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Desirable Crystal Beach Location! - Walk to Beach/Shopping/Dining! Bikes Incl!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Your New Family Favorite in Beautiful Crystal Beach Awaits your Arrival!


Newly furnished, newly decorated and equipped, and freshly painted three bedroom, two bath, cottage in Crystal Beach. Everything new, fresh and awaiting your arrival for your Destin Beach vacation.

This gorgeous cottage is located in the desirable, quiet, private and family-friendly Clipper Cove neighborhood, complete with white picket fences. Ideally located just 400 steps from the beach (yes, we counted) and an easy walk to world class shopping and dining. Whether you prefer lazy days on the sugar white sand beaches or planned activities and shopping, this property has it all.

Sleeping accommodations: 1 KING/1 QUEEN/2 SETS OF BUNK BEDS


The spacious open floor plan means every guest has elbow room and a place to relax, socialize with family, watch TV, do a puzzle, take a nap, enjoy a quiet book on the porch, etc. Your choice, you're on vacation!


NEW- No more carpet! Solid flooring in all 3 bedrooms! (photos to be updated soon)

NEW- Upscale Beach Cottage Furnishings throughout

NEW- Wall hung Flat Screen TV and Blu-Ray Player in Family Room

NEW- Dining area for six to eight guests

NEW- Counter height barstools at kitchen bar top


NEW-bedding/mattresses/furniture/decor in all 3 bedrooms

NEW-flat screen TVs in every bedroom

NEW- XBOX in bunk room with games

NEW- kid- friendly DVD collection in bunk room


NEW stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel glass top stove/oven, stainless steel dishwasher.

NEW- Well stocked equipment and supplies including new toaster oven/microwave/coffee maker/Keurig K-cup maker, utensils, food storage, etc.


NEW-outdoor patio furniture for relaxing in the shade after a day at the beach

NEW-outdoor BBQ gas grill

So many extras.....

-NEW 4 Beach cruiser bikes included!

-NEW Beach gear including beach chairs and toys, beach cart, umbrella, boogie boards, Paddle Ball, etc. (inventory varies)

-NEW XBOX for the kids in the bunk room

-Neighborhood Pool with Coded Gate for guests and residents only, just a few doors down

-FREE WiFi throughout the home

Two beach accesses just a few doors down in either direction. Both are an easy 5 minute walk on neighborhood sidewalks. So easy, even the little ones will be happy!

When you've had enough fun in the sun, come back to Clipper Cove and enjoy the community pool for residents and guests only. It's just two doors down.

Within walking distance to The Commons, a first-class retail shopping and dining experience complete with a movie theater.

Two family entertainment venues, The Track Amusement Center and Big Kahuna's, are a quick five minute car ride from the house. The Track is full of fun with mini-golf, go carts, water bumper boats, and even bungee jumping! Big Kahuna's, a family favorite outdoor water park is fun for all ages!

We even have a little coffee shop right around the corner (Camille's) you can walk to for your first cup of Joe in the morning. It's a great place to check out beach conditions for the day and read the morning paper on their outdoor patio. They have fresh baked breakfast treats daily and smoothies too. You can even stop in for a great sandwich for lunch. For dinner, their upstairs restaurant is our Destin favorite for it's cozy atmosphere and phenomenal seafood and sushi.

Last, but certainly not least, we personally make all of our reservations for our home. Please feel free to contact us anytime! We'd love to tell you more or answer any questions you might have about your upcoming stay in beautiful Destin, Florida.

Come and make some memories of your own at 'These Are The Days.'

More Details

Matt and Michelle Markel
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Matt and Michelle Markel

We love the beach and we wanted a place to make lasting memories for our family. We hope you and your family will make some wonderful memories of your own in our little slice of heaven of in Destin, Florida. We named the house 'These Are The Days' after an 80's song that reminds us that these are days to remember and appreciate.

