It is that time of year when we count our blessing and give thanks for all that we have and to look ahead to enjoying all that we are grateful for in the year to come on Port Aransas, on lovely Mustang Island.

Here on Mustang Island, the blessings are too many to count. Here are just a few we thought we’d share with you from those of us lucky enough to live along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

  • Port Aransas, commonly knows as Port A,  has miles of lovely Gulf Coast beach just perfect for wave frolicking, sea shell hunting or sun worshiping. The beach goer inside of you will be in beach heaven along our shore.
  • <img class="alignright wp-image-300 size-thumbnail" src="×150.jpg" alt="crane1" width="150" height="150" srcset="http://www.sandpiperportaransas 20 mg×150.jpg 150w,×170.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px” />We get to see lots and lots of beautiful birds. Mustang Island is perfectly situated in the heart of the spring and fall migrations. One of four sights on the Great Central Birding Trail, Mustang Island has one of the highest bird counts along the entire Gulf Coast.
  • Stress is an endangered species.  Port Aransas is a funky little beach community, brimming with fun and funky boutiques, art galleries, surf, swim and fishing gear as well as that perfect gift for everyone on your list. With it’s special, layed-back flavor, Port A is a great place to unwind and leave those big city problems far behind you.
  • Some of the freshest seafood and coastal cuisine is your to be savored at Port A’s numerous dining establishments. Whether you are looking for fine dining for that very special occasion or just looking for a delectable bite of the “catch of the day” at a casual seafood shack, Port A has just what your stomach desires.
  • Port A is frequently referred to as the “Fishing Capital of Texas.” The surrounding Gulf Waters are brimming with red snapper, mackerel, pompano and many other favorites, perfect for deep sea fishing or even just throwing your line in the bays.
  • Just in case we do get a hankering for some big city fun, Corpus Christi is just a short drive from Port Aransas.
  • Every Spring, we get to enjoy the weird, the whimsical and the just plain AMAZING as Port A plays host to the Texas Sand Sculpture Fest. Artists from around the world create unbelievable masterpieces out of our sand. There is nothing else quite like this festival anywhere.
  • Sandcastles and fabulous sunrises and sunsets are an every day occurrence for those of us lucky enough to call this wonderful area home.

Mostly we are thankful for all of our guests and our wonderful homeowners. We get to work with some of the most lovely people on the planet and nothing makes us happier than being able to help provide wonderful vacation memories to all of our visitors to Mustang Island.


Thanksgiving at Sandpiper



The seasons are changing quickly and we can’t believe it’s already November! It’s still not too cold down here, in fact it’s rather lovely. The cold fronts are moving down slowly, staying for about a day and then warming up once again. With all this weather change it’s not uncommon to see new birds around these parts. The colder it gets, the more that come!

Winter is an enjoyable time of year in Port Aransas, clearly not bikini weather but some days it’s warm enough and you’ll see dozens enjoying the sunshine in shorts and tanks, and maybe even their swimsuits.

Port Aransas BirdingPort Aransas BirdingBirding in South Texas is a common favorite among many Winter Texans and visitors during this time. There are several places to watch for these birds too. There is the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center of Port Aransas, Charlie’s Pasture on the bayside of HWY 361 and of course the open beach. Along our driveway we have a birding pond close to the entrance that will fill up with various species and the best part about this place is you can simply take a leisurely stroll from the property.



The Port Aransas Art Museum has several classes for you to take and brush up your skills or learn completely new things. These classes range from oil, pastels, watercolor, ceramic work and even jewelry making. You do have to register for these classes and some require you to have supplies as well.

<img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1092" src="×300.jpg" alt="Shelling in Port Aransas" width="200" height="300" srcset="×300.jpg 200w, http://www.sandpiperportaransas prozac×1024.jpg 683w” sizes=”(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px” />Shelling and beach combing is another fun and relaxing thing to do. What’s better than walking the beach looking for interesting things!? It’s always fun to find something on the beach and then researching to find out what it is. Sometimes you will be surprised at just how far some of these little treasures travel all around the Gulf of Mexico.


Of course there is fishing, which Port Aransas is known for. The locals say that the SheepHead bite consistently in the winter. After November, the floundering season starts back up again for those ‘giggers’ out there.




No matter how cold it gets we always have our Jacuzzi ready for you! There’s nothing like crisp, cold air and bubbling hot water on a winter day. Our pool is heated also in case you decided to go for a Polar Bear dip.home_2







One last thing that seems to beautify Port Aransas during the winter are the sunsets and sunrises. For some reason the Winter  brings amazing colors, probably because the air is so cold and molecules condense into forming beautiful and radiant sunsets/sunrises.


Even if you’re not staying for a whole month with us in the winter, chances are you will end up being a Winter Texan in the future yourself.