Redefining Life on Mustang Island

Cinnamon Shore: the Gulf Coast gem with a billion-dollar future

By: Jeff Lamkin
Photos by: Shannon Lafayette

Located on Mustang Island, Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly property nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes, and a short distance from Corpus Christi and major metropolitan cities. Every detail of Cinnamon Shore was thoughtfully designed to embrace the beauty of Mustang Island and the Texas Gulf Coast. Activities are abundant year-round at the development, which has the slow-paced charm of a walking neighborhood with amenities ranging from beautifully groomed beaches and deep-sea fishing to stocked lakes, pools and world-class dining.

The vibrant, master-planned New Urbanism development in the Coastal Bend combines elegant housing, retail amenities, parks and recreational facilities into one highly livable, walkable, seaside resort community. Easy accessibility by car or airplane makes this quaint, coastal community the perfect place for family getaways and couples, who can enjoy a romantic retreat including catching the Texas sunrise walking down the serene beach.

Many Texans will be surprised this oasis is within a three- to five-hour drive from them. Each morning, the iconic striped, cinnamon-coral umbrellas and beach chairs are set up beachside through reservations, and golf carts are available to rent, making the entire beach day planning process completely effortless – especially for those with little ones (beach chairs and golf carts available for rent).

The designated concierge keeps things simple and offers homeowners and guests scheduling services for the endless activities available on the island, including links-style golfing, shopping, horseback riding on the beach and sailing charters. For the adventure seekers, surfing lessons and parasailing are also available.

The entire stay for families is completely customizable to their needs. With activities like sand castle lessons, bonfires on the beach, S’mores roasts on the Great Lawn, yoga on the beach, shrimp boils, live music and movie nights in Town Center, the opportunities to make memories are endless. During the cooler months, this pristine community continues to attract guests from across Texas as lower temperatures and ocean breezes offer a much-needed break after the summer heat.

There’s no shortage of delicious restaurants for tourists and locals to enjoy. On-property restaurants include C Bar Café, a poolside eatery serving lunch, dinner and cocktails, and the acclaimed Lisabella’s, which offers gourmet dishes using locally sourced ingredients for a fresh take on coastal cuisine. The catch of the day, paired with a chilled white wine, makes for the perfect end to a day on the coast.

As Cinnamon Shore continues to grow, Five Town Center, the first on-property mixed-use development, will open in spring 2018. Five Town Center will bring exciting new options to the mix and house several distinctive restaurants and retailers, including:

• Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, a contemporary, inventive restaurant that will serve coal-fired New York-style pizza, fresh Italian pastas, salads, desserts and signature coal-fired chicken wings

• The Bottle Shop, a boutique liquor shop featuring specialty liquors, unique wines and mixers

• The Market, a small grocery offering fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty items

• An ice cream and candy shop where guests can treat themselves to a variety of sweets

After seeing bountiful success in Cinnamon Shore North, Sea Oats Group, developer of Cinnamon Shore, recently announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion featuring distinctive new home designs and a wide array of appealing amenities. The new phase, Cinnamon Shore South, will deliver the Corpus Christi and Port Aransas area a 3,300-foot-wide beachfront, maintained daily – almost three times the size of the beach at Cinnamon Shore North.

Eventually, the development will lie on either side of State Highway 361, about a mile south of Cinnamon Shore North, with a golf cart bridge enabling residents and visitors to easily access all property amenities on both sides of the highway. Plans include multiple swimming pools and lakes to provide refuge and enhance the landscape.

As key feature of Cinnamon Shore South will be one of the largest on the Texas Gulf Coast, and it will be encircled by a mile-long boardwalk. The development will also feature honeymoon cottages, a spa, town centers for retail within each phase and a boutique hotel opening in 2018. Site work is already underway, and Sea Oats Group expects to begin building homes on the property in mid- to late 2018.

Jeff Lamkin is the principal and developer of Cinnamon Shore. For more information, visit You may also call Cinnamon Shore Rentals at 361-749-0422, or Cinnamon Shore Realty at 361-749-1851.