Cranes, Valentine’s Day – Port A, TX

February 2, 2024 / Texas Coastal Bend/By Michael Brown

Hello Everyone –
It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…but don’t worry, it’s not too late to make the day extra special for you and your loved one with a getaway to Port A. From paint classes to four-course dinners, the perfect Valentine’s Day awaits you in Port Aransas. Check out all the happenings and find the perfect place to stay in this blog. If you can’t make it down for Valentine’s Day, but still want to celebrate your love in Port A later on, this romantic getaway itinerary will help you plan the perfect trip.
Besides the Valentine visitors, there’s another type of lovebird on the island in February—the Whooping Cranes! While Port A has fabulous birding all year long, the winter months are particularly special for the range of migrating species that include the endangered Whooping Crane, which you can learn more about here. The Whooping Crane Festival at the end of the month is a celebration of these magnificent birds, and your chance to see them up close. Don’t miss out—tickets are selling fast!
Until next time—see you around the island! Traditions anchor here.
Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. In 2024, the festival is back and ready to celebrate its 27th anniversary! The four-day event will feature renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, a trade show, and much more.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early during the Chocolate Crawl! On February 8, shop local to find that head-turning outfit for the special day or an amazing gift for that special someone. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., shoppers are treated to beverages and a wide assortment of chocolate goodies throughout the evening.
Get ready to catch your beads for a cause at the annual Mardi Gras golf cart parade! Line up for the parade will start at The Gaff at 4 p.m. on February 13. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Participation requires a $10 donation, all of which will go to the Animal Shelter of Port Aransas.


Island Hot Spots
Bernie’s Beach House is a Port Aransas staple. It’s well-known by locals and visitors as a go-to for drink specials, dancing in your flip-flops, and live music. What many don’t know about Bernie’s, though, is that they also serve up a mean burger! Bernie’s grub features juicy burgers, loaded sandwiches, and more. Plus, all ages are welcome before 7 p.m.!
Whatever your dining choice, you will find the perfect coastal cuisine for you right here in Port Aransas.
Cozy Coastal Condos
Experience Mustang Island as it was intended, from your newly-renovated condo while you relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of Port Aransas from your private balcony. Casa on the Beach Condominiums offers everything from studios to three bedrooms, so you can book a romantic getaway for you and your spouse or gift the entire family a vacation experience!
Whether you prefer a cozy beach cottage, luxury condominium, or the privacy of your own beach house, the island offers coastal digs to fit your needs.
Mustang Island State Park features over five miles of scenic coastline, providing ample space for visitors to have fun in the sunshine. The barrier island park offers a beach for people to build sand castles, surf, or swim, while the rest of the state park provides opportunities for camping, bird watching, geocaching, kayaking, paddling, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.


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