Where to stay in Portland
Portland HotelsWhen it comes to American beach vacations, the state of Texas isn’t always the first place that springs to mind. However the Texas Gulf Coast, offering over 600 miles of golden sands and sparkling beaches, is a hidden gem on America’s East Coast. Sitting along both Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay is Portland, a city that buzzes with idyllic shopping streets, top-class restaurants, and family friendly attractions. A city where the locals and nature coexist in perfect harmony; stroll along the soft sands and sink your toes into the warm waters of the Gulf, this really is the place to unwind. Things to seeNo visit is complete without a trip to one of Corpus Christi Bay’s famous waterparks - slide from the tallest tower, ride the highest waves, or simply float away on your lilo. Hurricane Alley Waterpark is a great day out for the family, with its own beach and plenty of restaurants and attractions for all the family. The Coastal Bend, in the middle of which Portland sits, is one of the best areas for bird watching in Texas, catch Whooping Cranes, White Ibises, and Great Blue Herons at Sunset Lake, a 333-acre public park within the city. With a wetlands area, a pristine lake, and hiking and bike trials the area is the place to go for nature-buffs and those seeking incredible views over the Gulf. No visit to the state of steaks is complete without a real Texan meal, restaurants in Portland cater for the ever-expectant tourist, with some of the best surf and turf in the USA, and the warm microclimate enjoyed in these parts means you can also dine outdoors year round. Hotels in
PortlandThe Gulf Coast prides itself on its laid-back culture and friendly atmosphere; as such hotels in Portland are determined to give every tourist the best possible stay. Big names chains offer family-friendly attractions within their grounds, as well as pools, spas, and private beaches. If you want a truly luxurious stay, reside in one of the smaller, family run guesthouses or hotels - expect home cooked breakfasts, private balconies, and knowledgeable tours of the Gulf as standard. Where to stayIf you’re traveling around the Gulf, then you can do no better than a stay in the southern portion of Portland, here you’ll be close to the Sunset lake and Indian Point pier. Away from the crowds and steps from the beach, nature lovers will be able to see the birds and wildlife from every point and you’re only a trip across the Nueces Bay Causeway to the attractions of Corpus Christi. A convenient hotspot for the attractions of Portland is the Northshore Plaza and Country Club, with acres of golf courses and plenty of restaurants, and boutique shops it’s the perfect place to escape the beach for a day. How to get to PortlandThe closest airport is Corpus Christi International Airport, which is 16 miles from Portland. International and domestic flights arrive daily from Europe and the Pacific. America’s ever present Greyhound Bus Service calls at Corpus Christi thrice daily and buses to Portland are cheap and frequent. If you’re traveling by car, Portland is 2 hours north of the Mexican border, and around 3 hours south of Austin.