Dolphins Retreat! Private Pool! Walk to the beach!

Dolphin's Retreat with Private Pool!Private & screened pool!Walk to our beach!Leather furniture - open floor plan!1st King bedroomDining Room open to the kitchenBig kitchen open to Living & Dining RoomsEat in table in kitchenFull & twin bedQueen bed2nd King in MasterLCD Flat Screen TVMaste bath with double vanity
“ Excellent ”
14 Reviews
261 Sandy Cay Dr, Destin, FL 32550


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 11
Type: Home
Per night: $147 - $409
Per week: $900 - $2,500
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Destin vacation home rental
Beautiful Destin Beach house for rent! Dolphin's Retreat is a fabulous 4BR/2BA home in Paradise Retreat with a private pool and walking distance to a private beach access! The private pool is screened in to keep out unwanted pests! Enjoy the tranquil setting and the calming splash of the Dolphin fountain! Gated neighborhood for extra privacy! You'll love this spacious and well appointed home. New leather furniture in the living room and new comforters for the bedrooms! The big island kitchen is open to the dining room and living room allowing everyone to be together at the same time! The bedrooms are separated by the living room or a hall way. Privacy is important! Walk to the community's private beach access! Great location between Scenic Gulf Drive & HWY 98 so getting around Destin is easy! Walk to several restaurants along the beach too! Dolphin's Retreat can sleep up to 11 people with a King bed in the master, 2nd King in the front guest room, 1 queen bed, and a twin and full bed in the 4th bedroom! There are also 2 roll away cots. Warm & soothing colors throughout. Full sized washer & dryer & 2 car garage. Very nice home at a great value for your family vacation! We offer High Speed Wireless Internet Access too! A small dog may be okay, please inquire! Add $112 fee.

Beach service is available at the beach for a fee! The pool can be heated for an additional $30 per day.

No Security Deposit Required! Save peace of mind with our Accidental Damage Waiver Program!

Managed by Crystal Waters Realty. We have other rentals too! Please inquire.
Area Information
The Destin area is known as the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World! Deep sea fishing is very popular in the region. The sugary white beaches and the clear, sometimes Emerald Green waters give true meaning to the word, "Paradise!" The Destin area is abundant with restaurants, bars, shopping areas, golf, and water sports. Bungee jumping, go karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, deep sea fishing, dolphin cruises, water park, bowling, movie theaters! All you could want in a small area!

Vacationing here is an annual, sometimes two to three times a year event for many families! You should come too! When you come once, you'll want to come again and again! Some people make this area home after just one visit! Come see why! Destin and Miramar Beach run together and extend about 12 miles from the Destin Bridge to the Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Nov 01 2014 Dec 31 2014 $147 $147 $900 $2,260 3 Nights
Jan 01 2015 Mar 06 2015 $147 $147 $900 $1,800 3 Nights
Mar 07 2015 Apr 10 2015 $311 - $1,900 $7,600 5 Nights
Apr 11 2015 May 15 2015 $245 - $1,500 - 3 Nights
May 16 2015 May 22 2015 $311 - $1,900 - 5 Nights
May 23 2015 Jun 05 2015 $392 $392 $2,400 - 6 Nights
Jun 06 2015 Jul 24 2015 $409 - $2,500 - 6 Nights
Jul 25 2015 Aug 14 2015 $392 - $2,400 - 6 Nights
Aug 15 2015 Sep 06 2015 $278 $278 $1,700 - 3 Nights
Sep 02 2015 Oct 31 2015 $164 $164 $1,000 - 3 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 9 a.m.
Lodging tax: 11.5%
Deposits: 50% of the total required at booking. The balance is due 30 days before arrival.
Payment Options: Discover, Mastercard, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: ADD Booking Fees $299 plus 11.5% Tax on everything. Dogs may be permitted. Add $111.5 pet fee per dog. The pool can be heated for an additional $30 per night, usually needed from mid Oct to May 1st. Trip Insurance is optional but highly recommended in case you have to cancel for a covered reason. It can be purchased for 6.5% of the total.


  • Beds

  • 2 King Beds
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Private Pool
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Patio
  • Screened Porch
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Appliances

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

  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Grocery Store
    (2 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Bicycling
  • Windsurfing
  • Movie Theater
    (2 miles)
  • Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (2 miles)
  • Sailing
    (5 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
    (1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (5 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Live Entertainment
    (1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (3 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (5 miles)
  • Parasailing
  • Restaurant
    (1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (3 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (6 miles)
  • Pool
  • Bowling
    (2 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (4 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (11 miles)
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf
    (2 miles)
  • Boating
    (5 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Gated community with private beach access. Walk to the beach and restaurants along the beach! Great location only minutes from all attractions!

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Destin, Florida

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C.j. Mcintyre Osterhaus

Moline, Il

Thanksgiving with the KIDS!

Great location!!!!! A PLUS Home! We had the grandkids and daughter with us.......the weather was a bit cool but for what the kids wanted to do it was great. Publix cooked the Turkey and Ham and all the sides......House was all set for us with beach stuff and all of the stuff in the kitchen. So had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and home had big screen TV for football too........Thanks we will look for to October stay in the future!!!!!

