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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Foods
Start your meal off with appetizers like chicken sate, handmade spring rolls, or tropical BBQ-glazed chicken on bamboo skewers, or a seafood basket. Special “plates” include jumbo Gulf shrimp, fire-grilled wahoo, and lighter choices like a fried avocado plate. Guests with big appetites will enjoy the three-taco plate or go all-out for a “Big Taco” made from house-made flour or corn tortillas stuffed with your choice of protein. Featured salads include mixed greens, BBQ fire-grilled chicken breast, spring roll salad, and more. Choose a rice bowl or satisfy a smaller hunger with sandwiches like chicken fried steak, grilled cheese, Po’ Boys, and others. Finish everything off with something sweet, like vanilla bean or chocolate crème brulee or Kokoleka pie.
Stop by the eye-catching blue building and step into island charm with brightly colored walls at 503 N. Alister Street in Port A. Give them a call at 361-749-2310. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and they’re closed on Sundays.
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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No. Our quiet and cozy condo community is home to both full-time residents and other vacationers. They have chosen The Dunes because of the quiet atmosphere, calmer surroundings, and easy access to the beach that it offers. We ask that you be a good neighbor and refrain from any parties, events, or other disturbances. There may be community events held in our public areas, but private parties or events inside the unit are not tolerated. For guests wishing to host a party or event, please book our on-property event center.
What Is the Best Way to Get Around?
With nine square miles of land, getting to the most popular activities and attractions is just a short walk from your rental. The ferry system from the mainland transports both vehicles and people to the island, so you can get around by rental vehicle if you prefer. Rent a beach golf cart or bicycle or hop on the trolley for a more unique way to travel. The trolley goes everywhere, and only costs 25 cents!
What Is There to Do in Summer?
Port A is a summer vacationer’s paradise. Temperatures skyrocket to the mid-90s, meaning plenty of time hanging out on the beach, swimming, or heading out for an adrenaline run on a jet ski. Head below the warmer waves of the Gulf on underwater adventures like snorkeling and SCUBA trips, or keep to the land with sightseeing, shopping, dining, and more.
How Many People Can Stay at the Rental?
Before you click on a link for all the details, check out the ones available in the preview. These include the unit number, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the number of guests allowed. Our efficiency units are the perfect size for up to two guests, while our three-bedroom homes host up to eight.
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!
The first food truck came out in 1936 and was, believe it or not, the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, a truck shaped like a hot dog used for advertising and for selling hot dogs to hungry diners. It didn’t take long for restaurants to take note, and although in the early days of food trucks, the food served could have been considered rather questionable, today they are the creators and sellers of gourmet foods and can make a delicious addition to your vacation experiences. If your journey brings you to Port Aransas for a stay in our vacation rental sanctuaries, this guide to some of the top Port Aransas food trucks will make your taste buds stand up and cheer.
Rollin’ Tide Boil Company
A good old-fashioned crab boil has been a seaside tradition for centuries, and Rollin’ Tide Boil Company allows visitors and locals to enjoy the tradition without all the work that generally accompanies the meal. Located at 321 On the Beach Drive, there is no need to catch your own crab, to purchase the potatoes, corn, and sausage, that is integral to the crab boil, and all you need to do is head to Rollin’ Tide to make your order and devour it on a picnic table on the beach! Offering a taste of the sea that is pure Texas, this tasty truck is definitely one of our favorites.
Tropical Sno of Port Aransas
On a hot summer day, nothing cools you down faster than a sweet and frosty shaved ice cone sold by Tropical Sno of Port Aransas. This food truck is permanently located in a parking lot at 501 S. Alister, providing a convenient place to take a break while enjoying all the shops that are housed on Alister. There is something about a truly excellent shaved ice, all sweet, colorful, and cool, that just makes the sun shine brighter and elevates even the most depressed of moods.
Toscano Burgers and More
A road trip up the coast is always a good idea in Port Aransas, and if your rental car points in the direction of Rockport, we recommend checking in on Toscano Burgers and More. Their burgers are topped with farm-fresh produce and the buns offer a perfect complement to the juicy patties piled high on each. If you are in Texas for a special event, they also do catering, so consider giving them a call.
