USA Today names Rockport #4

Rockport rated #4 “Best Coastal Small Town in the U.S.!

Rockport-Fulton, Texas, (May 20, 2019) Rockport, Texas is one of the winners of the Best Coastal Small Town category in 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest, sponsored by USA TODAY. Rockport came in at the #4 spot in the nation. Each nominee had a population of fewer than 25,000 people. The winners offer uncrowded and affordable attractions and accommodations.  Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; and relevant expert contributors. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

“We are very happy to be chosen as Number 4 in this category”, says Sandy Jumper, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Marketing and Promotion.  Jumper, who spearheaded the voting process in the community and across the state, says “Though we were hoping for the top spot, we are still excited to be in the top 5 of the nation. It was through the consistent support of our visitors, our community, the Coastal Bend, and the State of Texas, we received this honor.  This is the fourth time we have made the 10 Best List for Best Coastal Small Town in the U.S. We were chosen in the Top 5 in 2015, 2016, 2019, and now 2020.”

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President/CEO, Diane Probst, is thrilled with the announcement, along with the number of accolades the area has recently received. She states “These awards and accolades prove tourism is one of the driving factors for the local economy”, said Probst. Other accolades received from USA Today’s 10Best in the Rockport-Fulton area include: Rockport Beach receiving #1 Beach in Texas in 2018 and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge receiving awards for Best Birding site and Best National Wildlife Refuge in recent years.

Rockport was the only Texas town in the competition for this USA Today 10Best category. Winners who rounded out the Top Ten Were:

1. Chincoteague, Virginia
2. Bayfield, Minnesota
3. Venice, Florida
4. Rockport, Texas
5. Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
6. Southport, North Carolina
7. Georgetown, South Carolina
8. St. Marys, Georgia
9. Gulf Shores, Alabama
10. Sandusky, Ohio

Information is available on the 10Best website. For more information on Rockport-Fulton, visit or call 361-729-6445