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These Are The Days, Destin Area, Florida Vacation Rental by Owner

Crystal Beach, Destin Area Vacation Rental Cottage

Matt and Michelle Markel
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Last Updated: 08/16/2022

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Your Best Destin Vacation- Walk to the Beach, Shopping, Dining- Bikes Included!

This gorgeous 3BR/2BA cottage is located in the most highly sought after area of Destin, Crystal Beach, and nestled into Clipper Cove, a quintessential coastal neighobrhood, complete with pastel colored cottages and white picket fences. Best of all, this lovely cottage is just 400 steps from the public beach access with restrooms, showers and even a covered picnic area. (Yes, we counted!)  It's also an easy walk to world class shopping and dining. Everything is ready for your arrival in this newly furnished, newly decorated, equipped, and freshly painted cottage in Crystal Beach.

"These Are The Days" comfortably accomodates 8 guests (4 adults max) with its functional and relaxed open floorplan. Four beach cruiser bikes are included in your rental! (a $400 value)

Whether you prefer lazy days on the sugar white sand beaches or planned activities and shopping, this cottage has it all!

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you purchase a "Cancel for Any Reason" Travel Insurance Policy on all bookings. We are not insurance agents, nor can we recommend any specific provider or policy.  We will abide by the terms of our rental agreement for any and all cancellations.

Here's an example of a summer season weekly rental breakdown. No booking fees on ECBYO ever! You'll save over $250 by choosing ECBYO over VRBO.

Weekly Summer Rent: $2765.00 (7 nights, Saturday to Saturday)
Cleaning fee: 225.00
Tax@ 12%: $358.80
Damage Waiver: $59
Total: $ 3407.80

We've been providing our guests with a top-notch vacation cottage since 2014. See our 50+ 5-star reviews on VRBO, but book here via Emerald Coast By Owner and pay no booking fees EVER! Save over $250 on an average summer week in booking fees alone by booking direct here on ECBYO!

More details:

Sleeping accommodations: 1 KING/1 QUEEN/2 SETS OF BUNK BEDS 

The spacious open floor plan means every guest has elbow room and a place to relax, socialize with family, watch TV, do a puzzle, take a nap, enjoy a quiet book on the porch, etc. Your choice, you're on vacation!

NEW- AC/Heat in 2021!
NEW- more private outdoor shower with hot/cold water
NEW- Solid Flooring throughout! No carpet!
NEW- Upscale Beach Cottage Furnishings throughout
NEW- Wall hung Flat Screen TV and Blu-Ray Player in Family Room
NEW- Dining area for six to eight guests
NEW- Counter height barstools at kitchen bar top
NEW-bedding/mattresses/furniture/decor in all 3 bedrooms
NEW-flat screen TVs in every bedroom
NEW- XBOX in bunk room with games
NEW- kid- friendly DVD collection in bunk room
NEW stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel glass top stove/oven, stainless steel dishwasher.
NEW- Well stocked equipment and supplies including new toaster oven/microwave/coffee maker/Keurig K-cup maker, utensils,  food storage, etc.
NEW-outdoor patio furniture for relaxing in the shade after a day at the beach
NEW-outdoor BBQ gas grill
So many extras.....
-NEW 4 Beach cruiser bikes included!
-NEW Beach gear including beach chairs and toys, beach cart, umbrella, boogie boards, Paddle Ball, etc. (inventory varies)
-XBOX for the kids in the bunk room 
-Neighborhood Pool with Coded Gate for guests and residents only, just a few doors down
-FREE WiFi throughout the home

A beautiful public beach access (Shores at Crystal Beach) complete with a covered picnic area, restrooms and showers is less than a 5 minute walk from your front door. No elevators- just walk out the door and down the sidewalk to the beach. So easy, even the little ones will be happy! We even provide a beach cart and big rolling cooler! Take it all to the beach and have everything you need for a great day at the beach!

When you've had enough fun in the sun, come back to Clipper Cove and enjoy the community pool for residents and guests only. It's just three doors down. 

Within walking distance to The Commons, a first-class retail shopping and dining experience complete with a movie theater. 
Two family entertainment venues, The Track Amusement Center and Big Kahuna's, are a quick five minute car ride from the house. The Track is full of fun with mini-golf, go carts, water bumper boats, and even bungee jumping! Big Kahuna's, a family favorite outdoor water park is fun for all ages!  
The choices for groceries are all within 2 miles including, Walmart (pickup and delivery), Publix (pickup and delivery) and Whole Foods!

