Cinnamon Beach at Ocean Hammock Beach Resort
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... to find someplace good for dinner, and then headed out to "Saltwater Cowboys" (where the locals supposedly go!), to enjoy some down- home seafood Southern cookin'! I enjoyed stuffed Tilapia and Shrimp, and Greg had shrimp 3 ways, all in a cozy, "old Florida" style beach-shack type of restaurant, which was on the shores of the Salt Run, which runs between Anastasia Island and the beach which separates it from the Atlantic.
... went to the Spanish fort Castillo de Marcos. It was very interesting beautiful spot for a fort! Another history lesson! After all that history Fon and I were ready for Shopping! St Augustine has an old town section which was very quaint and charming. We had a good time looking around....didn't buy anything but had fun poking around in all the shops. ...
And I'm off in the Monorail once again, heading to Epcot Centre. I'm completely 'rigting beddonnerd' but all I am looking for, out of every window, is that Big Epcot Ball. Too much of exciting! And then there it was! Oh my goodness... So much bigger and more beautiful than I ever imagined. I had to pinch myself again. Good thing I don't bruise easily coz I'd be looking like I was in a wreck on an interstate right now. I am going to digress quickly... A fender bender on ...
... to Cocoa to be close to the next stop, early tomorrow.
The famous thing in St Augustine is the old spanish castle and the old city. It has some nice buildings and cozy streets. San Juan de Puerto Rico apart, it is the oldest european siedlung in the United States.
... the water at the beach). Saturday we hit the watersports area because we had heard about a kayak race going on (the 1st Annual Salt Run Challenge, I believe?) - got there just after 10 am (race to start at 10), and Tony got motivated to enter the 1-mile kayak/paddleboard race at the very last second. He competed well (but wasn't happy about the gal who cheated ahead of him by NOT going around the markers in the water), and the whole family enjoyed renting ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cinnamon Beach at Ocean Hammock Beach Resort Palm Coast
Golf lovers dream, Beach lovers nightmare
We booked this condo with the allure of the website and the price. The condo is beautiful but the walk to the pool is horrible, there are no complete sidewalks to get to the pool so you have to walk on the road and with little kids this is quite bothersome. We stayed in the 200 building and the walk with kids to the pool is about 15 minutes, the walk to the beach shortened to about 5 once we found a beaten path up through the 8th hole on the golf course. The beach is extremely rough, there are rocks (big rocks and small rocks) in the ocean and along the shore line. There are strong currents and rip tides. We have found 4+ dead birds on the beach, a dead armadillo and all sorts of construction trash. The beach is also more coquina than sand, so I also recommend the water shoes for the little ones. I would not recommend this place to families who have small children unless you have a Nanny and enjoy golf. Head north up to St. Augustine Beach or Crescent Beach where they have soft sand and a way calmer ocean plus easier access to restaurants and entertainment.
We have an incredibly detailed web site filled with photos and satellite photos of each unit, the building and the distance to the pool and ocean. Clearly, the condos that are direct ocean front and are closest to the pool are more expensive. Naturally, we discount the condos that are farthest from the pools and are not direct ocean front.
The point is, these guests booked at a discounted rate a condo in Cinnamon Beach building 1 (200 Cinnamon Beach) that was absolutely the farthest from the ocean and the pool. This was clearly indicated on our web site which fully discloses with a Google satellite photo the Cinnamon Beach complex and the actual building the rental is in. We in fact even circle the building so our guest knows exactly what they are renting.
Five of the Cinnamon Beach Condo Buildings are direct ocean front and much closer to the pool. You simply take the elevator down to the ground floor and stroll out on the beach path.
Our company believes in full disclosure of our rentals. That is why we have so many pictures on our web site. These customers were fully informed of the building they were chosing and did so to enjoy a highly discounted price rate.
They should have fully disclosed this in their write up.
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Cinnamon Beach Ocean Hammock
We rented a 3 bedroom condo at Hammock Beach. We had view of a lake right off our balcony. We saw turtles in the lake, an alligator, and lots of fish. The condo was very nice and well equipped. Very quiet. You must be quiet because the owners of other condos call security if you talk too loud on the balcony. We witnessed this the first night. There were some folks laughing on their balcony and minutes later 2 security guards came to each door to see who it was.....You cannot swim in the ocean. This was a huge disappointment to us. There are huge rocks in the surf and very dangerous undertow. We drove to other beaches. There are these "nats" everywhere. The elevator walls and floor were covered in them at night. The walkway to our condo was covered. I am not sure why, as we have vacationed in other areas of Florida for years and never experienced this. The pool is only open 9-8 and no food or drinks are allowed around the pool. There is canned music nonstop at the pool/jacuzzi. There is a snack bar but it was never open. The area is beautiful! But I would not stay there again. To go shopping, get gas, dine out, etc. you have to go across the bridge and you have to pay the $2.00 toll every time you cross.
