Please excuse some noise that may occur during weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM at this time due to some plumbing drain replacements. We expect the project to be completed by February 28th, 2022.

Fall Guide to Port Aransas

You came to Port Aransas for Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico – and maybe to get away from the drastically cooling temperatures of home. There is plenty to do and see both inside and out on a fall escape to Port Aransas, check it all out in our fall guide to Port Aransas.


While the weather is cooling from scorching summer heat, it’s still plenty warm to spend some time at the beach. Pack up your beach gear and head out for a day on the sand or play time in the water. Spread out your blanket and plant your beach umbrella to lounge on the sand with a book or step out into the sun for some sunbathing. Swim in the waves of the Gulf, help the kids build sandcastles, or enjoy your daily exercise on the beach.


The easy, year-round activity is one people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Charter a tour or rent some gear and strike out on your own. Check out the bays and shallow waters, piers, and jetties, or ask about the best places to see what’s biting in the Fishing Capital of Texas. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush with your catch of the day, head out on a deep sea trip in search of kingfish, marlin, tuna, and others who lurk in deep waters.

Surf Camp

With the waters of the Gulf only just beginning to cool, water sports will be on your mind during your island getaway. Get the adrenaline pumping while you learn a new skill when you learn to surf during your fall respite to Port Aransas. You can try windsurfing or traditional surfing along the Port Aransas coast. You’ll learn from professional instructors during private lessons that will give you the skills you need to rent your own board and surf the waves on your own.

Undersea Adventures

There are several companies that help you take water sports adventure in Port Aransas below the waves. Book a snorkeling or scuba diving tour during your fall retreat and plunge under the water to see a side of Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico you can’t see up close from inside a tour boat. Many companies offer scuba certification before the trip, and if you want to rent gear to dive later, you’ll need to be certified.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute

The University of Texas at Austin houses its Marine Science Institute on the shores of Port Aransas. The institute’s goal is to educate the public on marine science and how to take better care of the marine environment of Port Aransas and the surrounding area. Public programs, lectures, and more are hosted at the institute, and the Patton Marine Science Education Center is opening soon.

Glowing Kayak Tour

Enjoy a different kind of kayak tour this fall when you board a clear kayak lit up by special underwater LED lights! The clear boat allows you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings you can choose, but also the underwater world beneath you. Set the lights to your preference for a unique color and style. Paddle along as your tour guide points out Port Aransas landmarks and provides a wealth of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.

Port Aransas Museum & Farley’s Historic Boat Shop

Learn more about Port Aransas and what shaped the town into what it is today. The museum boasts a number of temporary and permanent exhibits, with rotating featured exhibits so no two visits are the same. The museum is located in a 1900s “kit house” 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 the premier boat builder in Port Aransas, specializing in tarpon fishing boats. The “living exhibit” can be visited at 716 W. Avenue C on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. It is closed Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.

Fall into Fun Using Our Fall Guide to Port Aransas

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes this fall, 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 that are on our fall guide to Port Aransas. 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 fall retreat to Port Aransas!