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Weeks Aug & Sept OPEN Great Rates!*NEW bathrooms*NEW SOFAS*2 Kings*New Kitchen!


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Bedrooms 5
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Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Emerald Shores House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14), walk to beach, luxury beach home

“Secret Paradise” is a luxury newly remodeled beautifully decorated 5 bedroom, 3 full and one half bath home, boasting 3000+ square feet of living space. The home is located in the upscale gated community of Emerald Shores. This beach home is located only 500 yards from the spectacular white sand and clear breathtaking water of Destin. Spend a week with us and you will know why we named our home “Secret Paradise”

Our home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac between the two private neighborhood pools; a short two minute walk takes you to either pool (one is heated seasonally), tennis court, basketball or shuffle board. Emerald Shores is the only neighborhood in the Destin area with its own private pavilion on the beach with bathrooms, shower, picnic tables, sun deck, new in 2012 a Cafe (offering cold drinks, snacks and food items), plus private deeded beach owned by the subdivision. During summer months Emerald Shores offers a FREE shuttle service to take you to the beach or you can enjoy the short 5 minute walk through the tropical neighborhood to get to the beach using our wagon to bring all your toys and chairs. We offer a rolling cooler to bring all your refreshments. We also have a closet full of beach toys and rafts to share with our guests! Beach service (umbrella and chair rental) is available as well or you may bring your own.

“Secret Paradise” is newly upgraded and has been freshly painted and professionally decorated. After entering through the leaded glass front doorway you will be welcomed with a large open floor plan to enjoy. The spacious living room has plenty of comfortable seating (2 new sofas October 2014), a 52' HDTV, dining area with over sized wood table for eight and fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with new french door stainless steel refrigerator(new December 2014) and full size appliances, stone back splash, upgraded maple cabinetry and Corian counters with 5 bar stools for counter top dining. We also have a booster highchair for the babies visiting. Kitchen also has a large pantry as well as a door to the back covered patio with propane grill(New grill 2015) and charcoal grill to extend outside dining. First floor has NO steps and has three entries for added convenience.

The spacious first floor tropical themed master bedroom boasts a king size solid wood carved poster bed, 32 inch TV, and DVD player. Attached is a NEWLY Renovated full bath with over sized shower with new vanity, granite counters, new sink, new shower doors and new tile flooring all completed in October 2014. The first floor also has a full laundry room (complimentary laundry detergent) with deep sink, iron, ironing board, drying rack, and door to front porch. A half bath is an added feature on the first floor with new decor and new toilet.

Extra wide stairwell leads to the second floor with three addition bedrooms, porch access, local artisan custom made desk, large NEWLY Renovated full bath with new double sinks, granite counters, new vanities, new tile flooring, new shower doors to tub with shower all completed October 2014!

The first second floor bedroom features king size bedroom suit, flat screen 32 inch TV, DVD player, French doors to large covered porch, and large closet. Additional bedroom has two twin beds and a sleeper sofa, tv and hosts 4 people. Also a third bedroom on the second floor has a queen bed and deluxe full futon, large closet, and TV and DVD player finishes this floor. A Pack n Play crib is also available for the babies coming to visit.

Venture up to the third floor for a private luxury suite! Queen size bed awaits with French doors to a private balcony that is great for relaxing and watching the sunset. This room features upgraded full bath with newer vanity with granite counter, shower, closet, flat screen 32 inch TV, DVD player and a chair for comfort or for reading a good book.

We offer free Wi-Fi, local phone, multiple TVs, DVD players, cable TV. The home has 4 large covered porches for relaxing and enjoying your stay. A propane grill is offered as well as a charcoal grill. Also a wagon and rolling cooler are supplied for your use to bring your things to the beach or pools. The home features two hot water tanks and dual ac units. Every bedroom and also the living room has ceiling fans. All linens and towels(excluding beach towels)are provided. A Pack n Play crib and booster highchair is offered for babies visiting. Private driveway for parking 3/4 cars.

