Monday, November 18, 2019

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself and thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, but there are so many FANTASTIC events planned for the holiday season, I just had to share! 

The holidays are always a fun time here in Destin!  Lots of events, parades and good food! Here are just a few things you don't want to miss out on.  Oh, and if you're looking for a place to stay, give us a call.  We still have condos and homes available for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

November 22nd ~ 6 PM ~ Santa arrives at Destin Commons ~ Tree lighting

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27th ~ 5-8 PM ~ Coastal White Christmas ~ Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at Grand Blvd in Sandestin ~ Carolers will sing popular holiday carols between 5-7 PM

December 7 & 14 ~ 8 AM ~ Bass Pro Shop Breakfast with Santa at Uncle Bucks Fishbowl and Grill

December 15  ~ 1-8 PM ~ 33rd Annual Destin Boat Parade at HarborWalk Village. Visit with Santa between 1 - 4 

Jolly Jubilee 2019 at Destin Commons ~ November 29 - December 22 ~ Holiday Lights, Caroling, Pictures with Santa and more!  More details here >

Check our available properties online at or give us a call at 850-654-4659

Have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season from our family to yours! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival - November 9, 2019

Destin's 12th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ 

It's time for HarborWalk Village’s 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival.  What a FUN and exciting event this will be!  

Join us at this barbecue block party on Saturday, November 9th from 12-4 PM.  Some of the best local restaurants will compete in a BBQ competition, offering samples of their food and specialty sauces.  Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category.

Award Categories:
Judges Choice – Best Traditional BBQ
Judges Choice – Most Creative BBQ
Judges Choice – Best Specialty Sauce
People’s Choice – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Best Booth

Breweries will offer craft beer and cocktails.  Live Music from John Hart and Tyler Mac on the main stage.  Bring the family for a day of food, fun and music!

Advance Tickets $30.00 || $35.00 the day of the event || BBQ only (Under 21) $20.00 || Military Tickets $25.00    Order your tickets here >> Blues, Brews & BBQ

Crystal Waters Vacations

Monday, October 28, 2019

Just 31 Days Till Thanksgiving!

Here we are at the end of October already. Where does the time go?  Wasn't it just Labor Day?  There must be some truth to the statement, "time goes fast when you're having fun". 

It is officially 31 days until Thanksgiving!  What does your family have planned?  For those of us that live here locally, we may be heading out of town, or having family visit. Or just planning a stay-cation with our immediate family.  There are many restaurants that have a great Thanksgiving dinner planned.

For our friends from out of town that will be visiting Thanksgiving week - Welcome!  This is a great week to visit. If you haven't already found your vacation home, we would love to help you out!  We have a few still available that you can book online through the links below or give us a call at 850-654-4659.

Beach House 604D
Crescent 216
Grand Caribbean East 210
Gulfview 205
Leeward Key 203
Leeward Key 305
Majestic Sun 1204B
Windancer 101

Blue Harbor
Emerald Mist

Whatever your family will be doing this holiday season, remember to give Thanks and be Grateful!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fall Break is Getting Close!

We are just days away from the start of Fall! This is such a fantastic time of year here in Destin....The crowds are gone.  The mornings are a little cooler.  The sunsets are absolutely vibrant.

October is not only my favorite month, but also a popular time for family trips to the beach, since most schools have their fall break.  Why not gather the family together and head to Destin! We still have a few homes available.  Check these out...

Admirals Club ~ This lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath home includes an attached in-law suite, perfect for extended family or friends.  Pet friendly with additional fee! Steps to the pool. Just a short walk to the private beach.  Emerald Shores community.

Caribe ~ Also located in the gated community of Emerald Shores. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home comfortably sleeps 12 people. Plenty of sitting areas on the balconies. Very close to the pool. Short walk to the private beach. Tennis courts. Hint: if there are several families traveling together and you need two homes, Caribe and Admirals Club are next to each other!

Lonni's Gem ~ This spacious home offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms! Yes, there's an extra full bath on the first floor. It has been recently remodeled with new furniture, granite, cabinets, appliances, and more! Emerald Shores community.  Beach is only 1/4 mile away. Two community pools. 

Martinique ~ A popular feature of this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is two king beds! Everyone loves a king. Each bedroom has access to a balcony. Pet friendly, with additional fee. Emerald Shores community.  5 minute walk to the beach!

Pick your beach house!  Once they're booked, they're gone! Come spend Fall Break at the Beach.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Thank you to the Helfers Family for this nice review of their stay at Aloha Cottage:

"1st time staying in this house. Loved the space and pool. We stayed in the serenity house last time and they were both as equally excellent. House was clean and had everything we needed....And we will be booking again. Nice easy walk to the beach and surf shop around the corner. We love Crystal Waters Vacation rentals and the area." ~Cody

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is located on Windancer Lane, just a short walk to the beach. Aloha Cottage offers it's own private pool and fenced yard.  Seasonal beach service for two is also included!

