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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi: In-Depth Welcome CenterNaval Air Station Corpus Christi: In-Depth Welcome Center

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

Introduction 

Welcome to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, located in South Texas on the south side of the city of Corpus Christi. About 43,000 active duty, civilian employees and family members make up the base’s population. The facility covers approximately 2,844 acres and is surrounded by beaches and beautiful ocean vistas. There’s plenty to do in Corpus Christi, from water recreation to a wide selection of delicious seafood and other downtown entertainment.

We hope this guide helps you get settled in your new installation and helps take some of the stress out of moving.

1. Where Is Naval Air Station Corpus Christi?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
4. Entering Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Amenities

5. Where Should I Live Near Naval Air Station Corpus Christi?
6. What Schools are Near Naval Air Station Corpus Christi?
7. What’s the Weather Like in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi?
8. Things to Do Near Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

Where Is Naval Air Station Corpus Christi?

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Welcome & Visitors Center
Dimmit Drive
Bldg. 3600 Ave. E
NAS Corpus Christi, TX, 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3336
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
  • Holidays: Closed

Map of NAS Corpus Christi

Map of NAS Corpus Christi

Directions to NAS Corpus Christi

Driving Directions

From San Antonio, Texas

  1. Take I-37 S/US-281 S
  2. Continue to follow I-37 S
  3. Take exit 4A for TX-358 toward Nas-Ccad/Padre Island
  4. Continue onto TX-358 E
  5. Take the TX-358 E exit toward Nas-Ccad/Waldron Road/Laguna Shores Road
  6. Continue onto TX-358 E/NAS Dr
  7. Continue onto Lexington Blvd
  8. Head through NAS Corpus Christi South Gate

From Houston, Texas

  1. Take 1-45 N
  2. Take exit 48B to merge onto I-10 W toward San Antonio
  3. Take exit 763 to merge onto I-610 S
  4. Take exit 8A to merge onto I-69/US-59 S toward Victoria
  5. Take the exit toward Brazos River/Turnaround
  6. Merge onto U.S. 59 Frontage Rd
  7. Take the ramp onto I-69/US-59 S/Southwest Fwy
  8. Continue onto US-59 S/Southwest Fwy
  9. Continue straight onto US-59 S
  10. Keep left to continue on TX-91 Loop S
  11. Merge onto US-77 S via the ramp to Refugio/Corpus Christi
  12. Turn left onto E Empresario St
  13. Continue onto FM774
  14. Turn right onto FM 2678 S
  15. Continue onto FM136 S
  16. Turn right to merge onto TX-35 S toward Gregory/Corpus Christi
  17. Merge onto TX-35 S
  18. Continue onto TX-35 S/US-181 S
  19. Take the exit toward Bayfront/Shoreline Blvd/C. C. Museum
  20. Continue onto Twigg St
  21. Turn right onto N Shoreline Blvd
  22. Continue onto Ocean Dr
  23. Head through the NAS Corpus Christi north gate

From Corpus Christi International Airport

  1. Head southwest on International Dr toward Pinson Dr
  2. Turn right onto Agnes St
  3. Take the ramp to TX-358/I-37/Padre Island/Bayfront
  4. Merge onto TX-44 E
  5. Take the exit onto TX-358 E toward Nas-Ccad/Padre Island
  6. Take the TX-358 E exit toward Nas-Ccad/Waldron Road/Laguna Shores Road
  7. Continue onto TX-358 E/NAS Dr
  8. Continue onto Lexington Blvd
  9. Enter through NAS Corpus Christi South Gate

Greyhound Bus Station in Corpus Christi, Texas

  1. Head south on N Staples St toward Mestina St
  2. Turn left onto Craig St
  3. Craig St turns right and becomes Ocean Dr
  4. Enter through Corpus Christi north gate

Amtrak Station in San Antonio, Texas

  1. Head north on Hoefgen Ave toward E Commerce St
  2. Turn left onto E Commerce St
  3. Turn left onto Tower of the Americas Way
  4. Take the ramp onto I-37 S/US-281 S
  5. Merge onto I-37 S/US-281 S
  6. Continue to follow I-37 S
  7. Take exit 4A for TX-358 toward Nas-Ccad/Padre Island
  8. Continue onto TX-358 E
  9. Take the TX-358 E exit toward Nas-Ccad/Waldron Road/Laguna Shores Road
  10. Continue onto TX-358 E/NAS Dr
  11. Continue onto Lexington Blvd
  12. Head through NAS Corpus Christi South Gate

Flights To NAS Corpus Christi

You’ll be flying through Corpus Christi International Airport. It’s a quick drive just down the road within the city of Corpus Christi from the base. You’ll be sure to find flights coming in through this airport from around the country and from different parts of the world with every major airline.

NAS Corpus Christi Transportation Office

NAS Corpus Christi Household Goods/Transportation Office

9035 Ocean Drive
Bldg. 10
NAS Corpus Christi, TX, 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3728
Hours: 

  • Monday-Friday: 0800-1500
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

Entering Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Base Amenities

Entering Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Base Amenities

All drivers on base must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license and a valid driver’s insurance card. All visitors must stop by the Visitor Control Center through the south gate.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

For all military personnel arriving during duty hours, contact your unit or squadron of assignment immediately. Your Commander Support Staff (CSS) will in-process you from there and schedule you for your mandatory in-processing and Newcomer’s Welcoming/Orientation briefings. You will need these items for your appointment: IDA worksheet, orders, mandates, envelope from your losing base, any graduation certificates that apply and all travel receipts. And remember, if you are bringing any dependents with you, bring all legal documentation that applies.

