Imagine humming along quietly on a sensational sunny day with a warm breeze blowing through your hair as you glide along with friends and family passing vivid jewel toned waters, sugary white beaches or lushly landscaped resorts. Your favorite drinks are in the cooler and a picnic basket is packed for the day so you’re ready to relax at one of the scenic spots along the way. Maybe you are taking a fun leisurely tour visiting art galleries, doing some boutique shopping or enjoying some fresh seafood along the way. If you are fortunate enough, your mode of transportation for these adventures is a golf cart. Ocean Reef Resorts happens to have some fine vacation rental homes available that includes this wonderful form of conveyance. Two of these homes, located at the prestigious privately gated Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, are called “Tuscan Breeze” and “Villa Aqua”. Both come with golf carts and are centered in the heart of this world class community which is minutes away from all sorts of scenic delightful diversions. Besides going to the beach, you and your family can enjoy taking a serene sunset drive through this gorgeous place on the way to the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf for a fun evening of entertainment. Many guests here use their carts to scoot down Grand Boulevard for dining, boutique shopping, to catch a movie or even to get groceries at Publix.
Tuscan Breeze is a two story Mediterranean styled rental home in the new residential community in Sandestin known as Villa Lago. This plush, comfortable three bedroom home was recently completed and is stylishly decorated with the best of everything. The mission terracotta tiled roof and stucco walls give it a distinctive old world charm but the indoors are thoroughly 21st century with all the modern conveniences. The main living area has a multitude of sunny windows which create a cheerful ambiance during the day. At night you will enjoy viewing the mounted flat screen TV that sits at the end of this room. It is flanked by two plush full sized couches and two big comfortable armchairs which face the TV for almost Movie Theater type viewing. Decorative accents and lamps sit on molasses colored side tables which provide a warm feel. An open kitchen has state of the arts stainless steel appliances that will easily accommodate all your culinary needs. Three light amber domes hang suspended over a thick granite counter top that is richly mottled and has three wooden bar stools provided for the special enjoyment of eats and drinks. A separate dining room has a square wooden table with six matching ladder backed chairs which are milk chocolate in color. An elegant shaded chandelier is suspended above providing an enchanting glow. Besides the three beautiful bedrooms, there is also a Bunk Room so that this home can comfortably sleep eight guests, all in beds. The Master Bedroom Suite has a massive scrolled mahogany frame that almost looks like a barge containing a king sized bed. This faces a large wall mounted flat screen TV for easy viewing. Nearby is a glass door that leads out onto a romantic Tuscan balcony that looks down upon a long lagoon. The Master Bathroom is very luxurious with a deep garden tub encased in marble with two separate granite topped vanities on each side. A glassed in shower is off to one side so that two of you may get ready at the same time if you're in a rush catch a sunset and make that special dinner reservation at nearby Baytowne Wharf. The two Guest Bedrooms are also beautifully decorated with access to a full bathroom. Both guest bedrooms are provided with flat screen TVs. There’s also an alcove that contains twin Bunk Beds for the kids. The golf cart that comes with all of this puts you minutes away from the New Orleans inspired Village of Baytowne Wharf with live musical entertainment, restaurants, boutiques and lots of family fun.
Villa Aqua is another two story Mediterranean styled vacation rental that has three bedrooms with three full bathrooms and is able to accommodate up to seven guests. It is also conveniently located in Villa Lago on the 114 acre site right in the middle of the prestigious Sandestin Golf, Tennis and Beach Resort next to the rolling grounds of the Baytowne Golf Course. This home’s charming design also looks like something you might see along the coast of Tuscany. The pastel colored stucco walls, wrought iron balconies and a terracotta roof create this old world effect. However, the interiors are completed with modern 21st century amenities and appointments. The crisp chic modern family room has very comfortable furnishings accented with hip, fashionable decorative art and an extra wide wall mounted TV for evening entertainment. An open kitchen includes a rich mottled granite counter top and state of the art appliances where you can create your own savory seafood family feast. A charming dining table located nearby sits beside the open spindle railed staircase that connects to the three bedrooms and three full baths on the second floor. There is also a covered porch on the first floor level that looks out onto a long lagoon festooned with fountains as well as a convenient half bath that serves as a Powder Room. The Master Suite upstairs has a handsome wood carved, four posted bed as well as a large private bathroom with a dressing area and walk-in shower. The other two Guest Rooms also have their own full baths. One has a queen sized bed that faces a sunny window balcony while the other has bunk beds with double berths. All three bedrooms have their own flat screen TVs for private viewing pleasure. Villa Aqua's location is close to Baytowne Wharf which is within walking distance but why not enjoy taking a ride in the golf cart? The Villa Lago community also has its own refreshing private pool with a handsome three gabled, terracotta roof tiled building that comprises separate bathroom facilities, dressing rooms and showers. It includes a palm studded patio with an arbor, large round decorative metal tables and smaller side tables flanked by chaise chairs for lounging around the sparkling pool.
For those Ocean Reef Resorts guests who may be staying at one of our other fine vacation rental properties (off the resort) without a golf cart, there are other rental cart options for inclusion. One of them is provided by The Electric Cart Company in Santa Rosa Beach on Highway 98 east of Sandestin. This family owned enterprise takes great pride in being involved with every customer and also provide a 10% discount for golf cart rentals to all Ocean Reef Resorts guests. As this form of transportation has become more popular it has diversified with many makes and models. In fact like the others, the Electric Cart Company differentiates and rents regular golf carts or what are called Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and Low Speed Vehicles, (LSVs). NEVs may be used in private community areas but not necessarily on the public highways. In order to be “Street Legal” these vehicles must be able to go up above 20 mph, have headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, night reflectors on all sides, a three point seat belt system, interior and exterior mirrors, and a parking brake. They are best used for short trips since the average total range when fully charged is not more than sixty miles. These vehicles come in a wide variety of colors and designs seating two, four and up to six passengers or a “six pack” as some locals like to say. The Electric Cart Company is creating a name for themselves as the area’s largest dealers of Street Legal LSVs. Cart delivery and pick up is part of their rental service from Destin all the way to Panama City Beach. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance, with a $100 deposit and a minimal rental period for two days, at electriccartcompany.com or by calling 850.622.2000.
Another golf cart rental company is Dixielectricar of Destin, located next to the Super Wal-Mart on Highway 98 with a warehouse collection at 116 “A” on North Holiday Road in Miramar Beach. They offer a wide variety of Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) and are the exclusive representative of E-Z-Go , a Textron Company which was a pioneer of golf cart production years ago when these vehicles were just used for golfing. Golfers are well aware of this brand since they are used on the top ten golf courses in America according to Golf Digest Magazine and endorsed by legendary Jack Nicklaus. They also carry other brands of LSVs and have a fairly wide selection.
Imagine renting a LSV Golf Cart and cruising down South Walton’s Scenic 30A as you hop from one charming village to the next while viewing the pastoral splendor of the state parks and glistening luminescent waters of the gulf. In Miramar Beach you might be taking in the scenery as you head down Scenic Gulf Drive which parallels the coast on the way to one of the beach side restaurants there. If you are staying in Destin you may want to head down to Harborwalk Village to experience the action around the marina. No matter where you spend your Destin Vacation or where you want to go, this form of transportation is the way to do it since a number of our Ocean Reef Resort guests have learned that the journey “to and from” can be as much fun as the destination itself!