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Northwest Florida - Showcase Waterfront Home Rental - Relaxing & Unforgettable!

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

Private Florida Home Rental on Water - Dolphins, Fish & Avian Wildlife Views

If you want to relax and create an unforgettable vacation experience, this four plus bedroom Waterfront Vacation Paradise is the home rental you've been looking for! Dolphins, fish and avian wildlife can be seen from every room and from hundreds of linear feet of water’s edge decks. Located directly on 650 frontage feet of private waterfront, the home is a unique showplace that features 8,000 square feet ± of indoor and outdoor living space - all on one level. Everything is within reach – no up and down staircases except to access the 7,000 SF ± lower level office/bedroom, waterfront walkways and open patio areas under the home. The outdoor living space features an elevated private pool area at water’s edge. The home features northeast and west docks, riparian rights for harborage of a large yacht in a deep water protected cove, quick access to two yacht basins, the Intracoastal Waterway, Crab Island, Destin Pass, Destin Harbor, Gulf of Mexico and Gulf deep-sea fishing.

This private secluded peninsula (virtual island) setting in north Fort Walton Beach competes with the very best waterfront vacation homes on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. This vacation home offers 650 frontage feet for watersports; 320° panoramic view; yacht harborage; private swimming; jogging track; fisherman’s dreamland; bird watcher’s paradise; 8 min to airport; 4 min to (2) championship golf courses; and 3 min to tennis courts. With the peninsula extending more than a football field into the waterways, avian wildlife are seen everywhere and beautiful dolphins are, often, heard breathing as they pass close-by the Aquarium Home’s huge water’s edge decks. As you ascend outdoor stairs or stand at the entryway to the home, look down into the water below; you may be amazed at the fish you see in this huge natural aquarium. If you are a fisherman, you have just arrived at a fisherman’s dream house. Once inside, you will see magnificent water views. As you glance through the side-by-side picture windows that surround the large open living area, try imagining yourself standing in the middle of an art gallery surrounded by masterpiece waterfront paintings. Everything in this home has been designed to give its occupants a true interface with nature. Large picture windows, huge sliding glass doors and 37 panels of tabletop tempered glass surround the home to provide a close-up view of nature in action at the water’s edge.

The most popular bedroom in the home is “Point Room” (MBR suite). It includes: king size bed, large smart flat screen TV, DVD, WIFI, closet, dresser, 12 foot trey ceilings, recessed lighting, stereo speakers plus a bathroom and shower area. If you are a bird/fish watcher or like to observe watercraft, this is the best bedroom to reside. The peninsula extends more than a football field in length into the waterways and “Point Room” is located at the very end of this “virtual island” surrounded by salt and fresh water game fish. If you love Dolphins, it may surprise you to see them pass through the swim area below. “Point Room” provides beautiful water views to the West, Northwest, North, Northeast and East via the twenty four linear feet of glass that surround the room. Open the west side sliding glass doors and walk out to a private master suite dining area overlooking a waterway. Open the east side sliding glass doors and walk out to a Medallion tiled Lanai and huge deck for viewing fish, wildlife and entertaining. Below “Point Room” is a natural safe swim area that tapers off gradually on all sides. “Point Room” is perfect for monitoring swimming and watersport activities at the northern end of the peninsula.

The second master suite is “South Room” (MBR suite). It includes: A king size bed, large flat screen TV, DVD, CD PlayerBose Surround Sound System, WIFI, 12 foot trey ceilings, recessed lighting, and stereo ceiling speakers. The bathroom area has a large walk-in closet, shower and Thermal Message Unit (TMU). Views from this room are gorgeous. Lying in bed in the morning, you see water views to the, East, Southeast and Shalimar Bridge and in the evening a skyline around the Shalimar Bridge. In the winter, it is common to see waves of Pelicans and other bird species fly by “South Room’s” windows. The room design is integrated with the outdoors and provides vacationers with a close interface with nature. Open up South Room’s large sliding glass door and you are on the Master Suite Lanai which overlooks a 1550 SF private pool area and expansive waterway. This is a semi-private location for occupants of the suite. On the west side of the suite is a large picture window with views of the cove/yacht protected harborage and dock area; also, a beautiful Bald Cypress Tree provides an elegant entrance to the home.

