Budget, Destinations, Hotels

Port Aransas an Affordable Golf Coast Destination

March 10, 2014 by

Port Aransas sandcastle

Port Aransas is often called the “Best Kept Secret on the Gulf Coast,” because it offers families the chance to soak up the sunshine, enjoy the beach, fishing, birding and more…for less.

Port Aransas is located in South Texas on the northern tip of Mustang Island about a half hour from Corpus Christi and is accessible by land or a private airport service.

Port Aransas beach


Port Aransas offers various options for places to stay including a number of hotels, condos, and private homes.

For instance, homeaway.com offers a selection of rental options including spacious 2 bedroom condos that sleeps six and have a balcony which offers a view of the beach for as little as $160 – $255 per night. Guests enjoy a pool, beach access, a full kitchen, and a their own washer and dryer.

Hotels such as the Captain’s Quarter’s Inn or the Beachgate CondoSuties & Hotel also start as low as $60 a night.

Some of the other hotels include:

  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Best Western Ocean Villas
  • Plantation Suites
  • Days Inn
  • Port Royal Ocean Resort
  • Travelodge
  • Tarpon Inn
  • Seaside Motel and Condominiums

Port Aransas fishing

Things to Do

You won’t find more beautiful sunsets that those at Port Aransas, Texas. With miles of sandy beaches, it’s a great destination for those who enjoy walking, biking, jogging, shelling, tossing the Frisbee or building sandcastles. However, it is important to mention that beach parking requires a $12 permit (good for a year).

Port Aransas is also a great destination for those who enjoy fresh seafood, but diners can find just about any type of food among the vast collection of restaurants from casual to fine dining. For those who love to fish, local guides will be happy to help you catch your dinner, if you prefer.

For those looking for a little time out of the sun, shopping the various shops throughout town offers the perfect opportunity to pick up souvenirs and gifts for the people back home. While you’re at it, you may even spot something for yourself at one of the clothing or jewelry stores.

Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Port Aransas Birding Center, and a chance to visit the nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

For those looking for an affordable beach destination, Port Aransas offers plenty of options. It pays to do your research to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Photo credits: jonl, Gruenemann, jonl

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