Texas Trip Notes: Mustang and North Padre Islands

Colorful homes, Port Aransas

We spent our final two nights of our Texas vacation at Port Aransas  on Mustang Island, another of the area’s barrier islands.  Our hotel was just three blocks from the Gulf-side beach.

Mustang and North Padre Islands struck us as being less touristy than South Padre Island.  Much of North Padre Island is a National Seashore.  We had planned a full day to drive 60 miles up this island, but little did we know that the pavement ended after about five miles, and the remaining “road” into North Padre Island National Seashore was beach driving.  Well, we did not feel comfortable driving our rental car on the beach, especially since the water was already quite high.  So we did not see as much of this “wild” island as I had wished.

Gulf-side beach, North Padre Island

Black-bellied plover

Back in Port Aransas, we watched the sunset from the tower at the Leona Turnbull Birding Center.

Leona Turnbull Birding Center
Great-tailed grackle, Leona Turnbull Birding Center

On our final night in Texas, clouds came.  It was time to go home to Seattle.

Evening at the fishing pier in Port Aransas



One thought on “Texas Trip Notes: Mustang and North Padre Islands

  1. Port Aransas is one of my favorite spots on the coast. When I still was sailing, it was a common destination, and for a time I worked on boats down there. I’ve not yet been to the birding center, but you’ve piqued my interest, and I’ll put it on a list for a future time. It’s one of those places that has a local culture almost entirely detached from the tourist culture: a wheel within a wheel, if you will. When I was spending enough time there to be almost a local, it was a truly fascinating place.

    And, as an added note: that’s part of the coast that my great-great-grandfather marched through during the Civil War.


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