Port Aransas Visitors' Guide

Port Aransas BY THE NUMBERS


A beachgoer uses an inflatable kite wing to power him across the sand.

A beachgoer uses an inflatable kite wing to power him across the sand.

Location

Northern tip of Mustang Island 30 minutes from Corpus Christi; three hours south of San Antonio, three hours south of Houston and three-and-a-half hours from Austin. 45 minutes from Corpus Christi International Airport, 30 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi and shopping malls.

Population

Port Aransas: 2,904 (2020 census)

Registered voters: 3,145

Utilities

Natural gas: City of Port Aransas

Water/Sewer: Nueces County Water Control & Improvement District No. 4

Solid waste disposal: Contracted by city. Residential curbside recycling.

Telephone: Provider of choice

Taxes

Entity Rate/ $100 Net Taxable Value
City .225781 3,953,251,644
County (Only)……………………..$.288228 $40,013,761,122
School 92926 4,356,219,433

Industries

Tourism

Charter Fishing

Higher Education

Climate

Annual Avg. Temperature: 71.0º,

Rain: Winter: 30.13”

Monthly Avg. Temperatures: January: 55.1º October: 73.9º July: 84.1º

Average Elevation:

5-6 feet above sea level

Prevailing Wind: Southeasterly

Library

Bill Ellis Memorial Public Library: 700 W. Avenue A.

Medical Services

Emergency Medical Service

(City operated): 10 full-time medics.

Doctor: 1 Dentist: 0

Hospitals: Corpus Christi (30 min­utes away): Driscoll Children’s Hospi­tal, Christus Spohn Hospital-Shore­line, Christus Spohn Hospital-South, Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial, Corpus Christi Medical Center; Bay Area, Doctor’s Regional

Lodging

Hotels/motels, Condominiums, Cottages/ Courts, RV Parks, Vacation home rental services, Bed & Breakfasts. Lodging units available: 7,069. RV spaces: 1,458.

Fishing

Head (party) boats: 11

Private charter boats: 45

Charter boat agents: 6

Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc.: Fishing guides dock at city marina available for private charters.

Communications

Television: Local, Cable Channel 20

Telephone: Choose your own provider.

Education

Port Aransas ISD District 2A: Total enrollment: 520 Port Aransas High School: 183 Brundrett Middle School: 109 H.G. Olsen Elementary School: 228 Fifth grade: 40 Eighth grade: 45 Twelfth grade: 36

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute: International research facility, graduate program.

Churches

Protestant: 4

Catholic: 1

Banks

2 Branches: American Bank, ValueBank Texas

Boat Launch

City marina: 6 ramps

Air service

Mustang Beach Airport: SH 361. City-operated, 3,500-foot surfaced, lighted runway, AWOS. Self-service fuel system, GPS approach, attendant.

Government

Home Rule: City Council (six members + mayor)

Police department: 24 officers (+ 7 dispatchers)

Fire department: 25 volunteers with 10 vehicles

Fire insurance key rating: 4

County Constable: 9 full time

Recreational Facilities, Birding, Camping, Amenities

Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture: 1,217-acre preserve that parallels the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Hikers welcome; vehicles prohibited. Dogs OK on leashes only in certain areas. Some areas off-limits due to Hurricane Harvey.

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: On Ross Ave. Boardwalk, gardens.

Port Aransas Wetlands Park: Boardwalk, observation deck, State Hwy. 361 South

Scott & Joan Holt Paradise Pond Birding Habitat: Boardwalk, observation areas, Cut-off Road.

Port Aransas Community Park: 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor heated swimming pool, 2 baseball fields, t-ball field, soccer field, 1.1-mile jogging trail/exercise course, picnic area, basketball court, skateboard park, disc golf course, pickle ball courts, dog park. Off Ross Avenue.

Roberts Point Park: Pavilion, amphitheatre, bulkheading with walkway, rock jetties, basketball and bocce courts, picnic and playground equipment, observation tower. Pier under construction.

Fishing/sight seeing: Horace Caldwell Pier, Ancel Brundrett Pier, J.P. Luby Pier open. Charlie’s Pasture Pier reconstruction expected to be completed soon.

Mustang Island beach: Beachcombing, swimming, camping (3-day limit in city limits), surfing, windsurfing.

I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park: 64 RV sites. No tent sites.

Wetlands Education Center at the UTMSI: Trail, boardwalk at 3.5-acre wetland. Tours available.

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