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Emerald Beach Hotel
3.0 out of 5.0
1102 South Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi
3.2 out of 5 (69 reviews)

Located in Corpus Christi, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of McGee Beach, Art Museum of South Texas, and Corpus Christi Museum ...

Nice hotel We had a nice stay..elevators are small...they have an indoor pool but the restrooms didnt lock
   Jun 22, 2018
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0
900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi
4.2 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Situated in the Marina District, close to downtown Corpus Christi offices, restaurants, and bay charter boats, the hotel is 6 blocks from American Bank center, ...

Yes it is close to the beach. Had a horrible experience with the elevator got stuck in it for about 10minutes. Thank God nothing happened except the scare and sugar level going up! But manger was very ! Just should fix all the elevators so people don't have to wait so long to use one. Or have to use stair way .
   Jul 17, 2018
Radisson Corpus Christi Beach
3.0 out of 5.0
3200 E Surfside Blvd, Corpus Christi
3.5 out of 5 (114 reviews)

The Radisson Corpus Christi Beach hotel is located directly on the beach and offers easy access to attractions like Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington and ...

Very close to the beach. Enjoyed the beach view balcony and adequate free parking.
   May 14, 2018
Plantation Suites & Conference Center
2.0 out of 5.0
1909 State Hghway 361, Port Aransas
3.9 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mustang Island and Port Aransas Beach. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Horace Caldwell Pier ...

Good location The hotel staff was accommodating and friendly. The breakfast was just something to hold you down for meanwhile. The room was clean and the location of the hotel was really convenient. A dollar general was built right next door to the hotel. The dollar general is by far the cheapest place to get ...
   Jun 18, 2018
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corpus Christi
2.0 out of 5.0
3030 Buffalo Street, Corpus Christi
3.2 out of 5 (40 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, and Art Museum of South ...

Worn and dirty in a terrible location Avoid this work and dirty hotel in a terrible location. Not worth the money or the trouble.
   Jul 2, 2018
La Quinta Inn Corpus Christi North
2.5 out of 5.0
5155 I-37 N, Corpus Christi
2.8 out of 5 (34 reviews)

This family-friendly Corpus Christi hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Selena Museum and Lozano Golf Center. Texas State Aquarium and Hurricane ...

Nice Hotel, exceptional service at the front desk! Exceptional service at the front desk! the rooms are clean, but there is so much noise outside the room that can keep you up all night! No soundproofing! We didn't get any room service (cleaning of sheets etc) for our stay (Strange)!
   Mar 13, 2018
Red Roof Inn Corpus Christi South
2.0 out of 5.0
6805 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi
3.1 out of 5 (78 reviews)

This family-friendly Corpus Christi hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area, Sunrise Mall, and La Palmera Mall. Texas ...

Close to the msll It was ok , ice machine on my floor was not working, Breakfast is no good , coffee with muffins only, not good for diabetics, could at least have some fruits
   Feb 5, 2018
Quality Inn & Suites on the Beach
2.5 out of 5.0
3202 E Surfside Blvd, Corpus Christi
3.0 out of 5 (85 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of North Beach, USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, and Texas State ...

Comfortable hotel next to beach Quiet hotel,walking distance to beach ,clean, noone bothers u delicious breakfast
   Feb 19, 2018
Wingate by Wyndham Corpus Christi
2.5 out of 5.0
7150 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi
4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Corpus Christi, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area, Sunrise Mall, and La Palmera Mall. Texas A&M University - Corpus ...

New hotel with a great location New hotel with a great location. Really nice hotel that is located in a really good place. It’s in Corpus Christi but it’s a very short drive to Port Aransas, Mustang Island, and South Padre. NAS is very close as well. The breakfast in the morning is a pretty good spread too. Comfortable room with ...
   May 20, 2018
Best Western Corpus Christi
3.0 out of 5.0
300 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi
3.8 out of 5 (124 reviews)

Located in the heart of Corpus Christi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bayfront Park, American Bank Center, and Art Museum of South Texas. Corpus Christi ...

Good but not for business I was extremely surprised at check in. What an amazingly friendly and helpful rep for the company! The room was nice, but there were a few things that could have made it better. I like the sink being away from the restroom, but it was odd having a sink so tall off the ground. Also, this was definitely ...
   Aug 10, 2018
Comfort Suites Central
2.5 out of 5.0
538 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi
3.7 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Corpus Christi, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lozano Golf Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Selena Museum and Del Mar College Art Gallery. Corpus ...

