars is something not to be missed this Memorial Day! 

Jet Skis 

Rent a jet ski and slice through the waters of the Gulf at top speed this Memorial Day. There are several companies that rent jet skis for more fast-paced water excitement. Make sure to 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. 

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, take a marine sightseeing tour, or get a good view of it from nearby Roberts Point Park. 

Marine Life 

Get out and tour the waters of Port A and the Gulf of Mexico like a tourist. Head out in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life that call the water around Port A home. Daytime and sunset tours are available from many companies, and some allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks. Make sure to bring your camera! 

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise 

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! Make sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief. Enjoy soft drinks and snacks. Adult pirates can enjoy beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks. 

Surf Camp 

Hang 10 on the crashing waves of the Gulf surrounding Port A! Try windsurfing or traditional surfing along the Port A coast. Learn from professional instructors during private lessons that will give you the skills to prepare you to rent your own gear and surf the waves on your own. 

Undersea Adventures 

Book a snorkeling or SCUBA diving tour where you’ll plunge under the water to see a side of Port A 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. 

Spend Memorial Day in Port A 

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A 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 Port A Memorial Day 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 this Memorial Day.  

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. 

Contact us today! 

Enjoy the waters and shores of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico on an island vacation this Easter. There are plenty of things to do and see that can make your Easter trip as packed full of adventure or as relaxing as you like. Enjoy the Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico. The beach and water is a top priority any time of year, but there are an array of holiday and year-round easter activities in Port A you’ll want to experience as well. 

Easter Services 

If you celebrate the religious meanings behind the holiday, you’ll still be able to on vacation. There are a number of churches of various denominations on the island. Contact your preferred place of worship and inquire about service times and locations. Some may even hold sunrise services on the beach! 

Easter Dinner 

You can choose to stop by the local market and pick up what you need for a delicious meal at your rental. You can also choose to take a break from preparing the elaborate meal. If the latter sounds more relaxing, tap one of the several Port A restaurants open on the holiday. Some will exclusively offer the traditional Easter meal, while others will offer it alongside their regular menu. Contact your restaurant of choice to find out all the details, and ask about delivery or pick up, too. 

Beaches 

Spend your time on the beach this Easter. 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, change up your exercise routine, or set up for a picnic on the sand. 

Marine Life 

Charter a tour in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life that call the water around Port A 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 may allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks. 

Glowing Kayak Tour 

Enjoy a different way to kayak the waters around Port A this Easter: board a unique clear kayak that’s lit up by special underwater LED lights! The clear boat gives you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings, but also the underwater world beneath you. 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 

If you’re looking for the whole family this Easter, 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 loads 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 for the adult pirates aboard. 

Surf Camp 

Hang 10 on the crashing waves of the Gulf when you try windsurfing or traditional surfing along the Port A 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. 

Undersea Adventures 

There are several companies that take water fun below the waves. Experience a snorkeling or SCUBA diving tour where you’ll plunge under the water to see a side of Port A and the Gulf of Mexico you can’t see from above. Ask about age restrictions before booking, and make sure to get SCUBA certified before you attempt a dive without a skilled instructor. 

Jet Skis 

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 during a group tour. 

Easter in Port A 

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A 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 in Port A, 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. 

Contact us today! 

Spring is the season of promise, and we at The Dunes promise that these top spring events in Port Aransas will bring you joy, excitement, and a sincere longing that you could stay a little longer. The weather is as close to perfect as it can be, the sea waters will start to be warm and inviting, and all the comforts of home will be waiting for you every night when you come home to our seasonal sanctuaries, ensuring that every minute of every day and night will be your favorites. This guide to the top spring events in Port Aransas will encourage you to stop dreaming and start planning a beautiful spring vacation on the beaches of our coastal village.

