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Old 04-06-2015, 03:34 PM
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I'm under the gun to use up some air miles that expire mid-Summer and it looks like I can get to CRP without any crazy routing. Any tips on areas to avoid if I go? Is the drive from Corpus to where the really good beaches are reasonable? Being careful not to spend a zillion bucks on hotel/resort, restaurants, etc just to not lose a air ticket probably worth $400.

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Old 04-06-2015, 11:14 PM
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You can stay in Corpus Christi and commute to San Padre Island and Port Aransas very easily. There are not-so-good areas of CC, but you most likely will not find a regular tourist hotel room there. CC has plenty of reasonable places to eat, but as you get closer to the nice beaches the hotel rooms and restaurants get crazy expensive. So to save quite a bit I would stay in CC and do day trips to the beaches, taking lunch with you and eating breakfast and dinner in Corpus Christi. And weather wise, I would suggest the sooner the better. It can be mighty hot and humid in mid-summer.

Corpus Christi also has a lot of visitor sites. You might want to check out the USS Lexington, art museum, botanical gardens, state aquarium, downtown art walk...just to name a few.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:10 AM
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Don't stay close to the airport because you'll be in the middle of nowhere and it also can be a bit sketchy there. Look for motels on SPID (357)--the Residence Inn by Marriot is in a great location. It actually sits in the middle of a big but not very exciting shopping area. You have access to SPID and can walk to several restaurants. Any other place close to that would be fine too. From there, you can take SPID and be on the beach in 15 minutes. It also gives you easy access via the Crosstown Expwy to the Aquarium and the Lexington. You'll see a lot of cheap hotels on Leopard St. Do not stay in any of them.

If you want to try and stay close to the water, look at places on Corpus Christi beach, close to the Lexington and the Aquarium.

You might also check VRBO and see if there are any cheap accommodations there. Feel free to come back here and ask about a particular area.

Hope you make it down here and have fun.
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