We even have a little coffee shop right around the corner (Camille's) you can walk to for your first cup of Joe in the morning. It's a great place to check out beach conditions for the day and read the morning paper on their outdoor patio. They have fresh baked breakfast treats daily and smoothies too. You can even stop in for a great sandwich for lunch. For dinner, their upstairs restaurant is our Destin favorite for it's cozy atmosphere and phenomenal seafood and sushi. 

Last, but certainly not least, we personally make all of our reservations for our home. Please feel free to contact us anytime! We'd love to tell you more or answer any questions you might have about your upcoming stay in beautiful Destin, Florida.

Come and make some memories of your own at 'These Are The Days.'
Matt and Michelle


Cleaning: $225.00

FL/Okaloosa Tax: 12.0%

Addtl Guest Fee (any # guests over 6/day): $20.00

Payment Terms:

50% due at time of reservation
50% due 60 days prior to arrival

30 or more days prior to check-in date = 100% refund less a 3% credit card processing fee on amount paid
0-29 days prior to check-in date = no refund

Signed Rental Agreement and copy of Valid Drivers License must be returned within 48 hours to confirm your reservation.

Signer of Rental Agreement must be 25 or older 

Check-In Time:   4:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 10:00 AM


Bedroom Setup
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Bunk Beds
Dining Room
  • Dining Table
  • Eat in Counter
Barbecue - Grills
  • Private Gas Grill
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower/Tub Combo
  • Walk in Shower
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning
Disability Access Features
  • Single Level - No Stairs
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Big Screen TV
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Television
  • TV/DVD
  • Video Library
  • Bikes Included
  • Board Games
  • Linens Included
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Vacuum
  • Home
  • Online Booking
  • Managed By Owner
Home Office
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Blender
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garbage Compactor
  • Ice Maker
  • Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Utensils
  • Crock Pot
  • Keurig
Outside Living
  • BBQ Grill
  • Community Pool
  • Outside Shower
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Restaurants
  • Beach Chairs Provided
  • Parking for 2 cars


Destin Florida Activities
  • Airboat Adventures
  • Backlash Charters
  • Baytowne Adventure Zone
  • Big Kahuna Water Park
  • Blackwater Canoe Rental
  • Blast Arcade & Laser Maze
  • Buccaneer Pirate Ship
  • Charter Boats
  • Crab Island Dolphin Tours
  • Destin Beach Parasail
  • Destin Florida Beach Helicopters
  • Destin Snorkle
  • Dockside Watersports
  • Emerald Coast Scuba
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
  • Just Chute Me
  • Kelly Plantation
  • Mobile Sports LLC
  • Party Boats
  • Pelican Adventures
  • Sea Blaster
  • Southern Star Dolphin Cruises
  • SunQuest Cruises
  • SunVenture Cruises
  • The Kayak Experience
  • THE TRACK - GO Carts
  • Xtreme H2O Sports
  • Dolphin Watch & History Cruise
  • Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat
  • Sandestin Dining/Dancing Cruise
  • Fishing with Kids
  • Destin Paddleboard Rental
  • Mobile Massage Therapy
  • Horseback Trail Rides
  • Destin Snorkeling Excursion
  • Bart Rockett Magic Theater
  • Shark Fishing Charter
  • Reel Deal Charters
  • Waverunner Rental/Wet N Wild
  • Wet N Wild Parasailing
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Original Sea Blaster
  • Destin Harbor
  • Private Sailing Excursion
  • Gator Country Alligator Park
  • Hydrojet Thrill Ride
  • Destin Float Spa Experience
  • AMC Theatre
  • Dockside Parasailing
  • Escape Zone 60
  • Bike Rentals
  • Golf Cart Rental
  • Local Fitness Center
Destin Florida Restaurants
  • Boathouse Oyster Bar
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bric a Brac
  • Crab Island Cantina
  • Dewey Destin Seafood
  • Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack
  • Hadashi Sushi Bar at Hilton
  • Hammerheads Bar & Grill
  • Harbor Docks
  • Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris
  • Lighthouse Restaurant
  • LuLu's Destin FL
  • Margaritaville
  • Marina Cafe
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Pompano Joe's
  • The Crab Trap
  • The Surf Hut
  • World Of Beers
  • McGuire's Irish Pub
  • Donut Hole Bakery Cafe
  • Crust Pizzeria
  • Dewey Destin's Harborside
  • Joe's Crab Shack
  • Callahan's Restaurant & Deli
  • Shrimp Basket
  • The Back Porch
  • Beach Walk Cafe
  • Louisiana Lagniappe
  • Fudpuckers Bar & Grill
  • Pepitos Mexican Restaurant
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Jasmine Thai
  • La Paz
  • Buck's Smokehouse
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Mimmo's
  • Fuji Seafood Buffet
  • Boshamps Seafood House
  • AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Gilligan's Seafood
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi
  • China One
  • Thai Delights Restaurant
  • Noonies Thai Cafe
  • Brotula's Seafood & Steamer
  • Original La Famiglia
  • Hog's Breath Saloon
  • Wingstop
  • Merlins Pizza
  • IHOP
  • Capriccio Cafe
  • Island Wing Company
  • Alatapatatas
  • Osaka Japanese Hibachi
  • Vinnie Mc Guire's Pizza
  • Mama Sherry's Pizza
  • Palm Grille
Near by Activities
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Live Entertainment
  • Movie Theatre
  • Outlet Stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Area Golf
Near by Attractions
  • Near Golf
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shopping
Recommended for
  • Beach Rentals
  • Romantic



