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San José Island (also known as Saint Joseph Island and Saint Joe’s Island) boasts 21 miles of unspoiled Texas Coastline. The pristine beaches of this uninhabited island are open to the public but closed to vehicles, which makes for excellent swimming, surfing, beachcombing and shelling. Lightning whelks, shark’s eyes, sand dollars and many other species of shells sprinkle the sandy shoreline. In an area known as the "Fishing Capital of Texas", some of the best angling can be done from the rocky edges of the North Jetty. Locals and visitors alike catch the jetty boat daily from Port Aransas to cast their lines for Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder and more.

Your excursion to the rural beaches of this Texas treasure starts in nearby Port Aransas. Be sure to stock up on snacks, sand buckets, shell nets and other beach essentials at Port A’s many shops before boarding the passenger ferry for a quick trip across the ship channel to San José. After a day spent soaking up the serenity of San José, head back to Port Aransas for island style cuisine and choice accommodations.