Snowbirds from all over—fondly known as winter Texans—have long flocked to the Lone Star State’s Gulf Coast. Rockport, located about 30 miles north of bustling Corpus Christi, is a choice haven for them to alight. Bounded by bays and sheltered by barrier islands, the harbor at Rockport Beach is serene, with fisherman quietly minding their bobbing lures off the wooden pier. Downtown on Austin Street, brightly colored shops and restaurants are full of friendly conversation and laughter. Locals say Rockport is the sweet spot of Texas: easygoing every day, yet close to big-city attractions.