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Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

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 South Walton

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, wagon, and tow-behind bike trailer.


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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • 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, 3 bicycles with tow-behind carrier for 2 kids, 2 stand up paddleboards


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Bayfront Cottage - Bring Your Boat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

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: Apr 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just bring your toothbrush, everything else is covered!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weeklong stay at this adorable cottage on the bay. It is such an inviting space, clean and well decorated. My elementary school aged boys were thrilled to be able to start every day with a family bike ride and end each evening playing in the bay. The cottage is fully equipped for all of those fun vacation activities. The owners provide stand up paddle boards, kayaks and bicycles for their guests along with a great assortment of toys, books and games for younger kids. Although we enjoy an annual spring trip to Destin we have never stayed in a place that had such great access to all of this equipment (especially at such a reasonable price). If you are looking for a family-friendly vacation rental, this is it! I should also mention that the owner personally contacted me during our stay to make sure everything was going well and we didn't have any questions or concerns about the property. I think some of these larger rental agencies could learn a few things from these owners.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beavercreek, Ohio

Terrific Property and Owner

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and two children brought our boat and stayed just over a week at Casa Cruz. The private dock is great and has fresh water and electric. Also nice steps into the water from the dock where there is a huge shallow sandy bottom area to swim. Our favorite activity was taking boat rides through the bay to Crab Island and spending the day. The lot is really big with plenty of room to park cars and boat trailer and turn around easily. Fire pit on the bay is awesome. Outside shower is private and made the one bath inside the house a total non-issue. The cottage is full of character and is very well decorated. The owners have made great use of all the space in the house and it is cozy yet plenty of room. The cottage is single digit minutes away from a great uncrowded public beach access, the boulevard shopping with lots of upscale shops and restaurants, a Walmart supercenter, and a Publix. You can get to all the shopping and restaurants you need without getting down into the crazy traffic of Destin. The house was spotless when we arrived and since the owners use the house they have everything you could ever want stocked in the house and available for guests to use. We look forward to another visit to Casa Cruz!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place bayside! Very Kid friendly!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week in the house and truly didn't want to leave. Apryl literally has everything for your stay and is a pleasure to rent from. Bring your clothes and your set! Our 3 yr old has officially named it his "Florida House". The house was spotless when we arrived. The backyard is perfect especially with little ones and the views from the dock are priceless. We brought our boat and the dock was such an added bonus. It was our first time to stay on the bay and we love it much more than staying beachside. This house is a hidden gem away from all the hustle and bustle of Destin but yet close enough for a short drive to enjoy any of the Destin attractions. We look forward to our next trip. We have found our "vacation home" for our yearly trip! Thanks again for sharing it with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of fun for a family of 6!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Cruz was absolutely wonderful! The cottage is adorable and we felt right at home with everything we needed. Our boys were thrilled to find toys to play with too! Although we ventured out to a few different beaches, many of the highlights of our trip happened right at the cottage. It was so nice to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas and come back and RELAX. The kids actually asked to go back to the cottage and play on the days we left. They spent a lot of their time swimming and snorkeling in the bay. They had so much fun looking at all the different fish and stingrays and of course crabs at night. We enjoyed many long paddles on the bay, sitting on the dock watching the sunsets and waiting for the dolphins to swim by. We hope to find time to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lockwood, MO

You will not want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying we stayed two weeks in Destin. The first half was here at Casa Cruz and second half was on the beach in a condo. I wished we stayed at this location the entire time! Don't get me wrong the beach was great but this just felt like we were home. They had everything you needed already in the house. I mean they though of everything! We used the paddle boards and kayaks everyday and we saw lots of stingrays. My daughters loved taking the bikes for a ride around the neighborhood. Sitting on the dock and watching the sunset was the best. If we were to buy a beach house it would be like this one for sure. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • 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 £97.78 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £273.79
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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