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Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

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Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

Looking at visiting the Gulf Coast in April and wondering what the main differences are between Corpus Christi and Galveston. Want to find a waterfront place with a balcony. Enjoy nature, hiking, walks on the beach. Prefer quiet vs. crazy (i.e. drunken spring break) atmosphere. Enjoy shops and restaurants, but mainly want to visit for the beautiful waterfront, sitting on the beach, seeing the sights. What are the main differences between Corpus Christi and Galveston? Opinions are welcome, however subjective!

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1. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

Caroline--

While I haven't been to Corpus Christi in many years, my recollection is that Galveston's water is not as pretty as CC's, as it is fed by the silt from the mighty Mississippi River, which imparts a slightly brownish hue to the water. It's perfectly safe to swim in, however. I can't speak to the crowds at CC over spring break, but I'd imagine any beach at spring break (usually the first couple of weeks of March) are going to be pretty wild.

Galveston has lots of schlocky souvenir shops, but there are also some decent antique shops in The Strand area (about 1-1.5 miles from the beach). Galveston has lots of historical homes, "palaces", etc., and is truly an interesting town. There are some very good restaurants, and many are beach casual in attire. Hotels in Galveston are across the road from the beach, but there are rooms within 200 yards or so of the beach.

Corpus Christi is actually on a bay, rather than on the Gulf of Mexico, FWIW. I leave it to someone who's more familiar with CC than I to tell you about that city.

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2. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

The Gulf waters are about 25 minutes from downtown on Mustang and Padre islands. Port Aransas is the beach area of choice for many, a small fishing village vibe with lotsa mom and pop restaurants, some quite excellent. On north Padre Island is the National Seashore, miles and miles of beach within a National Park without the commercial intrusion. Check Malaquite Beach. Corpus Christi has two nice, city maintained beaches with hotels and condominiums but on the bay so there is little wave action. You would be next door to many local restaurants as well as the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. The water here is nicer than Galveston as are the beaches. The Galveston advantage would be more things to see and do probably if you are looking for shopping, antiques, etc. as well as proximity to all that Houston has to offer..

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3. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

I am reposting an older response to someone who had never been to Galveston. Here it is:

You are on an island that has lots of history. Huge amount of old homes in the downtown area. Fun to drive around and look at them.

As I suggested in earlier post, go to Google Images and do some searches and you can see their photos.

Here are the homes that I know are open for tours. I have been on these tours and thoroughly enjoyed them: Bishop's Palace, Ashton Villa, Moody Mansion. Here is a list of all restored homes and I'll let you click to see what others are open:

http://www.galveston.com/historichomes/

Moody Gardens will be open: http://www.moodygardens.com

Kemah Boardwalk should be open: http://www.kemahboardwalk.com (this is NEAR Galveston)

The Galvez Hotel on the beach and the Tremont House Hotel by the Strand are very historical and worth a look or cup of tea???

http://www.galveston.com/galvez/

The Strand is downtown and loaded with quaint shops and eateries:

http://www.thestrand.com

Lastly, the famous Gaido's restaurant may be a little pricey, but it is famous and I highly recommend it:

http://www.gaidos.com

here is a list of nice museums:

http://www.galveston.com/museums/

More historical tours:

www.galvestonhistory.org/Historic_Places.asp

Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4xu54HF0Mw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH5c0XW_YY0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P41OR0rxUE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1y2uguo3XU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Oj9Rp5q0w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ethDvebTB0o

Go to YouTube and see more videos of Seawall Blvd and more.

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4. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

Thanks so much. You guys are the best! I will check out these links. Lots to think about. You've given me a much clearer picture. I appreciate it since I have never been to the area and am completely unfamiliar with it. Many thanks.

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5. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

Spring Break week for most Texas schools is March 8 - 16.

In terms of quality of beach my personal choices are: first - South Padre, second - Port Aransas/Corpus Christi (i much prefer Mustang Island are to CC Bay), and third - Galveston

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6. Re: Corpus Christi vs. Galveston. Early April.

Thanks so much. The more I learn the more I'm thinking I'll want to see both places. Thanks so much everyone.

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