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! It is a special home close to the beach with all the comforts of home! The big screen TV is an added bonus! The screened in private pool can be heated too!

Ray Markwell

olney, il

The Markwell Family Vacation

Overall we had a great time. The price for the home was a little to high for this time of year plus the extra fees. The pool should be heated and included in the rental price. A golf cart to use would also be nice. Some of the homes in this area provide golf carts to use. Thanks for providing a safe clean home. Ray Markwrll

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you had a great time at Dolphin's Retreat! As you can imagine, the expenses that go along with maintaining a vacation home are quite high! We rent our home as low as we can and are very competitive with our neighbors for like properties. The extra electricity with heating the pool and the cost of a golf cart would be cost prohibitive to include in the price of the rental. Pool heating is an option for an additional $30 per day and golf carts can be rented locally.

Kristin Adams Botello

Oklahoma City, OK

Great family vacation

This house is exactly as described. Looks just like the pictures! The house was clean and in good shape! The pool was perfect too. Very clean. There were plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas and a great wagon to carry it all to the beach. The beach entrance is about 1/4 mile away. We had a 10yr old and a 7yr old and they made the walk back and forth with ease. We took their bikes too and even rode bikes a few times to and from the beach. The beach entrance has a place for bikes. The beach is gorgeous and clean!! There is also a public access with parking/restrooms and an area to wash the sand off not too far up the road from the private access area. The neighborhood is very quiet as well. Perfect for families. We had grandparents, aunt, my husband and myself with two kids and the house was plenty big enough for us all. The only thing I didn't like about it was that you have to bring/buy all the little things like dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags. The beds were comfortable, but not the best ever. We loved having a pool at the house so the kids could swim while we grilled out or after breakfast before heading to the beach.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So happy you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! It is a nice, well kept home with a private pool close to the beach! It is also screened to keep out unwanted bugs! We do our best to keep our house comfortable for our guests. The beach is a short walk, maybe 7 to 10 minutes. We do provide a starter set of paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, and soap. Look forward to your next trip!

Kimberly King Blackford

St. Louis, MO USA

Perfect size and love the pool!

This home worked perfectly for my family. My father is in a wheelchair and its all one level layout was perfect. We loved having a screened-in pool as well. Plus, the location was close to the beach. The only thing I would suggest is that the homeowners leave the garage door opener so it makes it easier on the renters. Other than that, it was a great home!

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! It is a nice home all on one level with plenty of room. The neighborhood is gated and private and the beach is close! The private screened in pool is a bonus! Great idea about the garage door opener. Will see what we can do!

Lisa Frazier


Great place to vay kay

Everything was as described on the web site. It was a very beautiful home with plenty of room for the 9 of us. I do have to agree with other reviews that the beach was a little farther than we expected and the private entrance was hard to find. The kitchen was well stocked with everything that we needed. We would definitely consider staying here again. Thanks for making our stay so pleasant

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you found Dolphin's Retreat beautiful and with plenty of room. It is a nice home with a private pool. It also has a wagon to pull to the beach only about 4/10 mile away. It is truly about a 7 to 8 minute walk. The kitchen is big and we try to keep it full of gadgets for everyone! Look forward to having you back soon!

Sue Stoecker

Port Washington, WI

Awesome Spring Break

We were really happy with our stay at Dolohins Retreat! The house was clean and roomy enough for all 8 of us! Great pool area and beautiful beach! We would defiantly rent again and recommend this house to anyone.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! We do our best to meet and exceed our guests' expectations and thoroughly enjoy hearing when we succeed in our efforts! Dolphin's Retreat is a nice house close to the beach with a very nice screened pool area. Look forward to your return visit!

Stephanie Hill

Atlanta, GA

Awesome vacation!

We had 4 generations (5 adults and 2 children) in the house and it was awesome. There was enough space for everyone, so we never felt crowded. Everything that we needed was supplied. We had the pool heated and it was heaven, especially since the first few days were cool and rainy. We will definitely be back next year.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So happy you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! We strive to make it nice and enjoyable for all of our guests. There is plenty of space and a big kitchen for everyone to enjoy! The pool is very nice, even in colder than normal temps! The heater works well! Thanks again for coming. Look forward to your next visit!

jennifer turner

West Point, MS, USA

Spring break 2K14

My sister and I took SEVERAL boys to the beach for spring break. Dolphins retreat was awesome. Plenty of room, everythi g we needed. Nice neighbors. The only problem we had during our stay was the heated pool. We were unable to swim because the heater was broken. However, the repairman was there to check it out promptly. Since they had to order a part, the pool couldn't be fixed during our stay. The staff were very apologetic and refunded our pool fee with no question. They were so helpful and very nice. Other than the problem with the pool, that was beyond anyone's control, the only complaint I have is the water heater. Everyone couldn't shower to go out quickly. The house sleeps 11 but the water heater can't handle that many showers in a row. That's the only thing I would change. We enjoyed our stay and can't wait to come back. We would like to stay in summer next time when we can spend more time in the beach. THANK YOU FOR AN AWESOME SPRING BREAK 2014!!!

