Texas is an amazing place and has everything you need for a great vacation. However, finding a well-equipped RV park that is in a good location can be difficult. This led me to question, what are the best RV parks near Port Aransas, Texas?
The best site near Port Aransas, Texas is Pioneer Beach RV Resort. This RV park has everything you need to enjoy the beaches near the Gulf of Mexico. The site also has great amenities to make your stay more comfortable.
There are many different RV sites near Port Aransas.
Let’s have a look at what sites are great for fishing, enjoying the beach, playing golf, and other popular activities you may be interested in. I will also talk about the amenities the different RV parks have to offer.
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1. Harbor Landing RV Park
This site is in Aransas Pass and is one of the most beautiful riverfront locations in Texas. This site has a boat launch that you can use. So, if you want to do fishing, jet skiing, or similar activities, this is a great place to visit.
Harbor Landing RV Park is close to Whitney Lake March Wildlife Refuge. This is a great place to go hiking and enjoy some greenery. Alternatively, you could just go to the beach, which is just a short drive from this site.
$460/month – all utilities included
2. On the Beach RV Park
This is one of the best RV parks in Texas and has a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. At this site, you will have easy access to the beach since it is in a great location. The park has very friendly staff who have good knowledge of the local area.
So, if you want to be near the coast and enjoy the palm trees and sandy beaches, you should definitely check out this RV park.
$57-67/night, depending on the season
3. NAS RV Park Corpus Christi
This is one of the most unique RV sites you could visit.
That’s because it is actually on an army base. There are outdoor showers on the site, and this is by no means a luxury RV resort. However, if you are looking for an RV site within walking distance of the beach, this ticks that box.
$17-22/night, no partial or full hookups
4. Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort
This site has laundry, bathroom, and shower facilities. It is a very friendly park and is well-ran by the staff. I have personally stayed here and loved it.
This site has a 600-foot beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico and a boardwalk over the sand dunes to the beach. Did I mention the pool and hot tub? And many of the sites have premium covered patios with outdoor kitchens and seating.
The site also has golf cart access to the beach.
$76-111/night depending on season and amenities
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5. Mustang Island State Park
This site is about 400 yards from the Gulf of Mexico.
This site has a picnic area, outdoor grills, water and electricity hookups, and restrooms with showers. You don’t get superb amenities here, but they do the job. If you are looking for a super cheap RV park, this is a place to consider.
The good thing about a low-end RV park is that you are more likely to leave and explore the local area. They do not have laundry facilities at this RV site.
6. Pioneer Beach RV Resort
This site is right next to the beach access road, which takes you directly to the shore of Port Aransas. This is a great place to visit if you want to have an ocean view right from the RV park. This site has full hookups, cable TV, swimming pools, and a hot tub.
There is also a fish cleaning house, which is handy since there are so many spectacular fishing spots at Port Aransas. Overall, this site has superb amenities and is very close to the beach.
$69-80/night, depending on the season and back-in/pull-through
7. Surfside RV and Resort
This site requires that you stay for a minimum of three nights. You are only allowed to take 2 vehicles to the site in the summer months. They do not allow extra vehicles. Otherwise, the site will get overcrowded. This site is also not suitable for big rigs.
If you have a large class A motorhome, this is not the site to visit. It is a great place if you have a smaller RV and are only looking to stay there for a couple of weeks or less.
$57-65/night, depending on the season
http://www.surfsiderv.com/ (Website not secure: do not pay online)
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8. Sailfish RV Resort
This site is very close to Port Aransas Nature Preserve. This place has loads of hiking trails, and multiple lakes in there. You can go and visit and enjoy sports like kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking.
This site is about half a mile from Port Aransas Jet Ski rentals. So, if you are looking to hire a watercraft to have some fun on the beach, then this is a great place to visit.
Unclear as the resort is brand new
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9. Anchorage RV Park
This RV Park is very close to a couple of saltwater pools. This is great if you want to spend time in the water but don’t want to be out at sea. This RV Park is also close to a remote beach that won’t be overcrowded like most of the other places in Texas.
Anchorage RV Park has a fishing pond, picnic area, and fire pit area. You can also rent equipment here and extend your stay at the check-in point. The site has a dump station and electricity hookups.
10. Saltwater Flats RV Resort and Cabins
This RV Park is close to Live Oak Country Club, where there are numerous golf courses. This place does not have many sports facilities like basketball and volleyball courts or a horseshoe pit. However, there is a heated swimming pool, boat parking, and a BBQ pavilion.
This RV park is best suited to more mature people.
