This year for my birthday, we loaded up the car and headed down South to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! This was the first time we took the kids to the ocean; Owen loved every moment of surf and sand and McKenna acted exactly like a 15 year old stuck in a five year old’s body (aka Lord help us with this sassy one). All in all, we had an absolute blast and it was so nice to have a quick getaway where we could focus on family-time. We got wicked sunburns, ate too much ice cream, and learned that you can never have too many giant shark store-fronts.
We stayed in a two-bedroom VRBO that was about 10 minutes out from the beach in a private community. It was awesome because the property was super kid-friendly, gave us the privacy we needed to be loud, and also had a private pool. Since you can drive right onto the beach, we really didn’t need a place with beach-access and this gave us tons of flexibility!
*beach tip: use rebar to stake down a pop-up canopy to prevent it from blowing away! We picked up our rebar stakes at Home Depot for cheap and the worked perfectly.
Best Food Spot: Doc’s Seafood and Steaks (just a short drive from our VRBO in Corpus Christi) was by far our favorite for food, drinks, AND views. We had the roasted queso, yellow fin tuna tacos, and the fiesta chicken sandwich (bacon, pico do gallo, avocado baja sauce) + Mexican martinis and everything was phenomenal. Even better though? The live music and incredible sunset views over the water!
*pro tip: Doc’s also has a ton of games, like corn hole and giant jenga, which keeps the little ones happy! If Doc’s is just too busy, there’s a place next door called Snoopy’s that was an ice cream shop attached (called Scoopy’s– how cute is that?!)
Best Dessert Spot: We stumbled upon Desserted Island Ice Cream on accident and boy am I glad we did! It’s covered in pink with quirky art covering the walls and tables, plus I had the best brownie sundae a birthday girl could ask for 😉
Best Coffee Spot: Island Joes Coffee and Gallery just won best local coffee shop of 2019, so of course that was our last stop on our way out of town. Everything is made fresh (they even fresh brewed the tea for Kyle’s arnold palmer!), so the wait is a little longer than my usual drive-through coffee, but it’s definitely worth it! I ordered the Sea Turtle (iced coffee with caramel, mocha, pecan syrup, and milk) and an energy bite (oats, peanut butter, flax seed, chocolate chips). 10/10 recommend!
We had great time, but there was still SO much to do! Have you been to Corpus Christi or Port Aransas with your kids? What was your favorite thing to do? We will definitely be back!