Take it easy by the sea with Port Aransas condos

With its relaxed pace of life, and miles of peaceful shoreline, this small city at the northern tip of Mustang Island is an enduringly popular destination for vacationers. A "Port A" condo rental could see you waking to the sound of the ocean, and spending your day gliding from one mellow activity to the next before finishing up with a spot of stargazing on the beach. Visit in the quiet season—from September to February—for the best chance of bagging a good deal.

Hit the beach with Port Aransas condo rentals

With plenty of beachfront condos offering uninterrupted sea views, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your vacation home to appreciate the location, and with six miles of beach on your doorstep you’ll have every opportunity to feel the sand beneath your feet. Getting around can be fun, too—embrace the local lifestyle by using a golf buggy to get from A to B; some vacation rentals even throw one in for free.

Discover a nature-lover’s paradise at San Jose Island

If it’s a really peaceful beach you’re looking for, take the ferry from Port Aransas to the uninhabited San Jose Island, a vehicle-free sanctuary for over 300 species of native birds, including roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, and black-bellied whistling ducks. Stroll along the 21 miles of unspoiled coastline and see if you can spot a starfish, or a lightning whelk. With so much sea life around you’ll be sure to find a pristine shell to take back to your condo as a souvenir.

Take to the ocean waves with Port Aransas condo rentals

Plenty of skippers are waiting for you, so why not charter a boat and sail wherever your fancy takes you? Sea life fans will be delighted to find that dolphins are regular visitors to the waters around Port Aransas, and specialist cruises are available to take you to see these incredible mammals up close and personal. If you’re prone to paddle, you can glide along in a kayak on a guided nature trail.

Get that adrenaline pumping in Port A

As relaxed as Port Aransas is, you won’t be short of opportunities to raise your heart rate. Try your hand at surfing, or kiteboarding, and if you have a head for heights why not indulge in a bit of paragliding? If all that sounds too sedate, you could always hurl yourself out of a plane from 11,000 feet before landing on the beach (we’re talking about skydiving, in case you were wondering). After all this high-octane action, wind down with a round of golf on the local links-style course.

Family activities near your Port Aransas condo rental

With some Port Aransas vacation home rentals accommodating a dozen or more people, you'll find yourself in a great spot for a good old-fashioned family vacation. If you’re traveling with young children you’ll find plenty to keep them occupied, from age-old seaside activities to boat tours and nature trails. When they’ve worked up an appetite you’ll find a range of family restaurants to choose from.

Build a castle beside your beachfront condo in Port Aransas

You’re never far from the beach in Port Aransas, so make sure you have a bucket and shovel to hand. Port A is something of a sand castle hotspot, playing host to the Texas SandFest every April, which attracts master sculptors along with enthusiastic amateurs. You could even take your skills to the next level by booking a lesson with a local sand artist.

Watch the ships go by at Roberts Point Park

The younger generation will enjoy Roberts Point Park, a waterfront area featuring a pirate-themed playground and a host of picnic spots. They can watch supertankers glide by, and maybe catch a glimpse of a sea turtle, or a school of dolphins. Then why not take them on a theatrical pirate cruise for a spot of swashbuckling? Just be sure to book a condo with a shared pool, to cool them off at the end of a busy day.

Couples will love a Port Aransas condo rental

If you’re looking for a romantic break, a Port Aransas vacation rental is the perfect choice. Start by booking into a day spa for a couples' massage, and let those cares melt away. With an array of restaurants to choose from, you’ll have ample opportunity to gaze at one another across a table for two—or maybe you’d prefer to spend a quiet evening in your cozy pad, rustling up a romantic meal in its fully equipped kitchen. Pick a beachfront condo with a balcony for that al fresco experience.