Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rockport

Fly into Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County), the closest airport, located 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Corpus Christi, TX (CRP-Corpus Christi Intl.), which is 32.4 mi (52.1 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rockport?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 786 vacation rentals near Rockport. From 513 Houses to 135 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rockport for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rockport?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rockport:

  • Key Allegro: 56 vacation rentals
  • Palm Harbor: 39 vacation rentals
  • Sailhouse: 46 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Oaks: 55 vacation rentals
  • Central City: 81 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rockport?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rockport. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rockport Beach Park: 1,834 vacation rentals
  • Key Allegro Marina: 1,816 vacation rentals
  • Goose Island State Park: 467 vacation rentals
  • Fulton Mansion: 1,607 vacation rentals
  • Texas Maritime Museum: 1,843 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rockport listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rockport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 513 Houses in Rockport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rockport include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 135 rentals available
  • Cabins: 96 rentals available
  • Cottages: 96 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rockport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 374 vacation rentals with pool available in Rockport. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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