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    14 top-rated, off the beaten path vacation rental destinations

    Last updated 6 days ago

    A lot of ink is spilled about the usual suspects when it comes to vacation rental destinations, or even top vacation spots in general. You hear about Florida, people won’t shut up about the South of France, and the picturesque but well-trod areas like Bali or Tuscany. What we’re offering is the ultimate list of up-and-comers, vacation rental destinations that you’ll want to visit very soon before they become completely overrun by everyone who finds out what we’re telling you right now – they are incredible.
    We looked at the past 18 months of vacation rental reviews and the average score (1-5) for all our destinations, and we’ve singled out these 14 as the ones you should plan a trip to as soon as possible. Here’s the list of winners and a bit about why they deserve your attention.
    Port Aransas, Texas - 4.42 avg score
    The Gulf of Mexico buffers this relaxing city featuring 18 miles worth of sun-filled beaches. Port Aransas has become a fishing, beach, and resort village, with summer populations sometimes swelling to 60,000 or more. You’ll want to take advantage of the world-class boat excursions like sunset cruises, big game fishing and sailing lessons. A favorite local activity is beach bicycling where visitors rent large bikes for the sand - great exercise and a fun way to explore the area.
    With temps over 80 from April through September, you’ll find yourself with plenty to do outdoors no matter when you visit. At Mustang Island State Park visitors can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and some beach serenity. People of all ages will enjoy visiting the University of Texas Marine Science Institute where display tanks include sea horses, oysters, eels, and other ocean animals. It's free programs, Explorium and Wetlands Education Center offer an interesting and fun introduction for kids and adults alike to marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and around surrounding waters of Port Aransas. Visitors can enjoy on their own or take a guided tour every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 am.
    Must-try activity: The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center features a raised boardwalk that makes it easy for visitors to stroll through the area and view a number of local bird species. The site has several viewing scopes, including one at the top of an observation tower for sweeping vistas and prime bird watching. Depending on the season, guests may also see alligators, butterflies, and native plants. Click here to read online at

    "Great for Nature Lovers!"

    Last updated 17 days ago

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    • Fabulous FREE viewing area for wildlife! Did not see the alligators, but enjoyed watching the American coots and Great Blue Herons along with many other beautiful birds. Climbed the tower and tried out the free viewing scopes on the boardwalk.


    Fishing Tournament Season Continues

    Last updated 20 days ago

    (Port Aransas, TX)  Weekend fishing tournaments are in full swing this summer in Port Aransas! It doesn’t matter if you are weighing in or just watching, there is fun for everyone.  After hosting several tournaments, we have one this weekend and many more on the horizon! 
    This weekend welcomes the 41st annual Outboard Fishing Tournament that is scheduled for July 17th,18th &19th. It is open to all anglers whose boats are powered by outboard motors. Benefitting the Port Aransas Volunteer Firefighters, the weigh-in for this tournament is Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
    The Hope Devlin Kids’ Tournament brings to town a fun and purposeful fishing event. Activities will begin on the 24th of July and anglers ages 16 and younger are invited to participate with all proceeds benefitting the Port Aransas Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship Program.
    Rounding out the summertime tournaments in August are:
    Texas Legends Tournament August 5th through 9th 
    Majek Owners Tournament August 7th and 8th
    IFA Redfish Tournament August 14th through 16th.
    Texas Women Anglers Tournaments August 21st through 23rd
    Last but not least, the HT-3 Tournament rolls back into Port Aransas for their competition on September 17th through 19th. This tournament weigh-in is always popular for viewing as it sports a live weigh-in temporarily housing the redfish in large tanks. The weigh-in is at 3:00 p.m. both days at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor.
    More details on our fishing tournaments are online at For more information on accommodations, shopping, dining, fishing & birding in ‘Port A’, visit or call 1-800-45-COAST.      

    Rip Current Video

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Before you get your feet wet, watch this informative Video on Rip Currents to keep you and your family safe when swimming and splashin' around in the ocean.

    Deep Sea Roundup: The Granddaddy of Them All!

    Last updated 27 days ago

    The longest running fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast kicks off Thursday for their 80th year! The annual Deep Sea Roundup will be held this weekend in Port Aransas. on-site registration will open Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 pm at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Lots of food, fun, Piggy Perch contest for the children and lots of fishing are in store! Click here for all the details.


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