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Destin West Heron Bayside Retreat - zero entry lazy river pool

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 - 7 nights


Okaloosa Island Condo Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 7, High Speed Internet

Destin West Heron, is a 3 bedroom condo unit, facing Bay in New Destin West Resort. The best of the bay side!

The condo has a spacious, 1568 square feet, living area, along with a 222 square foot balcony. Unit is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit, which sleeps 6 to 7 people, with Pull out sofa in living room. It is a Bay front, forth floor unit, within feet of Pool, Beach and Grill. There are panoramic views of Bay and Pool from balcony. A Fully equipped, spacious kitchen, Washer and Dryer, High Speed Internet, and several Pools are just a few of the amenities available to you.

A 5000 square feet Pool and Kiddy Pool, with 700 feet Lazy River, 1 Pool heated with waterfall, and 3 Hot Tub Spa Pools, make for exciting water fun. In addition guests of our unit have use of private Heron bay side pool. There is also a state of the art exercise room and covered parking garage. Enjoy your view of the Choctawhatchee Bay, while the kids enjoy the lazy river.

View from Balcony: For views from our balcony visit our website at

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Steve Higdon / Greg Bartholomai
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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About Steve Higdon / Greg Bartholomai

We own both the Heron 408 and the Gulf side unit 202

Steve Higdon / Greg Bartholomai purchased this condo in 2005

Why Steve Higdon / Greg Bartholomai chose Fort Walton Beach

After owning the Gulf side unit we wanted to have a chance to experience both sides of this great resort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great condo, we had so much fun staying here. This place has so much to do we mainly stayed and enjoyed the resorts pools and lazy river and beach. My 20 month old enjoyed the splash garden. We will definitely come back.
Jun 2012
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Destin West Heron Bayside Retreat - zero entry lazy river pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Harris/Daniels annual vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful condo. We had an amazing time as always. This is our 7th or 8th stay at this resort. The condo is cozy and comfortable and has everything needed for a wonderful stay. Thank you again! We will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks we are happy you stayed and look forward to your return
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Gorgeous views! Beautiful and clean condo! Has entertainment for all ages.

  • 5 of 5

The property and unit itself was gorgeous. The lazy river, pools, and hot tubs were entertaining for the entire family. The security staff ensured we were all safe and made sure everyone was following the rules to make the place fun for all. The condo itself was amazing, clean, and had everything we needed to dine in or out. The layout was big enough for everyone to stretch out and get comfortable. Every room had a view of the bay. We will be back next year. Thank you for providing us with such a great vacationing experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - thank you for all your kind words - look forward to your return visit
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  • 5 of 5

This condo is great. It is exactly as described and the owners are great to deal with. Easy to get a hold of and they do whatever to make you stay great. The Lazy River is great too. Very relaxing. When I come back to Ft. Walton this will be the only place I stay!! What I really liked about this place is there are alot of familys with kids, alot of teenagers but at night it gets quiet. Not like a party hotel!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo, beautiful resort!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful resort! The condo was in great condition and really does have a great view of the lazy river and bay. If you have small kids and they are going to want to be in the pool, I would definitely recommend staying in this spot because it is so close to the lazy river pool, but you can still go to the beach in a 5 minute walk too.

The condo could use some more bath towels for sure, also kitchen towels, dish cloths, and utensils. I am glad i had bought a knife from home because the kitchen knives were not useful. It would have been nice if there were some plastic plates, cups, bowls, etc for kids use. I ended up buying some at Target throughout the week. Just a suggestion too but it would be nice if you had a booster table seat for toddlers and a pack and play. The place we stayed last year had both and it was very convenient.

Other than a few more kitchen supplies this condo was great! We had a wonderful vacation and was extremely impressed overall with this resort. We would definitely be interested in coming back again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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awesome family time

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my 5 kids and son in law. Perfect size for us. Close to all the amentities - pools, lazy river and the ocean. Close to anything you want to do while you're here. Kitchen with any supplies you'd need. Full size washer and dryer so you're able to take home clean clothes! Definitely recommend and hope to return soon! First time staying in this resort for me but will definitely be returning!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waco, Texas, USA

Perfect spring break

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my family during our Spring Break in March 2015. This condo was clean and well furnished and the complex is perfect for families. On the grounds there are multiple pools including a lazy river with innertubes that the girls loved even though it was cold. The smaller pools are heated by the lazy river and big pool in the other complex are not. The Destin West complex is in a perfect location. It is at the very end of the developed part of Okaloosa Island which means if you walk west on the beach you pass by lots of other hotels and condos but to the east you have miles of empty seashore and dunes to explore that is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. We normally stay in Destin Proper but this was just as good if not better. Fort Walton Beach is more of a proper beach town with nice shops and the beaches here are much less crowded than the center of Destin. If you want the spring break crowds go to Destin. If you want a pleasant family vacation come here. The restaurants in Destin are only 5-10 minutes away across the bridge.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Okaloosa Island Pier
Old Bay Steamer
Emerald Coast Convention Center
Indian Temple Mound Museum
Howl at the Moon of NWF
Publix Pharmacy
Fudpucker's On The Island
The Crab Trap
The Black Pearl
Air Force Armament Museum
Northwest Florida Regional Airport
Donut Hole
McGuire's Irish Pub
Mellow Mushroom
Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Destin Commons
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Ft Walton Beach (VPS)
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Restaurant
Crab Trap
Nearest Beach
Okaloosa Island

700 Foot Lazy river, Walkover to Ocean, Complete access to Gulf Side


Rates & Availability

Okaloosa Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter 2016-17
Oct 29 2016 - Mar 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 15 2017 - May 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 13 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Aug 2017
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall / Winter 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Mar 9 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Clean $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Okaloosa Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1568 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Easy access to the Gulf Side of the property using the unique walk over. Complete beach to bay resort! For views from our balcony visit

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