Destin has so much to offer everyone. If you are looking for more to do than enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald waters there is plenty more to do. Destin is a shoppers dream with Destin Commons (upscale outdoor shopping plaza) now including Fish bowl bowing alley new in 2014, Silver Sands Outlet mall (largest designer outlet mall in nation, over 100+ outlet stores), and The Village of Baytowne Wharf (outdoor boutique shopping with restaurants). All located within 2-3 miles of “Secret Paradise”. Destin is also known as the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. The Harborwalk Village is located in the fishing harbor of Destin. Home to the Fishing Rodeo this harbor has charter boats and multiple activities for the whole family. Dining out in any of the area restaurants is a great way to spend an afternoon. Walking distance are a few beachside dining options. Sitting beachfront overlooking the beautiful views is a great way to enjoy the moment.

Come see for yourself why Destin has become our “Secret Paradise”!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Linda (Owner)
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About Linda

We are the new proud owners of 'Secret Paradise' located in Emerald Shores, Destin Florida. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 2010 and purchased our beach home that same year. We have two wonderful children, 21 and 24. Family is very important to us and vacationing together has always been a highlight of every year. We have always loved the beach and wanted to find the perfect place to own a vacation home. The first time we visited Destin was in the summer of 2008 and found it to be a true Secret Paradise. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio we did not know a clear emerald water beach existed in the United States until we found Destin. The bright white sand and clear water is breathtaking! We now own a 'Secret Paradise' and would like to share it with others!

Linda purchased this house in 2010

Why Linda chose Emerald Shores

Secret Paradise is located on a cul-de-sac in the family oriented Emerald Shores neighborhood. We like having a gated community and it's convenient location to the beach. Having two pools to enjoy and a private beach pavilion is a 'one of a kind' offered in the Destin area. Also the free tram service to the beach in peak season is a great feature!

What makes this house unique

A short five minute walk to the beach and also strategically placed between the two pools offered. We not only have three porches on the front of the home we also have a private porch on the back of the home. Our long driveway on the side of the home makes parking your vehicles easy and out of the way. We are so relaxed and comfortable in our beach home and hope the same for you and your family!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great stay at Secret Paradise! We went with a few other couples and their families. All kids were between 2 and 7years old. We loved getting to use the wagon to take all of our gear to the beach and the Pavilion was wonderful. Having.a convenient place to use the restroom on the beach was great. Our family stayed in the third floor room. It was quite a workout carrying my 2yer old up there, but it turned into a running joke throughout the trip. The house was perfect and Destin was beautiful. Our group liked eating at Mcguires the best, but our best night was when our husbands cooked us all a crab boil and a ton of fish. We had a wonderful time!

We rate our stay a 5!
Mar 2013
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average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

*2nd go around!*

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Secret Paradise and we loved it even more! My family and I loved our stay. Perks: very convenient for large groups- only a 5 min walk to your beach access- they have tons of beach/pool items at the house the young one loved playing with- large kitchen so multiple people can cook! Great location!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always are happy to have repeat guests to share our beach home with. We yearly do upgrades to our home in hopes your second stay is even better than the first! Happy we delivered! Maybe this can become an annual tradition staying at Secret Paradise:)
Broken Arrow, OK


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home...We had 8 adults and 4 kids with plenty of room for everyone. If there was something that we didn't have for the beach, we found it in the back patio storage to borrow. All we had to purchase was food...everything else was right there for us. Had a fantastic time!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had everything at your fingertips that you needed to have a great vacation! We strive to supply everything our guests need to enjoy their time at the beach. Our large closet off the back porch has beach toys, umbrellas, chairs, floats and a large wagon to share with our guests and happy you took advantage of it. We look forward to your return to Secret Paradise:)

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family lives both in the US and Canada and we try to get together once a year in Florida. We looked for properties that would accommodate 12 people, adults and children. This house more than fit that criteria. The house was beautiful, clean and had everything we needed. It was very close to the pool and to the beach and we made use of it all. Would recommend it for anyone. Thanks again Linda for sharing your home

  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate our guests and happy you enjoyed your stay! It makes us happy to be able to share our home for large families to enjoy their vacation time together. The easy access to the pool, beach and neighborhood amenities is why we purchased Secret Paradise in Emerald Shores. Pleased to hear you enjoyed all we have to offer:)
Cincinnati, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the house we just stayed in. It was so nice and big enough to accommodate all 13 of us. Plenty of room for my entire family. We loved the big kitchen and all the utensils and dishes and everything you would need to cook in, which we did a few night. Thanks again for the wagon that we used to go to the beach. The pools were very nice and everyone in my family really enjoyed their stay. Thanks again...