The laws of Port Aransas are such that free-roaming food trucks are not permitted, but restaurants can sell their wares from a food truck permanently parked on the property. This is why the two Port A Food Trucks we mentioned above are located at permanent addresses, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appear for special events, including the upcoming SandFest. Taking place April 19 through April 21 this year, it is the largest beach sand sculpture contest in the entire country, and accompanying the artists and their work will be live music and a delicious selection of food trucks for your dining enjoyment. No vendors are listed as of yet, but going off what was offered in previous years, guests can expect burgers, barbecue, and even some good old-fashioned down-home Southern cooking that will make you glad you chose to visit SandFest!
More for the Road
As we just stated, Port Aransas has a complicated relationship with food trucks, but we are in the process of trying to change that. In the meantime, a visit to nearby Corpus Christi will offer a huge selection of these delicious mobile units, a few of which we have listed below.
- Taco Bar Street – Serving America’s newest favorite handheld, the tacos served at Taco Bar Street will make you wish that every day was Taco Tuesday.
- Marti McPies – Every vacation deserves a great piece of pizza and the pies sold at Marti McPies will never disappoint.
- Snack Daddy’s Ice Cream – Taking the standard ice cream truck to new levels of sophistication, Snack Daddy’s offers the perfect treat for a beautiful summer day.
- Wings & Wiches – Offering exactly what you think a place named Wings & Wiches might serve, this yummy food truck is definitely worth the road trip.
At Home with The Dunes
Our fully equipped kitchens make meal prep easy, but we absolutely understand that travelers don’t want to do kitchen chores while on vacation! We work hard to ensure that our guests enjoy a vacation filled with fun, comfort, and flavor and a visit to any of the food trucks listed above will prove that. Offering culinary adventures you can’t experience anywhere else if these Port Aransas food trucks don’t make you excited, it’s ok; we have a big town filled with the best restaurants in the state. Reserve your favorite sanctuary with us today!
It may seem as if you just finished packing away the last of your Christmas decorations, but it is time to start planning your next gift-giving holiday, the most romantic one of the year. Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you want to retain your title of Gift Giver Supreme, we suggest a getaway to the beaches of Port Aransas and a stay in our romantic love nests at The Dunes. The Dunes offers the best views at one location in Port Aransas. Look north to the Ship Channel and watch boats and ships of all sizes cruise in and out of the harbor areas. Look to the south and view the Port Aransas beachline to the Gulf of Mexico. Look to the east for the beachfront where you can step off the property and right on the beach. This guide to the most romantic Texas Valentine’s Day activities in Port Aransas and all the cozy comforts and cuddles you can expect to enjoy in our holiday hideaways will ensure that love will shine brightly in February of 2024.
Mornings are for Breakfast in Bed
The best traditions are the ones that continue for years to come, and breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day could become your thing. She (or he) has been at the helm of the stove for as long as you have been together, but being able to sleep a little longer and wake up to a favorite meal is the one you are going to make this holiday stand out. Your cooking skills aren’t up to par? Pastries from Irie’s Island Bakery (200 W Avenue G) and freshly blended mimosas hardly take up any effort but will bring the same grateful response.
Sweets for Your Sweetest
Can you really consider it a successful Valentine’s Day without chocolate? Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about that when you take some time out of your getaway to explore the sweet treats offered by Winton’s Island Candy. Located at 601 S Alister Street and housed inside a colorful cottage that has survived hurricanes and economic downturns for nearly 30 years and the sweets inside will bring a smile to the face of the one you love most. Chocolates, salt water taffy, gummies, caramels; if there’s something sweet you can’t find, you just aren’t looking carefully enough!
The gift of Port Aransas keeps on giving with a visit to Tippy Toes, a local jewelry store that focus on toes and ankles, providing a stunning selection of toe rings and anklets that will sparkle brightly when wading through the chilly waters that surround Port A. Located at 345 N Alister Street Suite D, they also sell earrings and ear cuffs helping your Valentine sparkle from head to toe.
A Massage Built for Two
The experiences you share together will help build a stronger more powerful relationship over time, and a couple’s massage enjoyed at Massage Medic, 420 East Cotter Avenue, Suite B, is definitely one that you will never forget. In business for over 20 years and offering the most talented hands in the state, the romance of a couple’s massage will add joy to your Valentine’s Day vacation on the shores of Port Aransas.
The Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day
The holiday would not be complete without a romantic meal and for this Valentine’s Day we recommend Grumbles Seafood Company for the perfect ending to a beautiful and romantic Texas day. Located at 850 Tarpon Street and featuring a seafood-centric menu with local specialties, while offering stunning views of the sea, it is impossible to order a bad meal, and if you happen to be dining at sunset even better. Their dessert menu isn’t all that large but be sure to save room to share a piece of their delicious pina colada cheesecake for a sweet finale you will never forget.
