12 Excellent Vacation Rentals In Destin, Florida

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12 Excellent Vacation Rentals In Destin, Florida

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    Planning a trip to the Emerald Coast? Excellent idea! From soaking up the sun on its soft, sugar-white sandy beaches to teeing off at one of its many golf courses, this family-friendly destination offers plenty to see and do. Whether you’re looking for a condo for two or a large beach house for the whole family, we’ve rounded up some amazing vacation rentals from Vrbo and Airbnb for your trip to Destin.

    Kokomo Kove Beach Home With Pool And Carriage House

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    If you’re planning a family reunion or group getaway, check out this upscale three-story home in Kokomo Kove. It lies right across the street from private gated access to the beach. With the included carriage house, this vacation rental can sleep up to 22 people! Did we mention the large private pool and jacuzzi? Luxurious touches include a gas fireplace, a chef’s kitchen (complete with dual ovens and wine fridge), and a cabana by the pool. Several balconies offer views of the sunrise or sunset over the beach. Do note that seven-night bookings are required (Saturday through Saturday) during peak season, which is March through July, as well as holidays. Grab a bite a the Crab Trap or any of the other nearby eateries. Its Crystal Beach location is also close to shopping.

    Beachfront Penthouse Suite

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    Can’t you just see yourself lounging in this luxurious beachfront condo soaking up views of the Gulf? The gorgeous oceanfront views carry over to the master bedroom, which features its own access to the large, private balcony. Although there is only one bedroom, the condo can sleep up to five between the king-sized bed, sleeper sofa, and twin rollaway bed.

    Part of the SunDestin Beach Resort, the condo offer access to amenities such as an outdoor tiki bar, fitness center with hot tub, sauna, and steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, a water playground for kids, and more.

    Luckily, the condo’s western angle eliminates the sound of children’s delighted shrieks emanating from the pool and play area.

    The 950-square-foot condo also offers views of Destin and is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and attractions such as Big Kahuna Waterpark. There’s also a convenience store and restaurant on site.

    Oceania Gulfview Condo

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    Also conveniently located on Holiday Isle, this three-bedroom, three-bath condo boasts access to one of the largest private beaches in Destin. This 2,000-square-foot condo is part of the Oceania gated community and sleeps six. Enjoy views of the Gulf through the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors or out on the large balcony. Covered parking is provided just steps away from the elevator that goes up to the third-floor unit. During the season, beach setup is provided for guests every day of their stay.

    “Rise And Shine” Waterview Towers Condo

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    Nestled between the Destin Harbor and the Destin Pass, this condo can be found on the tip of Holiday Isle. This three-bedroom, two-bath condo is part of Waterview Towers and sleeps eight. In addition to a great harbor view, the main bedroom has a king-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom, and access to the balcony, while the second has all of the above with a queen-sized bed instead and is connected to the next bedroom via a shared bathroom. The third bedroom has a king-sized bed with a peek-a-boo view of the Destin Pass. Finally, two foldaway twin beds are great for kids. Sip your coffee and watch the sunrise over Destin Harbor in the morning from the large balcony or enjoy the view through the spacious living room’s wall-to-wall windows. Do note that the unit does not have its own washer/dryer, although there is one located on each floor.

    Complex amenities include a gym, tennis court, pool, and hot tub, as well as a small private beach that overlooks the Destin Pass. Four beach chairs and an assortment of pool and beach items are provided with the vacation rental.

    Get away from the crowds at this private gated community while still being just minutes from Destin dining and recreation. Nearby, Destin Harbor’s marina offers easy access to water taxi services for transportation to dining, shopping, and entertainment along the Harborwalk.

    Guests are allowed two parking spots. Contact host for discounted weekly and monthly rates.

    Emerald Grande Condo

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    Part of Emerald Grande, a premier Destin resort, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo overlooks the harbor, Harbor Walk Village, and the Gulf of Mexico. This spacious 1,566-square-foot condo sleeps up to eight between its three beds and overstuffed leather queen-sized sleeper sofa. Two of the bedrooms have king-sized beds, a private bathroom, and direct access to the two balconies. We call the one with the jacuzzi tub! The third bedroom has a queen-sized bed and an unattached bath. Guests can park in the gated garage and take the elevators up to the room.

    Booking through Vrbo saves up to 50 percent off of Emerald Grande’s regular rates. Plus the daily amenities fees ($33.50/day) are completely covered. However, housekeeping does not service this vacation rental during your stay.

    Sterling Shores Condo

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    Featuring a direct view of the Gulf as well as a view of the pool from its large, private balcony, this Sterling Shores condo is located in the heart of Destin. The two-bedroom, two-bath vacation rental sleeps six thanks to a convertible bed.

