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5th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

OWNER/VISITOR GUIDE

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Also Featuring www.BlissBeachRentals.com

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Dear Readers, Thank you for picking up the 2017 issue of The Five Star Review! This very special issue is our fifth year anniversary issue. To celebrate, we filled the pages with our very best articles, photos, and designs. We hope it will be a true joy to flip through the pages! Anniversaries are a celebration not only of the present, but also of the past. That is why we talk about how Destin transformed from a small fishing village to a top travel destination; we tell the stories of 30A’s historic communities; and we talk about the preservation of Miramar Beach’s small-town charm. We are also looking forward to the future of 2017! We list all the great events planned for 2017 in our "Feeling Festive" article, announce a social media contest with multiple giveaways, and describe all the amazing vacation experiences we plan to bring to you this year. After five years of publishing The Five Star Review and nine years of providing vacation rentals, we’ve learned that our true value lies not just in the luxury rentals we provide, but in the service and experience we provide. Vacationing with Five Star Properties and Bliss Beach Rentals is all about receiving five-star service and having a five-star experience. It begins the moment you start your search for a luxury vacation rental. Whether you book on our easy-to-use website or book over the phone with one of our friendly reservation agents, we make sure you’re able to find the rental that best fits your needs. Once you arrive, we greet you with a welcome gift and make you feel at home. We ensure that the rental is cleaned from top to bottom and fitted with fresh linens for every arrival. Getting familiar with your rental is easy with our Guest Portal, which we just completed and launched in 2016. The Guest Portal is designed to provide you with all the essential information about your rental at your fingertips. Log into the Guest Portal online and you’ll have instant access to the address, driving directions, gate and door codes, WiFi passwords, beach access points, and other essential information associated with your rental. What else do we do to make your vacation five-star quality? We provide you with free activities during your stay, discounts at local restaurants and businesses, and access to in-home concierge services. You’re treated like a VIP when you vacation with Five Star and Bliss! From start to finish, you can count on exceptional service. Our dedicated Five Star staff will meet and exceed your expectations in order to deliver a five star experience. Sincerely,

The Five Star Team


Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Occupancy

Square Feet

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Table of Rental Properties

Type

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Gulf Front

House

9

10.5

32

9,000

$10,000/wk

Private

22

Gulf Front

House

6

5.5

18

4,500

$3,897/wk

Private

22

Gulf View

House

11

11

40

12,200

$6,570/wk

Private

23

Gulf Front

House

7

6.5

26

5,456

$5,016/wk

Private

23

Gulf Front

House

11

14

25

13,300

$9,900/wk

Private

24

Gulf View

House

6

6.5

16

4,000

$2,070/wk

Private

24

Five Star Properties Destin Jewel The White House of Holiday Isle Villa Blanco Redefining Beach Time Palazzo del Mar Destin 2 Stay Destination Fun Caribbean Queen Turquoise by the Gulf Crystal Shores Bottoms Up Out of the Blue Sea Span Sea E O Big House by the Sea Shore to Please Mermaid Vista Capitano Bella Destina Serenity Millenia Casa de Cielo Casa Lontano Dolce Vita Honu Hale Son Kissed Costa del Mar Villa Playa Ocean Escape Emerald Enchantment Just the Ticket Summer Blast Casa di Tramonto Villa Bianca Bella Luna Ocean Paradise Gigglin Marlin Destiny Tranquility Tuscan Villa Villa Destiny Sand Between Your Toes La Mer Endless Sunset Beaux Soleil Soleil et Mer Sol Dorado Luna Plata Luna Sol

Near Beach

House

9

5.5

24

4,200

$2,016/wk

Private

25

Gulf View

House

5

5.5

18

4,325

$2,247/wk

Private

25

Gulf View

House

6

7.5

24

5,000

$3,270/wk

Private

26

Gulf View

House

7

7.5

23

4,500

$2,970/wk

Private

26

Gulf View

House

7

4.5

16

3,100

$2,010/wk

Private

27

Near Beach

House

5

4

18

3,679

$1,947/wk

Private

27

Gulf View

House

6

6

16

4,278

$3,597/wk

Private

28

Gulf View

House

11

11

28

7,500

$4,797/wk

Private

28

Gulf View

House

8

7

30

5,400

$4,770/wk

Private

29

Gulf View

House

4

3.5

12

2,946

$1,947/wk

Shared

29

Near Beach

House

5

5.5

12

4,300

$1,947/wk

Private

30

Gulf Front

House

7

7

20

8,800

$8,850/wk

Private

30

Gulf View

House

5

5.5

16

4,700

$2,520/wk

Private

31

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

13

3,100

$1,320/wk

Shared

31

Gulf Front

House

7

6

16

4,200

$5,370/wk

Private

32

Gulf Front

House

4

5

10

4,300

$4,320/wk

Shared

32

Gulf View

House

3

3

10

2,300

$1,470/wk

Shared

33

Gulf View

House

6

5.5

18

4,300

$3,570/wk

Private

33

Near Beach

House

5

5

18

4,500

$2,670/wk

Private

34

Near Beach

House

4

3.5

10

3,600

$1,440/wk

Shared

34

Gulf View

House

5

5.5

20

3,534

$2,370/wk

Private

35

Gulf View

House

5

5.5

22

5,000

$2,370/wk

Private

35

Near Beach

House

4

4

12

3,000

$1,590/wk

Shared

36

Near Beach

House

4

3.5

14

3,500

$1,200/wk

Shared

36

Near Beach

House

4

3.5

14

2,900

$1,620/wk

Shared

37

Near Beach

House

4

3.5

12

3,400

$1,575/wk

Shared

37

Near Beach

House

6

5

20

3,800

$1,620/wk

Shared

38

Gulf Front

House

6

6.5

12

4,600

$4,350/wk

Shared

38

Gulf Front

House

4

4.5

15

4,200

$3,870/wk

Shared

39

Gulf Front

House

4

4.5

10

3,600

$4,770/wk

Private

39

Gulf View

House

7

7.5

26

5,000

$4,770/wk

Private

40

Near Beach

House

5

4.5

15

3,600

$1,887/wk

Private

40

Gulf View

House

5

5

10

3,600

$2,550/wk

Private

41

Near Beach

House

6

6.5

15

3,500

$2,127/wk

Private

41

Near Beach

House

6

5.5

21

3,900

$2,070/wk

Private

42

Gulf Front

Duplex

6

6.5

14

4,000

$4,050/wk

Private

42

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

12

3,900

$2,070/wk

Private

43

Gulf Front

Duplex

7

7.5

16

5,000

$4,212/wk

Private

43

Gulf Front

Duplex

13

14

30

7,500

$8,100/wk

Private

44

Gulf Front

Duplex

7

7.5

18

4,872

$4,200/wk

Private

44

Gulf Front

Duplex

7

7.5

18

4,872

$4,200/wk

Private

45

Gulf Front

Duplex

14

16

36

9,744

$8,100/wk

Private

45

46

Bliss Beach Rentals Olympia Dolphin Suite Olympia Sand Dollar Suite Olympia Coral Suite Pelican Beach 1216 St. Croix 301 Utopia St. Maarten 808 St. Maarten 605 Beach Front Destination

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3.5

8

2,495

$2,697/wk

Shared

Near Beach

Condominium

2

3.5

8

1,780

$2,160/wk

Shared

46

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3.5

8

2,495

$2,697/wk

Shared

46

Gulf Front

Condominium

2

2

6

1,100

$480/wk

Shared

47

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3

8

1,800

$1,050/wk

Shared

47

Gulf Front

Condominium

2

2

6

1,500

$1,841/wk

Shared

47

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

2,000

$1,468/wk

Shared

48

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

2,015

$1,380/wk

Shared

48

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

1,700

$1,287/wk

Shared

48


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Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

2,000

$1,320/wk

Shared

49

Latitude Adjustment

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

9

1,700

$1,320/wk

Shared

49

St. Lucia 202

Near Beach

Condominium

2

2

6

1,400

$780/wk

Shared

49

St. Lucia 506

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3

8

1,369

$777/wk

Shared

50

St. Lucia 1006

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3

6

1,800

$897/wk

Shared

50

Table of Rental Properties Bliss Beach Rentals

St. Lucia 1102

Condominium

2

2

6

1,200

$1,167/wk

Shared

50

Near Beach

House

3

2.5

12

2,300

$870/wk

Shared

51

Summer Shandy

Near Beach

House

4

2

10

2,000

$1,047/wk

Private

51

Stingray Shack

Near Beach

House

5

4.5

16

3,000

$1,470/wk

Private

51

Gulf View

House

5

4

14

3,400

$1,470/wk

Private

52

Coral Shores

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Occupancy

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Casa de Palms

Gulf View

House

5

5.5

15

4,700

$2,107/wk

Private

66

Bella Vizio

Gulf Front

Townhouse

5

4

16

2,600

$2,370/wk

Private

66

Bella Beach

Gulf Front

Townhouse

5

5

12

3,100

$3,270/wk

Private

67

Acqualina

Near Beach

House

9

5

24

4,000

$2,220/wk

Private

67

H2O

Near Beach

House

5

5.5

20

3,016

$1,860/wk

Private

68

Table of Rental Properties

View

Type

MIRAMAR BEACH

Square Feet

Gulf View

Pink Lemonade

Five Star Properties

Villa Royale

Gulf Front

Townhouse

5

4

14

2,300

$2,250/wk

Private

68

Gulf Breeze

Gulf Front

House

6

5.5

15

3,500

$3,570/wk

Private

69

Las Olas

Gulf Front

House

8

4.5

22

3,800

$3,599/wk

Private

69

Stranded on a Sandbar

Gulf View

House

8

6

26

4,841

$3,570/wk

Private

70

Bourbon Beach

Gulf View

House

8

8.5

22

5,990

$4,770/wk

Private

70

It's About Time

Gulf Front

House

9

10

28

8,700

$6,039/wk

Private

71

Bord du Mer

Gulf Front

House

6

6

16

4,200

$3,870/wk

Private

71

Kate's Porch

Gulf Front

House

7

6.5

20

5,000

$4,950/wk

Private

72

Sandtrap by the Sea

Gulf Front

House

6

5.5

16

3,600

$3,270/wk

Private

72

Sea Spell

Gulf Front

House

8

8.5

26

4,500

$5,220/wk

Private

73

5 O'Clock Somewhere

Gulf Front

House

8

8.5

26

4,500

$5,220/wk

Private

73

Seaclusion

Gulf Front

House

9

7.5

24

5,600

$5,220/wk

Private

74

Caribbean Paradise

Gulf Front

House

4

4

8

2,600

$1,770/wk

Shared

74

Not the Norm

Gulf Front

House

11

11

28

5,650

$5,997/wk

Private

75

Verona

Gulf Front

House

6

6.5

20

5,534

$4,770/wk

Private

75

Leeward Key 401

Gulf View

Condominium

4

3

10

2,000

$825/wk

Shared

76

Bliss Beach Rentals Beyond the Sea

Near Beach

House

5

4

12

2,300

$1,299/wk

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76

Mediterranea 401A

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3

6

2,200

$999/wk

Shared

76

20 Sandollar

Gulf Front

Townhouse

3

3.5

11

2,000

$1,163/wk

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77

Sunset at Miramar

Near Beach

House

5

4.5

12

4,000

$1,170/wk

Shared

77

Destin Beach Therapy

Near Beach

Townhouse

4

4

12

2,200

$799/wk

Shared

77

Villa del Carmen

Near Beach

House

5

4.5

16

2,300

$1,350/wk

Private

78

Miramar Beach Villas 112

Near Beach

Townhouse

4

4

12

2,300

$799/wk

Shared

78

La Terrazza 948A

Near Beach

Townhouse

4

4

12

2,200

$799/wk

Shared

78

La Terrazza 950A

Near Beach

Townhouse

4

4

10

2,200

$999/wk

Shared

79


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5,700

$4,620/wk

Private

90

14

4,200

$2,475/wk

Private

90

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Pool

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Occupancy

7

House

Bathrooms

House

Gulf View

Table of Rental Properties

Bedrooms

Gulf Front

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30A

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Five Star Properties The Pelagic Blue DaShells 30A Looking Glass Luna Sea Vista Bella del Mar Laissez Faire Dream Weaver Peaceful Pelican Tangled In Blue Stork's Nest Desire The White House of WaterColor Blissful Shores WaterColor Reunions Ocean 52 Sandy Bottoms Serendipity Kat's Lair Coral Cottage Endless Grace Summer Dreams Big Sandy Paradise Found Slainte Seaglass Hakuna Matata

Gulf View

House

5

4

14

2,700

$2,025/wk

Private

91

Gulf Front

House

4

4

12

2,300

$1,770/wk

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91

Gulf Front

House

5

4.5

17

4,300

$2,835/wk

Shared

92

Gulf Front

House

5

4

14

3,600

$3,470/wk

Shared

92

Gulf View

House

5

6.5

12

4,500

$2,160/wk

Private

93

Near Beach

House

6

5

16

3,500

$1,770/wk

Private

93

Gulf Front

House

5

6

11

3,234

$3,270/wk

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94

Gulf Front

House

6

6

20

3,100

$3,870/wk

Private

94

Gulf View

Townhouse

4

2.5

8

2,600

$1,350/wk

Shared

95

Near Beach

House

4

3

10

2,500

$1,425/wk

Shared

95

Near Beach

House

7

6.5

26

5,000

$3,000/wk

Shared

96

Near Beach

House

7

6.5

23

4,347

$3,297/wk

Private

96

Near Beach

House

3

3.5

13

2,200

$1,275/wk

Shared

97

Near Beach

House

4

3

9

2,500

$1,199/wk

Shared

97

Near Beach

House

3

3.5

9

2,700

$1,170/wk

Shared

98

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

10

2,700

$1,380/wk

Shared

98

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

12

2,700

$1,305/wk

Shared

99

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

12

3,271

$1,587/wk

Private

99

Near Beach

House

4

4.5

8

2,162

$1,107/wk

Shared

100

Gulf View

House

8

8.5

25

4,590

$3,870/wk

Private

100

Gulf View

House

8

5

20

3,671

$2,280/wk

Private

101

Gulf View

House

6

6

16

3,000

$2,220/wk

Private

101

Gulf View

House

5

5

16

5,050

$2,760/wk

Private

102

Gulf Front

House

8

6.5

18

4,400

$7,000/wk

Private

102

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Bliss Beach Rentals Tranquil Pearl Lilly Pad Palms of Dune Allen #108 Summerplace #7 Beach Nest Little Bird's Nest Adagio E302 Livin' The Dream Gulf Dreams Capital Gains White Sand Reunion Shell of a Good Time Simmon's Townhouse Driftwood Seaview I Unit 300 3 By the Sea 30A Monterey Place Going Coastal At The Water's Edge Endless Summer Dream

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Near Beach

House

4

3.5

10

2,200

$799/wk

Shared

Gulf View

House

3

4

8

2,200

$870/wk

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106

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

1,500

$1,125/wk

Shared

106

Gulf View

Townhouse

4

4

12

2,100

$1,080/wk

Shared

107

Near Beach

House

4

4

12

2,500

$750/wk

Shared

107

Near Beach

House

4

4

12

2,500

$720/wk

Shared

107

Gulf View

Condominium

3

3

8

1,700

$799/wk

Shared

108

Near Beach

House

4

3.5

13

2,900

$690/wk

Shared

108

Near Beach

House

5

5

14

3,200

$1,710/wk

Private

108

Near Beach

House

5

3.5

13

2,600

$799/wk

Shared

109

Near Beach

House

5

4.5

19

3,000

$899/wk

Shared

109

Gulf View

House

3

3

8

2,300

$1,050/wk

Private

109

Near Beach

Townhouse

4

4

18

3,400

$1,170/wk

Shared

110

Gulf View

House

5

3.5

16

2,600

$2,100/wk

Shared

110

Gulf Front

Condominium

4

3.5

8

2,100

$1,529/wk

Shared

110

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

1,500

$1,200/wk

Shared

111

Gulf Front

Condominium

3

3

8

1,524

$999/wk

Shared

111

Gulf View

House

3

3

12

1,826

$1,020/wk

Shared

111

Gulf Front

Townhouse

4

4.5

8

2,900

$1,135/wk

Shared

112

Near Beach

House

4

3

12

2,900

$1,020/wk

Shared

112

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Why Book with

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he vacation rental industry has grown exponentially during 2016 and we know it will continue to do so in 2017. We also know that travelers have more options when it comes to searching for rentals, so we’ve done a lot to make sure that Five Star Properties and Bliss Beach Rentals stand out above the rest! Here is why you should stay with Five Star and Bliss over any other rental company:

There is no guess work when booking online.

Free, daily activities are available to all of our guests.

We want our guests to be confident in their purchase when they book a vacation rental online, which is why we go into great detail about each property on our website. We provide high definition photos, a drone video, a map, and a 3D virtual tour of the property. Then we list out all the amenities and write a room-by-room description. By displaying the property in detail through multiple mediums we are able to convey the property to the guest as if they were seeing it in person. This enables guests to book with confidence, because they know the exact look, feel, and condition of the property they choose.

We provide our guests with more than top-notch, luxury vacation homes; we provide an experience. Snorkeling, fishing, golfing, and paddle boarding are just a few of the activities Five Star and Bliss guests get to enjoy for free through our VIP Program! The VIP Program is included with every booking at no extra charge. It’s just a perk of being a Five Star or Bliss guest! Depending on seasonal availability and the location of the rental booked, guests receive one daily pass to the Destin Princess and Destiny Fishing Charter, Adventure Zone at Baytowne Wharf, Sea Blaster boat tour, Sea Blaster snorkeling, Big Kahuna’s Water Park, Reef Beach Paddle Board, and unlimited, free DVD rentals! No other vacation rental company in the Destin/30A area will give you exclusive VIP service like Five Star and Bliss.

We believe that first impressions matter. With other rental companies it is not uncommon to arrive at check-in only to find an empty chair at the receptionist’s desk. We know guests travel long and far in order to get here, so we eliminated the in-office check-in. Instead, we provide our guests with a door code that allows them to enter their rental upon arrival at the designated check-in time. Inside the home guests are greeted with a welcome gift from Five Star and Bliss. If desired, we will also send a personal greeter to the home to familiarize you with the property and surrounding area in person.

Guests can easily keep track of their reservation information in our Guest Portal. The Guest Portal will have all the necessary information for a smooth check-in and a fun vacation. Having all the property information in one convenient portal is much easier for guests to manage than keeping up with dozens of emails. Guests can easily login to the guest portal online with the login information we


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“Vacation Rental Executive Housekeeper of the Year” from Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP). This national recognition for our housekeeping department is a testimony to our high standards of cleanliness. Every Five Star and Bliss rental is professionally cleaned after each guest’s check-out. Guests can count on arriving to a rental with fresh linens, clean bedding, and a sparkling-clean interior from floor to ceiling. Daily maid service and laundry service can also be provided upon request.

We provide in-home concierge services to enhance your vacation.

provide. Inside the portal they will find necessary property information such as the address and door code in addition to useful information about nearby beach access points, concierge services, and VIP passes. The guest portal is also the easiest way to report an issue, leave a review, or provide feedback.

All of our vacation rentals are supplied with a starter set of essential amenities. Staying in a vacation rental is a much different experience than staying in a hotel. Vacation rentals are real peoples’ homes; however, that doesn’t mean less should be expected. We provide hotel-grade amenities in every home for a more comfortable experience. Our beautiful bath package includes light and fresh soaps, lotions, and hair care products in travel size (one fluid ounce) at each vanity. Bath towels, washcloths, and toilet paper are provided in each bathroom. In the kitchen we provide starter packs of paper towels, dish towels, trash bags, dish soap and sponge, and powder dish detergents for the dishwasher. We have provided a standard coffee maker, blender and any other cookware necessary to prepare meals with. There is a washer and dryer in every home, and we provide two powder detergents for the washing machine. The homes also have an iron and ironing board. We provide all of these things for the comfort and convenience of our guests.