Marie Powers

Home away from Home    Jun 27, 2020

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My review is long overdue and I cant say enough about our short vacation in Destin. Staying at "these are the days" was as comfortable as staying home. The house was immaculate upon arrival and had everything we needed from room space to amenities. We especially loved the bikes for an evening stroll. The proximity to the beach was amazing and so easy to bring our things back and forth. My kids want everyone to know the beds were super comfy :) Thank you Michelle and Matt the Powers family will be back for sure. Thank you during this crazy time for a great vacation and a relaxing worry free stay!


John K

Ideal!    Jun 13, 2020

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This property is ideal for a family looking for a beach vacation. Clean, great amenities, perfect location and a very responsive owner who is committed to ensuring your vacation is perfect!!


Kim G

Best Cottage We've Stayed In!    Jun 06, 2020

review star

I try to leave things better than when I arrive (which is usually the case) but your cottage was the tidiest, cleanest and most well stocked place we've stayed in Destin! We just loved everything!


Kari F

Great Cottage!    May 16, 2019

review star

These are the days is a wonderful cottage! Very clean, updated, and a great location. Thanks Michelle! We hope to return soon!


Molly E

These were definitely the days!    May 08, 2019

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What a wonderful, well kept and completely accommodating Beach house! This place HAS IT ALL and makes vacationing a true VACATION! Michelle is amazing to work with, her response punctuality is impeccable! The bikes were a huge hit, second to the beach which is less than two blocks and not to mention endless shopping within walking distance as well! Everything was amazing and we will definitely be back again! Thank you for such a wonderful vacation!


Justin and Shari S.

Beautiful House    Apr 21, 2019

review star

We had a great time! The house is wonderful! We love Destin and hope we can find our way back soon!


Juliet S

Charming, Sunny Retreat    Mar 31, 2019

review star

These Are the Days cottage is light, bright, and very comfortable! It had absolutely everything we needed and was a short walk to the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin. Michelle and Matt were very easy to work with, quite informative, and so their recommendations were spot on! It is a lovely, quiet community--a great place for families to relax and spend time together. We loved it and would definitely stay again!


Matt and Beth W

Relaxed at the Beach    Mar 31, 2019

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We really enjoyed our stay at “These Are The Days” in Destin. The house was spacious enough for our family and I loved the layout. The neighborhood was quiet with low traffic. We enjoyed many rides on the bikes and had plenty of beach gear available for a day at the beach. Looking forward to our next stay!


Kristin C.

Our 2nd Visit to “These Are The Days” - Perfect AGAIN!!    Mar 12, 2019

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We stayed here a few years ago and loved it do much we had to come back! It is a lovely home - perfect size for our family of 5. Great location- close to the beach, restaurants, shopping and attractions. The owners are super friendly and easy to work with. The home is immaculate!


Amy I

Great house in a great location!    Jul 27, 2018

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"These are the Days” was perfect for our family of Four. Location on the “less busy” end of Destin. Quiet, clean, safe neighborhood. All beds were comfortable. Nice having TVs in every room. Layout of the house is ideal. Short walk to the beach. The 4 bikes provided were a hit; great for exercise on our way to the yogurt shop! We used the beach cart to haul our cooler through the sand. Convenient! Five star vacation! The owners have gone above and beyond to make the house the perfect place to stay for Destin.


