Posted May 27, 2009 by Kate Hamman
When most people visit "the Riviera," they usually don't end up in Texas. However, Corpus Christi draws coastal enthusiasts in with its gulf breezes, rows of palm trees, and ocean views. For the ultimate bragging rights over land-lovers, take a sunset cruise around the bay or eat freshly caught seafood deep fried to Southern perfection. And if you happen to arrive unprepared for beach activities, you can stock up at a store filled to the brim with tacky tackle.
Captain Clark's Flagship Tours and Charters: Captain Clark's promises a captivating ride aboard one of its cruise ships on Corpus Christi Bay. While on the water, you'll learn historical bay-front tidbits as bottle-nosed dolphins pop up to say hello. The evening cruise screams romance, as lovers watch the sun descend over the city skyline. Tickets cost $9 per adult for afternoon rides, and $13.50 for the sunset cruise.
Snoopy's Seafood Restaurant and Pier: At Snoopy's, the catch of the day was actually still swimming earlier that morning. This hangout-style shanty on the pier attracts all types of deep-fried seafood lovers, especially those with a preference for shrimp. Don't expect to be pampered, as this no-frills restaurant's focus is serving seafood at top speed.
Padre Islander Shops: This lighthouse-shaped store may look more like a roadside attraction than a one-stop shop for all your seaside vacation needs. However, don't be fooled by the novel exterior, because the inside overflows with boogie boards, beach towels, pirate souvenirs, and even shark jaws. Some items may border on tacky, but prices are dirt cheap and where else are you going to find a pirate beer stein for $8.99?
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(Photo: Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau)