Who doesn't dream of living on the waterfront? Maybe a beach condo right on the sand, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of people return every year to our fair city to experience that dream. Some are renting, some are lucky owners of vacation condos and seasonal homes along the Gulf coast.
Maybe you've considered taking the leap from renting to buying, or might be looking for a change. Either way, here are our top 10 choices for Destin beachfront condos. These were chosen because they represent a good sampling of Gulf front condos that offer:
- Close proximity to the beach
- Have good value for the money
- A good assortment of amenities
- Close proximity to Destin attractions and conveniences
- In many cases, have a strong rental history
We aren’t suggesting that these are exclusively the best condos in the area, but more so a good place to start when looking for a quality beachfront condominium in Destin.
830 Gulf Shore Dr., Destin, Florida 32541
Located on the beach with 400 feet of private beachfront in Holiday Isle, Tides of Destin is a non-rental building, with many long term owners. This is probably not the best choice if you're looking to attract the short term vacation rental crowd.
Shopping and restaurants are close by, but not next door, which allows for both privacy and convenience.
1900 Scenic Hwy 98 1002, Destin, FL 32541
Residents have killer views in units with contemporary open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows from almost every room. Even the master bath looks out over the Gulf from the soaker tub. Sizes range from over 2,600 square feet to almost 5,000 square feet. The trendy rooftop amenity center with panoramic Gulf views features huge sundeck, pool, hot tub and fitness center. The private parking garage is a welcome plus.
1900 Ninety Eight has a desirable location on an expansive stretch of uncrowded beach, but minutes to popular local restaurants, and the Silver Sands Outlet Center. If you’re seeking something a bit more modern in a Destin beach condo, 1900 Ninety Eight is just what you’re looking for.
15400 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, Florida 32541
The entire Silver Shells Resort has a spectacular Gulf front location adjacent to the Henderson Beach Park. They have their own beachside pool and hot tub, but also benefit from the plethora of shared amenities within the 30-acre Silver Shells Resort.
This is a rental restricted building, perfect for those desiring more of a community feel in condominium. There are several floor plans ranging from 1,958 to over 4,200 square feet and ten penthouses. St. Thomas Condos are one of the most exclusive Destin beachfront properties available.
15200 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, Florida 32541
If you're seeking a Silver Shells condo without rental restrictions, St. Maarten at Silver Shells is worth a look. Condo sizes range from 1,693 to 2,834 square feet with six penthouses available.
The amenities are extensive and geared toward vacationers. Enjoy soaking up the sun by the lagoon-style heated pool. Visit the European Spa, have a round in one of the four lighted tennis courts, or partake in activities in the 27,000 square foot clubhouse. After a long day, plenty of opportunities for fine dining, entertainment and shopping are just up the road.
5. Villa Coyoba
3016 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, Florida 32541
Villa Coyoba is located directly on the beach with 310 feet of private beach. These are among the most popular luxury rental condos in a Destin Gulf front location. Amenities such as the beachfront infinity pool, fitness center, gas grills on the pool deck, movie theater, enhance the rental appeal. Scenic Highway 98 and its many activities, world-class shopping and dining are just minutes away.
770 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, Florida 32541
Holiday Isle Towers Condominiums have a desirable setting that gives residents the best of both worlds. Situated beachfront on a private stretch of white sandy beach, Holiday Isle Towers overlooks the East Pass and also offers incredible views and access to Destin Harbor. Watch the boat traffic entering and exiting the Gulf as you lounge by the pool or hot tub, play a round of tennis, or go for a morning walk, run or ride your bike along the water’s edge.
Holiday Isle condos fit the bill if you're looking for utilizing as either long term or short term rentals. It's especially popular with those interested in boating, fishing and water sports due to its proximity to the harbor.
720 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, Florida 32541
Everything about Oceania condos has everything you would expect in an upscale beachfront condo in Destin. Residents are mere steps to a vast stretch of uncrowded, white sandy beach; at last count, the largest private beach in Destin.
Inside, Oceania condo residences have rooms of floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive decks - perfect for enjoying the incredible views once you've returned home after a day at the beach.
The pool and sundeck overlook the beach, so no matter where you are, the Gulf waters are there for you to enjoy. Activities, restaurants, shopping and all the Destin hotspots are also close by. Oceania is an established Destin beach condominium that attracts repeat renters, year after year.
1048 & 1050 Highway 98, Destin, Florida 32541
Silver Beach Towers is aptly named for its East and West towers standing side-by-side, just 900 feet from the beach. Many owners consider their Silver Beach condos, short-term rental machines. The perfect spot for a seaside holiday, Silver Beach has several Gulf front swimming pools with tanning deck, tennis courts, BBQ grill, fitness center and covered parking. A short walkway leads to a huge stretch of beach, perfect for hours of play.
Several condo residences are available, ranging from 1,325 for a two-bedroom, to 4,000 square feet for a penthouse. Nearby attractions include Henderson Beach State Park, Big Kahuna’s Water Park, and two golf courses, shopping and restaurants.
3290 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin, Florida 32541
Crystal Sands is a low-rise beachfront condo in Destin with only 85 units. It's a popular rental choice in a building with less traffic than some of the high rises in the area. There aren't an abundance of amenities within the development, a nice pool, BBQ area and deeded beach access, but the location is ideal.
Guests are close to fine dining, shopping at Destin Commons or Grande Boulevard, and golf at Indian Bayou, Emerald Bay or Sandestin. Keep an eye out for a larger top floor unit with an extra loft level.
1002 Highway 98, Destin, Florida 32541
Pelican Beach Resort offers a full scale vacation property in a prime Destin beachfront location. Choose from one and two bedroom units ranging from 873 to 1,144 square feet. Each room has either a direct or southeast Gulf view with private balcony. This means you can watch the dolphins feeding while you sip your morning coffee, or soak in the sunset at the end of the day.
Laden with amenities, Pelican Beach onsite activities will keep kids and their parents occupied for hours. There are three adult pools, shallow children’s pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, tennis courts and exercise rooms in each building. A Tiki Bar and poolside deli are available for a quick drink or meal.
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