A third bedroom is called “Pilot’s Den” and is equipped with two twin beds, fighter pilot memorabilia and aircraft paintings; also, it includes a flat screen TV, WIFI, 12 foot trey ceilings, recessed lighting, and stereo ceiling speakers. The closet has plenty of storage space to accommodate the needs of vacationers. Views from this room also are breathtaking. You can look down and see the water and look out to beautiful waterfront vistas.

A fourth bedroom called “Cypress Room” is equipped with a king size bed and a queen size sleeper Sofa bed, flat screen TV, WIFI, 12 foot trey ceilings, recessed lighting, and stereo ceiling speakers. The room is equipped with large sliding glass mirror doors that open into a closet area that contains a large rosewood bookcase equipped with books and magazines for your vacation reading pleasure. The west picture window looks through the large Bald Cypress Tree down to the dock/cove. The sliding glass door view looks down the waterway and offers spectacular views.

The fifth office/bedroom is called “Watersport Room” and includes Foyer with closet. This room is equipped with a sofa that folds out into a Queen bed, a smart TV, WIFI, recessed lighting, a mini refrigerator and stereo. Views from this room look out over two waterways. Room provides immediate access to a full range of watersports.

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Bekah Ryan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2017

About Bekah Ryan

On a personal note, I’m a retired United States Air Force Colonel and Fighter Pilot. If you look at one of the aerial photos of the home, you will find its design illustrates the outline of a giant fighter aircraft. Should you vacation here, I will be glad to point out the cockpit, jet intakes, wings and afterburner design. We even have a room with two twin beds including fighter pilot memorabilia and fighter aircraft paintings.

With a zero setback waiver, I was able to build the home between two waterways from the East to the West side of a perfectly configured peninsula - that extends into the waterways more than a football field in length. I designed the home so that Dolphins, fish and avian wildlife can be seen from every room and from hundreds of linear feet of water’s edge decks. You can actually look down and view fish, wildlife and beautiful Dolphins.

My wife and I have sponsored many family reunions at our home. The reunions were family get-togethers resulting in memories that will last each of us a lifetime. We also had a couple of pilot reunions and weddings on our water’s edge decks. Based on our own experience, we know that vacationers seeking an extraordinary vacation or wedding site have found the right place. Should you choose the Waterfront Escape, we will do what we can to make this your best vacation or event ever!

Bekah Ryan purchased this house in 1999

Why Bekah Ryan chose North West Florida

“Why we selected A Virtual Island – A Private Secluded Peninsula” over other waterfront properties? You will understand our “Why” once you compare other waterfront properties to ours.

What makes this house unique

• Natural Aquarium Home - Water’s Edge Living

• Secluded Football-field-long Peninsula – Island-like Privacy

• 320 Degrees of Water View - 650 Frontage Feet of Deep and Shallow Water

• Water Sport Instant Access on Multiple Waterfronts - Deep Water Cove

• 15 Min ± by Jet Ski (Quick) Access to Crab Island, Destin Harbor and Gulf of Mexico

• Private Swimming in an elevated pool directly on Waterway

• Waterfront Location: Perfect Balance between Water and Land Conveniences

• Fisherman’s Dreamland – Peninsula surrounded by Salt/Freshwater Game Fish

• Fish off front/rear decks, two docks and 650 feet of shoreline

• Bird Watcher’s Paradise - Indigenous & Migratory Birds – Viewed from Every Room

• Peninsula parking area sufficient to accommodate many vehicles

• Under Home Patio - Thousands of SF of recreational, entertainment & workout area

• Tiled Areas feature thousands of SF of tiled walkways, lanais, porches & pool area

• Waterfront Architectural Uniqueness

• Air-Sea Landmark (an unofficial Landmark) on a 330' long peninsula

Dolphins are, often, heard breathing as they pass close-by water’s edge decks.

