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Port Aransas may only be a short drive from home, but you 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 with your loved ones seems like a memory waiting to be made. This spring, break out the bathing suit, slide on those flip-flops and escape to Texas’ favorite island to see why generations of families have anchored their spring traditions in Port A.

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Claim your spot along our seemingly endless beaches and enjoy the warm Gulf waters. 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 from the jetty, paddleboarding in a calm lagoon or racing jet skis, Port Aransas has the perfect adventure waiting for your family. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own gear; there are dozens of rental shops on the island to help make your next visit unforgettable.

Beyond the Beach

As tempting as it is to spend all your time soaking up the sun on Port Aransas’ 18 miles of beachline, you don’t want to miss this eclectic island town’s local scene. There is no better place to dive into the reemerging world of Tiki drinks, try a new local beer or refresh with your frozen cocktail of choice than on Texas’ favorite island. 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.

Cruise Like a Local

Obviously, the best commute to the beach is a short commute…in a beach-cruising golf cart with your favorite playlist bumping and the sea breeze blowing through your hair. Fortunately, Port Aransas is filled with stunning vacation rentals and golf cart rental shops that will let you turn your commute to the beach into a great memory your crew will never forget.

Anchor Your Traditions

With something to offer everyone—from looking for seashells on San José Island to exploring unique local boutiques—this island community is full of surprises that will leave everyone 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 anchor your traditions in Port Aransas.

Make the most of your island time and plan your trip today.

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