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Popular amenities for Port Aransas vacation rentals

Stay near Port Aransas's top sights

Roberts Point Park26 locals recommend
Dolphin Dock Inc.18 locals recommend
Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Community3 locals recommend
Port Aransas Beach Park87 locals recommend
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center22 locals recommend
Virginia's On the Bay53 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Port Aransas

  • Total rentals

    2.5K properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.1K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    750 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    39K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $40 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Port Aransas


Charming and laid-back, Port Aransas is the only town on Mustang Island, one of the seven barrier islands along the Texas Gulf Coast. In the 19th century, pirates frequented its shores, and legend has it that there’s buried treasure somewhere on the island. But these days, “Port A” is a beloved beach getaway because of its 18 miles of uninterrupted shoreline, great fishing, coastal wildlife including migratory birds and dolphins, and plentiful outdoor activities, such as surfing, parasailing, paddle-boarding, and even skydiving. In town, browse boutique shops and galleries, and after the sun goes down, you can usually find live music at its rollicking beachfront bars and clubs.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas

The subtropical climate in Port Aransas means you can expect nice weather for most of the year. Summers are long, hot, and fairly humid, with temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen and bug repellent. Like many destinations in this region, summer is hurricane season here, so keep that in mind when booking one of the area’s vacation rentals. Winters are milder, with average temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 50s; the water, which is normally wonderfully warm, gets chilly in December and January.

Top things to do in Port Aransas

San Jose Island

Just north of Port Aransas, San Jose Island, a barrier island 21 miles long and 5 miles wide, is one of the best shelling spots around. It’s privately owned and closed to vehicles, but the public can access the many miles of beautiful, quiet beach by ferry. Due to nearby shipwrecks, it’s also become a destination for treasure hunters who regularly discover artifacts dating back centuries. You can also spend an afternoon fishing in the surf or collecting sand dollars and lightning whelks along the waterline.


Port A is a world-class destination for fishing, and hosts several tournaments each year. In the late 19th century, the town was even briefly named after the tarpon that were caught en masse here at the time. Buy a license to cast your own line; you can charter a boat, or head to Roberts Point Park, the South Jetty, or Horace Caldwell Pier, where local anglers regularly haul in sharks.

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Located in the Central Flyway, the tidal flats, marshes, and shoreline of Mustang Island host hundreds of native and migrating birds. The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center features a 700-foot boardwalk and observation tower, from which visitors can spot songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and even the occasional alligator.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Port Aransas?

    Port Aransas has a subtropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Average temperatures range from 50-60°F (10-15°C) in winter to 80-90°F (27-32°C) in summer. The area is also known for its frequent sun and moderate rainfall.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Port Aransas?

    Visitors to Port Aransas often enjoy beachcombing, dolphin watching, and birding. Exploring the Port Aransas Nature Preserve and fishing at Roberts Point Park are other recommended activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Port Aransas?

    Spring and Summer are frequently suggested times to visit Port Aransas with temperatures around 70-90°F (21-32°C). Local events such as the annual SandFest in April, and the Deep Sea Roundup fishing tournament in July, bring many visitors to the area.

  • What are the best places to stay in Port Aransas?

    Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island, and Old Town are popular areas to stay in Port Aransas. Each has a unique charm, from the beachfront properties of Cinnamon Shore to the central location of Old Town.

  • What are the best places to visit in Port Aransas?

    The most popular places to visit in Port Aransas include the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and the Port Aransas Museum. The Farley Boat Works and IB Magee Beach Park are also often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Port Aransas?

    Port Aransas Nature Preserve has numerous hiking trails that allow visitors to explore its unique coastal habitats. The Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond Trail and the Nature Trail at Charlie's Pasture are other popular choices.

  • What are some family activities to do in Port Aransas?

    Families in Port Aransas can explore the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, visit the Port Aransas Museum, or spend a day at IB Magee Beach Park. A fun ferry ride to Mustang Island is another enjoyable activity for the whole family.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Port Aransas?

    Day trips from Port Aransas often include visiting the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, exploring the natural beauty of Mustang Island State Park, or learning about history at the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Port Aransas's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Port Aransas's top attractions. We offer over 4,590 vacation rentals near Irie''s Island Food, and over 2,980 vacation rentals near Virginia''s On the Bay, and so much more! Experience the best of Port Aransas right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Port Aransas?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 820 vacation rentals in Port Aransas featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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