J. Griffis Smith
An English settler built a ranch house on this site in 1855. It was later developed as a popular fishing village. Lodging choices range from quaint cottages to resort condominiums and beach houses. Fresh seafood shops and restaurants offer a variety of cuisine. Catch the trolley to boutiques and art galleries. A U.S. Coast Guard Station is located here.
Some areas of the beach require a parking permit available at the chamber office and other locations.
Group boats provide bay and deep-sea fishing. There also are docking facilities and launching ramps. Fishing tournaments span the calendar June–September. The Deep Sea Roundup in July is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast. 361/749-5919. www.portaransas.org/fish_boat.html.
Enjoy kayaking, beachcombing, kite-surfing, jet skiing, parasailing and surfing. The only seaside links-style golf course in North America designed by Arnold Palmer is the Newport Dunes Golf Club. 361/749-4653. www.newportdunesgolf.com.
The Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond is Mustang Island's only freshwater wetland, and the pond is a favorite stop for migrating birds. 361/749-4111. www.cityofportaransas.org/paradise_pond.cfm. The Whooping Crane Festival is held in February. www.whoopingcranefestival.org.
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