412 Cut-Off Rd., Port Aransas, TX 78373
Latitude: 27.835113, Longitude: -97.072371

From SH 361 at the ferry landing, take a right onto Cut Off Rd. Turn right when you see the sign.


Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond


Set on two acres surrounded by giant black willows and native prairie, Paradise Pond is a unique, wooded freshwater wetland on Mustang Island. This secret hot spot fills with colorful songbirds each spring and fall, and more than 100 species of Neartic-Neotropical migratory birds have been observed in this little oasis.

Brief history of Paradise Pond (PDF).

Birds that have been seen include:

  • Swainson’s hawk
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Warblers: Golden-winged, Chesnut-sided, Worm-eating and Cerulean

Be sure to check the chalkboard at the entrance to the boardwalk. The day’s sightings are often noted.

People with binoculars at paradise pond