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The condo was beautiful, clean and spacious. We loved being in the top floor. Fabulous view! All the amenities were in excellent order. We were able to live, stretch out and adventure out. The beach was gorgeous. Between excercising in the work out room and walking on the beach, we got plenty of exercise. The whole family enjoyed the pool and splash area.
Once we dried off and had a snack pool side, we played some games in the game room.
At the end of the day, everyone was worn out by all the activities, we enjoyed a movie on the awsome tv(s) at the condo. The kids retired to the spacious rooms and had plenty of room to play and read. Everyday was as better than the previous.
Next time we will bring our dog beanba. She will love the walks around the trails.
Cinnamon Beach was worth the money
Even before I get to the room itself, I'd like to say that without a doubt that the best customer service I've ever received at a hotel/resort was at Ocean Hammock.
Before booking, I went over all options with the reservations associate. He was very helpful and informative about the area versus the usual "take your order" and send you on your merry way routine.
Before we checked in, my wife called the front desk and informed them that we'd be a late check in. Not a problem.
When we did check in, the front desk was very informative about the area. I read earlier that another visitor had issues with the toll bridge. The front desk informed us on alternative routes to get on the A1A without having to hit the toll bridge every time.
When we needed maintenance, (light bulb changes, etc), the front desk was very courteous.
The rooms were immaculate. The Cinnamon Beach property appears to be a more recent development. White tile floors in the kitchen, dining and living areas. Carpeting in the bedrooms, tile in the bathrooms. The decor was done very tastefully and our bed was comfy.
Even though our room was not oceanfront, the view that we had from our beachside unit was beautiful.
The ocean does has rocks to it, but there is enough places around the rocky spots to use the boogie board.
All in all, great place.
Great relaxing vacation
We stayed in an oceanfront condo. It was fantastic. The condo was everything the website promises. Oceanfront, means oceanfront. Look out the balcony and there is the ocean with dolphins and manatees! This is a beach vacation for people who want the beach and just the beach. There aren't amusement parks, concession stands, or anything like that. It is the beach and the ocean, quiet, peaceful, relaxing. (The sand has a lot of ground up shells and there are rocks - if you consider those things drawbacks.) We were thrilled to find a place where the accomodations were what the website said they would be, the people were all very friendly, and everything was what we expected and more. We will definitely return.
Fantastic! We'll Return In The Future!
We just returned from Palm Coast Resort where we spent a week while attending an Elderhostel Golf Academy. We found the room in which we stayed immaculate. The bathroom with oversized tub, two individual separate sinks was super. We had two queen size beds which were very comfortable. We've never had better service from a hotel staff. In two cases where we needed help, i.e. to replace a light bulb and help with a safe we had messed up, they were there immediately. We were allowed free use of the Internet and both the restaurant staff and front desk staff people were overly courteous and friendly. I'm surprised to see that others did not have such a positive experience. We'll go back. I believe they are changing their name to Ocen Hammock Resort.
Bait and Switch Dissapointment
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel last year.We booked a king size suite but were given a double bed ground floor corner handicapped room.
BAIT AND SWITCH I believe is what that's called.Overall the rooms are comfortable (unless you have to shower for a week under a four foot handicapped spigot!) ...but like another review notes the place is showing it's age.The grounds are well kept and there are wonderful bike trails lined with moss covered trees. It's a quiet place good for families but the management is unreliable and uncompromising.
Nice, but showing its age
The three of us stayed at the PCGR (300 Clubhouse Drive, Palm Coast, FL, 386/445-2947) in a standard 1-king, plus sofa bed room for 2 nights Dec. 20-21. The resort is motel-like with dormitory style buildings some near the marina (closed for renovations), others facing the intercoastal waterway. Hopefully, the building (the Oaks) we stayed in will be renovated as well, as the carpets were worn and the pipes in the walls made noise at will. The room was small but had good amenities (spacious well-supplied bathroom, ironing board & iron, good mattress).
The sofa bed, our son reported, was uncomfortable. Service should have been better: at the desk, they could not tell us what or where the intercoastal waterway was. Plus, when we needed help with watching our family video on their tv, the promised engineer didn't arrive and they didn't follow-up. If you are not a golfer, there are limited things to do at the resort. No fitness or game room. You can go on a peaceful walk, but will soon be greeted by a no trespassing sign, or a delapidated pier ("keep out"), but the marina is very nice, and there is a big outdoor pool. The gift shop was well supplied and with reasonable prices. In the main building, local artist's paintings were displayed and that made for a pleasant indoor stroll. Just beyond the resort, you will find shopping centers, food, and a bridge over to the outer banks (at the Atlantic). Overall, the value was fair at their off-season holiday rate, but would be overpriced otherwise. As non-golfers, we would probably not choose to stay there again.
Very nice and peacefull
This was the 2nd year we satyed at the Palm coast Gulf Resort. We will be back again next year. The staff are very helpful with almost anything you need. It's not a cheap place to stay but you get what you pay for. The peace and quiet of a graet resort sit at the pool and watch the boats go in and out of the intercoastal and have a drink brought to you buy there friendly staff. don't bring your kids they will be bored.
Jerry & Teresa Perry