Proving that there is never a bad time to go to the beach, we at The Dunes have decided to help out our guests who are making plans for a winter journey to Port Aransas. The weather may be a little too chilly to swim or frolic in the surf, but the serenity that accompanies a beach vacation is ever present, providing the perfect backdrop to a vacation filled with fun and wonder. Start every morning with a stroll along shore’s edge and end every day enjoying the comforts of our Dunes seasonal sanctuaries, filling in all the moments in between with the adventures we have listed for you here. This guide to a winter Port Aransas trip will help create a vacation that you will remember forevermore!
Seashells for Souvenirs
Although Port Aransas is more reasonably priced than many other beach vacation destinations, the costs will still add up as you dine out more, pay admission prices to museums and aquariums, and dip in and out of the souvenir shops that line the streets. The ultimate souvenirs, however, can be absolutely free, costing nothing but a keen eye and a walk on the beaches of San Jose Island! Offering 21 miles of pristine golden sands, the island can be easily reached by ferry and provides a plethora of beautiful shells. This is where you go to find sand dollars, starfish, and many other unique and wonderful shells that can normally be difficult to find, giving guests the best souvenirs without having to break the bank! San Jose Island is basically a privately owned wildlife preserve and visitors are restricted to the beaches, but we don’t think you will mind, ignoring the rest of the island. Also popular for bird watching, beach combing, and fishing, your time on the island may end up being the highlight of your Port A vacation experience.
The View from Above
For an eye opening experience, a helicopter tour of Port Aransas and Mustang Island offers an exciting way to explore. Aero-Copter’s Premium Helicopter Tours provides a variety of tours of varying lengths, that will take visitors along the most beautiful land and seascapes in the nation. With prices starting at $40 a seat, this reasonably priced activity packs a load of adventures in its flight time and can also be the perfect place to pop the most important question of your life.
Port Aransas Museum, 403 N Allister Street
Into everyone’s life a little rain shall fall and if the rain happens to fall during your winter escape to Port A, don’t let it dampen your mood, just take the fun indoors with a visit to the Port Aransas Museum! Stay warm and dry no matter what the weather looks like outside as you explore exhibits that delve into the history of our coastal village, exploring a past that is quite entertaining, being sure to stop in the gift shop on your way out to pick up one of a kind gifts, including prints of vintage photos that tell the history of our town.
A Foodie’s Taste of the Town
We all look forward to dining out on vacation, enjoying a taste of the town that is far different than what we can expect in our own hometowns, and the culinary landscape of Port Aransas will bring you your most flavorful adventures! Texas barbecue at MacDaddy’s Family Restaurant, local seafood at Black Marlin Bar & Grill, and a beautiful blend of sea and the old country at Seafood & Spaghetti Works are just the beginning in a long list of what will soon be your favorite restaurants! Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, will be very much enjoyed and quickly devoured when you stop by Coach’s Island Pub & Grub, serving Texas sized breakfasts that will help keep your energy up during your Port A adventures!
A Sneak Peek of the Holidays
If your Port A getaway takes place over the holidays, this sneak peek into some of our more festive events will put you in the spirit! The Lighted Boat Parade shines a new light on holiday parades, with a parade of boats lit up in their most festive best, skimming by Fisherman’s Wharf as night falls over the town. Continue your holiday tradition of seeing the Nutcracker with a visit to nearby Corpus Christi at the Selena Auditorium weekends in December. Drive through local neighborhoods to view homes decorated in colorful lights and when it is time to say farewell to 2023, New Year’s brings fireworks at Roberts Point Park!