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Selah by the Sea - Emerald Shores , Destin Area, Florida Vacation Rental by Owner

Emerald Shores, Destin Area Vacation Rental House

  •  713-469-2100
    09:00 am - 07:00 pm
    Central Time Zone (UTC-06:00)

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Last Updated: 02/24/2020

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Selah By The Sea - Walk to the beach Emerald Shores Community

"SELAH BY THE SEA", formerly known as "Return To The Sea" is a cozy beach villa in gated Emerald Shores community of upscale caribbean styled homes in a lush tropical setting. A coded private beach pavillion for owners and guests with cabana, restrooms, fresh water showers, beach chairs/umbrella service. This Home can be reserved with our other property "HIDDEN GEM BY THE SEA" if you need space for additional family members or friends.  Both homes are within feet of eachother.

Home is only a 3-4 minute stroll to the soft sugar white sand beach and crystal clear water or hop on the private free tram/shuttle! Large wagon for beach gear transporting available. Additional Emerald Shores amenities include two heated pools, a tennis court, shuffle board and basketball.

Armband Policy is in effect from 3/14/20 - 10/17/20  20.00 per home to be paid cash only at the private beach pavilion.

Vacationing here is an annual, sometimes two to three times a year event for many families and friends! You should come too! Once you come, you'll want to come again and again! Some people make this their home away from home after just one visit! Come see why! 

We all need a chance to pause and reflect on the beauty all around us. To see life more simply and live life more richly. This is Selah Life By The Sea.

We appreciate you taking the time to view our home. Please call us at 713-469-2100 or e-mail if you have questions. If you choose to stay with us, we are confident you will love our home and have a great time here at the beach! 

PS:  To read more reviews on both our properties and sign up for our newsletter please go to our website


Departure Clean: $135.00

Taxes: 12.00%

Accidental damage insurance: $49.00

Pet Fee - 1 : $150.00 Optional

Pet fee - 2 : $250.00 Optional


We allow pets 25 lbs and under no shed/low shed - 1 pet 150.00 -2 pets 250.00 - No puppies. 
Non-refundable damage insurance in lieu of collecting a large refundable security deposit.
Armband policy in effect required by HOA during peak season - 20.00 cash per home for armbands
From Memorial day through mid August weekly rate only. We are a Sat to Sat rental, hower we can sometimes add additional day that may be needed. (Weddings, Tournaments, etc.)

Check-In Time:   4:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 10:00 AM


Bedroom Setup
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
Dining Room
  • Dining Table
  • Eat in Counter
  • Formal Dining Room
Barbecue - Grills
  • Private Gas Grill
  • Gas Grill
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk in Shower
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk-in Closet
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • Single Level - No Stairs
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Big Screen TV
  • Boating
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Minature Golf
  • Scuba
  • Snorkling
  • Swimming
  • Television
  • TV/DVD
  • Board Games
  • Reading Library
  • Linens Included
  • No Smoking
  • Pets On Request
  • Pet Friendly
  • Vacuum
  • 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
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Restaurants
  • Driveway
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 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
  • 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
  • Horseback riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Live Entertainment
  • Movie Theatre
  • Outlet Stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Walking Tours
  • Area Golf
Near by Attractions
  • Near Golf
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shopping
Recommended for
  • Adventure Trip
  • Beach Rentals
  • Children Retreat
  • Golf
  • Long Term Rentals
  • Romantic
30A-Beaches-South Walton Activities
  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Topsail Beach State Preserve
  • Grayton Beach State Park
  • Seaside Beach
  • Rosemary Beach
  • Camp Helen State Park
  • Kitchenique
  • Emerald Coast Pedal Tours
  • Timpoochee Trail
  • Fusion Art Glass Gallery
  • Blue Mountain Beach
  • Deer Lake State Park
  • Goatfeathers Seafood Market
  • YOLO Board and Bike
  • Grand Boulevard
  • Surfside Spa
  • Fishy Booty Charters
  • Santa Rosa Golf Club
  • SunQuest Cruises
  • Emerald Coast Wine Cellars
30A-Beaches-South Walton Restaurants
  • The Bay
  • Cafe Thirty-A
  • Great Southern Cafe
  • Fish Out of Water
  • Basmati's Asian Cuisine
  • Bud & Alley's
  • Bijoux
  • The Red Bar
  • Restaurant Paradis
  • Cowgirl Kitchen
  • Marie's Bistro
  • George's At Alys Beach
  • Borago Restaurant
  • 723 Whiskey Bravo
  • Vue on 30a
  • Christiano's
  • Trebeache
  • Angelina's Pizzeria




