Maravilla-Southern Gem-Poolside - Great Location!

"Southern Gem"Cottage - Side ViewLiving RoomSeparate Dining RoomDining Room & Breakfast BarGalley Style KitchenHeated Pool & Hot tubRelax on our Poolside DeckLarge Grassy Area to play near Cottage
“ Excellent ”
6 Reviews
361 Maravilla Dr, Destin, FL 32550


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 8
Type: Cottage
Per week: $1,095 - $1,950
Per month: $1,850
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Destin vacation cottage rental
Location! Location! Destin was voted "Best Beach for Famlies" in 2013!!
Enjoy the luxury of this Beautiful Decorated 3 BR 2 BA Beach Cottage located in Maravilla - a gated beach community resort. Our home, "Southern Gem" is just a short walk from Florida's Emerald Coast - One of the World's Most Beautiful White Sandy Beaches!

We have a King Size master bedroom with adjoining bath with garden tub & shower, the 2nd bedroom has a King Size bed and the third has a Queen size bed. We also have a Queen Size sofa sleeper if needed. Newly upgraded with tile, granite counter tops & fresh paint, highspeed wireless internet & custom flat screen TV in the Master BR. Small TV in queen size BR. New Flatscreen Smart TV with Netfix, You tube etc available in the Living Room & Blu-ray DVD. Yamaha CD Player & Stereo Sound throughout Cottage for your listening pleasure!

Our home, "Southern Gem" is a short walk (120 yards down the sidewalk) from Florida's Emerald Coast - One of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches! The cottage is the closest of all cottages to the private resort beach and is ideally located by the heated pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, basketball, shuffleboard, fitness room and clubhouse. Secured high speed wireless internet access is available in the cottage and internet is available at the clubhouse.

Maravilla Resort offers two and one-half acres of private beach and two swimming pools. Next to our cottage is a grassy area for playing frisbee, badminton, playing ball or "putting" with your golf clubs. We share plenty of sand toys, floats etc for the children which are conveniently stored on our back deck - just wash them up and save for our next guests to enjoy! Convenient outside shower! Charcoal grills are available poolside if you would like to grill & enjoy your feast on our back deck overlooking the pool. Three restaurants are within walking distance from our location - the popular Pompano Joes, Captain Dave's on the Gulf and Kenny D's. Silver Sands Factory Outlet Center is two miles east and the new Destin Commons Shopping Complex is about two miles west.

We have many features you will not find in many cottages. High ceilings and custom plantation shutters throughout the cottage provide a cozy beachy feeling and allow plenty of sunlight to brighten your day. Our cottage is tastefully decorated, has custom art work and it is clean and comfortable for the entire family!. Commercial washer & dryer for your family provided. Fully Stocked kitchen with plenty of everything for cooking if desired, some spices included! Our Dining Room table seats six and three at the breakfast bar. Patio furniture, & seating for six & a sun umbrella are provided on the back deck overlooking the pool. There's plenty of room (1500 sq. ft.) to stretch out, relax and enjoy your vacation. There is no high rise condo to deal with, no waiting for an elevator, and parking is available at your front door. Our cottage is close enough to have a swim in the morning to start your day and a soak in the hottub for your relaxation at night!

No pets and no smoking allowed. Thank You!!

Ask about our other Maravilla property - 3 BR 2 BA Luxury Condo.
Area Information
On site or nearby: Biking, boating, diving/snorkeling, golf courses, miniature/putt putt golf, deep sea fishing, sailing, jetskiing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking, paddleboarding, parasailing, dolphin watching, swimming, tennis, fitness room, basketball, shuffleboard, shopping - Silver Sands Outlet Mall and Destin Commons, Restaurants, Cinemas x 3, Big Kahuna's Water Park, go-kart track. Most importantly, your own private white sandy beach!

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Mar 01 2015 Apr 12 2015 - - $1,495 - 1 Week
Apr 12 2015 May 24 2015 - - $1,375 - 1 Week
May 24 2015 Aug 09 2015 - - $1,899 - 1 Week
Jun 28 2015 Jul 05 2015 - - $1,950 - 1 Week
Aug 09 2015 Sep 13 2015 - - $1,545 - 1 Week
Sep 15 2015 Oct 26 2015 - - $1,195 - 1 Week
Oct 26 2015 Mar 01 2016 - - $1,095 $1,850 1 Week
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 12%
Deposits: $350 deposit
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: $110 cleaning fee


  • Beds

  • 2 King Beds
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Porch
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (1 mile)
  • Beach
  • Jet Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (1 mile)
  • Bicycling
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (1 mile)
  • Children's Pool
  • Lake
    (<1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (1 mile)
  • Amusement Park
    (2 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Live Entertainment
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (1 mile)
  • Boating
    (2 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Parasailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (2 miles)
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (2 miles)
  • Tennis
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Racquetball
    (1 mile)
  • Aquarium
    (4 miles)
  • Bowling
    (<1 mile)
  • Windsurfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (1 mile)
  • Zoo
    (5 miles)
  • Golf
    (<1 mile)
  • Winery
    (<1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (1 mile)
  • Casino
    (10 miles)

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Destin, Florida

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Ashfaaq Poonawala

Ashfaaq Poonawala

Boston, MA

Great location and perfect home

August 5, 2014

The cottage was great and so was the location. Having a private beach access was much valued. I would recommend this property for multiple reasons - location, amenities, pool facilities, central location and safety. Also must mention that it was easy to work with the owners. David and Margaret were excellent throughout.

