Downtown Destin Condos

The Heart of the Emerald Coast

Posted on 4/26/2022

Ocean Reef Resorts has been providing fine distinctive beachfront vacation rentals along the Emerald Coast to generations of happy guests for forty years. Today they extend from Destin to Miramar Beach, along Scenic 30A, and all the way out to Panama City Beach. However, many of our visitors enjoy renting condominiums near all the happenings in dazzling Destin itself. Besides the bright, beautiful beaches, this locale now known as "Downtown Destin" has close proximity to an abundant array of restaurants, lively bars, grocery stores, and shopping destinations.

Delightful diversions of all kinds are found nearby at Destin's crown jewel of HarborWalk Village, which sits beside the marina and is home to the largest private charter fishing fleet in all of North America. This golden Americana-styled village includes restaurants, bars with live music, unique family amusements, outdoor concerts, fun festivals all year long, and vibrant seasonal firework displays. Ocean Reef Resorts guests enjoy special reduced rates there for fishing adventures, pontoon boat rentals out to the giant boat party at Crab Island, dolphin sightseeing adventures, sunset dinner cruises, and even a treasure hunt aboard a large sail masted boat with a rollicking costumed crew of pirates.

Destin Commons

Destin Commons is a short distance away, providing an idyllic and highly popular shopping destination. European-style turret towers, a classic fountain, a kid's geyser plaza, and palm-lined avenues provide a captivating setting. It features a large Bass Pro Shop, a Belk's Department Store, fine clothiers, fashion boutiques, shoe shops, jewelers, restaurants with casual bars, and an AMC Multiplex Theater. Grocery stores and wine shops are also conveniently close by. Here is a brief look at eight gulf-front condominiums in Downtown Destin which include vacation rentals for our fortunate beachgoers - listed in alphabetical order:

Destin Beach Club

1150 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Sterling Shores

1751 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Emerald Towers

1044 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Silver Dunes

1030 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Pelican Beach Resort

1002 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Silver Shells Resort

15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

Sterling Sands

1080 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

SunDestin

1040 US-98, Destin, FL 32541


Destin Beach Club

Destin Beach Club Downtown

1150 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

The Destin Beach Club is a low-rise condominium building that sits right beside the beautiful shore on Scenic Highway 98 in Destin. It is comprised of a total of only forty-eight units, which gives guests a privileged sense of privacy compared to high-rise towers nearby. It is quite romantic since all of them include one bedroom with a private ensuite bath. However, bunk beds and a queen-sized sleeper sofa can accommodate up to six guests. An additional full bath off the hallway also serves as a convenient powder room. This beach club includes an expansive gulf front patio surrounding a shimmering swimming pool, a bubbling hot tub, and grills for poolside cookouts.


Emerald Towers

Emerald Towers Downtown Destin

1044 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Emerald Towers is an exclusively gated beachfront resort with tropical landscaping on Highway 98 near Destin's private airport. It has a total of eighty-five spacious vacation residences that encompass fifteen floors of this luxury high-rise building. They include two and three-bedroom vacation rentals with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with glass doors in the open living areas. They frame glorious gulf views and provide access to beach balconies. A large lagoon-shaped swimming pool and simmering hot tub with a spacious, lushly landscaped patio face the glowing emerald-toned gulf. Gas grills and a beach bar invite you to enjoy a cookout beachside. A fitness center with a wall of glass overlooking the gulf side pool includes dressing rooms, showers, and its own sauna. Twin tennis courts on site are available for play that are lighted for cooler night matches.


Pelican Beach Resort

Pelican Beach Resort Downtown Destin

1002 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Pelican Beach Resort in central Destin off Highway 98 sits upon the crystalline white shore overlooking the glittering jewel-toned gulf. It includes two and three-bedroom vacation rental residences. All feature a full ensuite bath off the Primary Bedroom and an additional full hallway bath. Sliding glass doors provide balcony access from the open living areas and Primary Bedroom Suites. Besides the beautiful beach, this Downtown Destin resort boasts three sparkling swimming pools. One long curvy pool with an expansive palm-studded patio faces the gorgeous gulf. A beachfront Tiki Hut Bar serves tropical drinks and tasty treats and snacks for enjoyment by the pool or on the beach. Another pool on a raised terrace overlooks a lovely lagoon, while the third is an indoor pool partitioned with glass for light and views, which connects to an outdoor pool. Two hot tubs near the pools provide soothing relaxation, and one of them is in a beachside pergola near the Tiki Hut Bar. A charming casual coastal-styled café serves breakfast and lunch. A small market on-site has beach picnic provisions, including cold drinks, sandwiches, bakery items, and treats. This resort also has tennis courts, a fitness center, outdoor gas grills, and an arcade.