Five Star and Bliss rentals are exceptionally clean. In 2016 our Director of Housekeeping won

Five Star and Bliss’s concierge services are available throughout the guest’s entire vacation. Just a few of the in-home services available include massage therapy, grocery delivery, private chefs, and maid service. Our concierge team can also help arrange out-of-home activities such as beach chair service and beach bonfires, as well as secure dinner reservations or transportation services. We can help with all vacation needs; just ask us!

Weddings and special events are made memorable. Five Star and Bliss vacation rentals make exquisite wedding and event venues. If you want to work with a friendly and professional staff that will help you coordinate a oneof-a-kind celebration, then we are the company to work with. When it comes to weddings in particular, we really know how to turn your vision into a reality. We will help you select the right home and put you in touch with the area’s best wedding coordinators, caterers, photographers, and florists. With its sugar-white sand and emerald waters, Destin, Florida is the ideal backdrop for your destination wedding. Imagine the possibilities of what you could plan with our help and a luxury vacation rental. From weddings to family reunions, getaways to corporate retreats – the possibilities are endless.

We build strong relationships that create Five Star guests for life. Many guests who stay with us choose to stay with us year after year. After staying with us once, guests find that the Five Star experience is what makes Destin and 30A so special. We appreciate guests who stay with us repeatedly and offer them a 10% discount when they book as a repeat guest. Once you stay with us, you’ll be a Five Star guest for life!


PALAZZO DEL MAR Crystal Beach

CAPITANO Destiny by the Sea VILLA BLANCO Holiday Isle

DESTIN JEWEL Holiday Isle BIG HOUSE BY THE SEA Destiny West


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Palazzo del Mar The magnificent Palazzo del Mar is a gulf-front, gated estate situated within the Emerald Coast’s exclusive neighborhood The Shores of Crystal Beach. This mansion was designed for events and entertaining. From vacations to family reunions, retreats to weddings, guests will be able to spread out among 16,000 square feet of interior and exterior space, including four travertine stone terraces of European inspiration. The home continues to impress with quality craftsmanship including Brazilian cherry wood floors, granite countertops, custom stone and marble fireplaces, 12” crown molding, and lighted trey ceilings. Panoramic views of the Gulf, sunrises, and sunsets are best viewed from the terraces. The home has its own private access to the emerald-green water and white-sand beach. There is an in-ground pool shaded by a lanai for guests to enjoy outdoors as well. In an online review, a guests exclaimed, “This beautiful home has every luxury provided for you — from heated swimming pool, to poker and pool tables, to a kitchen made for cooking for large crowds.” We agree that this home meets all guests’ needs, exceeds all expectations, and is well deserving of its Five Star title!

hese homes exactly what it means to be a property.

Capitano Capitano is the largest home in the gated neighborhood, Destiny by the Sea. This unique showplace contains over 8,800 square feet of exceptional living space, expansive balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, a roof-top deck and hot tub, and awe-inspiring architecture. Guests are blown away by the free-standing balustrade curved staircase, the Corinthian columns, and the luxurious furnishings. The mansion features seven master suites, nine fireplaces, a gulf-front heated pool and spa tub, dual head showers, two steam showers, jetted tubs, and its own private boardwalk to the beach. These features place extravagant, coastal living right at your doorstep. The greatest room in the Capitano mansion is the Grand Master Suite which takes up the entire third floor. The Grand Master Suite features a luxury private bathroom, a sitting room with a flat screen TV and a two-sided fire place, and a wet bar along with access to the private covered terrace overlooking the Gulf. A private office is attached to the suite and provides a quite space with a desk facing the Gulf. This indulgent and luxurious home easily earned a spot on our 5 Stars of Five Star list!

While all our Five Star homes are exceptional in size, architecture, interior design, and amenities, these five masterpieces are consistently top-rated among guests and the most popular homes on the Five Star program:

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Villa Blanco Villa Blanco is the largest home on Holiday Isle and Five Star’s highestcapacity home! This property accommodates up to 40 guests with an impressive 16,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space! Not only is the home beautiful inside, but it is also surrounded by natural beauty outside. To the north lies the Destin Harbor, and to the south lies the Gulf of Mexico. With a private boat dock on the property, guests are fully equipped to enjoy the waterways. Guests love to make a splash in the giant 16' x 35' swimming pool in the back yard as well. Additionally, the home boasts an in-home theater and a game room for non-stop fun. Villa Blanco has all the features of a Five Star property, and its guests are always fully satisfied!

Destin Jewel Destin Jewel has all the glitz and glamour a Five Star home should. This nine-bedroom home overlooks the brilliant jewel-toned waters of the Gulf of Mexico with gulf views from all seven master suites and telescoping windows on every floor. The interior offers 9,000 square feet of upscale living space intelligently designed to ensure no neighboring buildings are visible – creating a solitary, secluded, and private retreat for its guest. Additionally, guests are provided with 5,000 square feet of outdoor living space designed to entertain the masses. The home accommodates up to 30 guests who’ll enjoy non-stop entertainment on the pool deck, which features a beachside infinity pool complete with two tanning shelfs and two swim-up bars, a 12-person hot tub with jets, a fire pit, two outdoor TVs, a volley ball court, and an abundance of gulf-front seating. Guests are also privileged to 100 feet of private beach and their own private beach boardwalk. Destin Jewel is the premier rental for your luxury vacation, retreat, high-profile event, or wedding.

Big House by the Sea This Five Star property is a vacationer’s playground. The back yard holds a 50-foot pool, a lanai with an outdoor kitchen, and two flat screen TVs. Inside there is a game room with a pool table, card-playing table, and a wet bar. There is so much fun built right into Big House by the Sea, guests don’t need to go anywhere else! However, there is plenty more fun close by. The gated community Destiny West where the home resides offers tennis courts and a guest club house. The beach is also just a short walk from the home. Gulf views are visible from the upper-floor balconies. The home caters specifically to families and friends on vacation. It encompasses 5,491 square feet of indoor living space and over 3,000 square feet of lush outdoor living space. With eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the home accommodates up to 30 guests! Seven of the bedrooms have their own en suite, private bathroom, and every bedroom has a flat screen TV. In an online review, a happy guest stated, “We have stayed at many houses in the area over the past 20 years, and Big House is by far our favorite. There is nothing to want — everything we could think of was provided.” Big House by the Sea is a big deal, and a shining star on the Five Star program!


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History of Five Star

This issue marks the fifth anniversary of The Five Star Review. The first issue of the annual magazine was published in 2013. In this 2017 issue we celebrate the successes of five years and a proud moment for our company.

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e all have moments of accomplishment in our lives that define us. Whether for you it was going to college, starting a business, getting married, having a child, or moving somewhere new—you can recall the little bit of fear you felt during those big moments, but also feeling assured that what you had done would positively shape your future. Publishing the first issue of The Five Star Review back in 2013 was a lot like that. There were many questions when creating the first issue. How does one even put together a magazine? What should we put in it? Will anyone read it? Now, five years later we get to share our beautiful magazine with thousands of readers every year all over the United States. We fill the pages of The Five Star Review with beautiful photography of our rental properties, spotlights of our beloved beach community, and articles that both inform and entertain. The publication serves as a catalog for our luxury collection of vacation rentals as well as an area guide for Destin, Miramar Beach, and 30A. This year we added lifestyle content and even more to entertain our readers. It is our goal to make each proceeding issue better than the last. As fulfilling as it is to put this magazine together, the best satisfaction comes from the responses of our readers. When they fall in love with a particular home from the catalog, find the perfect café in our restaurant guide, or learn something new from an article about the area – that’s what makes us most excited about each new issue.

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Established in 2008, Five Star Properties has operated in the Destin/30A area for nine years. It was founded with a goal of providing luxury rentals and a vision of pairing those rentals with exceptional customer service. The company began as a self-managed, boutique company of about 50 properties. Today, we have a multi-department staff and a growing inventory of properties in Destin, Miramar Beach, and 30A. We have remained a boutique company and offer an experience of the Emerald Coast that travelers can’t experience with any other company. From the beginning, Five Star focused on providing not only rentals but experiences. Something special we have done for many years is greet our guests personally at the property when they arrive. Upon request, we introduce our guests to the property in person and make sure everything is to their expectation. It gives us an opportunity to meet our guests and is our way of making a good first impression. With each passing year we strive to improve on the Five Star experience. Last year we implemented the Five Star VIP Program—a free amenity program for our guests. With the program, we are able to provide activities such as golfing, snorkeling, and boat tours to our guests for free. We belive first impressions do matter. Nine years in business and we still have many of the same guests return to stay with us each year. We’ve also taken good care of our property owners and still have some of the original properties on our program from 2008. Of course, we have also expanded and brought on impressive new properties every year. We didn’t want to limit the Five Star experience to just Florida, so in 2013 we opened two new locations. In addition to Destin and along 30A, Five Star Properties can be found in Breckenridge, Colorado and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We provide our Colorado and South Carolina guests with the same quality service as our Florida guests. Whether it be beaches or the mountains you seek, you can experience it with Five Star. The first issue of The Five Star Review featured 68 properties. With every passing year, that number grows. This year’s issue features over 160 properties. Our company’s growth is something every team member and every guest who has stayed with Five Star or one of its branches can take credit for. We couldn’t have come this far without you. We hope you will help us celebrate five years of The Five Star Review by enjoying each and every page of this year’s issue!

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The magnificent Palazzo del Mar graces the cover of the premier issue of The Five Star Review.

With upgraded photography, more robust area information and detailed area maps, the third volume expands from a simple catalog of homes into a complete area guide.

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2016 2015 In addition to Five Star's catalog of esquisite homes, the second edition features properties from Bliss Beach Rentals, which combine affordability with luxury and all-inclusive services.

2017 The Five Star Review is recognized by the American Advertising Federation Emerald Coast, winning two Silver Addy Awards for Catalog Design and Feature Article


Two particular homes in Destin offer views that stand out above the rest. Contemporary compound Sea E O and Mediterranean mansion Villa Blanco overlook multiple bodies of water and showcase stunning views from every floor.


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very home in Destin offers a different view. It’s the top selling point of any vacation rental – everyone wants a million dollar view of the beach. Not all vacationers are so lucky to get Gulf views from their rentals, but those who are know that the view matters. Waking up to the sight of waves washing onto white-sand shores is a gentle wake up call we can all get used to, the way the water sparkles at noon is the perfect backdrop to lunch on a balcony, and the sunset over the Gulf when it’s calm and flat is a serene ending to any day.

SE A E O is located on lake-front property in Destiny West – a highly esteemed community in Destin. The gated community is quiet with minimal through-traffic. From the brick-paved roads, to the enormous luxury homes that line the streets, Destiny West offers guests the utmost level of sophistication and beauty. Sea E O is an icon of the neighborhood because of its many luxury features. Most notable is the private infinity pool with a swim up bar and waterfall feature in the back yard overlooking Four Prong Lake. Both Four Prong Lake and the Gulf of Mexico can be observed from other areas inside the home. The compound is composed of a main house and a guest house connected by a covered breezeway that overlooks the lake and pool. Exuding elegant, contemporary style, this home offers eleven bedrooms and nine full and two half bathrooms to accommodate large groups such as bridal parties or multi-family vacations!

VILLA BLANCO is located on Holiday Isle—a three-mile long peninsula. The Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico run parallel on either side, and various inlets and lagoons run through the community. Villa Blanco capitalizes on its water-front location by offering a private boat dock that allows for the docking of a boat spanning up to 52 feet! The dock also includes a boat lift and room for docking jet skis or other small boats. There are water views from almost every room in the home, and off the open living room lay three balconies. Each balcony provides a different perspective; some overlook Holiday Isle and the lagoon while others show off beautiful views of the Gulf. The large balcony overlooking the front of the property provides outdoor seating and unimpeded views of the jewel-tone Gulf. Two expansive balconies overlooking the rear of the property provide views of the lagoon and the large, private pool.

The greatest travel and vacation experiences provide new points of view. It has been scientifically shown that being near, in, or on the water has many health benefits. Gazing upon the ocean is a respite for over stimulated and over worked minds. Water views are also known to enhance creativity, encourage compassion, and evoke feelings of calmness. Guests of Sea E O and Villa Blanco are sure to see things differently after spending time enjoying water views from multiple perspectives.

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DESTIN Long stretches of pristine beach, fishing piers, busy harbors, yachts, and sailboats are the essence of Destin, Florida. It’s the perfect mix of laid back and luxury.

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heart and your memory forever. It is a place where families come together, where hard workers come to take it easy, and where those in need of a getaway come to escape. In light of the many different reasons people come to visit Destin, there is one unique feeling people have when they leave. They instantly feel nostalgia for the sunsets, the beach, and the people. They immediately start thinking of when they’ll go back. It’s one of those places with the ability to give you a new perspective on life. They stare out onto the Gulf of Mexico with water in beautiful gradients of blue, inhale the slightly salty air and learn to breathe deeper, to sit back and let the sun rays soak in, and to live in the moment.


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Silver Shells Resort

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altwater has been the livelihood of Destin since the beginning. With the arrival of Captain Leonard Destin in the 1840s, Destin’s fishing industry was born. The city is historically known as the “World’s Luckiest Little Fishing Village,” benefiting from its location on the verdant Gulf of Mexico. The residents established a loving relationship with the Gulf early on as a resource for food, economy, and even socialization. From swimming to boating, snorkeling to tubing, the water provided a place for friends and family to come together. Visit Destin now, and you’ll find the entertainment options have expanded. Jet ski and pontoon rentals are among the most popular. Among hundreds of options for water sport, there are also guided snorkeling tours, pirate excursions, sunset dinner cruises, fishing charters, stand up paddle board rentals, and many other fun things to do.

Surrounded by water on three sides, most have

to cross a bridge to get to Destin: the Marler Bridge or the Mid-Bay Bridge. The first takes them over the East Pass with a view of the Gulf of Mexico and Crab Island, while the second takes them over the Choctawhatchee Bay. These bridges are icons for the Destin community, and they’re some of the first things visitors think of when recalling their trip to Destin. It’s not the bridge itself they remember, but the feeling they associate with it. They recall their excitement when the water came into sight for the first time as they neared their destination—they knew they had officially arrived in paradise.

Much of this expansion came about in the 1970’s when the city of Destin built some of its first condos. As more people became aware of Destin, tourism increased. The influx of visitors boosted the local economy and the city experienced exponential growth during the years that followed. Not only did the city draw beach goers for the spring and summer, but Snow Birds from the north also found Destin to be a popular choice for their winter stays. Destin became a year-round tourist city boasting beach-front condos and luxury, vacation rental homes. Today the city of Destin retains its original love for saltwater. You’ll find that all the beaches are kept pristinely clean and free of litter, that wildlife habitats along the beach are vehemently protected, and that fishing is still a major business. Today, Destin houses the largest fishing fleet in the State of Florida. Destin will forever be the fishing village it was over 170 years ago, but their nets are bigger and casting further, capturing the hearts of visitors from around the world.


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Sub-Communities Within Destin you will find many master-planned communities, each with a unique feel. Some are family-centered while others focus on privacy; some feature modern architecture while others take a traditional approach; some require entrance through ornate iron gates while others are lined with white picket fences or no gate at all. The experiences guests have while in Destin will have much to do with the neighborhood they choose, so get to know them below! West Destin is the most metropolitan area of the city and sometimes referred to as downtown Destin. It’s where you’ll find the most restaurants, the main strip of bars and nightlife, and the famous HarborWalk Village. HarborWalk Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, and condos with a boardwalk along the East Pass (Choctawhatchee Bay’s outlet to the Gulf of Mexico). There are weekly concerts, frequent firework shows, and annual festivals here throughout the year. Just a few of the festivals include the

vacationing celebrities and high-class individuals. Within its private gates, guest have access to two private beach accesses, a community pool, and a clubhouse. Many of the homes have their own private pool, and a few even have a pool on the roof! The neighborhood is beach-front, residing on the Gulf coastline. For some homes, the beach is right in the back yard. Homes on a gulf-front lot have an impressive, uninterrupted view of the Gulf of Mexico, and those deeper in the neighborhood are never more than a few hundred yards away from the beach. Destiny East and Destiny West are the sister neighborhoods of Destiny by the Sea. While Destiny by the Sea is on the Gulf side of Scenic Gulf Drive, these two neighborhoods are on the inland side. However, they are still within sight of the Gulf, and gulf views are visible from some of the homes. The neighborhoods are also graced by two beautiful lakes: Lake Destiny and Four Prong Lake. Those craving to be surrounded by water will love either of these

Destiny West

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Destin Seafood Festival in October, the Christmas Boat Parade in December, and the Red, White and Blue Celebration in July.

neighborhoods. They house luxury homes built in a Mediterranean style very similar to what would be found in Destiny by the Sea.

Silver Shells Resort is the premier vacation destination with all-in-one services! Everything you need to enjoy a coastal vacation is located within the resort premise including restaurants, fitness facilities, beach access, and a 7,500 square-foot pool with waterfall and whirlpool details.

While these two neighborhoods are not gulf front, they are just across the street from a fully-equipped, public beach access with a boardwalk, picnic tables, bathrooms, and showers. Each neighborhood also offers extra amenities. Destiny East was developed around a state-of-the art, 5,000 square-foot clubhouse that holds a movie theater, fitness center, community pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Destiny West offers private tennis courts, a community pool and hot tub, and a play area for children. Both neighborhoods are also gated for the security of guests.

Holiday Isle is another noteworthy community in Destin. This three-mile long peninsula is lined with large homes and tall condo buildings. The Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico run parallel on either side, and various inlets and lagoons run through the community. Every vacation rental in this area is near the water. Those who stay on Holiday Isle must visit the Norriego Point beach access tucked into the back of Holiday Isle, because it is unknown to most visitors and, therefore, less crowded. Crystal Beach is a family-centered neighborhood off of Scenic Gulf Drive. Scenic Gulf Drive is a beachfront road that was once the main highway in Destin. It became less trafficked and more pedestrianized when the new Highway 98 was built to accommodate the growing city. Now Scenic Gulf Drive is lined with wide sidewalks, beach boardwalks, and mom-and-pop restaurants. Many charming neighborhoods have also popped up along the road, including Crystal Beach. Guests love the beach lifestyle and atmosphere surrounding Crystal Beach that makes every vacationer feel like they’ve escaped to a new, more perfect reality. With picket fences, perfectly green lawns, and pastel-colored homes, some liken the neighborhood to a utopia. All Crystal Beach rentals are within walking distance of a number of the city’s public beach access points. Destiny by the Sea is to Destin as Beverly Hills is to California. This prestigious neighborhood houses some of the largest and most expensive homes in all of Destin. It’s known to be a neighborhood of choice for

In addition to neighborhood developments, there are many free-standing homes in Destin. These one-of-a-kind homes throughout Destin ore often located on highly-sought after gulf-front or gulf-view lots. In a city that has become increasingly developed over time, buyers are lucky to find space to build these dream homes! Many visitors to Destin enjoy staying in these distinctive homes customized by the builder or owner. Whether guests choose to stay in a neighborhood or a private home, they’re going to love Destin. It’s a paradise of beautiful beaches, emerald waters, and memorable experiences. The vacation home is only a part of the experience. There is also the beach going, boating, dining, shopping, golfing, and exploring all that Destin has to offer. Make your Destin vacation a Five Star vacation in any of our luxury homes ready to host you, your friends, and family!

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Destin Jewel

Gulf Front Sleeps: 30

Holiday Isle

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Known as the crown jewel of the Emerald Coast, Destin Jewel epitomizes luxury and style in coastal living. This home overlooks the brilliant jewel-toned waters of the Gulf of Mexico with beach views from all seven master suites and telescoping windows on every floor. The home accommodates up to 30 guests who will enjoy non-stop entertainment on the pool deck, which features a beachside infinity pool complete with two tanning shelfs and two swim-up bars, a 12-person hot tub with jets, a fire pit, two outdoor TVs, a volley ball court, and an abundance of gulf-front seating. Guests also have access to 100 feet of private beach and their own private beach boardwalk.

The White House is an extraordinary home that has been featured in architectural and interior design magazines. It is one of Five Star Properties’ spot light homes and provides one of the most unique vacation experiences in all of Destin. This gulf front masterpiece is located on Holiday Isle in the heart of Destin, directly on the beach and just minutes away from Destin’s town center, HarborWalk Village, where guests can enjoy dinner and drinks directly on the harbor, rent jet skis, listen to live music, shop, and much more.


