7 Beach Homes that Live Up to the Hype

Magnificent vacation homes on the coast that guests love.

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Not only are Destin & South Walton home to the most beautiful beaches in the world, it also boasts some of the best beach vacation homes! Many of them are Gulf-front properties, meaning guests can enjoy endless views of their favorite coastline. They range from intimate one-bedroom homes to much larger rentals that can host big family reunions. Some feature private pools, and many provide immediate beach access over the snow-white sand dunes.

With all the amazing properties in the area, it might seem overwhelming when it comes time to hit “Book” on your vacation rental. But no one wants vacation planning to be stressful! So, here is a list of magnificent vacation homes on the coast that other guests love. Many of these have seen repeat guests and have received incredible feedback on post-departure guest surveys!

Check out these seven beach homes that definitely live up to the hype!


Reflections South Walton

Relax by the private pool of this stunning rental home and reflect on how awesome your life is, because life is definitely better by the beach! Located in Santa Rosa Beach, this Gulf-front residence is everything a beach lover wants in their vacation home. Reflections features an open and airy living space, six bedrooms with a total of three king beds, and six and a half bathrooms, all of which span across three separate levels. The living room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that offer spectacular, unparalleled views of everyone’s favorite Gulf Coast beach. Throw in the private pool and immediate beach access over the sugary dunes, and you will never want to leave this place! With space to entertain up to 20 guests, this is the perfect getaway spot for a family reunion or a friend retreat.  

Mer Le Soleil

Mer Le Soleil

Mer Le Soleil might not be in France, but this luxury home will certainly leave you feeling as though you are vacationing in paradise. Of course, that is because you are in paradise! The Emerald Coast is known for its pristine beaches, and this vacation home is perched right on the crystalline shore. Due to its optimal location, it not only provides breathtaking Gulf views, but also allows guests to go from their living room to the sandy shore in mere minutes. The crowning glory of this home, however, is that it boasts 13 bedrooms. Yes, you read that right – 13! With this much sleeping space, the home can comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests. The residence itself is made up of two side-by-side homes, making it the perfect rental for separate parties that want their own space but still want to vacation together. If you have an event coming up and family visiting, this might be the perfect place for you!


Firenze Gratyon Beach

Oh, hey there, Firenze! Located in the beautiful historic village center of Grayton Beach, this vacation home is one-of-a-kind. It includes six bedrooms, beachfront balconies, and a private pool. But that’s not all! The second level has a fun game room with Billiards, Foosball, and a cozy seating area with a TV. After a day soaking up the hot Florida sun, it is a welcoming treat to step into the air-conditioned game room and enjoy some friendly competition with your family and friends. Additionally, this home features a total of not one, not two, but six king-size beds. No need to worry about kicking your sister in your sleep because there is plenty of room to spread out! This home can accommodate up to 16 vacationers, so start calling all of your friends to plan that vacation you have been waiting for.

Crystal Cabana

Crystal Cabana Destin

This is not your typical beach cabana! This two-story, Gulf-front cabana in Destin is your ticket to heaven. Beach heaven, that is. Designed and decorated in a Mediterranean-meets-coastal style, Crystal Cabana is the embodiment of extreme relaxation. With five spacious bedrooms, there is room for up to 12 guests. A beautiful great room shows off incredible beach views, and the attached balcony is the perfect spot to curl up and watch a beach sunset. Besides the amazing living spaces, guests will certainly enjoy cooking up a scrumptious dinner in the state-of-the art kitchen, which features stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops, and a kitchen bar. The luxuries don’t end with the house, though! Because this rental is located in Destin, vacationers are conveniently located near amazing restaurants, popular bars, live entertainment, and so much more.

Lots Fun Too

Lotsa Fun Too Dune Allen

What good is a beach vacation if you don’t have Lotsa Fun? Lucky for you, that is the name of this beautiful rental home in Dune Allen Beach, therefore guaranteeing a good time! Features that put Lots Fun Too above and beyond the rest include the neighboring pool, a covered balcony on the second floor, and the open living room with windows that let in all the natural light. Take a freshwater plunge in the pool, enjoy your favorite tropical drink and the Gulf breezes from the balcony, or cozy up in the living room for some reading. No matter how you want to spend your vacation, this home has got you covered. With five bedrooms, up to 12 guests can enjoy the luxury of this vacation rental.

Caribbean Breezes

Caribbean Breezes Patio

Caribbean Breezes? More like Emerald Coast breezes! This Gulf-front rental home is located in Destin’s Miramar Beach, placing it near all things beachy – from coastal entertainment to seafood restaurants to popular bars. Unlike many homes on this stretch of the coast, this home resembles a nostalgic British Colonial residence in the tropics, and that makes it unique. The home can host up to eight guests and features four bedrooms with two king-size beds, one queen-size bed, and four twin bunks. The open living area has a bright and sunny atmosphere, which is accentuated by the tiled flooring and soaring, honey-toned hardwood ceiling. A private pool and sundeck are icing on the cake. Here, guests can enjoy a poolside breakfast before hopping on down to the beach for a sun-soaked day!


Abaco Grayton Beach

Welcome to your own private oasis. This Grayton Beach vacation home is perfectly placed near the iconic Western Lake and the beach, giving you the best of the freshwater and saltwater worlds! A private dock on the property encourages guests to enjoy the smooth lake. Spend your early morning hours paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, or simply enjoying the natural serenity of the lake while everyone else sleeps in. Once you are done on the lake, head on over to the salty side of things where you can relax on the sugary sand while listening to the break of jewel-toned waves. After the beach, finish relaxing from the privacy of your own beachfront hot tub. Abaco seriously has it all. With six bedrooms, five king-size beds, and one queen-size bunk, this rental can entertain up to 14 vacationers.

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