Rockport, TX, USA

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Rockport, TX, USA

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Rock(port) around the clock on Texas's buzzy Gulf Coast

Overlooking Aransas Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, Rockport is a buzzy beach resort on the Texan Coast. It's famous for its extensive maritime history, and you can fill your boots with that at the Texas Maritime Museum. If you're more an art fiend than a sea dog, head to the Rockport Center for the Arts. With great beaches, museums, and contemporary art, book a Rockport vacation rental on the waterfront and have the best of all worlds. After a day on the beach, wander over to Rockport's vibrant waterfront for a cool beer and seafood barbecue, and watch the sun set.

Rock(port) the boat, don't rock the boat, baby

Life in Rockport is all about the beach. Ask any surfer. There are several Rockport vacation rentals within easy reach of Rockport Beach, a favorite Texan retreat during the state's blisteringly hot summers. It has miles of flat, buttery sands, plus an array of picnic areas with barbecue grills and public restrooms. And if the kids have had enough of sandcastles on the beach, then there are a couple of shady play areas, too. If you're more into boats than bathing, then venture out on a whale watching or dolphin-spotting cruise around South Padre Island.

From maritime to Monet, explore Rockport's colorful history

The Texas Maritime Museum attracts a real mix of young families, wannabe maritime historians, and salty old sea dogs. Opened in 1989, it explores the Gulf Coast's extensive maritime heritage, from shipwrecks to oil rigs. See booty from old Spanish shipwrecks, some of which date back to 1554. Learn about Rockport's shrimping and fishing industry, and even about the brief Texas Navy. For a more contemporary look at the beach town, head to Navigation Circle and the Rockport Center for the Arts. Housed in a 1890s building, it's a buzzing hub for Rockport's art scene.

Summer sun and winter blues, Rockport's weather is rock 'n' roll

Rockport and the stretch of Texas' Gulf Coast is largely blessed with an endless summer. It starts around May, and the dry, sunny days last until late September, when temperatures finally cool. However, there are risks of hurricanes and heavy rain between June and November. Another popular time to visit is in spring, when the days start to lengthen and temperatures are a comfortable 60 to 70 degrees. Rain is most likely to fall during winter, between November and February, and this ushers in a much wider choice of Rockport vacation rentals.

Cackling coyotes and whooping cranes, Rockport's a wild party

Perched on a peninsula overlooking Aransas Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, Rockport is 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. About an hour's drive, or a shorter boat trip across the bay, is the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This sprawling 115,000-acre protected area is home to huge flocks of whooping cranes. A firm favorite with our feathered friends, it's become a magnet for birdwatchers who flock to see more than 400 different species. It's also home to a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and coyote, that both frequent the lush forest and woodlands.