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Villa Blanco is the largest home on Holiday Isle. With a private dock, an in-home theater, a private in-ground pool, and all the bells and whistles, Villa Blanco will exceed the expectations of every renter. The first floor encompasses the majority of the home’s entertainment spaces. A 14-seat movie theater with Bose surround sound and stadium seating in reclining leather chairs is the perfect space to relax. Proceeding through a screened-in breezeway, guests will find the home’s game room to one side and the expansive private pool and dock to the other. The game room includes a billiards table, a chess table, a sectional sofa, a flat screen TV, and a wet bar. The pool deck is complete with an outdoor bar, lounge chairs, palm trees, a 16’ X 35’ pool, and a spa tub.

Redefining Beach Time is a beautiful gulf-front vacation rental in Destin, Florida. This massive home sleeps up to 24 guests and is the epitome of a luxury experience. With a private pool directly on the beach, the views are amazing. The brilliant emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico and white sand is directly out the back gates! When you stay at Redefining Beach Time, beach time is all the time. There are wide paved sidewalks leading down Scenic Hwy 98 and the beach where the home is located, great for bike rides, morning jogs, and leisurely walks. Crystal Beach Pizza & Pasta is a local restaurant a two minute walk from the home, and there are many other great dining spots within walking distance. The popular shopping malls, The Destin Commons and Silver Sands Outlet, are less than a 5-minute drive away.

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Palazzo del Mar

Gulf Front Sleeps: 25

Crystal Beach

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Crystal Beach

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The magnificent Palazzo del Mar is a gulf front, gated estate situated within the Emerald Coast’s most exclusive address of The Shores of Crystal Beach. This mansion was designed for entertaining. The event-friendly rental is ideal for large groups, family reunions, retreats, and weddings. Experience the most panoramic views of the Gulf as well as sunrises and sunsets from any of its three terraces covered in 2,500 square feet of Brazilian travertine stone. Swim in the in-ground, outdoor pool or relax on your own white sand deeded beach with private access.

Destin 2 Stay is the perfect home for larger traveling groups in search of high-end, luxury accommodations near the beach. The gulf-view home is located just 500 feet from the white sand beaches of Destin. With 4,100 square feet of brand new living space and professionally decorated interior, the home provides abundant space for up to 16 guests. The home has six bedrooms, one of which is on the first floor and easily accessed for grandparents or elderly that may travel with you and are unable to manage staircases. This bedroom also has its own bathroom. Four bedrooms and an entertainment room can be found on the second floor. The entire third floor is dedicated to the lavish Master Suite with a king-sized en suite bath. Outside, the private fenced-in back yard and in-ground swimming pool create an oasis!


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Destination Fun, located in the charming neighborhood of Crystal Beach, is the place to be in Destin. This 9-bedroom, 4,200 square foot home is designed for entertaining. The private pool and spacious patio are ideal for gatherings. Destination Fun is in the heart of Destin, surrounded by entertainment venues, shopping malls, and is just a three minute walk to the beach. The luxurious indoor and outdoor living spaces will make time spent at the home just as fun! This well-appointed, classically coastal home is decorated in soothing colors, which provide a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the heart of Destin.

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Caribbean Queen is a stately, three-story home directly across the street from the beach. The home meets your every need with a large, private pool, cozy living areas, balconies spanning the entire length of the home, five oversized bedrooms, and five full and one half bathrooms. From the balconies you can enjoy the beauty of Crystal Beach, Destin. Crystal Beach is home to classic beach cottages, white picket fences, winding sidewalks and beach boardwalks. This community is family-centered and peaceful, but is just minutes from the excitement of the Destin Commons – a lively shopping venue with upscale shops, a kid’s playground, restaurants, and an IMAX movie theater.

Caribbean Queen

Near Beach Sleeps: 24

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Crystal Beach

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Turquoise by the Gulf

Gulf View Sleeps: 24

Crystal Beach Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

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Crystal Shores

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Gulf View Sleeps: 23

Crystal Beach

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Eat, drink, relax, and socialize in this amazing, brand new home, Turquoise by the Gulf, in Crystal Beach of Destin, Florida. With approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor living space and 3,970 square feet of exterior space, this home is ideal for multi-family vacations, reunions, or large groups. The entire interior is professionally decorated with top-of-the-line furnishings. Outside, guests will enjoy approximately 3,970 square feet of both covered and uncovered patio areas. Feel the Gulf breeze and hear the sounds of the water while sitting on this huge deck. Turquoise by the Gulf backs up to Scenic Gulf Drive and it is on a perfectly positioned corner lot just across the street from the public beach access.

Upon entering Crystal Shores, guests will be greeted by a comfortable living area with 10-foot ceilings, Shiplap walls, plenty of seating, and a flat screen TV. Two sets of French doors lead out from the living room to the covered patio and pool deck. The pool deck offers a natural gas grill and an outdoor shower. The gourmet kitchen features quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. It’s fitted with all the appliances of anyone’s dream kitchen, including a gas stove, farm sink, and large center island. The family can gather together in the dining area to enjoy meals at the wooden table with seating for eight. There is bar stool seating for an additional three guests at the kitchen island.


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Out of the Blue is a luxury beach cottage in the Crystal Beach community of Destin, Florida. The home is located a short walk from the beach with private beach access and beach chair setup for guests of Crystal Beach! Guests will be able to enjoy a new heated and private pool and beautiful 6-person hot tub at the property. The backyard also features a large, covered patio with a grill, picnic table, comfortable seating, and a large flat screen TV. It’s the perfect setting for family fun, group get-togethers, football weekends, and more! Inside the home there is plenty of space for family and friends to gather. Rich heart pine wood flooring spans the living areas and kitchen. There are five comfortable bedrooms, a bonus room, and cozy bunk nook.

Bottoms Up has all the classic characteristics of a southern home. With its pristine landscaping, screened-in front porch, second-story balcony, and adorable coat of sky blue paint, this home defines southern charm and hospitality. Guests will also feel the touch of luxury in this seven-bedroom property. The master suite has private access to a balcony overlooking the pool and views of the Gulf of Mexico. This property is also only a minute walk from the beach. Experience the luxury of having a private in-ground pool with LED lighting, an outdoor fire pit, and gorgeous views of the Gulf while you vacation in Destin, Florida!

Out of the Blue

Near Beach Sleeps:18

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

3,679 sq.ft.

5

4

Private

Bottoms Up

$1,947/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

3,100 sq.ft.

7

4.5

Private

$2,010/wk


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Sea Span

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Destiny West

Starting at:

4,278 sq.ft.

6

6

Private

Sea E O

$3,597/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 28

Destiny West

Starting at:

7,500 sq.ft.

11

11

Private

$4,797/wk

The Five Star Review

Sea Span is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the gated community of Destiny West. This gorgeous home offers guests a private pool, separate guest quarters in the pool house, and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is less than a one minute walk from the property and is complete with showers, restrooms, and a board walk. The very popular Crab Trap restaurant is also just outside the neighborhood gates and across the street. If you’re searching for a luxury vacation rental in Destin, Florida, this home is sure to exceed your expectations. Bring your family and friends on vacation to Sea Span and everyone will have a great time enjoying the beaches of Destin, the private pool, and all the community amenities of Destiny West.

Sea E O is composed of a main house and a guest house, connected by a covered breezeway that overlooks the lake and the infinity pool. Exuding elegant, contemporary style in one of Destin’s most exclusive neighborhoods, this compound offers eleven bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, a private pool with a swim up bar, and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space. Created by gutting and remodeling two adjacent properties, this spectacular privately owned home located in Destiny West is perfect for bridal parties, group vacations, or family reunions.


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Big House by the Sea is a family-friendly vacation rental with gulf views and balconies galore in the gated neighborhood Destiny West. The private neighborhood is a vacation paradise offering guests privacy, tennis courts, and a guest club house. Big House by the Sea is built specifically for families and friends on vacation. This home encompasses 5,491 square feet of living space and over 3,000 square feet of lush outdoor living space, including a private pool, a lanai, and five large furnished outdoor balconies. The highlight of the home is the 50-foot pool with Jacuzzi tub, tanning shelf, and LED color-changing lights that make night swims so much fun. The pool deck's outdoor kitchen is complete with a Viking grill and side burner, an icemaker, and refrigerator, and a flat screen TV.

Shore to Please is a spacious retreat for up to twelve guests. The home reaches three stories tall, has four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. Inside the home guests will be greeted by a gorgeous foyer with an impressive curved staircase and a chandelier hanging from a custom, medallion plaster ceiling. Past the foyer on the first floor guests will also find a bunk room and two queen suites. The bunk room has two twin-over-twin bunks and shares a bathroom with the first queen suite. The second queen suite shares a bathroom with the hall. All of the bedrooms in the home are fitted with a flat screen TV. There is also an exit to the back yard on the first floor. The lush backyard offers a fenced-in, grassy space and a large wooden deck with a grill – perfect for an outdoor gathering.

Big House by the Sea

Gulf View Sleeps: 30

Destiny West Starting at:

5,400 sq.ft.

8

7

Private

Shore to Please

$4,770/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 12

Destiny West

Starting at:

2,946 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,947/wk


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Mermaid Vista

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Destiny West

Starting at:

4,300 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

Capitano

$1,947/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 20

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

8,800 sq.ft.

7

7

Private

$8,850/wk

The Five Star Review

At Mermaid Vista, you and your family can swim, splash, lounge and laugh! You’ll have an amazing time vacationing in this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home in the gated neighborhood Destiny West. The house is located directly on Four Prong Lake and has a private pool in the back yard. The Gulf of Mexico and public beach access are directly across the street from the front gates of Destiny West and less than a half mile away from the front door of the home. There are additional amenities within the gated community of Destiny West, including a community fitness center and tennis courts.

Capitano is the largest home in Destiny by the Sea. This unique showplace contains over 8,800 square feet of exceptional living space, expansive balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, a roof-top deck and hot tub, and awe-inspiring architecture. Step inside through the grand double-door entry and you will be greeted by sparkling travertine stone floors, crystal chandeliers, and rows of glass doors and windows peering out onto a marvelous view of the Gulf. You will be blown away by the free-standing balustrade curved staircase, the Corinthian columns, and the luxurious furnishings. The mansion features seven master suites, nine fireplaces, a gulf-front heated pool and spa tub, dual head showers, two steam showers, jetted tubs, and its own private boardwalk down to the private beach access. These features place extravagant, coastal living right at your doorstep.


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Bella Destina is a magnificent five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home in the exclusive, private neighborhood of Destiny by the Sea. This three-story home boasts 4,700 square feet, and is complete with four private balconies and a private pool. Other luxury features of this home include a fireplace and an in-home elevator. This is the perfect house for large groups or dual family vacations. The Gulf views and private pool mean guests do not have to leave the comforts of the house to experience Destiny by the Sea’s well-documented beauty.

Welcome to Serenity! This delightful home is the perfect place to unwind and find peace of mind during your next beach vacation. Located in the sought after private neighborhood of Destiny by the Sea, the home is just a short walk to the beach and only steps away from the expansive community pool. As you enter the home you feel a sense of calm within your serene surroundings. The living room offers large plush couches to snuggle up and catch a movie on those relaxing evenings. The fully stocked kitchen provides ample space to whip up all your family’s favorite meals in your home away from home. Each bedroom is thoughtfully spaced throughout the house and each features its own private full bathroom creating optimal privacy during your trip. Escape to the beach at Serenity and start your R&R now!

Bella Destina

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,700 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

Serenity

$2,520/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 13

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,100 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

$1,320/wk


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Millenia

Gulf Front Sleeps: 16

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,200 sq.ft.

7

6

Private

Casa de Cielo

$5,370/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 10

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,300 sq.ft.

4

5

Shared

$4,320/wk

The Five Star Review

Guests are welcomed to Millenia via an elegant marble foyer. The formal dining area offers seating for eight and a spectacular view of both the beach and the pool. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, a double oven, a wine cooler, and a gas range. There is additional bar seating for five in the kitchen. Between the living room and dining area, you’ll find a butler’s kitchen. Guests can access the private pool via a series of sliding glass doors off of the living room where there is ample patio space for entertaining and relaxing. This elegant home is every bit as sophisticated and timeless as its name would suggest. From the rich colors to the stunning chandelier, this home is perfect for entertaining. Located on the Gulf in the exclusive Destiny by the Sea neighborhood, Millenia is full of amenities and upgrades which are sure to impress even the savviest traveler.

Loosely translated to The House in the Sky, Casa de Cielo takes advantage of the seemingly infinite views that you can experience from the high-rising luxury home. Casa de Cielo is a 4,300 square foot, four-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath, private home in the highly sought after gated community of Destiny by the Sea. With four master suites, a private movie theater with stadium seating, an in-home elevator, and a rooftop deck with a hot tub, Casa de Cielo is custom built to take in the marvels of the Destin area. There is a private beach board walk off the back of the home.


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Casa Lontano boasts breathtaking views of the Gulf from its spacious balconies located on both the second and third floor of the home. The contemporary interiors create a very sleek and fresh vacation home away from home. The floor plan is laid out perfectly for each guest to be accommodated with privacy and you will find only one bedroom per floor! Casa Lontano is situated only steps from the sugar white beaches and less than a two minute walk to the huge community pool. The home has recently been remodeled and features all new flooring, kitchen, bathrooms, furnishings and decorations!

Dolce Vita is a remarkable and classy six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath, gulf-view home located in the luxurious neighborhood of Destiny by the Sea. The house sits directly in front of the beach access boardwalk and features a private pool that can be heated upon request. Dolce Vita features a flat screen TV in each bedroom, an elevator to all three levels, an outdoor shower, a laundry room, and parking for three vehicles. Let this professionally decorated, contemporary style home be your quiet and comfortable retreat!

Casa Lontano

Gulf View Sleeps: 10

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

Dolce Vita

$1,470/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 18

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,300 sq.ft.

6

5.5

Private

$3,570/wk


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Honu Hale

Near Beach Sleeps: 18

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,500 sq.ft.

5

5

Private

Son Kissed

$2,670/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,440/wk

The Five Star Review

Honu Hale is a luxurious vacation home located in Destiny by the Sea – an exclusive private community in Destin hosting some of the most beautiful homes on the Gulf Coast. The name Honu Hale is Hawaiian for "Turtle House," which is the perfect name for this tropical hideaway. With a private beach access inside the neighborhood, you’ll be able to walk to the beach in just two minutes! The home also features a fresh-water pool for irritant-free swimming right in the back yard. The home comes with plenty of built-in entertainment like the second-floor game room and an outdoor pool table on the second-level balcony.

Son Kissed, in the privately gated community of Destiny by the Sea, is located just steps from the community pool and fitness room. The private residence sleeps ten and is perfect for family getaways and getaways with friends. The two king suites, the third floor master suite, and the extensive bunk room all boast flat screen TVs, DVD players, and access to either a private or a shared bath. The first king suite has a flat screen TV, a large walk-in closet, private patio access, and a private bath with a garden tub. The second king suite also has a flat screen TV, a DVD player, and shares a full bath with the hallway. The bunk room sleeps four on two sets of twin bunks and includes such features as a flat screen TV and a PS4 (with games provided). The shared bath on the first floor is easily accessible from the spacious bunk room.


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Costa del Mar is a newly renovated home in Destiny by the Sea, directly across from the beach. Come and experience the height of luxury and relaxation in this large, comfortable home located in the exclusive gated community of Destiny by the Sea. From the Gulf views to the convenience of being only steps away from beach access, along with a private jetted pool, this 3,500+ square foot home will help in creating lifelong memories with your loved ones. The home is located only one lot from your beach walk-over — so no need to drag that cooler through the neighborhood!

Costa del Mar

Villa Playa is a wonderfully designed, newly accessorized home with a private pool in the prestigious gated community of Destiny by the Sea. It resides just across the street from the emerald green waters of the Gulf and around the corner from the community private pool and spa. The interior is open and airy with elegant stone columns and 12-foot ceilings accented by multi-tier crown molding. Villa Playa is 5,010 square feet with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The home features an elevator for easy access to all levels. With tons of newly added upgrades, in addition to new bedding in several rooms, Villa Playa is a delight for all guests.

Villa Playa

Gulf View Sleeps: 20

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,534 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

$2,370/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 22

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

$2,370/wk


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Ocean Escape

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,000 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

Emerald Enchantment

$1,590/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 14

Destiny by the Sea Starting at:

3,500 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,200/wk

The Five Star Review

Ocean Escape is a three-story vacation home in Destin’s most prestigious community of Destiny by Sea, located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Every floor of the home offers luxury features to elevate your vacation experience. In addition to the upscale living space, the home also has four bedrooms. The first and second floor each have their own kitchen, and the second floor also houses a lavish living room with a fire place and plush sofas. The second and third floor each open up to furnished balconies for outdoor lounging and relaxation.

Fall in love with Emerald Enchantment, a spacious home within the prestigious, gated, beachfront community of Destiny By The Sea. This pristine rental features lush landscaping and is just 153 steps from the private beach access. Destiny by the Sea has something for the entire family including a club house and a community pool. The first floor features a foyer connecting to three bedrooms and two full baths. On the second floor you will find a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, plush leather furnishings, dining area with seating for six, breakfast bar with seating for four, laundry room, half bath, and gourmet kitchen. The third floor is entirely devoted to the master suite with a king bed, sitting area, and sleeper sofa. The master bath has a jetted Jacuzzi tub, large free-standing glass enclosed shower, and a double vanity.


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Just the Ticket is a luxury vacation rental in Destiny by the Sea situated just one block from the beach access. The property was remodeled in November of 2016 with all new appliances in the chef’s kitchen, new showers and sinks in the bathrooms, and various upgrades throughout. Located within the gates of Destin’s premier private neighborhood, guests will have access to the community pool and hot tub and well as the community beach access. The home is also in walking distance to popular seafood restaurant, The Crab Trap.

Just the Ticket

Summer Blast is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, private home in the gated community of Destiny by the Sea in Destin, Florida. Located just feet from the community pool and community beach access walk, this home is right in the heart of the prestigious community. As an added bonus, this beautiful rental features a private hot tub! The first floor of the property houses two bedrooms and a laundry room. The second floor boasts an open floor plan living area, a half bath, and a single bedroom.The third floor is entirely dedicated to the lavish master suite, which offers a king bed, a flat screen TV and DVD player, a walk-in closet, an en suite bath, and a private balcony.

Summer Blast

Near Beach Sleeps: 14

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

2,900 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,620/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,400 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,575/wk


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Casa di Tramonto

Near Beach Sleeps: 20

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,800 sq.ft.

6

5

Shared

Villa Bianca

$1,620/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 12

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,600 sq.ft.

6

6.5

Shared

$4,350/wk

The Five Star Review

Casa di Tramonto welcomes its guests with luxurious furnishings and warm calming hues throughout. Located in the exclusive neighborhood of Destiny by the Sea, Casa di Tramonto is less than a 90-second walk to the beach and huge community pool. This elegant home features 3,800 square feet with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a bonus room for extra sleeping, and two living areas with kitchens. The open floor plan offers a generous amount of living space for guests to enjoy.

Enter the gated community of Destiny by the Sea and you will find the ultra luxurious Villa Bianca. Boasting two Master Suites, two full kitchens, private beach access, three spacious gulf-front balconies, and all the amenities one can dream up, Villa Bianca is the perfect home for a dual-family getaway or large traveling parties. Guests will be greeted to Villa Bianca by an open guest living area that overlooks the Gulf. This living space includes a full guest kitchen, an entertainment area, and a private balcony that allows for direct private beach access! A second living area, second kitchen, and a formal dining area are located on the second floor.


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Bella Luna is a two-story beauty that features high-end finishes and décor throughout— starting with the soaring, two-story entry surrounded by clerestory windows and continuing with custom painting and murals, travertine flooring with borders and insets, deep crown and baseboard moldings, treyed ceilings in living areas and vaulted ceilings in all bedrooms. The home’s layout ensures comfortable living and expansive beach views with main-level living areas, over-sized master bedroom and one of the largest guest bedrooms facing the Gulf.