PRL Texas Pro South #1, April 5 & 6, Robert’s Point Park

Professional fishermen and women will want to sign up for this fun fishing competition, which takes place over three separate occasions, with the first one occurring in April. The winners in all three Texas South Divisional Events will qualify for the 2024 Redfish World Series held in September in Louisianna, but if you are just here to watch the weigh-ins, that is ok too! If you aren’t a professional fisher, you will probably find the admittance fees a little steep, as they start at $750, with side pots costing more. However, with the Redfish World Series pot reaching $100,000 for the first-place team, you can probably understand the appeal of this fun tournament!

Texas SandFest, April 19-21, Port Aransas Beach

Chances are everyone has tried to build a sandcastle at least once in their lifetime, discovering that it isn’t as easy as you would think to construct one. We have been told it has something to do not just with the tools you use, but most importantly in the water-to-sand ratio, and although we have been known to create some good ones, the Texas SandFest does its best to make us feel like we are lacking something in the skills department! Sand sculptors from all over the world make their way to our beaches every April, working to create winning sculptures that never fail to impress. Also offering lessons, music, food, and a huge wow factor, this is one of the largest beach festivals in our state and will be an exciting addition to your vacation itinerary.

PalmFest, May 5-6, Robert’s Point Park

If you spend any time at all in Port Aransas, chances are you will end up at Robert’s Point Park at least once during your stay, and if you are here over May 5th and 6th, we highly recommend attending PalmFest. Your favorite bands will be covered in the outdoor amphitheater at the park, and as you sing along (you will know all the words!) and dance freely and happily to the music that instantly takes you back to some of the best times in your life, the sounds, scents, and serenity of the sea will be an integral part of the tribute bands’ performances.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, Everywhere in Port A

Although there aren’t any specific events taking place during this spring holiday that ushers in the summer’s festivities, there is always something going on this wonderful weekend! From parties at local watering holes to amazing sales in the local shops, every minute will represent the best of summer in the spring. Even if you choose to do nothing more than hang out at the beach every day, waking up early to watch the sun rise over the sea and staying until it dips down into the horizon every evening, you will definitely consider your Port A getaway a successful escape.

2024 BGC Battle on the Bay BBQ Cook-Off May 3-5 Rockport Beach

This last event in May involves a little bit of a road trip, but how can you go wrong when the sun is shining, the skies are blue, and delicious food is the pot of gold at the end of your road trip rainbow? Rockport is located just 18 miles away from your doorstep with The Dunes, and this Battle on the Bay is destined to be your favorite event of all! Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Aransas County and offering live bands, children’s activities, vendors, and of course, some of the best Texas Barbecue you will ever devour, ticket prices start at $10 and top out at $5000. But don’t panic; that cost is for event sponsors—you won’t have to pay anywhere near that much.

Movie Nights, Game Days, and So Much More

Your favorite events in Port Aransas may be less organized and a lot more fun as you gather with your family in your seasonal sanctuary from The Dunes, enjoying movie nights on state-of-the-art televisions and gaming marathons held at our inviting and welcoming dining room tables. Reserve your favorite spring haven today!

The year-round sun and warmth of Texas makes it an ideal destination any time of year. Port A is the perfect mix of sun, sand, water, and fun for a vacation that satisfies even the pickiest of travelers. When you visit a new place, you want the low-down on the best places to eat, drink, and spend your time enjoying what the area has to offer. You’ll definitely want to make some of these activities and attractions a part of your Port A itinerary of must-sees. Here are Our Top 5 Local Tourist Hot Spots in Port Aransas.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise 

Cruising the waters around Port A is something for every tourist’s itinerary. There is an array of boats waiting to take to the seas to spot wildlife, or just for a slow cruise of the water. Take a different kind of cruise packed with fun for the whole family and set sail on the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the Lydia Ann Channel where you’ll no doubt spot dolphins and other marine life. Sharpen your sword fighting or treasure map reading skills, fire a cannon, and revel in plenty of other pirate fun! Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief.  

If that’s not enough to get you aboard, there will be soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks for the adult pirates. Make reservations online, by calling 361-749-AHOY (2469), or stopping by 440 W. Cotter Avenue in Port A. 

