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Secret Paradise, 3 stories, Emerald Shores , Destin Area, Florida Vacation Rental by Owner

Emerald Shores, Destin Area Vacation Rental House

Linda Mlinarcik
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  •  440-390-8847
    08:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00)
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Destin Florida

  • Bedrooms:
    5
  • Bathrooms:
    4
  • Sleeps:
    14
  • House
  • Reviews:
    16
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    13698

Last Updated: 10/05/2022

no service fees

Description

Open Sept 10-17! 2023 Calendar OPEN! UVC air purifiers added! 3 KING beds! Walk to the beach!

"Secret Paradise” is an ugraded, beautifully decorated 5 bedroom, 3 full and one half bath home located in the upscale gated community of Emerald Shores. This three story beach home is located only 1500 feet from the spectacular white sand and clear breathtaking water of Destin. You can walk to the beach with an easily in 5 minutes!  After visiting you will know why we named our new home “Secret Paradise”

Our home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac between the two private neighborhood pools; a short two minute walk takes you to either pool (heated), tennis court, basketball or shuffle board. Emerald Shores is the only neighborhood in the Destin area with its own private beach pavilion on the ocean with bathrooms, shower, picnic tables, sun deck, private deeded beach owned by the subdivision. During summer months Emerald Shores offers a free shuttle service to take you to the beach or you can enjoy the short 5 minute walk through the tropical neighborhood to get to the beach using our wagon to bring all your toys and chairs. Beach service (umbrella and chair rental) is available as well.

“Secret Paradise” has been upgraded and professionally decorated. After entering through the leaded glass front doorway you will be welcomed with a large open floor plan to enjoy. The spacious living room has plenty of comfortable seating with 2 sofas and loveseat. Upgraded furnishings including a 55" SMART HDTV, dining area with solid wood table for eight and fully equipped gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry with corian counters with 5 bar stools for countertop dining.  Added in 2021 a 150 can capacity beverage refrigerator. Kitchen also has a door to the back covered patio with a propane grill to extend outside dining .  We have everything you need to dine in with a fully stocked kitchen. There are NO steps on the first floor and home has three entry ways for easy access.

The spacious first floor master bedroom suite boasts a KING size carved wood poster bed, 52 inch TV with roku, and DVD player. Attached is a renovated full bath with oversized shower. The upgrades include wood vanity, granite counters, new sink, all new faucets, new shower doors and wood look porcelian tile flooring throughtout the bathroom on-suite and Master bedroom. The first floor also has a full laundry room with stainless steel deep sink, iron, ironing board, drying rack, and door to front porch. We also include complimentary laundry detergent. A half bath with a designer vessel sink, granite and wood vanity is conveniently located on the first floor.

Extra wide stairwell with vinyl plank flooring leads to the second floor with three addition bedrooms, porch access, large renovated full bath with double sinks, vanity, granite, tile flooring, and shower doors to the tub with shower combination. One room features KING size bedroom suit, 42 inch screen smart TV, DVD player, NEW French doors to large covered porch, large closet. Additional bedroom has TWO TWIN beds and a QUEEN sleeper sofa (premium sleeper mattrice) to host 4 people. Also a bedroom that sleeps four with QUEEN bed, deluxe FULL futon, large closet, and TV and DVD player finishes this floor. All bedrooms are very large with plenty of room to enjoy with private closets and dressers to unpack and enjoy your Secret Paradise stay.

Venture up to the third floor for a private tropical suite. KING size wood poster bed awaits with new French doors to a private balcony that is great for relaxing and watching the sunset or listening to the gulf breezes. This room features full upgraded bath with new vanity and granite, shower, closet, 32 inch flat screen TV, DVD player and desk and chair for comfort.

We offer free password protected Wi-Fi,  multiple TVs, DVD players, cable TV. The home has 4 large covered porches for relaxing and enjoying your stay. A propane grill is offered (we provide propane reimbursement if there is a tank exchage needed during your stay) . Also a wagon and rolling cooler are supplied for your use as well. We have a large closet off the back porch with beach toys and floats to share with our guests! The home features two hot water tanks and TWO NEW ac units added 2021. Home is equipt with UVC lights in ducts to purify the air from the HVAC systems. Every bedroom and living room has ceiling fans. All linens and towels are provided(excluding beach towels). Private driveway for parking 3/4 cars.

