Many enjoyable features of Matagorda Island are only a boat ride away for Port O’Connor residents and visitors. Matagorda Island is natural barrier between Port O’Connor and the Gulf of Mexico. Port O’Connor is located near the north end of this 38-mile long island, which extends south to end near the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. Popular destinations on the island include Sunday Beach, the historic Matagorda Island lighthouse, and Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area.
Sunday Beach is an enjoyable spot at the northern end of the Matagorda Island along the waters of the immense Gulf of Mexico. There are great times to be had at Sunday Beach on a day trip for fishing or relaxing in the sun with family and friends, as well as other beachgoers. The power of wind and waves can be felt during a journey along the Gulf beach, creating a prime area for beachcombing or perhaps testing the waters with surf kayaking. Good paddling can also be had along the bay side of Matagorda Island. Those seeking a day of fun in the sun can surely find it at Sunday Beach.
Island visitors seeking a memorable experience go to Matagorda Island for fishing, hunting (in season), or simply viewing wildlife, particularly deer and birds. A nice day trip might include exploring the Texas Parks & Wildlife public use area with a trek to the Matagorda Island Lighthouse and a picnic. History enthusiasts can marvel at the structure that was built in 1852 and has withstood weather and time as well as the nearby historic cemetery.
A truly exceptional space, Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area is kept close to its natural state so there is no electricity or drinking water. In addition, no motorized vehicles are allowed, but bicycling and hiking are encouraged. Only some island visitors choose to camp, for all supplies must be brought along on the boat and there are no restrooms or shelter available. A feeling of solitude and connection to coastal nature and the history of the island can be experienced on Matagorda Island.