This “Virtual Island” setting in north Fort Walton Beach competes with the very best waterfront vacation properties on Florida’s Emerald Coast. One look at the aerial photos of the Aquarium Home and you validate island-like privacy, seclusion from public roadways, and exceptional home spacing. This vacation home offers 650 frontage feet for water sports; 320° panoramic water view; yacht harbor in a protected cove; private swimming; jogging track; fisherman’s dreamland; bird watcher’s paradise; 8 min to airport; 4 min to (2) championship golf courses; 3 min to tennis courts. Enjoy lifestyle at its best!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Northwest Florida - Showcase Waterfront Home Rental - Relaxing & Unforgettable!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Clermont, Florida


  • 5 of 5

We had an great time. Everything is as pictured except common areas - they are much larger. Kids had fun with kayak and fishing equipment available. Even on rainy days, there is so much covered patio area, we enjoyed sitting outside where there are tables and chairs everywhere. We definitely would recommend to friends. Very relaxing, comfortable place to spend some time. Lots of open space. Lots of extras in this home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views and the rooms were very large.

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay. The outside area was beautiful. The house is a little dated.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this house!! So beautiful, and they are not kidding at all about the water views. There are water views from every single room! The house is also very well supplied with everything you might need. Every kitchen item was available and the full laundry room was great. There is ample closet space and plenty of towels. We had 10 people and were very comfortable for a week.

The elevated pool is beautiful - complete with floats and plenty of seating for all. There is also a large dining table with plenty of room of all of us.

We use the electric grill, the kayak, the canoe and the paddle-board. Plenty of parking room, 2 piers/dock to park a boat and/or fish from.

Owners provided VERY prompt answers to our questions.

Perfect for our family vacation and we will definitely try to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was amazing. The view was great. We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The property was wonderful. Water all around us. The pool was great. The kids loved fishing and they caught several fish. We go to Florida every year and this is by far the nicest place we have ever stayed. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Perfect Waterfront Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and spacious. It was really unexpected to show up early and get to meet John the owner of the property. We loved hearing the story about his vision when constructing the house. I loved the fact that all towels including beach towels were available for our use, as well as anything we needed in the kitchen and laundry room. We spent most of our time on the deck overlooking the water, fishing off of the docks, and of course in the pool.The house looked just as good if not better than all of the pictures! If you are looking for rest and relaxation, this is definitely the place, it is very quiet and peaceful even though their are many houses close by. I loved the fact that it was just a 15 minute drive to the beaches and shopping . We would recommend this home for anyone, we had adults, young adults and tweens and there was something for everyone! Thanks for a great vacation-Rhonda and Ed

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation and place for our wedding!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely gorgeous house! Everything you could possibly need and more! You are surrounded by water and an amazing view out of every window! We stayed here and had our wedding here and we couldn't have been happier picking this home! We had the ceremony on the grass by the dock and the reception on the huge deck. We can't wait to come back and stay here again!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.8 Miles
Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) - 8 Min
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Cheers Pub Shalimar - 9 Min
Nearest Ferry
12.6 Miles
Destin, Florida, Destin Water Taxi - 24 Min
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Two 18-hole Championship Golf Courses - 4 Min
Nearest Motorway
2.7 Miles
HWY 85 - 7 Min
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Restaurants - 4 Min Away
Nearest Ski
Rent/Bring Boat - Water Ski off Home’s Waterways
Nearest Beach
Home on 650 Frontage Feet of Waterfront - 0 Min
Car: necessary

Aquarium Home’s Waterfront Location:

