You’ve worked hard day in and day out and given everything you had to your career. You’re now ready to retire and have decided that you don’t want to shiver through another Midwestern winter. After some careful consideration, you’ve decided to head south for the winter months to the beautiful gulf coast area of Corpus Christi and become a Texas snowbird. You want to get the most out of your time but you don’t know where to start. Don’t let planning your winter vacation feel like a job – here are some tips to help you reward yourself during that seasonal vacation.
How to Get There
Driving that distance can take a few days, not to mention the toll it can take on you and your vehicle. Many airlines have great deals from Midwest airports like Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City down to the Corpus Christi area. By flying instead of driving, you’ll start your winter vacation in hours rather than days. Don’t want to have to rent a vehicle? Have your car shipped! There are many reputable car shipping companies that can help you arrange for your car to be delivered when you arrive and the same for the return trip home. (link to Snowbird page)
Where to Stay
Don’t want to stay in a hotel but not sure if you can afford a pricey condo? There are many options to choose from in the gulf coast area. One popular place to stay is Hotel de Ville Resort located right on North Beach. Their DeVille Suite has three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and full kitchen with dishes and appliances. It’s also on the ground floor, making it just like your own beachfront house. With sites like Tripping.com, you can also find housing ranging from $50 to over $300 a night. If you are comfortable dealing with a private party to secure your logging, check out the Airbnb app. This service is great for stays that last weeks instead of months.
What to Eat
When it comes to finding good places to eat, it’s always best to ask the locals. In Corpus Christi, one of their favorite places is Snoopy’s Pier. This restaurant uses locally harvested quality seafood. They also have an on-site fish house and shrimp breeding facility so you know it’s fresh. If you visit on Sunday evenings, they offer patrons free sundaes to eat on their veranda during sunset. Doc’s Seafood and Steak is another local favorite. Located under the JFK Causeway which connects the Gulf coast to Padre Island, you’ll enjoy live music from local artists while you dine and enjoy the view of the Intracoastal Waterway. You should also visit Harrison’s Landing while wintering in Texas. This unique establishment is a floating restaurant in the Corpus Christi Marina surrounded by sailboats.
What to Do
Finding ways to keep yourself busy is usually the most daunting task when on vacation, especially if you’re trying to stay on a budget. Luckily, Corpus Christi has plenty of activities and many at a low or no cost. Corpus Christi Bay is a fishing hot spot for the Texas Gulf Coast. People from all over the world come to enjoy the great fishing that the bay offers. All fishing skill levels are able to enjoy this hot spot because you don’t need any fancy gear or equipment. Padre Balli Park is also another great fishing spot as well as for camping and hiking. Bird watching or birding is also very active in this area as well as on the Mustang and Padre Islands. There are hundreds of species along the coast and programs for those who’ve always wanted to try birding but aren’t professionals. In fact, a great day trip in Corpus Christi is exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. This offers great bird watching as well as other hidden treasures along the coast. If exploring and hiking is more your style, you should also check out the Padre Island National Seashore. It’s the world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island. The island is also a nesting place for sea turtles and has a bit of history with Spanish shipwrecks from the 1500s.
Don’t make your winter vacation more work than it needs to be. Your retirement is meant to be a reward for decades of hard work, by utilizing the resources available to you, you can make sure to get the most out of your time away!