Ocean Reef Resorts has received widespread acclaim from esteemed guests about our vacation rentals for over 37 years. Our properties come in all shapes and sizes with the ability to accommodate a couple, a small family of four, and up to a beach bonanza sized reunion of many more! Our user-friendly website allows folks to have fun choosing their favorite destinations every year, and it's always interesting to see how these compare.
This list shows the top ten most popular vacation resort properties based upon the demand for 2019, so far. It should be noted that all ten of these vacation destinations have a great Destin/Miramar Beach location near popular gulf front restaurants, friendly beach bars, grocery stores, and bargain shopping at the famous Silver Sands Premium Outlets, which is one of the largest discount designer centers nationwide. Restaurants, bars, fun festivals, and amusements are also minutes away at Sandestin's charming Village of Baytowne Wharf and upscale Grand Boulevard. Championship golf and tennis are very close by at Seascape, which provides complimentary reduced rates for Ocean Reef Resorts guests. Here is the countdown down to number one!
10. Costa Del Sol
Costa Del Sol is a charming townhome complex with a great location in Destin's Miramar Beach facing bright sugar-white shoreline on Scenic Gulf Drive. Besides being minutes away from popular gulf front restaurants along this route, you can stroll down the beach to a couple of them including the laid back Whale's Tail and vibrantly colorful Pompano Joe's. Three bedroom beachfront townhomes with shoreside balconies can sleep 12 to 14 guests.
Westwinds is a prestigious luxury high rise tower with a prominent position on the shimmering shore in the exclusively gated Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This wonderful world spans across 2,400 acres of lush grounds from the gorgeous gulf to the beautiful bay complete with four championship golf courses. The enchanting Village of Baytowne Wharf and the upscale Grand Boulevard have lots of restaurants, lively bars, specialty shops, and fun seasonal festivals. Westwinds is a tropical paradise with a beachside lagoon-shaped swimming pool set among clusters of palm trees, a bubbling Hot Tub beside a cascading waterfall to soothe your cares away, a spacious sun deck for luxurious lounging, and a Tiki Bar that serves frozen drinks along with savory snacks. Beautifully appointed vacation rentals here at Westwinds place four to six fortunate guests in the lap of luxury. Beachfront balconies provide stunning views, which include spectacular sunsets directly over the gulf, especially from autumn until early spring.
8. Beach Resort
Beach Resort is a low-density residential property with a perfect location on Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach, near the border of Destin. A one-bedroom residence with two full baths provides an excellent place for a romantic rendezvous but can sleep up to six happy beachgoers with the addition of bunks and a queen-sized sleeper sofa. A breezy balcony overlooks a spacious sun deck, a large double pool with a big mushroom-shaped waterfall, a simmering hot tub, and the jeweled gulf in the near distance.
Edgewater on Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach has become quite popular and just became one of the top ten destinations this year. This crescent-shaped beachfront high rise is a magnificent masterpiece in design with step-like terraces at its end that resembles a luxury cruise liner. The lavish, lush grounds adorned with palm trees include a natural lagoon festooned by a fountain, two large connected pools with a waterfall, a Tiki Bar, and 420 linear feet of crystalline white beach. The impressive amenities also include a fitness center, basketball court, shuffleboard, a kid's playground, and putting green. Opulent one, two, and three-bedroom residences sleep between six to ten privileged guests. Each one features a balcony or open terrace, which provide vivid views of the sensational seascape.
6. Sea Cabins
Sea Cabins provides an intimate, classic Destin setting for a fun family vacation that may hearken back to golden memories from your youth. These "cabins" beside Scenic Gulf Drive are actually lovely two-story townhomes nestled among nicely landscaped grounds with picnic tables centered upon a seasonally heated community pool. A shoreside pavilion across the street provides gated private entry to the bright white beach. All of the rentals come with a Master Bedroom upstairs and open living, dining, and kitchen areas downstairs along with an outdoor patio. Sleeper sofas and/or bunk bed nooks can sleep four to six beach-going guests.
5. Crystal Sands
Crystal Sands was in 6th place in 2018 and became even more popular this year. Two beachside buildings with one and two-bedroom vacation rentals easily accommodate six to eight guests. The larger two-bedroom properties have double levels with a dramatic cathedral ceiling that leads to a loft bedroom. The phenomenal location in Destin on Scenic Highway 98 is minutes away from popular restaurants and world-class shopping at Destin Commons. It is equidistant to all the action at HarborWalk Village in Destin and delightful diversions in Miramar Beach.
