A Great Place to Retire To

Corpus Christi in January 2011
Corpus Christi in January 2011
Sunrise on Corpus Christi Bay January 2011
Sunrise on Corpus Christi Bay January 2011
Beach Padre Island, 3 miles from where I lived
Beach Padre Island, 3 miles from where I lived

Sparkling City by the Sea, Corpus Christi, Texas

I am not a native Texan, but for the last forty years I have lived from time to time in the Coastal bend of Texas usually in the Corpus Christi area. Twelve years ago I made the decision to move to this beautiful region to retire. Corpus Christi is one of the most laid back cities I have ever lived in. The whole attitude of the city is one of comfort and being at ease. The cultural atmosphere is diverse; everywhere you see the influence of our Hispanic neighbors to the south, but there is also a Celtic Festival in the fall, a Czechoslovakian Festival and an Asian Museum. The city abounds in many fine dining establishments in almost any cuisine you wish to sample; from Kolaches to Calamari.

Managing to live comfortably on a Social Security check was one of the main reasons I came back to Corpus Christi. My first act was to invest in a travel trailer, a twenty-seven foot Nomad. It was a nice little fit with a kitchen and bathroom and plenty of storage spaces. Since it was designed to sleep six I had no problems, just my two dogs and myself. I found a small well- kept RV Park that offered long term lot rentals for $150 a month and this included water. My electric averaged about $100 a month. The winters are very mild with an electric heater only being needed perhaps ten times the whole winter, summers a fan worked except on the hottest of days and then it was off to the Mall or the Dollar Cinema. There is always a breeze off the Bay, so sitting outside was nearly always pleasant. My only other bills were for my cell phone, $50 a month and my internet/cable access which was $55 a month. Out of my check this left me around $500 a month for food, gas and auto upkeep, and miscellaneous.

I did fine; there are plenty of events that are reasonable, beautiful parks, great beaches, and a fantastic transit system. The medical facilities here are among the best in south Texas and there is a chance to futher your education if you wish through either Del Mar Community College of Texas A & M Corpus Christi. By the way, casual wear is the norm here so you don’t have to spend a fortune on something to wear. I love this city!

Birdiing in Corpus Christi
Birdiing in Corpus Christi
Entrance to State Aquarium in Corpus Christi
Entrance to State Aquarium in Corpus Christi

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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Corpus Christi is a lovely area, and I have known people who have retired there. Great pictures, and an interesting hub.


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maridax 5 years ago from North Central Arkansas,USA Author

Thank you. I love it, even more now that my daughters have moved to town and I have my grandkids close by.

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