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Trip List by Lilidalla

Three Days in Port A

Jun 17, 2006  
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

dining, fishing and enjoying nature, shopping, recreational gambling, beach-going, relaxing and enjoying small town ambience

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The Sandcastle Condominiums

    These condominiums are located on the Gulf of Mexico and offer a lighted walkway to the beach. If you prefer chlorine to salt, their pool is spacious, clean, and surrounded by ample chaise lounges and tables for sunbathing and relaxing. While many of the area condominiums are located outside the city limits, The Sandcastle is very convenient to all the town's attractions as well as the beach itself. If you're taking your family or traveling with a group, you'll want a 1 or 2 bedroom unit. Otherwise, book an efficiency. It's spacious, clean, and affords a wonderful view of the water. From your private balcony or inside, you can enjoy a breathtaking sunrise with a steaming cup of coffee or a soothing sunset with a cold beer or glass of iced tea.

  • 2. Cotter Street Coffee House

    For that morning jolt of java and a satisfying side of pastries before a day's activities in this quaint island town, make a stop at this neighborhood coffee shop.

  • 3. Texas Treasures Casino Cruise Boat

    If you have some spare change jingling in your pocket, and you are up for a little wrestling with those one-armed bandits, this is a fun way to spend six hours of your day or evening. The price of admission, which generally is @$20, includes a buffet dinner. When your change runs out or you tire of the ch-chinging, you can spend time lounging on the deck. Bring a book.

  • 4. Dolphin Encounters

    If you are a bird-watcher and nature enthusiast, you might include a 2-hour trip aboard The Kohootz during your visit to Port Aransas. The upper deck provides a 360 panoramic view and the lower deck is shaded.

  • 5. Nautical Wheelers

    Driving or riding in an electric buggy is the ultimate way to experience the local charm of this island. The only rule (of thumb), aside from the ordinary canons of vehicle operation, is that you beep your horn at fellow buggy cruisers. The little cars come in a variety of funky colors and themes with names to match. (I recommend the Shaguar.)

  • 6. Woody's Sports Center

    Woody's provides the boat, guide, rod and reel, and bait for a chance to land the big one. You can take a short (4-hour) bay trip, or spend seven hours of deep-sea fishing. Make sure you have your fishing license along with a permit if you plan to keep that 40-lb. redfish!

  • 7. Art Center for the Island

    Those with an eye for art should visit this gallery during your stay on the island.

  • 8. Virginia's on the Bay

    This spacious restaurant has a spectacular view of the bay as well as fresh gulf seafood. It's casual, a little noisy that corroborates the hum of their industry, and fun. It's open-air but amazingly cool even in the Texas summer heat.

  • 9. Gratitude

    This little hot pink place, from which bubbles exude into the balmy coastal air, promises a fun shopping experience. Where else can you find squeaker shoes for the kids (or grandkids), zany sunglasses, a pin-up calendar of local female celebrities (and not necessarily sweet, young things) as well as inspirational knick-knacks and momentos? But, the big plus of stopping and shopping here is the owner, Sally. Check out the website and you'll see what I mean. She is a tiny gal who is bigger than life!

  • 10. Winton Candies

    At this place, everybody is like a kid in a candy shop, and no trip to this island is complete without something for our inner sweet tooth. While you'll be tempted by the myriad of both sugar-coated as well as sugar-free offerings, don't forget about their specialty: caramel nut fudge. They'll even give you a sample ( the best marketing tactic possible), and you won't leave without taking some along for later.

  • 11. The Crazy Cajun

    No one is too old to wear a bib in this Cajun-inspired seafood restaurant on Beach Street. The house specialty is the Cajun Combo which consists of spicy boiled shrimp, blue crab, sausage, new potatoes, and corn on the cob served directly onto your table that is covered with butcher paper. Hot, crusty French bread and a cold beverage round out the feast. A roll of paper towels is also provided. On weekends regularly and weekdays during the peak season, live Cajun music adds to the flavor.