Travel Guide - Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast of Texas faces the Gulf of Mexico and is home to some of the loveliest beaches in the United States. This sandy play land draws millions of visitors and stretches over 350 miles from South Padre Island to the Rio Grande Valley. The area is renowned for it's natural beauty and is also the home of America's space program. The Gulf Coast is dotted with island and coastal getaways, providing all of your favorite beach activities. Galveston is one such location, offering beautiful accommodations, entertainment, shopping and of course miles of beach. Galveston is home to the Strand National Historic Landmark District which contains 36 blocks of antique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Port Aransas is a great Texas island sheltered between Mustang Island and Corpus Christi. Sheltered between Mustang Island and Corpus Christi, the island contains a beautiful shoreline. There are abundant opportunities to interact with nature in this area through bird and dolphin watching, fishing, kayaking, surfing and swimming. This area is hailed as the fishing capital of Texas, and the gulf waters are home to red snapper, king, mackerel and pompano, just to name a few.
Corpus Christi is Texas' largest coastal city. Just 20 minutes from Padre Island, Corpus Christi lays claim to some of the world's best sport fishing, sailing, and windsurfing. This big city also offers the Texas State Aquarium and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. After a hot day at the beach, if a cool drink is your thing, check out Corpus Christi's late night district of Chaparral Street.
And don't forget about the famed South Padre Island. Only 30 miles from Mexico, South Padre Island is a coastal resort town offering everything you are looking for in a tropical vacation: golf, tennis, some of Texas' best deep sea fishing, windsurfing and kiteboarding.