Matt and Michelle Markel purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Matt and Michelle Markel chose Crystal Beach

We've been coming to Destin for beach vacations for many years with our family and friends. When we saw what is now 'These Are The Days' we knew it was the perfect home for us. It's steps away from the beautiful beaches, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and local activities, but is tucked away in a quiet little beach neighborhood. A true gem!


Crystal Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Signed Rental Agreement and copy of Valid Drivers License must be returned via a reply email within 48 hours of the request for reservation.
  • Cancellation- No refunds will be made. Guests are encouraged to compare policies and purchase trip insurance.
  • - 2 Vehicles Max in Driveway - Absolutely NO Street Parking - No RVs, boats, waverunners, etc. **Violators are towed by the Clipper Cove HOA**
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - hot and cold water
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Top bunks for under 18 years old and under 125 lbs only.
  • All new beds, mattresses and bedding in all bedrooms.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We felt completely at home here. The house was very clean, the kitchen has everything you need. Close walk to the beach and a short drive to just about everything, the house is absolutely beautiful and the neighborhood is so pretty! we will definitely be Back!

Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well maintained and pleasant home.

  • 5 of 5

The home was well decorated and comfortable. The kitchen had everything needed to prepare meals. We enjoyed the porch and the fact it was an easy walk to the beach. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We couldn't of picked a better place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was so perfect at this cottage. We loved the decor and amenities.Everything was very clean! The short walk to the beach was so convenient with our 3 kids. We loved stopping by Camilles for a breakfast sandwich before the beach. A huge plus for our family. We took advantage of the many activities the owners put in their blue book. All of their recommendations were spot on!

This was our 1st trip to Destin but definitely not our last! We hope to return to These are the days next year and maybe take my in laws!They would love it!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and great house!

  • 5 of 5

Having never been to Destin before, we were thrilled over the location of this house once we got the lay of the land! Tucked in a quiet neighborhood, you would never realize that less than half a mile up the street there is a grocery store, pharmacy, cinema, restaurants and an outdoor mall. The traffic in that area was very manageable and you were just a short drive away from the many attractions in Destin and Okaloosa Island to the west and Miramar Beach and Sandestin to the east...a very nice central location. There was minimal traffic in the neighborhood, which was nice with small children. The walk to the beach was very manageable for our 6 and 4 year old, and the beach cart, umbrella, chairs, sand toys and boogie boards were an added bonus that helped minimize our packing from home. The beach itself is pristine, not overly crowded, and has public restrooms and showers to rinse off before your walk home. The house was very clean, simply and nicely decorated, had anything we needed to prepare meals at home, and was very comfortable for our family. There is plenty of closet space although not a lot of drawer space for clothing. The pool is just 3 houses away, and while small, was roomy enough for the three families there the day we visited. The Markels were very responsive and easy to work with. We definitely would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, quiet neighborhood, close to pool & beach!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished home just a short walk to the beach and 3 houses away from the pool! We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay! Lots of sand toys, chairs, and a beach cart to use. Fully stocked kitchen and a nice grill out back. Reminder to bring your own trash bags, hand soap, and dish soap (I didn't even think these items wouldn't be included...and kinda feel they should be there.but that's ok!). Washer and dryer was a must for us and loved the outside shower. Just a great rental!!! Book it, you'll love it too! We had 5 adults and 3 kids and fit comfortably.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing "These Are The Days" for your family vacation. We love hearing how much you enjoyed your stay! Yes, those items you mentioned are always provided for our guests. I'm disappointed to hear that you did not find them. I wish you had let my property manager know when she stopped at the house to ensure you were happy and all settled in. We could have remedied it almost instantly as she carries supplies in her car. We do our best to exceed our guests' expectations and always act quickly if we are aware of any issues. We are so glad you appreciated the other extras we provided to make the start of your summer one you'll remember fondly.
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Best Vacation In Years

  • 5 of 5

This was the first "real" vacation we have taken in years. What an amazing experience from beginning to end! The owners responded immediately to my request, and were helpful every step of the way.