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy you found Secret Paradise large enough for your family of 13 to enjoy! We keep our kitchen fully stocked with all utensils and items you need to "cook in" if you decide to and glad you found everything you needed. The two pools in our neighborhood are always great for added enjoyment and happy you took advantage of this feature:)

Picture Perfect Paradise....A+

  • 5 of 5

A family of 14 (grandparents, adults, young adults, teens, and young kids) stayed at this house. It was the perfect set up. Linda, the owner was wonderful to work with when deciding to rent her place for the week. She is quick to return e-mails or phone calls if you have any questions. The property was clean and decorated nicely. The house had everything we needed. Loved the fact there was a shed full of beach items to float on, dig in the sand, and a tent to use. That was huge for us. The wagon was used everyday to haul it to the beach.

We were there celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary.

We rented bikes, played at the beach (love the shuttle service), played at the pool, ate at several seafood places (Crab Trap, Backporch were favorites and Fudpuckers was great for kids feeding alligators, but the food wasn't that great), enjoyed outlet shopping, going to the Gulfarium, and renting wave runners at Harbour Village.

It really was a perfect get away for the week. In fact, my youngest boy (age 4) said as we were pulling into our driveway, "Not this house, the other house." They liked it and thought it was cool having 3 floors.

If you need a house this big, it will meet your needs.

Thank you Linda for sharing your paradise with us. First time to Destin. It is so beautiful!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy 50th Anniversary! Happy you were able to fill your week with so many fun activities to make your first visit to Destin so memorable. The shuttle is a great perk that our neighborhood has for quicker access to the beach and glad you took advantage of it. Also great to hear you were able to enjoy all the beach toys, floats, tent and the wagon:) Hope our Secret Paradise will become a new vacation destination for you and your family in years to come!
Stillwater, OK

10 stars! Absolutely the best!

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the greatest experience we have ever had with VRBO properties.

To be fair, we have had many good experiences and only 1 that bordered on bad. This was easily the best! The price was excellent by comparison first of all. In fact it was the least expensive for the size and proximity to the beach that we found. The owners were amazing! They were quick to respond when we asked any questions. They also offered a great deal of help when it came to things to do in the area.

The house itself was wonderful! Many updates had been done after our reservation. The kitchen was gorgeous and well stocked. The bedrooms were spacious with more than enough sleeping options. The house was also very clean. There are a number of toys for the kids and chairs for a few adults.

We will always look to stay with these owners when we return.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We as owners feel good customer service is our top priority and being sure our guests have the best vacation experience is so important. Every year we add upgrades to keep our home in great condition. Happy to get a 10 star rating out of five!


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
VPS Northwest Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Kenny D's, Pompano Joes
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Captain Daves, Kenny D's
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
beach pavilion
Nearest Point of Interest
Emerald Shores Beach Pavilion
Nearest Point of Interest
Pompano Joes restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Crab trap restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Captain Dave's restaurant
Car: recommended

Walking distance to many water front RESTAURANTS, Pompano Joe's, Captain Daves, Crab Trap to name a few, all within one mile or less to the door. Many SHOPPING options within 2-3 miles of home including Destin Commons (outdoor upscale shopping with state of the art 14 screen movie theatre), Silver Sands Outlet (100+ designer outlet complex, nations largest!), The Village of Baytowne Wharf (boutiques and dining located in Sandestin Resort community), Destin is known as 'The World's Luckiest Fishing Village' with Destin HARBOR located only ten minutes from home includes, Harborwalk Village, charter boats, sunset cuises, jet-ski rental, water sports, snorkeling, shopping, dining, live entertainment, Also Championship GOLF courses are located minutes from Secret Paradise, TENNIS court onsite and multiple other tennis options within miles of home, WATERPARK Big Kahuna is located ten minutes away.


