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Worth The Wait - Miramar Beach, Destin Area, Florida Vacation Rental by Owner

Tops'l Beach and Racquet Resort, Destin Area Vacation Rental Townhome

Melanie & Brad Ellsworth
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Last Updated: 01/27/2022

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Well-appointed Coastal Retreat!

Come relax and enjoy the stunning Emerald Coast and wiggle your toes in the soft, sugar white sand just a short 12 min walk (or 5 min. free shuttle) from our 2-story end unit townhouse in the gorgeous gated beachfront TOPS'L Beach & Tennis Resort. This well-appointed, coastal-designed 3BR/2BA townhome sleeps 8 adults and has all you need for a memorable beach getaway!  Our location is ideal for those looking for the quieter side of the emerald coast with much less traffic. TOPS'L is the last resort before the state park, so the beach is also much less crowded.  We're a short 10 min. drive from the outlet mall, and 5 min. from restaraunts, groceries, Starbucks, Grand Boulevard, and a 15 min. drive to all the fun on 30A!

We've thought of everything to make your vacation carefree and relaxing, including all of the amenities you'd find in your own home.  Our beds are comfy with crisp white bedding and plenty of fluffy pillows to get a good night's sleep, along with upgraded ceiling fans in each bedroom. Our linens are changed after every rental so you're always sleeping with newly laundered sheets & comforters!
  • King 2nd floor MBR - 55' smart TV, closet & 2 dressers; USB charges in the lamps, ironing board, iron, steamer, clothes drying rack; 43" desk, chair, and 27" LED monitor (please bring your adapter for HDMI cord). 
  • Queen 1st floor BR - 42" TV, closet, armoire, & USB chargers, ensuite bath
  • Full/Queen adult-ready bunk BR - 42" TV, reading lights on beds, drawers, & USB chargers
  • Upgraded trampoline support Queen sleeper sofa in the living room, and USB charges in both lamps
  • Pack n' Play for the little one
The two full bathrooms on each floor have updated dual vanities, large walk-in showers and private bathrooms with plenty of room to move around.  We also provide shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel in each shower for your convenience. There's a full size washer and dryer on the first floor for any laundry needs, and we provide starter supplies like paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher tabs, laundry detergent & dryer sheets.  We've been renters for many years and know that the little things are appreciated!

The modern kitchen boasts plenty of gorgeous soft-close cabinets with all of the essentials (and many "extras") to make a huge breakfast, lunch for the kiddos, or a full dinner for your group. 
  • Stainless appliances, granite countertops, and motion-sensor under-cabinet lighting, and a breakfast bar that seats 4
  • Place settings for up to 10, beverage & wine glasses, koozies, cold-cup tumblers for the beach, kid's cups, dishes, bowls & plastic utensils
  • Separate coffee bar area with mugs, a Keurig brewer, and plenty of storage for extras.  We also provide starter coffee pods, stirrers, and sweetener
  • The chef in the group will have heavy duty pots and pans, a huge griddle, Cuisinart bread/bagle toaster, crockpot, Ninja blender for the pina's and daquiris, waffle maker, and a hand mixer for baking!
  • We've included baking pans as well for Monkey Bread or cupcakes.
  • Portable high chair for the little one

After a day at the beach, grill some burgers or steak on the infrared gas grill out on the back patio while playing a game of cornhole (we provide), and enjoy a family dinner with seating for 6 at the table and 4 more at the breakfast bar. Later, cozy around the 65" smart TV with the family and watch a movie on Netflix or Prime on our high speed network, or pull out one of the games or books in the entertainment cabinet, that doubles as an electric fireplace in the winter months!  Bring your Alexa or Google devices and listen to your favorite playlists, or fall asleep to your favorite sounds.

When it comes to enjoying the beach, we've got you covered there also! With 6 backpack-style beach chairs, and two upgraded sand beach umbrellas, enjoy the best part of the resort - it's beachfront! Pack it all up in the foldable wagon and fill the wheeled cooler we provide, and take a short 12 min. walk to the 600 ft. of private beach down a dedicated sidewalk.  If you'd rather ride than walk, the free resort shuttle picks up right at our driveway and drops you off at the beach entrance.  We've got beach toys for the kids, and we provide 6 beach towels for your use as well. You won't find all this in most other rentals!

Within the TOPS'L resort, you get access to the gorgeous beachfront pool and deck, Blue Dunes Grille and Bar, Topspin bistro just 3 min from our front door; mini-golf course (clubs at the Summit front desk), half basketball court, shuffleboard, tennis courts, and most importantly, 600 ft. of private sugar white sand beach!  For those guests who want to use the fitness center (Club) with steam room, hot tub, sauna, and indoor/outdoor pool, a 3-day or 5-day guess pass can be provided for an additional $45/day (3-day min.) upon arrival when checking in at the Club. You just need to pack your swimsuit & clothes and you're all set!

