Privately Owned Vacation Rental Properties

  • Follow Us On
  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Find Us on Google+
  • Follow @EmeraldCoastBO on Twitter
  • Follow Us on Instagram

Hidden Gem by the Sea - Walk to Beach, 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)

  • Bedrooms:
  • Bathrooms:
  • Sleeps:
  • House
  • Reviews:
  • Views:

Last Updated: 11/13/2019


Hidden Gem by the Sea - Walk to Beach

"HIDDEN GEM BY THE SEA", formerly known as "Eleuthera" 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 "SELAH BY THE SEA" if you need space for additional family members or friends.  Both homes are within feet of each other.

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.

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 appreciate you taking the time to view our home. Please call  us at 713-469-2100 or e-mail us 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: 11%

Pet Fee (1) : $150.00 Optional

Pet Fee (2): $250.00 Optional

Accidental damage Insurance: $49.00


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
  • 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
  • Shower/Tub Combo
  • Walk in Shower
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi Bathtub
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
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Ski
  • Kayaking
  • Minature Golf
  • Snorkling
  • Swimming
  • Television
  • TV/DVD
  • Reading Library
  • Linens Included
  • No Smoking
  • Pets On Request
  • Pet Friendly
  • Vacuum
  • Home
  • 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
  • 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
  • Private Parking
  • Restaurants
  • Beach Chairs Provided
  • Beach Service Provided
  • Driveway
  • Parking for 2 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
Near by Activities
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Live Entertainment
  • Movie Theatre
  • Outlet Stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Area Golf
Near by Attractions
  • Near Golf
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shopping
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


Brian Richard Wendel

Great Family Get Away    May 31, 2019

My family had an amazing experience staying here over Memorial Day Weekend. We hope we can back down here as soon as possible!

Libby S.

Our stay was perfect    Oct 22, 2018

From the drive into the community, until we had to leave, we were constantly amazed with how perfect our stay was. The community was quaint and picturesque, and we felt at home the moment we walked through the door at Hidden Gem. It was well equipped, sparkling clean, and convenient to everything. We golfed, soaked up the sun on the private beach, went on an amazing dinner/dancing cruise, and spent the day at the spa. My husband and I reconnected! This is the perfect place to stay!!

Taylor C.

Hidden Gem by the Sea is just that!    Oct 18, 2018

Hidden Gem by the Sea is just that! The location is perfectly centered between restaurants, fun activities for the family, and the beach! The two pools are a nice option to have. The house is equipped with everything you could need for the your stay.”

Samantha K.

All the comfort's of home    Oct 04, 2018

“Maria's home was just as described. It is about a 5 minute walk to the beach and Maria provides you a large wagon to haul all your things. The home was very clean and had all the comforts of home. Our family of 4 stayed here comfortably and we would definitely recommend Maria's home to other families.”

Anisha B.

Awesome place to stay!    Aug 31, 2018

Look here guys.... I reeeeaaaaalllly don't wanna share my experience because the selfish side of me wants to keep this HIDDEN GEM all to myself for future use, BUT I'll be nice and share... The home is incredible and the hosts are so thoughtful with all the amenities they offer. They even had a wagon and beach tools to take with you to the beach (umbrellas-2, boogie boards, sand buckets, chairs). The grill outside is easy to use and clean, and the private area outside, allows for an interactive experience while grilling. The home is really tucked away in a small culdesac, but it's still right in the mix to where you can enjoy a book outside on the porch, or literally walk right across the street to the pool. The community is gated, so it limits the access to cars coming through. The beach is right down the street just as advertised (maybe a 5-7 minute walk). The hosts were available to answer questions and offer suggestions MONTHS before our trip and responded quickly during our trip. So if you pass this place up, you're foolish, but that is totally fine with me because that means more available dates for me; and I definitely plan my next trip to Destin to be right there at the HIDDEN GEM! AWESOME PLACE TO STAY!!!

Sc ott

wonderful in every way    Aug 26, 2018

This was the nicest, cleanest, sweetest place we have ever stayed! It was wonderful in every way !


Super cozy and lovely!    Aug 17, 2018

Maria the host is a wonderful!! Not only did she personally reach out to introduce herself but also to give us tips about our visit. Home was super cozy and lovely! I felt as if I was home and loved that it came equipped with just about anything you can think of for a trip down to the beach. We didn’t have any issues with anything in the home and the neighborhood was quiet so that’s a plus! We will be back!


