One Way to Float Your Boat - The Bend Magazine

One Way to Float Your Boat

If you’ve got the urge to hit the water, consider Corpus Christi Party Boat

By: Jessie Chrobocinski  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

There’s no better way to enjoy the warmer seasons in the Coastal Bend than out on a boat. If you don’t have a boat of your own, renting one is now feasible and affordable. Corpus Christi Party Boat is here to provide locals and visitors with party boat rentals for watersports or a 16-mile cruise through North Padre Island’s Ski Canals. Home to a beautiful saltwater coast and delicious waterfront restaurants, North Padre Island is a must-visit destination for those looking to enjoy the South Texas coast. 

Owners Bill and Maria are excited to offer locals and visitors access and the opportunity to enjoy the refreshing coastal waters. Corpus Christi Party Boat provides guests with an entire boat, fuel for it, and a captain, leaving you to handle the enjoyment. Some things to bring along include food and beverages (alcohol is allowed, but glass containers are prohibited); sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, towels, and music.

The large double-decker pontoon is very popular. It seats up to 16 people, including the captain. Fitted with two slides, a lily pad, an extra-large cooler with ice, beer pong, cornhole games, and other activities, plus a premium Bluetooth stereo, the Happy Hour Boat is great for parties and family outings. 

 “We think it’s going to be super popular down here because we have all this water to enjoy,” Maria says. “Not everybody has access to a boat, or even knows [the Ski Canals] exist.”

The Pura Vida Jetski Boat Rental is great for larger groups, too. Easy to board, the 24-foot boat can accommodate a crew looking for adventure. Wake and surfboards are included, plus an experienced instructor at no additional charge. Rear-facing seating and a high-end Bluetooth Wet Sounds audio system keep the good vibes flowing. 

“We wanted to start this business to offer wake surfing and wakeboarding and the watersports kind of thing,” Bill says. 

The boats can be rented for three to six hours or a full day. The convenience carries over with the pick-up location too. Located at Marker 37 Marina, morning rental departures leave the dock between 8-9 am, while the afternoon cruise departs between 1-2 pm. Each rental includes a boat captain, life jackets, lines, and waterboards for all sizes and ages. 

“It’s very kid-friendly,” Maria says, as her own family enjoys cruises in the area in the evenings.

Corpus Christi Party Boat offers rental add-ons, including stand-up paddle boarding and tubing. Although rentals allow for bringing your own food and drinks, their partnerships with restaurants such as Pier 37, Snoopy’s, and Dock’s allow for catering menu items waterside. 

A party boat rental on North Padre Island is the ultimate bucket list item for any water-lover; a perfect way to soak up the sun and enjoy a good time with your closest friends.  •  361.737.1147