Corpus Christi is a city on the Gulf Coast of Texas. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 277,454 people (though a July 1, 2004 estimate placed the population at 281,196), making it the eighth-largest city in the state. The translation from Latin of the city's name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist).
Corpus Christi is located on the Corpus Christi Bay, near the north tip of South Padre Island. It has a welcoming climate, and is known for its numerous hotels and beaches. An U.S. Naval Air Base is located south of the city, also putting it in the position of military importance. The small downtown area, packed with hotel towers, fades out into green suburbs surrounding the city. North and west of downtown, neighborhoods take place while to the south, commercial and industrial buildings surround the area.
Tips for: backpackers • business travelers • luxury/exotic travel • hitchhikers • families • seniors • LBG travelers • pet owners
Hotels and lodging
- Omni Corpus Christi (tel. (361)-887-1600)
- Radisson Beach Hotel (tel. (361) 883-9700)
- Best Western Grand Corpus Christi (tel. (361) 883-5111)
- Bayfront Plaza Hotel (tel. (361) 882-8100)
- Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Corpus Christi-N Padre Island (tel. (361) 949-9139)
- Texas State Aquarium
- South Texas Museum of Art
- Texas Surf Museum
- Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Maps and transportation
Getting to Corpus Christi
Most people use U.S. Highway 59 and Interstate 35 to navigate into Corpus Christi. Highway 59 leads from Houston, while Interstate 35 comes from San Antonio.
Another way is to fly. Corpus Christi International Airport serves domestic and international flights for tourists.
Exploring Corpus Christi
Practical information and resources
Currency: US$, divided into 100 cents.
Electric supply: 110-120 V, 60 Hz.
Climate: Humid, subtropical all year. Thunderstorms are common all year, and the UV rate can become extremely high any time of year.
Telephone code: 361
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