An English settler built a ranch house on this site in 1855. It was later developed as a popular fishing village. Lodging choices range from quaint cottages to resort condominiums and beach houses. Fresh seafood shops and restaurants offer a variety of cuisine. Catch the trolley to boutiques and art galleries. A U.S. Coast Guard Station is located here.

Some areas of the beach require a parking permit available at the chamber office and other locations.

Group boats provide bay and deep-sea fishing. There also are docking facilities and launching ramps. Fishing tournaments are held from June - September. The Deep Sea Roundup in July is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast. 361/749-5919.

Enjoy kayaking, beachcombing, jet skiing, parasailing and surfing. The only seaside links-style golf course in North America designed by Arnold Palmer is the Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club. 361/749-4653.

The Whooping Crane Festival is held in February.


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