Hotel at a Glance: Pelican Bay Resort
At Pelican Bay Resort, you can idle on a private pier and await a tug on your fishing line as the sun sets over Aransas Bay. The pier is also outfitted with a place to clean your catch before you cook it on the resort's outdoor barbecue grills.
- Home away from home: cottages feature full kitchens; garden mini suites have microwaves and mini refrigerators.
- Bring the whole family for a stay in the 5,000-square-foot villa. It has a private pool, a hot tub, and a patio overlooking the water.
- Take a dip in Pelican Bay's outdoor pool and jacuzzi, which are tucked amid oak trees.
- Feel sand between your toes at Rockport Beach, about 5 miles south of the resort.
Rockport-Fulton, Texas: Coastal Recreation and Thriving Arts Scene
It's hard to keep people away from the water in Rockport and Fulton, where fishing boats and sailboats bob in a harbor that extends into Corpus Christi Bay. Vacationers spend their time kayaking, crabbing, or fishing off Copano Bay State Fishing Pier—one of the longest in the world. Fulton's beaches are often filled with sand-castle builders and pelicans that are working on their tans. The area's dozens of restaurants are seafood-centric: along Fulton Beach Road, you can sample local oysters or have chefs cook up your fresh catch. Rockport's Texas Maritime Museum pays homage to the region's fishing and shipping roots.
For centuries, Rockport-Fulton's landscapes and wildlife have inspired artists to craft breathtaking paintings and sculptures. Some of these works are on display at local galleries. To see real-life versions of the art, head north to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. There, whooping cranes fly amid live oaks and marshlands that cover more than 100,000 acres.