"We rented this place for our bi-annual family vacation with my parents, siblings, and all of our children. The location was wonderful. There was more than enough room for our families. There were a total of 4 families, so each of us had a room, then all of the children shared the large room with several beds. Our teenagers stayed at the top in the loft area, and they loved it.
There are two close beach accesses, but I suggest going to the Crystal Beach access because the Baracuda Street access in mainly private, whereas the Crystal Beach access has more public space.
If you have bikes and can travel with them, I would suggest bringing them. There is a great pathway for walking/riding on.
Shopping is all around you, within walking distance. There is a mall type venue just a few blocks north of the house or you could bike/drive to the outlet mall that is on the south end of Scenic US 98.
The pool is not very big, but we didn't spend much time in the pool, being so close to the ocean. It was probably the size of a large sauna. No more than 8 people at a time.
Walmart, Publix, and Winn Dixie are all close to the house, with Publix being the closest grocery. The prices are higher than they are in Indiana, even at Walmart, so if you have room to pack anything to save on grocery cost, it may be a good idea.
The weather was beautiful while we were in town. Most of the time it was in the high 70's/low 80's. The water was still warm, and at night it was warmer in the water.
While in town, we enjoyed the Destin Harbor Boardwalk and the pier on Okaloosa Island. We drove 1.5 hours west to Pensacola to check out the Blue Angels practice at the National Aviation Museum. We rented a boat and went out to Crab Island, spent some time riding the pathway, checked out the million dollar walls at McGuires's Irish pub, listened to music at AJ's on the Boardwalk, and enjoyed the crystal clear waters at the beach.
I would highly recommend this vacation property for your next visit to Destin, as it was far enough away from the main hotels/condo's of Destin, but close enough to still enjoy all the amenities."
Date of Stay: October 2014
Review Submitted: October 28, 2014