Here's how you get to the Festival
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Finding Port A
Port Aransas is located on the northern tip of Mustang Island about 30 minutes across the bay from Corpus Christi. Take your choice of two ways to access the island. From Corpus Christi, the island is linked by the JFK Causeway, which climbs high above the Laguna Madre making a direct line to SH 361 and 'Port A.' Alternately, take the 'scenic route.' The free ferry system brings visitors to the island across the Corpus Christi Ship Channel via car ferries, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Often bottlenose dolphins accompany the ferries back and forth to the delight of those aboard. Seagulls and pelicans are frequent flyers along the short trip, too! You can also fly into Corpus Christi International Airport, or land your private plane on Mustang Beach Airport's 3,500 ft. runway.
Approximate driving times:
|San Antonio: 3 hours
Houston: 3 1/2 hours
|Austin: 4 hours
Fort Worth / Dallas: 8 hours
Thanks to the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce for the map and directions above.
Where to stay:
Beach camping with a $12 beach permit available at convenience stores. Numerous RV parks, condos and available hotels. Some hotels are still closed due to hurricane damage.
Shark Reef Motel
314 Cut Off Road (walking distance from the Farley Boat Works)
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Click here for a copy of the Port A Chamber of Commerce Accomodations Brochure.
Once you get to town:
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Once you arrive in Port Aransas, you will probably want to start at the marina. There is loads of parking nearby. The Festival will take place there. You will also want to see the Farley Boat Works (where the scow schooner will be) and the Port Aransas Museum.
thanks to Gerard Mittelstaedt for the street map