Port Aransas Museum & Farley’s Historic Boat Shop 

Learn how Port A came to be, and what shaped the town into what it is today. Much of the area’s fishing trade was originally based around tarpon. The museum, located in a 1900s “kit house,” boasts a number of temporary and permanent exhibits, with rotating featured exhibits, so no two visits are the same. The museum is located at 400 N. Alister and is open Thursday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m., with tours given by local volunteers. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.  

Farley Boat Works is where some of the first tarpon fishing boats produced in Port A were made. They’re the premier boat builder in Port A today, specializing in what made them famous: tarpon fishing boats. The current location of the active shop, as well as the “living exhibit” can be visited at 716 W. Avenue C. Visit on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. It is closed Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. 

The Tarpon Inn 

Constructed in 1886 out of surplus lumber from area Civil War barracks, the inn was originally used to house workers building Mansfield Jetty. After the jetty’s completion, the building was turned into a hotel. A major hurricane and tidal wave in 1919 caused the structure to be rebuilt to what it is today – with reinforcements against future damage. Since then, it has been used as a headquarters for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and several military units, as well as shelter area residents during disasters. In 1979, the inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and also became a Texas Historic Landmark. The inn has a restaurant, 24 active guest rooms, and space for special events. It is located at 200 E. Cotter Avenue in Port A. Call the restaurant, Roosevelt’s, at 361-749-1540 to make reservations. 

Parasailing 

Whether you need to get over a fear of heights or want the adrenaline rush of flying up over the waves of the Gulf, it’s a “hot spot” activity to add to your Port A vacation bucket list. Get a bird’s eye view when you fly high over the Gulf from a USCG-approved special parasailing vessel where you’ll take off and land from its unique deck. 

Beaches 

The beaches of Port A are the Port Aransas tourist hot spots. No matter how far you come from or how long you stay, an island vacation should include time at the beach. Pack up your gear and head out for a day on the sand and water. Spread out your blanket and plant your beach umbrella and lounge on the sand with a book or step out into the sun for sunbathing. Swim in the waves of the Gulf, or help the kids build sandcastles before taking a sunset walk on the beach. Pack a picnic in preparation for an all-day stay, then use our community’s private beach access to be having fun in just minutes! 

Top Port A Accommodations Near Top Port A Attractions 

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, and many Port A tourist hot spots. We offer one-bedroom units for a solo or more intimate retreat, all the way up to three bedrooms to treat more loved ones to the local taste sensations of Port A.  

Prepare a delicious meal or snack 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 community pool and meet the neighbors. 

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The year-round sun and warmth of Texas makes it an ideal destination any time of year, and Port A is the perfect mix of sun, sand, water, and fun for a vacation that everyone will love. You’ll definitely be picking up some souvenirs from your many adventures, but you don’t want to miss browsing our unique local shops in Port Aransas, too. From clothing and accessories to great gifts for everyone on your list, you’ll be heading home with memories and some cool mementos to remember them with. 

Gratitude 

You’ll likely be showing a bit of it when you walk out the door with a unique gift you’ll only find in Port A. They’re spreading gratitude with “Grins, Giggles, and Gifts” at their eclectic boutique with a mix of gifts and items for everyone on your list. If you can’t decide on just one thing, grab a “Gratitude Box” – a box stuffed with unique items full of the positive energy, love, and giggles you’ll experience while at the store. If you’re out shopping with a friend or significant other who needs a break while you peruse the offerings, they can have a seat in the shop’s “Husband Chair” and take a break as you run wild.  

Stop by and check it all out at 316 N. Station Street in Port A or call 361-749-0302 to make sure your favorite funky gift is available. 

