Corpus Christi Travel Guide

Corpus Christi has all the perks of a small Texan town — killer barbecue and Southern hospitality — and its location on the Gulf of Mexico, its picturesque marina and large downtown make it a locale worthy of a visit. The weather’s hot year-round, but occasional rains and winds cool things down enough to make Corpus Christi’s climate bearable even in the peak of summer.  In Corpus Christi, Texas, 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! 

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).

Things Not to Miss
USS Lexington, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesUSS Lexington

There are five, self-guided tour routes covering 100,000 square feet and eleven decks. If you have questions, you can ask any “yellow shirt” volunteer, many of whom actually served aboard Lexington.  The USS Lexington, CV-16, is a World War II-vintage Essex Class aircraft carrier.  Take a self guided tour and prepare for battle as the pilots did in the Ready Room, inspect historic aircraft on the flight and hangar decks, tour the Admirals Quarters and Engine room and relive the last-ditch Japanese kamikaze campaign. You will learn this and much more about the ship, the people and the times of WWII. It’s a patriotic lesson unparalleled in this day and age.  Contact them at 361-888-4873 or visit USS Lexinton.

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas Beaches Texas State Aquarium

Every visit to the Texas State Aquarium is a new and exciting discovery! Experience daily dive shows, animal feedings, training sessions, and “hands on” programs with sharks and stingrays. Relax in our underwater dolphin room or cool off with a treat from the Pepsi Shoreline Grill. With so much to see and do… what are you waiting for?  For more information call 1-800-477-GULF or visit Texas State Aquarium.

 

Padre Island National Seashore, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesPadre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world.  The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life.  It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species.  It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

 

Mustang Island, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesMustang Island

At Mustang Island State Park, what you do is up to you. You can play at the beach, camp, picnic, fish, hike, mountain bike, kayak, bird watch and geocache.  Stay at one of 48 water and electric campsites or 50 drive-up primitive sites.  They have water, cold-water rinse showers and portable toilets along two miles of the beach. Full restrooms and showers with hot water are located near the water-electric campground.  Paddle the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail. The three segments of the trail follow the western shoreline of the island in Corpus Christi Bay. The 20 miles of trails pass through some of the best shallow-water fishing areas in Texas. Enjoy close-up views of coastal birds.

Things To Do

Experience the always charming Corpus Christi coast. During your stay enjoy miles of shoreline, with conveniently located hotels and condos.  Enjoy a coastal vacation at its finest.  You can explore sparkling the windswept beaches, enjoy the freshest seafood and relax under the warm Texas sky, it just doesn’t get any better than that. Vacationing on the Gulf Coast won’t break the bank, so bring the whole family and make some memories.

Horses on the Beach, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesHorses On The Beach

Discover the Corpus Christi seashore in a whole new way!  If you want a unique horseback beach riding experience, stop by Horses on the Beach for a very unique memory of riding horseback on the beach of Corpus Christi.  They do operate by RESERVATION ONLY, so that they can rotate horses and manage staffing.  They do not allow walk ins.  You can contact them at 361-949-4944 with questions or to make reservations.  For more information, visit Horses on the Beach

Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesSchlitterbahn Riverpark and Resort

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort Corpus Christi promises another unique Schlitterbahn experience. Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi is a complete family entertainment destination that includes a golf club, full service restaurant and bar, and an all-new Schlitterbahn waterpark experience that boasts the longest interconnected river system yet.  For general information call 361-589-4220 or visit them at Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi.

Worldwinds surfing, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesWorldwinds Windsurfing

Located on the Laguna Madre inside the Padre Island National Seashore, Worldwinds Windsurfing is a full service windsurfing shop. They offer lessons for beginner through the most advanced. They teach windsurfing lessons everyday 7 days a week starting at 11:30am. Worldwinds also offers kayaking and standup paddle boarding.  For more information call 361-949-7472, or visit them on the web at Worldwinds Windsurfing.

