Whether catching winds at Bird Island Basin, riding a wave off the Bob Hall Pier, or launching your kayak in the Laguna Madre for a tranquil afternoon, Corpus Christi offers plenty of activities that will make you forget to check your phone. And since most places that rent gear will also offer lessons or direct you to local instructors, you don’t have to be an expert to try a new pastime on the beach. 

Surfing
The Corpus Christi region has been steadily on the rise as a top surf destination for several years thanks to mild temperatures and shallow waters. The J.P. Luby Surf Park is a go-to spot near Mustang Island, and the Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island creates some of the best waves in the area. Started by Texas Pro Surfer and two-time U.S. Champion Morgan Faulkner, Texas Surf Camps offers beginner and competitive lessons in Galveston, Port Aransas, and Corpus Christi. If you don’t plan to hang ten yourself, you can always spectate from the Bob Hall during the two Texas Gulf Surfing Association contests to which Corpus Christi plays host.

Kayaking
Located on the Intercoastal Turnaround, Wind & Wave Watersports is a one-stop shop to buy or rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards before you head to Padre Island. The island provides plenty of places to launch and enjoy an afternoon in the sun, whether you opt for sea kayaking or choose to slip into the calm waters of a shallow saltwater lagoon.

Kayak Adventure

Photograph by Rachel Benavides

Hiking
Between walking tours of downtown, strolls along the seawall, and beachcombing on Mustang Island State Park, it shouldn’t be hard to reach your daily step goal on a visit to the Coastal Bend. Other trails include the 162-acre nature sanctuary at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, which has over two miles of dog-friendly trails and great opportunities for wildlife viewing. The nature trail at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi is also pet-friendly, winding about 7.3 miles around Ward Island.

Windsurfing
One of the best places for windsurfing is in the Padre Island National Seashore at Bird Island Basin, internationally recognized as one of the nation’s top windsurfing destinations. This protected stretch of beach features unobstructed wind, making it a great place to launch. Whether you’re looking to improve your technique or just getting started, visitors can rent gear and take lessons right inside the park from Worldwinds Windsurfing.

Horseback Riding
Just down the beach from Bob Hall Pier, Horses on the Beach offers an unforgettable chance to take in the sights and sounds of the sea from the saddle of a majestic horse. Riders of all levels can enjoy a guided, hour-long tour during the day or the beautiful 1.5-hour sunset stroll. The company provides souvenir photos for a small fee, so you can leave your phone behind and soak up the memories.