Staff Picks: Destin & 30A Vacation Rental Kitchens

Favorite kitchens from locals that live, work, and play at the beach!

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When planning a vacation to Destin and 30A, one of the most important things to do is book a rental that works best for you. The perfect rental is different for everyone--whether it's having immediate beach access, a large living room with coastal views, or a grand master suite with a romantic balcony. For some, the perfect rental includes a great kitchen. That is why we polled our Ocean Reef staff to find out which kitchens they love the most out of our rental selection. If a great kitchen is on your list of must-haves in your beach rental, then one of these homes might be for you!

Because we are a large, local company that prides itself on hiring people that live, work, and play in the communities we offer rental homes, we greatly value our staff's opinions when it comes to our homes—and we hope you do, too! They are knowledgeable and know just what our vacationers are looking for in a vacation rental. Check out our staff picks for Destin & 30A vacation rental kitchens to find out if any of these are just right for your next coastal getaway.


Reflections Vacation Home Kitchen

6 Bedrooms / 6.5 Bathrooms / 20 Guests

With the most votes by our staff, the sleek and modern kitchen at Reflections kitchen came in as the clear winner. This stunning beachfront home is located in Santa Rosa Beach. The home radiates a coastal elegance that extends to the kitchen. When asked about why he voted for the Reflections kitchen, Adam in Maintenance said he liked it for its "updated look, view from the kitchen to the rest of the house, and the large island for hanging out." The kitchen is part of a large, open great room with sunny windows and doors that overlook the shimmering coast. Gleaming white countertops, custom cabinetry, and a tile backsplash show off the kitchen's sophisticated style. Stainless-steel appliances, including a side-by-side refrigerator and a modern range hood contrast gracefully with the subtler white tones of the kitchen. The island has four saddle-topped stools, providing additional space for casual dining. With so much space, as well as top-of-the-line appliances, this kitchen is great for experimenting with new culinary recipes, cooking up fancy vacation dinners, mixing tropical drinks, and dining in luxury.

Wahoo Yahoo

Wahoo Yahoo Vacation Home Kitchen

7 Bedrooms / 8 Bathrooms / 20 Guests

Our second most popular kitchen can be found in the Mediterranean-styled Wahoo Yahoo vacation rental in Destin's prominent neighborhood of Destiny by the Sea. Of this incredible kitchen, Valerie in Reservations said, "I like the Wahoo Yahoo kitchen because of the colonial-style features and open concept. The lighting and cabinets have a cozy rustic look with a farmhouse/antique theme. There is a plethora of cabinet and countertop space for entertaining, along with an island with barstools. It looks relaxing and inviting. The coffered ceiling is also an attractive addition to complete the colonial look. I could totally see myself in the kitchen baking!" Adam also chimed in on this one, as it's his second favorite kitchen, adding that he loves the space and size, as well as the giant island for everyone to sit around. Other notable features include elegant glass-front cabinets, granite countertops, a deep farmhouse sink, industrial-style light fixtures, and stainless-steel appliances.

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Barefootin Vacation Home Kitchen

5 Bedrooms / 5.5 Bathrooms / 14 Guests

Another popular staff choice is the kitchen at Barefootina Gulf-front rental in Old Florida Beach just off Scenic Highway 30A. In keeping with the colorful beach theme, this open kitchen features sunset-toned walls and faces glass windows and doors that overlook the shoreline. Nelson in Reservations voted for this kitchen because it "has an open floor plan with a big kitchen area made for entertaining and seating a large group. You also have a view of the beach from the kitchen and dining area. Plus, the ceilings are tall, making the room feel bigger than it really is." Lori in Guest Services also loves the Barefootin kitchen, including the "large dining table, bar seating, a stove with an additional built-in wall oven, and two dishwashers." With the wraparound bar, spacious cabinets, and countertops, and quality appliances, this kitchen really is perfect for both serving up tasty coastal dishes and enjoying meals with your fellow vacationers.

Bay Cottage

Bay Cottage Vacation Home Kitchen

3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 8 Guests

Located in SandestinBay Cottage is a new home to our rental programand its kitchen certainly doesn't disappoint. Derik in Reservations said, "It looks like a stock kitchen photo you would see on a home kitchen design website to showcase the cabinets or backsplash." It's true! Modern white cabinetry and the sleek tile backsplash combine with gleaming countertops and brushed-stainless steel appliances to create a kitchen that belongs in a magazine. The adjacent dining area boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with Bay views that you can also enjoy from the kitchen. Two skylights add extra natural light, making a warm and pleasant environment for serving up your favorite vacation meals.

Once Upon a Tide

Once Upon A Tide Vacation Home Kitchen

7 Bedrooms / 7.5 Bathrooms / 28 Guests

The kitchen in Frangista Beach's Once Upon a Tide was another popular choice among our staff. When asked about what he likes about the kitchen, Ivan in Guest Services said, "It's very nautical-esque, which is enhanced by the white tones and accent blues, as well as the hardwood dining table that sits beside the kitchen. It's a pretty nice ocean vibe." The kitchen's nautical look is complemented by rustic light fixtures, contemporary seating at the island and dining table, and coastal décor. The open concept allows for easy entertaining, as well as hanging out with your fellow guests.

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Grayt Oasis

Grayt Oasis Vacation Home Kitchen

5 Bedrooms / 5.5 Bathrooms / 12 Guests

Featured in Coastal Lifestyle Magazine, Grayt Oasis in 30A's Grayton Beach has an open-concept kitchen that invites vacationers to cook and dine in relaxed luxury. This kitchen has a coastal-elegance-meets-subtle-nautical vibe. White shiplap walls connect with a white-and-cream tiled backsplash. White and blue cabinetry is complemented by sleek countertops. Beach chic lighting and six modern island chairs add to the look. For Josh in Maintenance, the Grayt Oasis kitchen is his favorite. He says it's just his style, and that it has nice appliances and a view of the lake.

Off the Hook

Off the Hook Vacation Home Kitchen

8 Bedrooms / 8.5 Bathrooms / 26 Guests

Located in Destin's Miramar Beach, the newly constructed home Off the Hook's kitchen is exactly what you'd expect—off the hook! If you're looking for something with a little more space to store your food and ingredients, this is the kitchen for you. Not only are there spacious cabinets and expansive countertops, but the large fridge also offers ample storage space as well. Tonya in Reservations even pointed out this prominent feature, saying, "I like the new kitchen in Off the Hook. The fridge is huge!" Another thing to love about this kitchen is the laidback design that includes a wood tray ceiling, straw-topped saddle stools, a diamond-tile backsplash, and light blue accent paint.

The Lonestar Sandcastle

The Lonestar Sandcastle Vacation Home Kitchen

5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 12 Guests

Another of our kitchens that received votes is that of Lonestar Sandcastle in Destin's Holiday Isle. This expansive kitchen has brushed stainless-steel appliances, a culinary island with a farmhouse sink and stool seating, custom white cabinets, and a stylish backsplash. It also features a custom-built wet bar with a wine rack and glass-front cabinetry. A large white dining table in the kitchen area offers the perfect spot for casual meals or formal dining.

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