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.
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 are held from 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, jet skiing, parasailing and surfing. The only seaside links-style golf course in North America designed by Arnold Palmer is the Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club. 361/749-4653. http://palmillabeach.com/golf.
The Whooping Crane Festival is held in February. www.whoopingcranefestival.org.