The cottage was absolutely perfect for our family. It is so spacious and the layout makes it very user friendly. The beach decor is very classy, subtle, and soothing. The beds and pillows were very comfortable, and my boys loved the bunk room with their own T.V. and X Box. The kitchen was extremely well equipped with every appliance and utensil imaginable. Everything was immaculate when we arrived, and we were even able to check in early, which was a huge blessing after driving for two days.

We enjoyed the walk to the beach, although my eight year old was starting to slow down on the return trips after playing in the ocean. The beach chairs, toys, and cart were yet another added bonus to this adorable cottage.

We definitely were not ready to leave These Are The Days. We made wonderful memories and hope to visit again soon.

Thank you so much to the Markels for sharing this little piece of paradise with us.

Sara K.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Camille's at Crystal Beach
Seafood Restaurant
Twirl Frozen Yogurt
Frozen Yogurt Shop
790 on the Gulf Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Hungry Howie's Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Barnes & Noble Cafe-Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Pazzo Italiano
Italian Restaurant
Miller's Ale House - Destin
Sports Bar
O'Quigley's Seafood Steamer & Oyster Sports Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack
Live Music Venue
World of Beer
Bar & Grill
Cups and Cones Destin
Coffee Shop
Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl and Grill
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
Sandwich Shop
Hamburger Restaurant
Zoës Kitchen
Mediterranean Restaurant
Primrose Restaurant
The Craft Bar
Zesty Baguette Bistro
Vietnamese Restaurant
La Famiglia
Italian Restaurant
Jet's Pizza
Pizza Delivery
Formula Fresh Superfood Bar
Juice Shop
El Jalisco Destin
Mexican Restaurant
Beach Walk Cafe
Destin Commons
RedBrick Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Thai Basil Destin
Thai Restaurant
First Watch - Destin
Breakfast Restaurant
Bonefish Grill
Seafood Restaurant
Half Shell Oyster House
Seafood Restaurant
Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Japanese Steakhouse
Health Food Restaurant
Jasmine Thai
Thai Restaurant
Pepitos Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
The Crab Trap Destin
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar
American Restaurant
James Lee Park
Chicken Salad Chick
Southern Restaurant (US)
Tuscany Italian Bistro
Gator Beach
O Crepe du soleil
Breakfast Restaurant
Kelly Plantation Golf Club
Lennys Subs
Sandwich Shop
Chicken Wings Restaurant
China One
Chinese Restaurant
Back Yard Burgers
Tops Choice Hamburgers
Hamburger Restaurant
Emerald Bay Golf Club
Captain Dave's On the Gulf
Seafood Restaurant
Wendy's Kitchen
Takeout Restaurant
Kenny D'S New Orleans Cuisine
Bar & Grill
Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Valparaiso (VPS), Valparaiso, FL
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.7 Miles
Regatta Bay Golf And Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Amtrak National Rail Passenger, Pensacola, FL
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Crystal Beach Destin, The Shores At Crystal Beach
Car: recommended

Clipper Cove neighborhood is steps from the beach. Restaurants, shopping and family fun are within walking distance.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $195 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Must be 25 years or older. Rates and policies subject to change until booking is confirmed.

Two payments-
50% -1st Payment due at booking
50%- 2nd payment due 60 days prior to arrival.
Payments are non-refundable. Please consider purchasing a Cancellation Protection Plan via the insurer of your choice.

*Payments made with a credit card issued outside the U.S. will incur a 4.9% foreign credit card transaction fee. This amount will be deducted from your damage deposit.

Damage Deposit: $300, Refundable within 1 week after departure (less international credit card transaction fees if applicable)

No school spring breakers or chaperoned groups. Absolutely no exceptions.

4 adults maximum

NO PETS- We are not able to make exceptions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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