Our property manager is local, which ensures that should anything arise during your stay, you've got folks available to you at all times to get it resolved.  You must be 25 years old to reserve our vacation home, and you must be present for the duration of the stay. No more than 3 guests under 21 per each adult over 25. All arriving guests will need to check in at the Guest Registration office just before the security gates.

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From/To Nightly Weekend Weekly Monthly Min Nights
$275.00 -- $1,900.00 $2,800.00 4
$350.00 -- $2,400.00 -- 5
$350.00 -- $2,400.00 -- 4
$450.00 -- $3,100.00 -- 5
$325.00 -- $2,200.00 -- 4
$275.00 -- $1,900.00 $3,000.00 4

Cleaning Fee: $250.00

Refundable Damage Deposit: $500.00

Florida Taxes : 12.00%

Administrative Fee: $150.00

3-Day Fitness Club Pass: $135.00 Optional

5-Day Fitness Club Pass: $225.00 Optional

Fees, Payment & Cancelation Policy:

We require 50% of your total amount to secure dates. Any balance is due no later than 30 days prior to arrival date, (in FULL If you reserve <30 days of your arrival). The security deposit will be refunded within 5 business days of your departure, pending review of the property & amenities for damage/missing items during your stay. 
Cancelations are covered in detail in all invoices we send you, so please read carefully and consider trip insurance if needed.

Check-In Time:   4:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 10:00 AM


Bedroom Setup
  • 1 Bunk Bed
  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 1 Full Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
Dining Room
  • Dining Table
  • Eat in Counter
  • Formal Dining Room
Barbecue - Grills
  • Community Charcoal Grill
  • Private Gas Grill
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk in Shower
  • Freestanding Bathtub
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
  • Balcony/Patio off Master
  • Skylight
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Big Screen TV
  • Boating
  • Cable TV
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Ski
  • Kayaking
  • Minature Golf
  • Snorkling
  • Stereo
  • Swimming
  • Television
  • Smart T.V.
  • Netflix
  • Board Games
  • Reading Library
  • Linens Included
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Vacuum
  • Fitness Center
  • Townhouse
  • Pack and Play
  • High Chairs
  • Online Booking
  • Managed By Owner
  • Managed by Property Manager
Home Office
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Blender
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Utensils
  • Water Filter
  • Crock Pot
  • Keurig
Outside Living
  • BBQ Grill
  • Community Pool
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Restaurants
  • Indoor pool
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs Provided
  • Beachfront
  • Hot Tub/Heated Spa
  • Covered
  • Driveway
  • On Street
  • Parking Available
  • 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
  • Adventure Trip
  • Beach Rentals
  • Golf
  • 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 Bike 19 Mile Bike Path
  • Big Daddy's Bike Rental
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
  • Vue on 30a
  • Christiano's
  • Trebeache
  • Angelina's Pizzeria
  • Nick's on the Beach
  • The Creamery
  • La Loba's Bakery




Amazing family vacation!    Jul 27, 2021

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We had amazing vacation at Worth the Wait! The townhome is gorgeous and has everything you will need during your stay. It was very clean and decorated perfectly! The shuttle comes straight to your door and drops off right at the pool/beach which was perfect for our family as we had two small children and lots of items to take with us. The pool overlooks the beach and has a gorgeous view. We loved the pool grill and bar. The food and drinks were amazing. The location was great and so much to do within a short drive. We can’t wait to come back again soon!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Brooke, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so happy that you and the family were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation at the beach and had the opportunity to take advantage of the resort amenities. We loved the photos you tagged our home in and we were so happy to see Jaxon meeting with TOPS'L turtle!! You and the family are welcome back anytime.



Will Stay Again ASAP!!    Jul 24, 2021

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My daughter and I loved our stay at Worth the Wait! The home was beautiful, clean, stocked, and more than we could have hoped for! We never left Tops’l premise! The restaurants, beach shuttle, and pools were all we needed for our long weekend. I am already looking at dates to book again!!!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Shawn, thank you for such great feedback! We’re thrilled you both had a wonderful trip and really enjoyed all that the house and the resort offer. We’re excited to have you back anytime!!


Rachel Tygum

Best of the best, and definitely worth the wait!    Jul 18, 2021

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My family truly enjoyed our entire stay at your townhome this summer. The entire place was fully stocked, from the extra touches in bathrooms to the fully stocked kitchen, from the blankets in the living room to toys for the beach! The shuttle came within minutes after our call and drove us directly to the beach. Service that can't be beat! We enjoyed lunch at the Blue Dunes Grill most days, and cooked breakfast and dinner at the townhome. Our 3 children enjoyed the poolside activities, bringing home wonderful mementos of our time in Florida such as tie dyed t-shirts, stuffed animals, and handmade necklaces. Having 3 bedrooms meant that everyone had their own private space to relax. It was a wonderful time and we will surely be back!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Thank you for the wonderful review, Rachel! We’re so happy that your family enjoyed the house and all of the resort amenities and will have memories for a lifetime. We can’t wait to hear from you for your next vacation at the beach!


