Vacation Rental and Destin Area FAQ's
VACATION RENTAL FAQ'S
How do I book a vacation rental?
You can either make a booking directly on this website by using the "check availability box" to the left or by searching the calenders by clicking on the Vacation Rentals tab. Or you can call our office at 855-550-8005 and our staff will be glad to help you.
Is booking online secure?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
Should I purchase travel Insurance?
We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance especially for reservations scheduled during the hurricane season in Florida. We offer CSA travel insurance for a nominal fee and it can be purchased directly from your online booking screen. For more information go to http://www.shoredreams.net/travel-insurance.htm
What happens after I book online?
All reservations must be approved after the online booking process. You will be sent via email a reservation confirmation, a payment receipt and an online rental agreement link to approve. After final payment is processed automatically within 45 days or less of your arrival, you will receive your guest check in instructions. You must read these prior to arrival and have your entry code in hand prior to check in.
Can I bring my pet with me?
We offer several vacation rentals, some of which allow pets and some do not. You can either look at our properties online by clicking on the "vacation rentals" tab above, click on pet friendly and see if the home you are looking at allows pets. Or you can call our office at 855-550-8005 and our staff would love to help find a home that is just right for you and your pet.
What are the benefits of a vacation rentals?
Our vacation rentals are stocked in such a way that you always feel like you are coming "home" to your "vacation home" rather than returning to a small hotel room. Our rentals have full kitchens which are fully stocked. You will be able to enjoy a full service home while you are on vacation rather than a small, cramped hotel room.
What should we bring?
We recommend that you bring the following items which are also available to purchase in the area: Beach towels, beach chairs (if not included), extra toilet paper, laundry detergent, extra dishwashing detergent, extra paper towels and suntan lotion.
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Are there any bike trails on the Emerald Coast?
We do have bike trails a half hour drive from the Ft. Walton Beach/Destin beach area. A permit is required to ride the Timberlake Bike Trail at Eglin Air Force Base. To obtain a permit contact Jackson Guard at 850-882-4164. To the west of us, between Navarre and Gulf Breeze, is a trail at Gulf Islands National Seashore. To the east of us, beginning at Blue Mountain Beach and proceeding 13.5 miles, is another bike trail along a public roadway.
When do Seaweed and Jellyfish wash ashore?
Seaweed and jellyfish are always present in the Gulf of Mexico waters. They are usually carried to beaches by rough seas generated from storm conditions and high winds. They can appear on any given day. Jellyfish will evaporate when exposed to the sun while stranded on the beaches.
Where can we obtain a Beach Wheelchair?
Beach wheelchairs are available without charge for use at all County Parks on Okaloosa Island from 7am-3pm Monday-Friday, and 8am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 850-546-0342 or 850-546-0341.
Can I walk my Dog on the Beach?
For safety reasons dogs are not allowed on the beaches in Okaloosa County. This policy is mandated by County Ordinance No. 77-19, Section 6, restricting dogs in public parks, beaches, school grounds, restaurants and food stores (except seeing eye & hearing ear dogs).
Can I drive my vehicle on the Beach?
Here in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area we promote optimal safety measures for our beaches. Vehicles are not permitted on the beach, County Ordinance No. 80-12, which restricts motor vehicles operating in areas not posted for vehicular traffic, in, on or over any public land, right of way, or recreational areas will be cited, (public beaches included).
Can we have a Bonfire on the Beach?
Fires are illegal on the beach between the water’s edge and mean high water mark or vegetation line, whichever is further. Okaloosa County Ordinance 79-41.
Do You Have Shopping Malls?
Many. There are several shopping plazas in the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area. The newest shopping center is Destin Commons…an open air, upscale shopping center in Destin near the Mid-Bay Bridge. Santa Rosa Shopping Mall, located in Mary Esther, has more than 100 stores to shop. Silver Sands Factory Stores is the nation’s largest designer outlet center, located 8 miles east of Destin.
Are Weddings Permitted On The Beach?
Yes. Here at the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau we have a “Beach Wedding Guide” brochure. Inside this brochure you will find all the information needed to get started in planning your wedding on the beach or in the local area. Information includes wedding planners and coordinators, facilities and halls information, bakeries, florists, caterers, musicians, limousine services, marriage licenses and more.
What Medical Facilities Are In The Local Area?
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a full service medical hospital and comprehensive heart center. Visitors lodging in the Destin area are close to Sacred Heart Hospital located East of Destin.
What Airports Service the Emerald Coast Area?
Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS), 10 miles north of Fort Walton Beach near Eglin Air Force Base. Pensacola Regional Airport is 45 miles west of our area.
What is there to do on the Emerald Coast? We have lots to do! Sugar-white sand beaches, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water park, miniature golf, shopping, dolphin & sightseeing cruises, museums, marine life shows, watercraft rentals, parasailing, zoos, fun family festivals & events, camping, canoeing, live music concerts, wonderful restaurants and more!
Are There Pet Friendly Accommodations?
Yes, there are several hotels & condominiums in the area that allow small to medium, well behaved pets.
Are there Golf Courses in the Area?
Yes, boasting more than 1,080 holes of golf, the Emerald Coast located on Florida’s upper Gulf of Mexico recently ranked as one of the top ten “Best Golf Towns in America,” by Golf Digest. With inviting temperatures and daily gentle breezes, golfers enjoy the simple pleasures…24 miles of sugar-white sand and emerald green waters…after a long day’s play.
Is there good fishing?
Yes, The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than to any other spot in Florida -- creating the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf. This phenomenon makes the area one of the top five shelling destinations in the world, the "Billfish Capital of the World" and a sensational seafood harbor offering over four times more types of fresh fish per season than any other Florida destination (except for Key West 14 hours away).
Are there sea shells on the Beach?
Although the sugary shores are swept bare, about a mile out an aquarium of treasures is discovered, from sea horses to bucketfuls of cockles, clams and other shells. A bit further out, a ribboning reef of limestone (the pre-Ice Age shoreline) captures thousands of beach bound, large seashells -- often up to 20 inches (51cm) in length and perfectly formed. Sunset-hued lion's paws and true tulips to queen helmet shells and Florida's signature shell horse conchs are found along the ledge.
What is the weather like?
The average monthly high & low temperatures are as follows: