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Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Location, Location, Location!! Our Beautiful Destin Beach home is perfectly located in the quaint Crystal Beach neighborhood known for its white picket fences and cottage style homes!

Tired of waiting for a shuttle? With a house this close to the beach there is NO need to pack a lunch or search for public restrooms! Forgotten items are only steps away when you are just 3 homes from the turquoise waters and sugar white sands.

A perfect family retreat nestled between the gorgeous white sands and the upscale shopping center of Destin Commons that also features kid-friendly fountains and water play. You can retreat to the privacy of the beautiful neighborhood or get out and satisfy everyone's desires with unlimited fun...centrally located just minutes to shopping, all your favorite restaurants, water parks, miniature golf, and more family fun.

All the comforts of home await you. The main floor features a large eat-in kitchen, a family room with 50''plasma TV and queen fold out sleeper, a master suite with king bed & flat screen TV/dvd and second bedroom with queen bed & TV/dvd. Climb the circular staircase to the bunkroom (double bed) and then the tower loft (twin & twin trundle) with gorgeous 360 degree views of the gulf and Destin area.

This is a home you will love with a location like no other!

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David Houtsma
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About David Houtsma

David lives in Cumming, GA with two beautiful daughters. Georgia is definitely home, but we LOVE Florida and the coastal waters of Destin can not be beat! We welcome you and your family to our home and hope it is as much the wonderful getaway for you as it is for us!

David Houtsma purchased this house in 2008

Why David Houtsma chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Our beautiful home sits nestled in the quaint Crystal Beach area of Destin, FL. Crystal beach is known for its beautiful water and quaint white picket fenced cottages. Our home leads the Water’s Edge subdivision, known for bringing the Florida Cottage style homes to the area.

Crystal Beach is convenient to all of the best restaurants including regionally known favorites like the Hard Rock Café, The Bonefish Grill, The Cracker Barrel, The Waffle House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Coldstone Creamery, and a Starbucks as well as many local hot spots located along the waterfront.

Destin is also a shopper’s paradise. Crystal Beach is located next to the new Destin Commons mall with water fountains and playgrounds for children and upscale shopping sure to fit every taste. Three miles to the East are the Destin Outlets where bargains make every day a “black Friday.”

To the West of Crystal Beach you will find value stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and other favorites as you journey toward the Harbor area Destin is famous for. Along the way you’ll find even more restaurants and family friendly activities like miniature golf, go-cart racing and water slides.

Part of what makes Crystal Beach such a wonderful area to vacation in is how it approaches the beach. Much of the Destin waterfront is surrounded by high rise condo developments that empty large groups of vacationers onto a limited beach area. But at Barracuda, you walk onto a beachfront area fronted by a neighborhood so there is always room to spread out on the sand.

Favorite area activities include fishing excursions and boat trips to Destin's favorite 'Crab Island.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Robin. Just wanted to let you know that we arrived late today and could not be happier with your home. It is even more lovely than advertised, by you. Also wanted to thank you for allowing us to stay an extra day. It was a godsend to be able to come a day earlier given the weather in the midwest.

We are so happy with your place that we would like you to consider renting it to again next year for approximately the same time period and then for

2 or 3 months the following year, after my wife retires. I assure you we will treat your home like it is our own.

Thanks again,

R. W.
Dec 2008
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full Master Bathroom with Tub/Shower Full 2nd Bathroom with Walk in Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Queen Room - 1 queen
    Landing - 1 double
    Tower Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , Twin over Full Bunk Bed with Twin Trundle
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) Queen pull out
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 38 reviews

Vacation rental

  • 4 of 5

It was a lovely home, pictures do not do it justice.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely getaway home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this lovely beach house. Well-maintained, great location steps to beach, very responsive ownership.

We will return!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent experience, excellent home, excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience, no complaints at all. This was first vacation we have had with all 6 of our immediate family and a couple other relatives in a long time. This was the perfect house and location for the vacation. Owner was accessible to a minor glitch we had with the television - caused I will add, by me - and everything else went smoothly. We would rent this home again in a heartbeat - best location on Crystal Beach! Thanks again, Mr and Mrs Houtsma!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Destin Gem

  • 5 of 5

We love this property so much that we returned a second year! Beautifully decorated, well stocked kitchen and very convenient access to the beach! Also love that's it's within walking distance to stores!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a wonderful time! Very nice, clean house and close to everything! Very short walk to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing vacation. The house is very clean and kept up. Love the short walk to the beach. Also love that it's a short driving distance to downtown. Had an overall great vacation

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had 8 people stay, 4 of which were kids/teenagers. The house was beautiful, everything was as pictured. Plenty of space and close to the beach. I would give 5 stars if the beds had not been so uncomfortable. My dad left 2 days early because he could not sleep in any of the beds comfortably.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities: Shopping, Parasailing, Boating, Miniature Golf, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing.


Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

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May 28 2017 - Aug 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
cleaning $170 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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