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On the north end of Mustang Island lies Port Aransas, a quaint coastal city that makes a great daytrip from Corpus Christi. Despite its small size, Port Aransas always has something to do. You can experience a myriad of events here, including a sand sculpture contest, a regatta and an art festival. The city also celebrates Beachtoberfest each year in September and October, hosting many food and music events. Port Aransas is also a well-known fishing spot providing opportunities for deep-sea fishing and fishing off the pier. You can even partake in a tournament. One thing you don't want to miss is Port Aransas Beach, which visitors praise for its cleanliness and the ability to drive on its shores.

Port Aransas is located northwest of downtown Corpus Christi and it'll take you approximately 45 minutes to drive there. You'll pass Mustang Island State Park on your way. For more information about Port Aransas, including the dates for its annual events, visit its tourism website.

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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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