We really enjoyed our family vacation here with our two small childrean (4 and 2). The condo is very conveniently located and the bridge access to the beach was nice since it was safer for the kids. The condo was clean upon arrival and the kitchen had everything we needed to make our meals. It wasn't too crowded in August, but there were still quite a few people there, so loading and unloading the car took some time since some people actually parked their cars in the front. I really loved the condo and the location of this place, but because I have two small children, I'm not sure if I'll book at surfside again only because the pool does not allow toys or floaties in the pool, which didn't go over very well with my kids. Now, there were some families who did have toys and floaties in the pool, but we didn't utilize the pool at all due to that restriction.
The two other things that could've been better for us, but totally not within the control of Chris and Suzanne, were the wifi and the beach service. The free wifi was extremely slow rendering it useless, so we actually didn't get to use wifi at the condo at all. The beach service is included in the fees, but they don't reserve the umbrella and chairs for you unless you have paid them yourself. So, this was a bit inconvenient since we had to go out really early in the morning and fight for a good spot due to it being first come first serve. Now, if you pay for the beach service yourself then when they set up the umbrella and chairs, they reserve one for you wherever you want with your name on it. I had this expectation when it said beach service included, but that wasn't case so it was a bit disappointing.
All in all, it was an amazing vacation and we'll be returning to Destin again. Thank you to Chris and Suzanne for opening up their lovely home to us and we hope to return again perhaps when our kids are older. Thank you so much! :)