Gina Fawcett

Perfect for our family!    Jul 07, 2018

review star

In the past we have rented large homes with other families right on the beach, We were concerned that we would not get a quality accommodation to fit the budget of a single family - we could not be more wrong. Every need we had was met by this home and more. Perfect accommodations, our family of 5 had plenty of space and everything we needed. The neighborhood is well kept and adorable, and so close to the beach - just a short walk is no joke. The beach is the most beautiful one we have seen yet - clear aqua green water and sparkling sands. We were very very happy! Michelle is a pleasure to work with and the local property manager was there lickity split when we had a question. Highly recommend and we will be back!


Emily and Scott M.

We Couldn't Have Chosen A Better Place to Stay!    Jul 22, 2017

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Everything was so perfect at this cottage. We loved the decor and amenities.Everything was very clean! The short walk to the beach was so convenient with our 3 kids. We loved stopping by Camilles for a breakfast sandwich before the beach. A huge plus for our family. We took advantage of the many activities the owners put in their blue book. All of their recommendations were spot on!

This was our 1st trip to Destin but definitely not our last! We hope to return to These Are The Days next year and maybe take my in laws!They would love it!


Kerri D

Great location and great house!    Jul 10, 2017

review star

Having never been to Destin before, we were thrilled over the location of this house once we got the lay of the land! Tucked in a quiet neighborhood, you would never realize that less than half a mile up the street there is a grocery store, pharmacy, cinema, restaurants and an outdoor mall. The traffic in that area was very manageable and you were just a short drive away from the many attractions in Destin and Okaloosa Island to the west and Miramar Beach and Sandestin to the east...a very nice central location. There was minimal traffic in the neighborhood, which was nice with small children. The walk to the beach was very manageable for our 6 and 4 year old, and the beach cart, umbrella, chairs, sand toys and boogie boards were an added bonus that helped minimize our packing from home. The beach itself is pristine, not overly crowded, and has public restrooms and showers to rinse off before your walk home. The house was very clean, simply and nicely decorated, had anything we needed to prepare meals at home, and was very comfortable for our family. There is plenty of closet space although not a lot of drawer space for clothing. The pool is just 3 houses away, and while small, was roomy enough for the three families there the day we visited. The Markels were very responsive and easy to work with. We definitely would stay here again!


Sara K

Best Vacation In Years!    May 21, 2017

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This was the first "real" vacation we have taken in years. What an amazing experience from beginning to end! The owners responded immediately to my request, and were helpful every step of the way. The cottage was absolutely perfect for our family. It is so spacious and the layout makes it very user friendly. The beach decor is very classy, subtle, and soothing. The beds and pillows were very comfortable, and my boys loved the bunk room with their own T.V. and X Box. The kitchen was extremely well equipped with every appliance and utensil imaginable. Everything was immaculate when we arrived, and we were even able to check in early, which was a huge blessing after driving for two days. We enjoyed the walk to the beach, although my eight year old was starting to slow down on the return trips after playing in the ocean. The beach chairs, toys, and cart were yet another added bonus to this adorable cottage. We definitely were not ready to leave These Are The Days. We made wonderful memories and hope to visit again soon. Thank you so much to the Markels for sharing this little piece of paradise with us. Sara K.


Keira F

A much needed getaway!    May 18, 2017

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We rented the house for a Mom's getaway trip and it was PERFECT!!! There were four of us and we did not feel crowded at all. The location is wonderful. It is within minutes of shopping and restaurants yet feels secluded. The walk to the beach was less than 5 minutes, and when it got too windy one day, we took advantage of the community pool that is located a couple of doors down from the house. The house is perfect for a family, and I am planning on returning with my family at some point. We will definitely be back!!!


Kim Y

Cute, quaint, beachy    May 17, 2017

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Loved the house and location! We liked that the house was located in a circular drive... Hardly any traffic passed the house. The house had a nice cottage and beachy feel, with some good shade trees that made it relaxing to sit on the front porch. Only a 5 minute walk to the beach!


Hayley R

Ideal Location!    Sep 19, 2016

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My family and I can't thank you enough for providing us with the perfect vacation home! We LOVED that the house was so close to the beach, nearby restaurants, and the pool! It was so relaxing and convenient to be able to walk everywhere. For anyone wondering, this house is in the ideal location. We also loved having Camilles so close-yum! The house was the perfect setup as well; spacious living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Everything was so nice and easy and we definitely would recommend this house to anyone looking to vacation in the area.


