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About Us

The Tarpon Inn is located on Cotter Street, directly across from the fisherman's wharf area on Mustang Island, in Port Aransas, Texas. Prior to 1910, Port Aransas was known as Tarpon, Texas, due to the abundant schools of tarpon in the area. The Inn was formerly a civil war barracks that was converted to The Tarpon Inn in 1886. We are proud to claim that The Tarpon Inn is the Birthplace of Texas Sport Fishing.


The amenities, the services, the facts-and some very nice little touches.

Key West, Texas?  You didn’t know that a place like that exists in Texas?  Once you’ve seen the Tarpon Inn in Port Aransas, you’ll swear that you are in Key West.  With its 200 foot long porches and Key West cottage architecture , nothing outside the Florida Keys will remind you so much of the destination resort made famous by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Zane Gray.  Tarpon, Texas, bet you haven’t heard of that place either.


Tarpon, Texas, was the previous name given to the area on the bank of the Aransas Pass on Mustang Island.  The small fishing village got its name from the abundant tarpon schools in the area and this seemingly unlimited fishery was the inception of the big game fishing industry in Texas.  The historic Tarpon Inn was where many of those initial big game fishermen were quartered and many of the tarpon scales from the fish they caught are still displayed in the hotel office.  The Tarpon Inn was made famous by the likes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hedy Lamarr and Duncan Hines; who all used the Tarpon Inn as their island retreat while big game fishing in the surrounding waters.


The Inn now has 24 at the Inn and 3 of these are suites. 

All rooms open to our shady porch and they all have air conditioning, heating and a private bath.  Each room is furnished in period antiques and no two rooms are alike. Each room has its’ own distinctive and individual personality.  We will do our very best to match you with the one that’s right for you.  You might want to think about scheduling your visit in the spring, fall or winter months.  Port Aransas generally has mild winters and much less crowded conditions, during these times of year and the beach will feel like it’s all yours. 


The rooms are television and phone free, so your stay at the Tarpon Inn is truly an escape and a sanctuary.  Of course, if you’d like the “outside world” to be able to reach you, we will gladly pass on any messages you might receive during your stay.


For those guests who think they can't possibly survive without e-mail, each room has wi-fi. (We can only hope the Tarpon's magic will eventually mellow them out.)

Our main lobby has complimentary coffee and walls covered with an amazing collection of autographed tarpon fish scales. Our pool area has an ample supply of loungers and where guests can bbq or bring your own picnic in the shade of our authentic, hand built palapa.

We have “Fine Dining” in our courtyard with Roosevelt’s.  For a celebration you will remember for a lifetime, let the capable staff at the Tarpon Inn arrange a room and dining experience for that special occasion, such as birthdays and anniversaries. For a lifetime of wonderful memories, we now provide our hotel, courtyard and restaurant for weddings, anniversaries, quinceanera’s and other special occasions.  These same facilities are available to companies and groups for sales meetings, family reunions and other similar functions.

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