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 The Port Aransas area offers delightful seaside solitude in the off-season, whether you’re strolling the quiet shores of Mustang Island or exploring nearby Padre Island National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. (Photos by Will Van Overbeek)

Childhood summer vacations spent on the sand at Port Aransas passed far too quickly. Even though my sisters and I would collapse from exhaustion at the end of long, hot days romping in the waves, we’d nevertheless complain mightily when Mom knew we’d had too much sun and insisted we go inside the screened-in porch of our beach cottage to play Monopoly.

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