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How to Spend a Day in Port Aransas

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Spending a day in Port Aransas is a must for those vacationing on the Coastal Bend. From beautiful beaches to awesome restaurants and adventurous water tours, there’s something for everyone during a jam-packed day in Port A.

Hit the Beach

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What better way to start your day in Port A than on a sandy beach? The beautiful six-miles of Port Aransas beaches are great spots for surfing, swimming, sunbathing and building sandcastles! Exercise enthusiasts flock to the beaches for morning runs alongside a beautiful sunrise over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well.

Enjoy refreshing drinks and ice cream from beach vendors moving up and down the beach throughout the day, and if you’re hungry, there are several local restaurant options in close proximity.

Fire it! Ceramics

After the beach, head on over to Fire It! Ceramics to make one-of-a-kind pottery creations. Select your own pottery piece, colors and brushes and get your Pablo Picasso on in the perfect family-friendly environment with artsy activities for both parents and children.

 Pieces can be picked up 1-3 days later, so plan accordingly!

Take a Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

Red Dragon Pirate Cruises

Explore the waters of the Port Aransas Bay on the 70-foot Red Dragon – a ship led by an entertaining pirate crew partaking in sword fights, water pistol battles, live music and dancing. You’ll feel like a pirate of the Carribean while immersed in a unique adventure on the Port Aransas waters. Your kids will love the authentic vessel resembling real pirate ships from the 1800s.

Eat at La Playa

Authentic Tex Mex cuisine meets the Coastal Bend’s food scene at this delicious Port Aransas dinner establishment. From an extensive menu, they serve fresh daily fish specials along with tacos, burritos and quesadillas, along with over 70 different tequilas. Enjoy the weather with outdoor dining areas or enjoy your meal inside the authentically decorated restaurant to experience a true Tejano vibe. La Playa is open Tuesday through Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.

Rent a Golf Cart

Need a fun way to get around? Leave your car parked and cruise through Port Aransas with a golf cart from Jackfish Cart Rentals. Choose from a variety of golf carts like the Beach Boss, Coastal Custom, Clean Ride and Red Classic – all perfect for riding down the beach or bouncing around different stores, bars and restaurants.

All rentals give you discounts at MacDaddy's Family Kitchen, The Brewery, Deep Sea Headquarters fishing Red Dragon Pirate Cruises and Scarlet Lady Dolphin Adventures. Both single-day and weekend rentals are available online.

Visit Winton’s Candy Company

If you have a sweet tooth, Winton’s is a must-visit during your day in Port A. This family-owned operation serves all kinds of candy creations like chocolates, fudge, licorice, caramels, sours, salt water taffy and nut clusters. The store is open Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Make your day in Port Aransas one to remember with these enjoyable Corpus Christi attractions!


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