Best Beach Vacay Ever!    Jul 20, 2019

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Our host Maria was excellent at communicating-as this was our FIRST experience renting a home for at our vacation spot! She made the process easy. The home was clean and beautifully decorated. The common areas had plenty of space for all 9 of us to lounge, eat and enjoy a movie together. And yet we had the option to have quiet time in the bedroom areas too! This home came well equipped for families! We had 5 kids in our travel party and there were soo many sand playing toys and boogie boards that no one fought. The wagon provided was wonderful-as the walk to the beach carrying all our gear would have been a chore. That wagon allowed the kids to take whatever they wanted PLUS the adults’ chairs. The home is located near a couple malls and plenty of eats, both fine and fast food. Making dinner w kids EASY. The private beach was beautiful! The beach pavilion provided cold drinks and we had access to CLEAN restrooms. There was also a fresh water wash out station too! Our two families (total of 9 people) had a stress free stay. We were truly sad to leave and hope to return.


Thomas And Ruth Ann Hess

Memories    Jan 26, 2019

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Maria and Billy are excellent hosts. Maria was very quick to respond to every single message we sent her. Their home “ Selah by the Sea “ is absolutely perfect ...a home away from home. The kitchen is well equipped with everything, even a crockpot. The tv is Toms favorite. This is our second year staying in this wonderful home. It is a short walk to the beach. Thankful for the beach pavilion. We really like that Dollar General is soooo close for any item we might need. The community is quiet and perfect. All who stay here will be blessed by a wonderful home in a wonderful gated community.


wayne S.

Selah by the Sea was amazing!    Dec 22, 2018

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Our experience at Selah By the Sea was amazing. The home was clean and comfortable. Quiet and friendly neighborhood with activities nearby. We really enjoyed the 5 minute walk to the neighborhood’s private beach. Maria was also a great host, she communicated well throughout the process helping to create a great experience for check in and check out. We will definitely be visiting again!


Teresa Y.

The house is absolutely beautiful    Dec 03, 2018

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The house is absolutely beautiful. It is very spacious, clean, modern and very functional. The home had a TV in every room, the kitchen had every item you can possible need to make a meal. She even supplies board games, cards and pamphlets to help you know what the area has to offer. I was very happy and pleased to stay in this beach home. I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed.


Adam P.

This place is truly great!    Sep 30, 2018

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This place is truly great!! The house has an awesome layout, very clean, 10 min walk to the beach, and lots of useful items such as a wagon and chairs for the beach. I felt extremely safe and am so glad I found this place. Thank you so much Maria for the terrific place and great hospitality!!



Super Cute and convenient to pool/beach    Aug 26, 2018

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This house/neighborhood is super cute and convenient to the pool/beach! Would highly recommend staying here :)



This place was super cute & conveniently close to the beach    Aug 23, 2018

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This place was super cute & conveniently close to the beach.. about a 5 minute walk! Access to a wagon ice chest chairs and umbrellas was very nice !! Would def recommend! Only 15-20mins to awesome restaurants & bars! Good people own this place, you wont be disappointed!



Absolutely Gorgeous    Jul 07, 2018

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Maria is an excellent host. She was very quick to respond to every single message I sent her. Selah by the Sea is absolutely gorgeous, cozy, perfect home away from home. It is a short walk to the beach. The community was quiet and perfect. We loved our 7 day stay. ”



Such a beautiful Home    Apr 12, 2018

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Such a beautiful home! We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return. Thank you :)



We enjoyed our stay at Selah by the Sea    Apr 05, 2018

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We enjoyed our stay at Selah by the Sea. It was clean with a lot of helpful items at the house to lighten our packing load. The screened in patio was a great place for the kids to play in the evenings while the adults visited in the living room. It was in a great location, not too far of a walk to the beach and super close to the pools. We would definitely return to this house in the future. 



