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24 Feb 2022
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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 opportunity for everyone in Port Aransas! 

Peak birding season is upon us, and no one puts you close to all the action like Life in Paradise Vacation Rentals. A trusted name in the Port Aransas vacation rental industry since 1985, we have a large portfolio of home rentals near all the best birding spots. We strive to ensure that you and yours experience all Port Aransas has in store, by offering incredible rental amenities and useful travel tips. See why our sandy shores draw in hundreds of birders annually by reading below—

Port Aransas: An All-Around Birding Destination 

Our seaside village sits on Mustang Island, home to many Coastal Bend nesting species. When you come to our shores, expect to see Roseate Spoonbills, Least Grebes, Reddish Egrets, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Bitterns, and Rails. Keep track of all the birds you may see with this handy Birder Checklist, created by the Port Aransas Nature Preserve.  

We highly recommend escaping the cold of your hometown and visiting during the winter months, ideal for spotting winter birds! The endangered Whooping Crane is certainly the most popular bird you’ll see during the “winter” months, from late November through mid-March. Port Aransas hosts an annual Whooping Crane Festival to commemorate our love for these birds. Help us usher in the cranes’ return at this year’s 25th anniversary, filled with tours, speakers, trips, and more!  

Gather your binoculars, birding checklist, snacks, and camera, then head to one of the many vantage points located along our town’s 18 miles of natural shoreline. See our area’s best sites below: 

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

  1. Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond

  2. Port Aransas Nature Preserve

  3. UTMSI Wetlands Education Center

  4. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

  5. Mustang Island State Park 

  6. South Jetty 

Sites’ boardwalks and observation decks are purposefully built around wetlands with vegetation pockets that attract birds. As you can see, Port Aransas is the perfect resting spot for both birds and avid birders. Additionally, many local businesses offer informative birding tours if you need more guidance.

Get ready to take flight in Port Aransas as you embark on a birding adventure. Visiting in April? You’ll experience good weather and fewer crowds. No matter when you come, Life in Paradise has your vacation rental needs covered—book your stay with us online today!