What’s a beachy vacation without a good book? For many of us, our favorite part of the day is taking a well-deserved break. Dipping your toes in the sand, the sound of crashing waves with the company of a new novel, all make for a perfect day. For others, relaxation comes in the form of pursuing a quaint little bookstore. So whether you’re looking for your next beach read, or just want check out the local literary scene, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover our favorite bookstores for you to explore when you visit Corpus Christi!

1. By the Book

Corpus Christi’s only independent bookstore, By the Book is located in the Bayfront/Downtown area, just a short walk from Cole Park. This gives you the perfect backdrop to dive into your next selection. By the Book focuses on educational and lifestyle books for both adults and children. Perfect for a little self-reflection or learning something new. Make sure to check out the shop’s list of events, including book signings, readings and kids programming!

2. Books Ink

Located just over the bridge in the North Bay community, Books Ink is the perfect place to find a beloved used book. This shop has the quintessential bookstore vibe, complete with loaded shelves and rare finds. Let’s be honest, is there anything that beats the smell of a used bookstore?

Once you’ve made your selections (it’s sure to be tough!), enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at the inhouse cafe. With plenty of rows of shelves to wander and a cup of caffeine waiting afterwards, Books Ink is the perfect place for a little alone time while on vacation.

3. Texas A&M CC Bookstore

We certainly love our Islanders here in Corpus Christi. The official university bookstore is the perfect intro to not only campus life at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, but our little corner of Texas. Despite servicing the university, the campus bookstore isn’t just for textbooks. You’ll find plenty of leisure books, gifts and writing supplies. Relive your college days and take your new book to a quiet spot on campus.

The campus bookstore is also your destination for all TAMCC gear. If you’re not an Islanders fan when you arrive in Corpus Christi, you will be before you leave! Find a hat or t-shirt that makes a perfect and unique souvenir with a local flair.

No matter what kind of book you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it when you visit Corpus Christi. With so many wonderful literary options, you might just spend a little more time on the beach than you planned!