Living in Port Aransas

The Port Aransas area has 18 miles of beach. Driving on the beach is allowed, so you can drive out and pick your place in the sun.

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Port Aransas – Roberts Point Park

There is a large park in Port Aransas near the ferry crossing with views of the ships coming in and going out to sea.  The park also affords a great view of the Ferry crossing as the ferry boats move cars back and forth to the mainland.  

The park has plenty of open space for playing games.  A good walking path surrounds the park. The park also has playground equipment, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and a small tower to climb for a better views. The tower and the fishing pier are great places to watch the dolphins play as the big ships pass by.

There is good fishing in the waterways and surf fishing from the beaches.

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Ferry Race

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Around Port Aransas

Wind surfing, kite surfing, and parasailing are popular all along the Mustang Island and Padre Island beaches.

Shopping on the island is a somewhat limited, although there are plenty of tourist shops of all kinds.   For less touristy shopping, Aransas Pass, Rockport and Corpus Christi are just a short drive away after crossing the waterway on the free ferry.  San Antonio is reasonably close as well. 

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A ship emerging from the sea out of the early morning fog makes me think of all the stories of ghost ships….

Port Aransas sunrise

Port Aransas Food and Drink

Port Aransas has many choices in eating spots ranging from cozy more expensive spots, to family restaurants, to dives.  Most are within short distances from each other.  

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Great Weather

With the exception of one night last week when the temperature dipped to 27 degrees overnight, the day time highs have been in the sixties and seventies, with night time lows in the sixties. The weather is really pleasant this time of year.

 

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Fish Fry at the Resort

A few days ago, we went to a fish fry at our Port Aransas resort. Snowbirds from Michigan, Minnesota, Canada, and Wisconsin brought fish with them when they came down for the winter.  Several fish cookers provided Walleye, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish to all of the hungry residents of the park.  These guys definitely knew what they were doing. The fish and fresh cut fries were done to perfection, and of course, park guests brought side dishes. This was a fantastic way to get to know people and make new friends. Numerous other events (many also revolving around food) are planned throughout the winter.

JoAnn and I are planning several side trips while we are here.  A drive to Brownsville, and another to the hill country are among those trips we are considering.  

We are already enjoying living in Port Aransas, and are anticipating even more good times before moving west and north for the spring, summer and fall.

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