    As you can see, the 4,300-square-foot walk-in lagoon-style pool is a big draw. The mushroom fountain is a big hit with kiddos. The Back Porch Restaurant, one of the most popular places to dine, is just steps away. The beachside grill offers fabulous burgers, smoothies, ice cream, and more. There’s also a theater right above the newly remodeled workout room.

    Sterling Shores is conveniently located within five miles of the Destin Commons shopping center, Big Kahuna Water Park, The Track amusement park, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, as well as stores and restaurants.

    Beachfront Condo

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    Also located in Sandpiper Cove, this beachside condo features amazing views of the gulf’s emerald green waters and sparkling white sands. The newly remodeled condo has been converted into a two-bedroom with the addition of a small guest bedroom with twin bunk beds. The main bedroom offers a king-sized bed and a beautiful view, while the living area has a couch that folds out to a queen sofa sleeper to sleep six, with two bathrooms and a washer/dryer.

    It is a second-floor unit and there is no elevator, but there are two parking spaces. Take advantage of the gated resort’s beach chair service on its private beach. Other resort amenities include a beach bar and café, five swimming pools (two heated), a 9-hole, par-3 golf course, hot tub/spa, tennis courts, boat docking at the marina, and more. Watch the sun go down over the harbor from Louisiana Lagniappe, the resort’s onsite restaurant.

    Located in the heart of Destin, Sandpiper Cove is close to excellent restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, amusement parks, and lots of fantastic golf courses. Nearby Destin Harbor offers pontoon boat and jet skis rentals, dauphins, and sunset cruises, deep-sea fishing trips, scuba and snorkeling trips, and many other activities.

    Jade East Condo

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    You don’t have to be on the balcony to enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf from this luxurious condo. The highrise condo has a whirlpool bath and washer/dryer. It’s part of Jade East, an upscale beach condo resort, so guests can take advantage of resort amenities. Soak up some rays on the white sand beach or swim in the pool, complete with a waterfall and hot tub. There are also tennis and basketball courts, as well as a fitness center.

    Each day, guests get one free Seaz The Day Fun Pass for a round of golf at a nearby course and admission to Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, The Sea Blaster: Dolphin Cruise, the Baytowne Adventure Zone, and Urban Air Adventure Park. Conveniently located near Destin’s best restaurants, shopping, fun summer activities, and the famous Destin Harbor.

    ReGrouper Home With Pool And Tiki Bar

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    Just a short walk from the beach, this amazing vacation rental home features its own private pool and tiki bar! With six bedrooms (including four master suites with luxury showers), two living rooms, and three balconies, this four-story house is perfect for groups. This quiet yet convenient home is located on Tang-O-Mar Drive, an old oyster shell road in Miramar Beach that grants access to the most undisturbed stretch of beach in Destin.

    Belly up to the tiki bar, lounge on plush furniture in the pool and spa area, rinse off in the private wooden outdoor shower, and grill. The third and fourth-floor bedrooms and balconies feature views of the beach. This rental has everything you could ask for: a laundry room, tile floors, plenty of parking, a wet bar in the third-floor entertainment area, and more. With golf courses, shopping malls, and an abundance of restaurants within one mile, this sleepy community is close enough to attractions while being far enough away from Destin traffic.

    A minimum stay is required during the summer and over the holidays. Rent a golf cart from La Dolce Vita for your stay!

    Lakeside Townhome With Gulf Views

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    This spacious rental features gorgeous views of a lake in the back and the ocean in the front. Located on Four Prong Lake, this two-bedroom, two-bath house is just a two-minute walk from the beach and only a few feet from the pool. Six can sleep in its main bedroom with king bed, second bedroom with a full over queen bunk bed, and sleeper sofa.

    Find fine and casual dining nearby as well as family entertainment, watersports, fishing, golf, and shopping. For an additional fee, you can rent a golf cart. Military service members, veterans, and first responders receive a 5 percent discount off the rental rate!

    Wiki In The Tiki

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    Also located in the Miramar Beach area, this six-bedroom vacation home is just a short stroll from the beach. It also has a tiki bar, private pool, and views of the gulf. Perfect for groups, its three king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, bunk bedroom, and two sleeper sofas sleep up to 18 guests. Although off the beaten path, this locale offers plenty of shopping and dining options.




    Sandpiper Cove Beachfront Condo

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    Located in the heart of Destin, Sandpiper Cove is literally just steps from the beach. This 43-acre resort has over 1,000 feet of beachfront all to itself. There’s also a 9-hole, par-3 golf course, five swimming pools, three hot tubs, and six tennis courts. You can even bring your own boat, as slips and a launch are available. Louisiana Lagniappe and Rick’s Sand Trap Beach Bar & Grill are onsite for when you don’t feel like cooking. Perfect for four to six people, this two-bedroom unit has one king-sized bed and one queen. There are several units available at this location if this one happens to be booked.

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