Under the Parks and Recreation Department, Port Aransas Beach Guards oversee the beach area between Marker D and Marker 17 from the beginning of Spring Break through Labor Day, when adequate staff is available.
One reason people come to Port Aransas is to enjoy the 6.3 miles of beach along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Parking a car on the beach requires a $12 annual sticker that can be purchased at City Hall (710 W. Avenue A), our local grocery store Family Center IGA, from local convenience stores or from vendors located on the beach. The sticker allows the vehicle to park along the beach from the City Limit at Marker D near the Horace Caldwell Pier through Port Aransas Beach to the Kleberg County line (south of Bob Hall Pier) making it valid in Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. Stickers are valid January 1st through December 31st. Free Parking areas in the City limits include between the Jetties and Marker D and between Mile Markers 52-58.
There is a three night limit for camping during any three-week period. Camping in tents requires no permit but it also is limited to three days in a spot. Vehicles with tents still must have parking permit.
Small campfires 3ft. x 3ft. are allowed on the beach. Please use water to extinguish.
The City of Port Aransas provides trashcans along the beach to keep litter from spoiling the beach scene.
Between the sand dunes and the wooden post markers, the beach is a two-lane Texas roadway, subject to all applicable traffic laws.
From the posts to the waterline, people can kick back and relax, read, enjoy the sun and play beach games (Frisbee, volleyball, football).
The water is great for swimming, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, and surfing.
Parks and Recreation sponsors a Beach Walk on the 4th Friday of each month to explore the many shells and sea critters found on our beaches. The walk begins at 9 am from the Horace Caldwell Pier at the end of Beach St.