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Mustang Island Travel Guide

Updated on July 16, 2012
Mustang Island
Mustang Island

Mustang Island is located on the Gulf Coast in south Texas. The island is 18 miles long and lined with condominiums. Most of the condominiums are very nice, some more luxurious than others, but all the condominiums are still top of the line. The condominiums all share on interesting feature; they all allow public access to the beach. Step off the elevator, follow the wooden bridge, and you are facing the beautiful Gulf Coast. Whether staying on the island or visiting a day from a neighboring town, you will surely enjoy everything Mustang Island has to offer.

A Little History

Mustang Island was founded by Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda. The first homestead on Mustang Island was from the Balli family, who built their ranch here. During the Mexican-American war in the middle 1800’s, a fort was built guarding entrance to Aransas Pass. After this time period, Mustang Island would grow to it’s current size today.

The Beaches

The beaches, in my opinion, are unusual, but enjoyable. When you picture a beach, you probably will picture a beach like Destin, Florida. The beaches in Destin are very calm and silent and get deep pretty quick. The beaches on Mustang Island, and really down the whole Gulf Coast, are very violent. Violent meaning the waves are pretty large and it doesn't get deep as fast so you can go way out into the Gulf. The big waves are actually very fun. Whether riding the waves on an inflatable boat, boogies board, or even wading out in the waves, you will enjoy them very much. Well you will enjoy them until a massive wave comes, blowing you off your feet and filling your mouth and your nose with salt water. This is not fun, but somehow it is very funny... The beaches are also not as crowded as Destin or Cancun beaches. This gives you, the potential visitors, a lot of room to spread out and dig around in the sand, making large sand-castles. Another feature of the beaches are the shells. There are so many shells lining the shore. Big or small, rugged or smooth, oddly shaped or perfectly shaped, you will surely find many interesting shells. One last feature of these beaches is the calmness. When you are at a beach in Destin (sorry I keep using Destin), you don't get a lot of privacy as many of the folks at the beaches are hardly shoulder to shoulder. At the Gulf Coast beaches, you have much privacy allowing you to lean back, chill with a drink, or take a cat nap. The beaches here along the Gulf are very enjoyable.

Port Aransas

Port Aransas, Texas is one of the towns located on Mustang Island. Port Aransas serves as a quick destination for a grocery store, many shopping stores, and restaurants. Port Aransas has a rich history of early European settlers, pirates, and the Civil War. Port Aransas is a good way to spend a day if you are bored of the beach. But, why would you be bored of the beach? Anyway, Port Aransas is also a fun town with great food.

Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park is located south of Port Aransas. With a 5 mile beachfront, this state park offers high sand dunes lined with vegetation, many animals, and special species of birds. More things to do here are camping, swimming, fishing, bird-watching, and having a good time!

Places to Stay

Mustang Island offers many nice, clean condominiums. Some condominiums include Mustang Towers, The Causeway House, and La Mirage. These are only a few of the many condos that line Mustang Island. Mustang Towers is where I stay every time I go. Mustang Towers offers a pool, easily accessible beachfront, 2 tennis courts, a ping-pong table room, and 15 floors of beautiful condos, 4 to each floor. One good feature of Mustang Towers is that it is quiet, even at Spring Break. I highly recommend Mustang Towers. We have stayed there 16 years and every year has been a whole lot of fun.

Well hopefully you learned a little about Mustang Island. I wish to see you there in the near future!


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      johnb0127 8 years ago from TX

      Glad I could help Emily!

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      Emily 8 years ago

      This article is very helpful,it got me through a week at mustang island,port aransas. Thanks, Emily