Serene & Picturesque
LOCATED ACROSS THE bridge from Corpus Christi, Portland offers the best of the Texas Coastal Bend area making it the perfect base for all your coastal
adventures. The city overlooks both the Corpus Christi Bay and the Nueces Bay, popular places for fishing, sailing, swimming, and kite surfing. And its
proximity to everything in the area, from the Texas State Aquarium to the beaches of Port Aransas and Rockport, coupled with family-friendly hotels in one of the safest cities on the Texas coast, makes Portland a natural choice for a family shoreline stay.
The city is home to Sunset Lake Park, a 333-acre ecologically rich wetland that extends into Corpus Christi Bay, providing a nesting ground for migratory birds—drawing both local and visiting birding enthusiasts. Nearby Indian Point Pier, a favorite recreation spot for locals, is a top choice of area anglers. And a hike and bike trail traversing the perimeter of the park gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the bay. A favorite fishing spot for more than a century, Indian Point got its name from the Indians who once camped on the sandy shore to do their fishing. Pioneers used Indian Point as a means of marking the beginning of the reef road that once snaked its way across Nueces Bay. At one time, wagons and buggies could be driven across the
bay at low tide by following a series of shallow oyster reefs.
Violet Andrews Park situated along Corpus Christi Bay, has been developed as a wildlife and birding sanctuary, and features a hike and bike trail along
the edge of the bay. The park is also a favored location for kite surfers and wind surfers—not only for locals but for enthusiasts from around the country. Throughout the year, the brightly colored kites dot the skies above the bay and fill the shores with surfing enthusiasts and spectators. Two observation decks in the park provide prime opportunities for viewing the Coastal Bend shoreline from Ingleside to Corpus Christi.
Portland’s newest attraction honors fallen veterans. Located behind Portland City Hall, the Portland Veterans Memorial features a series of unique monoliths which, when viewed together display the words—E Pluribus Unum—which translates to “Out of Many, One.” The memorial is situated in a contemplative garden with a quiet water feature, creating a unique space for remembrance and contemplation. The city’s community center—featuring
a walking and jogging track, racquetball courts, weight and exercise facilities, as well as volleybal and basketball courts—welcomes visitors. As does the city’s aquatic center with a recreation pool with age-appropriate amenities for kids from toddlers to teenagers.
Portland is your home away from home on the Texas Coastal Bend. It’s accessible from two major highways: U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 35, and its only minutes away from Corpus Christi International Airport.