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As Close To The Ocean As You Can Get! 9 Unit Complex!

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom 2 Bath, Beachfront With Amazing Views!

Located at the end of Okaloosa Island you can walk East 2 miles to the Pier or West on the Beach where you won't see a structure for miles! This 2 bedroom unit is on the 1st floor just behind the dunes for a 50 ft. walk to the beach. If your tired of the big complexes, Try Us! It is the Beach At Its Best! This condo features everything you could need w/ 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms & a sleeper sofa!!

Property Manager
Gary Mattis/Kim Bennett
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Gary Mattis/Kim Bennett

Owning property in FL has always been a dream for us! As a child we use to vacation on the white sandy beaches and those were some of the best memories I have. Now I can be a part of helping others create memories that will last a lifetime!

Gary Mattis/Kim Bennett purchased this condo in 2003

Why Gary Mattis/Kim Bennett chose Fort Walton Beach

We've been coming to this area for over 30 years and we're finally lucky enough to find a unique property that we truly enjoy and hope you will too.

What makes this condo unique

Vista Del Mar is one place that has not yet been gobbled up by the corporate giants.Yes, sometimes small is better that big!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

As Close To The Ocean As You Can Get! 9 Unit Complex!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Lovely place ... Beach, Beach, Beach

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the condo. Very clean, lovely decorated and very close to the beach. The owner is very friendly.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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We loved the condo. Everything was better than we hoped.

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean, quiet and restful. We thought the parking spots could have been bigger.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and perfect size! So happy to get to bring our dogs!!! It was very hard to find a place that would.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great pet friendly condo

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this lovely condo. When we walked in it was bright, clean and smelled great. The decor was perfect for a beach condo, and each bedroom was equipped with a nice flat screen tv. It's a very small complex, which I love. There were plenty of places to walk our 2 small dogs, and it was nice having the grassy area right outside of the condo for them to play. The beds were comfy, and the owners even supplied nice bath salts and other products, which I thought was a nice touch. You can't actually see the ocean from the condo because of the sand dune, but that didn't bother me. I would rather have the grassy area and the privacy that the dune provides, because the beach is right there and it was nice to sit outside in relative privacy and listen to the waves. I'm missing being there as I write this!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location For a Family of Four

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Unit #2 at Vista Del Mar and had a great time. The condo sits right at the beach, just as advertised, so walking to and from the beach and ocean is very convenient. The condo was clean and was decently furnished. I appreciated the large television in the living room and the provided wifi during the evening hours. Also, the nightly rate we received was wonderful. It's a really nice location for the money.

Kim, our contact during our stay, was great. She was very responsive and helpful.

Unit #2 is on the ground floor and does not have a direct view of the ocean because of the sand dunes, but I knew this before booking and it was not an issue. In fact, it's a decent trade off as being on the ground floor makes access to the beach even more convenient because of the back entrance/patio.

At the time of my stay, Vista Del Mar was a pet-friendly location and we had no trouble walking our mother's small dog. Be aware that the beach at this location does not allow animals other than those used for special needs.

We met quite a few locals during our stay and everyone was friendly and neighborly. The beach was clean and not crowded during our stay.

The following are a few things that may be considered nit-picks, but I'd like to mention just for the sake of full disclosure.

When I booked the unit, it was listed as sleeping 4-6 people. Since there are only two bedrooms, I assumed the couch could be converted to a bed. This seemed perfect for my family of four and my two parents. It turned out that the couch, although very nice, did not convert to a bed. Fortunately, my children were still young enough to not be bothered by sleeping on the couch, leaving the two queen beds for the four adults.

The kitchen/living area is a bit cramped. The kitchen was decently stocked, but its size didn't lend itself to doing much cooking, if that's something you enjoy doing on vacation.

Unit #2 does not have a clothes washer and dryer available inside. Instead, you must use a coin-operated unit located in the building. We decided to just bag up our dirty clothes and wash them when we were home to avoid the inconvenience and added expense of doing laundry during our stay.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider Vista Del Mar for future visits, but only as the four of us to avoid odd sleeping arrangements and the slightly cramped living area.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You can't find a better place for the price.

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at Kim's Unit 2 condo in Vista Del Mar. The unit is clean, modern and well decorated. The location is fantastic; far enough away from the "partiers" in Destin to be quiet but close enough to everything else. Beach access is right next to the condo and includes a fresh water shower. The sand dune between the condo and the beach was actually nice for privacy sake. We could leave the windows open at night without having to worry about ooglers walking on the beach. One of our neighbors who knew Gary and Kim put it best, "You can't find a better place for the price." You truely cannot!

This place is a hidden gem for those who like to vacation with their dogs as well. (Thank you Kim, I'm reluctant to write this review for fear of this little secret getting out.:) Floors are tile with area carpets making accident cleanup very easy. Because of our puppy we just rolled up and stowed the carpets in the closet. There is a nice grassy yard between the beach and the condo for letting the dogs out. Just be respectful, use a leash and clean up. Although Somerset (the big green complex nearby) has signs all over, "No Pets on the property" it didn't seem to be a problem. I walked both my dogs around the "circle" three times per day. Again, be respectful and clean up after your dogs. The El Matador, also on the circle, has a really nice dog station making those "Opps I forgot a poop bag" moments a lot less stressful. And lastly, even though I had some anxiety about our puppy bothering other vacationers with her play bark it didn't seem to be a problem either. Neighbors said they heard no barking at all. The only downside is that pets aren't allowed on the beach. (Thanks, Florida) No big deal, this seems to be the trend on beaches across the US. Alternatively, there is a very nice dog beach about 25 miles up the road in Pensacola where one can take their dogs and allow them to play in the ocean.

The only issue we had was with the beach chairs. During our first visit, we were told that each condo could use two chairs and an umbrella free of charge. This trip we were approached by the "chair guy" and told that we couldn't use them. No big deal at all, but I would gladly pay a couple of bucks extra per night to have use of those chairs and the umbrella. Still, not a game stopper, nor did it take away from the enjoyment of our stay.

All in all, we had a great stay and will probably make this our regular haunt.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
VPS Ft. Walton Beach
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Helen Back
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Ft. Walton Beach

Located at the quiet end of Okaloosa Island but close to a variety of restaurants, bars, shopping, water parks. 2 miles from Okaloosa Island Pier and Northwest Florida's oldest Aquarium. Truly a vacation Paradise!


Rates & Availability

Okaloosa Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Aug 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Sep 26 2017 - Nov 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Card Proc. Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $90
Tax Rate 11.5%

$200 Separate Deposit Check Mailed to Owner
Summer Bookings - SATURDAY Thru SATURDAY Strongly Preferred. Subject to approval if not.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Okaloosa Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Private bath in one of the bedrooms plus a shared bath in the hallway.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Our 2 bedroom unit has a queen bed in each bedroom with a private bathroom in the master and another bathroom off the hall.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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