Corpus Christi’s rich multicultural history is reflected in the vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of “The Sparkling City by the Sea.” Today, diverse groups and ethnicities — a large Hispanic community, oil crews, military, cowboys, and surfers — lend their distinct flavors and energies to the area.
Colors blaze during unique events such as Fiesta de la Flor, a celebration of the life and legacy of local Tejano artist Selena Quintanilla (April 12-13); Buccaneer Days, a tribute to pirate history with a parade and rodeo (May 2-12); and Dia de los Muertos, a street gala of folk art, music and remembrance (November 2). And for chill seekers, there’s even a Surf & Yoga Festival (May 24-26)!
Celebrations spill onto the beach during Barefoot Mardi Gras with miles of extravagant revelers parading along the crashing surf. Quieter but equally enthusiastic visitors from around the world attend the hatchling releases of the rarest of endangered sea turtles, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. The city gained international attention when 60 countries entered the 2018 ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships, the largest youth sailing event for Olympic hopefuls, hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club.
Other unique stops: South Texas Music Walk of Fame, Texas Surf Museum, Mirador de la Flor Monument (Selena’s Seawall), and the USS Lexington Museum where the world’s only aircraft carrier escape room allows 60 minutes to defuse a bomb!
WHERE TO DOCK
Corpus Christi Municipal Marina
560 slips for boats up to 76’ at Lawrence Street T- Head where
full-service includes gas, diesel, store, service, 25-ton lift and more.
Bluff’s Landing Marina & Lodge
Slips to 40’, a hotel, 10 guest lodges, gas and bait are available at this Flour Bluff facility.
Marker 37 Marina
On the ICW under the JFK Bridge, new owners are constructing 215 slips up to 40′. Gas and diesel pumps, and a gourmet trailer kitchen are currently open.
WHERE TO DINE
The Post at Lamar Park
Housed in a former post office, this trendy American fusion gastropub is down to earth and down-right delicious. Try the funnel cake fries!
Black Diamond Oyster Bar
Dependably delicious local seafood served in a variety of ways (pickle-fried oysters anyone?) makes this a local favorite.
Creative sandwiches, such as Cubano and Gypsy, soup, and baked goods are served for breakfast and lunch all day. Three locations: the Art Museum, Lamar Park Center and Six