From its days as a den of pirates to its present reputation as a top-notch vacation spot, Port Aransas has always been an interesting place, and wildlife is certainly drawn to it. Birdwatching is a common pastime on Mustang Island (the land on which Port Aransas sits). Aquatic creatures are just as plentiful, making it the purported Fishing Capital of Texas. Even those with no interest in throwing out a line will appreciate the sight of dolphins frolicking in the warm Gulf waters.
Port A (as the locals call it) is also blessed with other amenities, like golf, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife, attracting travelers to resort towns. The main draw, of course, is the beach — sandy shores extending the length of Mustang Island. It’s no surprise that Port A hosts a sandcastle-building festival beloved by people of all ages.
But no vacation is complete without a great location to stay. To make the most of your beach vacation, you’ll need to find the right Vrbo in Port Aransas. Here is a list of 10 vacation rentals ready to host you and yours. Each is close to the beach and promises a pleasant stay. Enjoy the ocean views!
Editor’s Note: The homes are arranged by price point for simple browsing.
Finally, this pleasant cottage in the center of Port A is yet another excellent beach home for a small group or couple. Though it only has two bedrooms, the dining room comfortably sits seven — should you make friends in town. It also has hardwood floors and beautiful wood paneling sure to impress. Make use of the communal grills or sit outside and meet other visitors who’ve made the smart move of staying in Angler’s Court. Small but by no means drab, it is the perfect place for those looking for an affordable yet nice stay near the water.
The perfect romantic getaway, the Sea Oats Cottage allows guests to discover new things about each other while taking in the wildlife in the sea and sky around Mustang Island. It is a new construction on a quiet street near Old Town’s Main Street. The dune ecosystem encroaches on the property in a wonderful way. The historic chapel is visible from the property and the beach is just around the corner. There’s a pleasant outdoor seating area, a cozy living room, and a full kitchen. A couple can hardly find a better option.
A new family vacation rental is now available in Cinnamon Shore and it is a splendid home that cannot be overlooked. Beyond the fact that it is fresh, new, and clean, the home has other qualities to draw in guests. These include direct Port Aransas Beach access, lounge areas on the balconies, and high ceilings. Cinnamon Shore is quieter than Port A, but still has restaurants and bars. The home is three stories tall and does not have an elevator.
Another excellent option in the heart of Port Aransas, The Shell House is a great way for small groups to discover the truth that Texan beaches are as close to paradise as those anywhere else. It is a freestanding, single-family home with a large backyard that includes a tiki hut, pool, and plenty of seating. The home is bright, clean, and its decor has a sparse warmth to it. There is a king bedroom, a queen, and a room with three twins, making the home well-suited for families. The beach is about 4 minutes away by car or reachable in about 10 minutes on foot.
Live like a local while staying at this lovely Old Town home. Discover all the area’s hottest bars and restaurants as you stroll through town. Though most are a short walk away, the house comes with a six-seater golf cart. This will come in handy on your beach days (the water is about half a mile away) or when you want to explore more southerly parts of the island. Inside, the home is a picture of southern comfort. There are two king bedrooms and a room with two bunk beds. As if all of this weren’t enough, the home also has a small private pool.
Oleander House stands out amongst the other rental options in Old Town Port A. It is a pet-friendly, mid-century ranch home with a private pool, fenced-in yard, and plenty of charm. Adventurous ocean goers and bay explorers will jump at the chance to make use of the home’s two kayaks. (The house is also stocked with beach gear.) Just make the short drive to the beach and see where the waves take you. Recently remodeled and updated, the home sleeps up to 12 people across four bedrooms (each of which has a closet and TV).
Just one house separates guests at this large home from beach access. But nothing at all will stand between you and a fantastic vacation. Gone Coastal has all the comforts a beach house should, plus a small grassy backyard. The living room radiates positivity. The same is true of the four bedrooms, which include a king, two queens, and a full bed with trundle beneath. To maximize privacy and reduce conflict, each bedroom has its own wash room.
Two-hundred yards from the beach and bordering paradise itself, Sea La Vie is a great way to explore Port Aransas. You won’t need to use the complimentary golf cart to get to the water, but guests will still find it useful transporting their stash of beach gear, for getting to the island’s restaurants, or indulging in a joyride. The home has a swimming pool and a cozy, homey feel that bellies its status as a dream vacation home. There are three rooms with beautiful wooden beds and a pair of bedrooms with bunkbeds.
With its stately facade and bountiful balconies, Just Wanna Have Sun looks incredible even before you discover the delights inside. It is a three-story house rental just minutes from the beach. The building is equipped with an elevator to make it easier to get around. You’ll surely want to get around as the living areas are splendid and the beautiful bathrooms are worth seeing even when you have no business to take care of. Other diversions include a game room offering foosball, backyard cornhole, and a hot tub.
This large house sits next to a lake on the island and, incredibly, also has Gulf views near Galveston Bay. Best of all, it is a freestanding house with all the amenities of the Palmilla Resort and Golf Community. Not only do you get to play golf, but a complementary six-seater car will get you all around the island. The resort does have spas and shared pools, but this home has private facilities as well. From the master suite that covers the entire fourth floor to the spacious and brightly decorated ground level, every inch of this property is sumptuous and delightful and provides plenty of space for a large group.
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