Home to herds of wild horses in the 18th Century, Mustang Island is now better known for the wide, sandy beaches, sport fishing and Texas’ only links-style golf course in the seaside town of Port Aransas. Affectionately known around the state as Port A, it is consistently ranked the best beach in Texas and is perfect for a low-key weekend getaway.
Waste no time getting in the water after arrival, and paddle out on the Lighthouse Lakes Trails near the historic 1857 Lydia Ann Lighthouse on North Harbor Island. The first paddling trail system in Texas, this mangrove-lined loop provides outstanding bird and fish-spotting opportunities that your local expert and guide will be happy to point out along the trip.
After a high-speed afternoon on jet skis in the bay, have an old-fashioned, shrimp boil on the beach, complete with bonfire and s’mores as the sun goes down. Wake up for a sunrise fishing trip, or sleep in before a full day on the beaches of the private San Jose Island.
In between every adventure, your home base of Palmilla Beach offers the longest stretch of beachfront in the city, as well as world-class golf and award-winning dining. The resort provides a VIP beach experience, complete with new condominiums walking distance from the pool, private cabanas and golf-carts for easy beach access.
While you enjoy your final picnic lunch, you’ll have an opportunity for a view of the coastline from above while taking a ride in a historic airplane! The flight will take you along the Corpus Christi Bay to see downtown Corpus Christi, the USS Lexington, and Harbor Bridge, as well as an aerial view of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Hopefully the flight shakes the last of the sand from your hair. Your private flight home won’t be quite as windy.