Destin, Miramar Beach and the entire Emerald Coast have become a popular snowbird destinations in recent years. In fact our beautiful paradise here has officially been discovered and a majority of guests are booking their reservations one year in advance. It is not surprising since monthly rentals from November through February are at their lowest rates which offer our guests an outstanding value. Here at Ocean Reef Resorts we are happy to oblige and still have availability this year at three wonderful locations along Scenic Gulf Drive in dazzling Destin and mesmerizing Miramar Beach. They include the amazing Amalfi Coast, the luxury towers of Ariel Dunes I & II as well as the distinctive Destiny Beach Villas.
The Amalfi Coast is located across from an old sand dune on Scenic Gulf Drive which also marks one of the highest points of elevation in this part of the Gulf of Mexico. Panoramic views along the beach extend from the Sandestin Resort in the east all the way to Destin towards the west. The private beach access here includes a charming gazebo which takes optimum advantage of these views and offers a stairway that extends down to the beach below. This provides the perfect spot for a relaxing view of the coastal scenery as well as experiencing some really spectacular sunsets which occur over the Gulf from late fall until early spring. Full moons hover over the water during summer months providing a romantic, silver-splattered, magical view. The expansive Amalfi Coast Resort sits on over eight and one half beautifully landscaped acres with over 120 yards of private, gated beach front. The complex includes two large, adjacent swimming pools in front, one of which is heated seasonally. The over-sized pool decks with swaying palm trees are nestled next to a landscaped lagoon with Gulf views. This is accentuated by a long bridge which takes you with ease, to the gazebo's beach access point.
Spacious vacation rentals, from one to three bedrooms, can sleep up to ten guests. Each property comes with a fully equipped kitchen, open dining-living room areas with nine foot ceilings, washer/dryers, Cable TV, high speed internet access, as well as large breezy balconies that provide gorgeous views of the Gulf, the lagoon and the swimming pools below. There is a conference center on site for large gatherings, lighted tennis courts for comfortable night play and BBQ grills for a family cookout.
Just a stone’s throw away towards the west are the luxury high-rise towers of Ariel Dunes I and Ariel Dunes II. The two buildings sit side by side with views towards the south and southwest. During the day, they almost look like a mirage, appearing to rise magically out of water since multiple swimming pools surround them on the gulf side. During the evenings, the buildings look opulent since the columned, temple like crowns on each of them are up lighted at night for a spectacular effect. This provides a keen sense of the sophisticated, urbane cosmopolitan look you would normally see in Las Vegas or Miami but here they are in little Miramar Beach! We offer snowbird monthly rentals that have anywhere from one to three bedrooms. All are beautifully decorated and include nine foot ceilings, granite counter topped state of the art kitchens and spacious balconies. Each one has sweeping views of the shimmering jewel toned gulf towards the south, Stewart Lake and the Seascape Golf course towards the west and even views of Choctawhatchee Bay on the north side. During the fall and winter months you may sit on the balcony with your loved ones and view some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see due to this incredible bird's eye view.
Amenities at Ariel Dunes include the sprawling swimming pools which wrap around the bases of each building. Ariel Dunes I has two pools which encompass 11,000 square feet of watery pleasure. Right next door at Ariel Dunes II are two more pools encompassing another 12,000 square feet. The beach right on the other side of the appropriately named Scenic Gulf Drive, offers sparkling crystal sands that extend like a pure white ribbon along the emerald green waters of the gulf. The portion of the beach for the Seascape Resort enclave extends 2,000 linear feet, almost the length of seven football fields in length.
A restaurant and bar off the lobby in Aerial Dunes I is conveniently located for easy eating without walking or driving anywhere. Called The Cabana Cafe, it sits poolside with big floor to ceiling windows that take advantage of this watery locale. They feature steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, appealing appetizers, soups and salads made from scratch, homemade breads, hand tossed pizzas, a “build your own” custom burger and specialty ice creams. There is a gourmet coffee bar as well as a regular bar which also features late night, live musical entertainment.
Just a short distance to the west of Ariel Dunes is the affluent, upscale community of Destiny. This is an enclave of Mediterranean styled mansions for the most part but we have some great values here at what is called the Destiny Beach Villas. The location of these villas is awesome since they are nestled between a pristine coastal dune lake called Lake Destiny and the James Lee Park on Scenic Gulf Drive which overlooks the jewel toned waters. The Destiny Beach Villas are intimate in size with sweeping, unobstructed views of the coastal dune lake towards the north and the emerald green gulf towards the south. The James Lee Park on the beach has a long seaside promenade with multiple beach walkovers. It features a Victorian styled building that looks like an old fashioned pavilion and is known as The Crab Trap restaurant which serves delicious seafood.
Amenities offered at the Destiny Beach Villas include a refreshing pool and a charming gazebo to catch the ocean breeze as well as enjoy the sun. Although Destiny itself is comprised of many mansions and large second homes for its fortunate residents, the Destiny Beach Villas are cozy, charming, very affordable and among the best values available to our devoted Ocean Reef Resort patrons and their guests.
The locations of Amalfi Coast, Ariel Dunes and the Destiny Beach Villas are extremely convenient for our guests which make them a popular choice among our Destin snowbird clientele. Within walking distance of both the Amalfi Coast and Aerial Dunes is the Seascape Golf Club, who offer discounts to all guests of Ocean Reef. This Joe Lee designed, 71 par course, is bordered by lush pine forests as well as a myriad of tranquil lagoons with “water, water everywhere”. Fifteen of the eighteen fairways have landscaped, picturesque water features, many of which have breath taking views of the shimmering Gulf beyond! Guest discounts are also available on the beach at La Dolce Vita Water Sports for kayaks, paddle boards, wave runners, and a para-sail.
Due to the coastal, centralized location in Miramar Beach, there are many opportunities available to suit your desires. Beach side restaurants, located along Scenic Gulf Drive, include Rick's Crab Trap, The Whale's Tail, Pompano Joe's and Captain Dave's. Silver Sands, the largest designer outlet in the nation, as well as Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, are literally minutes away for the pleasure of shopping or entertainment.
Take a look at each Destin vacation rental property on our Ocean Reef Resorts user friendly web site. With multiple photos and individual descriptions, we're sure you will find your own perfect beach getaway. As always it is our distinct pleasure to serve you and yours.