If you are planning a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, particularly the Corpus Christi area, here are some links to things we recommend.
- North Padre Island
- Port Aransas
They are typically very clean, usually free of jellyfish, and have a nice surf to them which is perfect for a surf or boogie board.
Hotel vs. Beach House
The Gulf coast hotels tend to be more expensive, particularly near the nicer beaches (see above). So far in the 2 trips to the coast, I've stayed in 3 beach houses. All 3 were found on VRBO, which you can access by clicking HERE.
The 2 beach houses that I would definitely recommend are both located in Rockport. However, Rockport is only a 20 minute drive and ferry ride to Port Aransas. Links to those 2 beach houses can be found here.
- Key Allegro Condo
- Wood Street Cottage
Places to Eat
If you want/like chain restaurants, Corpus Christi has several to chose from. The further you get from Corpus the fewer chain restaurants available (the exception to this rule being fast food chains). One place I can recommend on behalf of my mother, who likes Joe's Crab Shack, is the Boiling Pot. The other I can recommend is JD's Seafood Restaurant. For links to both of these restaurants, select the restaurants below.
- The Boiling Pot
- JD's Seafood Restaurant
While I've only been to this area twice and do not consider myself an expert by any means, sometimes it's nice to know what people who have traveled some place would recommend. If you have been to the area or are from the area and wish to add more links and suggestions, please feel free to do so in the Comments section.