Destin has so much to offer everyone. If you are looking for more to do than enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald waters there is plenty more to do. Destin is a shoppers dream with Destin Commons (upscale outdoor shopping plaza), Silver Sands Outlet mall (largest designer outlet mall in Florida, over 100+ outlet stores), and Baytown wharf (outdoor boutique shopping with restaurants). All located within 2-3 miles of “Secret Paradise”. Destin is also known as the “World’s luckiest fishing village”. The harbor walk village is located in the fishing harbor of Destin. Home to the Fishing Rodeo this harbor has charter boats and multiple activities for the whole family. Dining out in any of the area restaurants is a great way to spend an afternoon. Walking distance are a few beachside dining options. Sitting beachfront overlooking the beautiful views is a great way to enjoy the moment.

Come see for yourself why Destin has become our “Secret Paradise”! 

Availability

Rates

From/To Nightly Weekend Weekly Monthly Min Nights
08-27-2022
12-30-2022
-- -- $1,995.00 -- 7
12-31-2022
03-03-2023
-- -- $2,095.00 -- 7
03-04-2023
05-05-2023
-- -- $2,495.00 -- 7
05-06-2023
05-26-2023
-- -- $3,095.00 -- 7
05-27-2023
06-30-2023
-- -- $4,195.00 -- 7
07-01-2023
07-07-2023
-- -- $4,395.00 -- 7
07-08-2023
08-04-2023
-- -- $4,195.00 -- 7
08-05-2023
08-18-2023
-- -- $3,095.00 -- 7
08-19-2023
01-05-2024
-- -- $2,095.00 --

administration fee: $350.00

damage insurance: $69.00

Payment policy:

We require 50% down at time of booking and the final balance is due 60 days before your arrival
We are a weekly vacation home with Saturday to Saturday check in and out.
SNOWBIRD Special rate $2300 (4 week stay) January and February months only
We do not rent to singles under 25 OR chaperoned groups
Florida tax will be added to the week at 12%
We are a NO smoking home 
We are a NO Pet property so you can be assured we are clean and alergy free

Check-In Time:   4:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 9:00 AM

Amenities

Bedroom Setup
  • 1 Futon
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 3 King Beds
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
Dining Room
  • Dining Table
  • Eat in Counter
  • Eat in Kitchen
Barbecue - Grills
  • Private Gas Grill
Bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower/Tub Combo
  • Walk in Shower
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Alarm Clock
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • Walk-in Shower
Entertainment
  • Big Screen TV
  • Boating
  • Cable TV
  • CD Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Ski
  • Kayaking
  • Minature Golf
  • CD Player
  • Scuba
  • Snorkling
  • Stereo
  • Swimming
  • Television
  • TV/DVD
  • TV/VCR
  • DVD/VCR
  • Smart T.V.
  • Wedding Friendly
Games
  • Board Games
  • Reading Library
General
  • Linens Included
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Smoking outside only
  • Telephone
  • Voicemail
  • Vacuum
  • Home
  • Pack and Play
  • High Chairs
  • Online Booking
  • Managed By Owner
Home Office
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Blender
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garbage Compactor
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Ironing Board
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Utensils
  • Water Filter
  • Crock Pot
Outside Living
  • BBQ Grill
  • Community Pool
  • Outside Shower
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs Provided
Parking
  • Driveway
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • RV Parking Nearby
Boating
  • Boat Rental Available
  • Marina
  • Pier

Activities

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
Recommended for
  • Adventure Trip
  • Beach Rentals
  • Romantic
30A-Beaches-South Walton Activities
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Seaside Beach
  • Rosemary Beach
  • YOLO Board and Bike
  • Grand Boulevard
  • Emerald Coast Wine Cellars
  • 30A Bike 19 Mile Bike Path
  • Big Daddy's Bike Rental
30A-Beaches-South Walton Restaurants
  • The Bay
  • Cafe Thirty-A
  • Bud & Alley's
  • The Red Bar

Reviews

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Frank May

Spacious House Accomadated Our Large Group    Jun 18, 2022

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We just returned from Destin. There were 12 people in our group and the house handled us well. The things that stood out to me was the extra refrigerator for drinks which was very useful. The nice washer and dryer that we put to good use. The place was clean and it good shape. What was also very nice was the assortment of chairs and beach toys available to use. That was great. Since it was peak season the property pools were crowed and a little small but we have rented other houses in the past and this is the nicest thus far.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Thank you for all the nice comments on our extra amenities that we offer to our guests! Happy to hear we have ranked number ONE out of all the homes you have rented! We hope you put our home top on your list for a return visit. Every year we add upgrades to keep our home comfortable for our guests!