Bella Luna

Ocean Paradise is a gulf-front property located within the prestigious community of Destiny by the Sea. Visitors are immediately welcomed on the first floor by a fountain. The first-floor master suite has a private balcony with beach access. Furnished with a large flat screen TV and a fire place, the master suite has a private spa bathroom, complete with a Jacuzzi tub, a standalone shower with multiple rain heads and a bench. Outside, there is a shower and boardwalk access to the beach. Ocean Paradise is one of the few homes along the Emerald Coast that provides a rooftop swimming pool and sundeck.

Ocean Paradise

Gulf Front Sleeps: 15

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

4,200 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

$3,870/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 10

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Private

$4,770/wk


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Gigglin' Marlin

Gulf View Sleeps: 26

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

7

7.5

Private

Destiny Tranquility

$4,770/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 15

Destiny East

Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Private

$1,887/wk

The Five Star Review

Located in the exclusive gated community of Destiny by the Sea, Gigglin’ Marlin is just steps away from the beach and offers sweeping beach views. Guests to Gigglin’ Marlin are welcomed by a large sun deck with a private pool that can be heated at an additional charge. The patio has a large Viking Grill, wet bar, flat screen TV, and seating. Just inside the French doors is a spacious living room with a stainless steel refrigerator, additional sink, flat screen TV, and plenty of comfortable seating. The access doors to the pool are alarmed, so younger guests can’t slip outside unnoticed.

Destiny Tranquility is a private home in the gated community of Destiny East. This vacation rental is located right on Four Prong Lake and offers a lake-front pool and lanai for relaxing. Not a single detail was missed in this home, providing all you need for a luxury vacation – ride on the two included golf carts; play on the ping pong table, Wii, or Xbox; check your emails on the desktop computer with high speed internet access and Wi-Fi; step out your back door for a cool swim in the private pool; and retreat to the luxurious living room or upstairs loft for relaxation.


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Tuscan Villa boasts captivating gulf views and spacious outdoor areas including balconies, patios, and the back deck. A private pool, curb appeal, amenities, tasteful decor, room for a crowd - this home has it all. The pool can be heated for an additional charge. This three-story home has five balconies with beautiful views of the Gulf. This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home incorporates ample and comfortable sleeping spaces. The master suite is on the third floor with a king-size bed, it’s own wet bar, refrigerator and wine rack, a fireplace, and whirlpool tub in the bath. An elevator services all three floors.

Tuscan Villa

Villa Destiny is a beautiful home in the gated community of Destiny East just five minutes from the beach. Destin’s beaches are known around the world for their white sand and emerald green water. In season, beach chairs and bikes are provided with this rental. Villa Destiny can accommodate up to 15 guests with its six bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms. Adding to the luxury quality of the property, Villa Destiny has its own private pool with a spa tub and fountains. The pool deck provides a ping-pong table and plenty of space for gatherings, lounging, and sun bathing. There is also a community pool, movie theater facility for private screenings, and community tennis courts.

Villa Destiny

Gulf View Sleeps: 10

Destiny by the Sea

Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

5

5

Private

$2,550/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 15

Destiny East

Starting at:

3,500 sq.ft.

6

6.5

Private

$2,127/wk


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Sand Between Your Toes

Near Beach Sleeps: 21

Destiny East Starting at:

3,900 sq.ft.

6

5.5

Private

La Mer

$2,070/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 14

East Destin

Starting at:

4,000 sq.ft.

6

6.5

Private

$4,050/wk

The Five Star Review

Sand Between Your Toes is a luxury vacation home in the gated community of Destiny East. This home is just a two-minute walk from the beach, offers a guest house, and a private pool. The pool deck is an entertainment hub with a large pool and spa tub, patio furniture, and a kitchenette with a Bullet grill, mini fridge, and ice maker. As a whole, the home sleeps up to 21 guests! The community also offers a community pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. Sand Between Your Toes is a perfect choice for multi-family vacations, events, reunions, or a laid back getaway. With the privacy of a gated community and the convenient location under a half mile from the beach, you’ll enjoy Destin to its fullest potential.

Welcome to La Mer, a gulf-front luxury vacation rental in Miramar Beach, Florida! Passing through the first floor entryway, guests will make their way up to the second floor where they will find the gulf front, open floor plan living area. With modern styling and dĂŠcor, an abundance of natural lighting, and a cool color pallet, the entire living space proves welcoming and cheery. Boasting a premier location, six immaculate bedrooms that all offer gulf views, sleeping accommodations for up to 14 guests, a private splash pool, an in-home elevator, and views of the Gulf of Mexico that span for miles, this four-story giant is sure to leave even the most distinguished renter in awe!


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Located in the exclusive Gated Community of Destiny East, this luxurious four bedroom, five and a half bathroom Mediterranean home offers guests specular sunset views of the community’s picture perfect lake, and plenty of amenities, including use of the fitness center, community pool, clubhouse, movie theater, tennis and basketball courts, and a putting green. The spacious pool deck and large swimming pool provide guests with additional space for entertaining or relaxing. Pool heat is available for an additional charge. The outdoor living area is equipped with a wet bar and a full bath. The first floor is also serviced by a half bathroom

Beaux Soleil is a wonderful, gulf-front marvel right on the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. Seven bedrooms equate to comfortable sleeping accommodations for up to 16 guests and top-of-the-line furnishings add an element of prestige to this architectural masterpiece. While custom interiors create the beach-themed allure of the home, the street appeal is also undeniable. The home is located on Scenic Highway 98 between the community of Destiny by the Sea and Pompano Joe's. This rare four story property boasts expansive, unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico, private beach access, a private gulf-front splash pool, and off-street parking for four cars, the majority of which is covered from the elements.

Endless Sunset

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Destiny East

Starting at:

3,900 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Private

Beaux Soleil

$2,070/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 16

East Destin

Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

7

7.5

Private

$4,212/wk


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Soleil et Mer

Gulf Front Sleeps: 30

East Destin

Starting at:

7,500 sq.ft.

13

14

Private

Sol Dorado

$8,100/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 18

East Destin

Starting at:

4,872 sq.ft.

7

7.5

Private

$4,200/wk

The Five Star Review

Soleil et Mer is a lovely duplex that sleeps up to 30 people! This 13-bedroom home with 14 full baths and two half baths was built to enjoy with company! With two splash pools on the ground floor, an in-home elevator in each building, spectacular views of the blue-green gulf waters, top-of-the-line furnishings and appliances, and a perfect location nearby all the local area’s best entertainment resources, you will undoubtedly never want to leave. Five Star welcomes you to stay at Soleil et Mer and to take advantage of our concierge services during your time in Miramar Beach, Florida.

Sol Dorado is a luxury, gulf-front home located directly on the beaches of Destin, Florida. Still under construction, this home is brand new to the rental market. When complete, it will be the perfect summer vacation or family getaway location! The home offers seven bedrooms, a bunk nook, and seven and a half bathrooms. The sleeping total for the property is 18 with five king suites, two guest suites, and a bunk nook ideal for kids. In addition to having the beach right in your backyard, there is also a private pool and covered patio space. Four outdoor decks ensure that you’ll enjoy the sweeping gulf views from every floor. Inside the home are new, designer furnishings and open floor plan layouts that make the homes spacious and inviting for even the largest vacationing groups.


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Luna Plata is a luxury, gulf-front home located directly on the beaches of Destin, Florida. Still under construction, this home is brand new to the rental market. When complete, it will be the perfect summer vacation or family getaway location! The home offers seven bedrooms, a bunk nook, and seven and a half bathrooms. In addition to having the beach right in your backyard, there is also a private pool and covered patio space. Four outdoor decks ensure that you’ll enjoy the sweeping gulf views from every floor. Inside the home are new, designer furnishings and open floor plan layouts that make the homes spacious and inviting for even the largest vacationing groups.

Luna Sol is a luxury, gulf-front duplex located directly on the beaches of Destin, Florida. Still under construction, this duplex is brand new to the rental market. This is the ideal home for a family reunion, corporate retreat, beach-front wedding, or other event. It makes a great spot for any vacation or getaway. There are fourteen total bedrooms and two bonus bunk nooks. The duplex is comprised of two connected units – each with seven bedrooms and mirrored floor plans. In addition to having the beach right in your backyard, there is also a private pool and covered patio space. Four outdoor decks ensure that you’ll enjoy the sweeping gulf views from every floor.

Luna Plata

Gulf Front Sleeps: 18

East Destin

Starting at:

4,872 sq.ft.

7

7.5

Private

Luna Sol

$4,200/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 36

East Destin

Starting at:

9,744 sq.ft.

14

16

Private

$8,100/wk


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Olympia Dolphin Suite Holiday Isle

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,495 sq.ft.

3

3.5

Shared

$2,697/wk

The Dolphin Suite is on the top floor of the Olympia on Holiday Isle and offers stunning views of the Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. This private fourth-floor enclave is generously sized with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, offering all the plush designs and amenities you would expect from a fve-star hotel, and much more. From mahogany wood floors to marble counter tops and top designer furniture, the Olympia Dolphin Suite is built and furnished with the highest quality and most luxurious materials.

Olympia Coral Suite Holiday Isle

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,495 sq.ft.

3

3.5

Shared

$2,697/wk

Olympia Coral Suite is an exclusive penthouse suite located at Destin’s most prestigious vacation address – Holiday Isle on the Destin Harbor. The Destin Harbor is one of Destin’s most iconic locations with access to some of the best beach access points in the area! Not to mention, the boat dock, community pool, and hot tub right on site. The Coral Suite is a water-enthusiasts dream, with spectacular views of the gulf, Harbor and city all situated front and center from the windows and numerous balconies.

Olympia Sand Dollar Suite

Near Beach Sleeps: 8

Holiday Isle Starting at:

1,780 sq.ft.

2

3.5

Shared

$2,160/wk

The Destin Harbor is the most iconic location in Destin. The Harbor is lined with restaurants, fishing docks, water sport rentals, and plenty of beautiful beach! Olympia Sand Dollar Suite is a waterfront penthouse right on the Harbor. It’s the perfect location for experiencing Destin’s beach-life culture. You’ll have access to the water-front pool with private cabanas, hot tub, and boat dock where you can rent a pontoon boat to cruise through the Harbor or out into the Gulf.

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Pelican Beach 1216 Pelican Beach

Gulf Front Sleeps: 6

Starting at:

1,100 sq.ft.

2

2

Shared

$480/wk

Pelican Beach Resort is located in the heart of old Destin. This condo is a tropical oasis within walking distance of the Destin's most popular attractions, restaurants, and shopping. The on-site amenities, including exercise and fitness centers, three adult pools and one kiddie pool, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, grills, and restaurants on property may entice you to stay close to your unit for the majority of your stay. Of course, the biggest advantage that Pelican Beach Resort properties have is their location right on the sugar white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

St. Croix 301

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,800 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,050/wk

St Croix 301 is a third floor, gulf-view unit in the St Croix building at the Silver Shells Resort in Destin, Florida. Guests will be greeted to the unit by the gulf-view, open floor plan living area. The spacious living room features seating for six, a flat screen TV, a BluRay player, and a Sony sound system. The private balcony located off of the living area provides seats, and views of the gulf and the palm tree laden community pool area. Overlooking the community pool and the Gulf of Mexico, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit sleeps eight guests.

Utopia

Gulf Front Sleeps: 6

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,500 sq.ft.

2

2

Shared

$1,841/wk

Utopia is the finest gulf front vacation condo in the Silver Shells resort. This condo is located in St. Maarten, the only true gulf front rental capable building in the Silver Shells resort. This is a very large two bedroom, two bath condo that sleeps six comfortably. Utopia is a ground floor lanai unit. Walk out your sliding glass door and directly to the beach or pool, no need to wait for elevators. This Destin vacation rental condo was completely remodeled in 2009 and features the finest furnishings available. The remodel also made Utopia the largest two-bedroom condo in the building.


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St. Maarten 808

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Silver Shells

Starting at:

2,000 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,468/wk

This stunning corner unit is located in the Silver Shells complex in the heart of Destin. With upgrades galore, this condo is just the right backdrop for the breathtaking views of the Gulf you’ll see through the sliding glass doors that open to an expansive balcony. Featuring all of its upgrades and new relaxing beach decor, guests will be swept away when they enter this breathtaking condo.

St. Maarten 605

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Silver Shells

Starting at:

2,015 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,380/wk

Imagine a resort that pulls together all of Destin’s best features: the beach, great dining, and year-round entertainment. You’ll find all of this at Silver Shells resort in Destin. This luxury resort has a tropical feel and is located directly on the beach so you can enjoy the jewel-toned Gulf of Mexico and beautiful white-sand beaches from your balcony. Within the resort there is a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool, a kids’ pool and indoor pool, a hot tub, a full-service day spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse! To top it all off, you’ll be staying in one of the best looking condos in the resort: St. Maarten 605!

Beach Front Destination

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Silver Shells Starting at:

1,700 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,287/wk

With gulf views that stretch to the historic Destin Harbor, Beach Front DESTIN-ation offers guests Mediterranean-styled luxury and world class amenities. With a private elevator that opens into an elegant foyer, guests have easy access to the resort’s amenities and the beautiful beaches. This three-bedroom unit is expertly designed to utilize its space. The cozy kitchen provides plenty of counter space, as well as a casual breakfast bar and an intimate formal dining area. The living room, furnished with a flat screen television and sleeper sofa, opens to a large balcony.

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Maison Par L'eau Silver Shells

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,000 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,320/wk

Feel like you are in a gulf-front castle amid the exquisite opulence at Maison Par L'eau! Completely upgraded and decorated to the hilt, no expense was spared in the renovations to this luxurious three-bedroom, three-bath unit reminiscent of a grand European estate. No detail was missed in this elegant condo with beautiful accents every discriminating taste appreciates. You will feel like a king or queen in any of the three sophisticated bedrooms staring at the dramatic views!

Latitude Adjustment Silver Shells

Gulf Front Sleeps: 9

Starting at:

1,700 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,320/wk

Are you heading to the Emerald Coast in need of an attitude adjustment? If you need a place to clear your head and fill your soul, you’ll find it at Latitude Adjustment located in the St. Maarten Building of the Silver Shells Resort. Located in the heart of Destin, within walking distance of some of Destin’s favorite restaurants and activities, you’ll find a perfectly landscaped tropical oasis, begging you to unplug your smart phone and unpack your flip-flops.

St. Lucia 202

Near Beach Sleeps: 6

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,400 sq.ft.

2

2

Shared

$780/wk

St. Lucia 202 is an elegant, first floor unit in the St. Lucia building of Silver Shells Resort. The resort is privately gated and includes a large community pool, tennis courts, 1,000 feet of white beach, a spa, a snack bar on the beach, as well as a Ruth Chris Steakhouse on premises! The unit is professionally decorated to include custom linens and window treatments, high-end appliances, and luxurious touches throughout. This unit is perfect for guests looking to avoid elevators since it is located on the first floor!


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St. Lucia 506

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,369 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$777/wk

St. Lucia 506 is the perfect, beachy condo for your next vacation. It accommodates eight guests with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in the Silver Shells Resort of Destin, Florida this condo has access to the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. You can see the Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony, and the resort includes beach access on site. Three is also a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool, an additional kids’ pool and indoor pool, a hot tub, a full-service day spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse within the resort.

St. Lucia 1006

Gulf View Sleeps: 6

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,800 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$897/wk

St. Lucia 1006 is a beautifully furnished condo with fantastic views of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Destin Airport. The condo has three bedrooms, a full kitchen, three bathrooms, and a comfortable dining and living room. Accommodations fit up to six guests, making the condo ideal for small families. This condo is located near dozens of family attractions such as Big Kahuna’s Water Park and The Track. Other features of Destin are hundreds of unique restaurants as well as chain options, bars and nightlife, and outdoor and watersport activities.

St. Lucia 1102

Gulf View Sleeps: 6

Silver Shells

Starting at:

1,200 sq.ft.

2

2

Shared

$1,167/wk

St. Lucia 1102 is a beautifully furnished condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This condo is in the ideal location for a beach vacation, and it is a part of the luxurious Silver Shells Resort! The resort is privately gated and includes a large community pool, tennis courts, 1,000 feet of white beach, a spa, a snack bar on the beach, and fine dining on premises. The condo has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a comfortable dining and living room.

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Pink Lemonade

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

3

2.5

Shared

$870/wk

This beautiful beach home is all about location, location, location! With just a short two blocks to Destin’s gorgeous white sand beaches, and the community pool just one home away, you couldn’t ask for a better spot to have your family vacation. Crystal Beach is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Destin, located in the heart of Destin and away from all the crowds of the high rise condos. Its white picket fences and quiet neighborhood is perfect for families or those looking for a peaceful getaway.

Summer Shandy

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

2,000 sq.ft.

4

2

Private

$1,047/wk

Summer Shandy is the perfect rental for beach house living. Located in Crystal Beach of Destin, this home is only one block from the beach and beach access. Guests can also swim in the home’s private pool, which can be heated for an additional fee. The pool deck is a serene and shady space to cool off and splash around on hot summer days. The deck is partially covered and furnished with plenty of seating. An outdoor shower is provided so guests can rinse of before returning inside.

Stingray Shack

Near Beach Sleeps: 16

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

3,000 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Private

$1,470/wk

There’s nothing shabby about the Stingray Shack. This wellappointed, spacious home offers almost 3,000 square feet of living space and is within walking distance of the beach, area restaurants, and Destin’s best shopping. With five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a new pool and built in fire pit, The Stingray Shack is perfect for large family gatherings and vacations.


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Coral Shores

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Gulf View Sleeps: 14

Crystal Beach

Starting at:

3,400 sq.ft.

5

4

Private

$1,470/wk

Located in the Crystal Shores neighborhood of Crystal Beach, just steps from the beach and close to Destin’s best shopping and dining establishments, Coral Shores celebrates the very best of casual elegance and luxury. This five bedroom, four bath home features new amenities and upgrades, a private covered pool, spacious deck space, and plenty of living space. At Coral Shores you can escape the routine of everyday life and create memories to last a lifetime.

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W

hen you visit the Gulf Coast, there are many different experiences and adventures to be had. Two towns along the Gulf Coast are particularly suited to adventurous types – Destin and 30A. These two coastal towns are best known for their beautiful beaches, but they offer even more above and below the surface.

The Gulf Coast of Florida isn’t just something pretty to look at; it’s something to be a part of.

Under the Sea Under the Gulf of Mexico lies a beautiful, intricate ecosystem. Beneath the emerald-green waters reside schools of fish darting about, expanses of sea grass crawling with tiny hermit crabs, and a floor of white quartz sand. Much of the Gulf consists of shallow and intertidal areas over continental shelves, which make it easily accessible for snorkelers and divers. In Destin, this underwater world can be best explored at the Jetties of the East Pass. The Jetties are man-made rock reefs created to protect the pass between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, but they also serve as artificial reefs that attract a variety of sea life. On one side of the pass, boulder-like rocks stacked upon each other extend a half mile out from the land into the water, forming a wall visible both above and below the water. On the opposite side of the pass, two smaller “finger” reefs extend out about 150 feet into the water. Both are enjoyed by snorkelers. Hanging out near the reef are rays, blue crabs, hermit crabs, star fish, sea cucumbers, an array of fish, and turtles. There are occasional sightings of seahorses, octopi, and bottlenose dolphins too!


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Coral reef formation only occurs in specific ecosystems with the right depth and water temperature. Their formation takes hundreds to thousands of years, and their presence has seriously declined in the past ten years. Coral needs a platform on which to grow, so to stimulate the growth of new coral, artificial reefs have been placed along the Gulf Coast. Most recently in the area, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) deployed an artificial reef off the shore of 30A at Grayton Beach. Named Turtle Reef for its shape, this reef is the first in a series of 13 artificial reefs to be installed along the Gulf Coast over the next several years. Snorkeling is unlike anything that can be experienced on land. You lather on the sunscreen and make the journey out to the reef. With your fins, mask, and snorkel on, you sink beneath the surface. Under the water it is completely silent. Without the distraction of noise your other senses are heightened, and you begin to notice the creatures around you. Fish dance in rhythm with the waves while rays glide beneath you trailing their own path through the sand. You notice everything in this new environment with a heightened attention to detail that you didn’t have earlier on shore. Those who think they know the Gulf of Mexico really don’t until they go beneath the surface. Reefs are excellent sources of recreation for locals and tourists. Turtle Reef is close to the shore of Grayton Beach and can be easily accessed by paddle board or kayak. The Destin Jetties are easily accessed from the public beach access at the base of the Destin bridge. The reefs may be easy to get to and the water may look calm from the surface, but the Gulf of Mexico has one of the strongest currents in the world. It’s important to be aware of currents and tides when you snorkel or dive. If you lack experience, there are plenty of guided snorkeling adventures offered in the area that will pair you with a skilled instructor.