Wind & Wave Watersports, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesWind & Wave Watersports

Wind and Wave is South TX most premiere surf/skate/kayak shop all under one roof!  They opened our doors in 1987 and recently celebrated 30 years of business.  Wind and Wave offers daily/weekly kayak, surf, and stand up paddleboard rentals!  They stock tons of mens/womens beachwear, apparel, footwear, headwear and much more! For more information call 361-937-9283, or visit them on the web at Wind & Wave Watersports.

Padre Island Surf Camp, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesPadre Island Surf Camp

Learn to Surf & SUP in Texas at Padre Island Surf Camp in Corpus Christi, Texas. Surf & SUP Camps, Lessons & Groups Events For All Ages Year Round! FREE Weekly Camp Photos! Sign Up for Any Week, and Come ANY 5 Days! Transportation Provided Daily! Now offering Stand Up Paddle Lessons and Tours!  For more information call 361-774-2264, or visit them on the web at Padre Island Surf Camp.

Restaurants

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$$  Salt Water Grill

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

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

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

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.

Bars & Nightlife

Boathouse Bar & Grill, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesBoathouse 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. Spend Sunday Funday with them and enjoy their yummy brunch!  Contact them at 361-589-9601 or visit the Boathouse Bar & Grill.

Harrison Landing - Tavern on the Bay, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesHarrison 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! The ambience and location can’t be beaten! Come casual, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfront. You won’t go away hungry!  Contact them at 361-881-8503 or visit Harrison Landing – Tavern on the Bay

Executive Surf Club, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesExecutive 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!  Contact them at 361-884-7873 or visit the Executive Surf Club.

The Sand Bar, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesThe 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. For more information call 361-949-8041 or visit them on Facebook.

Blackbeard's on the Beach, Corpus Christi Texas, Corpus Christi beaches, Corpus Christi Travel Guide, Texas BeachesBlackbeard’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.  For more information call 361-884-1030 or visit Blackbeard’s On The Beach.

Top Corpus Christi Hotels

Capri Beach Hotel

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Corpus Christi, Capri Beach Hotel features direct beach access and is just steps from USS Lexington Museum and Texas State Aquarium. The hotel offers free WiFi access and rooms with cable TV. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Capri Beach Hotel.

Holiday Inn Corpus Christi North Padre Island

On the Gulf of Mexico and featuring direct beach access, this Corpus Christi hotel features an on-site restaurant, 2 outdoor swimming pools and easy access to attractions and activities.  Guests at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi can also enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as the indoor game room. The hotel also includes on-site dining at the Beachside Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Holiday Inn Corpus Christi North Padre Island.

Emerald Beach Hotel

This Corpus Christi hotel provides direct access to the Emerald Cove. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and a heated indoor pool.  Guests can enjoy volleyball on the beach or sit on the wood deck facing the water. A fitness center and whirlpool are located inside the Corpus Christi Emerald Beach Hotel. A children’s playground and a game room with pool tables and ping-pong are also on site.  The Sandpiper Restaurant serves American meals daily. A bar and a lounge area are also available on site.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Emerald Beach Hotel.

Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi Beach

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and cabana, this Corpus Christi hotel offers direct beach access. The USS Lexington is located within just over half a mile of the property.  Guests of Corpus Christi Radisson can begin the day with a workout in the on-site fitness center or enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi.

32 Comments

  1. Bien

    I never thought that Texas has a wonderful tourist attractions and destinations that we can enjoy and have relaxation. This place is awesome! I love beaches but I am not a beach person because I don’t know how to swim. I go to beach to enjoy the sunset, walking along the sea shore and enjoy the beauty of the views. It is a great thing to know though that you have tackled in your article the list of things to do in Corpus Christi. Horses on the beach, the resort, restaurants and especially the bars and night life makes me more interesting to visit Corpus Christi. It is a 5-star rating for me. And the fact that I have never been to Texas and this will definitely included on my bucket list. Thanks a lot for writing this reviews about Corpus Christi.
    All the best!

