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Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'Casa Cruz' is a cozy 1000 sq. foot cottage located on the shoreline of Destin's Choctawhatchee Bay. Our recently renovated two story cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths plus an outdoor shower. The second floor king master has an adjoining half bath with a kid's bunk room containing 2 twin beds. The downstairs queen bedroom adjoins the full bath. There is also a sofa sleeper in the living room.

Swim or fish from our private pier or dock your jet skis or boat after a day at Crab Island. For non-motorized fun, try our 3 kayaks or 2 stand up paddle boards. Take our 3 bicycles with kids tow behind trailer to Sandestin for a picnic on JoLee Island. Let the kids play on shore in the kid's play area with large swing set or swim in the shallow, sandy waters under our pier.

Relax while watching the sunset in the swing and roast marshmellows after dark in the fire pit by the shore. Located in a peaceful neighborhood on a dead-end street with less than 10 homes, serenity is what you get at Casa Cruz.

If you are looking for shopping, dining, or nightlife, Sandestin Resort is only a five minute drive. The emerald surf and sugar white beaches are also just five minutes away.

Keywords: Casa Cruz, private pier, water front, spectacular view, boat dock, private, serene, cottage,

More Details

Apryl Ready
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Apryl Ready

My husband and I are busy professionals who live in Biloxi, Mississippi with our two year old son. I have a small law practice and he is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve.

We enjoy spending time at Casa Cruz and would like to share it with others while we are not using it. This extra income would afford us the opportunity do some traveling before our son starts school.

Apryl Ready purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Apryl Ready chose Santa Rosa Beach

We have been vacationing at Sandestin for years. Each time we visited, we would look at the real estate but were turned off by the apartment-like setting of a condo and the strict rules and stiff fees of the HOA's in Sandestin. When this property came available, we knew it was everything we were looking for. It is very close to Sandestin so that we are able still enjoy the amenities, but far enough away to still be peaceful and serene.

What makes this cottage unique

Casa Cruz is located on a half acre lot with plenty of parking, a grass lawn for outdoor games, picnic area and grill for a family barbeque, private pier for docking your boat or PWC (please discuss water depth limitations with owners prior to bringing your boat).

Since we have a two year old, we have most of the big, bulky toddler essentials that make traveling so tough. We have a high-chair, bed guards, safety gate for top of stairs, indoor and outdoor toys, beach equipment and wagon.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bunk Area - 2 Single Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
private pier, jet ski docks, boat dock, 3 kayaks, 5 adult bicycles, 2 stand up paddleboards


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Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
Kingston, TN

Everything we expected! Great place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved it! The house and all the amenities were everything that we expected. Apryl has all of the necessities that you need and then some. We rode out our first Trooical Storm at Casa Cruz and Apryl kept in touch the entire time to make sure we were ok. Gorgeous view of the Bay and we loved watching the dolphins go by. It’s close enough to all the touristy venues but private enough to relax if that’s what you prefer. Would definitely recommend Casa Cruz and look forward to staying again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterford, MI

Quiet little hideway

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be away from the action, this is the place. Very quiet and private. We brought a boat and it was easy to launch close by and the dock is set up perfect. This is a smaller space, but the living area and kitchen are very large. Very nice for 6 adults. Two good sized bedrooms and a closet type space (it has a window) with two twin beds that are end to end, which work just fine for kids or young adults. We cooked in and ate out. Plenty of great restaurants nearby and good grocery stores. The place was clean and had plenty of towels and cooking items in the kitchen. The owner provides paddle boards and kayaks too. Just be aware if you are using a gps to guide you in, you might be driving in circles. I think a lot of the streets have changed in the last couple of years and our new gps system has not caught up yet. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greatest Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most lovely, beautiful AND relaxing places to stay! We truly loved everything about this little cottage on the bay! Our teenage boys especially enjoyed fishing, kayaking and the paddle boards provided! The little ones would play in the shallow water and beautiful back yard on the quiet, private street.

The owners were super sweet and helpful and even had some new bicycles sent over when we reported theirs had been damaged.

Already planning to go back next year! A+

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

It was such a quiet and peaceful area. We could go to any beach within minutes. We lost count of all the dolphins we saw. We enjoyed not being around all the hustle and bustle of the condos along the beach. Our kids loved playing in the bay and having the yard to do things in!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Daphne, AL

This is a really great bay front property complete with shade trees and pier access to water.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time visiting Casa Cruz. We really enjoy all the bay activities and wildlife. Amazing sunrise and sunsets. The house is very comfortable, clean and well stocked with the basics you need. A great deal of attention to details by the owners is evident in their goal to facilitate a positive experience for your stay at Casa Cruz. When you decide to pull away from the property and do something in town the location is just right, there are restaurants, shopping and everything else close by. We highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Cruz is the natural choice!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Cruz cottage over Spring (Easter!) Break. Apryl, the owner, was extraordinarily patient in answering my questions before I booked. Our group didn't want the "high rise, overly slick kind of resort stay" (but it never hurts to temporarily visit their nearby shops and restaurants, whic we did). We wanted a more natural feel, and that is what this is. Being on the bay was important to me because I brought my small fiberglass skiff to go fishing (or as us fishermen like to say, 'to go catching'). At only about 1000 sq. ft. the house is cozy - but it's comfortably appointed inside with modern updates. Best of all the main den/kitchen area is where most of the space is allotted which is good because it's where people tend to congregate. Plenty of china, towels, kitchen tools and all that good stuff. We had a party at five and it worked fine. Kind of missed having a second shower but you can rinse off in the outside shower in a pinch. Beach-wise, it's most convenient to drive to the beach rather than bike or certainly walk. But being on the bay is nice for the natural feel. Baytowne Wharf (shops and restaurants) in Sandestin is only a 8-10 min. or so jaunt by car, Publix grocery is closer that and Wal-Mart is equally close. Being at the house feels safe and private, (and very quiet), despite shopping and such being available within a few miles. The water in the bay on the property is shallow, as Apryl noted. It stays shallow, roughly 3 feet deep, well past the end of the dock. This might not be the best for dock fishing but for the 2 SUPs and 3 kayaks (that the owners provide) it is handy to be able to more easily get back on your board or 'yak if you fall off. OTOH, at night, bottom fishing, i did catch a nice speckled trout, a juvenile redfish and numerous catfish. Master and queen bedrooms are large. The twins room is nook-sized but quite serviceable. Casa Cruz has a lot to like. Lots of yard to play in as others have mentioned, chairs for the large yard and more for the fire pit, and a porch swing. A very, very helpful owner, bay front location, proximity to Sandestin, good wifi, its own dock, fire pit, bay toys and 3 provided adult bikes make Casa Cruz the natural choice!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach, North West Florida

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £94.89 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £265.69

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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