There has been a lot of hype all over media about the recent Red Tide that has affected most all of the Gulf Coast.

Last week was really bad! There were dead fish all over the beaches and with dead fish comes a terrible stink! Thankfully the Red Tide has subsided and the beaches are again enjoyable and back to normal.

We decided to write this blog about what Red Tide is and how it does affect the beaches and most importantly us! Knowledge is power and understanding what this unfortunate spectacle is will help our guests and readers better understand Red Tide.

Red Tide has been around forever and is a common microscopic algae, scientifically termed Karenia brevis or K. brevis. When these algea are found in high concentrations they are termed as blooms and can have the water appear to be red, light or dark green and even brown. This species of algae is a naturally occurring organism that is likely to always be present at low concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico. The blooms usually occur in late summer, or early fall and can last days, weeks and even months. These bloom locations are constantly changing due to the wind conditions.

These blooms produce a toxin called brevetoxin, which affects the central nervous system of animals. When this is ingested by the fish you will find them dead floating in the water or laid up on the beaches.

If you bring your pets to101311_fishkill_mustangisland beach, it’s important to literally keep them on a short leash and probably left at home. The dead fish on the beach could cause your furry friends respiratory issues and if consumed, a much worse ending.

As for us humans, Red Tide affects the respiratory system. Common symptoms are coughing, sneezing, and watery, itchy-burning eyes. Because this affects allergies, most over the counter anti-histamines will help treat these symptoms. Those who are easily bothered by allergies might want to avoid the beach during this time as to not disrupt their health.

One more thing about Red Tide is a concern of seafood consumption. The Brevetoxin is heat stable and not killed during the cooking process. The good news about shrimp and crabs (crustaceans) or shell fish, are not affected by the red tide. We would strongly advise not to eat any fish found dead or floating in the water!!!  Finfish that are caught live are safe to eat after being gutted and as for other seafood found in restaurants and grocery stores they are safe also.

If you love oysters, clams and mussels, it’s best to avoid these during red tide season as these lovely treats become very toxic!

All of the information about Red Tide was found at

For current Red Tide Status Updates you can visit the above site at any time. They accurately and timely report any red tide sightings or finds.

We hope this information helps and we definitely assure you that the beaches in front of the Sandpiper are excellent, except for some seaweed. We’ll discuss that bloom in another post!!


Fall in Port Aransas

Fall in Port Aransas

For many people, September is a time of back-to-routine but for some it’s a cool time of year to go exploring. Although on this island, it’s still pretty warm, many people are beginning to head this way for relaxing and not so crowded beach time. Personally, fall is our favorite time of year in Port Aransas. The weather is slowly cooling down, you can enjoy the beach on a much more personal note and (best of all) the wildlife will start to move around a little more with this cooler weather.

If you are down in Port Aransas this month and trying to find somethings to do here are just a few events that will satisfy all ages!

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Sunset sounds of Port Aransas


Sunset Sounds, September 11th, 2015

Enjoy your Port Aransas evening with musical entertainment as the sun sets over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. 7-9 pm at Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park. Bring your lawn chair and your favorite beverage. No charge

September 11: Sandy Bottom Boys – Hillbilly Gospel Music




HT3 Tournament, September 16th-19th, 2015

HT3 Fishing Tournament

HT3 televised fishing tournament in Port Aransas

This televised fishing tournament concludes the 2015 summer season of fishing. This is a tournament apart of the Redfish Series with the last event in the waters of Port Aransas. There will be fishing Thursday-Saturday with weigh in at 3pm each day at the City Marina. Open registration is on Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm. There will be a full production staff televising this event from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Even if you aren’t fishing, come and enjoy the festivities! It’s always great to see what these anglers pull in! Click here for more information on the tournament and to see the schedule of events .



National Estuaries Day, September 26th, 2015. 

National Estuary Day at UTMSI

National Estuary Day at UTMSI

Celebrate natures beautiful way of connecting oceans and rivers! Join the staff at the UTMSI to learn how these natural occurrences affect us. There will be estuary themed activities from 10am-3pm (games, arts and crafts, hands on habitat nature walk and more) visit here to read more about this celebrated day.


Adopt-a-Beach Clean-UP, September 26th, 2015. 

Texs Beaches

Adopt-a-Beach Clean Up Port Aransas

Help keep our beaches clean! What a way to give back to beautiful beaches we call home or come visit every year. You can visit the website or call Deno for more information on how to get involved at (361)749-0256.





Weekly Port Aransas Things-to-do:

Every Tuesday and Thursday:

Join the Wetlands Education Center for a free tour at 630 E. Cotter Ave. from 10am-11am.

Every Wednesday:

Meet at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center for a guided 2 hour bird watching tour! Bring your cameras, sunscreen and water. 9am-11am.

Leonabell Turnbull Birding Center Port Aransas

Leonabell Turnbull Birding Center Port Aransas