Amazing Time - home even nicer in person    Jul 07, 2018

My family and I stayed here for a week and had an amazing time. Maria was a considerate host who reached out to me by phone ahead of time just to make sure we were all set to stay at the house. When we arrived the house was spotless. The pictures made it look nice, but it was even nicer in person. It’s spacious with a large fully equipped kitchen that we cooked several meals in. We also grilled out steaks and hamburgers on the outdoor grill. The beach is just 5-7 minutes away by foot. The house comes with a wagon that you can use to take your beach supplies with you. There are people driving golf carts around during the day to give you a ride if you want one. The neighborhood is beautifully maintained and felt safe even at night. There’s a large community pool right next to the house but we didn’t use it during our stay. The beach itself is beautiful with white sand and clear water. It was busy, but we never had an issue finding a good spot all week, and the water itself was never crowded. The private pavilion was particularly convenient. The Dollar General next door is in walking distance (4-5 minutes away by foot), which makes it extremely convenient to pick up anything you might have forgotten or need to refresh. We made at least two trips. In short, we had no issues with our stay, the house was exactly as described, and I highly recommend this spot for a family beach vacation.”


A true "Hidden Gem"    Jun 09, 2018

Maria was great to work with, and the house was well represented. Hidden Gem was a great stay for our family of four. Close to great restaurants, a secure well maintained community, and right next to the most beautiful beaches in Florida! Thanks again Maria - we'll be back!


Wonderful!    May 16, 2018

This place is so lovely. Better than the photos. It was so clean. Comfortable. Wonderful! Loved everything about it. I truly recommend it!


Community so friendly    May 07, 2018

Maria was fantastic. Everything was adorable and well planned out. Lots of referrals while there, and the community is so friendly!


Accommodations and location awesome    May 03, 2018

The accommodations were great and the location is awesome. Just a short walk to the beach with a private gated entrance. Having beach chairs and an umbrella available for us to use at the beach is a really nice touch so guests only have to bring their own towels and lotion, etc. Overall it was a great, relaxing experience. It was just what we were hoping for!


Perfect long weekend!    Apr 12, 2018

Our quick stay for a long weekend was perfect! Short walk to the beach, nearby walkable restaurants, and felt very safe with security code access


We loved staying here    Mar 26, 2018

We loved staying here. The pictures matched the house, and it was great to have outdoor space for the kids to run around. Maria was very communicative and answered all our questions quickly. The neighborhood the house is in is family-friendly and offers a nice break from the busy-ness of the beach and Destin itself. We hope to come back the next time we go to Destin!


Perfect getaway to celebrate 25th Anniversary!    Mar 23, 2018

Hidden gem was the perfect getaway for my husband and I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It’s private yet still close to everything you could need. You feel very at home and cozy. I love the decor and all of the special touches. This home is EXCEPTIONALLY clean!! We will definitely be back!! Maria, the owner, was quick at responding with any an all questions I had.


Location absolutely perfect    Mar 16, 2018

This location is absolutely perfect. Walking distance to beach and all pools. Awesome dollar general right next door for all needs! Very safe and secluded, yet very close to restaurants and shops!


Very convenient to beach    Mar 11, 2018

The home was surprisingly large, and very convenient to the beach and other attractions in Destin. We would recommend this home for other families traveling to the area.


Vibrant Community and Private beach access fantastic!    Mar 04, 2018

We decided to take our two girls on a beach vacation for the first time.  I am so happy that we made the decision to book the Hidden Gem by the Sea. Plenty of room to spread out with our kids, very clean, vibrant community, and the private beach access is fantastic! Will be booking again in the future.

Jeremy T.

Amazing Time!    Oct 14, 2017

Our family had an amazing time staying at "Hidden Gem." Maria's home is in a safe and well kept community, and it's central to everything in Destin (beaches, restaurants, shopping, activities). The house was stocked with all the essentials and more (beach chairs and umbrellas, a wagon to take everything to the beach, a cooler, a grill). Having access to the private community shelter on the beach was also a nice plus. To top it all off, Maria communicated extremely well throguhout the process. We will definitely be back in the future.


We absolutely Loved staying at the Hidden Gem!    Aug 28, 2017

We absolutely loved staying at the Hidden Gem. It was the perfect size for my family of 6. It's close walk to the beach and there's a wagon on the patio to haul your towels and sandcastle making materials to and from the beach. It's very close to the community swimming pool. Maria was super awesome communicating with me every step of the way. We will definitely return!


