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Mustang Island State Park

17047 State Hwy 361, Port Aransas, Texas 78373 USA

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“almost 4,000 acres of land with 5 miles of beach”

Mustang Island State Park is 3,954 acres with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces County, south of Port Aransas. It was acquired from private owners in 1972 and opened to the public in 1979. The earliest known inhabitants of Mustang Island were Karankawa Indians, known for their fierceness and cannibalism. The Karankawas were a hunter-gatherer people and depended heavily on shellfish and mussels for food. Encountered first by Spanish explorers, the Karankawas survived in the region until the 19th century. The island was first named Wild Horse Island, then Mustang Island, because of the wild horses, called "Mestenos," brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800s. The first historical record of Mustang Island was by Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, who charted this section of the Gulf Coast in 1519. In 1747, Captain Joaquin Orobioy Basterra landed here and trekked overland to a bay that he named San Miguel Arcangel. The bay was renamed Corpus Christi by Diego Ortiz Parrilla, who made detailed explorations of the coast in 1756. A notable event occurred in 1553, when a Spanish treasure fleet encountered a hurricane off Padre Island. Many ships were lost, and only two survivors lived to reach Mexico.

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July 27, 2014

Natural beach on the Texas Gulf near Corpus Christi. Seaweed abounds both on the beach and in the water. Didn't seem very crowded when we went in July, especially if you travel down the beach and use a primitive camping site. It is a natural beach, lots of seaweed to contend with, but still plenty of open, gloriously fine, deep, sandy beach to spread out in. Bring your own shade as there is none. Don't worry about bugs, but be prepared for plenty of little crabs, seagulls, and the possibility of stingray and jellyfish in the water. There is some litter on the beach so please clean up after yourself and even pick up some already standing trash if you come across it. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable natural beach.

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December 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous beach, awesome waves, peaceful during off peak season!

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Mustang Island State Park

17047 State Hwy 361
Port Aransas, Texas
78373 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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