|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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The sun is shining, the outdoor wet bar is stocked and the views are killer. Stretched out on your 600 square-foot wraparound balcony, the Florida rays tickling your skin, you know life doesn't get much better.
Look to the left, and you'll spot a fever of stingrays (yep, fun fact: a group of stingrays is called a fever) gliding through the shallow waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. Dolphins soon join them, breaching the emerald surface in an ecstatic display of grace and effervescent energy. You're so close to water, you could almost reach out and touch them...
Boats - large and small, sailed and not - motor into view, cutting a swath through the green and blue waters. The horizon winks in the distance, as if challenging you to a staring contest. Look to your right, and Destin West's lazy river and enormous pool unfold at your feet, close enough to people watch but far enough to afford privacy.
It's undeniable: there's nothing quite like this upper-floor condo (officially, Heron 603, bayside) in the resort's coveted Heron "three-stack." There's a reason we've dubbed it the Crown Jewel of Destin West, with its 2,400 spacious square feet of absolute luxury: the resort's largest condo, completely updated with all-new flooring, lighting, granite countertops, and bath and kitchen fixtures.
New electronics and appliances extend to a Bose sound system, flat-screen TVs, DVD player, side-by-side fridge with icemaker, smooth-top range, and near-silent dishwasher. And did we mention the professional decorating? Crown Jewel represents the absolute crème de la crème - the best of the best that Destin West has to offer.
Of course, the water views, wraparound patio and opulent upgrades are just part of the wow-factor at Crown Jewel. They may reel you in, but what takes this upper-level from "pretty incredible" to "book-me-now!" Is its size: 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,400 square feet means large families have plenty of room to gather, spread out and even find privacy.
Crown Jewel is a place where you actually want to wake up early, so you can trek out to your private patio, coffee in hand, and watch as the sun peeks over the horizon and rises above the water. A place where you can sip a glass of wine on that same porch, swapping sunrise for nightfall, and enjoy the fireworks show every night during the season. A place where you can cuddle up in a private Jacuzzi for a romantic evening. A place where you can spend time with family, whipping up gourmet meals, or snuggling up for the latest blockbuster, or wildlife-watching from your private balcony. A place you'll never, ever want to leave.
But hey, we know you're not just here for the massive square footage, wraparound balcony, and three bedrooms: you're here for Destin West Resort. And we don't blame you. The resort's list of amenities is almost embarrassing, with offerings like a 5,000 square-foot swimming pool, kid-friendly zero-entry (aka beach) pool, two giant Jacuzzis, winter-heated waterfall pool, and the region's largest lazy river. Booyah, we said lazy river. (And it lights up at night!)
Meander across the resort's private footbridge, and you're on a pristine, white-sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico's Choctawhatchee Bay. Rent boogie boards, sea kayaks, or jet skis; sign the kiddos up for resort activities; and sweat off Florida's epicurean delights in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Yes, without a doubt, Destin West Resort is one of the most family-friendly, well serviced, and upscale locales on the island.
This condo is perfect for:
A lot of rentals force you into cookie cutter molds. Not us. At Coastal Vibe Vacations, we believe that every vacationer has the right to a personalized vacation that's tailored to their needs and wishlist. With that in mind, Pelican's Perch is well suited to:
~ Large Families: With 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,400 square feet (plus another 600 sq ft on the balcony), our Crown Jewel can comfortably accommodate multigenerational or extended family groups. You'll really love the large dining area!
~ Families Traveling Together: Crown Jewel is large enough to easily sleep two families (two couples and up to six kids).
~ Travelers who Value Luxury: If you're willing to pay a fraction more for a serious upgrade, Crown Jewel's incredible bay views, fine furnishings, and all-new everything are worth the extra.
~ Holiday Revelers: Book the biggest and best for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's!
Nearby Activities & Attractions
The condo is conveniently located on Destin's Okaloosa Island, just steps away from a veritable buffet of things to do, places to see, and experiences to live. Even if you spent a few months here, you'd be hard-pressed to fit in even half our list of favorites!
That said, we're also happy to make recommendations for activities and attractions further afield; just let us know what you love to do, and we'll make it happen. We also send all guests our complementary Destin Insider's Guide, complete with special discounts and deals exclusively for Coastal Vibe guests!
Now without further ado, here are a few of our favorite things:
~ Destin West Resort: 7 outdoor pools, 3 whirlpool spas, a lazy river, private beach access, children's programs, a fitness center, special winter programs, and more awesomeness await.
~ Private charter fishing: Wet your line and experience why Destin has been nicknamed the "luckiest little fishing village," with catches like red snapper, grouper, amberjack, king mackerel, and more. Plan your fishing early, and spend the rest of your stay grilling up your catches!
~ Motor boating: Make waves and catch rays! Fire up the engine and cruise down the bay, inquire in quiet coves, drop anchor at Crab Island for an afternoon dip, or follow a pod of dolphins - the bay is your oyster.
~ Local beaches: Dig your toes into powder-soft, white sand at any of the 13 public access beach points in Destin.
~ Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park: Take the kids (and kids-at-heart) to see dolphins, sea lions, seals, alligators, sea turtles, stingrays, otters and much more. Animal shows and behind-the-scenes encounters held daily.
~ Championship Golf: Unleash your skill and swing at Destin's numerous world-class golf courses, including Kelly Plantation, Rigatta Bay, and Sandestin's four championship courses.
