VACATION HOME ID: 184
RENTAL TYPE: house
Southern Charm Welcomes You - a Place in the Sun - Private Pool/Gulf View!
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You are about to experience the natural beauty of Florida's Emerald Coast, where sand is like sugar and the Gulf waters are aquarium clear and emerald green.
Destin is everything a family could want in a vacation destination. No wonder it has been voted the best beach in the South and top family destination four years running by Southern Living Magazine readers. Famous for its sugar white sands and emerald waters, Destin is a beachgoers delight. These unspoiled surroundings foster life-long memories of family vacations and unforgettable romantic getaways.
This lovely beach home is tastefully decorated and sure to please all. This five bedroom, two and a half bath home, has a large private pool (27 X 15 sq ft) and 2600 sq ft of living space. It features 2 kings, 1 queen, 6 twins, and 1 queen sleeper sofa that sleeps up to 14 guests.
The home is only a short stroll to the beach, and within minutes of all the major shopping places and restaurants. With an outside shower, grill, and wrap around porch, all your needs will be met. Southern Charm will be a place of sun and fun for you. You will be sure to have the most memorable vacation! Please NO SMOKING/NO PETS.
Attractions/Activities onsite or nearby:
The ultimate attraction is the emerald green surf of the Gulf of Mexico, bordered by Destin beaches of soft, white sand! Complimenting our stunning beaches, are endless water sports. Varied attractions for vacation fun includes golf, shopping, water parks, along with arts and entertainment attractions. Every type of relaxing activity is available in Destin, from gently strolling through a scenic state park to whipping around in a go-cart or whisking down a giant waterslide. Take a beach break and have all the fun possible at various attractions for all ages.
The Destin area is home to some of the finest YEAR ROUND golf courses on this planet. Along with offering degrees of challenge well-suited for players of every level of ability and talent, area courses boast breathtaking scenery and outstanding facilities. The hardest part about playing golf on the Emerald Coast is choosing which courses to play while your here. Listed here are just a few with Indian Bayou Golf Club in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club and Country Club, Bluewater Bay in Niceville, or The Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre. These are all top courses.
TEN REASONS TO VISIT DESTIN, FLORIDA
The readers of USA Today and Southern Living Magazine recently voted Destin, Florida as the best beach destination in America. Once a sleepy fishing village, today Destin is home to luxury accommodations, championship golf courses, and the most spectacular beaches in the United States.
THE BEAUTIFUL EMERALD COAST
The shallow, clear water of the Gulf of Mexico provides a safe beach for even the tiniest of children to play. The beach drops off very slowly and is protected by a sand bar close to shore. The fine white sand is unlike any other in the world because it’s composed of pure quartz crystal, washed down from the Appalachian Mountains over millions of years. The Gulf water acquires its crystal clarity by literally being washed clean after flowing through the estuary of Apalachicola Bay, leaving behind any silt. The purity of the shallow water combined with the high reflectivity of light off the bright white sand creates the emerald green water, earning the area the name the “Emerald Coast.”
DESTIN GOLF COURSES
Destin is home to some of the finest year round golfing available. Golf Digest ranked the Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, a public championship course designed by Robert C. Walker among its “Top 200 Places to Play in North America”. Also included in the list were three of the Sandestin Resort’s courses, Burnt Pine Golf Club, Links and Baytowne. The resort’s new Raven Golf Course, opened in 2000, has already been voted the best new course in Florida.
ECOTOURISM IN DESTIN
At Destin you'll see plenty of playful dolphins frolicking close to shore and maybe even an endangered sea turtle. The enormous female turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests and lay their eggs. Resident volunteers walk the beach daily to mark the nests and to keep a careful eye on the eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles follow the light of the moon back to the surf.