Location is fantastic!    Mar 31, 2018

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Our family enjoyed our stay very much. The location was fantastic as it was a more relaxed and family friendly vibe than other places in the general area of Destin we explored. The home was decorated lovely and very clean. Next time, we wouldn’t pack as much as just about everything you would need for the beach was available (cooler, wagon, chairs, umbrella, boogie boards, toys, etc). My family’s Indiana skin was especially thankful for the available aloe. We spent most of our time on the beach as it was a short walk and absolutely beautiful. I would recommend walking there at sunset to watch the stingrays surf the waves. We also saw dolphins while swimming during the day. Maria was super friendly and made us feel welcome. I would recommend her place and we hope to return sooner than later! 


Tasha J.

Heaven by the Sea    Oct 12, 2017

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We loved everything about this place! From the "at-home" feeling you get when you walk inside this glorious place to the inspirational signs throughout the space. All the rooms where private and had plenty of space for my family and my wedding party. There was a nice company renting beach furniture when we arrived on the beach. There's plenty of beach supplies at the house but we didn't realize that until we were looking for a vaccum on the day of check out. However, this place does not disappoint! You will adore staying here and you will not be disappointed. We intend on returning at least once a year! Maria is also extremely helpful and she checks in on you after you get settled. Loved that!



House was even better than expected    Aug 29, 2017

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House was even better than expected! Checkin was extremely simple and Maria was very easy to communicate with. Gated neighborhood with a 7 minute walk to private section of the beach. Layout of the house is great and allows for extra privacy. Fenced in backyard was ideal for having a pet. There is also a large screened in area for the occasional thunderstorm viewing! Would highly recommend and will be back!


C. Steiner

Perfect for a beach vacation!    May 20, 2017

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Maria's house looks exactly how it is presented. A beautiful home with a great style, perfect for a beach vacation. We had 6 adults and 2 children and it was perfect for all our needs. Separation when needed and a large patio and living room to fit us all. The neighborhood was family friendly, everyone around was so nice, but i think it's impossible to be mean in a beautiful place like Destin! Our neighborhood had two pools that were perfect for when the beach had big waves. A huge blessing was that we could walk to Dollar General to get pretty much anything. We cooked a lot of our own food in the house which saved us a lot of money, and the house had everything we needed! The walk to the beach was very easy, and the house supplied us with a wagon to get chairs and toys to and from the beach. All in all, we had an amazing trip and I can't thank Maria enough for being a wonderful host! 



The house was beautiful    May 03, 2017

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Maria is such a great host! The house was so beautiful and it was everything that the pictures showed and more! Maria is such a beautiful person and it felt like I knew her even though we'd never met. We will definitely come back to emerald shores' Selah by the Sea!


S. Schriner

Perfect Location    Apr 01, 2017

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Selah by the Sea is located in Emerald Shores development and might be the perfect location. Walkable to the beach, a great mix of folks of all ages, with a secluded feel that belies the activity of the are. Two nice pools but an easy walk to the beach. Drivable to any main activity. The house itself has the perfect layout for a variety of family styles. A master bedroom and bath in the main part of the house with s screen porch connecting a suite of two other bedrooms and a bath--perfect for either friends or extended family. There are lots of extras (cooker, wagon, chairs, etc) that make the packing load much lighter. An easy place to keep organized and was very clean. We will definitely consider for a return trip!!


Jennifer D.

Excellent Beach House    Sep 10, 2016

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It has an excellent location, it feels cozy and the house has everything you could possibly need. Highly recommended.


Katie P

Great Home    Jul 01, 2016

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Selah by the Sea was a very nice home. It was roomy, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Beds were comfy and patios and porch nice. Great beach area with small bar and good food available right at the beach. Good cooler and 2 wagons also beach chairs available at home. Pools were very nice. Owner was very easy to work with and very nice. We would definitely stay here again.


Pat N.

Everything Is Wonderful !!    Feb 01, 2016

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From the moment we made contact to become renters, Maria was so lovely and gracious. She got back to us immediately and allowed us to see her beautiful cottage in the fall. We knew from the pictures how refreshing and comfortable SELAH by the Sea was, but when we got here and started to unwind, it felt like our home away from home. The cottage is so well equipped. We want for. Noth. I love the back, fully fenced courtyard as well as the screened in porches on cooler days. We will most certainly be back to this great vacation spot!!! It will not disappoint you if you are thinking about SELAH for your Destin vacation!! Thank you so much for having us as your guests, Maria. We love it here

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