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Happy Mermaid-1 Story Cottage on 30A-Fabulous Reviews-Short Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Located between Seaside and Destin in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Happy Mermaid is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage that is part of a small neighborhood of only 75 cottage style homes called Old Florida Village, on the north side of 30A. A community pool directly across a private drive makes keeping tabs on those loved ones especially convenient and beach access is a short stroll (approximately 550 yards or .3 mile).

The property has a nice covered front porch that leads into the main living area which has a 40' flat screen HD TV, DVD & sleeper sofa. Queen bedroom, 32' flat screen HD TV & private bath. Dining area seats 6. Kitchen has granite counter-tops, stainless appliances & small bar. Laundry room with stacked washer/dryer. There is bedroom with 2 twin beds & shared bath. Another queen bedroom with shared bath.

Covered back porch overlooks natural preserve with small lake.

Old Florida Village is just a short ten-minute drive to Silversands factory outlet mall as well as all the family and adult activities of Sandestin. Across the street is Goatfeathers, a great seafood restaurant, and other great restaurants, shopping boutiques, summer concerts, artist fairs and continuous entertainment options at gulf place which is just a short walk. The quaint villages of Grayton Beach, watercolor, and seaside are just 4-8 miles down the beach highway. Old Florida Village is ideally situated within a quarter mile of 2 public beach accesses with clean public facilities and plenty of parking.

More Details

Dino DeNicola
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Dino DeNicola

We first heard about this area by reading an article in Coastal Living magazine in 2010. We didn’t get a chance to visit until June 2012. We immediately fell in love with the area, particularly the sugar white sand beaches, and decided we had to have our own place in the area. By the end of the summer of 2012 we fell in love and purchased “Happy Mermaid”. It is our pleasure to offer our cottage as 'home' to vacationing families. We take great pride in our property and we are pleased when our guests have a wonderful experience staying in our home.

Dino DeNicola purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Dino DeNicola chose Santa Rosa Beach

We selected 'Old Florida Village' because of its wonderful location and appeal to families! It is close to everything but not commercial or congested like the more urban areas. Traffic on 30-A is slow and easy! We hope it stays that way for a very long time.

What makes this cottage unique

As we mentioned earlier we take great care in our cottage and keep it impeccably maintained. It is wonderfully appointed and tastefully decorated. The cottage is immediately across the street from one of the two neighborhood pools. The best part is the cottage is within walking distance to two public beach accesses so you don’t have to worry about finding parking on those busy beach days.


Santa Rosa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedrom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(63 traveler reviews)

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A Bright and Cheerful Home

  • 4 of 5

The interior is brightly decorated and quite a beachy feel. The kitchen was well equipped and the appliances were is good working order. The house is located across the street from the pool and we enjoyed a couple of "meet and greet" cocktail parties around the pool for the residents and all the snowbirds. The large pine trees around the house kept us aware of the cones dropping on the metal roof and the pollen that fell during February.

The neighborhood is very inviting and we really like meeting so many great people and their dogs as we walked around with our dog. We were happy there and would return for another winter get away and golf season in Florida.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little house for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time at the Happy Mermaid, and we enjoyed it just as much. We cooked in the kitchen several times, and it was adequately prepped for cooking. We also enjoyed walking to ice cream and restaurants. Dino provides great customer service, and had someone come out the same day when one of the sinks clogged!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed the stay; very comfortable and good location for access to pools. beach, other small beach communities, and grocery stores, as well as to Destin. We would stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year to stay at the Happy Mermaid and we absolutely love it! The community is great and the home is very close to the beach and across the street from the pool. We also enjoyed biking down 30A for a nearby dinner/shopping. I can't recommend the Happy Mermaid enough:)

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. This home is convenient and close to everything. The decor is lovely. It has many personal touches with even boardgames for the family. Perfect place for a vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great !

  • 5 of 5

Happy Mermaid was a cute house ! it was very clean and had all the amenities we needed . maintanence person responded right away when we called him. would definetely recommend Happy Mermaid !

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Goatfeathers Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Goatfeathers Seafood Market
Seafood Market
Cafe Tango
Seafood Restaurant
Local Catch Bar & Grill
American Restaurant
The Perfect Pig at GulfPlace
American Restaurant
La Playa
Family Restaurant
Sunrise Coffee Co.
Coffee Shop
Pizza by the Sea at Gulf Place
Pizza Restaurant
Basmati's Asian Cuisine
Asian Restaurant
Vue on 30a
Fine Dining Restaurant
Redds Fueling Station
Johnny McTighe's Irish Pub
Marie's Bistro
Mediterranean Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Stinky's Fish Camp
Seafood Restaurant
Hungry Howies Santa Rosa
Pizza Delivery
30A Songwriter Radio - Music and Coffee
Coffee Shop
La Chalupita Mexican Market
Mexican Grocery Store
Jin Jin 1
Chinese Restaurant
Fatboy's Bungalow
Los Rancheros
Mexican Restaurant
Thai Elephant Authentic Thai Cuisine
Thai Restaurant
VKI Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Sushi Restaurant
Louis Louis
Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Santa Rosa Beach Bayou Bills
Seafood Restaurant
Elmo's Grill
Seafood Restaurant
Don Pedros Mexican Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Steamboat Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill
Italian Restaurant
98 Bar-B-Que
Barbecue Restaurant
Roux 30A
Hibiscus Vegetarian Cafe
Chanticleer Eatery
American Restaurant
Pickle Factory
Pizza Restaurant
AJ's Grayton Beach
Black Bear Bread Co.
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Grayton Corner Cafe
Twin Oaks Farmstand
Organic Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
The Craft Bar
Bar & Grill
Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Seafood Co.
Seafood Restaurant
Spanish Restaurant
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Bad Ass Coffee
Coffee Shop
The Red Bar
The Bay
Seafood Restaurant
Borago Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Donut Hole
Donut Shop
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $160
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 11.5%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.