Port Aransas makes for a great spring break getaway; irrespective of the size or age range of your group. Although the white sandy Port Aransas beaches allure crowds, this charming tourist spot is full of hidden treasures. And if you find yourself trying to decide between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi for the perfect family vacation, click here to make your decision easier!
Once you have set a date and made travel plans, you decide on your vacation rental in Port Aransas. Port Aransas is buzzing with tourists throughout the year and the spring season is no exception. Accommodations fill up fast, so reserve your vacation rental at The Mayan Princess; we have everything you need to make your vacation an unforgettable one.
Why Choose The Mayan Princess? The Mayan Princess resort, which is deeply influenced by the Mayan culture, has beautiful condos with world-class amenities, overlooking the mesmerizing ocean and three large lagoon pools. A good place to stay on your vacation at a good price means half of the trip is already taken care of. Now all you need to do is plan your activities!
The Perfect Itinerary for Your Vacation at the Beach
You can choose to drive or take the ferry to reach your destination. Taking the quarter-mile ferry ride can be quite exciting; you can be lucky and spot a few dolphins before the fun begins. Once you reach Port Aransas, you can grab a great meal that includes seafood and burgers, overlooking the beautiful harbor at Fins Grill & IceHouse.
You may want to keep the first-day activities low-key; so we’ll give you a few great options to do just that! The first option is to take a walk around the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Boardwalk to enjoy panoramic views of the marsh, a close look at life in a wetland, and a wide variety of birds, alligators, and fish.
Another great option is to book a reservation at Red Dragon Pirate Cruises! This is an interactive two-hour tour around the bay. It costs $27 for children (3–12 years old) and $38 for adults. Their pirate crew will keep entertained while you enjoy cannon firing, face painting, dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, and so much more!
If this doesn’t sound like an activity you’d enjoy, opt for the Scarlet Lady Dolphin-Watching Cruise. This cruise will take you on a scenic ride down the Lydia Ann Channel.
You can dine at any one of the upscale local restaurants that are famous for their mouth-watering cuisines. Award-winning chefs with unique culinary skills are hired from near and far, making the area a great choice for any foodie vacationing here. For a great nightlife experience, you can listen to live music at one of the many venues around town. Wind up the fun evening at Bernie’s Beach House, where you can indulge in a game of pool and poker!
You may want to plan to spend the entire day at the beach, so start as early as possible to fit in a plethora of activities and secure a great spot near the shore. You can enjoy 27 miles of uninterrupted shoreline, warm Gulf waters, and soft white sand, just across the boardwalk. The best part is you can actually drive on the Port Aransas beach and then park right at the ocean, offloading your beach gear quickly and efficiently for some beach day fun. Don’t forget to purchase a parking permit between markers 0-62.
We suggest you kickstart this day by sipping some authentic beverages at Coffee Waves and treating yourself early in the morning to a wide selection of house-made gelato. To maximize your beach time, you can get tacos from the drive-thru window at Cancun Mexican Restaurant or San Juan Taqueria.
After coffee and tacos, spend your time soaking in the sand and enjoying the waves. Adventure enthusiasts can go parasailing or jet skiing or you can just relax, basking in the glory of the sun. For lunch, you should definitely grab a quick meal at one of the fine dining or takeaway restaurants near the beach so you can bounce back for a fun-filled evening.
After you’re done at the beach, you can choose between renting an electric bike, a paddleboard, or taking a sandcastle-building class. As the sun begins to fade, there’s no need to battle between staying on the beach for the sunset or going to eat a great dinner. Rollin Tide Boil will give you the best of both worlds!
This innovative dining option provides chairs around your bonfire, and a boiling pot of Low-Country Shrimp straight to your spot. After a fabulous day, you can have a relaxing dinner at the beach, dipping your toes in the sand, without the hassle of waiting in long lines at noisy restaurants. After dinner, you can dance around the bonfire or hit the dance floor for a great night out in Port Aransas before you head back to your beachfront condo.
Doesn’t this sound perfect time? Head to our website today to book a beach getaway!
Make the most of your day by renting a golf cart to drive to Coach’s Island Grill for a delicious breakfast. They serve massive pancakes and breakfast tacos that are a traveler’s delight. After breakfast, cruise around the island, meeting the salty island characters and checking out the local businesses and shops for the rest of the day.
A shopping adventure is a nice change of pace to get a much-needed break from the Sun. When you start your shopping spree, you won’t be able to miss the hand-painted signs that are scattered throughout local shops. For the shopping savant, you can stop at the Coastal Closet which is popular for home decor and clothing. For a smart selection of jewelry, home accessories, artisan-made goods, head to Indigo Eclectic! If it’s your goal to buy a souvenir for friends and family back home, Cita is the best bet. They sell bright colorful caftans and coin purses in the shape of a fish adorned with sequins, which make for more sophisticated souvenir options.
On day four of your spring vacation, we suggest you stop into the Port Aransas Art Center, which displays the work of many local artists living in the area. It offers various art classes, which is quite enticing for people of all ages. Once you have boosted your creative skills, head straight to Roberts Point Park which is a beautiful spot for boat and dolphin watching. For lunch, you can grab some fish sandwiches from Virginia’s on the Bay and enjoy your meal on the picnic tables in the lap of nature.
Fishing enthusiasts can try their hand at their favorite sport. They simply love Port Aransas for its rich line-up of fishing options. Start at the Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier, then book a day-long deep-sea or bay fishing trip with Woody’s Sports Center, a one-stop destination for all your fishing needs. If you are lucky to get a good catch, you can bring in your haul, handing it over to any local restaurant to create a tasty meal!
While you’re planning out all the fun activities you’ll do on your trip, don’t forget to look at our vacation rentals in Port Aransas! You can take a dip in our three luxurious pools, and enjoy all of the amenities our resort has to offer. You will also have exclusive access to the beach. The beautiful beach views from our plush Port Aransas condos will make your trip unforgettable. Don’t hesitate to book your stay, our rentals fill up quickly! Contact us now to book your rental and start planning your trip today!