Affordable hotel- Safe & Clean The service was great, checkin was quick and easy. Room was well maintained and spacious. I was traveling with kids and needed extra linen and it was provided in a very quick manner. The breakfast was very busy but hats off to the breakfast host, who worked diligently to keep the buffet filled and ...
   Apr 16, 2018
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi
3.0 out of 5.0
6773 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi
4.5 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area, Sunrise Mall, and La Palmera Mall. Texas A&M University - ...

Comfortable Great beds! Pillows! Clean! Great price! Good parking
   Jun 26, 2018
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Corpus Christi is the Lone Star State's island oasis

As the largest coastal city in Texas and the gateway to the wildly popular Padre Island, Corpus Christi sees thousands of travelers and revelers pass through on their way to local beaches and other area destinations every year. The city itself is home to the floating USS Lexington Museum, a sparkling bay front area, the Texas State Aquarium, and other attractions suitable for kids. By visiting Corpus Christi, you can enjoy the excitement of Padre Island, including water sports, while immersing yourself in a unique cultural experience on Texas' southern shores.


Things to see
Miradors

Along the city's impressive bay front area, you'll find a series of compact, gazebo-like structures called miradors. Each one contains a plaque commemorating an important event in the city's history, so this is a great way to learn the story of Corpus Christi while taking in its gorgeous waterfront. As an added bonus, the miradors provide shelter from the sun—an invaluable asset in the summer.

USS Lexington

Corpus Christi has a long, proud tradition of naval aviation, and this incredible decommissioned aircraft carrier is a tool for teaching visitors about it. Nicknamed the “Blue Ghost” after seemingly being sunk during WWII and then being spotted intact by the Japanese military, the massive Lexington can hardly be missed nowadays. The on-site museum provides in-depth information about World War II and the Lexington's role in the conflict, and it also helps visitors connect the dots between Corpus Christi and the events that unfolded around the world during that pivotal time.

Texas State Aquarium

Of the many notable exhibits at this state-of-the-art aquarium, Islands of Steel is among the most educational and fascinating. It recreates the habitat that develops around an oil platform to provide a glimpse into the way humans affect sea creatures and ocean environments. There's a lot more to the aquarium than that, including the Floating Phantoms exhibit, which boasts an 800-gallon tank with jellyfish and sea nettles. Most species in this exhibit are found in the nearby Gulf of Mexico, providing insight into the area's natural environment off the coast of Corpus Christi before you plunge into the water yourself.

Padre Island National Seashore

Because it's the longest undeveloped barrier island in the country, North Padre Island provides the perfect setting for outdoor adventures of both the serene and more active varieties. From otherworldly bird-watching to delightfully secluded beaches, the seashore is a must-see for anyone who visits Corpus Christi. Note that the majority of the island is only accessible via four-wheel-drive vehicles. If you don't arrive in Corpus Christi with your own, don't worry; you can rent one easily in the city. Take your time driving along the sand to fully appreciate the pristine splendor of Texas' Gulf Coast.


Traveling to Corpus Christi

With its location within the city limits, Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) is a convenient option for air travelers and is generally the airport used when flying to the city. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is also a viable option.

Interstates 37 and 77 deliver car travelers to the city and the coast, and there's a Greyhound station downtown for those who arrive via bus. The nearest Amtrak station is located in San Antonio.


Climate

Corpus Christi is blessed with year-round warm, sunny weather. Temperate but strong breezes from the Gulf help to keep the humidity in check, and area beaches are always there if the heat becomes tough to bear.

When to visit

If you'd like to explore the city and surrounding areas without massive crowds, you should avoid visiting in March, which is when spring break revelers descend on the region en masse. As with any beach community, hotel prices tend to peak during the summer. That being said, if you'd like to splurge and enjoy finer amenities on your vacation or corporate trip, you can't go wrong with a Corpus Christi beach hotel.

Corpus Christi is a unique location for the sprawling state of Texas. Though one of the larger cities in the state, it is most easily defined as a beach town, and the city's duality may be its biggest appeal.