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The main reason to head to Corpus Christi is its plentiful beaches. While you'll find many pristine sands along the Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island, you can also find a few beaches closer to town along the Corpus Christi Bay.

North Beach sits approximately 1 mile north of both the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. It offers 1 ½ miles of sandy shores, a concrete boardwalk, and three different places for restrooms and showers along its stretch. You'll also find Dolphin Park (which has a playground) at the far north end as well as hotels and restaurants alongside the beach. Past travelers favored North Beach for its proximity to the city and said it can be a good spot for kids. Others, however, noted that if you want a quieter and more scenic experience to head to one of the island beaches.

McGee Beach sits along the Corpus Christi Bay in Emerald Cove. It's about a mile south of downtown. Here, you'll find calm, kid-friendly waters along with fishing jetties and public bathrooms. Past visitors appreciated the beach's cleanliness and enjoyed the option to rent gear (like chairs and umbrellas) close by.

Both North and McGee beaches are nearby Corpus Christi. There is no fee for either beach. Parking for both beaches is available nearby. Visit Corpus Christi tourism bureau's website for more details.

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#1 Padre Island National Seashore

This barrier island stretches along the Texas coast for 113 miles, though it's split into two islands. While its southern section, South Padre Island, is a well-known spring break destination, Padre Island offers a calmer seaside getaway near Corpus Christi. In particular, travelers rave about the island's national seashore, a 70-mile stretch of land protected by the National Park Service, for its pristine beaches, calm atmosphere and space to spread out.

At the national seashore, travelers can build sandcastles on the beach, windsurf on Laguna Madre (a small body of water that is saltier than the ocean) or hop on a four-wheeler and cruise down the sands. If you time your trip for a summer visit, you may even be able to catch a sea turtle hatchling release. Remember that these releases have no set schedule as the baby turtles will hatch when they like. And if you're looking to save on accommodations, you can do so here by camping on the beach. Just know that camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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