To reserve this home for your next vacation, give us a call at 850-654-4659 or book online:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer is Winding Down

As summer begins to wind down, we are gearing up for a fun fall season here at Crystal Waters Vacations.  Kids are getting ready to go back to school. Moms are shopping for school clothes and supplies.  There's even been sightings of Halloween and fall decor in the stores. (Can you believe it?  Where did the summer go?)

We are actually heading into my personal favorite time of the year!  Two words. LESS TRAFFIC.  Summer at the beach is notoriously associated with traffic, especially during this road construction. But we will begin to see less cars on the road over the next couple weeks.   (Hopefully by next summer the construction will be complete.) 

The evenings will start to cool down, which makes it the perfect time to enjoy those walks on the beach.  We'll also see less crowded beaches! And shorter wait times at the restaurants.  

Best of all, the rates for vacation rentals will begin to drop! So if you haven't already considered booking a fall trip to Destin, this is the time to plan it!  We can help! 

Check our website at to choose your favorite house or condo!  Are you looking for gulf front?  Pet friendly?  1, 2 or 3 bedroom condo?  3, 4 or 5 bedroom house? House with separate in law suite?  We have it!   There's something for every one.  

Hope to see you at the beach this fall! 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

It's Not Too Late To Book Your Summer Vacation

Summer is officially half over.  Can you believe it?  July 4th has passed.  Moms are shopping for school clothes for the kids. The stores have fall decor out. And people are already talking about Christmas.  Where did the time go?

On a positive note, we still have quite a few weeks of summertime weather ahead of us.  If you haven't booked your beach trip, it's not too late! We still have availability for July and August at several properties.  September is pretty wide open. And October is still warm and the BEST month to visit! 

Take a look at our website to pick out your beach home or condo >>
Crystal Waters Vacations    Or give us a call! 850-654-4659

See you at the beach! 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

~ Life Doesn't Come With A Manual, It Comes With A Mother ~

If you're local and looking for something special to do with Mom this Mother's Day, we have come up with a few ideas for you...

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village ~ Grande Vista Bar & Grill ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 11 am - 2 pm Reservations recommended 850-424-0621

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village ~ Harbor View Room ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 10 am - 2 pm  Reservations recommended 850-424-0622

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 12 pm - 8 pm

Henderson Beach Resort & Spa ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~  12 pm - 3 pm

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar ~ Mother's Day Brunch with a complimentary glass of champagne ~ 9 am - 11 am 

Sunquest Cruises ~ Mother's Day Lunch on the Yacht ~ Check in 12:15 pm/Cruise 1 - 3:30 pm

If you're looking for something a little different ~ take Mom fishing! 

Pelican Adventures ~ Mom Fishes for FREE! 8 am - 2 pm ~ Charter boat leaves from HarborWalk

ArtsQuest Arts & Crafts Festival ~ Grand Sandestin Town Center ~ 10 am - 5 pm

Give your mom an extra tight hug this Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day
~From Crystal Waters Vacations

Monday, April 29, 2019

Safely Traveling With Your Pup

Here are a few tips to make the trip from home to vacation house safer and easier for everyone:

  • Keep Everyone Secure.  Yes, it's sweet to hold Fido on your lap, but it can be dangerous - for you and the dog.  Dogs should be restrained in the back seat of a car or in a carrier, whether in a car or a RV.  Dogs allowed to stick their heads out the car window risk injury from debris or illness from air forced into their lungs. 
  • Tag, Chip and Leash.  Do not ever open the car door without first securing your pet's leash - even when it's inside a crate.  One quick leap, and your pet could disappear into a parking lot or rest area hundreds of miles away from home. Also make certain your pet's tag and microchip have your cell number or other vacation contact information. 
  • A Few of My Favorite Things.  Just like us, our pets have comfort items.  Don't forget your dog's favorite food, dishes, blankets, bed and toys. 
  • Plan a Pet-friendly Itinerary.   Map out good places to stop for walks along the way and locate pet friendly hotels if your trip requires an overnight stop.  At your vacation home, look for parks that allow dogs.  **Don't assume the beach is pet friendly, be sure to check this out. Here in the Destin area there are parks, restaurants, and even pubs that welcome both you and your dog. 
          ~Tips shared from "Dog Friendly Travels on the Gulf Coast" by D. Fran Morley

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Weekend Events in Destin

To Christians, Easter is the most special day of the year, the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. 