NAS Corpus Christi Visitor Center

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Visitors Center
Dimmit Drive
Bldg. 3600 Ave. E
NAS Corpus Christi, TX, 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3336
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
  • Holidays: Closed

DEERS NAS Corpus Christi

NAS Corpus Christi ID/CAC Card & DEERS Office
Lexington Avenue
Bldg. 1740
NAS Corpus Christi, TX 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3840
Hours: 

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1530
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

NAS Corpus Christi Gate Hours

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has two gates. The north gate is through Ocean Drive, and the south gate is accessed through South Padre Drive and Flour Bluff that will lead you right through the Visitor’s Control Center.

  • South Gate: Open 24/7
  • North Gate: Monday-Friday: 0500-1700

NAS Corpus Christi Commissary

NAS Corpus Christi Commissary 

10801 D St.
Bldg. 337
NAS Corpus Christi, TX 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3887
Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday-Friday: 1000-1900
  • Saturday: 0900-1700
  • Sunday: 1000-1700

NAS Corpus Christi Exchange

651 Lexington Blvd.
Bldg. 1744
Corpus Christi, TX 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-2639
Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 0900-1900
  • Sunday: 1000-1700

NAS Corpus Christi Barber Shop

NAS Corpus Christi Barber Shop

651 Lexington Blvd.
Bldg. 1744
Corpus Christi, TX 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-0309
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0800-1800
  • Saturday: 0900-1800
  • Sunday: 1100-1600

NAS Corpus Christi Post Office

630 Lexington Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: 1 (361) 961-2984
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0800-1500
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

NAS Corpus Christi Finance

NAS Corpus Christi Finance 

10651 E St.
Bldg. H100, 4th Deck
Corpus Christi, TX 78419
Phone: 1 (361) 961-2372
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

320 Fifth St. SE
Bldg. 3, Suite 2A
Corpus Christi, TX 78419-5031
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3765
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: 1200-1300

NAS Corpus Christi Library

357 Ave. B
Bldg. 7106
NAS Corpus Christi, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (361) 961-3574
Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday, Friday: 0800-1730
  • Thursday: 0800-2000
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Hotels Near NAS Corpus Christi

Hotels Near NAS Corpus Christi

NAS Corpus Christi has many hotel selections within the city of Corpus Christi. We’ve selected a few for you to consider if you or your family members need a stay at one of the hotels near the base.

1. Candlewood Suites Corpus Christi

9225 S Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: 1 (361) 937-8888

2. Wingate by Wyndham Corpus Christi

7150 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Phone: 1 (361) 360-5631

3. Hampton Inn & Suites Corpus Christi

5879 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Phone: 1 (361) 985-0505

4. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

5217 Blanche Moore Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 1 (361) 985-8393

5. Home2 Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi

5274 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 1 (361) 299-0811

Where Should I Live Near NAS Corpus Christi?

Where Should I Live Near NAS Corpus Christi?

If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.

Major Cities Near NAS Corpus Christi

You’ll have over 150 miles to get to San Antonio, Texas, and 200 miles or so to Houston. The most major city for a variety of home options will be the city of Corpus Christi itself. The two main places to live in Corpus Christi are north of the base on North Padre Island or southside of the base.

Best Places to Live Near NAS Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas, is a culturally affluent area with beautiful beaches, excellent education and a strong economy. The locals are friendly with their military neighbors, so you should find yourself fitting in nicely to your new neighborhood.

North Padre Island

Living off base is a popular choice for the NAS Corpus Christi personnel. One of the more preferable areas is on North Padre Island, also called The Island, by locals. There you will find plenty of rentals for both aviation students and instructors but also for families. You always have a beach nearby, and if you want to do a little boating, there’s plenty of places to launch. You’ll just have to get to more of the main areas of Corpus Christi for grocery shopping and schools.

The Flour Bluff

The Flour Bluff is where the base is actually located, and southside of Corpus Christi, you’ll find even more options for living. The area there is thriving with many new constructions and the most schools to choose from. There you will also find plenty of shopping and a wide array of restaurants and good eats.

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NAS Corpus Christi Schools

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has no public schools on base itself. There are, however, plenty of schools in the local area within the five independent school districts. The largest district is Corpus Christi Independent School District, and the one nearest to the base is the Flour Bluff Independent School District. Flour Bluff has some of the highest-rated public schools in the area, including Flour Bluff High School, Junior High and Elementary School. Be sure to research the area you move to and see what schools are within your district.

Find more local school information at The Best NAS Corpus Christi Schools: Daycare – High School.

NAS Corpus Christi Weather

NAS Corpus Christi Weather

At Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, be prepared for perpetual summer. Well, not really, but close. The summers are long and can get very hot and have an oppressive amount of humidity. Be prepared to hydrate and plan outdoor activities around the midday heat to avoid the worst of it. Winters, in contrast, are short, get cool and can be windy. But it rarely gets below 40 degrees. Summers tend to hang out in the lower 90s range. There is the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes, so be sure to get a severe weather radio and always be prepared for hurricane season.

Things to Do Near NAS Corpus Christi

Things to Do Near NAS Corpus Christi

Hopefully, you like the water because there is plenty of it. If you don’t have a boat, make some new friends who have one. There’s a wide assortment of family-friendly beaches to choose from, and you will never be far from one. Just make sure you purchase an annual beach parking permit that way, you don’t have to worry about tickets and will be allowed to park and even drive on some of the beaches as a way to find a place to unload. You can also check out the Texas State Aquarium to get a glimpse of what is under all that water. The USS Lexington also does tours and is a favorite for the whole family.

Suggested Read: 22 Of the Best Things to Do Near NAS Corpus Christi

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Conclusion 

Relocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the base, whether in the downtown area of the southside of Corpus Christi or lounging on one of the many beaches.

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