Rates & Availability

From $1,095 Per week

Emerald Shores House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
late Spring
Apr 11 2015 - May 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
Memorial Day week
May 23 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
peak Summer
May 30 2015 - Jul 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 4 2015 - Jul 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
peak summer
Jul 11 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early August
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
late summer discounted week
Aug 8 2015 - Aug 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late August
Aug 15 2015 - Aug 21 2015
7 night minimum stay
late Summer & Fall great rates
Aug 22 2015 - Oct 23 2015
7 night minimum stay
late Fall and Winter
Oct 24 2015 - Feb 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Feb 27 2016 - Apr 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
late Spring
Apr 9 2016 - May 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Week
May 28 2016 - Jun 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 4 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
4th of JULY week
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early August
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
late summer discounted week
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175 + Tax
Damage Protection $45
Tax Rate 11.5%
Notes We do not rent to chaperoned groups or under 25 year old singles
We are a NO pet home and a NO smoking home
We accept snowbirds for January and February months only at $1700 per month
We accept Credit and Debit cards: MasterCard, Visa and Discover
50% due at time of booking and balance is due 60 days before your arrival
Our $45 accidental Damage Insurance policy replaces Security Deposit
We have a convenient online booking site, email or call for details
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Emerald Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom first floor - toilet , Convenient 1st floor half bath off hallway with vanity
    Full Bathroom on 3rd floor - toilet , shower , 3rd fl bath attached to private bedroom, new granite counter
    Full Bathroom off Master suite on main floor - toilet , shower , 1st fl ALL NEW 2014, granite, new vanity, new shower doors!
    Full over sized Bathroom on Second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd fl ALL NEW 10/2014, granite, double sinks, new shower dr
  • We offer 3 Full Bathrooms plus a bonus 1/2 bath on main floor that all have new toilets and new sink faucets! Master bath and second floor main bath have been completely remodeled in October 2014! All new vanities, new granite counters, new sinks, new shower doors and all new tile floors! Recently upgraded the third floor bathroom with granite counter and new sink in 2014. We provide all bath linens but bring your own beach towels.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1st fl King bed with bath, walk in closet, 32 inch tv, dvd
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd fl room, tv, dvd, large closet, sleeps 4
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2nd fl king, closet, doors to porch, tv, dvd, pack n play
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 3rd fl, attached full bath, 32 in tv, dvd, private porch
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd fl sleeps 4 with tv, bed rail, new sleeper mattress 2015
  • King size beds (2) Home features two King beds, Queen size Beds (2) Home features two Queen beds plus queen sleeper sofa, Twin or Single Beds (2) Home has 2 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) Pack and Play with sheets and blankets, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One sleeper sofa and one deluxe full futon
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach PAVILION located beachfront for guests of Emerald Shores (gated with code) with private bathrooms, rinse showers, picnic tables, cabana Cafe dining; TWO pools (heated seasonally), FREE shuttle service from home to beach (during peak season), BEACH SERVICE rental available (chairs & umbrellas), NO STEPS on first floor living area (wheelchair accessible with some limitations), 3 entries to home, WAGON, ROLLING COOLER, CARD TABLE WITH 4 CHAIRS, fully-equipped KITCHEN with extra large PANTRY with new stainless refrigerator/ice maker, stove, dishwasher, microwave; toaster, griddle, crock pot, coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, all utensils, all bakeware and cookware, full size laundry WASHER & DRIER, iron, ironing board, drying rack, deep sink, 2 vaccuums, a PACK N PLAY CRIB and HIGHCHAIR, 52' SONY HDTV plus multiple TV'S - 5, DVD players -5, VCR - 1, alarm clock radios - 5(each bedrm), All bdrms have ceiling FANS, FREE Wi-Fi, TWO hot water tanks & dual A/C units(new 2012

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