Up in the Air When you see photographs of Destin or 30A, they are frequently aerial photos captured by drones. Aerial views of Destin and 30A are so popularly photographed because of the area’s scenic coastline. Destin’s busy harbor, 30A’s pristine beaches, and the jewel-toned Gulf water are amazing sights to behold from above. Photographs aren’t the only way to see this view though. While in Destin or 30A, parasailing adventures let you see this view with your own eyes. From the sky you can see exactly where the Gulf basin has carved out the coastline.

An artificial reef placed off the coast of 30A attracts the attention of a sea turtle and diverse marine life. There are various companies in the area that will set up parasailing adventures for visitors. At Five Star, we arranged a team-bonding day for our reservations department with Gilligan’s Watersports. This business has been serving the area since 1990 and has a 100% safety record for parasailing. Their experienced captains provide visitors with a safe and fun experience. For the Five Star reservations team, this was the experience of a lifetime. A few participants had to overcome their fear of heights, but they all agreed that the view was worth it. “It was really peaceful up there and the surroundings were beautiful,” said Jennifer Yeager, Reservation Agent at Five Star. The Gilligan team will take you out into the Gulf or the Bay by boat. All passengers wear life jackets and are briefed on safety. Once the boat reaches its launch mark, they strap you into secure harnesses. You lift off from the back deck of the boat and will gradually rise up! Parasailers will see the Gulf from an elevation of 500 to 800 feet. With the bright blue sky above you and the emerald-green water beneath you, it’s impossible not to marvel at the beauty of it all. Like a bird, you’ll experience the magic of flight right above the Gulf of Mexico. Partaking in the right activities while in Destin or 30A will have a huge impact on the quality of your vacation. Whether it be snorkeling under the water or parasailing high in the sky, the sights and new experiences will create lasting memories. Five Star and Bliss make planning the right activities for your vacation easy. We offer free daily activities to our guests to ensure they experience Destin and 30A to the fullest. As a partner with Xplorie, we are able to provide an average of $200/day of free activities. We offer snorkeling, fishing charters, boat tours, paddleboard excursions, golfing, water park tickets, and more. Offers vary based on the location of your rental and the season in which you visit. Destin and 30A have so much to offer on land, up in the air, and under the sea!

Learn more about the FREE activity passes we offer all of our guests through our VIP Program! Visit: Five Star team members, Malea Watkins and Jennifer Yeager, get excited to take off on a parasailing adventure.

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and Emergency Information Beach Warning Flags

Emergency Contacts: Emergency

911

Five Star Properties Emergency Line

800-208-2324 ext. 9

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department (Destin)

850-651-7400

Destin Fire Department

850-837-8413

Walton County Sheriff’s Department (Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seagrove Beach)

850-111-1111

Walton County Fire Department

850-267-1298

Emerald Coast Urgent Care 12598 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 101, Destin

850-654-8878

Sacred Heart Hospital 7800 U.S. Hwy. 98 West, Miramar Beach

850-278-3000

Beach Safety Website

www.DestinBeachSafety.com

Water Closed to Public

Low Hazard

High Hazard

Dangerous Marine Life

High Surf and/or Strong Currents

Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution

Jellyfish, Man-O-War, or Dangerous Fish

Medium Hazard Moderate Surf and/or Currents

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F i v e S t a r P r o p e rt i e s

works closely with our neighbors throughout the Destin and 30A

communities. We are strongly intertwined with many local business, organizations, and individuals who help us keep our business in business. From the local baker who provides the pastries for our guest welcome package to the interior designer who makes sure each home looks perfect and beautiful, the Five Star experience is the result of a community working together. For this reason, we find it incredibly important to give back to the community.


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ive Star Properties has made it a point to get involved

with many volunteer activities throughout the years. This year our newest initiative was the Adopt-a-Street program. We adopted a one-mile stretch of Scenic Highway 98 (from Matthew Drive to Crystal Beach Drive and back) and committed to picking up trash along the street on a quarterly basis. Every few months, Five Star team members gather early in the morning before work to pick up trash and debris from our adopted street. It’s one of the ways we help maintain our beautiful Destin community. Other projects we’ve enjoyed being a part of include Food For Thought and the Child Clothing Project. We have made both monetary and time donations to Food For Thought over the past two years. This year we volunteered time to pack backpacks full of food for children who may not have access to meals when they get home from school. Food For Thought is a not-for-profit organization in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that provides food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. They serve 1,500 children in 20 schools across two counties every week year round. That is about 54,000 backpacks a year, so we were happy to lend a hand. During the holiday season Food For Thought also puts together a Holiday Program in order to provide meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas to at least 300 families. The Child Clothing Project is put on by the Junior League of the Emerald Coast as a philanthropy that fundraises to send children shopping for essentials they may not have such as shoes, socks, and underwear. It is an event that brings us much joy to be a part of since we get to interact directly with the children and take them through the store to select their items. In years that we have not been able to physically attend the volunteer event, we have made donations towards the funds to purchase the clothing. We have also made various donations whenever possible to organizations such as Opportunity Place and Emerald Coast Autism Center. We are grateful for the opportunities to serve the community that these charitable organizations give to us. The individuals who run these charities and non-profits are a testament to the kindheartedness of the people who make up the Destin and 30A community. In 2017, we plan to continue our community service efforts. The past year has been full of wonderful, humbling, and inspiring experiences that have more than repaid us for the volunteer time and donations. We look forward to expanding our community involvement and the charitable side of our business for years to come.

Top to Bottom: Volunteers from Five Star help out with The Child Clothing Project; The staff of the Emerald Coast Autism Center shows off their iPad donations from Five Star; The Five Star team gathers canned items and assembles backpacks for Food for Thought; Five Star donates linens to Opportunity House, a shelter for women and children in Fort Walton Beach.

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MIRAMAR BEACH Miramar Beach isn’t just another touristy beach town. It’s a community with character, culture, and so much to offer its visitors.

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ome tourist destinations are overdone with overpriced restaurants and souvenir

shops on every corner, while others are unique and peaceful retreats like Miramar

Beach,

Florida.

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is

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understated and subtle. Many of the restaurants

are

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families, most places you need to go are within walking distance, and most entertainment has a family-friendly focus. There are art festivals and farmers

markets,

dine-in

movie

theaters and outlet malls, parks and playgrounds,

and

many

other

entertainment options for families to enjoy. Unsurprisingly, Miramar Beach’s most attractive feature is its beach.


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Alerio

Frangista Beach La Terazza/ Miramar Beach Villas

Shipwatch East Miramar Beach Caribe

Gulf Pines

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Frangista Beach

La Terazza/ Miramar Beach Villas

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iramar Beach boarders the Gulf of Mexico where white sand and emerald-green water set the beaches apart from all others. It is not far-fetched to say that they are among the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Dolphin sightings are frequent, and the water is so clear that you can see schools of fish swimming by. Another unique feature of the beaches in Miramar Beach is the warm water. The Gulf temperatures are perfect for swimming; they range from the high 50s to low 60s during winter and spring and from the mid 70s to low 80s during summer and fall. The most popular area to access the beach is Scenic Gulf Drive – a long stretch of road along the Gulf with visionary expanses of pristine beach. Every few yards along this scenic road, there are boardwalks, covered pavilions, and wide walking paths. You can drive, bike, or walk down Scenic Gulf Drive and stop at any of the public beach accesses. There are many sunset viewing spots as well, something every visitor should make time for while in Miramar Beach.

An amazing vacation starts with a

beautiful beach, but what is around the beach completes it. The restaurant you go to after the beach, the bar where you dance all night, the local store where you buy souvenirs to bring back home, the festival where you see new things – these small details create the defining moments of a getaway vacation. Visitors are guaranteed to enjoy the beach, but they are also in for a pleasant surprise when they discover how many other things Miramar Beach has to offer.

Communities Although Miramar Beach is small, a few particular neighborhoods have made a name for themselves in the area. Some noteworthy neighborhoods include Frangista Beach, Delos, Caribe, and Shipwatch. Frangista Beach is the best known neighborhood in Miramar Beach. This neighborhood offers classic, coastal homes with stunning gulf views, private pools, and restricted beach access. Designed by the famous architect Lloyd Voght, the homes embody the casual elegance of the area. Guests of these homes are able to experience coastal living in its most genuine form.


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Shipwatch and Caribe are other neighborhoods to consider when booking a vacation rental in Miramar Beach. These neighborhoods reside in quiet locations with easy access to the beach. Shipwatch is within walking distance to Silver Sands Premium Factory Outlets and other entertainment and dining venues. Caribe is a Caribbean-inspired community with all the fluff of a luxury vacation rental. Within Caribe’s gates, you will find tennis courts, community swimming pools, and breathtaking beach views. Miramar Beach is also home to many budget-friendly condos and townhouses such as Alerio Condominiums and Miramar Beach Villas. Both are within walking distance to the beach. Alerio offers guests incomparable convenience and outstanding value. Each condo at Alerio offers high-end decor and appliances, ample living space, and private balconies. On-site amenities include a community pool and hot tub, a children’s splash pad, and deeded beach access. Just down the

Beach offers award-winning golf courses such as Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club and Raven at Sandestin. Water sports are also very popular in the area. In addition to the free activities offered by Five Star and Bliss, guests can rent jet skis, take paddle board lessons, or go on a parasailing adventure.

Restaurants and Dining The dining experience in Miramar Beach ranges from casual to fine dining. At the beach-side snack bars, “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” is a common motto while other restaurants, such as the fine dining restaurant Seagar’s, have a more formal dress code. Many of the restaurants feature live music by local artists. For the ultimate dining experience, pair live music with great food and a view of the Gulf at beach-front restaurants like Pompano Joe’s or The Whale’s Tail Beach Bar & Grill.

Shipwatch

Alerio road, Miramar Beach Villas are spacious townhouses with a community pool and beach access just across the street. Mediterranea offers luxurious condos with a great location, stunning gulf views, and easy access to the beach. The Delos are another townhouse option with even more luxury amenities such as private pools for each unit and beachfront locations.

Shopping Miramar Beach is a shopping sanctuary featuring boutiques, outdoor malls, high-end retailers, and brand name apparel. The Village at Baytowne Wharf is a pedestrian, open-air mall with an array of boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. In addition to shopping, The Village offers a packed schedule of festivals year round and an iceskating rink during the winter. High-end retailers can be found at Grand Boulevard and popular chain stores such as Forever 21 and H&M can be found at Destin Commons. For the largest selection of designer and brand name apparel take a trip to Silver Sands Premium Outlets with shops like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Saks Off 5th. Other area shopping centers include the Market Shops at Sandestin, Shops of Grayton, Gulf Place, and Merchants of Seaside. For all of your beach gear, snorkeling masks, beach toys, and swim wear be sure to visit Alvin’s Island, which carries every beach-related item imaginable.

Caribe

East Miramar Beach It’s easy to plan a day outing with the family including a meal in Miramar Beach. All of the shopping venues are paired with delectable dining options. After a day of shopping with the family at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, take the kids to Cheeseburger in Paradise located in the same complex. With a fun atmosphere and a special kid’s menu, it is a great place to go with the whole family. Just a few miles past Silver Sands Premium Outlets, the Shops at Grand Boulevard offer unique dining choices such as the Ovation Dining Club dine-in theater and the lively Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Bar. If it is just the adults going out for a drink, consider The Craft Bar also in the Grand Boulevard plaza. Dining doesn’t need to take place only in restaurants. There is a weekly Farmers Market at Grand Boulevard every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the spring, there are also food-themed festivals such as the Food Film Festival of South Walton and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Both events bring out famous chefs, talented artists, and food enthusiasts from all around the South and Southeast. No matter what your food preferences are, Miramar Beach is sure to please your taste buds.

Activities In addition to the beach and activities already mentioned, Five Star and Bliss provide visitors with free activities during their stay in Miramar Beach. Guests can enjoy the following activities for free: golfing, fishing charters, snorkeling, boat tours, Big Kahuna’s Water Park, and Adventure Zone at Baytowne Wharf. Five Star and Bliss guests will receive one free pass for each of these activities every day of their stay. Miramar

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Casa de Palms

Gulf View Sleeps: 15

Avalon Beach Estates

Starting at:

4,700 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

Bella Vizio

$2,107/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 16

Frangista Beach

Starting at:

2,600 sq.ft.

5

4

Private

$2,370/wk

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Casa de Palms is an elegant, Mediterranean-styled, 4,700 square foot home located in the exclusive community of Avalon Beach Estates, across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. Designed to accommodate large parties, this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home has a private pool, elevator, five balconies, and Gulf views. Guests will be blown away by the amenities throughout this impressive home and enjoy the community’s coded access to the private beach as well as the community tennis courts and pool.

Bella Vizio is a spectacular gulf-front residence located in the Frangista Beach neighborhood on Scenic Hwy 98. This upscale residence features a private splash pool on the deck overlooking the beach that can also be heated for an additional charge. There is a private elevator that reaches all three floors. Bella Vizio is always one of the most popular Destin rentals because of its upscale furnishings and amenities. Enjoy a luxury gulf-front vacation at a great price.


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Welcome to Bella Beach, a classic beach house that takes full advantage of its premiere gulf-front location in Frangista Beach. Complete with a large balcony and private pool, this five-bedroom home sleeps 12 and boasts two luxurious master suites. For guests looking for both a convenient location to Destin and a serene oasis away from the crowds, Bella Beach is the perfect choice. Bella Beach is decorated in soothing, natural colors, giving the home an ethereal, open feeling. Accented with plush linens, cozy blankets, and beach inspired art, the home feels luxurious and inviting from the moment you enter the property. Bella Beach is as beautiful as it is accessible

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As soon as you walk in the front door of Acqualina, you will feel comfortable and relaxed. This elegantly casual home opts for dark woods, warm earth tones, and tropical accent colors, like green, tangerine, blue, and lilac. The spacious living room provides plenty of seating, a flat screen television, and a wet bar. Acqualina is a lovely, nine-bedroom home boasting 4,200 square feet of living space, plus additional outdoor spaces. Located conveniently in the quaint Frangista Beach neighborhood, Acqualina sleeps 24 and is designed for both entertaining and relaxation.

Acqualina

Gulf Front Sleeps: 12

Frangista Beach

Starting at:

3,100 sq.ft.

5

5

Private

$3,270/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 24

Frangista Beach

Starting at:

4,000 sq.ft.

9

5

Private

$2,220/wk


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H2O

Near Beach Sleeps: 20

Shipwatch

Starting at:

3,016 sq.ft.

5

5.5

Private

Villa Royale

$1,860/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 14

Frangista Beach

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

5

4

Private

$2,250/wk

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H2O is the perfect beach retreat with coastal style and luxury amenities. It also features a private pool, a spacious deck and balcony, and high-quality furnishings. As an added bonus, the property is lake-front and only a two minute walk from the beach. Located in the gated community of Shipwatch, guests will have access to over 400 feet of private beach they can easily walk to. Guests can make a splash in their own back yard with the private, in-ground pool and cook out on the deck with a grill and plenty of patio furniture to seat guests. The location doesn’t get any better than at H20.

Welcome to Villa Royale! Located in the charming neighborhood of Frangista Beach, Villa Royale is situated close to the great shopping and dining the area has to offer. This gorgeous gulf front rental offers majestic views from three balconies. Villa Royale features 2,300 square feet with five bedrooms and four bathrooms with a private elevator for easy access to all floors. On the first floor you can grill out and relax next to your own private splash pool that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. There is a king bedroom with a flat screen television and private full bathroom. There is also a bunk bedroom that is perfect for the kids! This room has three sets of twin bunk beds along with a flat screen television.


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Gulf Breeze is a beautiful six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom, gulf-front home in Destin, Florida. The home offers private beach access, spacious gulf-front balconies, a private in-ground pool, an in-home elevator accessing all floors, and luxurious accommodations throughout. Eleven-foot ceilings add to the enjoyable, up-scale atmosphere of this home. There is no better vacation rental for taking in the cool breezes coming off the brilliant, emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico!

Gulf Breeze

Sleeps: 15

Frangista Beach

Starting at:

3,500 sq.ft.

Las Olas is a beachfront vacation rental in Miramar Beach, Florida right on the Gulf of Mexico. The white-sand beach and emerald-green water will be right at your door when you stay at this luxury rental! There is a private beach walk off the back deck that leads you to the shore. From March to October, three sets of beach chairs will be provided and set up by the beach attendant. You can also spend time relaxing in your own private pool while looking out at the beach. The beachfront pool is on the side of the home under a lanai that provides shade to keep you cool during the hot summer. During the winter, the pool can be heated upon request. Inside the home there are eight bedrooms (three offer gulf views), four and a half bathrooms, two living areas, a gourmet kitchen, and a gulf-view dining area. All three floors of the home are serviced by an in-home elevator.

Gulf Front

6

5.5

Private

Las Olas

$3,570/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 22

East Miramar Beach

Starting at:

3,800 sq.ft.

8

4.5

Private

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Stranded on a Sandbar

Gulf View Sleeps: 26

Frangista Beach Starting at:

4,841 sq.ft.

8

6

Private

Bourbon Beach

$3,570/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 22

Gulf Pines

Starting at:

5,990 sq.ft.

8

8.5

Private

$4,770/wk

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Stranded on a Sandbar is a luxury, eight-bedroom, six-bathroom home with a private pool and hot tub! Not only will your family or group enjoy splashing in this giant pool, but there is also a game room inside and the beach is just a minute walk away! The spacious living room is complete with two leather sofas, two sofa chairs, a flat screen TV, and Blu-ray player. Along with the up-scale dĂŠcor, the cypress-panel ceilings will leave you in awe. You can gaze upon the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico from the roof top deck. This home is ideal for large families with accommodations for up to 26 guests.

Experience luxury living at the brand new vacation home, Bourbon Beach, in Gulf Pines of Miramar Beach, Florida! Brand new construction in February 2017, this home offers 5,990 square feet of pristine living space. The outdoor living areas include a 1,100 square foot pool with a 15-person hot tub, a covered patio with a summer kitchen that features two grills and an ice maker, a private putting green, 2 balconies, and a top-floor sun deck with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico. The interior of the home is fitted with pine wood flooring, pecky cypress plank ceilings, and designer furnishings. Entertainment is provided in the home’s game room with a pool table and the in-home movie theater with a 150 inch HD screen. There are eight bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, and sleeping accommodations for up to 22 guests.


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After waiting all year for a vacation, you might think “It’s About Time!” The four-story vacation home, It’s About Time, has been waiting for your arrival. Located directly on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, this home offers spectacular views and easy access to the beach straight from the back yard. A private, in-ground pool surrounded by plenty of patio space and lounge chairs is also located on the property just outside of the game room. The home can comfortably sleep 26-28 people, making it ideal for multi-family vacations and reunions. There are nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms located within the impressive 8,720 square feet of the home.

Bord du Mer or “edge of sea” is a prime example of modern gulf front luxury at its finest. With sleek design, streamline furnishings, elevator access and a private pool, this home offers both comfort and sophistication. The first floor has a double-queen suite and an open living area that offers gulf views, a leather sofa sleeper, and a large flat screen TV. The second floor offers an open kitchen, dining, and living area, and a master suite. The third floor houses the rest of the sleeping accommodations in the form of four king suites. Located in the gated community of Shipwatch in Miramar Beach, the property is in close proximity to the shopping meccas of Silver Sands Factory Outlets and Destin Commons along with countless boutiques and dining destinations.

It’s About Time

Gulf Front Sleeps: 28

East Miramar Beach

Starting at:

8,720 sq.ft.

