Looking for the best hotels in Corpus Christi? Corpus Christi has all the perks of a small Texan town — killer BBQ and southern hospitality — and it’s location on the Gulf of Mexico, its picturesque marina and large downtown make it worthy of a visit. In Corpus Christi, there are miles of beaches, bountiful things to see and do, and the margaritas are always within reach. Forget 5 o’clock…it’s always beach time in Corpus Christi. Located in the South Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi offers popular tourist attractions, a variety of hotels, cultural venues, great beaches, shopping and dining options and best of all— South Texas hospitality. Plan a trip now and bring your camera because memories are made here. Visit the best beaches in Texas!
Corpus Christi Weather (Best Time to Go)
The best time to visit Corpus Christi is from September to February. Corpus Christi weather is mainly subtropical in summer, with average temperatures of 90ºF, making it the most popular season. But do expect many windy days as Corpus Christi rivals Chicago or Dodge city as the windiest city in the States. Winter temperatures may drop to the 40ºF-50ºF, but the average temperature is significantly higher. This region is a well-known “snow bird” refuge, involving hundreds of thousands of residents of northern U.S. states and Canada. Spring and the Summer weather and temperatures are typically agreeable, but spring sea-water temperatures may not be inviting for swimming. Autumn months are an excellent period for those who want to fish and low hotel rates. Autumn’s first weeks can be great for beach goers and for more inexpensive accommodations. Summer and Spring Break aren’t a good option for anyone who wants low hotel prices and low-crowded places. In the winter months, many people from the Northern States migrate to Corpus Christi region to avoid the cold weather northern states (golf, surf, bird watching and fishing are popular winter activities) but if you want to fully enjoy the Texan sea and beach life, avoid winter (air and water temperatures will be too low).
Best Corpus Christi Area Beaches
When most people think of Corpus Christi beaches, they’re thinking of North Beach! North Beach is 1.5 miles of walk-able coastline, and no vehicles allowed in this stretch.
McGee Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Corpus Christi. The water is very calm here. This beach is laid back and it’s more catered to families. No vehicles are allowed on the beach and there are public restrooms and equipment rental for almost any water sports.
Whitecap Beach is a white sand beach stretching for 1.5 miles. This beach is more for those that are looking for a spot to layout and relax. Its a bit of a secluded beach with no services. So pack a lunch to take with you. There are areas where you can set up a campfire.
Mustang Island State Park
With over 5 miles of coastline, you can spend the whole day in this state park and never get bored. In addition to the beach, there are also hiking trails and fishing piers. You can also camp here, there is a $5 entry fee.
South Packery Channel/Jetty Beach
South Packery Jetty Beach separates Mustang Island from Padre Island. You can go fishing off of the piers or you can spend time on the sand building sandcastles. There is also fishing equipment available for rental near the water. Because the beach is a little more private, feel free to bring beach chairs with you.
Best Corpus Christi Restaurants
Their Chef-inspired Feature Dishes, unique family atmosphere, and wide variety of menu selections cannot be found anywhere else. It is their goal to make you a lifetime, loyal customer and they strive to keep you coming back for the tastiest seafood dishes and friendliest service around. For more information call 361-993-7258 or visit Salt Water Grill.
Ginger Cafe & Grill
Chef Jordan’s delicious international cuisine from Greece to the Indian subcontinent, enjoy Ginger Cafe’s authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in a comfortable and inviting setting. Enjoy true Eastern hospitality while you dine on succulent dishes like Lamb Shank, Beef or Chicken Kababs grilled over an open flame, spicy curries, and many other Persian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Indo-Pakistani specialties (Zabiha/Halal). And, of course, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes–made fresh to order. For more information call 361-946-9834 or visit Ginger Cafe & Grill.
Snoopy’s Pier $11 – 30
In August 1980 Ernie and his wife, Corliss, purchased a small bait stand and burger joint with a 600 foot fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Family and friends pitched in their favorite recipes and Snoop’s Pier was born. Over time, the place was transformed with a lot of hard work and patience into a family-friendly seafood restaurant. Special attention is given to providing local harvested quality seafood at affordable prices. They have an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility that enables them to monitor and control the quality and freshness of their seafood. In 1993 Scoopy’s was added to give Snoopy’s customers a choice of tasty treats. For more information call 361-949-8815 or visit Snoopy’s Pier.
Andy’s Kitchen $Under 10
If you are looking for great southern comfort food, Andy’s specializes in getting back to the basics; like the hand breading of their chicken fried steaks and daily lunch specials made from scratch ‘just like eat’n in mom’s kitchen’. For more information call 361-993-0251 or visit Andy’s Kitchen.
The Post At Lamar Park $11 – 30
A true gastropub that specializes in high quality food, while also offering a great selection of wine, craft beers, and stellar hand-crafted cocktails. When dining at The Post at Lamar Park, one will find a carefully edited selection of seasonal dishes that are meant to stand on their own as a dish, not sides, for the table. The goal is to encourage their guests to sample their way through the menu and enjoy an array of new ingredients, flavors, and textures. For more information call 361-452-0907 or visit The Post at Lamar Park.
Best Corpus Christi Bars & Nightlife
Boathouse Bar & Grill
Located right on the water across from the Gulf of Mexico. The Boathouse Bar & Grill offers a variety of menu items! The go to sport for Sunday Brunch on the Island! Full sports bar for all you sports fanatics! The best thing about the Boathouse Bar and Grill is that there’s something for everyone; a mouthwatering menu, 4 full bars with HDTV’s, waterfront patio dining, friendly service, and a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Happy hour is Monday -Friday 3-7 pm and you can enjoy live entertainment on weekends. Telephone: 361-589-9601 Web: Boathouse Bar & Grill.
Harrison Landing – Tavern on the Bay
Nowhere else in Corpus Christi can you sail, shop and dine all in the same shaded waterfront location. Tavern on the Bay at Harrison’s Landing is Corpus Christi’s newest outdoor restaurant & bar located in the heart of the city’s marina, and is within walking distance from the downtown hotels. Their menu offers a delicious assortment of burgers, seafood, salads and more! Stop by for a frosty margarita and cold shrimp! Telephone: 361-881-8503 Web: Harrison Landing – Tavern on the Bay
Executive Surf Club
Since 1990, the Executive Surf Club has been Corpus Christi’s most reliable post-work happy hour, as well as the perfect casual family dining spot. All the while supplying the most beer on tap in the city, alongside the best in local music. So loosen up your tie, call your friends, and head downtown to the Executive Surf Club. Don’t forget the pup & enjoy their dog friendly patio! Telephone: 361-884-7873 Web: Executive Surf Club.
The Sand Bar
Get a taste of the island or relax by the outdoor Sand Bar with a cold cocktail at the Holiday Inn® Corpus Christi – North Padre Island hotel. Great drinks, great service, and fun bar. Listen to a live band, relax at your table that allows you to watch the band and /or see the ocean, plenty of patrons to mingle with, and a small dance floor. Telephone: 361-949-8041 Web: The Sand Bar
Blackbeard’s On The Beach
They take our drinks and margaritas seriously — and recently added some top-notch bourbons for dedicated bourbon drinkers. If you’re in the mood, sit at the bar and check out our crazy collection of stuff – from piratey to rock ‘n roll. If you’re at the bar when we’re getting ready to close, watch the bartender pour a drink to leave at the bar for their resident ghost – caught on camera. More on our mischievous ghost at the link above. Telephone: 361-884-1030 Web: Blackbeard’s On The Beach.