Bahia Bay is a friendly canal subdivision located in Aransas County, Texas - about halfway between the cities of Rockport and Aransas Pass. The development is adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, and overlooks the renown fishing ground on Redfish Bay known as Estes Flats. It is only a few minutes by boat to Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico, and Corpus Christi is just a short driving distance away.
Fishing is a favorite pastime. The area is blessed with fine saltwater fishing not only in our local bay waters, but in the residential canals as well. Plus, it is only a short run to Port Aransas and into the vast waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Popular bay fish are Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder. These can be caught off residential docks, from a boat or by getting into the water to wade fish! Hunting is also popular. Many residents go duck hunting in the nearby bays during the winter months.
Others enjoy bird watching. The active bird population provides plenty of opportunities. Various land birds frequent the area as does a very large selection of shore birds. Pelican ply the canals for food in the winter, and hummingbirds visit in the fall. Some of the birds are down right spoiled. The shore birds expect to be fed by fishermen, and the hummingbirds put on quite a show when visiting the many feeders hanging throughout the neighborhood. In addition, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is nearby. The Refuge is world renowned for hosting the largest wild flock of endangered whooping cranes each winter.
What else do people in Bahia Bay do for fun? Many take daily walks around the neighborhood, some have barbeques, many of the ladies play Mahjongg, and often folks are out just visiting with neighbors. Some can spend all day doing nothing.... And that's alright too! Life in Bahia Bay is a joy! It really is like living at the end of the rainbow.
Photo credit: Ed McQueen