9

10

Private

Bord du Mer

$6,039/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 16

Shipwatch

Starting at:

4,200 sq.ft.

6

6

Private

$3,870/wk


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Kate’s Porch

Gulf Front Sleeps: 20

East Miramar Beach

Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

7

6.5

Private

Sandtrap by the Sea

$4,950/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 16

East Miramar Beach Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

6

5

Private

$3,270/wk

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Kate’s Porch is tucked away just off the beaten path, between Highway 98 and the Gulf of Mexico. This warm, calming private home invites guests to take in the famous Destin views, while offering plenty of space for socialization, relaxation, and recreation. The property’s warm color pallet, wood floors, comfortable furnishings, elegant amenities, and eclectic artwork set it apart from neighboring homes. With private beach access, three master suites, a private in-ground pool, and plenty of private outdoor space, Kate’s Porch makes for a magnificent waterfront property.

Sandtrap by the Sea is a wonderful, gulf-front home perfect for a large family vacation or reunion. Accommodating 16 guests in six bedrooms, this home consists of a beach-side main residence along with a pool-side guest house allowing separate families or groups their own private space. A large, lagoon-shaped, private swimming pool is included so you may take a fresh water plunge after treading in the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. The property is delightfully adorned with palm trees and lush landscaping, while an expansive sun deck looks down on the jewel toned waters of the Gulf from the top of pristine white sand dunes.


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Experience Florida’s Gulf Coast in style at the luxury beach home, Sea Spell! Located in east Miramar Beach, this property is within a stone’s throw of Sandestin’s famous Baytowne and the small communities lining Scenic Highway 30A. Designed to house large traveling groups, the four-story home sleeps 26 guests and provides parking for up to six vehicles. The home's amenities include a private pool, private beach access, and an in-home elevator. The secluded beach is also perfect for private events and the property has a private beach boardwalk.

5 O’Clock Somewhere is a beautiful, gulf-front home with a private pool, private beach access, and an in-home elevator. Designed to house large traveling groups, this magnificent, four-story home boasts sleeping accommodations for 26 guests and parking for up to six vehicles. The luxurious interior is highlighted by coastal-themed décor and cool accents, making for a welcoming, open and airy vibe. With a perfect gulf-front location and the prestige of being located off of a quiet road in east Miramar Beach, it is no wonder why this home was named to epitomize the fun atmosphere associated with vacationing in style!

Sea Spell

Gulf Front Sleeps: 26

Tang O Mar

Starting at:

4,500 sq.ft.

8

8

Private

5 O’Clock Somewhere

$5,220/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 26

Tang O Mar Starting at:

4,500 sq.ft.

8

8.5

Private

$5,220/wk


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Seaclusion

Gulf Front Sleeps: 24

Tang O Mar

Starting at:

5,600 sq.ft.

9

7.5

Private

Caribbean Paradise

$5,220/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Caribe Starting at:

2,600 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$1,770/wk

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Seaclusion will comfortably sleep up to 24 people and features a private elevator so all guests are welcome. The elevator runs between the first and third floor. This home features new finishes throughout and is professionaly decorated. Seaclusion is located on Tang O Mar, which is one of the more secluded areas of Miramar Beach providing a luxurious and private retreat for your next vacation. The secluded beach is also perfect for private events.

Caribbean Paradise is the ultimate in luxury beach front vacation homes. This Caribbeaninspired custom home is located directly one lot from the Gulf of Mexico. There is no home built on the gulf-front lot in front making Caribbean Paradise virtually a beachfront home. The powder white sand stretches to the front of the home! You have incredible unobstructed views of the Gulf from every room and porch. The Caribe neighborhood, located in Miramar Beach is a luxurious, gated gulf-front community that features two community pools, a tennis court, lakeside gazebo, and private beach access. Enjoy Gulf views from the expansive porch of an architect-designed home!


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With sweeping gulf views, and the lavish interior, this home is most definitely ‘Not the Norm’. Complete with guest quarters and parking for 14 vehicles, this 11-bedroom, 11-bathroom home is perfect for a family reunion, company retreat, or an elegant getaway from the everyday stress of life. This mega beach house was constructed brand new in December 2016. Guests will be delighted by the home’s location directly on the beach with a private pool. The large pool is great for cooling off on hot summer days and can also be heated during the winter for a fee. The deck surrounding the pool is ideal for lounging, surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the beach. Guests can easily head down to the beach via the private beach boardwalk from the back yard.

Verona is a luxury vacation rental in the Gulf Pines neighborhood of Miramar Beach, Florida. This gulf-front house resides directly on the white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The home can accommodate up to 20 guests in six bedrooms and offers amazing gulf views! The style and décor of the home is that of an ornate Italian villa from the large kitchen, to the smallest of details. Guests will enjoy a private pool, with outdoor seating, and private beach access to the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Not the Norm

Gulf Front Sleeps: 28

East Miramar Beach

Starting at:

5,650 sq.ft.

11

11

Private

Verona

$5,997/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 20

Gulf Pines

Starting at:

5,534 sq.ft.

6

6.5

Private

$4,770/wk


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Leeward Key 401

Gulf View Sleeps: 10

Leeward Key

Starting at:

2,000 sq.ft.

4

3

Shared

$825/wk

Located across the street from the Gulf and in the heart of Miramar Beach, Leeward Key is a luxury high-rise resort with private beach access, an over-sized sun deck, and two large pools. These wellappointed units offer high speed internet, high-capacity washers and dryers, and private balconies with captivating views. Leeward Key is a great rental for guests who desire to be close to the beach and the area’s best attractions, restaurants, and shopping.

Beyond the Sea

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Le Soleil

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

5

4

N/A

$1,299/wk

Enjoy the tropical, Mediterranean-style home Beyond the Sea, located just one block from the beautiful shore of the Gulf. Everyone will enjoy the convenience of being just a four minute walk or one minute bike ride from the beach. The neighborhood offers large sidewalks and bike paths, and tennis courts. The first floor of the home includes an open living and dining area, a kitchen fitted with stainless steel appliances, and two bedrooms. The second floor holds two master suites and a bunk room. Each master suite has a private bathroom and a private balcony.

Mediterranea 401A Mediterranea

Gulf View Sleeps: 6

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$999/wk

Mediterranea is one of the most upscale condo complexes that you will find in Destin. It is a smaller complex with only four floors, which means less people at the pool and on the beach. This is a fourth-floor, west end corner unit with breathtaking views of the beach and pool. Corner units are always the most sought after in any condo complex on the Gulf, because they offer more expansive views. This is a spacious unit with over 2,200 square feet, three bedroom, and three baths.

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20 Sandollar

Gulf Front Sleeps: 11

Sand Dollar Townhomes

Starting at:

2,000 sq.ft.

3

3.5

N/A

$1,163/wk

Located on the beach, 20 Sandollar is a three-story, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse filled with amenities and extras! 20 Sandollar offers guests striking gulf views from inside the home and from any of the home’s four outdoor decks! Amenities inside the home include two living areas; each has a 46” TV, HD programming, a DVD player, and a Roku with complementary access to Netflix! You will also be pleased to find TVs in each bedroom, a private bath for each bedroom, and white linen service for fresh sheets and duvet covers.

Sunset at Miramar Emerald Waters Village

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Starting at:

4,000 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Shared

$1,170/wk

Welcome to the five-bedroom, four-and-a half-bath Sunset at Miramar in Miramar Beach, Florida! This stunning, Mediterraneanstyle home boasts a gourmet kitchen, spacious sleeping accommodations, and gulf views from a third floor extra room. This one-of-a-kind vacation rental is located in the gated community of Emerald Waters Village, which provides two community pools and deeded beach access. Sunset at Miramar capitalizes on the area’s surrounding beauty with plenty of private balcony space.

Destin Beach Therapy

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Miramar Beach Villas Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$799/wk

Destin Beach Therapy is just what the doctor ordered! Unwind and relax at this gorgeous and newly furnished townhouse located in Miramar Beach with five private patios! The quaint, private gated community of Miramar Beach Villas features a large private pool and is less than a two minute walk until your toes are in the sand! You’re situated walking distance from restaurants, and water sport rentals are only a short drive to some of the best shopping Miramar Beach and Destin have to offer.


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Villa del Carmen

Near Beach Sleeps: 16

East Miramar Beach

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Private

$1,350/wk

If your style runs more contemporary than beach cottage, Villa del Carmen is the perfect, highly stylized retreat for you. Found right in the heart of Miramar Beach, between Destin and 30A, Villa del Carmen is a luxurious five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home, complete with a separate, free standing guest suite and heated swimming pool. Close to the beach, shopping, dining, and golf, Villa del Carmen is one of the best rentals the Emerald Coast has to offer.

Miramar Beach Villas 112

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Miramar Beach Villas Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$799/wk

Miramar Beach Villas 112 is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse in Miramar Beach, Florida a quick four minute walk from the beach! Located in the private gated community of Miramar Beach Villas, this condominium offers privacy and a well-maintained community. It is perfect for small families and anyone’s getaway vacation. This unit is also one of the closest to the community pool, which can be seen from the front patio. A swim in the pool or a bike ride to the beach are two fun things you can do during your stay.

La Terrazza 948A Miramar Beach Villas

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$799/wk

La Terrazza 948A is an up-scale townhouse in Miramar Beach just a three minute walk from the beach. Located on Scenic Gulf Drive, this vacation rental is in the perfect location near to the beach, dining, shopping, and the central hub of the Destin/Miramar Beach area. There is no shortage of things to do while on vacation here. In addition to being near the beach, La Terrazza also offers a community pool. This four bedroom townhouse accommodates up to 12 guests in spacious bedrooms and large living spaces.

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La Terrazza 950A Miramar Beach Villas

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$999/wk

At La Terrazza 950A, visitors are welcomed by a professionally decorated and open living area. With a contemporary and coastal feel, this room is equipped with a 75-inch flat screen television and comfortable furniture. The living room shares a full bathroom with the king bedroom. The dining area offers two tables to provide ample seating, in addition to the bar. There is also a generous private patio off the first floor, complete with a grill and additional seating. On the second floor, guests will find two king suites, a bunk room, and a laundry closet. The unit is less than a minute walk from the beach.


This amenity-filled condo complex has become the popular choice for affordable luxury on Scenic Gulf Drive!


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ow in its third year, Alerio has made a name for itself on the Emerald Coast. Alerio is a collection of two- and three-bedroom luxury condominium units, some which provide unobstructed gulf views. In addition to its style and affordability, the complex is loaded with conveniences and guest favorites, such as a deeded beach access, a community pool, a large community hot tub, a grilling area, a splash pad for children, and an on-site check-in area which makes checking in and out that much more convenient! Read more about these and other luxury features that make Alerio the best vacation value on the Emerald Coast!


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Alerio

The Five Star Review

Location Located in Miramar Beach on Scenic Gulf Drive, Alerio offers one of the best locations to vacation on the Gulf Coast. Scenic Gulf Drive offers picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico, wooden boardwalks along the beach, sidewalks for biking and walking, and a hub of condominiums. A stay at Alerio will put you in the center of Miramar Beach paradise. When we say it’s close to everything, we mean it. Just take a look at how close these popular locations are:

• 10 miles from Harbor Walk Village (Concerts, Festivals, Recreation) • 5 miles from Destin Commons (Shopping and Dining) • 2 miles from Grand Boulevard and the Village of Baytowne Wharf (Shopping, Dining, Events) • 1 mile from Silver Sands Premium Outlet (Shopping and Dining) • A four-minute walk from the deeded beach access and the Gulf of Mexico!

Amenities The deeded beach access just across the street is less than a four minute walk from Alerio. The beach access provides a shaded pagoda, a picnic table, and a boardwalk down to the beach. On site, guests can enjoy the community amenities such as the in-ground swimming pool and hot tub. Lit fire torches liven the atmosphere on the pool deck during the evening, and the pool is heated during the winter months. Younger guests will have a blast running through spouting water fountains on the children’s splash pad.


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New Construction Completed in 2015, Alerio is one of the newest condominium complexes in Miramar Beach. The builders of Alerio took the opportunity to add luxury features that guests would be able to enjoy for years to come. Each condo offers a private balcony or patio, some of which have beautiful views of the Gulf and surrounding community. Open floor plans create relaxing environments inside each condo and spacious accommodations for each guest. An elevator also services guests on every floor of the complex.

Room Features Each room in Alerio provides guests with the most luxurious accommodations of any condo in Miramar Beach.

Kitchen: Each condo at Alerio is equipped with a gourmet kitchen. The counters are made of granite and provide plenty of space for meal preparation. The bar counter is the perfect space to enjoy breakfast or an afternoon snack. Every kitchen is equipped with stainless steel Amana appliances. The kitchen cabinets are stocked with cups, plates, utensils, and dinnerware. Cooking pots and pans are also provided.

Living Room: The living rooms each receive custom furnishings handpicked by the owners, so no two condos are exactly alike. The dĂŠcor of these condos range from beach chic to vintage. All condos provide a flat screen TV and a DVD player in the living room. Some may also provide board games, gaming consoles, and movies. In threebedroom units, there is also a dining area with a formal dining table adjacent to the living room.

Master Suite: Each condo features a luxurious master suite. The suite is complete with a king bed, flat screen TV, dresser, and an en suite bath. The master bedrooms are designed for relaxation and are sometimes accompanied by a sofa chair or futon as well. The master bath is spa-like with its dual sink vanity, soaking tub, private water closet, and large standalone shower.

Guest Bedrooms: Depending on whether the condo is a two or three bedroom unit, each will have one or two guest bedrooms. The arrangements of these guest bedrooms vary in each unit, but a common set up is a queen bed in one room and a set of bunk beds in the other. This is an ideal arrangement for families traveling with young children or additional guests. Each condo sleeps anywhere from six to eleven guests!

Call BLISS BEACH RENTALS at 1-888-988-BLISS (2547) to experience Destin/Miramar Beach's greatest value in luxury condominiums—Alerio! View each individual unit at www.BlissBeachRentals.com/Alerio

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The 30A Songwriters Festival

Destin and 30A are home to many creative, talented, and artistic individuals who are passionate about their craft, so it isn't surprising that the area hosts amazing annual festivals in every niche imaginable.

Here is a list of the best annual festivals and events we recommend attending while visiting the area:

January 13-16, 2017

This three-day celebration of music brings musicians, singers, songwriters, fans, and visitors together on the gorgeous beaches of South Walton. This year’s show will be headlined by John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, and Shawn Colvin.

Wine, Women & Shoes February 17-19, 2017

This charity event includes an exclusive dining experience, a live concert presented by Ferrari Sparkling, and shopping all leading up to the grand finale event – a silent auction and fashion show. Funds raised by the event benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and their music programs, mentoring projects, and Arts in Medicine program.

Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run March 3-5, 2017

This annual marathon takes place in the beautiful town of Seaside and includes additional pre- and post-race events. Internationally famous Chef Emeril Lagassee will be preparing hors d’oeuvres and beverages as well as doing meet-and-greets two days prior to the race at “Taste of the Race.” The day before the race there will be a race expo, silent auction expo, and live music performance. The race itself will take place on March 5th at 7:00 a.m.


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Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 19-23, 2017

Seabreeze Radio brings the ultimate weekend of jazz to the Emerald Coast every year with the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. There will be over 20 performances from talent including Kenny G, Brian Culbertson, and Jeanette Harris. The first two days of the festival take place on cruise boats where you can relax, dine, and enjoy the ocean breeze. The third day takes place on land at the main stage of Aaron Beasant Park Ampitheather.

Sandestin Wine Festival April 20-23, 2017

Named “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, the Sandestin Wine Festival can’t be missed! Four days of events allow patrons to partake in a wide range of culinary experiences with unique food samplings and hundreds of wines to taste. Wines are provided by experienced wine makers, both local and international, ready to share their knowledge on the craft of wine making. The Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids receive a portion of proceeds from the event.

The Food and Film Festival South Walton April 2017, specific dates TBA

The Local Palate and The Food Film Festival are partnering to bring the best of food and film to the towns and beaches of South Walton along Florida’s historic

Red, White, and Blue Celebration on the Harbor Every Thursday, June through August

The celebration is a free, weekly event honoring a local hero each Thursday night during the 100 days of summer. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts, face painting, a vintage WWI I flyover, and a fireworks show over the Destin Harbor at 9 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summer.

Paddle at the Porch August 19, 2017

This annual paddle board race takes place every summer at the Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida. Competitors can take on the 1-mile, 3-mile, or 6-mile course and compete for prizes. The event is a great reason to get out to the beach and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather.

Destin Fishing Rodeo October 1-31, 2017

The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate salt water fishing tournament for all ages to enjoy! The tournament is open every day throughout the month of October. There are over $100,000 awarded in cash and prizes and virtually every game fish is recognized with awards during the rodeo. Both seasoned fisherman and beginners are bound to have a great time participating in the rodeo!

Destin Seafood Festival October 6-8th, 2017

The Seafood Festival is hosted along the beautiful Destin Harbor and the Harbor Boardwalk right on the water. The festival is a highly anticipated event that brings chefs and visitors from all over the U.S. Destin is known for its phenomenal seafood, and this is your chance to get a taste of the best! Admission is free and donations are accepted. There will be fresh seafood, live music, arts, a raffle, and more!

Destin Festival of the Arts October 28-29, 2017

Highway 30A. During this all-inclusive event, guests will have the opportunity to watch award-winning films and documentaries— and eat the delicious dishes featured in the movies. A portion of proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and Food For Thought.

Digital Graffiti

May 19-21, 2017 Artists come from around the world to project their unique works of art onto the crisp white walls of Aly Beach's buildings and homes. A white wall, projector, and a computer is all these artists need to amaze their crowds. Alys Beach is known for its white-walled, modern architecture that makes the perfect backdrop for these underground artists. Some of the art is interactive, and all of the art provides a sensory experience unlike any other.

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic June 21-25, 2017

Destin is home to the largest fishing fleet in the United States and is also the host of this world-class sport fishing tournament. This five-day event has something for the entire family. Register to compete, or just watch the excitement. Come watch the fisherman bring in record-setting fish at the Baytowne Marina. The fishermen will weigh their catches to make it on the competitor board. The event offers over $1,000,000 in prizes, the top overall prize money on the Gulf Circuit.

The Destin Annual Festival of the Arts is one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine art shows and attracts over 100 artists from across the U.S. and Europe. The event is hosted by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, known for their contribution to local arts and art performers. Artists in the festival compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. This two-day celebration of art, music, and food is a great way to experience culture on the coast of Florida.

Best of the Emerald Coast

October 2017, specific dates TBA This annual event is brought to you by EC Magazine to benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Every year readers of EC Magazine vote on the best food, services, and places our region has to offer. The winners will be on display at Grand Boulevard for an evening of food, fun, fashion, and entertainment. Guests of the event will be able to sample from the best restaurants, shopping, and businesses on the Emerald Coast.

Seeing Red Wine Festival

November 2017, specific dates TBA The Seeing Red Wine Festival is held in Seaside, Florida and attracts wine enthusiast, novices, and gurus from around the world. This classy event frequently sells out early, so get your tickets as soon as possible! The festival is spread out over four days and includes wine tastings, dinners, and a brunch with featured winemakers.

Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade December 2017, specific dates TBA

There is nothing better than a parade during the holiday season. Wait! Maybe there is. It’s a boat parade! You can't help but get in the spirit of things with lights gleaming off the ripples in the water and the holiday cheers coming from the lavishly decorated vessels. With lights, music, and fireworks, you're bound to have a great time at the Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade!


30A The gem of the Florida Gulf Coast, County Highway 30A, is known for its natural wonders, beautiful beaches, eclectic group of communities, bohemian vibe, and artistic soul.

30A is one of the few places where humans and nature mesh together seamlessly. Art and food, hiking trails and wildlife, beaches and boardwalks all come together in these tuckedaway communities. This is the kind of place where it’s easy to approach someone to ask for directions or to take a photo for you and your family. A simple hello to a local is likely to make you a new friend and to spark a conversation. They’ll spend time telling you where to get the best lunch or how to get to their favorite beach access. This twenty-eight-and-a-half-mile stretch of county road along the Gulf of Mexico is more than just pavement — it’s a community filled with friendly people, abundant with history.

