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Found in south Texas bordering the Gulf of Mexico lies the coastal city of Corpus Christi. Named after Spanish explorers who discovered the land in the early 1500s, Corpus Christi literally means Body of Christ in Latin. Often nicknamed “the Sparkling City by the Sea,” Corpus Christi is best known for its pristine coastline, low cost of living, good economy, and abundance of outdoor activities including windsurfing, sailing, and kiteboarding.
Corpus Christi is home to several popular attractions for both visitors and residents. The city's North Beach is the setting for the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum, offering daily tours seven days a week. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History focuses on the history of South Texas and the region's place in the world. Also located in the city's museum district are the Asian Cultures Museum and Educational Center and the Harbor Playhouse, a long-running community theatre with a history of quality local productions. The city's Heritage Park features eleven Victorian homes including the Cultural Center, which operates in the 100-year-old Galván House. The Corpus Christi Municipal Marina, one of the city's prime focal points, is on Corpus Christi Bay protected from the Gulf of Mexico by sandy barrier islands off the Texas Coast.