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San Jose Island

Port Aransas, TX
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Total disappointment

So let down. Came here because of the shelling and pristine beach. Couldn't be farther from what I... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
Sharon L
Athens, Greece
via mobile
St. Joe's

We have been going to St. Joe's Island (no one calls it San Jose) since 1970s. We came two weeks... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

So let down. Came here because of the shelling and pristine beach. Couldn't be farther from what I read and pictures I saw. Wasted $ 12.00.

2  Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We have been going to St. Joe's Island (no one calls it San Jose) since 1970s. We came two weeks after July 4 weekend and it was prettier than I've ever seen it. The beach was all but deserted, compared to Port A which was...More

5  Thank Jacqueline_Ballard
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We packed a picnic and headed to the island. What a wonderful day playing in the sand, looking for shells and watching the boats come in to port. It's a must do event!

1  Thank Renee M
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We've been going to the Island for years and we love it! The water is always so clear. It's been awhile since we've gone because was waiting on the grandchildren to get older they are now 6&9. I wouldn't suggest going here with children any...More

3  Thank MammieB33
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We say pictures of beaches full of seashells, when actually what we saw was a beach full of trash. There are no facilities here. The fishing wasn't successful, but a storm was causing lots of waves and may have effected this. If you want privacy,...More

Thank Celeste M
Reviewed 26 June 2017

My sister and I rode the boat over to San Jose Island from Port Aransas June '17. It's a $12/person ride. I had read several reviews about how fantastic it was and good place for shelling. Ugh! It was the worst waste of our time...More

Thank Shana H
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

10 of us. Ages 81 to 7. Quick jetty ride from Fisherman's Wharf $12 round trip. Off jetty to right short walk to the beach. This is an uninhabited island. No ports potties. No shade. No drinking water. There are carts at the wharf to...More

1  Thank cruise0501
Reviewed 13 June 2017

It was nice going to the island to shell hunt as it is remote and there is not many people on the island. You can take your bike if you want. It was $12.00 a person which was expensive for to fast ride there. It...More

1  Thank Linda V
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a "trash free" island, don't go! Most of the beach is clean, but it's a private island so not kept. You can find shells and cool stuff that has washed up on shore including an antique medicine bottle. I have found...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 25 May 2017

a totally natural habitat; good shelling. enjoyed laying in the sun while the kids played in the waves! Short ferry ride, saw a few dolphins playing in the bay.

Thank Teresa Y
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12 June 2017|
Response from glide1022 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't know. I don't know of any restrictions against it but can'5 say for certain.
Allison A
5 April 2017|
Response from lowemanc | Reviewed this property |
Yes and yes. We took our dog and he had a great time jumping into the waves. Just bag the trash and you can put it in the dumpsters on the Port Aransas side.