Posted on 8/12/2022
Ocean Reef Resorts has provided fine, hospitable vacation homes to generations of happy guests for forty years. What started as a trip to the beautiful beach by "first-comers" evolved into bringing their own children down in later years to create magical memories along the sugary coast. Then their kids brought their own children to continue the wonderful family tradition. Now generations of families experience the glowing jewel-toned waters of the Gulf along with other delightful amusements to create meaningful memories that will last a lifetime!
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The following ten beach vacation homes in Destin and along South Walton's Scenic 30A were our highest in-demand rentals for the summer, based on views. Whether you are planning a lovely family beach vacation or a great reunion with your closest friends, take a look at each of these and choose your favorite!
10). Beach House
6 Bedrooms / 6 Full Baths 3 Half / 20 Guests
The Beach House was distinctively designed for gracious living and entertainment. This massive beachfront Destin home with nearly 4,000 square feet includes six comfortably furnished bedrooms filled with multiple beds and can sleep twenty happy guests. It provides the perfect place to entertain large groups of families or friends since the bedrooms are located on two upper levels, and many feature glorious Gulf-front views. The primary bedroom and two other guest quarters include luxurious private ensuite baths as well as their own breezy balconies to experience the sparkling vistas. This rental home boasts an open living area with an entire wall of glass doors framing the sensational seascape. They lead to an expansive beach deck to enjoy wining, dining and views. The Great Room is fantastic for entertaining with two full upscale kitchens with counter bars located at each end of the large, comfortably furnished living and dining area. Another beautifully appointed sunny living area with skylights on the top floor features rooftop views of the Gulf from its own balcony.
9.) Majestic Sun Penthouse 1200
5 Bedrooms / 7 Full Baths / 27 Guests
The Majestic Sun Penthouse 1200 provides an incredible setting of pampered residence for twenty-two fortunate guests with five lavishly furnished bedrooms that include luxurious ensuite baths. This amazing penthouse includes two spacious levels, a third-level loft, and a crow's nest. The main open first-floor living, dining, and kitchen area features plush, elegant furnishings along with four large glass door portals that showcase the Gulf's beauty. They lead out to a breezy veranda with soaring arched openings overlooking the dazzling Gulf. Rich Tuscan-styled décor includes masterful oil paintings, decorative art, and handsome domed vintage chandeliers. The regal dining area, which seats eight, features a towering tray-framed, hand-painted faux atrium displaying a beautiful blue sky with white streaming clouds. The Majestic Sun features incredible amenities, which include a wide promenade on the wide, shimmering beach, an outdoor gulf view patio with a swimming pool, and bubbling hot tubs. An indoor swimming pool with a multi-story cathedral ceiling spills into the outdoor pool and features a giant window wall looking out towards the Gulf.
8.) 3 Doors Down
5 Bedrooms / 4 Full Baths 1 Half / 16 Guests
3 Doors Down is a newly-built 30A beach home that soars four stories tall right across from the white sand shoreline and has five bedrooms to accommodate sixteen fortunate guests graciously. Two levels of verandas and an open rooftop sun deck take full advantage of the sensational scenic beach views. Besides, the beautiful beach guests enjoy the refreshing use of the large swimming pool out back. An expansive lanai that overlooks the pool area features a comfortable seating area with a large wall-mounted flatscreen TV, an outdoor kitchen with a full-size refrigerator freezer, a free-standing stainless steel gas grill, and a built-in bar for entertaining. A game room indoors includes a ping pong table, a dart board, a flatscreen TV, and access to a convenient full bath.
8 Bedrooms / 8 Full Baths 2 Half / 25 Guests
Atlantis is a huge recently completed three-story Destin beach home with multiple beds and bunks that comfortably sleeps twenty-five privileged guests. This highly hospitable rental with eight bedrooms includes guest suites on every level, multiple spacious living areas, and is just a short stroll away from the crystalline shoreline. It features a heavenly paradise with a massive, elegant lagoon-shaped pool adorned with palm trees and includes an expansive paver stone patio for sunny leisure time. A stylish pavilion bar juts out into the water, where you may enjoy your favorite tropical drinks in the pool while a bubbling hot tub cascades down into the pool on the other side. A wide veranda with comfortable furnishings and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV above the bar for entertainment overlooks the exquisite pool. Two primary suites with luxurious baths on the top floor feature verandas overlooking the pool and scenery. A nice den on this level is off an additional guest bedroom and some bunk quarters.
6.) Skinny Dippin
5 Bedrooms / 3 Full Baths / 10 Guests
Skinny Dippin is a lovely captivating Destin rental home with five nautically nuanced coastal-styled bedrooms which can comfortably sleep ten carefree guests. Charming columned wraparound verandas on the first and second story levels along with a three-story observation turret that rises to three stories tall provides an enchanting setting. A backyard patio includes a wet bar and a gas grill for fun entertainment. This location in a private residential community off Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach places you close to everything this area has to offer. It's a short stroll away from the gleaming Gulf and a sparkling Gulfside Cottages neighborhood pool. This uniquely angled swimming pool has a patio for sunning that's adorned with lush tropical palms and includes attractive pergolas for partial shade.