Easter also also is celebrated with the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans, and lot's of chocolate. He (or she, as we are never quite sure about this) comes on Saturday night leading to Easter Sunday morning. He brings lots of chocolates and other candies. That's one meaning to Easter, especially if you are a kid or a "Chocolaholic".

In the Destin area, Easter also means family time, possibly enjoying brunch together or visiting the Easter bunny!  Here are a few local events this weekend for your family to consider:

Easter Explosion - Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday April 20th for a day filled with free family friendly entertainment! Lawn games, face-painting, inflatables and more! And don't forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! 12-3 PM

LuLu's Easter Egg Hunt - Come meet the Easter Bunny this Sunday at 2 pm.  Will be divided by ages for safe hunting for all. 

Brunch with the Easter Bunny - Brunch from 10-2 pm and visit with the Easter bunny from 2:30-4 at HarborWalk Village this Sunday. For reservations please call (850) 424-0622.

Sunquest Easter Lunch Cruise - Enjoy Easter lunch on the Solaris yacht! Not only will you have delicious food but also a relaxing ride on the Destin water.  Depart from the Baytown Marina at 1 pm.  Lots of yummy menu options! 

Whatever your family decides to do on this Easter Weekend, make it a special one!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Get the Most from the Emerald Coast!

It's not a surprise that the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is the fastest growing airport in Florida, considering Destin has been voted in the Top Cities to live...and vacation!  

It now offers over 50 non-stop flights daily to primary hub cities across the nation, making domestic and international connections easy. Allegiant, Delta, American and United are just a few of the airlines that service the Destin area. Offering low fares and great values, VPS is the smart choice when considering an airport, and our central location makes flying a breeze for over 2 million residents.

This popular airport isn't stopping at this!  They are continuing to grow and have changes planned for the future.  View these plans here:

So what are you waiting for?  It's time to book your summer trip to the beach!  We can help with your accommodations.  Call us at 850-654-4659 or check our website at to choose a house or condo that will work for your family!

See you at the beach!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

New Updates and Renovations Complete!

Complete renovation and updates are now finished at Windancer 101! Fresh Paint, New Floors, New TVs, New Bathrooms, New rugs and accessories all completed March 2019! You'll Love It!

**********FREE Seasonal Beach Service for 2!**********

Book Online NOW!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Only 13 Weeks Till Memorial Day, 2019

Memorial Day will be here before you know it! 

Book your vacation in Destin now so you can be here to kick off the summer season! Lots of fun events planned for this week. Check our website to pick out your beach rental...Homes & Condos still available. 
#destinfl #memorialday2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

                                              493 Sandy Cay Miramar Beach, FL  32541

Destin Manatee, our 4 BD/2 BA home located in Paradise Retreat is new on our rental program and sure to be a popular rental. Check out this home for your next trip to the beach. Spacious with open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. Clean, updated kitchen with everything you'll need to make a family dinner. Book now while availability is good! 
Crystal Waters Vacations at (850) 654-4659 or book online here:  Destin Manatee 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Valentine's Day At The Beach

Enjoy the sunshine with your favorite valentine this February 14th. ❤️

Give us a call to book your beach house! 850-654-4659 or book online at 🍷🍾 This is what we still have available: 

      Casa de Playa
      Destin Manatee
      Ocean Dreams
      Serenity Cottage

There is always something exciting happening on our beaches. Check out these exciting February events you won't want to miss! 
~Sandestin Gumbo Festival - February 15th & 16th
~Camellia Festival - February 16th
~8th Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach - February 20th - 24th
~Valentine’s Moonlight Dinner & Dancing Cruise - SunQuest February 14-15

Monday, January 21, 2019

Booking for Spring Break and Summer!

Planning your trip to the beach yet? 

Check out our Destin Vacation Rentals

Come to Destin/Miramar Beach this year!  Now booking for Spring Break & Summer!  Check out Blue Harbor in a gated neighborhood with a Private Pool and a Private Beach Access!  4BR/2BA sleeps 10.  Walk to the beach!  The private pool is awesome and so refreshing!  You'll love it!

850 654 4659

Friday, January 18, 2019

Destin is in the Top 10 Happiest and Healthiest Places to Live on the Beach

We love our little slice of paradise here in the panhandle of Florida.  From the beaches, to the weather, the friendly people and the vast options for entertainment and things to do. If you have never been to Destin, come visit!  Check out our vacation rentals at

Ranked #10 is Destin! 

...This slice of paradise on the Florida panhandle might have come in at 25 in the overall rankings, but in measures of financial stability and social wellness (meaning there’s lots of love in your life…aww) the area performed exceptionally well.   ~Shared from Coastal Living Magazine