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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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Last Updated: 10/20/2019


Secret Paradise - Emerald Shores, Luxury 3 story home! 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 upgraded furnishings including a 52" HDTV, dining area with solid wood table for eight and fully equipped gourmet kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry with corian counters with 5 bar stools for countertop dining. Kitchen also has a door to the back covered patio with a propane grill to extend outside dining. There are NO steps on the first floor and home has three entry ways for easy access.

The spacious first floor tropical themed master bedroom boasts a KING size carved wood poster bed, 32 inch TV, and DVD player. Attached is a NEWLY renovated full bath with oversized shower. The upgrades include new vanity, granite counters, new sink, all new faucets, new shower doors and all new wood look porcelian tile flooring throughtout the bathroom and Master bedroom. The first floor also has a full laundry room with deep sink, iron, ironing board, drying rack, and door to front porch. We also include the laundry detergent. A half bath with a designer vessel sink, granite and new 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 NEWLY renovated full bath with all NEW double sinks, vanity, granite, tile flooring, and shower doors to the tub with shower combination. One room features KING size bedroom suit, flat screen TV, DVD player, French doors to large covered porch, large closet. Additional bedroom has TWO TWIN beds and a QUEEN sleeper sofa (new premium sleeper mattrice 2015) 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 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 Wi-Fi, local phone, multiple TVs, DVD players, cable TV. The home has 4 large covered porches for relaxing and enjoying your stay. A propane grill is offered. 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 dual ac units. 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”! 


cleaning fee: $200.00

Payment policy:

We require 50% down at time of booking and the final balance is due 60 days before your arrival

Check-In Time:   4:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 9:00 AM


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
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower/Tub Combo
  • Walk in Shower
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
  • 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
  • Board Games
  • Reading Library
  • Linens Included
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Smoking outside only
  • Telephone
  • Voicemail
  • Vacuum
  • Home
  • Pack and Play
  • High Chairs
  • Online Booking
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
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Ironing Board
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Utensils
  • Crock Pot
Outside Living
  • BBQ Grill
  • Community Pool
  • Outside Shower
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs Provided
  • Driveway
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Boat Rental Available
  • Marina
  • Pier


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
  • Dolphin Cruise Aboard the Original Sea Blaster
  • Wet N' Wild Watersports Parasailing
  • Mobile Massage Therapy
  • Destin Harbor Private Sailing Excursion
  • Horseback Trail Rides
  • Waverunner Rentals w/ Wet N' WIld
  • Destin Snorkeling Excursion
  • Bart Rockett Magic Theater
  • Shark Fishing Charter with Reel Deal Charters
  • Shark Fishing Charter
  • Reel Deal Charters
  • Waverunner Rental/Wet N Wild
  • Wet N Wild Parasailing
  • Wet N Wild Watersports Parasailing
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Original Sea Blaster
  • Destin harbor
  • Private Sailing Excursion
  • Gator Country Alligator Park
  • Hydrojet Thrill Ride
  • Hydrojet Thrill Ride
  • Destin Float Spa Experience
  • 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 Back Porch
  • 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
  • Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack
  • 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
  • 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


Jennifer S

Perfect House    Apr 01, 2017

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!

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!!


Great Home To Rent !    Jul 01, 2016

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.


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:)

Susan D

Wonderful Stay !!    Jun 10, 2016

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!

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!

Nell G

Family Fun    May 28, 2016

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.

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!

Heather D

Simply Fantastic    Apr 02, 2016

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.

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:)

Melissa H

Fantastic Vacation!    Mar 26, 2016

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.

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!

Bernie H

Family vacation    Mar 26, 2016

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.

Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

We take pride in our beach home, Secret Paradise, and always strive to be sure our home is clean and well stocked for our guests! Happy you found the location of our home convenient:) One of the 2 pools offered in our gated community is always heated seasonally and happy this was a feature your family enjoyed. We look forward to your return.


Wonderful Experience & Beautiful Home    Aug 22, 2015

My family recently visited Secret Paradise and we were just astonished when we first walked through the door. We arrived with 5 Adults and 3 children (under the age of 5) and the house had something for everyone. First off, I want to start by saying the house was VERY CLEAN! I have rented many homes over the years and I truly believe this one was the best I have ever rented. The house is HUGE and it allows for everyone to have their own space. The kids absolutely loved the closet of beach toys and other beach accessories. We actually brought some toys along with us and didn't even take them out of the car when we saw how many toys the house had. The house is approx. 5-8 minute walk to the beach (for us it took a little longer because of the kids.) Once you enter the private beach you feel like you are in a tropical paradise. Pictures just don't do Destin justice. The beach was extremely clean with the whitest sand I have ever seen and the water was just delightful. I have never seen such clear, blue, beautiful water in my life! Something that I think is important to mention about Secret Paradise is the location. You are located off of a main strip that allows access to everything from Outlet shopping to the grocery store to many restaurants but the nice thing about where Secret Paradise is located is that it is on what I called the "quieter side of Destin." It truly allows for a relaxing vacation and doesn't have a tourist feel to it. Lastly and most importantly, I can't even begin to praise the owner of the home enough. Linda was wonderful to work with and ALWAYS answered her phone when I called her. She answered every question I had (and there were a lot) and was extremely accommodating. I can't even begin to thank her enough for making this a wonderful vacation for my family. Thanks for allowing us to stay and thanks for your generosity and hospitality. Your house is gorgeous and we are hoping to come back next year and many years after that!

Linda Mlinarcik's reply:

Thank you for all your positive comments! To say our beach home Secret Paradise was "the best I have ever rented" and "VERY CLEAN" made my day! I enjoy answering any and all questions my guests have so I am happy to pick up calls or emails as they arrive:) I truly want to be sure each and every guest has a wonderful vacation and happy to hear yours was great! Our private gated community of Emerald Shores has a quiet relaxing atmosphere but yet close to all the action Destin has to offer and is the main reason we own two properties in this one of a kind neighborhood! Looking forward to hosting your 2016 vacation and years to come!

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