2. Crack out the windsurf on the waters of the Laguna Madre
Bounded to the west by the undeveloped wilds of the Padre Island National Seashore, this colossal hypersaline lagoon runs for more than 100 miles along the Texan coast.
Famed for its booming shrimping industries and the ceaseless trade winds that blow in from the Caribbean and Sargasso seas, the waters of the Laguna Madre have become a veritable magnet for windsurfers and kiteboarders.
Oodles of outfitters are now based in Corpus Christi itself, while others man the shorelines of Padre Island, offering lessons and rentals to travelers eager to conquer the whitecaps of the shallow lagoon.