Destination guide

Explore Port Aransas from vacation home rentals

Situated on Mustang Island's northern tip in the Gulf of Mexico, Port Aransas is the ideal Texan beach experience. With a white sandy beach and turquoise waters, it's easy to forget you're not actually on a Caribbean island. Its small size makes for an easy walk or bike ride to anywhere you need to go, and the local culture's number 1 priority is taking it easy and enjoying the beach. Opt for a Port Aransas vacation rental situated right on the Gulf, and start each day with a sunrise you'll never forget.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Port Aransas vacation rentals

Port Aransas is the perfect starting point to see Mustang Island, whether you explore on foot or by bike. If you tire of the beach (is that even possible?), then head south to Roberts Point Park, and don't be surprised if you find an outdoor concert or festival in action. Other highlights inlcude the Port Aransas Nature Preserve and the Port Aransas Museum, which explores the local history and focuses on wildlife preservation throughout the island. Book your Port Aransas vacation rental in the heart of town for the true local experience.

Activities

What to do during your stay in Port Aransas vacation homes

The biggest appeal of Port Aransas is, without a doubt, its beaches. Spend the day on the Gulf, either from the sandy shores or out on a boat, with your eyes peeled for dolphins. Go for a hike or a bike ride around the island, or rent some equipment and go jetskiing or paddleboarding. If nightlife is more your scene, spend your evenings barhopping, seeking out live music at some of the hotspots downtown. Loop back to your Port Aransas vacation rental for a nightcap and some prime stargazing over the Gulf.

Day trips

Day trips from Port Aransas vacation rentals

Port Aransas is the perfect base camp for exploring Corpus Christi. Vacation homes put you within reach of places like the Texas State Aquarium, an aquatic park with regional sea life, reefs, a dolphin preserve, and touch tanks, and the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier and naval museum with military artifacts. You’ll also enjoy South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, an expansive garden with an array of flora and fauna.

Weather

Climate at Port Aransas vacation rentals

Port Aransas experiences moderate and pleasant weather for much of the year, and the Gulf's warm temps make it an ideal swimming spot even in the shoulder seasons. Visit in May or October for smaller crowds and lower prices, or make your way to Port Aransas in the summer months to experience Mustang Island in full swing. Though the island is pleasant from November thorugh March, you might find it a bit too chilly to swim. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, which is important to keep in mind when booking.

Natural features

Who would have thought you could island hop in Texas?

Located on Mustang Island just off the Texas coast, Port Aransas is known for its sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. It's a popular fishing destination, and a variety of parks make for ideal wildlife spotting. Roberts Point Park features an observation tower with bay views and prime dolphin sightings. Birdlovers can head to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, which sits over wetlands that are home to a variety of local bird species and alligators. Boat tours are available for travelers interested in heading out and exploring some of the more remote neighboring islands.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Port Aransas

Fly into Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County), the closest airport, located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Corpus Christi, TX (CRP-Corpus Christi Intl.), which is 27.3 mi (44 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Port Aransas vacation rentals

If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll love all the family-friendly attractions in Port Aransas. Vacation rentals are available near fun places like Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, an observation area with birds, alligators, and fish to see on tours, and Lighthouse Lakes park, a coastal parkland with a boat launch, kayak trails, and nature observation decks.

Can I find a vacation rental around Port Aransas?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,322 vacation rentals near Port Aransas. From 917 Houses to 918 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 Port Aransas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Port Aransas?

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 Port Aransas:

  • Sand Point: 615 vacation rentals
  • Safe Harbor: 423 vacation rentals
  • Leeward Sands: 176 vacation rentals
  • Shibui Sands: 599 vacation rentals
  • Island Moorings: 304 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 Port Aransas?

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

  • Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture: 2,707 vacation rentals
  • IB Magee Beach Park: 2,554 vacation rentals
  • University of Texas Marine Science Institute: 2,527 vacation rentals
  • Newport Dunes Golf Course: 2,665 vacation rentals
  • Horace Caldwell Pier: 2,556 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 917 Houses in Port Aransas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Aransas include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 918 rentals available
  • Cottages: 74 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 74 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Aransas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,771 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Aransas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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