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Family-Friendly Paradise at Crystal Beach

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Last updated: 03/01/2011

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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Queen and Double beds in 1 bedroom (Sleeps 4-5), 1 bath, kitchen, living room

One bedroom- Queen & double bed in bedroom. Bedroom separate from living room. Full-sized appliances in kitchen. Kitchen is fully furnished. Cable TV-VCR, flat screen TVs in each unit. Central air and heat. Located on the ground floor or complex. Each unit has its own gas grill. Unit comes with chairs, umbrella and beach toys. Access to beach is less than 2 minutes. We are willing to negotiate a lower rate to fill in open dates. Just give us a call. No smoking within unit. No pets, please. Must be 25 years of age to rent. Thanks!
REVIEW: Absolutly Wonderful!!!!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 12/27/10
Myself and 3 girlfriends stayed here for a girls trip. It was absolutly amazing. Very reasonable prices, clean and homey and great location. We stayed in one of the condos and nicknamed it 'our little bungalo'. We wanted to stay this year(2010) but were afraid the oil would interupt our vacation. Kathy totally understood and did not charge us a cancelation fee. Kathy is the owner and was incredibly hospitible the whole trip, she even lent us some jelly fish lotion. We will be back this summer(2011) and plan on returing every year after. Like I said, the location is perfect, one block away from the beach. The rooms are cozy and very clean. The only criticism I can give is that the rooms are a bit out of date. But hey, if they can continue to keep the rates the way they are I won't complain. I would reccomend this establishment to anybody!!!

REVIEW: Location, Location, Location!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 6/11/10
Why would anyone invest the time and expense of driving eight hours or flying four, to stay anywhere in Destin that you can’t walk to the beach. While staying at the Old Pier Motel, I walked the one block to the beach early in the morning with the sun coming up, later at noon for prime time swimming hours, and again when the sun was going down in the evening. The best part is I did not have to worry about what others wanted to do, wait for anyone to be ready, try to keep them happy, get them in the car, battle the traffic, and bring them home when they complained that the water was too salty. It was, “I’ll be at the beach, come and go as you please.” In most cases there is a hefty price to pay for this huge feature, but not a the Old Pier as we found the rates more than reasonable. You save even more when you figure in full kitchen appliances, an outdoor gas grill for each unit, and the free use of beach chairs, toys, and umbrellas. I also saw someone connect to the wireless network that the motel had. In each unit you will find a bedroom (with a queen and double bed), a living room/kitchen, and a bathroom with shower that separates the two rooms. Each unit has its own modern central air unit with an easy to use thermostat to give you the relief that you need after coming in from the beach. If you’re looking for something different, there are several other units that are managed by the owner. (Including a two bedroom house across the street.) In Destin, if you want a Mercedes, and are willing to pay Mercedes prices, you can find one, but if you want an economical, clean, classic car, parked 500 feet from the beach, this is the place. To close, If I had another 300 words, I could talk about the graciousness of the owner, but I’ll sum it up by saying she treated us like family.

REVIEW: ~Awesome First Time Vacation!~
By Teresa, 5/25/10
For the past couple of years our 6 year old son has been wanting to go to 'the beach'. I have a friend who recommend we stay here...that it is very clean and most important of all....very reasonable. I am so fortunate to have found 'Old Pier Motel' as it was a most excellent stay and so close to the beach. To be able to make my son's wish come true and to see the look on his face when he saw the beach for the first time was PRICELESS!!!! family and I enjoyed conversations with Kathi and let me tell you she goes above and beyond for her guests!!...beach toys for kids are provided as well as chairs and umbrella's...we had such a wonderful time and would highly recommend this place to all....we thank you Kathi for our stay at Old Pier and hope to be back again some day!!! ~The Kessler Family~

REVIEW: Great little place for family getaways!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 9/23/09
We found this place by accident while driving around on our last day of vacation about 3 years ago. We decided to stay another night and we were given a better rate and it was much closer to the beach than where we stayed previously. Since then, we have come back about 3 times. We love it...clean, friendly, no noise problems, and private. Can't wait to go back again! The Elrods

REVIEW: Great place at a great price
By Linda, 6/10/09
My children and I were in Destin for a couple of days and had not reserved a room prior to our visit. We were driving around looking for a reasonably priced place to stay when we came upon the motel. Kathy was very sweet and helped me out with a great rate. The kids had a blast at the beach, which was within walking distance from the hotel. The room was perfect for us. Thanks Kathy for making our stay enjoyable.

REVIEW: Excellent Value & Friendly People!
By Micci Perry, 3/29/09
We literally drove in off the highway to check their rates and 10 minutes later they were checking us into our room in the middle of a blinding rainstorm. It was not fancy but it was very clean, very comfortable, quite homey and even had a microwave, fridge and a washer and dryer (in our unit). We stayed for several days, walking to the beach every day and enjoying a family vacation completely free from hustle and bustle. Old Pier has a kind of laid back old charm that is fairly hard to come by these days. We will definitely be going back and this time we will be staying a bit longer.

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/01/2011

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in units. Area outside okay....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Includes Beach chairs and umbrella as well as beach toys. Two Minute walk to the beach. ...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Pay phone available...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi available-Central location...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Full-size refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 5
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
March 2017
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2017
1 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $40 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


Price quoted is for 2 people Additional charge of $20 additional per person per night.

Cash, check or credit card. Please call to arrange (850) 837-6442. Rates subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

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The property's calendar has not been updated in over 72 months. You can contact the owner for availability or look for properties with confirmed availability



18 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fort Walton Beach
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Crab Trap
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Located 2-minute walk to beach. Located central to many restaurants, bars and movie theatres. Silver Sands Outlet Mall and Commons Retail shopping minutes away, including Bass Pro, Rave Theatre, Whole Foods.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1982

About the owner: My husband and I purchased the Old Pier Motel and moved from Iowa to Florida to start our own business. We are now the only owner-operated motel in Destin. We are known for our family atmosphere and friendly service. You arrived as clients and leave as friends. Most of our vacationers are repeat visitors and have been coming to the Old Pier Motel for many years.

Why the Owner Chose Crystal Beach, Destin, FL, USA:
Located very near the beach and quality priced. Centrally located for all that Destin has to offer.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/01/2011

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  • Front view of Old Pier Motel

    Front view of Old Pier Motel

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • Queen bed in Unit No. 3

    Queen bed in Unit No. 3

  • Living area

    Living area

  • Gazebo entrance on Pompano Street

    Gazebo entrance on Pompano Street

  • View of both beds in Unit No. 3

    View of both beds in Unit No. 3

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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