Offers Perfect Balance between Water and Land Conveniences

• Immediate Access To Open Waterways and Cove

• Instant Access—Full Range of Water Sports

• Fishing From Elevated Decks

• Yacht Protected Deep Water Cove

• 650 Frontage Feet (FF) of Shoreline Fishing/Swimming

• Boat and swimming docks on East & West Waterways

• Has Zero & Five Foot Setbacks From Water

• Swimming pool

• 8 Minutes to Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)

• 30 Min. to Destin Airport (DTS)

• 4 Min. (2) 18-Hole Championship Golf Courses

• 4 Min. to Fairgrounds & Courthouse

• 5-7 Min. by Boat to Two Yacht Basins

• 10-15 Min. by Jet Ski to Gulf of Mexico

• 15 Min. by Car to Gulf Beaches

• 5 Min. to Fort Walton Beach Hospital

• 5 Min. to White Wilson Medical Center

• 8 Min. to Eglin AFB

• 20 Min. Destin Bridge by Car; 6 NM by Boat

• 7 Min. to Shopping

All of the activities shown in the First Group (below) can be done off the 650 frontage feet of the Aquarium Home, its decks and docks. Equipment such as jet skis, pontoon boats, etc. may be rented nearby. Second Group is activities done away from the home; i.e., Golfing, Tennis, Deep Sea Fishing, etc.


• Bay Fishing

• Boating

• Canoeing

• Deck Fishing

• Diving

• Dock Fishing

• Fishing

• Fly Fishing

• Jet Skiing

• Kayaking

• Paddle Boarding

• Pontoon Boat

• Rowing

• Sailing

• Sculling

• Shoreline Fishing

• Spearfishing

• Swimming

• Water Aerobics

• Water Polo

• Waterskiing

• Water Tubing

• Wave Running

• Yachting

• Yolo Boarding


• Deep Sea Fishing

• Golf

• Kite Boarding

• Parasailing

• Pier Fishing

• Scuba Diving

• Surf Fishing

• Surfing

• Tennis

• Wakeboarding

• Wind Surfing

The Aquarium Home is on a Virtual Island Surrounded By Salt and Fresh Game Fish. Its a Fisherman's Dreamland - No need to go anywhere else to fish unless you would like to go deep sea fishing. Just fish off the Aquarium Home's East and West decks, its two docks or 650 feet of shoreline. Below are a list of some fish common to our waterways:

• Black Drum

• Bluefish

• Catfish

• Jack Crevalle

• Largemouth Bass

• Mullet

• Red Drum

• Redfish

• Sheephead

• Spanish Mackerel

• Speckled Trout

• Striped Bass

• White Trout

• Many Others

Just as the Aquarium Home is a Fisherman's Dreamland, it is also a Bird Watcher's Paradise. The reason is the Peninsula extends out into the waterways 330 feet and is this is where Avian Wildlife like to be.

Indigenous and Migratory Birds are seen from every room and decks. Below are a list of some fish common to our waterways:

Indigenous and Migratory Birds

• Cormorants

• Mallard Ducks

• Great Egrets

• Great Blue Herons

• Green Herons

• Horned Grebes

• Loons

• Osprey

• Pelicans

• Sandpipers

• Seagulls

• Terns


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £80
Cleaning Fee £158
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation. Reservations cancelled 60 days or more receive 100% refund. Cancelations under 60 days forfeit 50% deposit. 30 days and under do not receive a refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fort Walton Beach in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master Suite Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Thermal Massage Unit. Walk-in closet.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Quick Central Area Access-Located By Gathering Room/Kitchen
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Point Room (Master Bedroom) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Flat screen TV/DVD Player. On-suite bathroom.
    South Room (Master bedroom suite) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Flat screen TV/DVD Player. On-suite bathroom.
    Pilot's Den - 2 Single Bed , Flat screen TV, stereo surround sound.
    Cypress Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen size sleeper sofa. Sliding glass door.
    Watersport Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen pull-out sofa. TV and mini refrigerator. Waterfront
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Property is also available for waterfront weddings and events at an additional fee. Please contact us for details on arranging your momentous occasion.

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