Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas is Texas’ beach destination for families who want to get away from what has kept them apart and discover their own salty souls on island time. Port A may only be a short drive from home, but your worries will feel a world away once you take that first breath of salty sea air. The sun shines a bit warmer, the breeze feels a bit cooler and every moment seems like a memory waiting to be made.

With something to offer everyone—from sea shelling on San Jose Island, to exploring a real life pirate ship—this eclectic town is full of surprises that will leave families with memories they’ll want to relive year after year. Whether you’re looking to escape for an island getaway, get outdoors and explore your coast, or simply get the freshest taste of Texas—it’s time to make your way to Port A.

You know you’ve arrived on island time when you see a truck pull over, and the driver steps out to take off their boots and slip on their sandals; it happens all the time in Port Aransas. Schedules and homework will slip away and the only thing that matters is the moment in front of you and memories you’ll make together. Port A is the perfect place to get away from what has kept you and your family apart.

Make your way around the island the Port A way—on a golf cart. Feel the sea breeze in your hair, blast your favorite beach tunes and experience the epitome of what a drive to the beach with the family can be. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about finding parking; you can roll right up onto the beach, dig your toes in the sand, cast a line into the surf and enjoy the relaxing fun you can only have on an island getaway.

Looking for more exploration? There’s something waiting to be uncovered here in Port Aransas, something timeless and storied...your family’s salty soul. Connect with our old seaside spirit and explore the storied history of Port Aransas—from the handcrafted Farley Boats that dot the island to the Pirate Ship waiting for its next brave captain—it’s time to get salty!

...this eclectic town is full of surprises that will leave families with memories they'll want to relive year after year.

Port Aransas was named one of the Top 10 Family Beaches by TripAdvisor’s family travel site Family Vacation Critic, and you’ll see why the minute you arrive. Whether your ideal family activity consists of fishing along our sandbanks, bike riding along a beautiful path or paddle boarding in a calm lagoon—Port Aransas has the perfect adventure waiting for your family.

Claim your spot along our seemingly endless beaches and enjoy the warm Gulf waters. Grab your boogie board, test your balance on a surfboard or hop on a jetski and see just how easy it is to create a tradition your family will want to relive year after year in Port A.

You can find great food all over this proud state, but Port Aransas is the best place to get an authentic taste of Texas’ island flavor. With outdoor seating found under patios or palm covered palapas, and menus ranging from just caught local seafood to land-lover favorites, there are countless restaurants your family will beg to return to scattered across the island.

Looking for seafood as fresh as fresh can get? There are several restaurants, such as Fins Grill & Icehouse, that will prepare whatever fish you catch and bring in from your Port A fishing trip. Looking to mix things up? Lelo’s Island Bar serves up amazing cheeseburgers and other delicious dishes ranging from classic to new island flavors. Whatever your family’s preference, whatever the budget, Port Aransas has the perfect dining experience for you.