11 Corpus Christi hotels for every Texas traveler’s budget

Along more than 100 miles of South Texas coastline, you’ll find Corpus Christi hotels, RV parks and beach campsites that satisfy the vacation cravings of every kind of traveler year-round. There are accommodations to suit families, couples and solo travelers that all share two qualities: good value for your budget and a casual, welcoming vibe.

Visitors can stay in the city—just steps away from cool bars, restaurants, shops and galleries—or by the Gulf or bay for beautiful views of the water.

“Coasting your own way could not be easier,” says Estevan Guerra, director of Corpus Christi Visitor Services. “On the Gulf beaches of Padre Island and Mustang Island visitors can choose from a wide variety of cozy places that are just a golf cart ride away from the sandy shores. Or relax at higher-end properties in downtown Corpus Christi with breathtaking views of the marina.”

If you’re planning a Texas vacation to Corpus Christi this year, we’re shining the spotlight on 11 hotels for every type of Texas traveler as well as other lodging options, including condos, RV parks and campsites to help you find the best place to check in.

Corpus Christi marina hotels

Best Western Corpus Christi

The Best Western Corpus Christi is popular for its location near the marina, bayfront promenade (look for Mirador de la Flor—Selena’s seawall statue), restaurants and nice rooms. The small pool has big views and the lounge overlooks boats in the harbor. Pet-friendly rooms are available along with free parking. 

Find it: 300 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi TX, 78401; 361-883-5111

A deluxe king suite at The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel via Yelp

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel

How about stunning Corpus Christi Bay views from the balcony of a freshly renovated guest room at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel? This marina-side, pet-friendly hotel offers an outdoor pool, fitness center, Republic of Texas Bar and Grill (complete with 20th floor views), a 24-hour front desk and a complimentary shuttle to and from Corpus Christi International Airport, just 15 minutes away. 

Find it: 900 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401; 361-887-1600

Downtown Corpus Christi Hotels

Aloft Corpus Christi

Aloft Corpus Christi is a super-hip, centrally located boutique hotel. You might even be tempted to stay inside to play games, mingle or chill with a laptop in the big, colorful lobby. Cool down in the outdoor pool and maintain your exercise routine in the fitness center. Rooms feature trendy decor, pillow-top mattresses, soundproof windows and an ergonomic workstation. Free parking and pet-friendly rooms are available. 

Find it: 5117 Embassy Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78411; 361-852-0020

Hampton Inn & Suites Corpus Christi

Dip into the saltwater pool, hit the fitness center and explore the area from this base between the Corpus Christi Bay and Gulf beaches. The Hampton Inn & Suites Corpus Christi offers guest rooms and studio suites with refrigerators, microwaves and a handy lap desk to use before nodding off. Free hot breakfast is available to guests and pet-friendly rooms are available.  

Find it: 5879 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412; 361-985-0505

Hotels in North Beach, Corpus Christi

Hotel De Ville

A short drive over the bridge from downtown, North Beach holds some of Corpus Christi’s most popular attractions. This cheerfully remodeled motel-style lodge is an easy walk to the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington, a WWII aircraft carrier now serving as a massive museum. Ask the front desk for discounted tickets to both attractions. At Hotel De Ville guests will enjoy ocean views, kitchenettes, family rooms, free parking and an on-site restaurant. Fido will have to sit this one out since no pets are allowed. 

Find it: 3500 Surfside Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78402; 361-882-3500

Courtyard by Marriott pool in  Corpus Christi, TX. 

Courtyard by Marriott pool in  Corpus Christi, TX. 

Courtyard Corpus Christi via Yelp

Courtyard by Marriott

The Courtyard by Marriott is a casual, upscale Corpus Christi hotel that’s located near the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium. Rooms include refrigerators and the hotel offers free parking, a restaurant for breakfast and dinner, a fitness room and an outdoor pool. Pet-friendly rooms are also available. 

Find it: 5133 Flynn Parkway, Corpus Christi, TX 78411; 361-808-8400

An aerial view of South Padre Island along the Texas coast.

An aerial view of South Padre Island along the Texas coast.

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Mustang Island and Padre Island hotels

Escape across the causeway from Corpus Christi to these beautiful Gulf beaches. Note: Parking and vehicle camping (if you choose a more adventurous stay) on the sand require a $12 permit that’s valid for one year and available at many of the area’s gas stations and grocery stores; find locations here. Additionally, check out this handy beach parking permit guide.

Beachfront hotels and condos

Wyndham Corpus Christi Resort

Stretch out on the white sand, float in calm waters or surf the breakers at Whitecap Beach, just a short walk from this North Padre Island oasis. At Wyndham Corpus Christi Resort you can take a dip in the beach entry-style swimming pool or relax in the hot tub, sip cocktails at the outdoor or indoor bar and hang out at the lounge to listen to live music. Guest rooms have refrigerators, microwaves and the top priority: awe-inspiring Gulf views. Pet-friendly rooms are available. 

Find it: 15202 Windward Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-949-3131

Lively Beach resort condos.

Lively Beach resort condos.

