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Corpus Christi, TX
Travel Guide

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
The price is ¥10,729 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Central City, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of McGee Beach and Corpus Christi Marina. Old Concrete Street Amphitheater ...
3.7/5Good! (1,885 reviews)
"My room was amazing. Very peaceful except for the partiers on the first floor but too be expected. They were in bed by 12am so gave me time to relax afterwards."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Emerald Beach Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4 out of 5
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX
The price is ¥15,537 per night from May 3 to May 4
Located in Central City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corpus Christi Marina, Old Concrete Street Amphitheater, and American Bank Center. Corpus Christi ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,966 reviews)
"First day was excellent as usual. The only letdown was the check-in experience! This was quickly forgotten As the overall experience was excellent."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
Best Western Corpus Christi
Best Western Corpus Christi
3 out of 5
300 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is ¥10,642 per night from May 9 to May 10
Located in Central City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bayfront Park, American Bank Center, and Art Museum of South Texas. Corpus Christi Museum of Science ...
4.3/5Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Great view of the ocean and city from our room! Ceiling to floor, wall to wall window. Everything was so clean and staff was friendly. Great breakfast! Within walking distance to many restaurants. Would definitely book there again."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Best Western Corpus Christi
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.
Lively Beach
Lively Beach
138 Zahn Rd, Port Aransas, TX
Nestled on the beach, this Port Aransas condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of J P Luby and Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community. New Port Pass and JP Luby ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (60 reviews)
"Property was beautiful cm and very unique would like to visit again"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Lively Beach
Anchor Resort
Anchor Resort
3.5 out of 5
14300 S. Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX
The price is ¥6,273 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Situated in Corpus Christi, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi, Packery Channel, and J P Luby. Mollie Beattie ...
4/5Very Good! (76 reviews)
"It was overall a pretty good experience. The water was off for several hours while we wers there but someone came and repaired the line that broke same day!"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Anchor Resort
Multi Resorts at Puente Vista, a VRI resort
Multi Resorts at Puente Vista, a VRI resort
3 out of 5
14300 Aloha Street #145, Corpus Christi, TX
Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi, Packery Channel, and J P Luby. Mollie Beattie ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Perfect vacation spot!
"This condo was just perfect for a family vacation."

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Multi Resorts at Puente Vista, a VRI resort
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.

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Reviews of Corpus Christi

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 6, 2020

We love Corpus Christi. The town has a mellow vibe. Everyone is very friendly. We felt safe. The city and beaches are very clean! Absolutely love the Texas Aquarium!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 5, 2020

Thinking about moving there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

A lot of construction throughout

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Overall , without booking a room with bayfront inn , Corpus Christi was great i ended up getting a room in Ovni Hotel & it was great , Corpus Christi Aquarium was fascinating & it was a great experience, did quite a bit of fishing .

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

Great place to visit. I love that I could get away with the family and enjoy some sun with my son.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great place to visit! Nice get away...

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