Bleisure travel is a trip that combines business and leisure. And when you're doing business in Corpus Christi, the sunshine and beach are always calling. Here's your guide to making the most out of your workcation in the Gulf Coast Capital!
Eat like a local
The coast is made of many flavors. From fresh seafood to South Texas tacos and fare from around the world, you're in for a foodie adventure during your stay in Corpus Christi.
Shuck it up at the various eateries that serve up oysters or cook your own catch right here in the Gulf. Looking to just sit back, relax, and unwind on the water? Check out local restaurants that boast beautiful views.
If you're a fan of Tex-Mex, you're in luck! We've got plenty of authentic taquerias and even upscale dining options. And if you're a fan of Selena, you have to try Hi-Ho, a taqueria that's famous for being Selena's favorite restaurant. Want more options for breakfast and brunch? We've got you covered with this guide to brunching in Corpus Christi.
If you're staying on Padre Island, check out the area's local bites that consist of gourmet sandwiches, Peruvian ceviche, pizza, and seafood.
And if you're visiting from out of state, you have to try good ol' Texas BBQ while you're here. Check out our list of must-try BBQ joints in Corpus Christi.
Embrace the Outdoors
Corpus Christi is a hub for outdoor recreational activities. Whether you're looking for a peaceful walk or a thrilling adventure, the Gulf Coast Capital has something for everyone looking to enjoy the outdoors.
If you're in search of land activities, try a peaceful nature walk at the South Texas Botanical Gardens or Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve. No matter which place you choose, you're bound to see hundreds of bird species while in the Birdiest City in America.
Looking to hit up the beach while you're here!? We've got miles and miles of sandy beaches. Head on down to the salty shore, just don't forget to leave the beach better than you found it. And if you're curious about which beaches require a parking permit, visit this page to learn more. If you're in search of solitude, head on down to Padre Island National Seashore. This beach is a national park and safe haven for a variety of animals like coyotes, sea turtles, deer, ghost crabs, and more.
Try kayaking on the coast with a guided tour from Nature Trails Kayaking or Padre Paddle Tours. For all you night owls, try the Glow Row experience -- a kayaking tour that takes place at night and is complete with glow-in-the-dark kayaks and paddles.
Feel like hopping on a jet ski? BF Rentals at McGee Beach and Fun Time Rentals in the Corpus Christi Marina are both located in Downtown Corpus Christi. BF Rentals also offers private cabana rentals, a banana boat ride, and pedal carts. Fun Time Rentals has pedal boats and 4-wheel family bicycles (AKA Surreys) available to rent too.
You may have done yoga before, but have you ever done yoga on the water? Water Dog Yoga offers several classes for all skill levels that range from SUP yoga in the Marina or Island, beach barre, or sunrise/sunset yoga on the deck. It's also Corpus Christi's first floating yoga and fitness studio!
If you're looking to set sail on vacation, we've got plenty of boat charters available in the area. Check out the Japonica in the Marina. Docked at Harrison's Landing, this touring boat sails around Corpus Christi Bay and offers up beautiful views of the downtown skyline, Harbor Bridge, and famed attractions. The Japonica is also BYOB! If you're in search of a party boat, check out Corpus Christi Party Boat, which takes you on an excursion along the 16 miles of the Island and is also BYOB.
Sip your way through the city
With a growing beer scene, you're bound to have a hoppy time trying out the local brews in Corpus Christi! With flavors like pickle beer, hard kombucha, and even Selena-inspired drinks, coast your way over and find your favorite flavor on vacation. Check out this guide if you're ready to embark on a Brewery Tour around the city!
And what's a trip to South Texas without a spicy marg!? Along with beautiful beaches and sunny skies, Corpus Christi also has some mean margaritas. Do you like sweet, tangy tastes? Or jalapeno-flavored drinks that bring the heat? Come savor the flavors of the coast and don't forget to add a little salt and chamoy. Here are 10 margaritas you have to try in Corpus Christi.
Shop till' you drop
Need a little retail therapy? Check out La Palmera Mall, which is home to over 100 shops and eateries including H&M, Kendra Scott, Oakley, and eateries like Chick-Fil-A, P.F. Chang's, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, and more.
Looking to shop local? You're in luck! Corpus Christi is home to hundreds of small shops that are worth the trip. Check out our guide to shopping vintage and pre-loved items. You may even leave with a rare midcentury modern piece or vintage band tee.
We've also got plenty of unique boutiques. Check out the internet sensation Sew Bonita's brick-and-mortar shop. And after that, head over to Made in Corpus Christi for unique souvenirs to take home with you. If you happen to be in town during one of many pop-up markets that happen throughout the month, you're bound to find a unique, handcrafted item from a local artist.
And of course, a shopping adventure isn't complete until you've stopped by the Visitor Info Center. We've got tons of great graphic tees, sweaters, accessories, and beach essentials. You can always shop on our online store too!
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