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Dune Allen Beach

Blue Mountain Beach Grayton Beach WaterColor Seaside Seagrove

Watersound

GULF OF MEXICO

Seacrest Beach Rosemary Beach

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Dune Allen Beach

Grayton Beach

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hen you hear about great cities, you often hear something along the lines of the great art scene or fantastic music scene they possess. 30A has the music scene, the art scene, the fashion scene, the food scene, and even the beach scene. As a matter of fact, it’s the place just to be seen! It is the host of the 30A Songwriters Festival, South Walton Fashion Week, and The Food and Wine Festival. It is the location of Artists’ Square where artists live just above their shops and Airstream Ally where culinary treats are served from airstream food trucks. It is also home to award-winning beaches, protected forests, and rare, coastal dune lakes. It’s easily said that 30A offers a bit of everything for everyone.

Communities

Unlike the more metropolitan areas that neighbor

30A, it’s very normal to walk instead of drive from place to place. Large sidewalks make 30A an accessible community, with bike and foot travel being the most common ways to get around. The area evokes the feel of a European village with small shops lining the streets. Most of the businesses are family-owned and offer unique products you can’t find anywhere else. Artists, highend fashion designers, and merchants of all sorts can be found selling one-of-a-kind goods. Wide sidewalks lined with beautiful magnolia trees encourage casual afternoon strolls through town with stops at any of the parks, restaurants, or stores along the way.

There are 13 distinct communities along 30A (from West to East): Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, WaterSound Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach, and Carillon Beach. Each one has its own style and a story to tell. We’ll tell a few of them here and encourage you to discover the rest by taking your own trip to 30A. Grayton Beach is over one hundred years old and one of the oldest 30A communities. The land was mostly wooded area owned by the government through the nineteenth century. In the early 1900s, the W.H. Butler family moved to Grayton Beach with the ambition of turning the area into a resort, but it was not without setbacks. In 1926 a large hurricane swept away many of the existing buildings. Still, the Butlers persevered and built up the area with new homes and businesses. By the 1930’s Grayton Beach was attracting hundreds of visitors who came to dine, dance, play, or just relax.


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Not much has changed about Grayton Beach since then. Many of the original homes built by the Butlers are still standing, and the natural forests of the area still surround the perimeter of the community, plus the protected land of Grayton Beach State Park. The atmosphere is laid back, and as the local saying goes the town is full of “nice dogs and friendly folks.” It’s the place where you’re free to relax without a single worry while enjoying quirky shops, unique eateries, quaint bars with live music, and peaceful beaches. Seaside was used as the backdrop for the hit movie The Truman Show (1998)—a comedy on life lived in a utopian society. The movie takes place in a dreamlike, beachfront town where everyone is happy-go-lucky, and in this case Hollywood didn’t stray far from reality. Seaside is a perfected beach community with pastel beach cottages and white picket fences lining the neighborhood streets. The community was developed in 1981, seventeen years prior to its movie debut. It was laid out primarily

into the community there are wide bike paths and nature trails. Camp Watercolor features plenty of open space and a playground for children. It didn’t take long for WaterColor to get noticed across the country, and even overseas. The area has won multiple awards such as one of the “Top 10 Beach Resorts in the World” by Forbes magazine and one of the “World’s Best” family destinations by Travel & Leisure magazine. The community keeps family at the heart of everything. Children love to ride their bikes through town with stops at The Candy Bar serving novelty candies and hand-dipped ice cream. At the Boathouse Paddle Club kids and teens enjoy taking lessons on paddle boarding with friendly instructors. Children’s retailers such as Barefoot Princess and WaterBugs ensure that all kids leave with a keepsake to remember the vacation by. WaterColor is where you go to make memories that your children will remember for years to come.

Seaside

WaterColor by Robert Davis who envisioned a simple, idyllic town that would bring families together. He inherited the deed to the land from his grandfather, whom he had many fond memories of exploring the Seaside beaches with as a child. The town is comprised of New Urbanism architecture, a renewed interpretation of old-world American architecture. The most iconic architectural features of Seaside are the nine beach pavilions. Each one has a unique design and represents some feature of Seaside’s history. West Ruskin Street Beach Pavilion is pictured on the previous spread, and the Coleman Pavilion is pictured in the image above. The pavilions mark the pathways to the public beach accesses and have become local landmarks. These public beach access points offer amenities like bathrooms, showers, parking, and boardwalks. It is rare that you will ever be more than five minutes away from the beach when you stay in Seaside. It is a very walkable community, and foot travel or bicycle is the most common way to get around. Wide sidewalks lined with beautiful magnolia trees encourage casual afternoon strolls through town with stops at any of the parks, restaurants, or stores along the way. WaterColor is a master planned community, of which 50% is dedicated to open space and nature preservation areas. The community is not as old as the ones previously mentioned, but it still has its own story to tell. The community was developed in 1999 by Copper, Robertson & Partners under the direction of The St. Joe Company. The community is divided into multiple districts – Gulf District, Beach District, Park District, Lake District, Cottage District, Crossing District, and Camp District. On the eastern end of WaterColor resides the town center with the primary beach access, Cerulean Park, Boat House, Western Lake, and Tennis Center. Further

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Watersound Santa Rosa Beach has an unexpected history. Today it is a lively community that has a strong local population and also draws in thousands of vacationers every year; however, it was once in danger of becoming a ghost town. In the early 1900s the town had just begun to gain its footing as an agricultural center, but all of the crops were wiped away by a devastating hurricane in 1926. Soon after, the town was plagued by an outbreak of yellow fever and suffered further under the effects of World War II and an economic depression. What was left of the town was dismantled for lumber by neighboring towns. In the 1950s the town began its revival with the establishment of new roads and neighborhoods by C.H. McGee Sr. Over the years that followed, more neighborhoods were developed by investors and architects who could see that the area had untapped potential. Today Santa Rosa Beach is a beloved vacation destination with beautiful rental homes and nearby beaches. The town still holds onto its history though. A piece of the town’s early history is preserved at Eden State Gardens. In the midst of these beautiful gardens lies the Wesley Home, an estate roughly 120 years old. The gardens and home are open for public tours and house historic heirlooms and antiques. The stories of County Highway 30A are many. Become a part of the story by visiting County Highway 30A with your family and loved ones. It’ll be a trip for the books.

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The Pelagic Blue

Gulf Front Sleeps: 18

Dune Allen Beach

Starting at:

5,700 sq.ft.

7

7.5

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DaShells 30A

$4,620/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 14

Dune Allen Beach

Starting at:

4,200 sq.ft.

6

6.5

Private

$2,475/wk

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The Pelagic Blue is a new construction beach home located right on County Highway 30A and directly on the beach! It is one of the largest homes at 5,800 square feet on the west end of 30A. The private pool deck adds extra entertainment space with an in-ground pool, a built-in grill, and a pergola. The Pelagic Blue offers seven spacious bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms accommodating 18 guests. A back patio and pool, along with a private board walk down to the beach make it easy to enjoy the Gulf. To top it off, guests will be entitled to the 100 feet of private beach! Three stories of balcony space also provide great vantage points for observing the beautiful Gulf views.

Welcome to DaShells30A in Santa Rosa Beach! This six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath, gulf-view home offers guests unobstructed, unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico. A large, private in-ground pool with optional pool heat lies in-front of the home and beach access is available right across the street! Indoors, modern furnishings grace the bright, airy rooms. The open floor plan living area allows guests views of the dunes and the beaches of South Walton, in addition to the jewel-toned waters of the Gulf. Modern themes continue through the bedrooms which provide guests with comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, an in-home elevator, and expansive views of 30A


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Looking Glass is one of the most architecturally unique and beautiful homes on 30A. Enjoy views through walls of windows -- this homes most unique feature. Every single room has a gulf view! Beach access is only steps away or you can sit in your private pool and watch the Gulf of Mexico. Luxury upgrades include Bosch appliances, two laundry rooms, two master suites, marble counters, and wood floors. With five bedrooms and three full- and two half-bathrooms, the home sleeps up to 14 guests. From the main living area, guests can access the pool deck. The private pool and pool deck create a great entertainment space with a wooden bar, a gas grill, and plenty of seating and lounge chairs.

Are a longing for the beach and an abundance of work driving you toward lunacy? The four bedroom, four bath Luna Sea may be just the cure! This gulf-front home sleeps 12 guests in homey, beach-themed accommodations. Guests will be spread out between two king suites, each with a private en suite bath, and two bunk rooms, each with a twin-overfull bunk with a twin trundle and an en suite bath. The focal point of the property is without a doubt the gulf-front living room. With ample seating, entertainment in the form of a large flat-screen TV and a DVD player, and a wet bar for added convenience, the living room opens up to a spacious screened-in balcony and private beach access walk. Experience the splendor of Dune Allen Beach at “Luna-Sea” – it’s just what the doctor ordered!

Looking Glass

Gulf View Sleeps: 14

Dune Allen Beach

Starting at:

2,700 sq.ft.

5

4

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Luna Sea

$2,025/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 12

Dune Allen Beach

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

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Vista Bella del Mar

Gulf Front Sleeps: 17

Vizcaya

Starting at:

4,300 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Shared

Laissez Faire

$2,835/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 14

Vizcaya

Starting at:

3,600 sq.ft.

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4

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$3,470/wk

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Vista Bella del Mar means “Beautiful View of the Sea” and this luxurious home delivers that from every room. This 4,275 square foot, Mediterranean-style home provides panoramic views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Dune Allen’s Oyster Lake. The open and inviting floor plan is designed for entertaining, whether that be an elegant cocktail party for twenty or an intimate, beachfront brunch for six. As you walk into the beautifully tiled foyer, you will immediately feel relaxed. This well designed home has plenty of storage space, towel racks, and cubbies so you can keep your sandy beach supplies in one place.

For visitors looking for Mediterranean-styled luxury right in the heart of 30A, Lassiez Faire, in the exclusive and intimate Vizcaya neighborhood, provides heart-stopping views, private beach front, proximity to the large heated community pool, and plenty of space throughout the well-appointed home. Visitors are welcomed into a lovely courtyard, offering views of the beach, as well as plenty of room for grilling and relaxing. This light and airy home with three balconies overlooking the beach takes full advantage of beach frontage, designed so that most rooms have spectacular views.


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The eclectic dĂŠcor, top-of-line amenities, gulf views, and privacy that Dream Weaver offers, make it a one-of-a-kind home on the Emerald Coast. Dream Weaver also offers a private beach access walk right off of the back porch. Gulf views abound from this tastefully appointed and spacious 30A beach home. Take a short stroll to the beach or stay close to home and enjoy your own private pool. No expense was spared with deep plantation shutters, crown moldings, painted wood ceilings, stunning French accents, and gorgeous hardwood and marble flooring throughout the entire 4,450 square feet of this extraordinary home. Enjoy maximum privacy with the walled and gated entrance to the home.

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Peaceful Pelican is a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Blue Mountain Beach custom built to house large parties on the Emerald Coast. Boasting a private pool, private yard space, and porches and balconies, this home also encourages spending time outdoors while maintaining a certain level of privacy. The pool can be heated for an additional charge. With six spacious bedrooms and over-sized living areas, this home is perfect for larger groups as it comfortably sleeps 16 guests. Looking to head from the pool to the beach? A short stroll down a quiet road will have you with your feet in the sand in just four minutes.

Peaceful Pelican

Gulf View Sleeps: 12

Blue Mountain Beach

Starting at:

4,500 sq.ft.

5

6.5

Private

$2,160/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 16

Blue Mountain Beach

Starting at:

3,500 sq.ft.

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Tangled in Blue

Gulf Front Sleeps: 11

Grayton Beach

Starting at:

3,234 sq.ft.

5

6

N/A

Stork's Nest

$3,270/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 20

Grayton Beach

Starting at:

3,100 sq.ft.

6

6

Private

$3,870/wk

The Five Star Review

Tangled in Blue is a beautiful gulf-front home on 30A. Situated directly on the beach with a private boardwalk leading down to the shore, this home is perfect for beach lovers. The amenity-filled home contains a full kitchen complete with cookware and dishes, a very large master bedroom with a king bed and private en-suite bathroom that looks directly onto the beach, three queen bedrooms and one bunk room with three beds. There are beautiful covered outdoor areas, three fireplaces (one each floor), an in-home elevator, garage, and a gated fence around the property.

Stork’s Nest is located directly on the beach in the secluded neighborhood of Gulf Trace, a peaceful neighborhood in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The home offers an open floor plan allowing many people to gather in the kitchen and living spaces all overlooking the pristine waters and powder soft sand. Featuring a fully equipped kitchen and multiple dining spaces, this rental home is perfect for large groups and family gatherings. Each bedroom offers a partial if not gorgeous unobstructed view of the Gulf and a flat screen television. Whether you have come here for rest, play, creative respite, family time, or just to linger at the edge of emerald green waters you will find what you have come for.


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Some vacation rentals leave more to be desired. The same cannot be said for the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom Desire in Seaside, Florida! This four-story, gulf-view masterpiece overlooks the Ruskin Art Square, the Gulf of Mexico, and the famed town of Seaside, Florida. The fourth-story rooftop deck offers guests unparalleled views of the gulf and the surrounding community of Seaside. In addition, the famous food trucks, the Seaside Theater, and the white-sand beaches of the Emerald Coast are all within walking distance!

There’s no work to be done or meetings to attend in this ‘White House’! The luxury vacation home known as The White House is located in WaterColor – one of the most beautiful beach towns along Scenic Highway 30A! The home is located just two blocks away from WaterColor resort shopping and just two blocks from the Boat House where you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and other water sport goods. The home itself offers plenty of outdoor patio space, a main house, and a guest studio. The interior is markedly modern with mid-century architecture and modern art throughout the home.

Desire

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Seaside

Starting at:

2,600 sq.ft.

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The White House of WaterColor

$1,350/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

WaterColor Starting at:

2,500 sq.ft.

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Blissful Shores

Near Beach Sleeps: 26

WaterColor

Starting at:

5,000 sq.ft.

7

6.5

Shared

WaterColor Reunions

$3,000/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 23

WaterColor Starting at:

4,347 sq.ft.

7

6.5

Private

$3,297/wk

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The seven-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom Blissful Shores is located in WaterColor minutes from the beaches of 30A. With three Master Suites, two large bunk rooms, and living and dining spaces capable of accommodating 26, Blissful Shores is the perfect home for large groups with the desire to stay in a quiet community. Wood fireplaces are located throughout the home for the coziest of feels and bikes are included to scour the beautiful neighborhood that is WaterColor.

WaterColor Reunions is a new construction home in the Forest District of WaterColor, Florida. You’ll enjoy authentic coastal living in this seven-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home large enough for all your family and friends. The home features a private pool and hot tub, and is a short drive or bike ride to the beach. The home is also in walking distance to WaterColor Crossings shopping plaza with the grocery store, pizza restaurant, and other essential amenities like the bank and postal stop. With everything close by, it’s easy to feel at home at WaterColor Reunions.


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Ocean 52 is a family-friendly beach cottage in the Camp District of WaterColor, Florida where there is so much for families to see and do. WaterColor offers four community pools, a pay-per-play tennis center, bike trails, and access to beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. After a great day at the beach, guests can use the home’s outdoor shower to rinse off. The master suite is conveniently located on the first floor and a king suite, bunk room, and loft with a sleeper sofa are located on the second floor. Each bedroom is spacious, fitted with a flat screen TV, and attached to a private bathroom.

Get your bum on the beach and toes in the sand when you stay in our four-bedroom, threebathroom Sandy Bottoms! This immaculate home in the Camp District of Watercolor features a gourmet kitchen, large living areas, and access to the fine community amenities that have earned the area numerous awards and accolades. In addition to the heated and cooled spaces, the property also boasts private outdoor areas that promote family time spent outside. Four bikes are also provided to make getting around this marvelous 30A community easy and fun!

Ocean 52

Near Beach Sleeps: 13

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

3

3.5

Shared

Sandy Bottoms

$1,275/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 9

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,500 sq.ft.

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Serendipity

Near Beach Sleeps: 9

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,700 sq.ft.

3

3.5

Shared

Kat's Lair

$1,170/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,700 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

$1,380/wk

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Serendipity is a wonderfully styled home tucked away in Watercolor just off Highway 30A. The house has stunning Australian Cyprus hardwood floors flowing throughout the living areas and bedrooms, and plenty of outdoor space. With cathedral ceilings, a fireplace in the living room, and a wooded backyard, Serendipity is the perfect vacation rental for those looking for their own little slice of heaven. Located just minutes from the beach, restaurants, and Publix, Serendipity is slightly secluded, yet practical. Located in a family-friendly community, with plenty of outdoor space, this home is perfect for families with children.

Discover the joy of southern living in Kat's Lair, tucked back on a winding road in WaterColor, Florida. Porches wrap around the front and back of the home on both stories, offering lounging spaces for hours of relaxation. You’ll be as happy as a cat curled up in the warm sun. Inside the home you’ll be greeted with a unique mix of modern art deco design and classic style. Steel light fixtures, hand-crafted stair railings, and high-end appliances will impress guests with modern tastes, while classic wood flooring, an open floor plan, and plenty of windows for natural light will satisfy guests with more traditional tastes as well.


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Coral Cottage is a four-bedroom home in WaterColor, Florida perfect for getaways with family and friends any time of year. You'll feel charmed by the sweet details inside this home. From the paint colors to the custom lighting, the home is designed to bring you to a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation. You’ll enjoy the screened in patio and cool breezes every day. The top floor balcony is also a great place to take in the sun. WaterColor, Florida is a beloved neighborhood on 30A where families come to vacation from around the world. WaterColor has four community pools, tennis facilities, biking and walking paths, numerous fine and casual dining options, and plenty more.

Coral Cottage

Endless Grace is a beautiful vacation rental in WaterColor, Florida – one of the most popular vacation destinations on the famous County Highway 30A. Known for pastel colored beach homes and southern charm, WaterColor is a vacationer’s paradise. This vacation home has its own private pool in the spacious back yard, complete with lounge chairs for sun bathing and a screened-in patio. The beach is a short walk or bike away. WaterColor also offers tennis courts at a pay-per-play charge. Everything you need is just around the corner when you vacation at Endless Grace!

Endless Grace

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,700 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

$1,305/wk

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

WaterColor

Starting at:

3,271 sq.ft.

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Summer Dreams

Near Beach Sleeps: 8

WaterColor

Starting at:

2,162 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

Big Sandy

$1,107/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 25

Seagrove Beach

Starting at:

4,590 sq.ft.

8

8.5

Private

$3,870/wk

The Five Star Review

Summer Dreams is a beach-style cottage in WaterColor, Florida. This home is less than a mile from the beach access and only one block from the community pool. WaterColor is a very walkable community, and biking is popular there as well. WaterColor Crossings with a supermarket, pizza restaurant, and other small shops is only a five minute walk away. Summer Dreams situates you right next to all the amenities you could need! The home itself also has much to offer with its screened in porches, spacious living areas, and charming beach dĂŠcor! The living room is cozy and inviting with leather sofas, a flat screen TV, and a Blu-ray player. From the living room, the back door opens onto a furnished and shady porch that is screened in. The master suite is conveniently located on the first floor and the remaining three bedrooms are located on the second floor.

Big Sandy is a large, luxurious home just one block from the beach and a four-minute bike ride to Seaside Square where there are outdoor concerts, boutique shopping, restaurants, and airstream food trucks! It’s the perfect location for holidays, family fun, reunions, weddings, and events. This home is brand new, just completed in July 2016. There is a spacious back yard with a private pool and spa tub, a pergola lit with pretty string lights, cornhole boards, and a grilling station. There is also an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach. To top it all off, the roof holds a roof-top deck with a beautiful view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. There is plenty of seating to enjoy sunset views and cool breezes.


