Port Aransas Vacation – Cinnamon Shore

Long time no talk!  My people!  Or I should likely type “person” since my mom will be the only one to read this.

I thought I would do a quick recap of our trip to Port Aransas and stay at Cinnamon Shore.  I had so many people ask me about it I think because it is a fairly easy drive from Oklahoma.

So lets do this!  Boom.

We had decided earlier in the year that we were going to do a beach trip this summer.  We also decided that we may never fly with our youngest daughter again so we knew we would need to drive.  I put a post on Facebook asking for recommendations and had a friend text and tell me about Cinnamon Shore.  It seemed like this cutest quaint place and so we said done and done.  Booked.

We knew we would be driving through Corpus Christi otherwise you put your car on a ferry.  It seems like a lot of people did it but it was just as easy to keep Ol’ Black Betty the minivan on land.

About Cinnamon Shore:


Cinnamon Shore is a beach front community.  It really has everything one could need on a beach vacation.  The property has 2 restaurants, 2 pools, a few ponds to fish in, super easy access to the beach, a great lawn with lots of space for games and running.  For the kids they had smores night, movie night, snow cones, and anything else that you could think of.  We rented a 1 bedroom condo with another bed for the girls and it was just enough space for all of us.  But they have giant houses able to sleep 15 people.  I didn’t snap a picture of our condo but it was just like any other VRBO situation.  The house was stocked with all necessary items that you would need.  We just bought groceries for drinks, breakfast, lunch, and snacks knowing we would be eating dinner out every night.

Cinnamon Shore also offered stuff like sandcastle building help, surfing lessons, and other really fun random stuff for the girls.  They didn’t do the surfing lessons because they are both such great surfers already 🙂 but the sand castles were epic.

They would set up umbrellas and chairs for us each day. We brought the girls little chairs. That pier behind our set up is Cinnamon Shore. It’s that close.
We found a real life mermaid!
One of the great pools at Cinnamon Shore
Getting her smores on
There wasn’t much I didn’t love about Cinnamon Shore.  We did have a small snag at check in where I went to the wrong condo and woke up parents knocking on what I thought was our condo.  So next time I’ll probably have someone drive me to the right condo.  The place is big and the numbering is a bit funky….and in my defense they numbered my check in papers wrong.  Other than that it was great.  Everyone told us that the restaurant on the property was super amazing but sadly we never did get to try it.  We had the grill restaurant by the pool a couple of times but never made it to the nicer restaurant.

One last thing to just throw out…..the condo has a washer and dryer and because I was so crazy about all the darn sand being every single place I looked…..I washed our swimmies, clothes, and towels every single day.  So I WAY over packed.  Lesson learned.


I hadn’t ever been to a Texas beach so I didn’t realize you could just drive your car right on up to the water.  I’m not just talking about golf carts either.  People pulled their minivans, campers, Mercedes, you name it we saw it on the beach.  So strange but totally convenient.  The water isn’t nearly as blue as other places but it was just as fun and the same big beautiful ocean.


When we were making our plans for our trip a couple of people had mentioned the golf carts.  First you can drive them on the beach for the day.  This helps a lot with small kids and lugging everything although like I said you can also just drive your Prism right on up there too.  The second thing is you can drive your golf carts down the beach to the Port A town entrance area and then cruise around town that way.  If I were to do it again I think we’d do the golf cart but I might do more checking on price.  It’s not cheap and I’m not sure if that was just the company we rented from and because we got it later or what but I didn’t do much research.  The only time we even got in our car while we were there was a day it was raining and we went to Corpus Christi.  So I suppose we did get our use of it.



Our favorite meal of the entire trip was at a restaurant called Black Marlin  It was seriously delicious.  Ben ordered the shrimp and grits….wowza.  img_5655

We also ate at Virginia’s on The Bay.  It had awesome open air eating on the marina.  We looked out at the ocean while we ate.  Pretty awesome.

Same with Trout Street.  We sat on the deck and looked out over the marina.

Bronn’s To Go Slushes – because Momma needed some daiquiri on the go.

We were VIPs at most of the ice creams shops in town and they were all really great.


On Memorial Day we woke up and it was raining pretty badly.  So we got in the car and went to the USS Lexington.  We ended up not going on the tour but the girls thought just seeing it from the outside was awesome.



After we looked at the USS Lexington for a bit we went right across the street to the Texas State Aquarium.  It was awesome!  The girls had so much fun and there was SO much to see.  I was super impressed and so happy that we loved it so much since it was raining.



The last day we were there we also went to the park by the bay where the ferry comes in and out.  It was actually a really pleasant surprise.  A playground that looks a like a pirate ship that was cool but the coolest part was all the sea life we saw while near the bay.  We probably saw 10 dolphins, giant jelly fish, and the coolest was a HUGE sea turtle.  I hadnt ever seen a sea turtle this big in the wild (is that even the right term? the wild ocean?)  You get my drift.

Do you see him?

So there is my not short at all recap of our trip.  I was really pleasantly surprised by Port Aransas and Cinnamon Shore.  We will for sure go back as a family.  As much as I love the cold mountains and cardigans all year long I think we have a couple of beach babies.



Have a fun summer!







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