With the hoopla of spring break now over, those in search of a spring or summer weekend getaway need look no further than Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Whether fishing on Corpus Christi Bay, beachcombing or golfing, a host of outdoor activities await in and around this casual beach town that is easily accessible from Austin, Houston and San Antonio. It’s a short 2 ½ hour drive from San Antonio, while Austin and Houston are approximately 3 ½ hours away.
Port Aransas has long been known throughout Texas as a fishing hot spot, spawning the “Fishing Capital of Texas” nickname. Fishing guides are available for day trips or deep sea excursions, where you’ll catch anything from redfish and trout, to kingfish and marlin.
Boasting 18 miles of pristine shoreline for sunbathing, building sand castles and collecting seashells, visitors to “Port A” appreciate the lush, natural beauty surrounding this town on Mustang Island near Corpus Christi. Further down the beach is Mustang Island State Park where one finds an unspoiled barrier island park conducive to camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, spring bird watching and kayaking on the Mustang Island State Paddling Trail in Corpus Christi Bay.
However, some people may not realize that Port Aransas is an ideal golfing destination and home to the Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club, which features an award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Links-Style, par 71 course managed by Troon Golf. Covering more than 222 acres of Mustang Island dunes with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay, Palmilla Beach was named “One of the top 10 courses you can play in Texas” by Golfweek Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“We encourage anyone looking for a quick getaway to put Port Aransas at the top of their list,” says Bart Koontz of Koontz McCombs, developer of Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club. “The town and Mustang Island itself offer a smorgasbord of recreational options for the very active, as well as relaxation for those who just want to take it easy. For golfers, Palmilla’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course is a must with its beautifully-executed layout and affordable greens fees.” The course is open to the public seven days a week.
For those looking for a more permanent getaway, Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf Club offers luxury homes, condominiums, and home sites for sale from noted San Antonio-based developer, Koontz McCombs. These premier real estate opportunities are part of a master-planned community with distinct character and desirable amenities, including private access to the beach and planned bayfront boat slips. Open houses are held each week on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. To learn how you can own your perfect escape at Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club, visit palmillabeach.com or call the Sales Office at 361-749-3628.
Visitors and residents alike can experience Palmilla’s on-property restaurant, the Black Marlin Bar & Grill. Enjoy supping on a delicious meal indoors, dining alfresco overlooking the great lawn or sipping a craft cocktail or glass of wine on the third floor elevated bar taking in the best ocean views on the island. The Black Marlin chef, Kaharim Becerra, focuses on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients for a unique take on coastal cuisine, such as house favorites like the grilled mahi mahi tacos or macadamia-crusted grouper. Foodies will appreciate the evolving menu that respects fresh and seasonal items.
“If you come to Port Aransas in the summer, don’t miss our 2nd annual concert series at the Black Marlin in the outdoor courtyard every Saturday night,” continues Koontz. “It’s become a hugely popular live music venue, including such favorites as Walt Wilkins, Aaron Einhouse, Zan Williams and Bri Bagwell.” You can find more details on our Facebook page once the upcoming summer lineup is confirmed, or visit the Black Marlin website at blackmarlinporta.com for the latest updates.