Some locals call it St. Jo’s; others refer to it as San Jose. By any name, this 21 by 5 mile island is a retreat that harkens back to another decade. A 15-minute ride from Port Aransas’s Fisherman’s Wharf via jetty, the island has no hotels of its own, so it’s a popular daytrip for locals and tourists. On the isle, you can walk for hours, collecting shells, sand dollars, starfish, and sea glass. The domain of the whooping crane, the island is also home to blue heron and a plethora of other birds. Rod and reelers make it look easy at St. Jo’s. As locals say, the fish here always take the bait.