Best Western Marina Grand
300 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX, USA
Best Western Marina Grand Corpus Christi Reviews
Jul 20, 2007
A basic primer in Corpus Christi beaches. Although I want to stress that the beaches here are really wonderful, they really aren’t supported by much else (i.e., most resort areas you visit will have a bounty of amusements and eateries complementing the beach…not so in Corpus). Regardless there are three main opportunities in the Corpus Christi environs.
First is the Bayfront area. Immediately north of downtown (but still across a ship channel…i.e., you have to cross a bridge to make this spot), this is a great beach with facilities and attractions. Favorite eatery here is Blackbeard’s, where my daughter received a free slice of cheesecake for dessert when we dropped by over Halloween and she went sporting her pirate costume (a great atmosphere). You can also tour the huge aircraft carrier moored here, the USS Lexington. For accessibility and features, the Bayfront beaches of Corpus Christi are probably the best bet.
But there is more. North Padre Island (not to be confused with South Padre Island) is only minutes away, and there are splendid beaches here as well. Unfortunately, it is pretty much beaches and nothing more. But if you like to enjoy the beach without masses, this is a spectacular setting. I recommend scooting down South Padre Island Drive (SPID) until you cross the causeway and see the exit for Bob Hall Pier. I love Bob Hall Pier, which features the Sunset Grill (dang, the sourdough sandwiches are magnificent!) and an impressive pier you can stroll out for $1. It is also $1 per fishing pole if you care to try your luck…a great low-key experience that is true Americana.
You will witness many surfers here as the waves are impressive and miles of beaches if you have a 4WD…this is a roughing it beach that really is splendid.
If you venture out to the island, you can also steer north towards Port Aransas, which also has great beaches and a low-key vibe. Port Aransas is a great fishing village, sort of the tourist town that doesn’t cater to tourists. The Sand Fest there is phenomenal, and the only time you will witness significant crowds along the shoreline. The seaweed accumulation can get nasty at times, but I have never objected to that given the great beachfront with no people.
In closing, Corpus Christ is far better than Galveston (which is rather grubby…the water is a disturbing grey color) and so much less populated than South Padre Island that I believe it is the best beach area in Texas...of course I used to live there so I might be biased...
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