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Mustang Island is a Must-See on the Texas Gulf Coast

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Out on the beautiful warm waters of the Texas Gulf Coast sits Mustang Island – an 18-mile long barrier island connected by the JFK Causeway to Corpus Christi. At the northern tip of the island sits the awesome town of Port Aransas (“Port A” as the locals refer to it), and at the southern tip is Padre Island. With ample opportunity to play in the warm waters, fish, or have an extraordinary experience sight-seeing, why not make the trip?

Mustang Island is a Must-See on the Texas Gulf Coast

Photo: Facebook/Mustang Island State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

From Port Arkansas, you can enjoy a ferry trip to San José Island as well as the mainland, but if your goal is Mustang Island itself, then wide-open miles of sand and sun await you! Fill your family’s time with shelling, or simply playing around at the beach. You can surf or sunbathe, kayak or stand-up paddle. And there are lots to do by simply wading through the water: the local sea life includes urchins and crabs and a variety of fresh fish to catch.

Mustang Island is a Must-See on the Texas Gulf Coast

Photo: Facebook/Vicky Wallet Keeton

You can also charter a deep-sea fishing trip from Mustang Island out of Port Arkansas, where the local guides are very familiar with all the hot spots. And there’s even an opportunity to skydive if that’s your cup of tea! Or if you’re a land lover, the diverse wildlife of the interior island dunes offer a spectacular experience. Not to mention the birders that visit the island to enjoy spectacular view points from which to watch hundreds of varying species.

Mustang Island is a Must-See on the Texas Gulf Coast
Photo: Facebook/Melinda Roberts Photography

Accommodations at Mustang Island can be had in Port Arkansas, as well as some great shopping and dining. Conventional motels, quaint cottages, condominiums and private beach homes are all available for you to peruse when you make your travel plans. Fresh coastal cuisine can be had as shore lunches or at fine local establishments. There are also some great kid-friendly restaurants with family atmospheres. And if you forgot your suitcase, the local shops have you covered. Unique boutiques and coastal clothing will get you looking classy in no time. So get yourself on island time at Mustang Island in the Texas Gulf Coast, with plenty of fun and family-friendly things to enjoy!

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