~ Shopping: If you get the zen to spend, head over to the Silver Sands Outlet Mall, Destin Commons, Harborwalk Village, Baytowne Wharf, and other Destin shopping hotspots.
~ Go-carts and Mini-Golf: Go wild at The Track, a recreation center with go-carts, mini golf, bumper boats, bungee jumping, arcade games, and more.
~ Day cruises: Explore the Gulf of Mexico, your way - theatre cruises, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises, and more. There's even a pirate cruise to thrill your youngest family members!
~ Water recreation: Popular water sports include waverunner rentals, paddle-boating, kiteboarding, parasailing, kayaking, and jet-skiing.
~ Other activities: There are bike and jogging trails, the Emerald Coast Conference Center, Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park, old-timey Boardwalk, and plenty of other things to do in and around Destin.
~ Rainy Day?: Mosey on over to the neighboring Fudpuckers (a one-of-a-kind Destin experience!) and its Fat Daddy's arcade, and see if you can earn enough tickets for your dream prize - or beat my NBA Hoops high score. (Betcha can't.)
About Coastal Vibe Vacations:
Coastal Vibe Vacations is not some faceless company, so let me introduce myself. My name is David Jenn, and I've been exploring Destin West for more than 15 years. I love Okaloosa Island with a passion - a passion I promise I'll use to help you plan the vacation of your dreams.
When you book with Coastal Vibe, you're talking with me. Always, every time. I'll help you pick the perfect condo (I manage nearly a dozen) and will offer recommendations based on you, not some preconceived notion. Our booking process is simple and I'm available by phone, text or email. I promise to go above and beyond.
Well, you've made it this far. What are you waiting for? Just click that yellow Email Manager or Book It button (on right) and clue me in to your wishlist. I'm looking forward to it!
We stayed here in October and the weather was beautiful everyday! This place was decorated tastefully and had everything you need to make your stay and enjoyable one. The views from the windows and patio were spectacular! The place was also very clean and beds slept great! All kinds of things to do here and you are so close to everything. We got back home refreshed like we had spent a week at a spa!
Our family's stay was nothing short of being in paradise! The condo was gorgeous and we lived on the balcony playing games, eating, talking and planning a wedding as my daughter got engaged while we were there! I loved the kitchen and cooked in it everyday! We loved the quietness of being there in off season as we are empty nesters and we thoroughly enjoyed our family time! I highly recommend this unit and complex to anyone thinking of going to Ft. Walton! Thanks David for such a wonderful stay!!!
We wanted to spend time with family and our grandson before he leaves for boot camp and this condo was perfect. The views from the balcony were spectacular. We saw dolphins, schools of fish, and fireworks in Destin all from the balcony. The condo is very spacious and fit all of our needs with room for everyone and everything. The resort is great and we enjoyed the lazy river several days. The location is perfect, close to restaurants, fishing, and many other activities. Thank you David Jenn for allowing us to stay in this beautiful place.
The condo was just amazing and very comfortable to my family. The bedrooms were large and very fitting to our needs. The kitchen was perfect and had all the pots, pans, and dishes to make meals in true comfort. We actually had a real dining room to sit and relax.
The balcony was huge and shaded in the afternoon which made it a great place to relax with a glass of wine. We saw rays 5 days through the week and dolphins on 2 days right off the balcony. Once, while walking along the bay, the dolphins were chasing dinner, or playing, just a few yards away from us. It was exciting to us all as they put on quite a show.
We had 2 eight year old girls with us and the pool area was just perfect in their eyes. They would go from the lazy river to the zero entry pool and back and forth. They had a blast and enjoyed swimming into the evening. We were comfortable with the layout, being an island surrounded by the lazy river, that our girls were in a safe zone. It was just perfect.
Thank you very much for the kind help with fishing. Captain Gary was fantastic. We even caught a 8 foot bull shark, and no we didn't bring him in the boat, but along side for pictures. He was huge!
The whole experience was easy and as amazing as we had hoped for.
We will be back next year.
Thank you David Jenn
Thank you David Jenn for sharing this amazing place with our family for the week! We could not have asked for a better location and space for our group. The condo was laid out perfect for a large group, fully stocked to cover all of our needs. Any questions were answered immediately and dealing with Coastal Vibes Vacations was so easy. Our favorite part of the condo was the porch, great sunrises, sunsets, dolphin watching and the boat activity. We actually did less in Destin + Fort Walton this year because we had so much to do here! The amenities are perfect for kids of all ages and adults: work out facility, pools, lazy river and beach access....perfect! We also brought our boat and utilized the phenomenal boat slip offered, what a convenience! It was so easy to walk out of the condo down the pier and onto the water to tour the Bay, Destin Harbor, Crab Island and the many beaches we found off the beaten path! What a great vacation for the family! Thank you again!
This was our first experience in the Fort Walton beach area, and we were more than pleasantly surprised. David Jenn was so patient with all my questions about the condo and area and made the vacation planning process easy and reassuring. We were worried about keeping busy but with the access to multiple pools, lazy river and walkway to the beach and restaurants it was just what we all needed for an unforgettable family vacation. The Gulfarium with animal encounters was awesome for kids!
The condo is stunning being very spacious, tastefully decorated, spotless and a view that cannot be described from the master bedroom and deck area that we spent many hours on. Our 3 granddaughters loved having breakfast and snacks while watching the boats and activity around the condo area. We did see dolphins one evening which was so neat !
We will be back !