5 Bedrooms / 4 Full Baths 1 Half / 22 Guests
Blessings is aptly named since it will grace you with such since this five-bedroom beach manor with multiple sleeping arrangements will make twenty-two members of your group feel immensely blessed. This glorious beachfront locale features spectacular beachfront vistas from high atop a sugary dune facing the dazzling jewel-toned Gulf on Scenic 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Besides having its own private beach, this rental also has a large 26 x 12-foot private pool. In no time, you can either be splashing around in freshwater or luxuriating in the jeweled waters of the Gulf. The locale is right across from Gulf Place, a coastal village center that offers delightful diversions with restaurants, bars, shopping adventures, seasonal festivals, and outdoor concerts.
4.) A Suite Life
2 Bedrooms / 2 Full Baths / 6 Guests
A Suite Life is a classic two-bedroom beachfront retreat that sleeps six for intimate family vacations and is perched right above the crystalline white beach at Dune Allen off Scenic 30A. This home is only steps away from the Gulf, providing endless views of the jeweled waters and soothing surf sounds. A balcony spans the entire house width, taking full advantage of the 180-degree views extending along the white ribbon of beach and far into the shimmering southern horizon. The comfortably furnished bright light open living area includes multiple windows that frame the limitless views beyond. This home is also a close distance away from the popular Gulf Place destination.
7 Bedrooms / 8 Full Baths / 22 Guests
Casablanca provides an ultimate regal 30A beachfront compound that can sleep twenty-two highly privileged guests since it has almost 7,300 square feet of generous living space, which includes a separate Guest House. This handsome Tuscan estate features extraordinarily beautiful antebellum-styled interiors with furnishings that offer supreme comfort. An expansive Great Room features gorgeous views of the Gulf and adjoins an open sun deck overlooking the beautiful beach for leisurely lounging. A comfortable club-styled Media Room features chocolate-colored leather seating that faces custom cabinetry with a large flatscreen TV for viewing pleasure. A game room on the top floor includes a pool table, a comfortable sitting area, a rooftop balcony, and has access to a wet bar. The attractive two-story guest house has a game room with a pool table and wet bar downstairs with a coastal-styled open living area, a kitchenette, a guest room with a king-sized bed, a full bath, and a bunk room for kids. This fabulous location is also near popular Gulf Place and the Santa Rosa Beach Club, which has a highly acclaimed golf course available for play. Nearby the popular "Vue on 30A" restaurant features Floridian- Caribbean-styled seafood with stellar beach views, and another favorite named "Stinky's Fish Camp" on Oyster Lake, which despite its name, features wonderful fresh gulf-caught seafood.
6 Bedrooms / 6 Full Baths 1 Half / 20 Guests
Reflections is a stunning newly completed beachfront vacation home with six bedrooms that can sleep twenty highly privileged guests with multiple beds. This bright stately 30A residence exemplifies classic colonial exterior styling, which dovetails with interior 21st Century amenities and creature comforts. It is such a gorgeous, gracious rental home it could be featured in an issue of Southern Living or Coastal Living magazine. The soaring paramount dune-top position provides phenomenal views of the shimmering shoreline all the way to Destin and features heavenly sunset vistas. A large open beach deck features a pool for a freshwater dip while steps lead down to your own private beach where you may luxuriate in the luminescent jewel-toned Gulf. A double set of verandas off the living area and some of the bedrooms, along with an open third-story sun deck, provides breath-taking views of the scenery. This locale is close to all the delightful diversions at the aforementioned Gulf Place, the Santa Rosa Beach Club golf course, and the popular restaurants nearby.
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1.) Villa Vittoria
5 Bedrooms / 4 Full Baths / 16 Guests
Villa Vittoria received the highest number of views from our Ocean Reef guests this summer in a field with an excellent array of candidates. This sumptuous Mediterranean-styled beachfront vacation home in Destin has five bedrooms with the ability to place sixteen guests in the lavish lap of luxury. Besides its own beautiful private beach, this property also includes a Gulf-front swimming pool and soaking hot tub for relaxation. Guest quarters feature comfortable contemporary coastal-styled furnishings and lovely appointments on all three levels. An open Great Room on the second floor with gracious living, dining, and kitchen areas includes three walls of windows showcasing dazzling views of the Gulf. Three levels of furnished verandas decorated with stately white Byzantine swirled columns share these views of the glorious Gulf. A huge primary bedroom suite with a luxurious ensuite bath on the third floor has four double glass doors leading out to its own balcony to enjoy romantic beach views. This prestigious Gulf-front locale is in Destin's exclusively gated Dunes of Destin, which features a tropical paradise with a large lagoon festooned by fountains that are magically uplighted at night. A large community resort pool beside it is available for use if you ever tire of your own beachside private pool. This fantastic locale places guests close to the golden Americana-styled HarborWalk Village on the marina with loads of restaurants, bars with live music, specialty shops, fun festivals, concerts, seasonal fireworks, pontoon boat rentals, sunset dinner cruises, dolphin sightseeing excursions, and even a pirate ship treasure hunt adventure. Ocean Reef Resort guests receive complimentary reduced rates on many of these wonderful pursuits.
Now that you have had a peek at some of our most in-demand Destin & 30A beach homes for summer, enjoy exploring each of them to pick your favorite. Our state-of-the-art website will show detailed descriptions, vivid property images, seasonal rental rates, and calendar dates that are available to make reservations. Get ready to experience an amazing beach vacation with loved ones!