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So happy you all had a great time at Dolphin's Retreat! We are so sorry about the pool heater. The hot water heater is a 50 gallon tank and typical for a house with 2 bathrooms. We can certainly check into getting a bigger tank. Our owners do a great job keeping up their home and our neighbors are always helpful and pleasant! Look forward to your coming back in the Summer!

Cheryl Mack Hines


vacation in Florida

My family spent a week at Dolphin's Retreat over Christmas. While the weather was a bit cooler than we had hoped, the house was very nice and met our needs in every way. The walk to the beach was a bit farther than I had anticipated but by no means long. We all enjoyed our stay in Destin.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! The house is nice and roomy! The weather is hit or miss in the Winter but usually pretty nice! Thanks again for coming!

Marlen Cano


Trejos family

It was a great vacation home to stay on it had everything and the beach is close by ,the pool was great so did the grill very nice we would rented again.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin's Retreat! It is a nice, somewhat secluded home in a gated neighborhood close to the beach! The private pool is awesome and the owners have just updated the house with a new grill, new TVs, and new comforters! Look forward to seeing you back soon!

Tom Bates

Rowlett, TX

Better than photos

First, this house is beautiful and better in person than the posted photos. It is very clean, well-decorated, roomy and very easily accommodated our 9 adults. The screened-in swimming pool was a great amenity and certainly appreciated after a long day at the beach. It is a pretty good hike from this property to the beach but we found that there was ample parking available at the public entrance if we wanted to drive rather than walk. The fact that this is a pet-friendly property really attracted us to this property initially. Now that we have completed our vacation and returned to our home, we just cannot say enough about this property. You will not be disappointed in this rental.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

Thanks for your kind remarks! So glad you enjoyed our vacation home. Dolphin's Retreat is a special home with a private & screened-in pool! Our owners have done a good job with decorations and we do our best to keep it in tip top shape for our guests! So glad we met your expectations! Look forward to having you back on your next trip to Destin!

Donna Knight

Jay, Florida


Enjoyed getting away and being able to lounge around the pool. Really liked the gated community, felt safe. THANK YOU

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

So glad you enjoyed the pool at Dolphin's Retreat and our gated neighborhood. The pool is screened in to keep the bugs away and has a dolphin water feature! Most people really do enjoy it! Thanks again for coming. Look forward to your next trip!

Karen Lake

Newton, NC USA

Fantastic Family Reunion Location

We wanted a family setting fit for a reunion. This location certainly fit the bill! This house is beautiful, and offers plenty of warm atmosphere. Crystal Waters Realty should be commended for their top notch service. We were met at the home, shown around, and were impressed that the agent even double checked our internet service to make sure it was in working order. Though the short walk to the beach may be an inconvenience to some, we were greeted by friendly neighbors along the way. The private pool and patio (complete with grill) was a definite plus! Because this property is pet-friendly, we had one happy little Pug who enjoyed our vacation as much as we did. We definitely recommend Dolphins Retreat (and Crystal Waters Realty) to any family who loves and values time together.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

Thank you for coming to Dolphin's Retreat and for your feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! Dolphin's Retreat is a nice and well furnished 4BR home close to the beach in a gated neighborhood. The owners have taken great strides to make it very comfortable for our guests. The private pool and patio area is such a nice setting for gatherings and enjoying your time in paradise! We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip!

Greg and Cindy Atkinson

Sylacauga, Alabama

Highly Recommended

We enjoyed this home near the beach with our 6 year old twin daughters. Spacious, super clean and ample towels. The pool which was heated as we requested was fantastic! A private home is not our usual choice but having stayed here we will definitely do this again.

Bill Grannan

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your kind words about our vacation home! Dolphin's Retreat is a nice 4BR/2BA home in a private, gated neighborhood close to the beach! The pool is screened to keep the bugs away! So happy you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to hearing from you when you return to our little piece of paradise!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our recent stay at the listed property. First, the property is better looking in person than the listed photos. We found the house to be very well decorated, clean, roomy and easily accommodated our 9 adults. The screened in swimming pool was very appreciated at the end of a long day at the beach. All of us really enjoyed this property. The fact that this was pet-friendlyinitially attracted us to this location and we are very happy with our selection.
Thanks for allowing us to rent this property and we will be back in the future.


We had the pleasure of staying at Dolphins Retreat from 3/30 - 4/6 this year, 2013. The property is well maintained, clean and very comfortable. There were 2 families - 6 of us. We had plenty of room, and truly enjoyed ourselves. We'll be back!
Aside from the fine property, we found Crystal Waters Realty to be a first class organization. We had two issues (our own doing) and the folks at Crystal Waters were on it. Our thanks go out to Bill, Terry and Stephanie for their assistance and follow up. You guys were great!! Thanks for helping to make our Spring Break the best.

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    We are a local Sales & Real Estate Property Management company in Destin, FL! We specialize in Sales and Rentals along and just off Scenic 98 in Destin and Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach, FL. Choose from 1BR condos to a luxury Penthouse to cute cottages a block from the beach! If you are looking...
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