Island Tackle of Port Aransas 

The anglers of the group will be pleased to know they can stock up before heading out. Your vacation rental at The Dunes is just steps from the Horace Caldwell Pier, as well as many other fishing hot spots around Port A. For those whose gear didn’t make the packing list, they offer rod and reel rentals. Should your equipment get damaged going after “the big one,” they have repair services too. Score all the right bait and tackle for fishing the surf, off the pier, at any of the Port A parks that allow it, or from your vessel out at sea!  

Get fully stocked before you cast your first line with a stop at 207 W. Avenue G. If you’re looking for something specific before you arrive, call 361-749-1744 to make sure it’s set aside for you. 

The Islander 

You can never have enough when it comes to beach souvenirs of your Port A trip. T-shirts and other apparel, beach themed statuettes, swimwear, seashells, and more can be found on the shelves. You’ll even find some things to keep you safe in the sun, like sunglasses and hats. If the bright yellow building isn’t enough to let you know you’re in the right place, look for the mini Farley boat and tall fisherman statue out front.  

The shop is located at 602 S. Alister Street in Port A. You can call 361-749-5408 for questions. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. 

Winton’s Candy Company 

Stop in at 601 S. Alister Street in Port A for delicious sweet treats from old-fashioned salt water taffy to decadent chocolate offerings you won’t want to miss. Choose from caramel and chocolate creations to classic candies and fudge. For licorice lovers, they have the “standard” flavors, as well as some unique ones like chocolate! Select truffles covered with dark, milk, or white chocolate. Ask about adding “flavor boosts” to various treats, and savor the flavors of banana, champagne, raspberry, and many more.  

Hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Call 361-749-4773 for more information, like what flavors of fudge are available. 

Mirage Beachwear 

The shark’s head with an open mouth full of pointy teeth guards the entrance to the Port A shopping staple. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy the beautiful Port A beach weather. Browse beachwear, t-shirts, sand toys, surf boards, and more. You may even come across the perfect Port A souvenir for yourself and a loved one back home. Just a couple blocks from the beach, you can stock up on all the essentials for a day by the water.  

They’re open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 220 East Avenue G in Port A. Call 361-416-1701 to find out if your favorite items are available before you arrive.  

Shopping in Port A 

Plan the first step in your Port A shopping trip by shopping around our website for the perfect vacation rental. Choose condos from one to three bedrooms for your ideal Port A retreat. Spread out your latest finds in generous living areas to sort through it all. Store everything in spacious closets that have room for the things you brought with you and the new things you’ve picked up at our port aransas local shops. If you’re taking a break between shopping sprees to refuel, turn to the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. You’ll find everything you need for delicious homemade meals and snacks to keep your energy up. 

Contact us today to start planning a Port A stay with plenty of fun shopping and activities for everyone! 

While you’re enjoying your Port A beach vacation, you’ll want to spend time at local attractions and enjoying the many activities the area has to offer. With all the fun and activity, you’re bound to hear your stomach rumple while you’re out. Take your taste buds on a trip through Port A while you explore the town. Here are our top 5 picks for local restaurants in Port Aransas

Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill 

Begin your saltwater taste journey with starters like crab cakes, poke nachos, or Boudin balls. Lighter fare includes “handhelds” like seafood Po Boys featuring shrimp, fish, or oysters, a cheeseburger, or grab a salad of blackened shrimp or grilled chicken. You can also choose from a variety of poke bowls. Choose from shrimp & grits, redfish ponchartrain, or the charbroiled catch of the day. Land lovers will enjoy steaks, chicken, beef tenderloin, and a variety of pastas. 

Hours at 429 N. Alister Street are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (brunch) and 3-9 p.m. (lunch and dinner). They are closed on Wednesdays. 

San Juan Restaurant 

Enjoy your favorite Mexican dishes without leaving Port A. Start your day right with breakfast selections including a variety of egg dishes like ranchero-style, Mexican-style, or even cactus and eggs! Keep breakfast simple with oatmeal and toast, a Mexican omelette, or fill up with pancakes, eggs, and meat. For lunch or dinner, there are a variety of gorditas, tortas, and soft tacos, or opt for a plate featuring taco salad, chicken fried steak, fajitas, and more. Satisfy your craving for sweets with their fried ice cream or a sopapilla bread!  