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Paradise Found is an eight-bedroom, five-bathroom home on a lake-front lot in Seagrove Beach, Florida. With a gulf view and a one-minute walk to the beach, this is an ideal vacation rental. Seagrove Beach is right in the middle of the popular vacation destination of County Highway 30A. In addition to the gulf view, beach access, and lake-front location, this home also has a private, heated pool! A king suite and a double queen suite reside on the first floor. They both have access to the common area with a wet bar. On the second floor, you will find two guest rooms overlooking the lake. Each offers a twin-over-full bunk bed. The second floor also holds a large kitchen, living room, and dinging area. The third floor holds three king suites and a queen suite. A private balcony is connected to the master bedroom and has amazing gulf views.

Slainte, another word for cheers in Ireland, is a gulf-view home with a pool house in the gated community of Seclusion Dunes in the Seagrove area of 30A. Located on a quiet street running parallel to the Gulf, Slainte offers guests a private pool, flat screen TVs in every room, and expansive views of the Gulf from private balconies. The outdoor space at Slainte allows guests to experience the great weather and beautiful 30A surroundings without having to leave the property. The expansive front porch has a porch swing and is perfect for morning coffee or a glass of wine at dusk. The deck in the rear of the property has a grill and an al fresco dining area for four.

Paradise Found

Gulf View Sleeps: 20

Seagrove Beach

Starting at:

3,671 sq.ft.

8

5

Private

Slainte

$2,280/wk

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Seagrove Beach

Starting at:

3,000 sq.ft.

6

6

Private

$2,220/wk


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Seaglass

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Watersound

Starting at:

5,050 sq.ft.

5

5

Private

Hakuna Matata

$2,760/wk

Gulf Front Sleeps: 18

Seacrest Beach

Starting at:

4,400 sq.ft.

8

6.5

Private

$7,000/wk

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Seaglass is only a four minute walk from the beach, has a private heated pool, a game room, and a looking tower from which you can see the gleaming Gulf of Mexico. This neighborhood has large sidewalks and is great for biking! You can also use the provided golf-cart to easily get around the area. The front of the home is surrounded by pristine landscaping leading up to the front entryway. The home offers 4,600 square feet of indoor living space, and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space. Inside the home you’ll find a luxurious interior filled with high-end furnishings, real wood flooring, and stunning design.

Hakuna Matata is a property dedicated to this relaxed, problem free philosophy. When you are a guest at this home, it is not just a philosophy; it is a way of life. This eight-bedroom home boasts a carriage house, a private saltwater pool and a bar area. Guests will be greeted to the second floor of the main house by an open living area with gulf views. The sun room has seating for five, and serves as the entrance to a private balcony through one door, or to the private beach access through another. This property is perfect for large parties or multi-family vacations!


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Tranquil Pearl

Near Beach Sleeps: 10

Cypress Dunes

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$799/wk

Tranquil Pearl is a newly remodeled vacation home in the gated community of Cypress Dunes. Guests of Tranquil Pearl will enjoy the home's coastal design and location within this amenity filled community. The community of Cypress Dunes offers a clubhouse, two resort-style pools, jetted spa, fitness center, outdoor fireplace, recreational lawn area, and tennis courts. The home itself offers a screened-in porch, a fireplace, and four bedrooms including a luxe master suite on the first floor.

Lilly Pad

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Dune Allen Beach

Starting at:

2,200 sq.ft.

3

4

N/A

$870/wk

Lilly Pad is the ultimate experience in 30A beach vacationing. You will not find better views on the west bound side of 30A. This beautiful vacation home is located only a three-minute drive to Sandestin and a five-minute drive to Seaside. This 30A vacation rental sits directly on a coastal lake with a private dock and is less than 100 yards from the beach. It features hardwood flooring, granite throughout, and phenomenal views from every room in the home.

Palms of Dune Allen #108

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Dune Allen Beach Starting at:

1,500 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,125/wk

Located on the iconic County Highway 30A where the people are friendly and the dogs are even friendlier, this gulf-front condo with three bedrooms and three bathrooms offers accommodations for up to eight guests. Take in striking gulf views from the patio of this first-floor, corner unit perfect for families or small groups. This beach community has three coastal dune lakes, which are very rare and only found in a few select places around the world. Dune Allen on 30A is a paradise for any guest that loves nature and the beach.

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Summerplace #7 Summerplace

Gulf View Sleeps: 12

Starting at:

2,100 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$1,080/wk

Summerplace 7 is a gulf-view townhome in the Blue Mountain Beach area of 30A. Summerplace is a small community located across Highway 30A from the Gulf of Mexico that features a large community pool and beach access just a minute walk away. In addition to the beach, the shops and restaurants of Gulf Place are within walking distance. This magnificent unit boasts the best views of the Gulf in the community since it is the end unit closest to the beach!

Beach Nest

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Beach Nest

Starting at:

2,500 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$750/wk

Beach Nest is in a quaint neighborhood along 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home is just steps from the beautiful pool, a five-minute walk to the beach, and near several excellent local seafood restaurants. Gulf Place is also a short walk away where you will find numerous shops and restaurants. Don’t worry about traffic, just hop on your bike for a ride on paved bike paths down 30A, or though the miles of adjoining State Forest trails.

Little Bird's Nest

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Beach Nest

Starting at:

2,500 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$720/wk

Often times, quaint and charming can be real estate code words for 'small', but that is certainly not the case with this open and airy four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home. The open floor plan reflects the area’s laid back, casual luxury and the décor reinforces the beach cottage feel. Just a short walk to the beach as well as some of Santa Rosa Beach’s favorite restaurants and shopping, this home is perfect for visitors who want to be in the middle of the action.


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Adagio E302

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Adagio

Starting at:

1,700 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$799/wk

Located on the top floor, this poolside unit has everything you would expect in a luxury complex. Adagio is a gated community on almost 600 feet of beach front. Amenities include an on-site gym and meeting room, and two impressive pools! One is a gulf front, year round heated infinity edge pool that sits high atop the dunes giving you an incredible view of the beach and the Gulf. The interior boasts high ceilings, a restaurant-quality kitchen, dining area to seat six, living room, grand master suite, two queen suites, and a bunk nook.

Livin' the Dream

Near Beach Sleeps: 13

Blue Mountain Beach

Starting at:

2,900 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$690/wk

Livin' the Dream is located in the private, gated community of Blue Mountain Village off of County Highway 30A. Providing luxurious accommodations, four beach cruiser bicycles, and access to the community amenities including a pool and gym, Livin the Dream is the perfect family vacation home. The gated community offers visitors access to 12 shuffleboard courts, a large community pool, and a fitness center. The quiet community is located just off of County Highway 30A and is close to Seaside and Dune Allen Beach.

Gulf Dreams

Near Beach Sleeps: 14

Blue Mountain Beach

Starting at:

3,200 sq.ft.

5

5

Private

$1,710/wk

Do you wake up with visions of white sand beaches, clear-green waters, palms trees, and a luxurious beach home stuck in your head? If so, the five-bedroom, four-and-two-half-bath Gulf Dreams may be just the home for you! With a amazing private pool, an abundance of private outdoor space, top-of-the-line interior furnishings, and thoughtful touches throughout, Gulf Dreams is perfect for larger groups who want to stay near the beaches of Blue Mountain.

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Capital Gains

Near Beach Sleeps: 13

Blue Mountain Beach

Starting at:

2,600 sq.ft.

5

3.5

Shared

$799/wk

Capital Gains is a luxury vacation home in the gated community of the Preserve at Grayton Beach. Plenty of outdoor space, including a wraparound back porch and a second floor balcony, promotes family time spent outdoors. Enjoy community amenities including a handicap-accessible beach access walk, two community pools, tennis courts, and a small workout facility. This home is just a four minute walk from beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

White Sand Reunion NatureWalk

Near Beach Sleeps: 19

Starting at:

3,000 sq.ft.

5

4.5

Shared

$899/wk

You can bring the whole family, your favorite aunt, your best friend, your second cousin, and everyone in between to White Sand Reunion! This magnificent home can accommodate 20 guests with five bedrooms, four full baths and a half bath, two living rooms, a gourmet kitchen, two wet bars, a front porch, a back porch with a grill and al fresco seating, and two balconies! With all this space, White Sand Reunion is a great place for families to come together.

Shell of a Good Time Seagrove Beach

Gulf View Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,300 sq.ft.

3

3

Private

$1,050/wk

Have a 'Shell of a Good Time' at this three-bedroom home in the Village of Sugar Sand along Highway 30A. This 2100 square foot home features a private, in-ground pool, close vicinity to the beach, a wrap-around porch, and gulf views from the third floor entertainment room! This home is in the sought after town of Seagrove Beach and the white-sand beaches are just a short walk away, though guests may elect to use the bikes that are included in their rental.


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Simmon’s Townhouse

Near Beach Sleeps: 18

Rosemary Beach Starting at:

3,400 sq.ft.

4

4

Shared

$1,170/wk

Simmon's Townhouse is an exquisite four-bedroom, four-and-a-halfbath townhome located in the distinguished community of Rosemary Beach. Located along the desirable Highway 30A, Rosemary Beach is an exclusive master-planned community where white sandy beaches, distinctive dining and delightful shopping are all within an arm’s reach. The European-influenced architecture, cobblestone streets and gas lanterns transport you to an exceptional getaway in this beachside resort.

Driftwood

Gulf View Sleeps: 16

Magnolia Dunes

Starting at:

2,600 sq.ft.

5

3

Shared

$2,100/wk

Driftwood is a spectacular home, located near Seaside, Florida. The home is named for the unique and natural flooring throughout and is exceptionally well designed and thoughtful. Every detail and amenity, from the flooring made of reclaimed lumber to the highly stylized marble counter tops make this a top-notch destination. Driftwood creates a luxurious home filled with casual coastal elegance and true Southern charm. Close to the action on 30A and a short walk to the beach, Driftwood provides guests with a peaceful and luxurious oasis designed with casual, coastal elegance in mind.

Seaview I Unit 300 Seaview

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,100 sq.ft.

4

3.5

Shared

$1,529/wk

SeaView 300 is a gulf-front condominium in the Seagrove community on the beautiful stretch of beaches known locally only as 30A. SeaView 300 is a third-story unit that provides guests with endless views of the Gulf in addition to an open living area, three king suites, a community pool, and deeded beach access. The small development is just minutes from Seaside and Alys Beach, and there are restaurants and shopping across the street.

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3 by the Sea

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Monterey Condominiums

Starting at:

1,500 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,200/wk

3 by the Sea is a condominium unit on a famous stretch of 30A known as Seacrest Beach. Providing guests with the laid-back atmosphere that has become the staple for 30A, in addition to community amenities, gated access, endless gulf views, and homey accommodations, this unit is the perfect family-friendly option for guests who want to stay in this splendid area. The large balcony off the living area offers guests gulf views to the south and east, as well as views of the community pool area.

30A Monterey Place Monterey Condominiums

Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

1,524 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$999/wk

Nestled among the charming communities of 30A between Rosemary Beach and Seaside, 30A Monterey Place is a familyfriendly, three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium with an unimpeded view of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The condo’s private balcony oversees a sweeping view of the sugar-white Seacrest Beach and the sparkling community pool. A private boardwalk connects you to the shimmering gulf surf, and the pool is just a quick walk down the stairs or ride down the elevator.

Going Coastal

Gulf View Sleeps: 12

Seacrest Beach

Starting at:

1,826 sq.ft.

3

3

Shared

$1,020/wk

Going Coastal is a charming, three-bedroom, three-bathroom, beach cottage in Seacrest Beach. The screened in patio with swing beds and the outdoor spiral staircase leading to a balcony with slight Gulf views adds coastal charm. The spacious back yard offers a grill, smoker, picnic table, and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach. The public beach access is just a five minute walk away. Also, there is a community pool for guests’ enjoyment just across the street.


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At the Water's Edge Watersound

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Gulf Front Sleeps: 8

Starting at:

2,900 sq.ft.

4

4.5

Shared

$1,135/wk

At The Water's Edge is a four-bedroom townhouse with two master suites, gulf views, and a lavish interior! No detail was overlooked while designing this luxury rental property. From ten-foot ceilings, to natural wood flooring, to stainless steel appliances, this unit is as fabulous as it is functional. This two-story, 2,900 square foot unit is professionally furnished and decorated to ensure a welcoming, homey atmosphere for guests.

Endless Summer Dream

Near Beach Sleeps: 12

Seacrest Beach Starting at:

2,900 sq.ft.

4

3

Shared

$1,020/wk

Endless Summer Dream is a four-bedrrom, three-bathroom, private home in the prestigious community of Seacrest Beach off of County Highway 30A. This three-story vacation home sleeps 12 in comfortable, luxurious accommodations. Bright outdoor furniture, plenty of deck and patio space, and community amenities promote time spent outdoors with family and friends. Endless Summer Dream is the perfect home for families looking to stay in a quiet community near the beaches of 30A!

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RESTAURANT GUIDE Fine Dining A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P

Marina Café

850-837-7960

404 Hwy 98, Destin

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

850-337-5108

15000 Hwy 98, Destin

Beach Walk Henderson Park Inn

850-650-7100

2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin

Ocean Club

850-267-3666

8955 Hwy 98 @ Tops’l, Miramar Beach

Bistro Bijoux

850-622-0760

9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin

Vin’tij Wine Boutique & Bistro

850-650-9820

10859 Hwy 98, Miramar Beach

Marlin Grill

850-351-1990

9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

850-622-1500

4000 Sandestin Blvd S, Sandestin

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café

850-654-1743

525 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach

Flemings Prime Steakhouse

850-269-0930

600 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach

Mitchell’s Fish Market

850-650-2484

500 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach

Fish Out of Water

850-534-5008

34 Goldenrod Circle, Watercolor

Cafe Thirty-A

850-231-2166

3899 E Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach

V Seagrove

850-468-0973

2743 E Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Restaurant Paradis

850-534-0400

82 South Barrett Sq, Rosemary Beach

Cuvee 30A

850-650-8900

12805 US-98, Inlet Beach

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Harry T’s

850-654-4800

46 Harbor Blvd, Destin

La Famiglia

850 424-5795

300 Harbor Blvd, Destin

McGuire’s Irish Pub

850-650-0000

33 Hwy 98, Destin

AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

850-837-1913

116 E Harbor Blvd, Destin

CASUAL DINING


Part of the fun of going on vacation is sampling new restaurants. Though the area is known for great seafood, Destin and 30A boast an impressive and eclectic array of eateries to delight any palate. We’ve put together a list of casual and fine-dining options in the area, along with some staff favorites, to help you get started. We’ve also included a map to help you find your way there.

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Fisherman’s Wharf

850-654-4766

210-D Hwy 98, Destin

Dewey Destin

850-837-7525

9 Calhoun Ave, Destin

Boshamps

850-424-7406

414 Harbor Blvd, Destin

Harbor Docks

850-837-2506

538 Harbor Blvd, Destin

The Donut Hole

850-837-8824

635 Harbor Blvd, Destin (also in Santa Rosa Beach)

Callahan’s Restaurant & Deli

850-837-6328

791 Harbor Blvd, Destin

Louisiana Lagniappe

850-837-0881

775 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin

Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill

850-654-4200

20001 Hwy 98, Destin

Bonefish Grill

850-650-3161

4447 Commons Dr, Destin

Camille’s

850-337-8860

2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin

Pepito’s

850-269-7788

11225 U.S. Hwy 98 W, Miramar Beach

Sushimoto

850-424-5977

11394 U.S. Hwy 98 W, Miramar Beach

Pompano Joe's

850-837-2224

2237 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin

Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf

850-837-6357

3796 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin

Acme Oyster House

850-428-1386

140 Fisherman’s Cove, Destin

Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille

850-351-1997

137 Fisherman’s Cove, Destin

Stinky’s Fish Camp

850-267-3053

5960 CR 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

The Perfect Pig

850-660-1591

7 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach

Local Catch

850-622-2202

3711 W CR 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

Basmati’s Asian Cuisine

850-267-3028

3295 W CR 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

The Bowery on Thirty-A

850-622-1136

2052 CR 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

The Red Bar

850-231-1008

70 Hotz Ave, Santa Rosa Beach

Chanticleer Eatery

850-213-9065

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HarborWalk Village HarborWalk Village offers shopping with a view. With a number of art galleries, clothing and accessory stores, and watersport retailers, HarborWalk village provides shoppers with both great shopping as well as dining and entertainment options. Events change nightly, but fireworks and live music performances occur every Thursday evening.

Destin Commons Destin’s signature shopping center, Destin Commons, features more than 400,000 square feet of outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is anchored by Belk, Bass Pro Shop, and Uncle Bucks Fish Bowl Restaurant Bowling Alley. Entertainment continues in the center of the Commons with a kid’s playground, dancing fountains, and an AMC Movie Theater with an IMAX stadium. Noteworthy, name-brand stores in the Commons include BeBe, Chico’s, Express, H&M, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Guess. Once you’ve built up an appetite from all the shopping, you can select from dining options such as healthy Zoe’s Kitchen, classic diner Johnny Rockets, and quick bite locations Chipotle and Smash Burger.

Silver Sands Premium Factory Outlet Silver Sands Premium Factory Outlet is the Southeast’s largest factory outlet store, offering shoppers more than 110 designer outlets including Off Saks, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors. Athleisure brands, Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, and New Balance are present as well. You will find plenty of deals throughout this 465,000 square foot outdoor shopping mecca. This beautiful outdoor mall offers a most enjoyable shopping experience with covered sidewalks, cafes, and beautiful landscaping. There is also a children's playground and various restaurants.

SHOPPING

Destin and the Beaches of South Walton offer guests some of the best shopping in the Southeast. From the designer deals and steals at Silver Sands Premium Factory Outlet to the one-of-a-kind art and fashion found in the boutiques along 30A, you’re sure to find something that fits your style.

Village of Baytowne Wharf Baytowne Wharf is a true live, work, and play community. It gives visitors a number of charming, locally owned retail shops, including a surf shop, a children’s clothing store, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature store, and an extravagant toy store. With the addition of Baytowne Adventure Zone there are plenty of activities for those not interested in shopping. Baytowne Adventure Zone includes a playground, zip line, ropes course, merry-go-round, rock-climbing wall, and arcade to be enjoyed by kids and kids at heart. With more than 20 bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, adults can have just as much fun exploring Baytowne after dark. The atmosphere is enhanced by beautiful lakes and cobblestone streets.

Grand Boulevard Grand Boulevard is the town center of San Destin with upscale retailers, boutiques, specialty shops, casual and fine dining options. Some of the renowned retailers located in Grand Boulevard include Anthropologie, J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, and The Zoo Gallery. Grand Boulevard also hosts a weekly farmers market every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can also check out Grand Boulevard’s movie theater and watch a 3D movie at Carmike Cinema or have a delicious dinner while watching the newest film in the Ovation Dining Club Theater.

Scenic Highway 30A You’ll never know what you’ll find along Scenic 30A. Enjoy the opportunity to uncover new and emerging artists and designers in 30A’s eclectic communities. Seaside is the place to go if you are looking for a truly unique experience. There are over 40 local art and retail shops as well as some fantastic eateries. The Shops of Grayton are also a must. Here you will find local one-of-a-kind places to pick up the perfect memento of your stay at the beach. If you’d like to enjoy some boutique shopping, we recommend visiting The Merchants of Rosemary Beach in the town center with many local vendors.

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Personalized Check-In Process The Five Star check-in process is completely different from other management companies. A member of our team greets each guest at the property and guides them on a personal tour. This not only reduces the guests’ hassle of checking in at a separate location, but also allows us to get to know who is staying in your property and address any issues on the front end.

Highest Housekeeping Standards Five Star’s emphasis on housekeeping surpasses all other vacation rental companies’ standards. We hire our housekeeping and inspection staff in-house and train them in our proven methods of cleaning. This ensures your property is pristine when your guests arrive.

Advanced In-House Marketing Team Our talented, cutting-edge marketing team uses the latest technologies to market your property to the widest possible audience. Our easy-to-navigate website captures the beauty and elegance of each property with large, high-definition photos. Also, our new online guest portal gives arriving guests access to important information about your property right at their fingertips!

Free Amenity Passes for Guests Five Star offers more fun to guests at your property to keep them coming back! Each guest gets access to the VIP Program, which provides free and discounted activities. Plus, guests at each property will also get one free pass per day for golf, fishing trips, snorkeling trips, boat tours, and Big Kahuna’s water park!

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