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for your great review! So glad you enjoyed the location and other amenities. We love the area and we are happy to share it with other families! Thanks for taking care of our cottage! It was a pleasure working with you and we hope you will come back to Destin in the future!

Teresa Osborne

Teresa Osborne



July 29, 2014

Loved our stay at the Southern Gem. Great distance to beach (most important part!). Had everything we needed for a great home away from home. Very comfortable and clean! Thanks for a great vacation!

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thanks Teresa for your great review! So happy you enjoyed your beach vacation and for being a repeat guest! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to give us your thoughts! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Hope to see you back again!

Sherry Veazey Buckner

Sherry Veazey Buckner

Maplesville, Alabama


June 22, 2014

My husband, two adult children and spouses, and our 8 month old Granddaughter stayed a week in the lovely "Southern Gem", and had a wonderful vacation! The house is very spacious, and comes with all the amenities needed for a very enjoyable week. The kitchen is well stocked with everything needed for cooking, including spices and condiments, and all dishes, silverware, etc. The decor is lovely and comfortable, and lends itself to a very welcoming atmosphere. The yard is landscaped beautifully, and the back deck is a wonderful place to relax, after spending the day at the beach or pool. The deck is just a few steps away from one of the community pools, which was very convenient and the owners even supply some floats and beach toys for the kids (or the kids at heart)! I honestly can not think of a single thing that we could have needed, that wasn't supplied! Margaret is a pleasure to work with, and works hard to make sure her guest have a wonderful vacation! My family and I are hoping to make our stay at the "Southern Gem" a yearly tradition! If you are searching for a relaxing, comfortable place for you next family vacation, I highly recommend you stay at the "Southern Gem"! Now, I'm looking forward to next summer!!! Thank you, Margaret, for a wonderful vacation!

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thank you Sherry for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have your family stay with us! So glad you enjoyed the cottage and the time with your family in Destin!! That is what it is all about! We will look forward to your family coming again. Thanks for sharing so others will realize that renting by owner is the way to vacation! Have a great summer!

Gary Sturgill

Gary Sturgill

Nashville, Tennessee

Great vacation!

October 14, 2013

Loved the use of the spacious, well-appointed AND equipped home. In fact, we felt right at home. Plan to go back next year!

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thank you Sturgill family for your five star review! We appreciate your comments! We try to make our guests as comfortable & relaxed as possible! We will look forward to seeing you back next year!
David & Margaret

Alicia Holland

Alicia Holland

okatie, sc

wonderful vacation - the best yet!

July 10, 2013

very nice floorplan, we had 5 people staying in this house and had plenty of room. the deck on the back of the house was my fav! overlooked the back pool. the shower on the side of the house was a plus too.

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thanks for your nice review! So glad to hear your vacation was the best yet! We hope you will come back again!

David & Margaret

Jennifer Rott Purvis

Jennifer Rott Purvis

Indianapolis, IN

Quiet and FUN

June 25, 2012

Our family spent a week in the Southern Gem and had a wonderful time. Being a block from the beach was great and having the pool just a few steps away was fantastic. The home was beautiful and spacious, but we had just 6 in the house. Two more people might have been cramped. The laundry area was great and had large size load capability. The welcome binder that contained places to eat and things to do was very helpful. We wanted to grill at least one night, but the only grill access was on the other side of the clubhouse. We also would have liked a griddle for making bacon and other breakfast items, but the pans supplied got the job done. The blender there is fantastic!! It had a great outdoor dining set for the whole family and multiple tv's for evening watching. We loved it's proximity to the "action" but it was far enough away from "rowdiness". We really hope to visit there again!

David Capp

Owner's reply:

Thank you Jennifer for your review of our "Southern Gem!" We love the location too! So glad your family enjoyed their stay in the cottage. We would love to have your family stay with us again in the future!!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

06/21-06/28/14 I would like to thank you so much for a wonderful time at your beautiful home in Destin. We enjoyed a special time with our family. Your home was so welcoming, well stocked, and relaxing. It was the perfect place for us. Thank you for sharing it! We hope to visit again!
Beth and George

Very nice & clean, everything we needed.
Love being close to the pool & jacuzzi!
Thanks,had a wonderful family vacation!
Had lots of Fun in Destin, love the cottage!

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