San Jose Island
There is only one way to get to this 21-miles of secluded coastal Texas heaven – via a quick, 5-minute ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas. One of the dominos of barrier islands that protect the Coastal Bend, San Jose Island (or Saint Joseph or St. Jo, as it is also known) once belonged to oilman Sid Richarson, who entertained presidents and politicos on his ranch. It is still privately held by his descendants, the Bass family. Today, the peaceful island is open to visitors to enjoy the unspoiled dunes and shorelines, home to over 600 species of fish and 300 species of birds, not to mention beachcomber daydreams, like angel wings, sand dollars, lightning whelks, shark eyes, starfish and so much more. The San Jose Island ferry currently offers nine departure times beginning at 6:30am and five daily return trips.
Located In Port Aransas
You can find Port Aransas between Mustang Island and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. This quaint city offers beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see dolphins jump out in front of the large ships coming in and out of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Its fine dining options and nightlife make Port Aransas a must-do when you want the full Coastal Bend experience. Ride the ferry and explore the cities in the North Bay area.