Port Where?

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – “I didn’t know there’s a port in Arkansas” was a comment I heard in a phone conversation a few years ago.  Such is the fate of living in a town with a rather unfamiliar name.  Most people struggle with the pronunciation the first few times.  That includes mistakenly adding the letter ‘K’ while assuming that it must have been omitted in a typo.  The Texas Almanac references the pronunciation as (uh RAN zuhs).  It’s simply “Port A” to most folks. 

The word Aransas stems from Spanish exploration in the mid 1700’s.  As the story goes, Captain Oribio Basterra was exploring an area near the Trinity River.  In his travels, he named a stream El Rio Nombrado Nr’a Senora de Aranzazu (the river named Our Lady of Aranzazu).  Aranzazu is a village located in the Basque region of Spain. 

Years later, the spelling was changed to Aransas and now applies to a bay, a river, a county and two cities in Texas.  As this video illustrates, life on the island has changed a bit since the days when Captain Basterra governed Texas.  Despite the changes, Port A is still a small, but vibrant coastal community.  Modern day explorers love visiting and often decide to stay.  I know.  I did. 




Port Aransas Texas Real Estate

Keith McMullin

CEO / Broker Mustang Island Ventures, LLC

111 E Cotter Ave

Port Aransas, TX  78373





Comment balloon 3 commentsKeith McMullin • January 06 2009 10:45AM


Port A is so Cool. Just the name and I can feel the breeze and taste the air.

Posted by Bryan Anderson, Real Estate and Waterfront Property In Austin Texa (Bryan Anderson at RE/MAX River City) over 9 years ago
Keith wish I were there right now doing some fishing. Port A is a great place for charter boat fishing.
Posted by Carl Winters over 9 years ago

Bryan Thanks for the comment and I'm happy to hear that you're a fan of Port A.  Sunny and 70 today. Ah

Carl Load up the car and come on down.  The fishing has been great...especially trout in recent days.  Had some fresh trout for a Christmas seafood feast.  A bit unorthodox, but it was fantastic.

Posted by Keith McMullin, Port Aransas Real Estate (Mustang Island Ventures, LLC) over 9 years ago

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