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Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Location, Location, Location!! Our Beautiful Destin Beach home is perfectly located in the quaint Crystal Beach neighborhood known for its white picket fences and cottage style homes!

Tired of waiting for a shuttle? With a house this close to the beach there is NO need to pack a lunch or search for public restrooms! Forgotten items are only steps away when you are just 3 homes from the turquoise waters and sugar white sands.

A perfect family retreat nestled between the gorgeous white sands and the upscale shopping center of Destin Commons that also features kid-friendly fountains and water play. You can retreat to the privacy of the beautiful neighborhood or get out and satisfy everyone's desires with unlimited fun...centrally located just minutes to shopping, all your favorite restaurants, water parks, miniature golf, and more family fun.

All the comforts of home await you. The main floor features a large eat-in kitchen, a family room with 50''plasma TV and queen fold out sleeper, a master suite with king bed & flat screen TV/dvd and second bedroom with queen bed & TV/dvd. Climb the circular staircase to the bunkroom (double bed) and then the tower loft (twin & twin trundle) with gorgeous 360 degree views of the gulf and Destin area.

This is a home you will love with a location like no other!

*Please note that during the peak rental season of Spring Break and Summer we only offer Saturday to Saturday rentals.

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David Houtsma
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About David Houtsma

David lives in Cumming, GA with two beautiful daughters. Georgia is definitely home, but we LOVE Florida and the coastal waters of Destin can not be beat! We welcome you and your family to our home and hope it is as much the wonderful getaway for you as it is for us!

David Houtsma purchased this house in 2008

Why David Houtsma chose Crystal Beach

Our beautiful home sits nestled in the quaint Crystal Beach area of Destin, FL. Crystal beach is known for its beautiful water and quaint white picket fenced cottages. Our home leads the Water’s Edge subdivision, known for bringing the Florida Cottage style homes to the area.

Crystal Beach is convenient to all of the best restaurants including regionally known favorites like the Hard Rock Café, The Bonefish Grill, The Cracker Barrel, The Waffle House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Coldstone Creamery, and a Starbucks as well as many local hot spots located along the waterfront.

Destin is also a shopper’s paradise. Crystal Beach is located next to the new Destin Commons mall with water fountains and playgrounds for children and upscale shopping sure to fit every taste. Three miles to the East are the Destin Outlets where bargains make every day a “black Friday.”

To the West of Crystal Beach you will find value stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and other favorites as you journey toward the Harbor area Destin is famous for. Along the way you’ll find even more restaurants and family friendly activities like miniature golf, go-cart racing and water slides.

Part of what makes Crystal Beach such a wonderful area to vacation in is how it approaches the beach. Much of the Destin waterfront is surrounded by high rise condo developments that empty large groups of vacationers onto a limited beach area. But at Barracuda, you walk onto a beachfront area fronted by a neighborhood so there is always room to spread out on the sand.

Favorite area activities include fishing excursions and boat trips to Destin's favorite 'Crab Island.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Robin. Just wanted to let you know that we arrived late today and could not be happier with your home. It is even more lovely than advertised, by you. Also wanted to thank you for allowing us to stay an extra day. It was a godsend to be able to come a day earlier given the weather in the midwest.

We are so happy with your place that we would like you to consider renting it to again next year for approximately the same time period and then for

2 or 3 months the following year, after my wife retires. I assure you we will treat your home like it is our own.

Thanks again,

R. W.
Dec 2008
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full Master Bathroom with Tub/Shower Full 2nd Bathroom with Walk in Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Queen Room - 1 queen
    Landing - 1 double
    Tower Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) Queen pull out
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 46 reviews

Really cute house--we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

It was a great house, we loved it. As it turned out not all 7 of the adults were able to go on vacation but we would have had plenty of room if they did. Close to the beach, the grocery, restaurants and shopping.

It was our first time to rent a house---we'll never stay in a hotel again on vacation. It was great for family time and just hanging out. The front porch was a well used area too.

If we're ever in Destin again we'd stay in this house again in a hearbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with great owner!

  • 5 of 5

Barracuda House is our favorite place we've stayed on the Emerald Coast, and we've been to the area several times. We had our two teens and each brought a friend. The half block to the beach was perfect, as we could go when we felt like it, without waiting for everyone in the group to get out and load the car. The house was comfortable with a spacious kitchen and nicely decorated living room and bedrooms. The neighborhood was great for walking our dog, and great shopping and restaurants were a 5 minute drive from the house. We had one maintenance issue, and the owner took care of it within a couple of hours. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House - Great Location - Would Readily Do it Again !!!

  • 5 of 5

House was immaculate upon arrival. Location was easy walk to the beach and quick drives to any sort of Destin amenity. Wifi and TV worked exactly as described. Also took a number of easy day trips to Pensacola Air Museum to see Blue Angels practice, to Seaside and Watercolor to walk around those quaint towns and finally a drive to Panana City to swim with dolphins. Would book this house again in the future in a heartbeat. Many thanks to owner and to VRBO.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Place Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Will definitely book when we stay in Destin Again!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly as described. It had all the comforts of home and you did not feel like you were in a rental. It truly is just a minute away from the beach. We will definitely be back next year. This our new go to place for our family vacations.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach house

  • 5 of 5

Clean, very nice - our family had a great time!

Close walk to the beach. We loved this house!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities: Shopping, Parasailing, Boating, Miniature Golf, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $170 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.