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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Port Aransas Beach in Port Aransas, Texas. While researching Port Aransas before our trip, I came upon the name of an island that everyone said was a must see place, San José Island, or St. Jo Island. This island is a natural island, free of vehicles. It’s wild, uninhabited coastline that you can only access via ferry, and it’s 21 miles long. There are no bathrooms and no shelters of any kind, but you might see the occasional cow roaming about.
The only way to get to St. Jo was to take the Jetty Boat from Fisherman’s Wharf. We decided to go spend the morning on the island and explore, play in the ocean, and look for shells. We bought our tickets at Fisherman’s Wharf and noticed they had a ton of carts you can rent to carry your stuff. We weren’t taking that much, so we didn’t really need a cart. There were a few other people making the short journey with us; it was only a 10-15 minute ride. You can actually see the island from Port Aransas. When we arrived, there were other people waiting to take the Jetty Boat back to Port A. We walked along the edge of the water until we came to the outside edge of the island and then were able to walk along the shoreline.
The shoreline itself was absolutely beautiful. Just for a moment, I need to get on my soapbox, because I strongly believe we are responsible to take care of this beautiful Earth God’s endowed us with. I will say that if you’re going to explore past the line of seaweed on the upper edge of the shore, I recommend wearing shoes or flip flops; don’t go barefoot. Trash washes up from the ocean, and I really think people leave trash too, which is another story for another day. Either way, if you bring it onto the island, take it home with you; come prepared with a baggie to hold your trash, so it’s not left behind to tarnish this beautiful island.
We were mesmerized and walked and walked for a long way after we settled in a spot with all our stuff. There were so many beautiful photo opps, from this washed up buoy…. to an old boat that looked like it’d seen better days…. to the beautiful water that was as warm as bath water. It was a cloudy day, but even so, the ocean was gorgeous. Closer to the harbor end of the island, ships sailed in and out, dolphins swimming right in front of or beside them. There was a lot of traffic in and out of the harbor.
Walking up and along the shoreline, we found so many sand dollars and quite a few smaller shells. Jacob got so excited with every sand dollar we found; they were so small and cute, and we’d find broken pieces of larger sand dollars too. I love raising explorers; I hope my boys stay that way their entire lives.
Our visit to the island was rather relaxing and quiet; there were not a lot of other people on the island, and the people there were enjoying the quiet solitude just as much as we were. Eventually, we caught the Jetty Boat back to Port A.