DEEP-SEA FISHING IN DESTIN
Named the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World” Destin is a fisherman’s paradise. Home to the largest charter fishing fleet in Florida, over 90 sport fishing boats offer anglers an opportunity to try their hand at deep-sea fishing or inshore trolling. The crews will even clean your catch and pack it on ice upon your return. A word of caution-though it sounds like fun, deep-sea fishing trips are not for young children. Boats will not return to shore if a child becomes seasick. Destin Area Fish Species: Cobia, Redsnapper, Dolphin, Yellow Fin Grouper, Black Grouper, Red Grouper, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cero, Greater Amberjack, Ladyfish, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Crevalle Jack and Blue Marlin. You'll come for the beach, but you'll be back for the fishing!
SHOPPING AT DESTIN'S FACTORY OUTLET
The Silver Sands Factory Stores, the largest designer factory outlet in the United States features nearly 100 outlet stores with brand names ranging from Ralph Lauren to Anne Klein. If you’re shopping for something unique, take a drive along Scenic Highway 30-A where you’ll find a variety of unusual antique shops and art galleries.
THE BEACHES OF SOUTH WALTON
Don’t miss taking a drive down Scenic Highway 30-A, a two-lane road winding through thirteen unique beach areas making up the “Beaches of South Walton.” Immediately upon exiting onto 30-A, turn right into the entrance of Topsail Hill State Preserve, a 1600-acre state park that has been identified as the most pristine and environmentally protected piece of coastal property in Florida. Take the time to explore the abundant nature trails meandering around two freshwater coastal dune lakes and towering sand dunes.
GRAYTON BEACH NAMED ONE OF TOP TEN BEACHES IN THE WORLD
After passing four freshwater lakes covered in blooming water lilies, you’ll soon reach Blue Mountain Beach, the highest point on the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. Next on the route is Grayton Beach, a 100-year-old community consisting of sand roads and cypress wooden homes. In 1994, the famous “Dr. Beach” awarded Grayton Beach the honor of the being named one of the top ten beaches in the world.
The most famous of all the beach towns along Highway 30-A is Seaside, Florida; the picture-perfect coastal village featured in the major motion picture “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carey. The planned community of pastel colored houses framed by white picket fences has won numerous architectural awards and is the host to several art and music festivals.
There’s never a bad time to visit Destin. In the winter, the high temperature ranges from the sixties to the low seventies-perfect for strolls on the beach and golfing. May is the optimal time to visit with temperatures in the eighties, warm ocean water and shoulder season rental rates. Rental rates rise Memorial Day weekend and fall after the first week in August. Even though most visitors leave after Labor Day the weather and the Gulf water remains comfortably warm until mid-November.
Whenever you go, plan on falling in love. Most visitors return year after year, bringing their children and eventually their grandchildren back with them to enjoy the Emerald Coast.
Fruitful fishing waters around Destin, Okaloosa Island and South Walton provide local restuarants with the freshest and largest selection of seafood on the Gulf of Mexico, and local dining establishments flaunt it at its tastiest. If you like to eat fresh seafood, Destin can’t be beat. Over 20 types of delicious fish are caught in the local waters and brought daily straight from the docks to the restaurants providing a savory fare. Red snapper, amberjack, pompano and yellow fin tuna are a few of the local favorites that are caught by the largest charter boat fleet in the state. Most restaurants offer a children’s menu and several even have playgrounds to entertain the children while they wait.
Spring: (Feb 28-May 15) = $1800 per week
Spring Break: $2200 per week
Peak Summer: (May 15-Aug 21) = $2500 per week
Summer Discount: (Aug 21-Sep 18) = $2000 per week
Fall & Winter: (Sep 18-Feb 26) = $1275 per week
POOL, VCR PLAYER, STEREO, PHONE, AIR CONDITIONING, FULL KITCHEN, DISHWASHER, ICEMAKER, MICROWAVE, REFRIGERATOR, UTENCILS, POTS AND PANS, WASHER AND DRYER, GAS GRILL, Outside Shower, Wrap Around Porch
HIKING, GOLF, MINATURE GOLF, FISHING, MUSEUMS, SWIMMING, SAILING, JET SKIING, AMUSEMENT PARK, RESTAURANTS, SIGHTSEEING, SURFING, SHELLING, BOATING, SHOPPING, Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Water-Skiing, Windsurfing, Parasailing,
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