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Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'Casa Cruz' is a cozy 1000 sq. foot cottage located on the shoreline of Destin's Choctawhatchee Bay. Our recently renovated two story cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths plus an outdoor shower. The second floor king master has an adjoining half bath with a kid's bunk room containing 2 twin beds. The downstairs queen bedroom adjoins the full bath. There is also a sofa sleeper in the living room.

Swim or fish from our private pier or dock your jet skis or boat after a day at Crab Island. For non-motorized fun, try our 3 kayaks or 2 stand up paddle boards. Take our 3 bicycles with kids tow behind trailer to Sandestin for a picnic on JoLee Island. Let the kids play on shore in the kid's play area with large swing set or swim in the shallow, sandy waters under our pier.

Relax while watching the sunset in the swing and roast marshmellows after dark in the fire pit by the shore. Located in a peaceful neighborhood on a dead-end street with less than 10 homes, serenity is what you get at Casa Cruz.

If you are looking for shopping, dining, or nightlife, Sandestin Resort is only a five minute drive. The emerald surf and sugar white beaches are also just five minutes away.

Keywords: Casa Cruz, private pier, water front, spectacular view, boat dock, private, serene, cottage,

More Details

Apryl Ready
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Apryl Ready

My husband and I are busy professionals who live in Biloxi, Mississippi with our two year old son. I have a small law practice and he is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve.

We enjoy spending time at Casa Cruz and would like to share it with others while we are not using it. This extra income would afford us the opportunity do some traveling before our son starts school.

Apryl Ready purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Apryl Ready chose Santa Rosa Beach

We have been vacationing at Sandestin for years. Each time we visited, we would look at the real estate but were turned off by the apartment-like setting of a condo and the strict rules and stiff fees of the HOA's in Sandestin. When this property came available, we knew it was everything we were looking for. It is very close to Sandestin so that we are able still enjoy the amenities, but far enough away to still be peaceful and serene.

What makes this cottage unique

Casa Cruz is located on a half acre lot with plenty of parking, a grass lawn for outdoor games, picnic area and grill for a family barbeque, private pier for docking your boat or PWC (please discuss water depth limitations with owners prior to bringing your boat).

Since we have a two year old, we have most of the big, bulky toddler essentials that make traveling so tough. We have a high-chair, bed guards, safety gate for top of stairs, indoor and outdoor toys, beach equipment and wagon.


Santa Rosa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bunk Area - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
private pier, jet ski docks, boat dock, 3 kayaks, 5 adult bicycles, 2 stand up paddleboards


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful location, wonderful house with all the amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was absolutely wonderful. The house was very comfortable and had every amenity we could need for our week long stay! The kayaks were fun! Got to see the dolphins up close while on them. The house is located in a perfect location. Just a short drive to the beaches or shopping and Walmart is just a short distance away. Traffic along the hwy is heavy because of the construction. Leave early if you have reservations. The house is so cute and we had to stay indoors a few days because of the storms. Of course we come down for vacation and the weather is all wacky. We did get to enjoy the beach for a couple of days. My son loved the kayak and the paddle boards. The dolphins were awesome to watch early in the morning and between 5 and 7pm. I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a great experience in the Destin area!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer in Santa Rosa

  • 5 of 5

The house is right on the bay. It has everything you need for relaxing fun filled vacation. April provides a spot for kids to play in the tree covered backyard. There are bikes and kayaks and paddle boards. We tried paddle boards for the first time. FUN! There’s a fire pit and hammock. Everything you need for relaxing. I never wished I had something else. Iceing on the cake: the dolphins can through the bay in the evening when we were fishing on the pier. BEST TIME!

Freda S.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meridian ms

Very nice and has every thing you need !!

  • 4 of 5

Very quiet, but close to everything. We went to Grayton state park beach when we needed a break from the boat. Restaurants, nightlife and good ole Walmart are all a few minutes away ..

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingston, TN

Everything we expected! Great place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved it! The house and all the amenities were everything that we expected. Apryl has all of the necessities that you need and then some. We rode out our first Trooical Storm at Casa Cruz and Apryl kept in touch the entire time to make sure we were ok. Gorgeous view of the Bay and we loved watching the dolphins go by. It’s close enough to all the touristy venues but private enough to relax if that’s what you prefer. Would definitely recommend Casa Cruz and look forward to staying again!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterford, MI

Quiet little hideway

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be away from the action, this is the place. Very quiet and private. We brought a boat and it was easy to launch close by and the dock is set up perfect. This is a smaller space, but the living area and kitchen are very large. Very nice for 6 adults. Two good sized bedrooms and a closet type space (it has a window) with two twin beds that are end to end, which work just fine for kids or young adults. We cooked in and ate out. Plenty of great restaurants nearby and good grocery stores. The place was clean and had plenty of towels and cooking items in the kitchen. The owner provides paddle boards and kayaks too. Just be aware if you are using a gps to guide you in, you might be driving in circles. I think a lot of the streets have changed in the last couple of years and our new gps system has not caught up yet. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greatest Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most lovely, beautiful AND relaxing places to stay! We truly loved everything about this little cottage on the bay! Our teenage boys especially enjoyed fishing, kayaking and the paddle boards provided! The little ones would play in the shallow water and beautiful back yard on the quiet, private street.

The owners were super sweet and helpful and even had some new bicycles sent over when we reported theirs had been damaged.

Already planning to go back next year! A+

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.