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Welcome to Port Aransas, where sun, sea, and sand create a haven for those seeking the perfect getaway. Our blog is your digital compass to navigate everything Port A has to offer! Whether you're a seasoned local or a first-time visitor, discover the hidden gems and travel tips, and experience the unique culture that defines this picturesque destination! 

Port Aransas Nature Preserve

Your Guide to the Port Aransas Nature Preserve

Welcome to the amazing Port Aransas Nature Preserve, a beautiful preserve nestled on the Texas coast. If you're planning a visit to Port Aransas, this nature preserve should be at the top of your must-see list. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, also known as the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, and why it's one of the best parks in Port Aransas.


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Plan Your Texas Gulf Coast Vacation

Planning a vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast is an exciting endeavor, filled with the promise of sunny beaches, vibrant culture, and unforgettable adventures. Whether you're a family looking for a fun getaway, a couple seeking a romantic retreat, or a solo traveler in search of relaxation and discovery, the Texas Gulf Coast has something for everyone. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you plan the perfect Texas Gulf Coast vacation.


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Port Aransas


Nestled along the Gulf Coast of Texas lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored - Port Aransas. Known for its pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and endless adventures, this charming coastal town offers something for every traveler. Whether you're seeking relaxation, outdoor thrills, or cultural experiences, Port Aransas has it all. Join us as we uncover the best attractions and fun things to do in this seaside paradise.


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Port Aransas Ferry

Navigating the Port Aransas Ferry: Your Complete Guide

The Port Aransas Ferry System is an essential part of the coastal experience in Texas, providing a vital link between Port Aransas on Mustang Island and the mainland city of Aransas Pass. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this guide will help you navigate the ferry system smoothly and enjoyably. 


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Texas Sandfest sculpture

Texas Sandfest Event in Port Aransas

Have you ever seen sand castles of life-sized gorillas, larger-than-life turtles, or a castle that's protected by a dragon? There is only one place to see it and it's just around the corner at Texas SandFest in Port Aransas. SandFest is an annual event that people look forward to all year long.


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Catching Waves in Port Aransas: A Surfers Paradise

Explore the best surfing spots in Port Aransas, Texas, with our comprehensive guide. Experience the laid-back vibe and consistent waves of this Gulf Coast town. 


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Whooping Crane Festival

Get Your Wings Ready for the 27th Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas!

Every year, as winter paints the Texas coast with crisp air and sparkling waves, a majestic spectacle unfolds in the skies above Port Aransas. The Whooping Crane Festival, celebrating its 27th year from February 22nd to 25th, 2024, welcomes these magnificent birds back to their wintering grounds at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.


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Book Direct Day Home

Ditch the Middleman: Celebrate Book Direct Day and Save on Your Next Vacation Rental!

It's that time of year again! Travelers, rejoice, because Book Direct Day is here to help you skip the fees and snag the best deals on your next vacation rental. Forget the third-party giants like Airbnb, VRBO, and Expedia. Book directly with New Wave Vacation Rentals and unlock a world of benefits that'll make your getaway even more incredible! 


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Beachfront Bliss: A Guide to Port Aransas Beach Camping

Imagine sinking your toes into warm, sugar-white sand, the rhythmic lull of the Gulf Coast waves lulling you to sleep, and the salty breeze whispering through your hair. This isn't just a daydream; it's the reality of Port Aransas beach camping, an experience that will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and with memories that will last a lifetime.


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Dive Into Ocean Adventures and Historic Discoveries: Texas State Aquarium & USS Lexington in Port Aransas

Port Aransas isn't just about sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters. There's an abundance of exciting things to explore just steps away from your New Wave Vacation rental. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean depths at the Texas State Aquarium, and then step back in time aboard the legendary USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.


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The Ultimate Vacation Guide to Port Aransas

Port Aransas, a charming coastal town on Mustang Island, is a hidden gem of Texas. Known for its pristine beaches, vibrant atmosphere, and numerous Family-friendly recreational opportunities, Port Aransas is the perfect destination for a memorable vacation.


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Port Aransas Weather Guide and Beach Conditions

Whether you're planning a family vacation or a romantic getaway, understanding the Port Aransas weather, water temperatures, and beach conditions is essential to make the most of your trip. In this guide, we'll discuss the best times to visit, the water temperatures for various activities, and the current beach conditions in Port Aransas, TX.


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Golf Carts in Port Aransas

Benefits of Renting a Golf Cart in Port Aransas

When you book a vacation to Port Aransas you may not want to drive your car on the beach and take all that sand home with you, good thing you can rent a golf cart! Golf carts are legal to drive all over Port Aransas and make getting around town and to the beach an adventure!  


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Mustang Island State Park Sign

Guide to Visiting Mustang Island State Park

There are plenty of amazing and fun activities for you to enjoy at Mustang Island State Park. This state park covers 3,954 acres and has a 5-mile stretch of beachfront to explore. Hang out on the beach and enjoy some sunshine, fish in the bay, go bird watching, surf, swim, kayak, picnic, or build a sand castle.


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Port Aransas fishing charter

Port Aransas Fishing Charters

Port Aransas is known by both beginners and the best anglers as the “Fishing Capital of Texas” it's the perfect place to reel in a keeper. Summer is here and the best time to fish in Port Aransas is May through September bringing in bigger fish into offshore locations. With bay fishing and offshore fishing all available right here in Port A just choose what kind of trip you are looking for, book your charter, and head out on the water. Here are three great fishing charter services that are available out of Port Aransas.


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Port Aransas restaurant

Our Guide to the Best Restaurants in Port Aransas

When visiting Port Aransas, not only will you enjoy the amazing Texas coast, but you will also find that there are an abundant variety of restaurants to choose from. From seafood to Italian and everything in between you are sure to find something that you enjoy! There are great choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so your options are endless, here are some of the best restaurants in Port Aransas.


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Port Aransas beach

The Best Beaches in Port Aransas

When visiting Port Aransas you may think you only have one option to choose from when choosing a beach to spend your day on. However, this is not the case! There are several beaches that you can choose from on your vacation to Port Aransas with plenty of fun to offer! Learn about Mustang Island, Padre Island, state parks, and more!


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Port Aransas vacation rental with a private pool

Top Vacation Homes in Port Aransas with Private Pools

Spring break and summer are just around the corner and if you're looking for the perfect beach house for your vacation with a private pool, look no further. There are tons of reasons that people choose to book a vacation rental with a private pool, whether that be for privacy, easy accessibility, or comfortability. We understand our renters' needs!


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Port Aransas Activities

Port Aransas Activities - Beachin’ on a Budget

Welcome to Port Aransas, the island oasis hidden on the Texas coast. If you're looking for a tropical getaway that fits your budget, look no further! There are plenty of fun Port Aransas activities you can do to experience an unforgettable vacation at little to no cost.


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Romantic Texas Getaway

Romantic Getaway in Texas

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it can be hard to find something to do for your loved one to show you care. A romantic trip to the Texas coast is a great way to show your love. With tons of great restaurants, shops, and activities to choose from you're sure to find something that makes for an unforgettable trip.


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