4. Ariel Dunes
Ariel Dunes includes two urbane luxury residential towers with a sophisticated Vegas or Miami architectural style that overlooks the dazzling jewel-toned gulf in Miramar Beach. Both towers are about 200 yards from the 2,000 linear feet of the shimmering sugary shoreline, and five gigantic swimming pools throughout the complex provide 23,000 square feet of freshwater fun. Ariel Dunes I faces the glistening gulf down a palm-lined entry with pools that comprise 12,000 square feet of sparkling fun. A shallow zero-entry and mushroom-shaped waterfall make it a fun, safe place for kids. Casual poolside drinks and dining are conveniently available at the colorful Cabana Cafe on site. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You may also enjoy having a cookout and dining poolside since grills are provided. A fitness center includes a steam room, sauna, and spa. Ariel Dunes II is right next door overlooking the Seascape Golf Course and a coastal dune lake with pools that encompass 11,000 square feet. Each individual property is worthy of pampered residential living with nine-foot ceilings and an eight-foot-tall sliding glass door in the living area that offers striking views of the dazzling gulf from balconies. Some balconies are accessible from both the main open living area and guest quarters. One, two, and three-bedroom rentals sleep between six to ten charmed guests while a four-bedroom splendid Penthouse sleeps fourteen.
3. Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast has always been a perennial Ocean Reef Resorts favorite in popular ranking and comes in at number three for 2019. The tropically landscaped grounds create a lush oasis that spans across over eight acres. Two large palm-studded sparkling swimming pools at its center overlook a lovely lagoon with a fountain magically up lighted at night. A spacious patio wraps around the twin pools and grills with tables provided for poolside dining. A raised pedestrian bridge crosses over the lagoon and leads to a high dune top gazebo with panoramic gulf views, which provides access down to the beautiful beach below. This Destin resort also features a fitness center, a basketball court, and twin tennis courts that are lighted for night play. The four-story tall complex has lovely one, two, and three-bedroom vacation rentals with balconies overlooking this heavenly setting and can sleep between five to ten guests.
Windancer is the second place winner among the top ten most popular vacation properties offered for rent and has an impressive location in the heart of Destin's Miramar Beach. This paramount point high upon a sugary dune allows enchanted guests to watch the wind and sun seem to dance together across the dappled surface. This four-story beachfront resort complex gives guests a privileged sense of privacy in this highly sought after part of the coast. One and two-bedroom beachfront vacation rentals sleep between six to ten guests with multiple beds. Every one of them features gorgeous unobstructed views that directly face the gleaming gulf and crystalline shoreline. The beachside pool allows guests to go from taking a dip in the pool to floating around in the glowing gulf waters in no time at all. A stone patio with grills invites you to create your own version of a "Surf n Turf" feast while stimulating your appetite with the scent of salty gulf breezes.
1. Majestic Sun
Majestic Sun is the regal first-place winner as the most popular vacation condo residence among Ocean Reef Resorts guests in 2019, so far. This is not too surprising since like Amalfi Coast and Windancer it held its place in the top three as the number one favorite vacation destination for another year! This architectural masterpiece is indeed "majestic" and faces the southern "sun," which casts its dazzling light above the glittering gulf. Two interconnected towers feature a see-thru arch in its center which resembles a giant sandcastle overlooking the wide sparkling ribbon of sugary white beach. Directly below this soaring arch is a large indoor climate-controlled swimming pool with a cathedral ceiling and glass walls that face the beautiful beach. This wonderful watery world interconnects and spills down to the adjoining outdoor pool. Hot tubs provide soothing relaxation on a spacious sun deck that looks across to a palm-lined promenade that runs beside the beach. A Fitness Center with glass walls also has views of the precious pool setting and gorgeous gulf. Beautifully furnished vacation rentals have one, two, and three bedrooms with the ability to accommodate six to ten grateful guests. One lavish recently remodeled 5,000 square foot Penthouse with five bedrooms and seven baths can sleep up to 22 guests in privileged splendor.
Enjoy making your plans now to take a look at these popular Destin condos for your next trip down. Each one includes detailed descriptions, multiple images, seasonal rates, and calendar dates of availability. Be sure to make reservations well in advance because these places are obviously in high demand. We know you will have loads of fun at your select "beach" home away from home!