Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get There?

Maps and Directions

The 2017 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting will be held on the University of Texas Marine Science Institute campus in Port Aransas, Texas. The Meeting will be held at the Marine Science Education Center Auditorium. The address for driving directions is 855 E. Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373. Please visit the link to maps and directions for more detailed campus maps.

Where to Stay

Hampton Inn
361-749-8888
www.portaransassuites.hamptoninn.com
Mention “UT Marine Science Institute” to receive a conference rate of $109 a night (must book before March 11, 2017).

Best Western Inn
361-749-3010
www.bestwestern.com/oceanvilla
Mention “TBEM” to receive a rate of $100 a night (via phone).

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
361-749-5222
www.hiexpressporta.com
Mention “UTE” to receive a rate of $79.99 a night (via phone or online- must book before March 15,2017).

Rates only valid from April 11-14.

Where to Eat

Beach & Station St. Grill
235 Beach Street
Family owned restaurant serving fresh seafood & steaks with a commitment to quality. Daily features.
361-749-2303

Cancun Mexican Restaurant
1023 SH 361, Ste.E
Best Mexican food in town. Drive thru. Full bar. Open Sun-Thurs 6 am to 10 pm, Fri-Sat 6 am to midnight.
361-749-5596

Fins Grill & Icehouse
420 Cotter St.
http://www.finsgrillandicehouse.com
Waterfront w/deck seating, best burgers & seafood. Daily chef specials, serving lunch & dinner. Kid friendly!
361-749-8646

Giggity’s
722 Tarpon St. Ste. A
Port A’s first 21 & up restaurant & bar. Live music every weekend.
361-749-3663

Irie’s Island Food
503 N. Alister St.
Down-to-earth eatery offering island-inspired food, including a variety of tacos & rice plates.
361-749-2310

La Playa Mexican Grille
222 Beach St.
Featuring seafood, sizzling fajitas & Tex-Mex favorites made fresh daily. Over 35 premium tequilas.
361-749-0022

Sammy’s
210 N. Alister St. #4
Beach side sandwich shop, offering fresh specialty sandwiches, soups, salads and other delicious treats.
361-749-7687

Seafood & Spaghetti Works
710 SH 361
Unique menu of seafood, steaks, Italian food, pizza, soup & salad bar. Full Bar.
361-749-5666

Shell’s Pasta & Seafood
522 E. Avenue G
Quality food at affordable prices. Pasta, fresh homemade bread, fresh fish & hand-cut meats.
http://www.eatatshells.com
361-749-7621

Stingray’s Tap House and Grill
401 Beach Street
Full sports bar, over 20 tap beers, brick oven pizza, also serving steak & seafood.
http://www.stingraystaphouse.com
361-749-2287

Virginia’s on the Bay
815 Trout St.
http://www.virginiasportaransas.com
Seafood, steaks & sunsets! On the harbor. The best food, the best service, the best sunsets!
361-749-4088

Things to Do

Charter a boat for a fishing trip
(http://www.portaransas.org/play/fishing)

Enjoy the nightlife

Explore Port A by bike or gulf cart

Build a sandcastle

Kayak to the Lydia Ann Lighthouse
(http://www.portaransas.org/news/129-paddle-texas)

Play a round of golf
(http://palmillabeach.com/)

Visit local art galleries
(http://www.portaransas.org/play/arts-culture)

Read a book on the beach

Shop
(http://www.portaransas.org/play/shop)

Surf, sail, or jet ski in the Gulf of Mexico

Enjoy live music

Go Birding

Hike around Charlie’s Pasture Nature Preserve
(http://www.cityofportaransas.org/Nature_Preserve.cfm)

Go skydiving
(http://www.skydivesouthtexas.com/)

Take the ferry to San Jose Island
(http://sanjoseislandtexas.com/)

PLEASE VISIT THE PORT ARANSAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR INFORMATION!
http://www.portaransas.org/

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