Stop by and see them at 410 South Cut Off Road or call 361-749-6521 from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily for delicious food for any meal of the day.  

Coffee Waves 

Start your morning or grab a pick-me-up between fun Port A activities. Their coffee starts with Nordaggio’s and Driftwood Coffee Co. roasters products, both of which specialize in small batch, specialty coffee. Choose espresso drinks like a macchiato, cappuccino, latte, and much more. There is a variety of blended drinks, from caffeinated blends like the CW frap in mocha, vanilla, or caramel, un-caffeinated Chai frap, or fruit smoothies.  

If you’re not in the mood for coffee, choose from tea, hot chocolate, Mexican cocoa, or “London Fog.” Add a little something to eat, like Boar’s Head baked goods or sandwiches, or desserts – including 18 different gelato flavors. Hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily at 1007 State Highway 361 in Port A. Call them at 361-749-0825. 

Irie’s Island Bakery 

The moment you walk into this locally-owned bakery, your mouth will water from the tantalizing aromas of fresh baked treats and bread. You’ll find the usual assortment of baked goods from cookies, cakes, cupcakes and pies on the shelves. But Irie’s has their own signature treats you have to try! Get a hot and fresh cinnamon roll, decadent creme brulee, or try their signature “Cruffin” a unique twist on a croissant and a muffin combined. They even offer quick and easy meals like sandwiches, soups, and salads for a delicious lunch.

Stop by the eye-catching blue building and step into island charm with brightly colored walls at 200 W. Avenue G in Port A. Give them a call at 361-749-6161. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m –  2 p.m.

Trout Street Bar & Grill 

Choose from a variety of seafood appetizers, salads, and soups to get your meal off to a good start. Fill up with entrees like fresh snapper, redfish, or the catch of the day – fresh from Port A’s docks, ribeye steak, and more. Satisfy your sweet tooth with bananas foster pie, carrot cake, a chocolate brownie with ice cream, or another sweet selection. Stop in at 104 W. Cotter Avenue in Port A. Hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. The restaurant has one slip at the Trout Street Yacht Basin available daily on a first-come/first-serve basis to enjoy a dock-and-dine experience. Call 361-749-2739 for more information. 

Delicious Local Dining in Port Aransas 

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port A provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, and many activities, attractions, shopping – and Port Aransas local restaurants. We offer one-bedroom units for a solo or more intimate retreat, all the way up to three bedrooms to treat more loved ones to the local taste sensations of Port A.  

Prepare something you tasted at your new favorite local eatery, or another 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 community pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more. 

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Unlike other locales that may be covered in snow and ice, Port A enjoys comfortable temperatures year-round. You’ll find activities most places reserve for summer are still in full force. Hang out on the beach, go jet skiing, parasailing, and more. Explore below the cooler waves of the Gulf on underwater adventures like snorkeling and SCUBA trips, or keep to the land with sightseeing, shopping, dining, and live performances like theater and music. 

Are The Pool & Spa Heated? 

The pool is heated by the beat of the warm beat of the Texas sun. Due to no artificial heating, however, the pool may be a bit cooler in the winter months. Our hot tub, however, is heated! No matter what time of year you come, you can soothe sore muscles with the heat and jets of the spa. 

Are Your Rentals Self-Check-In? 

They certainly are! You won’t have to go to a separate location to pick up keys or other items that grant access to the home. You will receive a code to open the main entrance to the home once your booking is confirmed. Once you’re settled, you’ll continue to use the code while you come and go during your stay. 

Will I Have Neighbors? 

Yes. The Dunes is a residential condo community. This means there’s a mix of both permanent residents and other vacationers. Please be a good neighbor and keep the noise and activity level to a minimum and obey all quiet hours. Connect with your neighbors at community spaces like the pool, sun deck, or tennis court. Contact us today!