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Texas Top 40 No. 24, Port Aransas

We used to call Port Aransas a sleepy fishing village.

“My favorite destination is a trip down to the Port Aransas area for some fun and relaxation. My wife and I love to stroll down the beach and play in the water.” —Kelly Karlik, Garland

But in the past decade, new accommodations, a golf course, and multiple fine-dining options have diversified the appeal of Port A, which anchors the northern tip of Mustang Island. But simple pleasures such as biking, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, beach-strolling, dolphin tours, seashell-searching, and beachfront picnics still define this easy-going coastal destination. Take the free ferry from Aransas Pass, or access the island from the south via Corpus Christi.

For more information, contact the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, 800/452-6278.

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