Claudia Contreras

It was definitely WORTH THE WAIT!    Jun 29, 2021

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It was our 1st time visiting Florida and it was most definitely Worth The Wait on this full equipped townhome. Our 3 day stay was awesome with all the included amenities. Beds are support comfortable! It also provides the beach chairs, umbrella, rolling cooler, etc.... Everything needed to go to the beach! Many shopping stores and restaurants nearby. I will most definitely be booking with them again for next summer!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Claudia, thank you for such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that your first Florida visit was with us and it was such a memorable event. We hope to see you again soon!



So Worth Wait    May 30, 2021

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Relaxing~ beautiful design work~ Felt like we were in a full size home! Nothing overlooked~ beds were SO comfortable, with quality linens resulting in quality sleep in dark rooms with great A/C . Equipped with everything you need for stay! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Deborah, Thank you for such kind words! We are so happy you & the family enjoyed your stay and that it gave you an opportunity to relax and recharge! We look forward to hosting you again for your next visit to the beach!


Brad Schwermin

Brad    May 23, 2021

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Your place is amazing! We all loved every minute of it and our stay. You seriously did and great job with the remodel and decore, so much we had to stop at Retail Therapy on the way home to grab a piece of art and some star fish. You guys thought of everything and i mean everything. Any time i thought oh shoot i forgot this or that all i had to do was look one spot and there it was. Example - kids board games and books. Everything was so comfortable and so much fun. We definitely spent tons of time at the beach and beach pool (Sooo beautiful and fun). We can't wait for another trip, we are hooked on the area for sure now! Thanks again, your place made the trip pretty memorable for us and the kiddos!

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Brad & Stephanie, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We're so thrilled that you and the kiddos has such a memorable time and that it really was worth the wait! We're glad that all of the little "extras" were appreciated - that's what we were going for. We would love to host you again on your next trip and keep the tradition going!



Wonderful    May 16, 2021

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The townhouse was very comfortable, spacious, and beautifully decorated. It had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. We appreciated all the beach supplies that was available to use. The owners were very accommodating and quick to answers any questions we had. Hope to return in the future.

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Melanie & Brad Ellsworth's reply:

Robbie, We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and would love to have your family back again in the future! Thanks for your wonderful review.


No. Our HOA only allows for owners' registered pets.  No pets of any kind are allowed in the unit or in the resort.

To ensure all of our guests enjoy the same benefits and amenities of our rental home, we require a security deposit for any damages or missing items after your rental period. We will happily refund your security deposit within 5 business days of departure after our property manager does their check-out reveiw.
Yes! We have a granddaughter of our own, so we love kids. We do have carpeted stairs and also have a pack n' play & portable high chair for the littles. We do have breakables in the home, however, so please keep that in mind.
Our beach home is a 2-story end unit townhouse with a private front and back door in the Tennis Village section of TOPS'L, so you have no upper or lower neighbors. There is an attached, covered car port and overflow parking in the culdesac for 1 additional vehicle. 
Our HOA requires that all renters are at least 25 years old and will verify this during your registration to get your parking passes.  If there are any other guest in the party under the age of 21, there must be one 25 year old for every 3 under 21.  If you have 6 guests under 21, there must be two adults who are both 25 or older.  
Yes we do!  We have several available so please ask when inquiring about your dates.
  • Returning guests - if you've stayed with us in the past, we automatically offer you a discount!
  • Military, teachers, and first responders - please be able to send a picture of your card/ID
  • Referrals - Refer a new rental booking and get a discount on your next stay
We have a covered carport for your vehicle, and overflow parking in the culdesac for 1 additional vehicle in your party. When you check in, the gate guard will provide you and any other vehicle in the party, with a tag for your rearview mirror to display at all times.
You can drive to drop folks off, but you're not allowed to park in the front building parking lot. The beach is a short 12 min. walk from our home on a dedicated pedestrian walkway.  If you'd rather ride the free shuttle, we provide the number in the guest handbook to call for pick up from our driveway to the beach drop-off. If your car is found in the parking lot for the beachfront highrise, you will be towed AT YOUR EXPENSE.
The fitness center (The Club) and it's amenities (hot tub, sauna, indoor/outdoor pool) are for TOPS'L members/owners only; however, as members we can offer you either a 3-day or 5-day pass for an extra fee (payable to us or the Club upon your arrival). A 3-day pass is $135 and a 5-day pass is $225.  The passes will cover your entire party.
TOPS'L Beach & Tennis Resort, is a gated beachfront resort and our townhouse is a short (and beautiful) 12 min. walk through the resort to the sand.  We also have a free shuttle that will pick you up at the driveway and take you to the beach drop off. 
Our HOA has a guest registration process to ensure all TOPS'L guests are aware of & acknowledge our resort policies, and to provide your vehicle tag(s). Upon arrival, you'll turn right into the parking lot before the security gates & enter the Guest Registration building.  Please be prepared with your DL as proof of identity. You'll receive your unique door code to the property from the owner at least a week in advance of your stay, so once you've registered, you're all checked in!