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There is a greyhound dog-racing track in Corpus, but don’t get that confused with the Greyhound bus station, which is downtown at 702 N Chaparral St. The international airport is located about ten miles west of the city’s centre.

The visitor centre is at 1823 N Chaparral (Tues–Sat 9am–5pm; t 1-800/766-BEACH, w http://www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org). A daytime trolley (daily except Sun; 25¢; t 361/289-2600, w http://www.ccrta.org) connects the major attractions with area hotels. Other services include a ferry from Peoples Street to Corpus Christi Beach ($3 for a daily pass) and a good metro bus system.

Motels line kitschy Corpus Christi Beach across the Hwy-181 bridge. Downtown at 601 N Shoreline Blvd, the Bayfront Inn (t 1-800/456-2293, w http://www.bayfrontinncc.com; $61–80) has decent rooms and a good location.

Corpus’s main concentration of restaurants is downtown on Water Street, and at no. 309 the busy Water Street Oyster Bar (t 361/881-9448) serves fresh seafood. But the best place to eat is a few miles away at The Yardarm, a bayfront restaurant located in a cute yellow house at 4310 Ocean Drive (t 361/855-8157).

Two worthy downtown bars are the Executive Surf Club, 309 N Water St, and the House of Rock, 511 Starr St, both of which have packed live-music calendars.

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