Located at the north end of Mustang, a barrier island off the Gulf Coast of Texas, Port Aransas is an incredible destination for beaches, bird sanctuaries, nature parks and golf courses. Named after the horses that Spanish settlers brought to the island, Mustang is now known for its wild animals ‒ from the alligators and spoonbills that inhabit its wetlands, to the sea turtles that nest on its beaches. Whether you’re here on a family holiday or bringing the party for spring break, our pick of the best vacation rentals in Port Aransas will help you enjoy all the island can offer with your very own beachside home from home – bookable with Culture Trip.
The Cinnamon Shore community is the main hub for rental houses on Mustang – and a great choice, thanks to its resort-style amenities. Just eight minutes’ drive from the center of Port Aransas, the resort offers three pools and a roster of free activities, including sandcastle lessons, family movie nights and paddleboard yoga. The pale blue building has three master bedrooms and a six-bed bunk room, as well as three baths, a kitchen, wet bar and living room. Points go to the Sonos wireless surround sound system for playing tunes throughout your stay.
Bigger than Casa Del Mar, this double-porch house sleeps up to 18 people across three king-size and 12 twin-size beds. The rental is light and airy, with pale furnishings, comfy corner sofas and partial sea views. In the unlikely event that you exhaust all the on-site activities, it’s just a three-minute drive to the fairways of Palmilla Beach, or eight minutes to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.
Closer to town, and just an eight-minute walk from Port Aransas’ main beach, this maritime-themed house sleeps eight across two master bedrooms and a four-bed bunk room – ideal for two families holidaying together. Kids stay free, but no spring-breakers or pets are allowed. Take advantage of the free golf cart rental and get around the Royal Palms community, from the shared pool to the beach and the local store – you’ll need burgers for your private barbecue.
Everything is right on your doorstep at this two-bed condo. It’s located in the center of Port Aransas, near the 12-hole Palmilla Beach golf course, and is a 15-minute walk from the beach. A more intimate rental, it sleeps six across two queen beds and a sleeper sofa – perfect for two or three couples. With the fishing pier just a three-minute drive away and ample space in the garage for a boat, it’s also ideal for anglers. Return after a long day on the water for a splash in the shared Las Palmas pool, then have dinner either inside the condo, at the picnic area below, or at the many restaurants within a five-minute walk.
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