Corpus Christi Travel Guide

  • The Beaches of Corpus
    The Beaches of Corpus
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Corpus Christi Highlights

  • Pro
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     easy to get around the area, lots of parks, beaches, aquarium 

  • Con
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     Heat and mosquitos 

  • In a nutshell
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     a nice resort for Texan families 

Corpus Christi Things to Do

  • Corpus Christi Downtown

    The Texas Surf Museum is a fairly small one, located directly downtown. It houses displays about surfing with an emphasis on surfing the Gulf Coast. Check out the neat mural and the board-shaping garage. Also has memorabilia about Hollywood and Surfing. Open daily. Admission is free.

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  • USS Lexington

    Let your imagination run wild aboard the USS LEXINGTON. The sights and sounds are so real and so intense you'll feel like you've been transported back in time. Climb behind the controls of a Jet Fighter, catch a movie in the Mega Theater, take a ride in the Flight Simulator or just enjoy the breathtaking views from the Flight Deck. The USS...

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  • Texas State Aquarium

    The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi is an outstanding museum with thousands of animals representing more than 250 species in a variety of shows, displays, and "hands-on" experiences. Very entertaining and educational. Aquatic species include: Sharks, stingrays, dolphins, sea turtles and all kinds of fish. The Amazon Exhibit includes species...

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  • Padre Island

    The beaches were fairly cool in mid March. We went to several of the beaches on Padre Island. There were several access roads that can be found by taking South Padre Island Drive (SPID) south to the island. Specifically, we enjoyed the beach off of Access Road 5. You are able to drive out to the beach and even park your car on the sand (weather...

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  • Captain Clark's Flagship

    Captain Clark's Flagship is a 400 passenger paddlewheeler in the downtown Corpus Christi marina. Since 1982, they are one of the most popular attractions in Corpus Christi. Join them for a sightseeing cruise on Corpus Christi Bay. Passengers enjoy a narrated cruises along the downtown bay front, passing the USS Lexington aircraft carrier and the...

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  • Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens

    Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens This fascinating 180-acre site along Oso Creek entwines nature tourism and eco-education with colorful, exotic floral exhibits and local landscape choices. Tour the Orchid House, Exhibit House, Plumeria collection, Sensory Garden, new Hibiscus Garden and Water Garden; plus shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail, Oso Creek...

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Corpus Christi Restaurants

  • Come hungry!

    Wonderful food! The best fish I have ever eaten. It is so tender, it falls apart before you can get it into your mouth. No fishy taste - corvina is awesome!Dine inside in the shade or out on the back porch and watch the boats and the gulls. It's all good. It's a tie between these two dishes:Fish and chipsThe Combination

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  • It's OK, if you don't . . .

    This place is small, yet the owners try to cram as many tables into the limited space as possible. Some may say that the overcrowding adds to the ambience - others, however, may feel like sardines in a can. There are many choices on the menu and they are certainly not expensive when compared with local eateries, but then again, you get what you pay...

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  • Fresh seafood

    The amberjack grilled fish was very good. It came with green beans and fried rice. I also had zinfandel wine and shared a key lime pie (they are really big).

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  • Best Shrimp in CC

    My wife knows fried shrimp, as she has to have a fix at least once a week, and she is never shy to say Blackbeard's has the best and most consistant fried shrimp in Corpus Christi. We don't order much else, but for the shrimp, GREAT! Fried Shrimp or grilled Mahi Mahi

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  • Chaparall Street Grillhouse!!

    This restaurant is so yummy!! It is great for families, or going out with your friends! It has a fun bar area and a nice restaurant area. It is very close to the American Bank Center, and the Hooks stadium so it is a convenient place to eat before events!! Seafood, cheeseburgers, chicken, soups, salads, sandwiches... all kinds of yummy food! Don't...

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  • Great food, great view of the Marina

    Great food with a great view of the Marina at Corpus Christi. Food is primarily Thai, but there are other offerings, including a couple of Thai/American Fusion dishes for those interested. Many vegetarian options. The restaurant is casually elegant, the service is friendly and fast, and the food is delicious. Lunch specials include wonderful...

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Corpus Christi Nightlife

  • Ropers

    A good place to hang out and try some Two-Stepping and Swing Dancing. Many of the better dancers in town come here on Thursdays...

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  • Check out the newest and...

    Check out the newest and greatest downtown spot. The Lotus Cup is a coffeeshop/juicebar/interesting-great-food spot. It has been described as neo-hippy. You will find there impromptu drumming, celtic music and anyone who wants to take stage for a bit of merry making. They people there are really nice, and it is a great place to hang out, read, play...

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Corpus Christi Transportation

  • Drive across the bridge

    The Harbor Bridge is the most memorable item in the Corpus Christi sky line. The Harbor bridge crosses the Port of Corpus Christi and connects the North Beach Area to the rest of Corpus Christi.