Sterling Sands

Sterling Sands Downtown Destin

1080 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Sterling Sands has a fantastic beachfront location in the heart of Destin, close to everything. This eight-story gulf front residential building includes one, two, and three bedrooms. Bright, spacious open living areas include tall nine-foot ceilings and an entire wall of windows with sliding glass doors leading out to the balcony, which provides stunning views of the gulf. Many rental residences have direct access to the beach balconies from both the living area and Primary Suites. The shimmering white beach spans 380 feet across beside a very spacious paver stone patio surrounding a large, uniquely angled swimming pool and a soothing hot tub. White railing on the pool patio features vivid "ship-like" views of the sparkling gulf, which extends far into the sunny southern horizon. A beachside snack bar offers cold refreshments and savory snacks. Sterling Sands also features a fitness center on-site.


Sterling Shores

Sterling Shores Downtown Destin

1751 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Sterling Shores has an optimum Downtown Destin location on Scenic Highway 98, and the lavishly landscaped grounds adorned with palm trees provide a tropical paradise in a lovely resort-style setting overlooking the gleaming gulf. This ten-story tall beachfront building with 160 individual condos, including one, two, and three-bedroom vacation rentals. Two and three-bedroom units feature wide balconies that span across from the open living areas over to the Primary Bedroom Suites, with direct access from each. The beautifully landscaped grounds are forested with clusters of tropical palm trees, which adorn the lovely surroundings of a huge lagoon-shaped swimming pool with five curvy sides. A Tiki Bar & Grill serves favorite drinks, seafood delights, sandwiches, and tasty snacks. A waterfall spills off the sides of a whimsical mushroom sculpture in the pool, much to the delight of kids. An additional gulf front pool sits beside the beautiful beach, which allows you to go from a pool plunge to a surf splash in no time at all. There is also a fitness center and a large media room theater on site.


Silver Dunes

Silver Dunes Downtown Destin

1030 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Silver Dunes is a residential condominium community located in an exclusive gated tropical oasis tucked away beside the gulf off Highway 98 in the heart of Destin. A five-story tall building provides sweeping views of the gulf across a lush lawn. It has two-story wings on each side that angle out towards either the southeast or southwest, providing everyone with vivid views of the sensational seascape. They span down toward the beautiful beach and are crowned by three-story tall buildings close to the sugary shoreline. These condominiums include one-bedroom units with one bath, two-bedroom properties with two full baths, and three-bedroom residences with three full baths. Besides the sugary shoreline, this complex also features a large unique swimming pool adorned with palm trees and tropical plantings. It resembles an hourglass with a straight angled wide side at one end and a smaller one at the other. There is also a game room, a fitness center, and two tennis courts are available for play.


Silver Shells Resort

Silver Shells Downtown Destin

15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

The Silver Shells Resort is an exclusive gated residential community in a wonderful world of its own yet centered near the heart of Destin off the Emerald Coast Parkway. The resort grounds spread across thirty acres of tropically landscaped acres beside the bright white beach. This distinctively upscale residential community includes six luxury high-rise towers named St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Barth, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts. They include beautifully furnished two, three, and four-bedroom residences. A huge pool lagoon encompassing 7,500 square feet provides a sparkling setting between the luxurious residential towers and the bright beach. The expansive pool patio is surrounded by islands of palm trees, a waterfall, and a bubbling hot tub located nearby. A rectangular lap pool with classic lines adjoins a columned veranda that is partly indoors and partly outside. This big tropical oasis beside the beach includes grills, a Kid's pool, and a playground. A state-of-the-art fitness club includes a wall of windows overlooking the gorgeous gulf. It also includes a luxurious, elegant full-service spa with a hair salon for facials, manicures, pedicures, and a variety of massages. There are also four tennis courts lighted for cooler night play and a basketball court.


SunDestin

SunDestin Downtown Destin

1040 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

The SunDestin Condominiums have an impressive presence on Highway 98 near the center of Downtown Destin. This exclusively gated beach resort soars eighteen stories high above its own shining crystalline beach. They include mostly one and two-bedroom vacation rentals with beach balconies that feature sensational gulf views. All of these nicely furnished vacation rental residences feature open living areas with walls of sliding glass balcony doors that frame the sparkling southerly views. SunDestin features two sparkling swimming pools, and one of them is on a spacious sun deck overlooking the jeweled waters of the gulf. A hot tub has a prominent perch above the beach, and a fun unique splash pad is provided for the kids. A Tiki Bar serves favorite drinks and delicious snacks poolside. There is also an outdoor grilling area that may inspire you to create your own fun Surf n Turf meal. A second pool is located indoors for year-round use near a fitness center and an arcade game room.


Enjoy taking a look at each of these here on our user-friendly website to see detailed descriptions, multiple images, seasonal rental rates, and calendar dates available for reservations.

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