House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
About David Houtsma
David lives in Cumming, GA with two beautiful daughters. Georgia is definitely home, but we LOVE Florida and the coastal waters of Destin can not be beat! We welcome you and your family to our home and hope it is as much the wonderful getaway for you as it is for us!
David Houtsma purchased this House in 2008
Why David Houtsma chose Crystal Beach
Our beautiful home sits nestled in the quaint Crystal Beach area of Destin, FL. Crystal beach is known for its beautiful water and quaint white picket fenced cottages. Our home leads the Water’s Edge subdivision, known for bringing the Florida Cottage style homes to the area. Crystal Beach is convenient to all of the best restaurants including regionally known favorites like the Hard Rock Café, The Bonefish Grill, The Cracker Barrel, The Waffle House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Coldstone Creamery, and a Starbucks as well as many local hot spots located along the waterfront. Destin is also a shopper’s paradise. Crystal Beach is located next to the new Destin Commons mall with water fountains and playgrounds for children and upscale shopping sure to fit every taste. Three miles to the East are the Destin Outlets where bargains make every day a “black Friday.” To the West of Crystal Beach you will find value stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and other favorites as you journey toward the Harbor area Destin is famous for. Along the way you’ll find even more restaurants and family friendly activities like miniature golf, go-cart racing and water slides. Part of what makes Crystal Beach such a wonderful area to vacation in is how it approaches the beach. Much of the Destin waterfront is surrounded by high rise condo developments that empty large groups of vacationers onto a limited beach area. But at Barracuda, you walk onto a beachfront area fronted by a neighborhood so there is always room to spread out on the sand. Favorite area activities include fishing excursions and boat trips to Destin's favorite 'Crab Island.'
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great location, could use some updating
It was an easy walk to the beach and there was plenty of room for 5 adults and 4 kids. Most of the other homes in the neighborhood have a pool which would have been nice but those homes were a bit more expensive. Definitely room for a pool but the fire pit was nice.
Now, there are some negatives that I think are easy fixes:
One of our group cut their finger on a broken bulb in the refrigerator.
Door knobs didn’t work on several doors
Some furniture was falling apart.
Mildew on shower curtains
Squeaky bunk bed kept kids up
Several outlets weren’t working.
And you definitely have to battle the beach chair vendors for a spot on the beach but this isn’t a negative on the condo. The owner does inform you how to deal with them , but be prepared to stand your ground.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay
Cozy Beach Get-away!
Beautiful home with all the necessary amenities and only a block to the beach! The location, right in the center of Destin, was also very convenient to restaurants and shopping. We had a great week!
Great time Great location
Very roomie, space for everyone. Easy walk to the beach
Very clean and comfortable
Very pretty and nice
Great place to stay.
The Barracuda house was a very nice house. It is up to date and pretty clean. The only thing I would change is check out time. Which is currently 9am.
Great home in a great location!!!
This home is in a great location!!! Its within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the beach. The owner has chairs and beach toys available for guests. Originally, we were supposed to have 10 people but only 4 of us were able to make the trip. I know this home would have accommodated all 10 guests with room to spare. Also, when we arrived the toilet was not working. I was able to call the owner and he had a plumber over to fix it within an hour. The only other complaint I had was there are two sets of departure instructions on the refrigerator. They should be consolidated to not confuse guests. I highly recommend this property for any family vacation!!!
Other Activities: Shopping, Parasailing, Boating, Miniature Golf, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing.