Corpus Christi, TX

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Corpus Christi showing a bay or harbor, skyline and a coastal town
The “Sparkling City by the Sea” embraces families, nature lovers and those wanting to experience the culture of South Texas.

Beaches, art collections, wildlife attractions and shopping opportunities are plentiful in the South Texan city of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi’s coastline is one of its most popular features. All through the year, the shore is busy with tourists and locals, who come here to swim, jog, sunbathe and hike. Take a visit to North Beach right next to downtown and the city’s most visited stretch of coast. It is a well-maintained beach with showers, restrooms, cabanas and picnic tables.

North Beach is also home to some of Corpus Christi’s major attractions. While you are there, stroll to the nearby Texas State Aquarium to see rescued eagles and sea turtles that have been rehabilitated. The aquarium has a protected habitat for dolphins that are unable to survive in open water, and a stingray lagoon, which allows visitors to touch and hand-feed more than 30 stingrays.

Film fanatics and war buffs alike can board the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier. This vessel saw service in Pearl Harbor and was also used as part of the set for the 2001 movie of the same name. Elsewhere in the city, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a 180-acre (73-hectare) site with collections of flora and fauna, including an orchid house and hummingbird garden.

Visit the Art Museum of South Texas, a Corpus Christi Bay landmark. Inside, the permanent collection spotlights fine art and crafts from Texas and its surrounding states.

Hire a car and take a 30-minute drive from downtown Corpus Christi to reach the Padre Island National Seashore. The city’s subtropical climate makes it easy to enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and bird-watching along the 70-mile (113-kilometer) stretch of white sandy beach.

On the first weekend of each month, there are organized art walks and a marina market day. The city also holds a festival every April, which is a two-week fiesta of fireworks, illuminated parades and rodeo fun.

Where to stay in Corpus Christi

Emerald Beach Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1102 South Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
The price is $87 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Corpus Christi. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
3.4/5 (1,726 reviews)
"👎"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4 out of 5
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
The price is $148 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Corpus Christi. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,998 reviews)
"The location, cleanness of the property and great customer services."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Island Resort Corpus Christi-N Padre Island
Island Resort Corpus Christi-N Padre Island
2.5 out of 5
15202 Windward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX, 78418
The price is $96 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this beach hotel in Corpus Christi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Whitecap Beach and Packery Channel are located ...
3.6/5 Good! (265 reviews)
"Very close to the beach . Very short walking distance . Love the pool and full bar beautiful property. Only bad thing was small elevator"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Executive Keys Condominiums on the Beach
Executive Keys Condominiums on the Beach
2 out of 5
820 Beach Access Road 1A, Port Aransas, TX, 78373
Stay at this beach aparthotel in Port Aransas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (496 reviews)
Friendly staff
"The staff is amazing very kind , very responsive! Just amazing!!!! The rooms are out dated but very clean. So that’s good. I would stay again tons and tons of mosquitoes but that isn’t the property’s fault. Just bring bug spray cause it’s bad."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Lively Beach
Lively Beach
138 Zahn Rd, Corpus Christi, TX, 78418
Stay at this beach condo in Corpus Christi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (282 reviews)
"Lovely small resort with a great pool & well maintained grounds. Perfect spot for a quiet get a way."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
6317 State Hwy 361, Port Aransas, TX, 78373
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Port Aransas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (250 reviews)
"Room was great!!! Our only complaint was the lighting in the bed rooms at night. It was sooo bright! Black out curtains and it would have been absolutely perfect!"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

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Getting around Corpus Christi

The best way to get around Corpus Christi is by car, with a number of rental operators in the city. If you’re staying within certain areas of the city, then you might be content to walk or cycle around. The Marina Arts District is particularly cycle-friendly, with plenty of racks to lock up your bike. Corpus Christi also has an extensive bus network and a trolley service. Visit the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority website.Browse Corpus Christi rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you revel in the party atmosphere of spring break (and don’t mind a little competition for space on the beach), then spring is a great time to visit Corpus Christi, with average high temperatures in the mid 80s F (high 20s C). Summer is also popular but can get very hot, while fall offers milder weather and smaller crowds. In December, Corpus Christi comes alive with the Harbor Lights Festival.

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