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Port Aransas - The Secret Is Getting Out...

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A September 2003 trip to Port Aransas by beach_lvr

Port Aransas Mustang Island Photo, Port Aransas, Texas More Photos
Quote: What used to be a locals-only spot and a well-kept secret is a great place to vacation. As a native Texan, I can tell you that this is probably the most pristine beach in Texas! Wide beaches, lots of natural sand dunes, Sandpipers, Pelicans and uncrowded beaches...

Port Aransas - The Secret Is Getting Out...

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Overview

Port Aransas Mustang Island Photo, Port Aransas, Texas
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Of all of the beaches in the Corpus Christi area, the beaches in Port Aransas (otherwise known as Mustang Island) are the most pristine and least heavily traveled. They have retained their beauty (in part) because the locals were able to keep it a secret for so long. This beach has long been a favorite of locals in the know. This is one of the few beaches that you can still drive your car on! I have been coming here since I was a toddler and return each year. Each time I come back, I notice that the tourism has increased a little more. In the past seven years, the number of tourists visiting here has increased exponentially. However, this island beauty has still not become overrun with tourists...Read More

Sandpiper

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Hotel

Sandpiper Photo, Port Aransas, Texas
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These are upper-moderate accommodations. This property was probably built in the late 70s or early 80s, but you have to look closely in order to see that; extremely well maintained. This is a nice, medium-sized, beach front property with a well maintained, medium sized pool, adjacent jacuzzi which comfortably accomodates 8-10 people, poolside BBQ pits, ping pong, shuffle board, video games, laundry room, a library on the lobby level with free coffee and DSL internet access in each of the rooms. The pool had only a handful of people in it when we were here in Sept. 2004. Additionally, I found the hot tub abandoned after about 9pm; open until 11pm. While the property IS beach front, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2004

Sandpiper
6745 State Highway 361
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
(361) 749-6152

Mustang Island Beach Club Island Villa Owners Photo, Port Aransas, Texas
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Mustang Towers provides moderate condo accomodations. Most units appear to be two-bedroom, but they do offer three bedrooms as well. This is an older property which was probably built in the late '70s or early '80s. It's not nearly as well maintained as The Sandpiper (nearby). Yet, the per night prices are about the same as The Sandpiper. Mustang Towers are individually owned units with per night pricing at $130 per night (low season) for a two-bedroom to $265 per night (high season). Monthly stays are much more economical. The only real advantage this property has over most other properties in this area is that it has an elevator that brings you right down to the beach. Most other resorts h...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Mustang Island Beach Club Island Villa Owners
6275 State Highway 361
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
(361) 749-5446

Trout Street Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This is probably the best and most expensive seafood restaurant in Port Aransas. As you exit the ferry (arriving in Port Aransas), drive straight ahead and at the first stop light, the restaurant is immediately to your left. You can't miss it. It's less expensive to have lunch here, but at dinner, it will run about $100 or more for two people. We had lunch here on 9/28/04; one appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 iced teas were about $40. Even at $100 for 2, dinner is not overly expensive. However, it is somewhat pricey for this area. The seafood here is very good with many of the lunch items being prepared "the Texas way"; fried. They offer a much bigger, wider variety of dishes at dinner such as grilled ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Trout Street Restaurant
104 West Cotter Avenue
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
(361) 749-7800

Seafood Jay's & Spaghetti Works

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Restaurant | "Seafood and Spaghetti Works"

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September 29, 2004 - As we approach the weathered building with an unusual octagon-shaped roof (looks like an old planetarium roof and stands out like a sore thumb in the landscape here), I began to try to recall what the food was like here when I had dinner with my sister here in the mid-1990s. I simply cannot recall. I decided to maintain an open mind and keep a wait-and-see attitude and open mind. As we enter this establishment, I realize how much more dilapidated the place has become. We were seated in the front dining area amongst old formica tables and old, cheap, diner-style chairs. The waitress handed us a thin, uncovered paper menu that was soiled. Someone had made a short lunch menu and t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Seafood Jay's & Spaghetti Works
710 South Alister
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
(361) 749-5666

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Attraction

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September 28, 2004 - After having lunch at Seafood and Spaghetti Works, we wandered into a gift shop attached to the restaurant. The entrance for the gift shop is right next to the entrance/exit for the restaurant. The first thing I noticed was that there seemed to be a lot of gaudy, flashy knick-knacks in here. Casual clothing; watches; flashy, faux cocktail rings; humorous, women-oriented greeting cards; tiny tee shirts that said things like "Afflect's Wife" or "Kutcher's Wife"; perfumed oil lamp refills (reasonably priced); flashy rhinestone sandals; and what appeared to be custom leather "short" boots. The boots were our favorite items in the store. And at $240 a pair, they should be cute boo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Stephanie's Stuff
710 Alister
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
(361) 749-5666

Best Resorts and Restaurants

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Story/Tip

Port Aransas Beach and Dunes Photo, Port Aransas, Texas
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Resorts - The best properties to stay at here are: Sandpiper, Seagull (harder to find accommodations for this hotel on the web, but as nice as Sandpiper), Mustang Towers, Sandcastle and Port Royale (not as affordable as the aforementioned). I will say that I have never seen a lot of children at The Sandpiper because they really don't cater to children (as evidenced by their hot tub rule - no children under 16). It has always been quiet at the Sandpiper, and I highly recommend it for couples/adults. They offer extremely spacious two to three bedroom condos (larger square footage than Mustang Towers), floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and dining area (for an exceptional ocean/beach v...Read More

Breezy Mustang Island - Port Aransas

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Mustang Island State Park Photo, Port Aransas, Texas
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Sept. 26, 2004 - Driving alone down the southern end of I-35, the landscape surrounding the highway begins to turn sandy. I notice a large, black digital sign announcing a 30-minute wait at the ferry landing I know will transport me (and my car) from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas. I follow the signs directing me toward the ferry landing and breathe a sigh of relief when I am waived in to drive on the ferry. There is a HUGE pelican sitting atop of one of the wooden piers, which is just feet from where I am parked and waiting for the ferry to fill up. I've never seen a pelican this large - though I've been here enough times to know that pelicans thrive here. As the ferry begins to move, I breath...Read More