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Riviera is a small unincorporated community located in Kleberg County, southeast Texas. It's about eleven miles south of the town of Kingsville on U.S. Highway 77. The whole Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which covers both Kleberg and Kenedy Counties, has a population of only about 31,000 people. However, Riviera is also considered a part of the larger Corpus Christie-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area. Riviera was founded in 1906 by Theodore Fredrick Koch, who named the town after the French Riviera. Koch ran a train from Chicago to Riviera twice a month to bring more people to the area, which resulted in growth for the town's first few years. However, after a serious drought in 1915 and a hurricane in 1916, the economy and town declined. Today, the economy of Riviera depends on farming, and on travelers heading south that stop at the town's restaurants and gas stations. Nearby Corpus Christie offers many attractions, including the Texas Surf Museum, the Texas State Aquarium, the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, and the US Lexington Museum on Corpus Christi Bay. Also nearby are Padre Island and Mustang Island with miles and miles of beautiful soft white-sand beaches. The islands are popular for wind surfing, kite boarding, sailing and kite flying, fishing and birding.

Surrounding areas: Baffin Bay, Texas (16.0 mi)

Riviera Vacation Rentals

Riviera Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Rodeway Inn3430 S Us Hwy 77Kingsville, TX13.1 mi.(361) 595-5753
Best Western Inn2402 E King AveKingsville, TX15.1 mi.(361) 595-5656
Comfort Inn505 N Hwy 77Kingsville, TX15.2 mi.(361) 516-1120
Motel 6 #0324 Kingsville100 N US 77 BypKingsville, TX15.2 mi.(361) 592-5106
Quality Inn Kingsville221 South 77 BypKingsville, TX15.2 mi.(361) 592-5251
Super 8 - Kingsville105 South 77 BypKingsville, TX15.2 mi.(361) 592-6471
Days Inn & Suites715 S Hwy 77Bishop, TX19.9 mi.(361) 584-4444
Best Western Garden Inn2299 Hwy 281 SouthFalfurrias, TX20.8 mi.(361) 325-4848
Days InnHwy 281 S Rt 2Falfurrias, TX20.8 mi.(361) 325-2515
Falfurrias Executive Inn2309 S Us Hwy 281Falfurrias, TX20.8 mi.(361) 325-5661

Riviera Weather & Climate

The Southeast Gulf Coast of Texas has a humid subtropical climate. Tropical storms and hurricanes are common, and they strongly alter the climate of the region. This region is warm most of the year due to the currents of the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are very hot and humid. In winter, it can get cold if a strong front moves in, occasionally even causing snow. Most of the time, however, winters are very mild. Rain in the coastal region is more abundant than in the inland region. The wettest months of the year are April and May. Tornadoes can occur in this region, but less frequent than in other parts of the state.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 67°F 46°F 1.11 in. -
February 71°F 49°F 1.78 in. -
March 78°F 56°F 1.30 in. -
April 83°F 62°F 1.57 in. -
May 88°F 70°F 2.67 in. -
June 92°F 74°F 3.29 in. -
July 95°F 75°F 1.53 in. -
August 95°F 75°F 3.35 in. -
September 91°F 71°F 4.72 in. -
October 85°F 64°F 3.44 in. -
November 76°F 55°F 1.91 in. -
December 69°F 48°F 1.24 in. -

Riviera Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kleberg County airport (IKG) located about 21 miles northwest of Riviera in Kingsville, Texas, the Alice International airport (ALI) located approximately 33 miles northwest of Riviera in Alice, Texas, the Corpus Christi International airport (CRP) located roughly 37 miles northeast of Riviera in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Aransas County airport (RKP) located around 72 miles northeast of Riviera in Rockport, Texas, and finally the Valley International airport (HRL) located about 74 miles south of Riviera in Harlingen, Texas.

Riviera Attractions

Golf Courses
L E Ramey Golf CourseKingsvilleTX14.8 mi.
Falfurrias Golfers IncorporatedFalfurriasTX20.7 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Texas State AquariumCorpus ChristiTX43.1 mi.
Gladys Porter ZooBrownsvilleTX98.5 mi.
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX115.3 mi.

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