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Paradise at Crystal Beach vacation home rentals

Located on Florida's aptly-named Emerald Coast, Crystal Beach is a blissfully unspoiled stretch of pearly white sand, which disappears into an expanse of turquoise water. This tropical paradise is just a short drive from Destin, a once-sleepy fishing village which today draws visitors from far and wide, with its winning combination of lush green golf courses, wild watersports, and irresistible eateries. Crystal Beach vacation rentals run the gamut from cozy condos ideal for a spontaneous romantic getaway, to sprawling beachfront houses where you could host a large family get-together.

Things to do

Fun for all the family at Crystal Beach

You'll find a host of arresting attractions within easy reach of your Crystal Beach vacation rental. For an unforgettable family day out, head to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Here you'll find an array of twisting water slides, hair-raising flumes, shimmering pools, and a relaxing lazy river. If you'd rather stay dry, there are also colorful carnival rides and a tropical-themed mini golf course. The Track Family Fun Park is another kid-friendly must-visit, with its elevated, multi-level wooden go-kart track and retro amusement arcade. Or, take a trip down memory lane with a few hours at the Destin History and Fishing Museum, where you can peruse beautifully preserved seine boats, and learn why Destin sand is so brilliantly white.


What to do near Crystal Beach vacation homes

The Crystal Beach region is widely regarded as one of the world's premier saltwater fishing spots, its sparkling waters teeming with snapper, king mackerel, grouper, bonito, and many other highly prized catches. If you're in the mood for further aquatic adventures, take your pick from adrenalin-pumping pursuits like jet skiing, surfing, kiteboarding, or parasailing. Golf is another perennially popular local pastime, with a lush waterfront courses and sensational weather conditions at most times of year. If you need a break from the sun, you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy in a cavernous, air conditioned shopping mall.


Crystal Beach boasts an enviable climate

It's a great spot for a winter getaway, with dry, sunny, pleasantly mild weather virtually guaranteed. If you're looking to soak up some rays, May and September are also lovely months to stay in Crystal Beach vacation rentals. Temperatures tend to be warm rather than stiflingly hot, and rainfall is moderate. The summer months of June to August can get rather humid, with a higher chance of tropical storms. However, you may find some great deals on sought-after Crystal Beach vacation rentals during this period.

Natural features

Crystal Beach's mesmerizing marine life

The Gulf of Mexico is home to all manner of marine life. For a truly unforgettable experience, join an expedition and head for the ocean in search of graceful dolphins, adorable manatees or majestic whales. Henderson Beach State Park is a haven for nature lovers of all persuasions. Here you can wander down ruggedly beautiful hiking trails lined with scrub oak and Florida spruce pine, or grab your binoculars and marvel at migratory, shore, and wading birds.

Where to stay around Crystal Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,313 vacation rentals near Crystal Beach. From 705 Houses to 541 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Crystal Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Crystal Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crystal Beach:

  • Seaside: 939 vacation rentals
  • Watercolor: 1,243 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,853 vacation rentals
  • Grayton Beach: 1,467 vacation rentals
  • Blue Mountain Beach: 833 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Crystal Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Crystal Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Grayton Beach State Park: 6,854 vacation rentals
  • Fort Walton Beach Park: 11,607 vacation rentals
  • Okaloosa Island Pier: 11,661 vacation rentals
  • Destin Harbor Boardwalk: 12,198 vacation rentals
  • Eglin Air Force Base: 11,015 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Crystal Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Crystal Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 705 Houses in Crystal Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Crystal Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 541 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available
  • Villas: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Crystal Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,144 vacation rentals with pool available in Crystal Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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