Once upon a time, everything from Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach all through South Walton and even reaching into Panama City Beach was referred to as “Destin” - which was the original crown jewel of the Emerald Coast. Over the past 30 years, other “jewels’ have been exquisitely created along this route that include Okaloosa Island, Miramar Beach, picturesque coastal villages along South Walton's Scenic 30A and in Panama City Beach itself. Here is a snapshot of 10 beautiful vacation rentals that are right on the white sand beach “near” Destin proper, just a close distance away.
Waterscape 404C is on Okaloosa Island just west of Destin on the other side of the shimmering white National Seashore. The play on words here is intentional since you may “escape” to the “water” at this delightful liquid playground. Adults will enjoy the sophisticated, refined amenities and comfortable furnishings of this two bedroom vacation rental residence and the kids will love the pool playground that borders the glorious beach. Bunks, trundles, and a sleeper sofa will accommodate up to eight happy guests. The spacious living area has a balcony that overlooks a palm-studded oasis that incorporates the interconnecting lagoon pools with mini islands, a shallow water kid’s playground with colorful sculptures and the gorgeous beach in the background.
Castle in the Sand
Castle in the Sand is a classic Mediterranean style home with five bedrooms accommodating 10 privileged guests and places you in the “lap of luxury” at the exclusive gated residential community of Shipwatch. This Miramar Beach location is half-way between Destin proper and the coastal South Walton villages along Scenic 30A, giving you the best of both worlds. This stately four-story beach palace has six bedrooms and accommodates up to 14 fortunate guests. The sunny spacious living areas reflect refined elegance, delightful detailing and superlative flourishes while comfortable furnishings provide a wonderful coastal casual ambiance. Many of the bedrooms include en-suite luxury baths, sunrooms, and beach balconies.
Lotsa Fun Too
Lotsa Fun Too is located at the exclusive gated residential community known as Vizcaya, a wonderful world of its own off Scenic 30A in Dune Allen Beach. This Tuscan styled enclave has its own large pool nearby, but the beautiful beach beckons you to take a dip in the gorgeous gulf from below this home’s prominent perch from high atop a sugary dune. Five beautiful bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests with rich classic elegance. The Dune Allen Beach location is the western gateway to the Scenic 30A lifestyle just a short distance away from favorite beachfront restaurants, specialty shops, friendly bars and an abundance of amusements.
You will be counting your Blessings at this well-named hospitable beachfront vacation home that has been updated. It is perfect family and friend beach reunions with the ability to accommodate up to 24 happy beachgoers. It offers sensational views of the jewel toned waters of the glittering gulf. A large private 26 x 12-foot pool allows you to go from taking a freshwater dip to luxuriating in the glowing gulf in no time. This Santa Rosa Beach location is across from the Gulf Place center that features restaurants, bars, galleries, boutiques, seasonal festivals, and concerts.
Salt Life is also in Santa Rosa Beach near Destin. This Mediterranean style vacation rental is full of surprises. The home is opulent yet relaxed, stately and sophisticated yet colorful and whimsical. Touches of vibrant color and tasteful artwork have a distinct upscale Floridian flair. The five bedrooms include bunks and futons with the ability to sleep up to 15 guests. It provides stellar views of the gulf from the living room, dining room, kitchen and twin master bedrooms suites. A private courtyard pool along the side of the home provides a hidden sanctuary with outdoor furnishings and a soothing waterfall for serenity.
Sea Haunts 3A
Sea Haunts 3A is an attractive three bedroom vacation rental townhome with gulf views across the dunes and can sleep up to 10 guests. This gated, secluded community is located south of Scenic 30A in South Walton but is also close to the lively Santa Rosa Beach town center of Gulf Place. The interiors are professionally decorated with furnishings done in peaceful pastel colors and accented by chic beach-inspired decorative art. Sea Haunts shares amenities with its exclusive neighbor San Remo beside a lovely lagoon with two swimming pools and a simmering hot tub. There’s plenty of room for watery frolic in the pools or on the beautiful beach below.
Are We There Yet
Are We There Yet is a classic Floridian home asks and answers this question with a big yes - in more ways than one! It is a beautifully decorated well-appointed home with modern amenities that will make you feel like you are staying in a celebrity’s place on the California coast. However here you are looking out upon dazzling emerald toned waters in Blue Mountain Beach, which boasts the highest elevation on the Gulf of Mexico. A soaring ceiling in the living area has walls of glass doors leading out onto an observation sun deck with vivid vistas extending as far as you can see into the sparkling southern horizon. Three of the four bedrooms in this gracious home are Master Suites with king-sized beds and private luxury baths. Two of them are gulf front with glass doors that open onto a beach balcony that offers dazzling views and allows you to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the soothing surf.
Everybody Loves A Shore Thing
Everybody Loves a Shore Thing, and you will too at this brand new aptly named beachfront vacation rental home with five bedrooms and six baths located in Seacrest Beach, at the eastern end of Scenic 30A. It soars three stories tall high upon a sugar white dune with 180-degree views extending as far as the eye can see. You may swim in the luminescent gulf or take a dip in the covered private pool. A Great Room has a wall of floor to ceiling windows and doors that lead out to the beachfront balcony that spans its entire width. This comfortably furnished gracious open room looks out upon the sensational seascape.
Shoreline Villas 15
Shoreline Villas 15 is a beachfront vacation rental in Sunnyside at the far western edge of Panama City Beach. This property has two bedrooms and a loft, able to sleep eight happy beachgoing guests. This charming cottage-like condo has all the comforts of home but the star of the show is the glorious beach, viewed from double level balconies. A third beach level covered patio below has chairs and a picnic table where you may dine and drink while enjoying the sensational surf. This awesome locale places you conveniently close to area grocery stores, restaurants, lively bars, abundant amusements and superb shopping.
Splash 106E is a two bedroom vacation rental that sleeps six in a luxury beachfront tower conveniently centered in Panama City Beach. Splash is a perfect name for this resort that includes a fantastic Waterpark with a meandering “Lazy River,” multiple play pools, slides, tubes, tunnels, water cannons, spurting geysers, a giant mushroom waterfall and a huge bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water down on the swimmers below. A poolside bar and grill will help you relax with tropical drinks or savory snacks. There is simmering hot tub for soothing stress and a Video Arcade for fun. Besides all this the bright beach is just steps away.
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