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Cheryl. Thunder the sea

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Thunder the Sea- 4 Bed/3.5 Bath~Upscale Home with 2 Masters and 2 Living Areas!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 60 nights


Emerald Coast-Destin Area House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Home Sleeps 12. Fantastic Community Lagoon Pool!!

Thunder the Sea~

Also see our other homes located in VCB- "Ahoy Matey" #446785 and "Take it EaSea" #651754. Book 2 or more and receive a discount!

Located in the Prestigious Gated community of Villages of Crystal Beach has all new upscale furnishings throughout. Thunder The Sea welcomes you with all the luxuries you would hope to find on your special get-away. Upon arrival, you are greeted with several welcoming gifts and the luxury you deserve.

We’ve tried to fill this home with everything you need for a comfortable, unforgettable Destin vacation. In fact, we’re hoping you enjoy your experience so much, you’ll be making your plans before you leave for your next vacation with us. Enjoy a beach cart, beach chairs and beach toys.

Thunder The Sea is located just a few steps from the huge Lagoon Pool and hot tub. You can enjoy lush landscaping all around and surround sound music playing all day. Sit and relax at the Tiki Hut area with comfy seating, Plasma TV and large grilling area - perfect for chilling with your family and friends! You can even reserve this area for private gatherings such as receptions and reunions

(a small fee for private parties). You will find a volley ball area near the south gate for lots of fun in the sand.

Just 2 short blocks from here is the white sands and Emerald Green waters of Crystal Beach. Seasonally, a trolley will transport you there, or you can take a short 5 minute stroll on down. Right outside the north gate are tons of shops, restaurants, grocery shopping, and so much more. There are numerous golf courses within 1-5 miles of here.

Floor plan:

First floor has a very open floor plan with gourmet kitchen boasting granite tops and stainless appliances with everything you need to create fabulous meals and entertain your friends and family – a large breakfast bar overlooking the casual, yet elegant dining area and very spacious living area. Master bedroom has a King bed and private bath with double vanity, walk in shower and a soaking tub. There is a powder room also located on the first floor.

Hard wood steps with iron railings lead you to the second floor where you will find the second living area that leads to the quaint covered porch. In this area you will find a large LED TV and PS3 (please bring your own games).

Second Floor: On this floor you will find master Suite #2 with King bed and full bathroom. Bedroom #3 has a Queen bed and leads you to the covered porch. Bedroom #4 has 2 sets creatively constructed bunk beds to sleep 4 with playful furnishings. A large bathroom with double sinks and a Laundry area complete the second floor.

Free Wifi, extended cable channels, 6 flat screen LED TV’s and 2 DVD players add to this fine home. In addition to the grilling area at the pool, this home offers a private gas grill (with free LP refills) and a cart for your beach items to take along to the beach. For the babies in the family, we have a high chair, pac and play and baby gate.

Don't know Destin? - Here are some highlights and additionally, please see the Area Guide for tons of fun stuff to do:

Villages of Crystal Beach is located just one block to numerous shopping areas, restaurants and entertainment. Famous Destin Commons is just across the highway with Rave Movies, Bass Pro Shop, tons of small shops, restaurants and Uncle Bucks with Bowling. Nearby you will find quite a few mini mall areas with groceries, pharmacies and gas stations. Be sure to visit Harbor Walk Village, where there are tons of fun activities for all ages - zip line, rent a boat, charter fishing, great restaurants, night life and live music almost nightly. Margaritaville is also located at the Harbor Walk Village.

Several Golf Courses are within a five mile range and you will find a few tennis clubs too!

Don't miss The Village of Baytown Wharf where you can zip line, play on the huge playground, walk along the pier, feed the fish and enjoy great eateries with fun nightlife!

** Please note: Driveway can accommodate 3 cars and there is a 3 car limit for all homes in Villages of Crystal Beach. No parking is allowed on the streets to ensure the safety of our guests.

**Please note that student groups are not allowed at this vacation home**

Come, stay, play, and make life long memories at Thunder The Sea!!!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Cheryl. Thunder the sea (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Cheryl. Thunder the sea

Our family has vistied the Destin area for several years now we love the emerald beaches and all the attractions of the area. The guys love the deep sea fishing and the girls love the shopping.

We finally decided last year instead of renting, to purchase our own home.

