Mustang Island State Park, Port Aransas

Mustang Island is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the United States. The island is 18 miles (29 km) long, stretching from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas. The island is oriented generally northeast-southwest, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and south, and Corpus Christi Bay on the north and west. The island's southern end connects by roadway to Padre Island. At the northern end of the island is Port Aransas, beyond which is San José Island (also known as Saint Joseph Island). The Aransas Channel (also known as the "Aransas Pass"—for which the nearby town on the mainland is named), formed by the separation of Mustang and San José islands, is protected by jetties extending into the gulf from each island.The town of Port Aransas is located at the northern end of the island. Mustang Island State Park encompasses the entire southern third of the island, including 3,954 acres (1,600 ha) and 5 miles (8 km) of beach. The city of Corpus Christi includes the northernmost portion of Padre Island and part of Mustang Island between Port Aransas and the state park. Use our Port Aransas day trip tool to visit Mustang Island State Park on your trip to Port Aransas, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Sadly the day for us was one of the coldest in twenty years with a temperature of 28f. It's easy to find in either direction from Corpus Christi or Port Aransas, we made it part of a triangular tour f...  more »
  • Those crazy birds are there and if you time it right you can see them in the parking lot, flying from post to post with dips down to the ground, there are many other shorebirds and walk out on the rip...  more »
  • We drove on the highway 361. The view on both side was the Texas birding trail area. After paying $ 5,00 each for the entrance we went directly to the beach. It was very quiet when we were there. Not ...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed it! We arrived around 11 am on a weekend during summer. We did not want a crowded beach. You do have a small fee but it's worth it! They had shaded tables which were perfect for my little ones to sit, rehydrate, and reapply sunblock. Around 3 it was getting crowded. My boys loved running around in the sand, be careful though there were a ton of crabs! Very fast and will hide when they see you.
  • Beach access for all public. Usually fire on beach is allowed if fire is in a 2 feet hole and always attended. Good to check with authorities for any bans. There are discontinuous properties along 361 where you can park and enjoy views and watch birds.
  • The beach was really cool. This is the first time we have ever been to the gulf! The beach does have alot of wash up. Some kind of mossy seaweed stuff that looks like little thin bushes. You can drive down the beach quite a long ways. There are portapottys every so often. Be sure to put your tint and over night gear on the north side of the road. The water rises pretty far do to the tide. I kept waking up thinking it was raining really hard. Turns out it was just the sound of the waves they we're just really close.
  • I love this place!! We camped right on the beach!! The wind is a little much, but great for flying kites!! We tied a couple of kites to the car and watched them as we played in the water!! The water is warm and amazing!! The beach is clean, and there are cold water showers next to the out houses to spray off after a swim. We saw a lot of crabs at night! I got a cool video of one eating seaweed. There are hot showers next to the check in office.
  • The grounds are nice and people did not appear to leave their trash everywhere like at the nearby public beaches. There are sturdy rustic covered picnic tables away from the water that made it easier to prepare and eat lunch. We did not use them but there are several portable bathrooms near the parking lot. Two PVC type pole rinse off showers, at the path to the beach, made it easy to get the sand off the kid before loading up the car. Probably a good idea to have flip flops when standing on the wet ground area rinsing off. We felt the $5 per adult fee was more than reasonable. Just educate the kids not to pick up or play with the jellyfish. ...any of them.

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