Port Aransas, TX
Distance from San Antonio: 180 miles southeast; 2.4-hour drive
Why it made our list: The best beach town within driving distance of SA, Port Aransas has great seafood, ample water access, and great dive bars. If you’re feeling adventurous you could fit a visit to Port A within a day trip. Wake up at 8am on a Saturday, take a leisurely drive down to the coast, enjoy the water, and head back in time to sleep in your own bed.
Pro tip: If you’re looking to stay for a weekend, check out Shorty’s Place. Possibly the best dive bar known to man, Shorty’s will wet your whistle for super cheap. Pro tip No. 2: make sure to bring cash -- Shorty’s is old school.
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