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Corpus Christi or South Padre?

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Corpus Christi or South Padre?

I need help...my husband and I will be coming down in october, first to see some family in Dallas, some friends in Austin, then to visit the gulf coast. We can't decide between staying in Corpus Christi for a week, or South Padre. I love the beach and swimming, he likes ships and trains. We both love good food, and I love adult beverages, haha. Can anyone recommend one or the other to me?

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1. Re: Corpus Christi or South Padre?

It's really 6 of one, half a dozen of the other. Personally prefer the island, but check out both places online and see what would suit you and your needs/wants better.

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SPI beaches will be better, but not sure about the ships and trains part. I'd sum it up this way, SPI is nearly twice the drive from Austin, but it's the one we make several times a year. For us, it's worth it.

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South Padre Island for sure !!

Try the La Quinta across from the World Birding center and Sea Turtle Rescue. The Hotels right on the beach next to a huge beach bar ( Clayton's ).

The Hilton next costs a little extra but worth the money , and Aldo on the beach.

For economy try the La Copa. It's on the beach at the south end of the island .

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For beach and ships try Port Aransas, Corpus does not have a "beach" just a bay beach. Port A is next door with a great beach and watching the ships come in through the ship channel is awesome. The Dunes condo is a perfect place for watching both!

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5. Re: Corpus Christi or South Padre?

Not sure what kind of ships your husband likes but Corpus Christi is home to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.


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