Wait, There’s More!
Just when you think the day can’t get any better, The Dunes comes up with the best idea ever, a bonfire on the beach! Slow Ur Roll Bonfires does the hard work of building the bonfire, leaving you and your Valentine to reap the benefits, of cuddling, snuggling, and perhaps roasting marshmallows for the s’mores that everyone loves. Also offering heart-shaped pits, photography sessions, and signs painted with special messages, we can’t imagine a better way to spend a romantic night at the beach! This is a popular activity, so be sure to make your reservations way in advance, something that can be done at the Slow Ur Roll website.
Snuggling at Home with The Dunes
The most memorable moments may be the ones you enjoy in our holiday love nests at The Dunes. Watching Hallmark movies on state-of-the-art televisions, snuggling together under a warm blanket on balconies that overlook the vast waters, letting the sounds of waves crashing onto the sands below provide beautiful music that will accompany your Texas love story. Reserve your favorite holiday hideaway today and fall in love all over again in the most comfortable of surroundings! Now is your best time to reserve and stay at the Dunes while our off-season special discounts are available. Go online and check out those last-minute vacation deals while they last.
When that last bell chimes at midnight and the final sips of champagne are enjoyed, it won’t just signify that 2023 is over but mark the beginning of 2024 and a chance to do some things for yourself for a change. Perhaps your dream of travel will come true as you start a journey to Port Aransas, complete with a stay in our beachy escapes, enjoying peace, quiet, and all the relaxation you deserve after the chaos of the holidays. This guide to kicking off 2024 the right way with a visit to Port A and a little salt air therapy will help make 2024 the year for you.
The last few months of 2023 have been crazy ones, with every minute of every day filled with shopping, cleaning, working, and stress, which makes taking some time for yourself the most important way to begin 2024. Although you will find more than a few things to do during your Texas trip of a lifetime, there will be no need to overschedule this vacation. Instead, greet each morning with a casual stroll along sandy beaches, (after sleeping in as late as you want, of course) devour hearty breakfasts containing all the carbs you love (Island Café is known for both their pancakes AND their biscuits) and spend an afternoon sitting on the balcony of your vacation condo with a book on your lap and the Gulf providing a serene backdrop to the adventures taking place on the pages.
A Step Back in Time
The winter months are mostly dry and cool, with daytime temps rarely dropping below the high 60s, but on a surprise rainy morning, exploring the history of Port A will help you enjoy its present delights even more. The Port Aransas Museum, located at 403 N Alister Street, is housed inside a 1900s kit home, adding to the charm of the exhibits located within. Offering both a permanent collection and revolving display of exhibits, visitors can enjoy its warmth, while learning how the Gulf shaped our town’s existence. Stopping in the gift shop on your way out will ensure that you never forget your moments spent exploring the past.
Sunsets of Port Aransas
You need your sleep, and as such, we aren’t going to suggest a sunrise walk on the beach, but we do encourage you to put down your book, step out of the store you are shopping in, or just stop whatever you are doing to look up and enjoy Mother Nature’s most stunning display. If you can get to the beach, even better, especially as you stand on shore’s edge, toes buried in the sand, Gulf waters tickling your feet, watching the sky turn to fire on this beautiful winter’s day. Stay for the whole “show,” watching the golden orb slowly move lower and lower before finally dropping into the sea, leaving a dark sky that will quickly begin to twinkle with starlight.
Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N Shoreline Boulevard in Corpus Christi
If the sea and the world underneath it fascinates you and it is still a little too cold for snorkeling or scuba diving, be sure to pencil in a road trip to the Texas State Aquarium, located in nearby Corpus Christi. Explore their conservation efforts, be engaged by their wildlife rescue programs, and do a deep dive into the stories of the inhabitants of the aquarium, including birds, snakes, sharks, and because land animals need rescuing too, their beautiful young ocelot, Milla, whose distinctive fur pattern makes her stand out in this watery world. The Texas State Aquarium was the idea that formed in the minds of the Junior League of Corpus Christi all the way back in 1969 and today is world renowned for its rescue efforts.
A Taste of the Town
Our fully equipped kitchens provide an alternative to dining out for every meal, but a vacation wouldn’t be a vacation without a culinary exploration of the town you are visiting, and the restaurant landscape of Port A is a delicious one. Breakfast at the previously mentioned Islands Café, lunch at MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen, and because you never want to venture far from the waters that drew you to our Texas coastal village, FINS Grill and Icehouse, sits on the waterfront, serving up the sweetest seafood and juiciest Angus burgers in town.
