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Tranquil Condo with the Beach as Your Backyard

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Your beach backyard on a summer's day.


Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Br/2 Ba Second Floor Beachfront Condo With Direct Beach Access And Gulf View

Welcome to the sparkling beaches of Destin, Florida which are second to none and where you'll find the honey-charm of the old South. What makes our place appealing is being able to walk out the door and to the shore, just as if you walked out your door to pick up a newspaper dropped in your driveway. When you hit the beach in the morning, if someone gets hungry or has to go to the bathroom, it's not a big trek -- it's not even a small's 60 seconds to walk from door to shore. It's that close.

Our complex was one of the first designed here, and as such was thoughtfully laid-out, with the visitor, not the developer in mind. We are not a densely populated high-rise where in high season visitors may be 4 cabana rows from the shore. You have a lovely balcony view, direct beach access, no road to cross, no waiting for an elevator. You're there. The Silver Dunes beach is private for the enjoyment of guests staying at the property. We have lived in the Destin area since 1967 and have watched it grow, from the 1st resort built to the 500th. Travellers may inquire for dates/pricing using "instant quote" and telephone to book or travellers may use "request to book" for an additional VRBO service fee.

What also makes our place distinctive is the landscaped courtyard. This expansive green lawn runs the center of the property from the pool to the beach enabling you to get from door to shore without shoes. In the late afternoon hours the grass is cool and you will find welcome shade from the hot setting sun of summer. It's perfect for a game of pick-up frisbee. From the balcony, you have a tranquil view of the gulf and dunes. If you have kids, you can watch them play on the lawn or in the pool. Here, your morning cup of coffee or your glass of wine at dusk, accompanied by the sound of the surf and the caress of the breeze, will, no doubt, become your favorite spot.

Inside is casually furnished with a new sofa and pair of matching cushioned chairs, plus a new glass-top dining table fashioned from bamboo which seats six. The efficient kitchen is bright white. The common areas are tiled and the bedrooms have new plank flooring.

There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, spacious closet, dresser, end tables, a flat screen TV, and ceiling fan. The second bedroom has 2 full-sized beds, spacious closet, dresser, end table, ceiling fan and a flat screen TV as well. The 2nd bathroom with tub and shower combination is off the short hall next to the bedrooms. The new living room sofa sleeps two.

The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances: oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, cooking utensils, coffee-maker, tea kettle, toaster, blender, cookware, dishes, glasses, flatware, and a counter top/bar with 2 accompanying counter stools. Other amenities include: WiFi, internet, (printer is available at reception), DVD player, living room large screen cable TV, central air and ceiling fan, laundry (onsite), tennis court, BBQ grills (courtyard area), game room, shuffleboard, and fitness room. Towels and linens are provided and towel exchange is offered daily. Maid service can be arranged for long-term renters.

There is also stuff to do! Snorkel with sting rays at The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Deep Sea Fish, take a Dolphin Cruise, Paddle board, Jetski, Parasail, Snuba, explore Henderson Beach State Park Nature Trail (eco-tourism), visit the Destin Fishing Museum, the USAF Armament Museum, and either a 12 minute walk (our preference) or a 3 minute drive will bring you to Big Kahuna's Water Park (summer season only). Winter is an excellent time to tee off. We have several very fine golf courses in Destin: Emerald Bay, Indian Bayou, Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay and located on the mainland, Windswept Dunes Golf Club, in Freeport.

The Track Recreation Center offers bumper boats, go-kart racing, a large arcade, and miniature golf. Baytowne Wharf is a lively tourist village with eateries, street performers, a ropes course, zipline, laser tag, and nightclubs. Or stroll Destin's Harbor Walk, originally and still, our fishermen's marina and where there are many watersports outfitters, an art and wine festival, a mirror maze, and fireworks every Thursday night in summer.