Cheryl. Thunder the sea purchased this house in 2013

Why Cheryl. Thunder the sea chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

We decided upon Villages of Crystal Beach because we loved the location and the design of the homes. The gated community and beautiful lagoon style pool were also a big attraction. The new construction was an added bonus because we could put our own personal touch on our home away from home. This is a perfect vacation home for our family. We hope you will enjoy it as well.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Thunder the Sea- 4 Bed/3.5 Bath~Upscale Home with 2 Masters and 2 Living Areas!
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews

Favorite so far

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in several homes in the Villages of Crystal Beach in the past few years. We love this community because of the pool and the close location to everything we like to do and what we need. Our kids love the trolley to the beach but they stay mostly at the pool. It's amazing. Thunder the Sea so far is our favorite home that we have stayed in. We thought we would try a different home each year but this one fits us best. It has everything we need for our family. The owners even have a large beach cart that we can carry the beach chairs and ice chests they have for us to use. We used the private gas grill almost every night and the free gas refill service came in very handy. We would definitely recommend this house for a great family get away. I will reserve this house for next year for sure.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful and was perfect for our party of 7 people. We could either walk or drive to the beach, the tram wasn't running during our visit time. I would say the walk might be a little much for children younger than 6, however, there is a nice parking lot just across from the beach access. There were plenty of beach chairs, toys, umbrellas and a wagon to take our items in. We found it easier to pack a few snacks, sandwiches and drinks rather than walk back when hungry. Helpful hint: If you want to set up right in front of ocean get down early. There is PLENTY of room on the beach but there are two condominiums that set up chairs and umbrellas for their guests, so the open space right in front of water is limited. You can set up anywhere behind the condos chairs and umbrellas, just not in front of them.

The pool was just around the corner when we wanted a break from the beach. The beds were comfy and the kitchen was well stocked for the nights we stayed in and cooked. It was close to the other attractions Destin has to offer such as Destin Commons and the Harbor Walk! There were a couple of guys right there you could rent kayaks and paddle boards from and just a short walk down the beach, a guy was renting jet skis. We only had to call for service one time and that was because we couldn't find the code to unlock the chain to get the beach cart nothing major.

We would not only recommend this place but just booked it again for our group to return in Oct 2015!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I came here with a family friend (including a 2 year old and two teenagers). We had the time of our lives. The pool is amazing and the neighborhood is so bright and new! The beach is exactly as close as we were expecting (two short blocks). We had many beach toys and chairs to take with us and had no problem at all. Also, there is a beach tram which is super easy to catch and the driver is such a pleasure to talk to. The house felt like home and the kitchen and bathrooms were stocked! I could not ask more from the house managers and the house itself. It was exactly what we wished for and we felt as if we definitely got our moneys worth! I would recommend this house to anyone who is interested in a relaxing and fun time.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Expected more for the price

  • 2 of 5

We rented this house for a week for a family of 12 (7 adults & 5 children ages 13, 12, 11, 10, 9) Pros: Upon arrival the house was clean, kitchen was stocked well, always hot water available for showers, guest room mattress were comfortable, the pool was close by, there is a wagon for pulling your toys to the beach as this was nice to have available. Very close to restaurants, shopping and family activities. Cons: The mattress on the sofa bed in the loft area was very thin and no fitted sheet available to put on it and no extra blankets or sheets in the house, my adult son and Daughterinlaw had to sleep on this mattress with no sheet and a throw we bought at Walmart. The mattress on the bunk beds were as thin as the sofa bed mattress...this is unacceptable for the weekly price of this house. Only two towels in the bathrooms (no extras), the loft area and front bedroom had these "see through" shades, at night from the outside you could see inside.....I found this unacceptable as well. The outside balcony on the second floor was filthy and needed a good scrubbing, the grill on the front porch was filthy as well and the burners need to be replaced, we could only grill on one side with a small flame. The house had a couple of beach chairs that were rusted and we didnt want to risk sitting in them. Beach access is at least a 15-20 minute walk. For the price we paid for this house I definately expected more and better quality. Would I recommend this house to friends and I would not.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your comments very much, as we strive very hard to keep our guests happy each week. I do have some comments in return however. There are 2 towels PER PERSON in each bathroom, making a total of 24 towels, washcloths and plenty of hand towels and kitchen towels. The beach is literally only 2 blocks from this house as you can see from the map, so I am not sure why it took so long to get to the beach when it is a 5-7 minute easy walk. We send numerous emails to our guests before and after departure, before hand to be sure you know that we are at your service 24/7 and our maintenance number is posted in several areas of the house in easy view and in the house book. If any of the problems mentioned had been an issue, if we had received a call, we certainly would have repaired any issues or replaced any sheets that may have been missing. We keep extra sheets in the adjacent bedroom so maybe they were just missed. We have never had any complaints on any of the bedding in any of the rooms. I would recommend any future guests to read all of the other positive comments posted by our past guests to make an informed decision on renting this very fine home.
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing! We all wished we could have stated another week. All of the pictures were very true to life. Everything was beautiful. The pool area was amazing. We had to convince the children to leave the pool to go to the beach. The walk to the beach was a little much for my 3 year old but there is always the trolley and lots of public parking. They had a large and small cooler which was helpful for beach trips. Tons of pool/beach toys. I would easily go back to the same house and I can't wait for my next trip to Destin!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleased

  • 4 of 5

We were there for a week with 5 adults and 5 children ages 19mth – 10 years old.

