Ocean Reef Resorts offers a multitude of distinctive private vacation rentals all along the Emerald Coast. We represent fine beachfront homes, cozy cottages a short stroll away from the gulf and condominiums from Destin all the way down Scenic 30A in South Walton. Some of our most sought after properties are the luxurious condominium communities that are established along Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. This route was the original old Highway 98 which was the only way to get into Destin from the east until Emerald Coast Parkway was completed in 1987. Since that time many popular condominiums resort communities have blossomed along this very “scenic gulf drive”. These include Edgewater, Amalfi Coast, Surfside, Majestic Sun, Maravilla and Emerald Waters.
Edgewater, at the far eastern end of Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach is a truly awesome to behold. Towering above the edge of the ever changing emerald toned gulf, this monumental masterpiece was inspired by a luxury hotel situated on the French Riviera. Our “Southern” Riviera duplicate is a stunning piece of work and an architectural icon. Like the original, Edgewater's design rises up in step like form at each level going from three stories tall at one end to nineteen stories in height at the other. Each tier has an open terraced balcony and some of our special Edgewater Vacation Rentals include this private space with up to 1,800 square feet available for outdoor entertainment. The entire crescent shaped building curves around twin tropical lagoon-like swimming pools. The resort grounds extend towards the 420 linear feet of private sugar white beach with expansive lush lawns accented with clustered islands of palms. Both pools are beside the beach and one has a refreshing waterfall while the other is seasonally heated for year round use. There is also a soothing hot tub, a kid's wading pool, shuffleboard, basketball courts and a fitness center on site.
The popular Amalfi Coast in Miramar Beach is located across from a towering sugary sand dune on Scenic Gulf Drive and marks one of the highest points of elevation here on the gulf. Panoramic vistas extend from Sandestin towards the east to the towers of Destin looking west and far into the southern horizon. An old fashioned gazebo takes optimum advantage of these views with a stairway that extends down to the private beach below. This resort spans over eight and one half beautifully landscaped acres with over 120 yards of exclusively gated beach frontage. The low rise complex includes two large swimming pools tucked beside one another framed by a towering row of palm trees. The expansive pool decks are perched above a lovely lagoon festooned with a fountain and accentuated with an arching pedestrian bridge that leads to the gazebo's beach access point. Amalfi Coast has lighted tennis courts for comfortable night play and BBQ grills for a poolside family cookout.
Surfside Resort is a luxury Miramar Beach condominium tower that was one of the first completed on Scenic Gulf Drive. This sensational work of architecture signifies its name since its locale sits beside the sparkling surf. The views are awesome since it rises up to sixteen stories tall with spacious balconies and oversized signature port hole windows located on each level. This all inclusive resort has private beach access with a direct connection from a pedestrian bridge that provides a scenic walkway to from a pool deck directly to the powdery white beach. The expansive sun deck allows you to sit pool side or in a simmering hot tub while enjoying the glistening gulf views and listening to the soothing surf sounds. There is a restaurant with a bar on site so you may dine here and sip on your favorite tropical drink. The Surfside Resort also has tennis, volley ball and basketball courts as well as a fitness center with a spa.
The Majestic Sun is another magnificent architectural treasure that provides a magical setting for its guests. This upscale high rise condominium resembles a giant sandcastle with an amazing arch that goes right through the center of the two interconnected towers. Beneath the soaring arch is an indoor climatized swimming pool with a three story tall cathedral ceiling and a full wall of glass that provides expansive views of the beautiful beach. A waterfall cascades down from inside and out into the adjacent outdoor pool that includes a spacious sun deck with two bubbling hot tubs. The beach has discounted water sports available for Ocean Reef Resorts guests. On the other side of the Majestic Sun there is a sprawling championship 18 hole golf course and professional tennis courts that also provides reduced rates for Ocean Reef Resorts patrons. (These complimentary discounts are available to all of our property guests through the special Reef Rewards program.) This golf course is set amidst natural lagoons and a coastal dune lake some of which have long bridges with gazebos to enjoy the gulf views. A remodeled fitness facility is also on site with weights and aerobic machines.
A short distance away toward the west in Miramar Beach is the exclusive upscale residential community of Maravilla. It sits directly across from the private beach which is easily accessible down the dune with its own gated shore access. One of two luxurious lagoon shaped swimming pools overlooks the gleaming gulf and has BBQ grills available for the creation of your own surf n turf feast while enjoying the views. Another heated pool within the community has a relaxing hot tub with its own set of grills, two tennis courts, shuffleboard and even a basketball court. A comfortable Club House adjoins this complex complete with restroom facilities and showers. Guests have access to a big open main living area, a complete kitchen and the exercise room in this private club. There is a fireplace available for cool evenings as well as an wide TV for entertainment or that “must see” sporting event.
Emerald Waters is an exclusively intimate mid rise Mediterranean styled enclave comprising only thirty-six condominium units. A privately gated beach access is right across Scenic Gulf Drive so in no time you may be luxuriating in the glowing “emerald waters” of the gulf. It is conveniently located on the corner of Scenic Gulf Drive and Holiday Road in Miramar Beach where it borders the prestigious palm lined neighborhood of Frangista Beach. These condos have open floor designs that include the living, dining area and kitchen area which is accessible to a private balcony with gulf views from the top floors of this four story structure. Units on the first floor have covered patios that are on the pool side. The entire building looks out upon the common area that is landscaped with palm trees, some magnolias and other tropical plants. It is centered by a lagoon shaped swimming pool surrounded by a stone patio. There is also a hot tub for relaxation and a gazebo which lends an air of laid back charm.
All of our condos on Scenic Gulf Drive are close to popular beachfront restaurants with friendly bars, grocery stores, wine outlets and bargain shopping at the nationally known Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Abundant family amusements, dining and shopping are also nearby at Baytowne Wharf as well as Grand Boulevard in Sandestin. Pick your own personal favorite condominium along Scenic Gulf Drive and enjoy!