With its laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and sunny weather, Corpus Christi is a great spot for a slow, relaxing weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking to spend a day at the beach, or a day shopping and trying new restaurants, we’ve got you covered. Here are some suggestions to make this getaway a memorable one.
Day 1: Beach
The morning is off to a slow start before heading out to the beach, which is perfect for a trip to Island Joe’s to grab some energy bites and delicious coffee. Just let the towering stack of brightly colored shipping containers be your guide to some of the best coffee you’ve ever had. Once you’ve fueled up, swing by the Island Market, and stock up on all the gluten-free, organic, and keto-friendly essentials for the beach house or hotel.
Our beautiful beaches are the heart and soul of the Gulf Coast Capital and with over 80 miles of sandy shores, you’ve got plenty of options for the perfect spot. Lay out on the plush sand while enjoying the fresh breeze and crashing waves, rent a Jeep from Overland America and explore the area in style, or just take a stretch right on the sandy beach with a Beach Barre class at Water Dog Floating Yoga.
Nothing beats island dining with delicious food and stunning waterfront views. Head to Doc’s Seafood and Steaks for island dining at its finest with picturesque views, top-notch food, and live music.
Satisfy those hunger pangs at Sunset Island with the trifecta of good food. Stop at Snoopy’s Pier for old-fashioned seafood in a family-friendly environment and follow it up with a handcrafted dessert next door at Scoopy’s Ice Cream Shop. If it’s oysters you’re looking for, head to Snoopy’s Pearl Oyster Bar to try 15 varieties of oysters flown in from all over the world.
Wrap up the night with a little stargazing from the comfort of the plush beach sands or rent a kayak at GlowRow and paddle under the stars in a clear kayak with LED lights. The seven different color combinations coupled with the stars in the sky set the perfect relaxing mood for the evening and make for the perfect way to wrap up your first day.
Day 2: Downtown
Start your morning with an iced latte and avocado toast with lox on the patio at Lucy’s Snackbar to fuel up for your downtown excursion. Then, head to the seawall to catch the morning sun and walk down to the Art Museum of South Texas to browse enchanting art collections and curated exhibitions that are sure to leave you feeling inspired.
No downtown excursion is complete without a little shopping. From vintage finds at 20/20 Vintage and nostalgic streetwear at VNP Gallery to local art at K Space Contemporary and a unique selection of vinyl at Hybrid Records, the downtown shopping scene is thriving and you’re sure to leave with a great shopping haul.
Make sure to swing by the Visitor Information Center for some locally-made souvenirs and grab some maps and coupons for local restaurants and attractions.
It’s time for dinner and Water Street Oyster Bar offers a front-row seat to fresh, high-quality seafood for a unique dining experience that captures the essence of coastal living in a lively atmosphere. From the signature lobster bisque and oysters on the half shell to non-seafood items like steak, pasta, and chicken, every dish is bursting with flavor and freshness.
Head to some of Corpus Christi’s prime locations for unwinding with your drink of choice. Try Nueces Brewing for light, crisp, and refreshing craft beer or Rebel Toad for a choice of eight house taps from golden ale to dark stout, using fresh quality ingredients. If cocktails are what you’re looking for, head out to The Annex, Corpus Christi’s newest bar, for craft cocktails or to Harrison’s Landing for a Mermaid Water at the only floating bar in town.