    Bien

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh boy, you have not been to Texas? I lived there for 10 years, and I do miss it. Such great people, so much to do, and the beaches are awesome. Thanks for visiting the Corpus Christi Travel Guide.

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  2. Daniel

    I remember visiting Corpus Christi & found it fascinating. I’m familiar with the area & plan to visit again.

    Seeing the USS Lexington parked on the Gulf Shore is truly amazing & a real piece of history. The other thing I remember seeing was the blanket of white jelly fish floating along the shore. There were so many I was amazed. Is this jelly fish get together a normal yearly reunion in the area?

    Certainly enjoyed visiting Corpus Christi & plan to visit again within the near future. Thank you for sharing your informative article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, the jelly fish are common here. But, most just sting and that is it. The jellyfish you will find here are cabbagehead, moon jellyfish and stinging nettles. Moon jellyfish and stinging nettles can be found from late spring to mid-summer. You will see lots of cabbagehead jellyfish around late summer to early fall. I love Corpus Christi, and I could easily live there, but I am in Florida so I cannot complain 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Corpus Christi travel guide.

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  3. Mario

    After your post I would really like to visit Corpus Christi! 🙂

    A lot of details about every aspect, I appreciate it.

    Thank you for this amazing post!

    Cheers

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Out of all the Texas beaches, I would have to say that Corpus Christi is my favorite. Galveston is probably second. Both of them are worth a visit for sure. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. JP

    This was very helpful! I have never been to Corpus Christi, but I am pretty familiar with some of the mainstays from friends mentioning them. However, I was not aware of all the other things to do, which makes this trip sound really appealing to me, especially the primitive camp spots at Mustang State Park. Also, having the pricing guide is incredibly helpful, so I really appreciate you taking the time to add that. I look forward to other destination spots you review!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, and Mustang Island is absolutely beautiful! Actually I love Corpus Christi, it is a great beach destination with so much to offer. Thanks for visiting my Corpus Christi Travel Guide.

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  5. Deva

    I would very much like to visit Corpus Christi, Texas. It seems to me like a very warm and nice place.I am from Croatian, we have a quite similar climate, warm period from May -September and winter days from December till February It would be very nice to visit this great beach, especially on horseback. Nice to know that there is an airport, and all you can visit that the staying in Corpus Christi is fulfilled. What about the safety of tourists, is there a lot of crime and what should tourists pay particular attention on?
    Thanks
    Deva

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi there and thank you for visiting! That is the one thing you will not have to worry about is crime. Corpus Christi does not have a lot of crime. It is a very safe area to vacation to.

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  6. Felicity

    This is a great article on the interesting things to do in Corpus Christi in Texas. The detailed information on the weather and airports can help me find a good time and flight deal to visit Corpus Christi. The beaches look like a lot of fun. Great to know that there are so many nice beaches and good foods to enjoy in Corpus Christi. This could be great way to relax for me if I get to go on family vacation in the future.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The nice thing is that you can also visit Padre and Galveston. They are all so close together and worth seeing all of them. The beaches are amazing and the weather is pretty decent year round 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

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  7. Chiqui

    I’ve never been to the US before, much less corpus christi, but when I do travel there it will be one of my destinations. This post made me want to lol!

    I’m most excited for the horses, aah! (I love horses!) Have you tried them before? What’s the experience like, if you have?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you are ready to visit! I love riding horses on the beach. I have done it several times. It’s peaceful and amazing! We look forward to having you visit Corpus Christi!

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  8. Adam

    Thanks for the info on Corpus Christi. My partner and I are travelling to the states at the end of next year and we will definitely add this to our destination list.
    What is your favourite thing to do while you are there?
    And how would you rate skyscanner against cheapflights?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Of course my favorite thing to do, is to head to the beach. I would not miss the USS Lexington. It’s not something I thought I would enjoy, but very interesting. I am not familiar with Skyscanner enough to make a good comparison. I personally like cheapflights. Thanks for visiting Corpus Christi Travel Guide.