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Elizabeth B

Delightful    Nov 20, 2021

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This house was exactly like the photos. It was was very clean, spacious, and perfect for what we were looking for.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Thank you for your great review posted when we were with the VRBO site after your Thanksgiving 2021 stay! We are happy we had everything you need to have a great Thanksgiving memory.

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Gina M

A Must    May 15, 2021

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Secret paradise is a true gem. From beginning to end Linda was lovely to work with. She provided detailed info, answered all my questions timely and all the extra amenities available for use at the house were perfect. And the house is beautiful and comfortable! NO complaints here!

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

HAppy you appreciated all our extra amenties at the home such as the beach toys provide, wagon and fully stocked kitchen. If a guest arrives and needs something to make their stay more comfortable we do everything we can to accomodate. We look forward to a return visit.

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Ramona D

Amazing    Mar 13, 2021

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We had 14 and had plenty of room. It's centrally located. The neighborhood is very nice. Short walk to the beach. Linda answered all questions very quickly. House is very nice and well supplied with all essentials.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Glad you enjoyed our close proximity to the beach and pools. It is nice to be walking distance to all the amenities and the beach. We enjoy Emerald Shores so much we actually own 2 properties in the same gated community. Looking forward to your return visit.

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Ann M

Perfect house, perfect location    Jul 18, 2020

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The house was spacious, clean and had everything we needed for our family of 7. The kitchen had everything you could need and more! The beach wagon and cooler were an added bonus. The beach was an easy 10 minute walk, and having the private pavilion with restrooms and a bar was awesome! Linda responded to all my questions immediately-she was great to work with. I can’t say enough great things about this house -we hope to stay here again soon!

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

I am happy you enjoyed your stay and all the extras we offer in our kitchen too! We pride ourselves on good customer service and reply to questions and vacation needs as soon as possible. We look forward to your return!

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Caroline G

Sunny paradise    Jun 27, 2020

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How was just as pictured. Owner great to communicate with. Fun area and great walking path.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Happy you enjoyed your two week stay! The walking/bike path along the beach makes for a great added activity! Sure are great views of the beautiful water and beach. I enjoy working with our guests and making sure our vacations are happy. We look forward to your return!

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Donna B

Perfect home near the beach    Aug 31, 2019

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House is beautiful and very well maintained. Had everything we needed and more!! Walk to Beach wasn’t bad!! Definitely on the repeat List!!

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

We are glad you are committed to being a repeat guest! We appreciate all our clients and welcome you back! Happy you found our home had everything you needed for a great vacation:)

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Brent K

Great condo for a large family of 12-14    Jun 29, 2019

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Nice property with great ammenities. Overall very quiet and feels secluded although it really isn't. Not too along of a walk to the beach and a quick drive

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

I agree! Emerald Shores is tucked away but yet close to all the fun "things to do" in the area! Like that you will definitely stay again! We enjoy all our repeat guests and appreciate all our new guests!

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Jennifer S

Perfect House    Apr 01, 2017

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This was the perfect house for our family vacation. We had a group of 7 adults and 4 children, and everyone had plenty of space. The house was very clean and nicely decorated. Linda was amazing to work with. There were a few very minor issues and she responded right away. The neighborhood is so pretty, and it's just a short walk to the beach. The wagon that she provides was a life saver for hauling all of our beach chairs and toys. The kids really loved the pools too. We will definitely be back!

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

So happy your first stay at Secret Paradise was so enjoyable! When guests have questions or needs to make their stay more comfortable I address it immediately as my goal is for our guests to have the best experience possible! We are looking forward to your next visit and keep in mind our 2018 calendar is already open for reservations:) If your needs change for a smaller group for your next visit keep in mind we own Simply Paradise which is also located in the beautiful gated community of Emerald Shores as well:) Thank you for the unsolicited review!!

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Tom

Great Home To Rent !    Jul 01, 2016

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Great home. We had a group of 7 adults and 3 children and the house fit everyone nicely. House is beautiful inside and it is just a short walk to the beach. The community's two pools are just a stone's throw away. Linda is very easy to work with. She called within minutes of us expressing interest in her house and answered all of our questions.

