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Park your RV by the Sea

Go RV camping right on the beach in the Corpus Christi area.

If you own an RV, life on a beach becomes an affordable reality. Just head to Corpus Christi where you'll find more than 100 miles of beautiful beaches with a number of RV parks just steps or minutes away from the sandy shoreline. Here, you can enjoy the good life -- beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and resort-style amenities that are available at the RV parks in the Coastal Bend.

For example, the Tropic Island Resort RV Park boasts two swimming pools and is just minutes away from Tropic Island's main docks. Other parks, such as Laguna Shore Village, offer free cable TV and beautiful views of the Laguna Madre. And then there is Colonia del Rey. This park hosts fun events and games organized by the park's activities director, so you'll never be bored in between time in the surf and sand.

Traveling with Fido? No worries. A majority of Coastal Bend RV parks are pet friendly, including the On the Beach RV Park in Port Aransas. As its name implies, this park is located right on the edge of beach, which means that you'll fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves. And for those without a car, a convenient trolley stop is located right outside of the On the Beach RV Park. Just hop aboard the trolley, and you can get to town or to a number of other points on Mustang Island.

Corpus Christi's mild winters make this coastal city a year-round destination, especially for the RV crowd known as Winter Texans. In fact, according to a report published by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, approximately 1 million visitors a day flock to the Corpus Christi area during the winter months.

When searching for a great vacation destination, come check out these Corpus Christi, Rockport, and Port Aransas RV Parks. One word of warning -- you just might fall in love with Corpus Christi and end up permanently parking your RV at one of the following parks.

Tropic Island RV Resort

315 Cut-Off Road

Port Aransas, Texas 78373

(361) 749-6128

Centrally located, Tropic Island Resort is less than a mile from the beach and close to a number of restaurants and shopping areas. It has one shallow and one regular swimming pool, as well as two hot tubs. The daily rate at this pet-friendly RV park is about $60 and includes electricity.

On the Beach RV Park

907 Beach Access Road 1A

Port Aransas, Texas, 78373

(361) 749-4909

If you stay in this park, you'll be just steps away from the ocean. On the Beach is pet-friendly and has high-speed wireless Internet, cable TV, and a convenient trolley stop right in front of the park. The daily rate, which includes electricity, is approximately $53 to $75.

Colonia del Rey RV Park

1717 Waldron Road

Corpus Christi, Texas, 78418

(361) 937-2435

Colonia Del Rey RV Park is Good Sam's highest rated park in Corpus Christi. Woodall’s ratings are: 10 for the facility, 10 for restrooms, and 9 for appeal. Guests at this park have access to a swimming pool and a fun slate of activities, including a Texas Hold 'Em tournament almost every week. Colonia del Rey is located approximately eight miles from the beaches on North Padre Island. Rates are approximately $38 a day.

Surfside RV and Resort

1820 South Eleventh Street

Port Aransas, Texas, 78373

(361) 749-2208

A short 1.5-block walk from the beach, the Surfside RV and Resort has earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. It boasts level concrete pads and a swimming pool. It also was recently remodeled. Pets are welcome, though with some restrictions. Wi-Fi, electricity, and cable TV are included in the daily rate, which is approximately $55.

Beacon RV Park and Marina

301 Fulton Beach Road

Rockport, Texas, 78382

(361) 729-3906

Situated on beautiful Aransas Bay, this pet-friendly RV park boasts an activity center, a 550-foot fishing pier, and a small marina. Beacon RV Park has both cement and grass pads and is about an hour from Corpus Christi. Rates are approximately $40 a night and include electricity, water, sewer, cable, and Wi-Fi.

Laguna Shore Village

3828 Laguna Shore Road

Corpus Christi, Texas, 78418

(361) 937-6035

Laguna Shore Village is located across the road from the Laguna Madre off the Gulf of Mexico. It boasts grassy RV sites and full hook-ups. For off the beach entertainment, you can enjoy free cable TV or stay connected via the park's Wi-Fi service. Laguna Shore Village is pet friendly and has handicap-accessible facilities. Daily rates are around $40.

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