There are numerous restaurants everywhere specializing in market-priced local fare, haut-cuisine, and comfort food at familiar chain establishments. Do be sure to try the Amberjack (blackened) and the Grouper (prepared any way). And the secret is out on crab claws, so if you can find them....delicious! You can also find good, live music nightly.

A bountiful supermarket is just up the road less than a 1/2 mile West and should you like outlet shopping -- a plethora of designer shops is 4 miles East (Silver Sands Outlet, Destin Commons). In both directions there are local novelty, art and souvenir retailers carrying the coolest swim attire outside California.

On the beach/direct access
2 BR/2 BA (1 king bed, 2 full beds)
2nd floor balcony w/ side view of beach and pool (includes patio table and chairs for dining) (our favorite place for dinner!)
Fully equipped kitchen
HD flat screen TVs with cable/DVD player
BBQ area with patio seating
Pool (heated off-season), kiddie pool
Game room
Fitness room
Tennis court
Daily linen and towel exchange
Beach chair and cabana service (separate charge)
Volleyball (seasonal)
Laundry (onsite)
Gated resort/parking
No-smoking, no pets

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Charter Fishing
Dolphin Cruises
Paddle boarding
Jet skiing
Para sailing
Big Kahuna's Water Park (summer season only)
Golfing and more
**Be sure to pick up attraction and activity brochures at reception for current discounts.**

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 2
  • 1049 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Ensuite to master bedroom....moreless

  • There are two bathrooms. One is a walk-in shower en-suite to the master bedroom. The other is a shower/tub combination off the short hall next to the 2nd bedroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Volleyball in season. Senior Aqua Aerobics Jan - Mid March.


  • Books:

    Lending library at front office....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    A flat screen in the living area and one in each of the bedrooms....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A handful of family videos for the odd rainy afternoon....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:


  • Beachfront:

    With direct beach access. Walk out the door, 60 seconds you're on the shore....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Yes, the Gulf of Mexico....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Property directly on the Gulf of Mexico...moreless

  • Resort:

    Resort casual....moreless

  • Water View:

    View of Gulf and sugar-white sand dunes. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Property on the beach, no roads to cross....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dinette table seats 6, counter/bar seats 2....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Heating:

    Central heat....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Has a pull out sofa sleeper, love seat, 2 additional chairs for comfortable seating. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Gated community, free parking onsite....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Daily towel exchange. Please bring beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:



  • Coffee Maker:

    There are 2 coffee pots one for regular brew and a Keurig....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and utensils for service of 8. There are pots and pans to cook with also....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Includes chaise lounge, outdoor dining table and chairs....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bikes may be rented from local vendors....moreless

  • Boat:

    Boating rentals can be arranged with local vendors....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several first-rate golf clubs are within a 15 minute drive....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals can be arranged with local vendors. Or bring your own....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Beautiful courtyard lawn is a feature of this property....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Community BBQ grills with patio seating....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Court onsite....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    An abundance of shops provide equipment....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Includes 2nd small kiddie pool....moreless

Building Type

  • Building


from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Spring
Apr 21 - May 26, 2017
2 night min stay
2017 Summer
May 27 - Aug 11, 2017
2 night min stay
Fall 2017
Aug 12 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Winter 2017
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $65
  • Tax Rate 11%


Check in at 3 p.m., check out 10 a.m. Let us know in advance if you will be arriving after 4:30 p.m, as property office closes at 4:30 p.m. daily. Turnover is Saturday or Sunday. Please call Margo at 850-496-1690 if your travel/vacation dates fall mid-week, or you require a shorter stay.

Our unit is distinctly furnished & decorated. We appreciate your caring for it as you would your own home. Unit is professionally cleaned after each guest, which is included in the rental rate. Upon check out, unit is inspected, if damage has occurred above normal wear & tear or a deep clean is required due to excessive soiling, renter will be charged accordingly. Beach service (chairs, cabanas and umbrellas) are a separate charge and can be arranged upon arrival with George (on the beach) or at reception. We regret that we do not rent to adults under the age of 25.

