May 18, 2022

What Makes Rockport, TX a Good Place to Live?

You’ve made the decision: it’s time to build the waterfront home you’ve always dreamed of. The unique charm of the Texas coast is calling your name, and now you want to hone in on the perfect place to live. You may be asking yourself, Is Rockport, TX a good place to live?

With its laid‑back lifestyle, proximity to major Texas cities, rich culture, and world‑class fishing and water sports, the simple answer is “Yes!”. The Islands of Rockport is The Jewel of waterfront communities on the Texas Coast and Rockport. Phase 2 is under construction and adds a variety of new homesites and amazing new amenities!

We’ve compiled an overview of all the wonderful things Rockport, TX has to offer. It makes a very compelling argument for relocating or buying a second home in this charming coastal community.

Rockport homes

What Kind Of Town Is Rockport, Texas?

Rockport is a unique fusion of artists, fishing enthusiasts, and people who simply love being on the water. It’s ideally located to give its residents the slower pace of small‑town living with convenient access to big city conveniences and excellent healthcare facilities.

With a population of just under 11,000, Rockport is blissfully traffic‑free and neighbors quickly become friends. It has been nationally recognized with accolades that include:

  • Top 100 best small art towns of America
  • America’s best places to retire
  • Reader’s Choice best gulf coast town

Coastal Living Magazine has ranked Rockport as a “coastal dream town” and Better Homes and Gardens listed Rockport‑Fulton as a top destination for a “long weekend hotspot”.

Of course, beautiful coastlines and unparalleled access to the Intracoastal Waterway are an important part of what makes Rockport so special. Located on one of the most famous fishing waters on the Gulf Coast (Estes Flats), residents of The Islands of Rockport create lasting bonds that are strengthened by a love of the water and a desire for the coastal lifestyle.


What Is Rockport Texas Known For?

Rockport is perhaps best known as a top destination for fishing, drawing visitors from all over the world. That just skims the surface. As you’ll see, this community has so much more to offer.

Arts and culture. Rockport is a thriving artist community and has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Artist Colonies nationwide by Coastal Living Magazine. The activities of the Rockport Arts Center alone draw over 50,000 visitors every year.

Delicious dining. As you might expect, there’s no shortage of excellent seafood restaurants in Rockport, showcasing the day’s freshest catches. You’ll also find outstanding Italian food, Mexican dishes and good old‑fashioned burgers.

Festivals and fun. There’s always something to celebrate in Rockport, with festivals dedicated to everything from oysters to hummerbirds to art to food and wine and even the largest female‑only fishing tournament in the USA.

Birds and wildlife. Whooping cranes make their home in Texas during the winter months. Several tours are offered for those who want a closer look, with from 30 to 60 species of birds and other wildlife often spotted.

Rockport Beach

What Is There To Do In Rockport, Texas?

Whether your idea of fun includes shopping, the outdoors, fishing, the arts or fine dining – you’ll find plenty to do in Rockport. On the rare weekend there isn’t a festival or celebration taking place, there are a number of attractions and activities to explore.

Some of our favorites are:

Rockport Beach. A mile‑long sandy beach that offers swimming and a variety of water sports.

Goose Island State Park. A gem for birdwatchers! Beautiful bird sanctuary with camping facilities.

The Fulton Mansion. Grand, historic Victorian home with a fascinating story.

Tule Creek Hike & Bike Trail. Mile‑long trail where you can see ducks, blue heron and deer.

Rockport Fulton Market Days. Outdoor shopping by the bay with artwork, jewelry, crafts and food trucks.

Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, TX

Is It Expensive To Live In Rockport Texas?

According to, the cost of living in Rockport is about 1% lower than the national average. Costs for certain things, such as housing and utilities, trend higher than average, while the cost of groceries and transportation are lower.

Current Waterfront Home

Breathtaking waterfront homes in Rockport, TX

The Islands of Rockport is currently taking reservations for homesites in Phase 2. Villa lots start at 4,000 square feet and include pool and marina access. Estate homesites range from 8,000 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft. and are all waterfront, located on wide canals.

The Islands of Rockport already offers exceptional amenities and a lifestyle you have to experience to truly appreciate. Enjoy large private boat docks, a stunning clubhouse with a fully equipped exercise room, and a resort‑style pool. Phase 2 brings exciting new attractions to this waterfront community, including swimming pools, excellent restaurants, unique shopping and a luxury hotel.

Texas Coastal Fishing

Live the coastal lifestyle at The Islands of Rockport

We like to say that here, the exceptional is found in everything we do. Contact us for your exclusive tour of this highly coveted community.