Post-Harvey dispatches from Rockport, Port Aransas, Houston, and more. Our annual Coastal Issue is different than the one we had in mind when we began planning it last summer. The impact of Hurricane Harvey on coastal communities was so severe it left many people uncertain about the coming tourism season. In many of these small towns, tourism is the primary industry and vital to their recovery. We quickly realized one way we could help: spreading the word that beloved destinations like Port Aransas and Rockport-Fulton are ready for visitors.

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Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas

Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas. Photo: Kenny Braun

Visitors pose by the shark head at Destination Beach and Surf in Port Aransas  

Port Aransas to Beachgoers: Come on Back

Nine months after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, sunning, fishing, and dining are all on the summer agenda in beloved vacation destination Port Aransas.

Photo: Kenny Braun

Fishing off the coast near Rockport  

After Months of Rebuilding, Rockport Is Ready for Summer Visitors

One of the communities hit hardest by Harvey shows its heart as businesses from restaurants to birding tours reopen and reinvent.

Photo: Dave Shafer

Downtown Houston Park in the evening  

After Harvey, Houston's Dining Scene Is Stronger Than Ever

Houston’s red-hot dining scene slowed to a snail’s pace after Harvey—but thanks to diligent restaurateurs, foodies are finding their plates full again.

Photo: Eric W. Pohl

Houston Strong Mural by Nicky Davis  

Gallery: Houston's World-Class Art Scene

How Houston’s art scene bounced back from Harvey after the storm collided with its season openings.

Photo: Eric W. Pohl

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