Destination guide

Proof that not everything in Texas is bigger

Situated on Mustang Island's northern tip in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Aransas is the ideal Texan beach experience. With a white sandy beach and turquoise waters, it's easy to forget you're not actually on a Caribbean island. Its small size makes for an easy walk or bike ride to anywhere you need to go, and the local culture's number 1 priority is taking it easy and enjoying the beach. Opt for a Port Aransas vacation rental situated right on the Gulf, and start each day with a sunrise you'll never forget.

Things to do

Mustang Island 101: let Port Aransas be your guide

Port Aransas is the perfect starting point to see Mustang Island, whether you explore on foot or by bike. If you tire of the beach (is that even possible?), then head south to Roberts Point Park, and don't be surprised if you find an outdoor concert or festival in action. Other highlights inlcude the Port Aransas Nature Preserve and the Port Aransas Museum, which explores the local history and focuses on wildlife preservation throughout the island. Book your Port Aransas vacation rental in the heart of town for the true local experience.


From daytime dolphin spotting to nighttime stargazing

The biggest appeal of Port Aransas is, without a doubt, its beaches. Spend the day on the Gulf, either from the sandy shores or out on a boat, with your eyes peeled for dolphins. Go for a hike or a bike ride around the island, or rent some equipment and go jetskiing or paddleboarding. If nightlife is more your scene, spend your evenings barhopping, seeking out live music at some of the hotspots downtown. Loop back to your Port Aransas vacation rental for a nightcap and some prime stargazing over the Gulf.


The year-round sun makes for year-round fun

Port Aransas experiences moderate and pleasant weather for much of the year, and the Gulf's warm temps make it an ideal swimming spot even in the shoulder seasons. Visit in May or October for smaller crowds and lower prices, or make your way to Port Aransas in the summer months to experience Mustang Island in full swing. Though the island is pleasant from November thorugh March, you might find it a bit too chilly to swim. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, which is important to keep in mind when booking.

Natural features

Who would have thought you could island hop in Texas?

Located on Mustang Island just off the Texas coast, Port Aransas is known for its sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. It's a popular fishing destination, and a variety of parks make for ideal wildlife spotting. Roberts Point Park features an observation tower with bay views and prime dolphin sightings. Birdlovers can head to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, which sits over wetlands that are home to a variety of local bird species and alligators. Boat tours are available for travelers interested in heading out and exploring some of the more remote neighboring islands.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Port Aransas

Fly into Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County), the closest airport, located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Corpus Christi, TX (CRP-Corpus Christi Intl.), which is 27.3 mi (44 km) away.

Where to stay around Port Aransas, TX?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,121 vacation rentals near Port Aransas. From 883 Houses to 795 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port Aransas for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Port Aransas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Port Aransas:

  • Cinnamon Shore: 1,090 vacation rentals
  • Sand Point: 608 vacation rentals
  • Safe Harbor: 383 vacation rentals
  • Leeward Sands: 166 vacation rentals
  • Bella Vista: 17 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Port Aransas?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port Aransas. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • IB Magee Beach Park: 2,309 vacation rentals
  • Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture: 2,472 vacation rentals
  • University of Texas Marine Science Institute: 2,270 vacation rentals
  • Horace Caldwell Pier: 2,312 vacation rentals
  • Newport Dunes Golf Course: 2,452 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Aransas listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Port Aransas?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 883 Houses in Port Aransas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Aransas include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 795 rentals available
  • Cottages: 66 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 66 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Aransas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,619 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Aransas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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