Mustang Island is an 18-mile long barrier island on the beautiful Texas coast. At the southern end of the island are Padre Island and the JFK Causeway that connects to Corpus Christi. At the northern end is the small and spunky town of Port Aransas, which is a mere ferry ride away from the mainland and San José Island.
Miles of wide-open, sandy fun await you here. It's easy to fill hours splashing, birding, shelling or sunbathing (also known as just laying around). There’s ample opportunity for surfing when the waves are high and plenty of warm waters to explore in a kayak or on a stand up paddle-board when the waves are low. Of course, right off this beautiful Gulf beach, the waters brim with sea life like sea urchins, crabs, and barnacles. Fishing from the jetties the surf or wading the shallows will net you a stunning variety of fresh catch. Want a next level fishing adventure? Charter a deep sea fishing excursion out of Port Aransas and let your guide take care of finding the hot spots while you revel in the peace of fishing and the thrill of hooking the big one. If you love nature, the diverse wildlife of the interior dunes offers an extraordinary experience. Birders, in particular, enjoy spectacular vantage points to view the hundreds of permanent and visiting species.
After a day of soaking in the natural beauty of Mustang Island, head to Port Aransas, or "Port A" as the locals call it, to shop, dine and stay. With accommodations from cozy cottages, conventional motel rooms, spacious condominiums to private beach homes, you'll want to make Port Aransas your home base when visiting the area. Indulge in fresh coastal cuisine at fine local eateries and eclectic kid-friendly restaurants. Forgot your island attire? Just visit one of the local shops. You’re sure to find both unique and coastal clothing along with knick-knacks and nautical items to give your home a one-of-a-kind island vibe. Port A is always bustling with fun, fabulous, and family-friendly things to do. Don your island best and leave your watch at home because you’re officially on island time when you escape to Mustang Island.