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Rockport (Texas)

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Rockport is a small city in Texas, about 45 minutes north up the Gulf of Mexico coast from Corpus Christi. It's right between Copano Bay to the west, on the coast of Aransas Bay. Aransas Bay is around 4 miles wide at this point, with the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

Get in

The primary way to enter Rockport is via Corpus Christi then Portland. Take Highway 181 to 35, in Rockport turn on Business 35. It's approximately 3.5 hours south of San Antonio. Be careful, the roads seem to be heavily patrolled by police.

There is also a very nice airport near Fulton, just a few miles north, though Corpus Christi is the nearest commercial airport. Many of the major airlines fly into Corpus, though most flights originate in Houston or San Antonio.

Get around

Local transit seems to largely be via automobile.

See

  • Texas Maritime Museum

Do

  • Rockport Country Club

Eat

Also see nearby Fulton, which has some really good restaurants.

  • The Boiling Pot, 201 S Fulton Beach Rd, tel: +1 361-729-6972. Along Fulton Beach, Cajun style fresh seafood, served dumped on butchers paper on your table. Extremely good food and service. It looks pretty questionable from the outside, but that's all for appearances. $15 per person for the Cajun Combo.
  • Jalisco's, 1701 Highway 35 N, tel: +1 361-727-0555. Very good, Authentic Mexican food, lunch around $8 per person.
  • Croaker's, 3817 Highway 35 S, tel: +1 361-729-8888. South of the main town, take the right fork as leaving town. Fantastic food, reasonably priced. Horrible service, expect to spend 2 hours for lunch if they're at all busy. Lunch around $12 per person.
  • Java Bay Caffè, 302 S. Austin Street, tel: +1 361-727-0909, [1]. Coffee shop, serving breakfast and lunch, good coffee drinks. Su-Th:6AM-9PM, F-Sa: 6AM-12AM.
  • Big Fisherman, Hwy 188 (Go south on 35 business 5miles to hwy 188. Go rt on 188 1/4 mile on rt.). Fish.


Sleep

  • Holiday Inn Express, Views of the bay, a smallish motel (not hotel like most Holiday Inn Expresses). Along the main drag in town, with a park to the south and the gulf across the street to the east. The whole hotel is covered by free Wireless Internet.
  • Hunt's Castle, 725 S. Water Street, tel: +1 361-729-5002, (toll free: +1 888-345-4868), [2]. Three story waterfront motel on Aransas Bay. Suites, kitchenettes, and cabins. $99-$150 a night, discounts for weekly/monthly stays.
  • Magic Sun Tan Motel, 1805 Broadway Street, tel: +1 361-729-2179, [3]. Bay-front motel with its own 500 foot fishing pier and swimming pool. $55-90 a night including breakfast, discounts for longer stays.
  • Surf Court Motel, 1204 E. Market Street, tel: +1 361-729-3249, (toll free: +1 800-777-2055), [4]. The Surf Court Motel sits on the water's edge of beautiful Aransas Bay in downtown Rockport. Family oriented, short walk from local shopping and dining, pet friendly, swimming pool, lighted 420' fishing pier, and kitchenette rooms with a water view. Other rooms have small refrigerator and microwave. Amazing location, simple furnishings and extremely affordable.
  • Copano Cottages, 5481 Hwy 35 N, 361-727-2132, [5]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Copano Cottages offers ten pet-friendly cottages ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms and includes parking for boats. $119-225 a night.

Get out

North of town across the bay is the Goose Island State Park, which includes a tree over a thousand years old, a huge fishing pier, and free WiFi Internet access from the Visitors Center. Day passes are available for $2 per person.

Contact

WiFi is rare here. The Holiday Inn Express is one of the few places that has free WiFi. The town is well covered by Sprint CDMA.

  • Fulton offers some additional attractions and lodging.
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