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Online travel agencies or OTAs, and more specifically Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and, have grown in popularity for booking travel accommodations. The problem is that many travel consumers using these products are unaware of the pitfalls associated with booking a vacation rental through these large, corporate third-party channels.

A sandcastle building team pose with their creation, similar to what you will see at Texas Sandfest 2022.

Each year, Port Aransas becomes the home of the most extraordinary sandcastles in all the state. We are proudly the location of Texas Sandfest, the largest sand sculpture competition in the country. For three days, our town is bustling with talented sculptors and hundreds...

A Great Egret is sitting in the reeds, one of the many species you can see while birding in Port Aransas, Texas.

Year after year, birdwatchers, also known as birders, flock to the welcoming shores of Port Aransas, Texas. Our island community is truly a birder’s paradise, filled with so many migratory and native species. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a novice—there’s a birding...