Port Aransas was probably the highlight of our trip. Like I have already mentioned before Mustang Island and Padre Island were pretty lifeless, but Port Aransas had more of what we are looking for. We spent most of the day in car driving around but that was because we kept expecting more and then found ourselves further away from that which we already found. In Port Aransas there is an HEB which was great because we needed to pick up a few things and did not want to have to drive all the way back to the main land. There were several souvenir shops, which always have endless beach, wear, shoes, kites, wave boards, mugs, cups, jewelry, tattoos, etc. Anything and everything you could want. There were also many restaurants and places to eat.
In Port Aransas is a ferry to Aransas Pass, which eventually will take you back to the main land (Corpus Christi). This ferry ride is free. You drive your car on the ferry and it takes you on a five-minute ride across the ocean. It is the only way from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass. It is pretty cool however, I though you would be able to get out and watch, but you just stay in your car and drive on and drive off. The line for the ferry is not too bad. On our way back it took about 10-15 minutes to get on the ferry. Once you on the other side there really is not much to see. There are several places to fish along the road but other than that we did not see anything worth sticking around for. So we took the ferry back to Port Aransas were we spent some time shopping.
There is also a beach in Port Aransas that is one of the most popular beaches in the area and is know for accommodating the family as well as the young college age crowd, we did not get a chance to see the beach but we sure wanted too. Port Aransas was what we were looking for and we enjoyed the little bit busier beach scene.