2024 You Deserve This
You’ve spent so much time doing things for others, and now it’s time to start doing things for you. In 2024, you deserve to relax, play, and explore all the comfortable adventures our sanctuaries at The Dunes provide. Sleep in late every day, binge-watch your favorite movies on state-of-the-art televisions, and let the sea do its thing, soothing the tattered edges of your soul. Reserve your favorite vacation condo today! When that last bell chimes at midnight and the final sips of champagne are enjoyed, it won’t just signify that 2023 is over but mark the beginning of 2024 and a chance to do some things for yourself for a change.
Perhaps your dream of travel will come true as you start a journey to Port Aransas, complete with a stay in our beachy escapes, enjoying peace, quiet, and all the relaxation you deserve after the chaos of the holidays. This guide to kicking off 2024 the right way with a visit to Port A and a little salt air therapy will help make 2024 the year of you.
As the activity level amps up over the holiday season, we at The Dunes want to tell you there is nothing wrong with taking a salt air therapy break on the beaches of Port Aransas. Even if it is a little too cold to frolic in the surf, the moments you spend sitting on the balcony of Unit 309, sipping your favorite beverage, and letting the salt air and sounds of the sea soothe your soul will be the moments you will never forget. This guide to the charms of one of our most popular 2-bedroom, 2-bath Port Aransas condos for rent will bring a smile to your face and anticipation to your heart!
Step inside Unit 309 and feel your shoulders relax, your heartbeat slow, and that little tic in your eyelid that has been driving you crazy since the first Halloween costumes showed up in the store go away. It’s almost magical how quickly the charms of this stunning condo will begin to calm you, and as you follow wood floors to rooms filled with treasures, your smile will grow as wide as the wall of windows letting in views of the water. The balcony that wraps around the corner of the unit may call to you, but first let’s just take a moment to let the magic of the condo do its work and explore a little of what the interior offers.
An open concept floor plan allows all six guests stay connected even as they do their own thing. The living room with its high ceilings anchored by plush sofa and chairs will be where your second-best relaxing moments take place as you watch the state-of-the-art television mounted on the wall opposite or take a little nap on a rainy day, lulled into sleep by the rhythmic sounds of big fat raindrops splashing against the windows. Turn the corner, making your way to the tiki bar created from wood, rope, and a colorful life preserver, and sit and sip as you scroll through your social media sites or pull up a chair at the large table and play games with the people you call yours. When snack time sounds like a good idea, meander over to the country kitchen that is light, bright, and offers a refrigerator full of your favorite snacks—if you have had time to stock it yet. Stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a tongue and groove coffered ceiling work together to create a space that is welcoming and cheerful.
This Way to the Beach
Port Aransas is our hometown and as much as we love it here, it just wouldn’t be the same without turquoise waters and sandy beaches, which is something that we never have to worry about and neither will you. Even at night, when the sky is dark and the moon is hiding, you will know the water is out there, especially as the décor of Unit 309 provides hints and reminders everywhere you turn. Colorful and oversized flipflops hanging on the wall outside the kitchen, the driftwood coffee table in the living room, and paintings of lighthouses, sandy beaches, sea waters splashing against the rocks in the bedrooms will bring you joy, holding you over until the sun rises and you can sit outside on the balcony feeling salty breezes kiss your cheeks, hearing the waves crash against the shores, and see the colorful waters going on and on, eventually meeting the line of the horizon. These are the moments that you will never forget, and the memories created here will never lose their magic, simply because you chose The Dunes and this beautiful condo for your Texas sanctuary.
As you spend your days exploring all that Port A has to offer, in the back of your mind our comfortable bedrooms will take center stage, perhaps tempting you to finish up your tourist activities faster than you normally would. Premium beds topped with silky linens, state-of-the-art televisions, and windows that look out over the Horace Caldwell Pier or doors that lead out to the balcony create spaces that invite deep sleep and happy dreams. Each room has its own bath, rooms that are spacious, colorful, and provide updated fixtures for your cleansing conveniences.
Life Is Better at the Beach
Sunrises, sunsets, long walks with toes buried in the sand, and long days spent soaking in the carefree vibe of the sea are just some of the reasons life is better at the beach, but of course, there are more. Every day will be a new adventure and Unit 309 was built and designed to be an integral part of every adventure! Reserve your favorite escape today and discover your own personal reasons as to why life is better when it is accompanied by sand, salt air, and crashing waves.
