About the property
- Cottage1000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 12, 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, wagon, and tow-behind bike trailer.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Greatest Family Vacation!
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+
Just what we wanted
It was such a quiet and peaceful area. We could go to any beach within minutes. We lost count of all the dolphins we saw. We enjoyed not being around all the hustle and bustle of the condos along the beach. Our kids loved playing in the bay and having the yard to do things in!
This is a really great bay front property complete with shade trees and pier access to water.
This was our second time visiting Casa Cruz. We really enjoy all the bay activities and wildlife. Amazing sunrise and sunsets. The house is very comfortable, clean and well stocked with the basics you need. A great deal of attention to details by the owners is evident in their goal to facilitate a positive experience for your stay at Casa Cruz. When you decide to pull away from the property and do something in town the location is just right, there are restaurants, shopping and everything else close by. We highly recommend this property.
Casa Cruz is the natural choice!
We enjoyed our stay at Casa Cruz cottage over Spring (Easter!) Break. Apryl, the owner, was extraordinarily patient in answering my questions before I booked. Our group didn't want the "high rise, overly slick kind of resort stay" (but it never hurts to temporarily visit their nearby shops and restaurants, whic we did). We wanted a more natural feel, and that is what this is. Being on the bay was important to me because I brought my small fiberglass skiff to go fishing (or as us fishermen like to say, 'to go catching'). At only about 1000 sq. ft. the house is cozy - but it's comfortably appointed inside with modern updates. Best of all the main den/kitchen area is where most of the space is allotted which is good because it's where people tend to congregate. Plenty of china, towels, kitchen tools and all that good stuff. We had a party at five and it worked fine. Kind of missed having a second shower but you can rinse off in the outside shower in a pinch. Beach-wise, it's most convenient to drive to the beach rather than bike or certainly walk. But being on the bay is nice for the natural feel. Baytowne Wharf (shops and restaurants) in Sandestin is only a 8-10 min. or so jaunt by car, Publix grocery is closer that and Wal-Mart is equally close. Being at the house feels safe and private, (and very quiet), despite shopping and such being available within a few miles. The water in the bay on the property is shallow, as Apryl noted. It stays shallow, roughly 3 feet deep, well past the end of the dock. This might not be the best for dock fishing but for the 2 SUPs and 3 kayaks (that the owners provide) it is handy to be able to more easily get back on your board or 'yak if you fall off. OTOH, at night, bottom fishing, i did catch a nice speckled trout, a juvenile redfish and numerous catfish. Master and queen bedrooms are large. The twins room is nook-sized but quite serviceable. Casa Cruz has a lot to like. Lots of yard to play in as others have mentioned, chairs for the large yard and more for the fire pit, and a porch swing. A very, very helpful owner, bay front location, proximity to Sandestin, good wifi, its own dock, fire pit, bay toys and 3 provided adult bikes make Casa Cruz the natural choice!
Just bring your toothbrush, everything else is covered!
We had a wonderful weeklong stay at this adorable cottage on the bay. It is such an inviting space, clean and well decorated. My elementary school aged boys were thrilled to be able to start every day with a family bike ride and end each evening playing in the bay. The cottage is fully equipped for all of those fun vacation activities. The owners provide stand up paddle boards, kayaks and bicycles for their guests along with a great assortment of toys, books and games for younger kids. Although we enjoy an annual spring trip to Destin we have never stayed in a place that had such great access to all of this equipment (especially at such a reasonable price). If you are looking for a family-friendly vacation rental, this is it! I should also mention that the owner personally contacted me during our stay to make sure everything was going well and we didn't have any questions or concerns about the property. I think some of these larger rental agencies could learn a few things from these owners.
Terrific Property and Owner
My wife and I and two children brought our boat and stayed just over a week at Casa Cruz. The private dock is great and has fresh water and electric. Also nice steps into the water from the dock where there is a huge shallow sandy bottom area to swim. Our favorite activity was taking boat rides through the bay to Crab Island and spending the day. The lot is really big with plenty of room to park cars and boat trailer and turn around easily. Fire pit on the bay is awesome. Outside shower is private and made the one bath inside the house a total non-issue. The cottage is full of character and is very well decorated. The owners have made great use of all the space in the house and it is cozy yet plenty of room. The cottage is single digit minutes away from a great uncrowded public beach access, the boulevard shopping with lots of upscale shops and restaurants, a Walmart supercenter, and a Publix. You can get to all the shopping and restaurants you need without getting down into the crazy traffic of Destin. The house was spotless when we arrived and since the owners use the house they have everything you could ever want stocked in the house and available for guests to use. We look forward to another visit to Casa Cruz!
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