Getting There & Getting Around — Port Aransas is just over 30 minutes from Corpus Christi. The quickest way to get here is to take South Padre Island Drive (S.P.I.D.) out to Mustang Island and then drive north. But you can also get here by taking Tex. 35 north, as you would go to Rockport, but take the exit for Aransas Pass (Hwy. 361) and keep going until you see signs for the ferry. The ferry is free and is a very short ride that drops you off in the middle of town. Port Aransas is compact, and most of the watersports activities can be found by just walking around the town's harbor.

Visitor Information — Just after you get off the ferry, you'll see the visitor center on your right at 403 W. Cotter (tel. 800/452-6278 or 361/749-5919; The staff is very helpful.

Fast Facts — The nearest full-service hospital, with a 24-hour emergency room, is North Bay Hospital at 1711 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass (tel. 361/758-8585).

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