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Hit the surf in Corpus Christi, Padre Island

As the gateway to Padre Island and the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi is a beloved Texas city. Some of the best beaches on the gulf are within easy driving distance of downtown, and Corpus Christi is bursting at its seams with surprising and intriguing cultural attractions, like the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Bask in the heat of the sun, enjoy some of the best water sports opportunities in the state, and immerse yourself in the culture of south-central Texas, where Mexican and US heritage intertwine and history dates back to the 1500s.

Traveling to Corpus Christi

While Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) delivers plenty of air travelers to the city, many more of them arrive via San Antonio International Airport (SAT), which is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. If you're arriving by car, you'll likely come via Interstate 37. While the city is served by a Greyhound bus station, no train service is available.

Things to see

Padre Island National Seashore

Head over to North Padre Island to experience the wonders of the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. To visit most parts of the seashore, you'll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Don't have one&? Don't worry. Plenty are available for rent in Corpus Christi, and the expense is worth it to explore about 70 miles of pristine, preserved wilderness.

Beaches

Miles of gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches draw visitors to Corpus Christi, Padre Island and the surrounding areas every year. Choose any local beach for sunbathing and splashing in the warm, shallow, sparkling waters or discover sands better known for their prime water sporting opportunities.

Every week, sailboat races draw in huge crowds, while over at Bird Island Basin, visitors can enjoy some of the best windsurfing in the world. Try kiteboarding, jet skiing or parasailing for wet & wild thrills. Not an adrenaline junkie? Do a little bird-watching. Around 45 percent of North American bird species have supposedly been spotted in the region.

USS Lexington Museum

This decommissioned aircraft carrier is not to be missed. Its nickname, the Blue Ghost, originally came about during World War II. Japanese servicemen, who believed the ship had sunk, were shocked to see it mysteriously reappear. Today, the aircraft carrier boasts a state-of-the-art museum that lets you learn more about Corpus Christi's rich history of naval aviation.

Texas State Aquarium

Don't miss this first-rate aquarium, which includes a variety of incredible exhibits. Several daily presentations of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are held at the 400,000-gallon Dolphin Bay exhibit, and the wildly popular “Diver in the Water” show happens daily at the Flower Gardens, a 40,000-gallon replica of a coral reef. Visit the outdoor touch pool to get up close and personal with stingrays.

Matamoros, Mexico

A quick stroll across the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge in nearby Brownsville will deliver you to this popular destination. Its open-air markets are a definite draw, but most folks come here for the incredible nightlife. This is a great way to add a dose of international flair to your Corpus Christi/Padre Island adventure.

Climate

Although the weather in Corpus Christi tends to be hot and humid, strong winds and breezes off the gulf help to make it more pleasant. The city's proximity to dozens of spectacular beaches ensures that locals and visitors can cool down easily too. The winters here are mild, so all you'll need to pack is a lightweight jacket!

Hotel price ranges

Due to the influx of teenagers and young adults who visit during spring break, Corpus Christi and North Padre Island hotels and other motels, inns and resorts are jam-packed from mid-to-late March. Accordingly, their rates double and often triple during that time. For the other 11.5 months of the year, though, you can take your pick from all the usual hotel chains and luxury brands, or easily find moderately-priced and budget accommodations, both in Corpus Christi proper and over on Padre Island. From the Holiday Inn to the Best Western and Comfort Suites, several accommodations come with kitchenettes, outdoor swimming pools, balconies and hot tubs, depending upon your preferences.

Recently booked North Padre Island hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Corpus Christi Padre Is
North Padre Island
1 hour ago 3 stars $76
BEST WESTERN on the Island
North Padre Island
2 days ago 3 stars $87
Holiday Inn CORPUS CHRISTI-N PADRE ISLAND
North Padre Island
2 days ago 3 stars $102
Comfort Suites North Padre Island
North Padre Island
3 days ago 2 stars $99
La Quinta Inn & Suites Corpus Christi-N Padre Isl
North Padre Island
12 days ago 3 stars $109

Recently Rated North Padre Island Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Holiday Inn CORPUS CHRISTI-N PADRE ISLAND
North Padre Island
3.4 / 5
66 reviews
3 stars $102
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Corpus Christi Padre Is
North Padre Island
3.6 / 5
55 reviews
3 stars $76
BEST WESTERN on the Island
North Padre Island
3.1 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars $87
La Quinta Inn & Suites Corpus Christi-N Padre Isl
North Padre Island
3.9 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $109
Comfort Suites North Padre Island
North Padre Island
3.5 / 5
19 reviews
2 stars $99
Passport Inn Corpus Christi
North Padre Island
2.5 / 5
2 reviews
2 stars Choose dates

Featured North Padre Island Hotels

From $102

1 Holiday Inn CORPUS CHRISTI-N PADRE ISLAND

3 stars
3.4 / 5 66 reviews

15202 Windward Dr.

North Padre Island’s only full-service hotel on the Gulf of MexicoThe Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Corpus Christi North Padre Island hotel is the only full-service hotel on North Padre Island -- it...

it a beach hotel
Won't be able to see anything out the window, so don't worry about a beachview room. The window will be covered with salt. If you want to see the beach you have to get a balcony room. When you walk...
May 16, 2015
From $76

2 Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Corpus Christi Padre Is

3 stars
3.6 / 5 55 reviews

15201 Windward Drive

Linger by the shore a while at this Wyndham Corpus Christi Padre Island hotel, only a short walk from the water and the many outdoor recreational activities on the island. The hotel is also only a...

escaping from the cold in Chicago
Very nice hotel. Especially liked the Austin pictures in the room I recommend that you make postcards or note cards of them for guests to purchase. Need more waste baskets and luggage racks for...
Feb 24, 2015
From $87

3 BEST WESTERN on the Island

3 stars
3.1 / 5 14 reviews

14050 S Padre Island Drive

Save 20% on your stay

Escape to this Corpus Christi, Texas hotel located on beautiful Padre Island and enjoy convenient access to the beach, Texas A&M and Padre Island National Seashore. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN on...

Not great
We stayed at this hotel for 2 days on a family vacation. The room was comfortable, but not clean. We found dirty underwear behind the tv and used soap in the closet. Wi-fi didn't work consistently...
Jan 7, 2015
From $99

4 Comfort Suites North Padre Island

2 stars
3.5 / 5 19 reviews

15209 Windward Drive

The Comfort Suites is next to the Gulf of Mexico and Padre Island beaches, within two miles of National Seashore and State Parks, fishing, boating, surfing, swimming. Hotel has interior corridors,...

Beach Vacay
The overall stay was great but we did get the room right next to the office and across from the storage room so the doors were constantly being slammed at all hours of the day. the breakfast was...
Sep 17, 2014
From $109

5 La Quinta Inn & Suites Corpus Christi-N Padre Isl

3 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews

14430 South Padre Island Drive

La Quinta Inn & Suites is a Corpus Christi hotel on Padre Island "the Jewel of Corpus Christi", Texas! We are in the heart of Padre Island, within walking distance of Schlitterbahn waterpark. The...

Nice staff and public areas
Very friendly staff and apologetic for under construction state of hotel. Pretty lobby and breakfast area too.
Nov 20, 2014

6 Passport Inn Corpus Christi

2 stars
2.5 / 5 2 reviews

15378 S. Padre Island Dr.

You'll find comfortable and attractive accommodations at Passport Inn. We have king bed units, double queen, kitchenette, and three bed family rooms to fulfill your room requirements, and make your...