 

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our home Secret Paradise! We are conveniently located between to two community pools. I pride myself on good customer service and am always happy to answer any questions my guests have...before and during their stay! We hope you return as we enjoy having repeat guests:)

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Susan D

Wonderful Stay !!    Jun 10, 2016

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Our stay at Secret Paradise could not have been better! It is a beautiful home, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Our group consisted of eight adults and four grandkids. The house is very spacious and we never felt like we were in each other's way. The location of the house was great as well. It's a short and pleasant walk to the beach and an even shorter walk to the pools. We did utilize the golf cart shuttle that is available to take you to the beach. That was especially nice when taking all of the beach equipment! And, boy, is this place stocked with beach equipment! Toys, umbrellas, chairs... you name it. We brought our own but quickly discovered there was no need to. Linda, the owner is great to work with. She answered all of my questions very quickly and I appreciated that. I have no hesitations in recommending Secret Paradise. If you are looking for a comfortable and well equipped home in a beautiful and relaxing location you have found your place with Secret Paradise. Thanks Linda for a wonderful stay!

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

We enjoyed hearing your use of all the beach toys, floats, chairs and umbrellas that we share with all our guests! Just load up the large wagon we have and take everything you need to have a fun day at the beach:) Happy you were able to take advantage of the free shuttle our gated community offers to get you quickly to the beach. We look forward to share our home again with you for another relaxing vacation in the future!

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Nell G

Family Fun    May 28, 2016

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Our family of 11, ages 2 to 64, enjoyed a week's stay at Secret Paradise. The house was clean, and we enjoyed its proximity to the community pools and the beach. The community's beach pavilion was definitely a bonus! Initially, we were concerned about the distance to the beach, but it was a quick walk or we could ride the tram which passed by frequently. The community is safe and quiet, and it is close to various attractions and restaurants in Destin. The kitchen was well equipped, and we cooked several evenings and grilled out one evening. We had no problems throughout the week, and Linda was very easy to work with.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

I am glad you took advantage of the free beach tram that our neighborhood has to offer:) Emerald Shores is the only neighborhood in Destin that has a beach pavilion as our private beach access with bathrooms, snack bar and rinse showers. Happy you found our home and neighborhood had all the conveniences you needed to enjoy your week!

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Heather D

Simply Fantastic    Apr 02, 2016

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We stayed a week recently and everyone was blown away by the place. And the owners were an absolute dream to work with. Never have I had such a relaxing vacation. Great location. We all felt very safe and secure. And that's important when you're somewhere new. Highly recommended.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Our guests having a relaxing vacation is our number one goal! We are happy you enjoyed your stay in our beach home Secret Paradise. Our gated community of Emerald Shores is very family friendly and happy you felt right at home. We hope our home becomes an annual destination for your group ad if your group traveling is smaller next time keep in mind we offer a smaller property also located in Emerald Shores:)

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Melissa H

Fantastic Vacation!    Mar 26, 2016

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As soon as you walked in the door of this home you automatically feel that you are on vacation. The home was beautifully decorated. The kitchen is stocked with everything that you can think of from slow cookers, griddles, spices, storage containers, platters, wine glasses etc. The home is located in a beautiful gated community with two pools- one of them was heated. You are a short walk to the beach- which made it easy to go back and forth. The home is also well stocked for items for the beach from sand toys, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. They are easy to take to the beach with the wagon provided. We rented bikes from bikes r us for $35 a week. Even took the bikes to the winery- right down the road. It was fun riding bikes up and down the board walk. There are lots of sidewalks near by. You are within walking distances to many restaurants- Captain Dave's, Pompano Joe's, Kenny D's to name a few. I would highly recommend this house and working with the owner Linda. She is responsive to all your questions.

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Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Sounds like you had a great time at our beach home Secret Paradise and enjoyed all the extras we provide in the kitchen and back closet filled with beach items to share:) Our family also enjoys going to the winery and riding bikes along the beach and happy to hear you took advantage of this activity too! Keep in mind we have a smaller property Simply Paradise, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home also located in Emerald Shores in case your group traveling is smaller next time. Looking forward to your return visit!

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Bernie H

Family vacation    Mar 26, 2016

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The home was very clean and welcoming. Convenient location to the beach and local businesses. Enjoyed the heated pool and close proximity to the beach. Our adult children and grandchildren felt comfortable and safe in this community. I would recommend this home to anyone who was looking for a clean, well stocked, roomy home for a family vacation. The owners were very friendly and available for any questions. We are already planning our next years vacation to the beautiful Destin, FL area. Bernie H.