Lively Beach via Yelp

Lively Beach

In search of a great beachfront escape? Amenities at Lively Beach include fully equipped units, rooftop observation decks, a grand swimming pool with shaded cabanas and an elevated boardwalk leading over dunes to the beachfront. It’s worth setting the alarm to catch the sunrise on the beach, which is south of Mustang Island State Park. Accommodations include private patios and balconies, kitchens, contemporary furnishings and self check-in. There are a few pet-friendly units, too. 

Find it: 138 Zahn Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 844-808-0297

Island House Beachfront Condo Hotel

Island House Beachfront Condo Hotel offers family-friendly one-, two- and three-bedroom condos that are steps from the sand and waves. After a cool dip in the Gulf, warm up in the big heated outdoor pool and cook out at the barbecue pit. Make the creatively decorated units, which have fully equipped kitchens, your home away from home. No pets allowed.

Find it: 15340 Leeward Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 800-333-8806

Port Royal Ocean Resort has ocean views and waterslides for a fun beachfront vacation.

Port Royal Ocean Resort has ocean views and waterslides for a fun beachfront vacation.

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Port Royal Ocean Resort

Find all kinds of beachy fun and water views at the Port Royal Ocean Resort. The largest lagoon pool in Texas delights with waterslides, an Olympic-size lap pool, hot tubs and cabanas set amid palm trees and waterfalls. Join in sand and water volleyball games, dive-in movies at the pool, DJ parties and Sunday morning yoga and meditation. A short walk down the boardwalk through the dunes leads to miles of beach. Dine on-site at Restaurant 361 and the Food Truck at Port Royal. Condos have full kitchens, open floor plans, laundry facilities and large patio balconies with Gulf or pool views. Pet-friendly rooms are available. 

Find it: 6317 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373; 361-749-5011

Executive Residency by Best Western Corpus Christi

Are “modern” and “new” high on your list? This highly rated hotel fits the bill. While not on the beach, the Executive Residency by Best Western Corpus Christi is located close to the beach. Amenities include a pool, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor grills and free breakfast. Rooms come with  kitchenettes and pet-friendly options are available. 

Find it: 9305 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-239-4092

Additional lodging options 

Airbnb on Padre Island

This Airbnb studio condo is a quick walk to the beach and even quicker to an indoor pool and hot tub within a bright airy atrium. The fully equipped kitchen, queen bed and sleeper sofa will accommodate up to four people.

Find it: via Airbnb

RV parks (some with tent camping sites)

Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park is a slice of paradise that feels a world away, yet it’s just miles from downtown Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. Go beachcombing, birdwatching, sunbathing, picnicking or to watch the waves for dolphin sightings. Locals love beach camping here, too. There are 48 water and electric campsites and 50 drive-up primitive sites open year-round. Amenities include restrooms, hot showers and shaded picnic shelters.

Find it: 9394 State Highway 361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-749-5246

Padre Balli Park

Situated on the north end of Padre Island, Padre Balli Park is open year-round, offering 100 paved RV-ready campsites (water and electric hookups with a dump station nearby), 12 hardtop tent sites (water and electric hookups) and a bathhouse for campers. Bonfires are permitted and guests can drive right onto the adjacent Gulf beach with a parking permit.

Find it: 15820 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-949-8121

Laguna Shore Village RV Park

At Laguna Shore, watch beautiful sunsets over Laguna Madre, a body of water between Flour Bluff and North Padre Island. At this bargain-priced park, star-filled nights will have you looking for constellations. Summertime Gulf breezes flow through the park, and mild winter temperatures let you open the windows. Amenites include full hookups, bathhouses with private showers, 24-hour coin laundry and a recreation room. All sites are on grass; no pull thru sites. Pet-friendly with restrictions.

Find it: 3828 Laguna Shores Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-937-6035

Padre Island National Seashore, which runs nearly 70 miles along the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas, is a popular place for camping on the beach. 

Padre Island National Seashore, which runs nearly 70 miles along the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas, is a popular place for camping on the beach. 

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Camping on the beach

Padre Island National Seashore

The world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island is among America’s best places for beach camping year-round. Bask in quietude at Padre Island National Seashore, where you’ll be refreshed by Gulf breezes and starry skies. The park entrance fee includes free RV and tent camping at the National Seashore’s North Beach and South Beach along the tranquil narrow shoreline (driving on sand only, no road). Get a free camping permit when entering the park or at the self-registration kiosk at the entrance to South Beach.

Low-fee choices include Malaquite Beach’s semi-primitive RV and tent sites in the Gulf-facing dunes and Bird Island Basin on the shore of the Laguna Madre, which has a boat ramp and draws windsurfers from all over. There are no RV hook-ups, shops or gas stations in the park, but a RV dump station and water filling station are available.

Find it: 20301 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

North Packery Beach

North Packery Beach, also called J.P. Luby Surf Park, is a breezy beach spot that’s popular for surfing, fishing and swimming. Tent camp on the beach or pull up to an electric campsite behind the sand dunes. Amenities include a bathhouse with restrooms, picnic tables, grills, rental chairs and umbrellas. A bearch parking permit is required.

Find it: 14813 Highway 361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-826-3469

South Packery Channel Beach

Camp, surf and fish on the quiet South Packery Channel Beach anchoring North Padre Island. Campfires permitted and a beach parking permit is required.

Find it: 14802 Windward Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; 361-826-3469

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