Corpus Christi Ice Cream and More to Beat the Heat

Chilly Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Ice cream, mangonadas, limeades, snow cones, pina coladas and more all offer a refreshing way to cool down in the summer heat.

Two drinks from Lelo's Island Bar, some of many Corpus Christi ice cream and frozen treat options to beat the heat.

Lelo's Island Bar | Photo by Lillian Reitz

Ice cream, mangonadas, limeades, snow cones, pina coladas … the list goes on. The one thing all of these have in common is the fact that come summertime, they become refreshing and necessary treats.

D'Lites Ice Cream, one of several Corpus Christi ice cream options to beat the heat this summer.
D’Lites Ice Cream | Photo by Rachel Benavides

D’Lites Ice Cream

One of the newest ice cream spots in town, D’Lites Ice Cream focuses on low-carb, low-fat creamy goodness with just 50 calories per serving. Owned by local Patty Millan Waldrop, the healthy alternative ice cream shop has daily specials, rotating flavors, 16 oz. take-home containers and a market shelf with tasty snacks. 6202 Dunbarton Oak Dr. Suite 500

Tasty Wavez Italian Ice

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than the delight of homemade Italian ice. As the name suggests, that’s what Tasty Waves Italian Ice is providing the Coastal Bend, offering a variety of flavors ranging from pina colada to cherry. Pro tip: Level up by ordering the PickleDilly — Italian ice with Kool-Aid, chamoy and pickles. 4902 Greenwood Dr. Suite C

La Playa Mexican Grille

Boasting an impressive selection of 70-plus tequilas, there’s no better place to get a margarita on a warm summer evening than this Port A restaurant. The exclusive La Playa Signature Margarita, made with the premium La Playa Maestro Dobell Clear Reposado, is a top choice. 222 Beach Ave., Port Aransas

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Lelo’s Island Bar

The saying “toes in the sand and a cocktail in the hand” perfectly encapsulates the vibe at Lelo’s Island Bar. Okay, there isn’t actually sand on-site, but we promise you’ll slip into island time the moment you enter the local tiki bar. A fan-favorite summertime sip is the Mermaid Water, complete with spiced and coconut rums shaken with pineapple and lime juice, and then topped with a splash of blue curacao, all served inside a conch shell glass. 212 Beach St., Port Aransas

Island Market Smoothie & Juice Bar

Inspired by their surfing adventures around the world, Morgan and Brittany Faulkner have created menu items at Island Market to keep customers healthy and refreshed. Take the Maui Mango Smoothie Bowl, for instance, which is made with acai, mango, strawberry, honey and much more. Every item contains fresh, whole ingredients to fuel you up before or after a long day in the sun. 614 Gulf St., Port Aransas

Mango Frozen Snacks

From milkshakes and pepino splits to raspas locas and fresanadas, this is a one-stop shop for ice-cold treats to beat the heat. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the mangonada is a must-order. Mango sorbet and chamoy perfectly swirled together with fresh mango chunks on top, it offers sweet, salty, spicy and tart flavors all in one refreshing bite. 912 S. Port Ave.

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