Corpus Christi Travel Guide

Corpus Christi Summary

Pros

  • Coastal city with beautiful white-sand beaches
  • More affordable than most other beach destinations in the U.S.
  • Small-town feel, with a rather compact downtown area
  • Interesting small to medium-sized museums
  • One of the top destinations for water sports
  • Mild winters
  • Lots of cheap dining options
  • Attractions include the State Aquarium and the USS Lexington

Cons

  • Very windy year-round
  • Unbearably hot summers
  • Some traffic jams during rush hour
  • Crowds in winter and spring
  • A car is mandatory
  • Few fine dining options

What It's Like

Corpus Christi is one of the most affordable beach destinations in the U.S., and a water sports lover’s paradise. With one of the highest average wind speeds of coastal cities in North America, a beautiful bay area and a major deepwater seaport, Corpus Christi has become one of the top destinations in the South for sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.

There are few fine dining options, nightlife is nothing to write home about, and there are certainly hipper beach destinations. But it’s fairly cheap and there are miles and miles of sandy beaches, many of which don’t get major crowds.

Where To Stay

The State Aquarium and the USS Lexington aircraft carrier are both on North Beach, home to some pretty stretches of white sand, so those who want to see the sights and enjoy a day or two at the beach will probably find the area closest to Harbor Beach convenient. Laid-back Aransas Pass is a decent alternative, but Rockport has more in the way of shopping and other comforts.  

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Facts

Languages:

English, Spanish

Airports:

Corpus Christi International Airport

Peak:

March 1 - August 31

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

US Dollar

Electricity:

110 V; 60 cycles

Tipping:

20% in restaurants; 15% in taxis

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