11. Aransas Oaks RV Resort
This site is one of the best places for fishing in Texas. All year round, they have a wide variety of fish species that you can catch. This site has a swimming pool and is able to accommodate large class A RVs.
There are showers, restrooms, and full hookups here. The Wi-Fi is free, and there is a picnic area. This site allows pets and has a dog run and pet waste disposal stations.
My favorite restaurants in Port Aransas
Having camped in my RV before in Port Aransas in addition to visiting other times too, there are a few great restaurants I frequent every time I go. Here they are (not paid endorsements):
The Phoenix Restaurant and Bar
The best fine dining anywhere in the area and a fantastic deck which is where you want to be anytime it’s not mosquito season.
The menu is eclectic.
You’ll find Asian flavors like potstickers and sesame-crusted tuna, but you’ll also find southern flavors like fried green tomatoes. But their Mexican-inspired dishes are fantastic too, such as their Wild-caught gulf shrimp mojo de ajo. But I’ve also had their filet mignon which was perfectly cooked. The truffle fries with rosemary garlic aioli are a must!
Inexplicably, they seem to not have a website. But their phone number is (361) 749-9277.
Irie’s Island Food
Another restaurant that blends Asian and Latin flavors in a very tropical way. It’s a casual setting with decent-sized indoor and outdoor dining spaces.
Lots of seafood options, but vegetarians will find plenty to eat too.
Curried coconut shrimp tacos, Treasure Beef (tenderloin) rice plate, veggie spring rolls, and dragon queso (chile con queso with black beans and their red and green dragon sauces). Their tortilla chips are made in-house, and there are a lot of spicy sauces available to take your dishes up a notch!
Inexplicably again, they seem to not have a website. But they do have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/iriesislandfood/ and their phone number is (361) 749-2310.
The best spot for breakfast on the island.
Family-owned and operated since 1985, this place is like an old-school diner. Expect waits, but you can call in orders to go and just pick up at the check-in stand right inside the front door.
Everything from omelets to pancakes to avocado toast to chicken fried steak.
Inexplicably again, they seem to not have a website (if I had more free time I’d sell all these places websites!). But they do have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Island%20Cafe%20Port%20Aransas/357087187694451/ and their phone number is (361) 749-6602.
OK, so technically this is in nearby Corpus Christy and not in Port Aransas. But it’s not that far away, and it’s a great, albeit touristy place to go for fresh seafood and beautiful views.
This place is popular, but luckily there are a lot of tables and they have a full bar while you wait.
Heavy on fried seafood, but there are a ton of choices and options. Plus things like burgers. But they also have a lot of salads and a kid’s menu.
Spectacular ocean views from their expansive deck.
You won’t find a Starbucks on the island. But you will find this gem of a coffee shop!
All the usual hot and cold coffee drinks you’d expect. Plus a wide array of alternative milk options. But they also have an outstanding selection of sweet and savory baked goods too. And in-house gelato too!
Do expect a long line in the mornings, and don’t expect it to move at light speed. But it’s worth it and it’s the best coffee on the island.
My favorite activities in Port Aransas
Winton’s Island Candy
This is an old-school candy store selling a boatload of candy by the pound. Just serve yourself and they’ll weigh it at the register.
Everything from candy cigarettes to Swedish fish, to house-made fudge and chocolate nut clusters. And since you’re on the coast, of course, they have saltwater taffy.
They’ve been around since 1995 although they were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. But they’ve rebounded nicely and are better than ever!
Fire It! Ceramics
A must for me every visit!
Simply pick a piece of unfished pottery from their vast selection and then pick from hundreds of different glaze colors. Paint it any way you like it and then turn it over to them.
They will kiln-fire it and let you know when it’s ready (1-2 days). Not staying that long? I’ve also had them mail it to me.
So many designs, brushes, stencils, and glaze options to choose from, and so much fun. Dog-friendly too. We had Lulu, my pug, at our table for hours. And we got food to-go from Irie’s and ate at our table.
The best RV park near Port Aransas is Pioneer Beach RV Resort.
This place just ticks all the boxes. But I also LOVE Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort. If you want to do some hiking and exploring, consider Sailfish RV Resort.
There are some amazing places that you can visit in the area. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is great for hiking and looking for wild animals.
There is plenty of boat and jet ski rental places in the Port Aransas area.
At Port Aransas, there is the IB Magee Beach Park, Robert’s Point Park, and Port Aransas Nature Reserve. So, whether you want to be at sea or on land, there is something for everyone at Port Aransas. Just make sure you are prepared for the scorching Texas weather!
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