Port Aransas, historically known as Aranzazu, welcomes around 60,000 visitors during the summer. The place is packed with tourists from around the world from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas”, Port Aransas attracts anglers from around the world.
Its long and rich history started almost 5,000 years ago. The first inhabitants of the islands were believed to be the Karankawa Indians who led a nomadic life, traversing the Galveston Bay towards Corpus Christi. The 19th century marked the beginning of the buzzing commerce of Port Aransas and became a point of interest for merchants, immigrants, and even for buccaneers and smugglers. It was business as usual until a hurricane destroyed most of Port Aransas in 1916. This, however, did not stop the locals from rebuilding their wharves and docks. Then again in 2017, Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Gulf Coast and Port Aransas, but just the same, its people persevered and rebuilt.
After going through several tragedies over the centuries, who would think that Port Aransas would eventually have one of the most successful tourism-driven economies in Texas? Apart from anglers, the kayak paddling trails also lure in visitors.
Its once flooded and snake-infested islands are now abundant inlets and estuaries that are home to vast populations of different fish species. Although it offers saltwater and inshore fishing, Port Aransas is best known for deep-sea or offshore fishing. In fact, many consider Port Aransas the deep sea fishing capital of Texas.