Hayley R

Ideal Location!    Sep 06, 2016

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My family and I can't thank you enough for providing us with the perfect vacation home! We LOVED that the house was so close to the beach, nearby restaurants, and the pool! It was so relaxing and convenient to be able to walk everywhere. For anyone wondering, this house is in the ideal location. We also loved having Camilles so close-yum! The house was the perfect setup as well; spacious living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Everything was so nice and easy and we definitely would recommend this house to anyone looking to vacation in the area.



AMAZING    Dec 31, 1969

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I don't know where to begin... let me start with the host, Michelle. Her response time was impeccable & she was always so pleasant whenever we emailed, texted or spoke by phone. She made us feel so comfortable & was VERY accommodating. The location was amazing. A very short walk to the beach, the kids NEVER complained about the distance & we were close enough that it wasn't a hassle when the kids wanted to go back & forth between the beach & neighborhood pool. The house was EXACTLY as pictured. Spacious enough for 2 families but still cozy & very clean. You truly don't have to bring anything besides your clothes & beach towels because the house has EVERYTHING you need for the beach & it was in great condition. Oh & the bikes were great added plus. We used them to nightly. We will definitely be staying here again :)

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Matt and Michelle Markel's reply:

Ja"Nell, Thank you so much for the kind review! We so enjoyed having your sweet family and we love hearing how much you enjoyed your vacation! We hope you'll come back soon!


A maximum of two (2) vehicles will fit safely in the driveway and must not overlap the sidewalk. Parking is NOT allowed on the Grass or Street at any time.  Violators may be towed or ticketed at your own expense. 
Very little, as we provide many great ammenities and a well-stocked home ready for your vacation. We do recommend that you bring these items to get your stay off to a hassle-free start:

- beach towels
- extra toilet paper (1 starter roll per bathroom is provided)
- additional bath soap/hand soap (2 bars per bathroom are provided)
- a large cooler for bringing food/drink to the beach
- a hammock, our oak trees are a perfect spot for hanging a hammock
No, we do not allow pets of any kind in our cottage. As much as we love our furry friends, we love a super clean house even more. This policy is strictly enforced. See the rental agreement for more details.
We get this question a lot! The cottage is about 400 steps, a less than 5 minute walk, front door to feet in the sand via a nice flat, wide sidewalk. It's an easy walk for young and old alike. You can see a map on our page as well. The closest public beach access complete with a picnic pavilion, restrooms and outdoor showers is the Shores at Crystal Beach Park.
The Clipper Cove Pool is just three doors down from These Are The Days." It is a gated pool with a nice deck, pool chairs and restrooms. Access is via a gate code which we provide to our guests in our welcome packet. The pool is accessible to guests and residents only. It is heated durinng popular holiday periods. 
From the Online Booking Calendar you can select your desired dates to request a quote as well as start the Booking Process.  We accept most major credit cards - Visa, Mastercard, Discover. 
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to your arrival will receive a total refund of any advance payments less credit card processing fees of 3%. Cancellations made within 30 days of the check-in date will receive NO REFUND, including shortened stays.  We do not offer refunds for weather related cancellations (including but not limited to Hurricanes, Tornados,Tropical Storms etc.).  We strongly encourage Travel Insurance, 
No, we do not require a Damage Deposit.  A non-refundable Damage Insurance Policy is included with your Booking for any Accidental Damages.  Anything that is NOT Covered on the Policy the Guest will be charged on the credit card on file.  Please notify us immediately of any damage.
Prior to your stay you will receive a personalized door code. You will use this code to check-in and during your stay.  
THESE ARE THE DAYS provides Linens (Sheets, Bathroom and Kitchen Towels) We also provide a starter set of the following: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Bar Soap, Dishwasher Detergent and Laundry Detergent. The Kitchen and Outdoor Grill is stocked with most of what you need for daily cooking.  There are a few beach/pool toys and a Beach Cart available for your use but these are not guaranteed. Please bring your own Beach/Pool Towels, Beach Blankets, Food, Spices, Beverages. 
Yes, we have a top loader HE Washer and Dryer for your use.  Please bring laundry detergent for use during your stay.
Yes.  The sidewalks in the neighborhood and along Scenic 98 are great to enjoy lots of of outdoor activities!
Check-in is at 4PM (CST) and Check-out is at 10AM (CST).  Do not attempt to arrive early as the electronic door code will not work until your check-in time. 
Yes and propane is provided.  If you run out of propane please contact the owner or property manager.
No. Trailers, Campers, Boats, RV's etc. are NOT Permitted in Crystal Beach Cottages per the very strict Homeowners Association rules.
While you can always contact us, the owners, we have a Property Manager located in Destin that will address your needs during your stay.  The number will be found at the cottage.