Back when Club Carlson still offered the second nights points redemption for free we made plans to spend Christmas in Corpus Christi. We were not totally firm on our Texas plans so we left some leeway for when we wanted to head to the gulf. After purchasing our airfare we made the decision to do one night in San Antonio giving us another night in Corpus Christi. Originally I booked the first night at $115 a night but by watching the sale promotions I was able to re-book at $80.50. Always check the hotel prices if you see a sale and you can re-book!
So December 23-26 we were booked at the Radisson Corpus Christi for 44,000 points and $80.50. Not a bad way to spend Christmas!
It was a very easy and fast drive to Corpus Christi from San Antonio, almost two hours on highway 37. The hotel takes a little bit to find on the one way streets by the beach. Its behind Blackbeards restaurant.
Check in was quick and I was recognized as a gold club member with an excellent room upgrade and welcome gift. 7th floor facing the bay with a great view of the USS Lexington! They really know how to welcome their club members at this hotel!
As you can see all the bay facing rooms have balconies. Husband likes to sit outside in the morning before us girls get moving for the day. Also it makes the room feel larger when you have some place else you can go to drink your coffee in the morning.
The pool and hot tub are large areas to the side of the hotel. I am more of a hot tub person but Daughter said the pool was not too cold. You need to ask for towels at the front desk and we did see others that were obviously not from our hotel using the pool one afternoon.
The beach area has little places to get out of the sun but since we travel in December we come just to walk the beach. Here is a shot of how foggy it was Christmas night on the beach.
I would not recommend swimming here at all. We saw hundreds of jelly fish and many people who tried to swim were stung in the process. It was entertainment for us just the walk the beach and see the various types and sizes of jelly fish. We watched people fish off the jetty by the USS Lexington one morning. Just beyond the ship is the aquarium.
Mainly we just came to relax, enjoy the view and eat some fresh seafood!