If you’re looking to book this vacation rental at a lower rate, our discount codes are perfect for you. We offer a 10% military discount and a 10% 55+ discount between Labor Day and the Thursday before Memorial Day, just use code “Military 10” or “55Plus10” at checkout then present your military ID, or ID that shows you are 55 or older at check-in. We also offer a multi-unit rental discount on group room rentals. Groups of 2-4 rentals will get a 10% discount and groups of 5+ rentals will receive a 15% discount, valid between Labor Day and the Thursday before Memorial Day and reservations must be linked by a shared name to receive the discount. Contact The Dunes with any questions.
When the chaos of the holidays begin to get you down, it is time to start looking for new ways to celebrate, especially at Christmas. The way, we see it, you can either spend this fun and festive season cleaning, cooking, and dealing with cranky relatives as you lose the magic the holiday is supposed to bring or, you can spread your wings and fly south for an unforgettable Christmas in Port Aransas, TX relaxing and celebrating in our Dunes holiday hideaways. This guide to the top reasons you should consider spending Christmas 2023 at the beach will make you believe in the magic all over again.
Sunrises and Sunsets
Sunrises and sunsets are Mother Nature’s way of showing us she is the better artist and although the ones in your hometown are stunning, a beach sunrise and sunset will take your breath away and make you believe in all that’s good and beautiful in the world. Wake up early on Christmas Day, leave the packages waiting to be unwrapped in their spots under the tree, on the table, or wherever you choose to place them and greet the holiday with a walk along sandy shores. You can always go back to bed after, sleeping a few more hours until the house comes awake, or you can spend the quiet moments creating a Christmas breakfast in our fully equipped kitchens. At sunset, maybe you will choose to enjoy your evening meal on your balcony overlooking the sea, marveling at the fire in the sky as you celebrate with your family gathered close.
Lighted Boat Parade, December 9, Port Aransas Fishermen’s Wharf
We all love a parade and our lighted boat parade, held just a couple of weeks before Christmas, is one you will wish never had to end. Watch from the pavilion as boats owned by locals drift across the water, dressed in their finest “holiday attire.” Viewing Christmas lights can be difficult when visiting a place you have never been before, but this beautiful parade, brings the show to you. And if you still feel the need to view more lights, this parade starts at 6 and ends at 8, leaving you plenty of time to drive through neighborhoods or to head over to Roberts Point Park which will be lit up for the holiday as well.
When Life Is Wonderful
It’s a holiday tradition in our house to spend Christmas Eve watching the classic Christmas movies we have loved our whole lives, but for a new spin on an old tradition, why not check out the live-action version of It’s a Wonderful Life, performed by the Narada Radio Company at the Port Aransas Community Theater? Tickets are only $10 and performances are held December 14 through December 22 on select nights. And because our Dunes holiday havens provide state-of-the-art televisions, you can compare the new with the old on Christmas Eve, watching George Bailey learn the most important lesson of his life, as you are surrounded by the most important people in your own life!
Last Minute Gifts for Christmas in Port Aransas, TX?
It can be difficult to lug all your presents across the country, and even though wrapped gifts are permitted on airplanes, if security finds your gifts suspicious, they may need to unwrap them, spoiling all your hard work. Fortunately, the shops of Port Aransas will be open and filled with treasures that you won’t want to wait to give to your family. Find gifts they will be thankful for at Gratitude (316 N Station Street), fly high with a visit to our favorite kite shop, Fly It Port A (405 W Avenue G), and make their holiday shine with a gift from Port Aransas Art Center (104 N Allister), especially if you choose to make it yourself. The classes offered here will ensure that the gifts you give will be one-of-a-kind ones, destined to be the favorite of those who receive them.
At Ho-Ho-Home with The Dunes
We can already see that your Christmas in the great state of Texas is destined to be one you will obsess over for years to come and there is so much more to discover, starting, and ending, with our Dunes Christmas havens. Offering all the comforts of home, our beautiful escapes will be where Hallmark Christmas movies are watched, multiple cups of hot cocoa are imbibed, and dreams filled with gifts that are shiny and new will run on a loop through your night.
Offering a beautiful blend of creature comforts and modern conveniences, your Christmas in Port Aransas, TX will indeed be merry and bright, even without a blanket of snow covering the landscape. Reserve your favorite hideaway today and find your joy in a beach Christmas vacation that will shine brighter than any other! Check out our reduced weekday rates and special discounts!