Courtesy of Diane Loyd

 

Travel + Leisure
May 16, 2014

Of Texas’ many beach towns, Rockport is the most bohemian. There are antique shops and home décor stores, and a sleepy downtown vibe that lends itself to couples getaways and family vacations alike. There are also plenty of outdoor diversions such as hike-and-bike trails and placid bays that are ideal for water skiing.

Little Bay

This tranquil inlet is lined with marinas and boat rental shops. Choose a power cruiser— Little Bay Marine has a great selection—and get out on the water to fish, water ski, or go tubing. If you happen to be around on the Forth of July, camp out in the evening for fireworks.

Crab-N

Repeat travelers to Rockport know to head to this popular eatery—known for its fresh, Cajun-style seafood—for their first supper in town. If you can beat the locals, grab a table for blackened redfish, grilled flounder, and peppery gumbo.

Rockport Bakery

Refuel after a morning job or bike ride at this simple bakery, known for its housemade glazed donuts and savory kolaches—a doughy Czech treat that’s popular in the Lone Star State.

Angel Rose Bed & Breakfast

There are three cozy bedrooms at this 1881 Victorian, painted a cheerful yellow and located a few blocks from the water. If you catch Rockport on a rare rainy day, borrow a book from the well-stocked library and camp out on the covered front porch.

Rockport Hike and Bike Trails

Rockport has a slew of flat and well-maintained trails that loop through nature reserves and range from one to 15 miles in length. The newest leg, Tule East, winds through a south Texas wetland.

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