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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18 Miles
Nearest Airport
Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)
Destin, FL, USA
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Indian Bayou Golf Club

Car: Recommended

Relax and revitalize with the sound of the surf, the warmth of the sun, a steady breeze from the sea, and the softest, finest white sand beaches in North America. But, if that is not enough, you can experience: The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, (Dolphin and Sting Ray encounters!), Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin cruises, Paddle boarding, Jet skiing, Para sailing, Snorkeling, Henderson Beach State Park Nature Trail and Boardwalk, Destin Fishing Museum, USAF Armament Museum, (thank them for their service!), Big Kahuna's Water Park (summer season only), The Track Recreation Center, Geo-caching and more.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1972

About: Since 1967 we have lived in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area. We grew up here. Our parents bought this condo when it was among the very first developments on the beach. It has stood the test of time and remains a Destin treasure. Our grounds maintenance crew, housekeeping staff (overseen by Betty), and our beach service 'guy', George, have been with us for 30 years. They have taken care of us and will take care of you.

Why Destin, FL, USA:
There is simply no other property designed with the same sense of space and accessibility to the beach as Silver Dunes. Staying here is like having the beach in your backyard.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
Direct accessiblity to the beach and the courtyard lawn make Silver Dunes special. Stretching the interior of the complex from the pool to the beach is an open, green expanse. This beautiful feature lends grace and intimacy to the complex (even with children!) and it is truly one of a kind. Your balcony overlooks this landscape and you have a view of both the sea and pool. We love the tranquility, the privacy and the personableness that this place affords. Want to be the only person strolling the shore at sunrise, in barefeet and bathrobe? You're there. Care to follow the moonlight with warm waters lapping at your toes? You're there. Or perhaps the most beautiful thing about the place, before and after a glorious, hot-baked day on the beach, is sitting out on the balcony. As you prepare for the day or rest there after it, we're sure the muffled surf, the muted caws of the gulls, the shimmer of the sun on the water, the caress of the breeze will nourish you, as it does us, with moments of peace and paradise.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Your beach backyard on a summer's day.

    Your beach backyard on a summer's day.

  • Morning view of courtyard pool from your balcony.

    Morning view of courtyard pool from your balcony.

  • Shoreline surf.

    Shoreline surf.

  • View of living room, with sliding glass door to balcony.

    View of living room, with sliding glass door to balcony.

  • Counter/bar and kitchen.

    Counter/bar and kitchen.

  • Master bedroom, king bed. Includes closet and dresser.  Ensuite bathroom.

    Master bedroom, king bed. Includes closet and dresser. Ensuite bathroom.

  • 204-A is located in the middle, under the 4th roof a/c compressor.

    204-A is located in the middle, under the 4th roof a/c compressor.

  • A winter's walk at Silver Dunes.

    A winter's walk at Silver Dunes.

  • Big Kahuna's Water Park, summer season only.

    Big Kahuna's Water Park, summer season only.

  • Go Kart racing at The Track!

    Go Kart racing at The Track!

  • Silver Dunes.

    Silver Dunes.

  • Florida's Emerald Coast.

    Florida's Emerald Coast.

  • The gulf and dunes viewed from your balcony.

    The gulf and dunes viewed from your balcony.

  • Aerial  view of courtyard lawn to private beach.

    Aerial view of courtyard lawn to private beach.

  • Welcome to 204 A.

    Welcome to 204 A.

  • Dining area.

    Dining area.

  • Efficient kitchen.

    Efficient kitchen.

  • 2nd bedroom, 2 full-sized beds.

    2nd bedroom, 2 full-sized beds.

  • Courtyard and private pool.

    Courtyard and private pool.

  • Visit Gator Beach at Fudpucker's Restaurant!

    Visit Gator Beach at Fudpucker's Restaurant!

  • Sting Ray Snorkel, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

    Sting Ray Snorkel, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

  • Bumper Boats at The Track!

    Bumper Boats at The Track!

  • An oasis at the beach.

    An oasis at the beach.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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