Paradise    Aug 22, 2017

That's the right interpretation of the word Paradise. What a lovely house in a great neighborhood where everything is available and up to your expectations. My family and I enjoyed every single moment of that great time that we had there.

Angela Hunt

We enjoyed our stay!    Jul 08, 2017

We enjoyed our stay! The community was very quiet and the atmosphere was homey. The house is tucked into a corner of a cul-de-sac and is very shaded. We walked to the beach, however, there is a driver and a golf cart that circles and will pick you up if you want a ride (you will still walk some because the cart doesn't go all the way to the beach). We walked to Captian Dave's and Pompano Joes for dinner. We also walked to Dollar General for more sun screen. Pompano Joes was over half a mile and Captain Dave's and Dollar General were about a quarter mile. We brought our badminton set and tennis rackets from home to use on the tennis court that is available. This resulted in an epic family tournament! We didn't realize that Maria had an outside storage unit with beach chairs and umbrellas until the last day. We had already gone to the store to purchase those items, so check the shed outside first! The private beach was very nice and clean with bathrooms and a snack area. Also located there was kayak and paddleboard rentals along with beach chair and umbrella rentals. The private beach allows personal umbrellas and tents but you need to place them behind the rental ones. This was not a problem and did not seem inconvenient. At the pavilion, there are steps (about 10) down to the beach with no ramp. The beach warning flag that was the closest was to the east. The ocean conditions flag (yellow for us) was very visible, however, the smaller one that was attached to it (placed under) was not very visible so please look closely to determine if there is another smaller flag under the larger one. Maria has posted on the refrigerator a flag guide and it came in handy during our stay. The home itself is nicely furnished and very comfortable. We had 5 adults total and we did not feel crowded as there was plenty of space for everyone. We did not use the pools that were available as it was just too easy to get to the beach. However, the pool located in the center of the community and across the cul-de-sac from the house was the largest and the busiest (busiest but not busy- no more than 15 people max were ever there). We did walk a lot (our choice) but other families did bring bikes or rented bikes locally and were using those to get around the community and the neighborhood by the beach so that is an option. There is a nice wide bicycle/sidewalk trail along the beach that we used to get to the restaurants. Overall our vacation was great. We relaxed, we laughed, and we had a great time.


House Was Perfect    Jun 03, 2017

The house was perfect and we were pleasantly surprised at the location and convenience to restaurants and the beach. We would highly recommend this house and this neighborhood to our friends. We had a great vacation in Destin!


Amazing!    May 22, 2017

This place is AMAZING! Quiet neighborhood, close to the beach, and right in the middle of everything!! Beautiful and spacious villa! 

L. Midkiff

We had a wonderful Stay!    May 13, 2017

We had a wonderful stay! The house was very clean and well appointed with necessary amenities. The house was perfect for my family of four. The walk to the beach was only a few minutes and the pool was just steps away. Our host, Maria, was fantastic. I definitely recommend this place. 


We had the best time!    Apr 20, 2017

We spent 5 days here and we had the best time!!! Close walk to the beach and a quick drive to great restaurants. The house is more private than I thought it would be from the pictures. I would recommend it to a friend and stay here again! 

M. Smith

Hidden Gem was incredible    Mar 27, 2017

Maria's "hidden gem" was incredible. We found everything we need at her house. The place in person was beyond the pictures. Everything was clean when we entered, and whenever I needed to communicate with Maria, she responded back quickly. My friends and I wanted to avoid the spring breakers and I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Destin. We weren't far from the beach, and it was exactly what we needed! I recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a relaxed, calm and fun place to stay!

J. Livingston

Perfect House and Great Location    Mar 13, 2017

Our experience was amazing! Perfect house on a great location and a short walk to the beach.

Leighann Jack

We really enjoyed our vacation here!    Mar 04, 2017

“I stayed here with 7 of my friends and we all LOVED the house. It was clean, well stocked, and gave a nice beach feel. It had an outdoor area, a nice living room with a tv for relaxing, and a big kitchen where we were able to cook most our meals. We spent a good deal of our time in the heated pool since the ocean was a bit chilly, but the beach is just a short walk away. The neighborhood felt very safe, friendly, and relaxed. There's a Dollar General in walking distance, and anything else you need is just a short drive.Maria was a great host as well. We really appreciated how responsive, kind, and helpful she was. We really enjoyed our vacation here.”