Along the Texas Coast are barrier islands running parallel to the mainland. The longest barrier island is Mustang Island, where Port Aransas occupies 8 miles of its 18 mile length. We spent a month there with Gulf Waters RV Resort as our home base, then three days just up the road at Mustang Island State Park.
“Port A” as it’s known by the locals, is a small beach community of about 3,500 people. Although the “Winter Texans” swell the population significantly each year, the town remains uncrowded and less frenetic than many we saw in Florida last year.
The big draw at Port Aransas is of course the beautiful Gulf beaches, with easy access to great offshore bay fishing. Thankfully, birding is right up there in popularity as well, so you know what I was doing during the few nice days we had during there!
Vehicles and buggies are allowed to drive right on the beach here, so we just had to rent a buggy to join the fun and take a ride into town for lunch.
Scenes on Port Aransas Beach:
In between our medical appointments in Corpus Christi, we visited the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier which is now a museum on the Bay. You can probably guess who really enjoyed all of the “self- guided tours” on this giant ship – like a kid in a candy store!
For a more personalized experience aboard “Lady LEX”, check Ingrid’s post – A Trip down memory lane. Her husband Al, a navy pilot, earned his wings flying on and off the Lady LEX, so their visit was quite sentimental.
Our month-long stay at the beautiful, well-managed Gulf Waters RV Resort partially made up for the constant gloomy cold and windy days. More so as our site overlooked the pond where many birdies became our free entertainment, giving me lots of photo opportunities from inside our warm coach.