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  • Beach Cruising

    It's completely legal to drive your car on the beach here!!You must buy a 'beach parking' permit though, get it from a convenience store: $5 per month or $10 for a year.We often gathered our grills, rechargable blenders and had a great party all night on the water.

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  • There are many great ways to...

    There are many great ways to get around Padre Island and Corpus Christi. By car is great, however during certain times of the year you may have a difficult time parking and you will have to pay to park. I recomment walking, roller blading, bike riding, etc..If getting around by car you really must go in a convertible. It's THE way to drive the...

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Corpus Christi Shopping

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    by frankcanfly Written Dec 18, 2003

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    Although this place is not in Corpus Christi, I associate it with this place because I went here so much when I lived in CC.

    They've got about 35,000 square feet of Mexican Imports, and plenty of interesting things to buy.

    This is where I bought the four Chimeneas that I've bought for myself and others. And now YOU can order one online!!

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Corpus Christi Local Customs

  • Hashing

    My six months in Corpus Christi are defined my the Hash House Harriers and tons of sillyness. Here, Liz Steve and I run in the headgear event.

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  • Chimania

    I bought a Chimania in nearby Mexico when I lived in Corpus...... It's a great addition to a deck or patio

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  • Biggest confusion to folks who...

    Biggest confusion to folks who visit Corpus Christi is the name of our main expressway. It is officially South Padre Island Drive. To shorten it the LOCALs call it S.P.I.D. We actually say the letters. Those who visit think we will call it Spid (saying it like a word) but, listen for S.P.I.D. That way you won't be confused during direction giving...

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Corpus Christi Warnings and Dangers

  • JellyFish!

    Ok, so we are from Kansas. The first thing we do is head to the beach. Upon arrival we noticed lots of jellyfish on the beach. This makes us wary to even set foot in the water.We talked to a very nice lady at a visitor information center who told us that people do get stung by jellyfish, but that it won't really hurt you. The stinging does hurt,...

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  • Drink, Drank, Drunk

    You never know what will happen when you put on a grass skirt, coconut bra and go running with the Corpus Christi Hash House Harriers.

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  • The only dangers I would warn...

    The only dangers I would warn you about while visiting here is that the sun can be brutle on skin without taking some precautions. Even during the winter (we don't really have a winter here but we like to pretend we do) months, it is advisable to wear sunscreen if you are fair and will be out for over 20-30 min. in the full sun. (Note: I have...

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Corpus Christi What to Pack

  • Casual is the theme.

    You don't need much special clothing in Corpus Christi. As a matter of fact the less you have on the better you will feel. From March to November you will do well with a pair of shorts, a light weight shirt, sandals, a pair of sunglasses and a hat. You can go into almost any place except for the finest restaurants. This is a very casual...

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  • Packing List

    OK, just one more C2H3 image.... Here we are at Dr Rockits!!See my Port Aransas page for more local information.

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  • Packing List

    Depending on what time of year you're here. It stays hot here until around November! We usually wear layers and add or peel as necessary! Corpus is a very 'casual' city. Whatever you put on a Jelly fish sting if you're going to the beach! Most beach gear can be rented locally for a reasonable price. We have lots of great places on the bayfront...

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Corpus Christi Off The Beaten Path

  • USS Lexington

    A visit to USS Lexington Museum on board the vessel itself.The Lexington was built in the middle of WWII and served in the Pacific where it took an active part against Japanese aircraft. It was finally decommissioned in 1991 and now is available for the public to visitPrint a coupon from their web page shown below

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  • The beach

    Padre Island National Seashore, stretching 113 miles from Corpus Christi on the north almost to the Mexican border on the south.

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  • Birdwatching

    There is an 800 foot long boardwalk spanning the marshy flats of Oso Bay.This is located in the 22 acre Hans Suter Wildlife Park.You will see pelicans, great blue herons, ducks, and other shorebirds and waterfowl.

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Corpus Christi Favorites

  • The Bay, Museums, and More

    Corpus Christi is a fairly large city with a population of about 300,000. It is located on the Gulf Coast and was first visited in 1519 by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. It was first settled in 1839 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney. Corpus Christi takes full advantage of its location for a wide variety of water activities and recreation, The...

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  • Mustang Island

    A 45 minute drive from Corpus Christi will bring you to Port Aransas. You can drive up Padre Island or come in from Aransas Pass via the 5 minute ferry ride across the ship channel. A great beach for camping or just hanging out surfing, fishing, or just looking for sand dollars along the tideline. The seagulls are not shy at all, and if you do...

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  • Harbor Bridge

    It is the second largest bridge in Texas.It spans the the port and connects the Corpus Christi Beach to Downtown.

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