So two weeks back (weekend of Fathers Day) Rakesh and I trekked on over to Corpus Christi for a cheap weekend getaway. If you've never been, Corpus is really nice. Its got a few museums that are decently priced and amazing seafood restaurants. But its highlight - the beaches. You can buy a beach permit from the local Stripes locations and it lasts an entire calendar year. So ours is good for the rest of 2011 if we ever want to go back. (Stripes is a local chain of gas stations in case you were wondering, like me, who's from Houston and had never heard of them.) The permits good for the Corpus Christi beach and the Port Aransas beaches.
We checked out those beaches and also made a trip down toward the middle of Padre Island to check out Malaquite beach, where S Padre Island Drive dead ends on the island. To say we were impressed with Malaquite would be an understatement, it was awesome. The beach wasn't as crowded as in Port Aransas. It had showers you could rinse off in and concession stands if for whatever reason you didn't bring food with you. All in a large outdoor but covered area up away from the sand. If we ever go back, I think that'll be the beach we go to. Was lots of fun. :)