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  9. Diego Sánchez

    I suddenly feel like going on vacation. Great article on Chorpus Christi, seems like an awesome place to tour and spend some quality time. Blackbeard’s definitely caught my eye.

    The USS Lexington is quite an interesting historical feature. Any information you may provide about the libraries in the area?

    Thanks a lot!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I’ve done my job well if you are ready to head on vacation 🙂 Corpus Christi is beautiful! There are three libraries in Corpus Christi. Here is the link: http://www.cclibraries.com/. Glad you enjoyed visiting Corpus Christi !

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  10. Craig

    What a great site! So glad to have found it. Feels like a vacation just browsing through your posts! I’ve been to Maui a few times now, Westin on Kaanapali beach, and Honolulu a couple times. I look forward to getting to every island and every beach! Hope to visit some of the other destinations around the world you write about. Many thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Craig. I am glad you enjoyed reading about the Corpus Christi Travel guide and looking through my site. Let me know if you need any questions answered.

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  11. Paige

    Corpus, from the photos the scene looks nice. And based on you article, it seems there are many things to do there. Wow, look at those horses, so lovely, I should try it soon ;). Thanks for your sharing. Do you think 4 days are enough for me to enjoy vacation there?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, yes I do. 4 full days is plenty of time to see everything in Corpus Christi and to enjoy the beach. Thanks for visiting Beach Travel destinations.

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  12. Kyle

    Great post! I have never been to Corpus Christi before but this definitely made me want to add it to one of my next future vacation destinations. It looks like it has plenty of attractions and events to keep someone plenty busy for a week of vacation. The food looks amazing as well. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are most welcome Kyle. I personally love going to Corpus Christi over any other beach location in Texas. The beaches are beautiful, it stays warm year round and I, of course, love Texas beaches 🙂

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  13. Mark1

    First thing I noticed about this article was those temperatures. I come from England and our summers are the same as Corpus Christi winters!

    I visited the USA earlier in the year, but I was in Virginia. I love the states and I am always looking for different places to visit next time I go.

    There certainly looks like there is lots to do, and more important eat, in Corpus Christi. I might have to pay a visit next as I have always wanted to go to Texas!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I tell you, you will love visiting Corpus Christi. And the nice thing is that Galveston, Port Aransas, and Padre are all fairly close. So you can see a lot in one vacation. Plus the food is to die for! Texas beaches have a lot to offer.

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  14. Andrew G

    That Schlitterbahn is a funny name. hard to spell too. This is a place I have never heard of before.Those resorts and all that look great! I hope it is a well put together as those pictures show. I wonder what the main pictured beach is showing location wise. Nicely and neatly organized site for the viewing pleasure.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The main beach is, of course Corpus Christi beach area and the there are 3 Schlitterbahns here. They are well worth a day, if you like water parks and tubing or rafting. Great fun in the sun for some variety from the Corpus Christi beaches!

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  15. serres

    i found Corpus Christi an amazing place based on your travel guide! There are a lot of things to do for every budget as i understand! You can spare your time by visiting historical monuments or relaxing in one of its restaurant! What about the prices the restaurants? Based on your review they offer good food so, may i expect they are high priced?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I don’t think they are high priced at all. Texas, overall is a very reasonable vacation destination. The USS Lexington is worth a visit to do the tour. Very interesting…and I thought it would be boring…but it was great! Corpus Christi beaches and the area is a great vacation for sure.

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  16. Celeste

    Great travel guide on Corpus Christi. I’ve never been there. I am planning a trip to the United States next year sometime and after reading your article I’ll have to stop off there for a few days. Do you know if there are any surfing beaches here and where to rent surf boards? Seems like there are plenty of things to keep holiday makers busy here. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you can surf in Corpus Christi for sure. I would go with Wind & Wave Watersports. There website is http://www.windandwave.net. Thank you so much for visiting Corpus Christi Travel Guide!

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