Destin Vacation Rentals: Condos vs. Homes

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The common denominator for a fantastic family vacation or reunion with friends at the beach is the Destin area itself, where generations of families have made plans to stay in one of our distinctive vacation rentals. It’s no wonder since The Emerald Coast features bright white quartz crystal white sand beaches, jewel-like glittering gulf waters, championship golf courses, fishing adventures, water recreation sports, abundant restaurants, multiple shopping venues, lively bars, fun festivals, fireworks, free concerts, spectacular sunsets and Mother Nature at her best! Vacation rental properties extend from the bustling Destin Harbor to magical Miramar Beach and span across the picturesque coastal villages on Scenic 30A in South Walton.

If you are a first time visitor the question may be where to stay. Our user friendly website provides multiple images of each property, a complete description, a list of individual amenities and an interactive geographic satellite image providing a bird’s eye view of each locale. However, what’s the difference between staying in a luxurious condominium compared to a private family vacation home?  Here we go a few "rounds" to help you determine which property type will best suit your needs on your Destin Vacation.

Destin Condos

Destin Condo Rentals

Round 1. Condos are almost always situated right beside the -beautiful beach. Many are luxury high-rise towers that overlook the dazzling waters of the emerald toned gulf. However, this is not always the case because some of them may be in low-rise complexes that are only two or three stories tall.


Round 2. Condos generally have less square footage than vacation homes and average between one to three bedrooms in each. There are also some available that have four bedrooms, which are located in our Ocean Reef Resorts at Villas of Seagrove Beach, Villa Coyaba, Sea Winds, Summer Haven South and Ariel Dunes. We also have a luxurious five bedroom Penthouse perched high above the shore at the Majestic Sun. Note that many condominiums (as well as our homes) have queen size sleeper sofas available or bunk beds to accommodate extra guests. The total amount of guests that can sleep in each property is listed at the top of each description.


Round 3. Condos are almost all located in resorts or all inclusive properties that often include Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Tennis Courts, Fitness Centers or Restaurants on site. Some like the towers of Ariel Dunes I and Ariel Dunes II have swimming pools that encompass a total of 23,000 square feet of watery surface. Others like Majestic Sun have both an outdoor pool along with a giant climatized indoor pool with a cathedral ceiling and wall of glass overlooking the beach. Popular places like the Edgewater Resort or Amalfi Coast feature two swimming pools that sit side by side. Such amenities are listed beside each property description.


Round 4. Condominium towers often provide covered parking in a garage, include 24 hour security and can offer certain concierge services like special beach set ups or a Tram Service for getting around places such as Sandestin.


Round 5.  Since condos are in multi-story buildings few are located at ground level with bedrooms provided for those with ambulatory needs. However, nearly all condominiums have elevators available and most units are on a single floor.


Round 6. Although all condos provide individual comfortable space they have a higher density of people in the building than a single family vacation homes and do not have private pools or yards.

Destin Homes

Destin Home Rentals

Round 1. Although Ocean Reef Resorts offers quite a few exceptional vacation home rentals that sit beside the sugary white beach overlooking the glistening gulf others are located just a short stroll away. For those that are a little further away, some provide special Beach Trams for residents and guests in a residential community. A few other homes provide a complimentary golf cart for going to and from the beach. Vacation rental homes that aren’t gulf front are usually an easy walk to the beach and many neighborhoods have their own gated beach access.


Round 2. Ocean Reef Resorts represents all kinds of Destin vacation homes ranging in size from cozy cottages to magnificent mansions. Vacation homes are generally larger with more square footage than condominiums, which makes them ideal for big family or friend beach reunions. Many have four or five bedrooms each with the ability to sleep between ten to twenty guests. Some have eight or nine bedrooms with the ability to sleep between twenty-eight to thirty fortunate beachgoers since they often come with special guest quarters. Some of our larger properties include: It’s Five O Clock Somewhere; Pelican’s Roost; Tackle Box; Villa Rosa; and Seaspray 9. We also have a property in Frangista Beach called Port Royal that offers a total of ten bedrooms in two adjoining beachfront homes with five bedrooms in each home.


Round 3. Most homes do not feature all inclusive amenities like shared swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness centers or restaurants on site. However quite a few do have private pools and hot tubs. Gorgeous vacation homes located in places like Sandestin, Seacrest Beach, Frangista Beach, Destiny East, Destiny West, Villages of Crystal Beach and many others also have access to large gated community pools, hot tubs as well as tennis courts. Others are close to popular beachfront restaurants. When you search for one of our Ocean Reef Resorts homes you may refine your property search to pull up all of these homes for either private or community pools.


Round 4. Many of our vacation home rentals have a Master Bedroom Suite or a comfortable Guest Suite located on the first floor which may make it more easily accessible to those with ambulatory needs.


Round 5. Vacation rental residences offer more privacy than high-rise condominiums that have shared amenities. As previously mentioned many have private pools located in a secluded lushly landscaped setting. Some have bubbling hot tubs as well as a yard or playground for the kids.


Round 6. Unlike most condominiums, some of our vacation residences are Pet Friendly. In fact we have 38 different homes that will gladly accept your beloved four legged family member! You may easily refine your property search to view these individually.

Have you determined a winner? Browse our Destin condo rentals or Destin home rentals and start planning your next beach vacation!