12 Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals in Destin, Florida
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Home to some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches with powder sugar-like sands, Destin makes for an ideal vacation destination. If you want to go but don’t want to leave your four-legged friend behind, the good news is you won’t have to. There’s a wide range of Destin vacation rentals here that are pet-friendly.
Located in the popular Crystal Beach area of Destin, this luxurious eight-bedroom home may be ideal for a beach vacation/family reunion, accommodating as many as 24 guests while being pet-friendly too. The three-story home offers beach views from multiple balconies as well as a large fenced-in backyard with a heated pool and a cascading waterfall hot tub. There’s enough room to park nine cars, a rarity here, and you’ll not only be steps from the sand, but a block from restaurants, shops, nightlife, and more. It even comes with a six-seater golf cart.
A Wave From It All is located in the Crystal Beach area, sleeping up to eight in three bedrooms with a fenced-in backyard that includes a large private pool. You’ll be just a 5-minute walk to the beach and beachfront restaurants too. It includes a full kitchen with bar seating and a large living room, with the two upstairs bedrooms featuring king-size beds, private baths and access to a balcony for watching colorful sunsets. Be aware that while it is pet-friendly, it allows for up to two dogs that weigh 25 pounds or less each.
Livin’ the Dream is a two-story home that accommodates up to 14 in five bedrooms, located just a block and a half from the beach, close to fine dining, outstanding shopping and a movie theater too. It includes a covered porch and balconies along with a large private pool that has LED string lighting and a deck area – during the chillier months of the year it can be heated for an additional charge. The recently renovated kitchen includes new appliances and a dining table large enough for eight. In the open living room, you’ll have a big flat-screen Smart TV with access to the AT&T app and a complimentary Netflix account. A golf cart is available for rent too.
The three-bedroom “Sea Belle” cottage sleeps up to eight plus your furry best friend. It’s just a block from Destin’s beaches and comes with its own private pool. Ideal for a family, the master bedroom has a queen-size bed, while the second bedroom includes a queen bed and the third has a twin bed plus twin bunks. And, there’s a queen sofa sleeper in the living room too. There won’t be any fighting over what to watch here with four TVs, four DVD players, and a VCR all included. It also includes a full-size washer and dryer, an outdoor patio with a grill for cooking out, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a day at the beach.
This bright and cheery one-bedroom space is located in the heart of Destin in a complex with low traffic for those who are looking for a quiet setting. Ideal for a couple or small family, it will put you close to great restaurants, grocery stores, and the beach while enjoying all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen with thoughtful touches like a snack basket and Keurig coffee, a huge TV, comfy bed and a bathroom with a soaking tub.
Located in the Crystal Beach Cottages neighborhood, “Deja Blue” is just a four-minute walk to the beach with shopping and dining within walking distance too. It accommodates up to 16 in five bedrooms and includes some fabulous outdoor living spaces, including an outdoor kitchen area, a private fenced-in pool, a rooftop patio on the third floor, a screened-in balcony on the second, and a first-floor porch. For indoor entertainment, there are multiple Smart TVs with cable channels and Roku with the ability to log onto your accounts on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTubeTV. Board games are included too for some more old-fashioned family time.
This adorable Crystal Beach home sleeps up to six, located “barely a block” from the beach. It has a large front porch, an even bigger screened-in back porch, and a side porch, along with a beautifully landscaped backyard that includes a private pool. During the cooler months of the year, it can be heated for an additional charge. It has a custom kitchen, a large 4KTV in the living room, and two bedrooms, each with a comfy king-size bed. The master includes an en-suite bath with a custom shower and walk-in closet while the other has an adjacent full bath with a skylight. If you have a piano player in the family, you’ll love that it has a piano too.
The beach is just minutes away from this Caribbean-style cottage in the gated Emerald Shores community. Tucked within lush palm trees, you’ll have your own tropical oasis with access to two pools, tennis and basketball. It includes two bedrooms, accommodating up to eight guests with a king bed, queen bed, and a sleeper sofa. Your pets will have to meet certain criteria, with a max of two non- or low-shedding dogs that are under 30 pounds each allowed and an additional fee charged.
Ocean Venture is a pet-friendly five-bedroom home that can accommodate up to a dozen guests, located just steps from the sand in Crystal Beach. It comes with a private pool with lounge seating and an outdoor dining area along with a gas grill.
Just a short drive west of Destin in Fort Walton Beach, Manor on the Bay can accommodate up to seven in one bedroom with four beds and it comes with its own stretch of sand, shared only with the other guests. Located on the waterfront, the views are fantastic and boaters can take advantage of the boat slips too. From the two-story dock, watch for the dolphins that frequently pass by.
In Fort Walton Beach, just 10 minutes from Destin, this one-bedroom condo is steps from the waterfront, tucked into a little cove on the bayou, ideal for a small family or a couple, accommodating up to five guests. It comes with complimentary fishing poles, a paddleboard and a kayak. When you want to relax, there are hammocks to sway in and a fire pit to gather around too.
The four-bedroom Blue Skies Beach House Retreat is ideal for a large family and the family dog, accommodating up to 11 guests. Located just east of Destin in a quiet neighborhood setting, both the emerald coast beaches and downtown Rosemary are within walking distance. It includes a luxurious resort-style pool, multiple Smart TVs, including a built-in home theater. The fully stocked kitchen is supplied with complimentary Starbucks coffee and bottled water, and there’s a furnished, shaded sitting area with a gas grill. Beach towels and beach chairs are included for days spent on the sand, along with many other upscale perks.