House Pros: The house is very roomy with enough space to avoid feeling like you’re on top of each other. The furniture is comfy including the bed in the king room upstairs. The bunk bed mattresses were pretty thin and quite firm. The carpeting was clean and not your typical “sticky” carpeting found in other rentals. The kitchen was spacious and very well stocked. If you are bringing small children, you may want to bring your own plastic cups. There are tons of towels in the bathrooms and kitchen. The washer and dryer were very convenient to have. Bring your own dishwasher and laundry detergent. The house also has an outdoor storage bin full of beach chairs (I think 6), some sand toys, and few boogie boards. The grill was a nice size and great to have. The wireless internet provided was fast and had no problems with multiple devices on it at the same time. Cons: The tile floors in the downstairs were EXTEMELY dirty. All of our white sock turned black. We actually went out and bought a swiffer mop to be able to clean the floors daily. We did find a mop in the house for us to use, but it was the kind you wring out and it was pretty nasty. The sheets in the king room upstairs had stains on them. There are NO curtains in the entire house. If you want to be able to sleep past 7am then you may want to bring some dark sheets to hang in the windows. The queen room upstairs has roller type shades that are very “see through” from the outside at night, they appear to provide privacy from the inside. I wonder if previous renters knew this. The house could also use more towel hangers. We found the previous renter’s clothes in the drawers and wet towels when we arrived. Beach: It’s definitely not a straight shot to the beach. You have to walk 2 block to the main highway and walk another block down the highway to find a public beach access. There is a narrow boardwalk and flight of stairs. This is all fine if you have teens or adults with you. However, if you have toddlers or young children this can be pretty challenging with wagons to carry chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, etc… Once you’re on the beach, the public can only use about 100 feet of beach as there are private areas roped off on both sides of the public access. It became VERY crowded. Pool:The pool was amazing ! There is a pool attendant that ensures everything is perfect.The only downside to the pool area was the lack of umbrellas.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice comments. I am very sorry about the report on the floor. We do not have daily maid service and with people coming and going all day long, walking on the asphalt road, carrying in ice chests, groceries, etc... the floor is bound to get dirty. I have taken note of the condition of the mop and it will be replaced immediately. As for the beach, Destin is a very popular vacation destination and summer is hoping all season long. There are numerous beach access along the beach road with the large James Lee Park nearby. Next time check that one out, I think you will find it much roomier and lots of activity at the Crab Trap, playground and beach bar. Have a great summer and please come see us again in Destin soon!
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
VPS (Ft. Walton Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Johnny O'Quigley
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Regatta Bay
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Emerald Coast Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Outback, Chillis, Fridays, Miller Ale House
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Crystal Beach


Rates & Availability

Villages of Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 9 2016 - May 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
May 21 2016 - May 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
May 28 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
Post Summer
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 3 2017
60 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Damage Security $49
Tax Rate 11.0%

$250 Payment due at reservation (becoming non-refundable 45 days prior to arrival). Final Balance due 45 days Prior to arrival, no fee with Debit Card or Cashier's Check.

Check in 4:00 PM, Check out 10:00 AM

**Please note that rates are subject to change throughout the rental season and all reservation rates (at the time of booking) are final.**


Also see our other homes located in the Villages of Crystal Beach- "Ahoy Matey" #446785 and "Take it EaSea" #651754. Book 2 or more and receive a discount!

First payment of $250 is due at time of reservation and becomes non-refundable 45 days prior to arrival. Final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival, no fee when paid with Debit Card or Cashier's Check.

**Please note that rates are subject to change throughout the rental season and all reservation rates (at the time of booking) are final.**

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Emerald Coast-Destin Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1958 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master on the first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Cute Powder room on first floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , master bath on second floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall bath on second floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Downstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 (Second Floor) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 (2nd Floor) - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , 2 Sets Of Bunkbeds
  • Also, in 2nd Living Space on the Second Floor you have a Sofa Sleeper
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Please enjoy the comforts of home as we provide the following: Linens (please bring your own beach towels) Kitchen/Bathroom Soap Paper Products (limited) Patio Furniture Full Utility with Ironing Board/Iron Fully Equipped Kitchen Gas Grill with free LP refills Hair Dryers Free WIFI Cable with Expandable Channels **Please ask about our discounts with water sports and golf!**

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