Destin West Beach and Bay Resort Review

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316 Family Reviews
1320 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton FL 32548
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Editor’s Review of Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

The first thing to know when planning a family vacation at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort is that the property's name is a bit misleading. For starters, the complex is located in Fort Walton Beach and not in Destin, which is 6 miles east of the property. Secondly, the property is more like a collection of condos than a typical hotel or resort. That said, for families looking to vacation someplace with the comforts of home and lots of room for everyone to stretch out, this is precisely the kind of vacation stay that appeals.

The property is a collection of seven-story buildings located on both the bayside and gulfside of the main road; gulfside means fronting the sugary sandy beach along the Gulf of Mexico, while bayside is on an
... more interior waterway, Choctawhatchee Bay.

All of the condos here -- with one, two and three bedroom options, in addition to studio-style villas -- are individually owned. So you should be aware that décor is not standard throughout (some owners are more style savvy than others, but all are suitably decorated and up to date with amenities).

Of the over 300 condos on property, Destin West Beach and Bay Resort only manages 137 units here. That means that the people you might meet staying here could range from vacationers staying for a night or longer and owners visiting for a holiday, to guests who have found the condos through VRBO listings online and even year-round residents who call this place home.

If your idea of a fun Florida vacation is plenty of pool and beach time, this property is perfect. Fort Walton Beach is a sugar-sand paradise with clear turquoise water and calm seas that more resemble a lake, most of the time. Guests at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort also have access to the sister property next door, the Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort, with a total of seven pools between the properties to enjoy (there are a fun water fall pool and swim-up bar at the Ramada that are worth the walk over). Onsite at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, families love the lazy river and zero-entry pool. And a sky bridge walkway from the bayside to the gulfside condos and beach means that you can avoid crossing traffic on the main street to get between the resort's two areas.

The condo-style units here offer all of the comforts of home, with separate bedrooms, sleeper sofas, fully equipped kitchens for making meals and washers and dryers in most units. Summed up, as long as you don't want all the entertainment and coddling of a proper hotel/resort, this is the perfect place to settle in and stay a while for a taste of the Florida good life. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Condo-style units with full kitchens
  • Lazy river and waterfall pools
  • Beachfront location
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 316 Reviews
Reviewed on 07/30/2016
We love staying here, great access to the beach. Stay on gulf sideburns love access To beach. Love being able to go to Lazy River side. We stayed in 113 and 114. Loved the patio setting. My review is that although the pool ...
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Awesome Front Desk Staff
Reviewed on 07/07/2013
We arrived after fighting 4 hours of traffic, we were pleased to be greeted by a really nice front desk person. Once we got into the unit we noticed we had no linens for the sofa sleeper and we were also missing towels. We called ...
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Save for the studio-style villa accommodations on the gulfside of the property, all of the accommodations here are condominium-style, with the option of one, two or three bedrooms. Only one and two-bedroom condos are available on the gulfside (beach side) of the property, with all three (one, two and three bedrooms) available in the horseshoe-shaped buildings on the bayside.

Except for the villas (which have small kitchenettes only), all of the units have fully equipped kitchens with stoves, ovens, a full-size fridge/freezer combo and all your cooking utensils. All units except villas also have full-size washers and dryers, making it a cinch to keep bathing suits and towels ready for another day. DVD players are also standard in all units. Be aware that all of the units here have individual owners, so décor varies in each condo and villa.

Connecting units are not available, but you can request rooms next door to each other. First-floor rooms on the gulf side have handrails in the bathrooms but no roll-in showers, so there are no fully compliant ADA rooms here. Rollaway beds are available free of charge (limit one per room); cribs are not available so you'll need to bring your own.

Villa Efficiencies
The villa units, on the gulf side of the property, are the smallest accommodations here and are really more like studios, with a very open floor plan and no privacy for parents from their kids. Consider it like an upgraded hotel room, with a queen bed and a queen sleeper sofa to sleep a maximum of four people. These rooms have a two-burner stove and convection microwave, as well as all utensils, so you can easily prepare meals in. Villas all have balconies with resort or pool or ocean views.

One-Bedroom Condos
Available with views of Choctawhatchee Bay on the bayside or with Gulf of Mexico views on the gulf side, these units sleep a maximum of six guests, with a king bed in the master bedroom, a queen sleeper sofa in the living room and a set of bunk beds in the corridor. There are two full bathrooms in these units, including one that has just a shower and another with a tub and shower. A full kitchen and washer and dryer are included in all units.

Two-Bedroom Condos
You can sleep up to eight people in these units, available with views of Choctawhatchee Bay on the bayside or with Gulf of Mexico views on the gulf side. There is a king bed in the master bedroom, a queen bed in a second bedroom, bunks in the corridor and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Two full bathrooms, a full kitchen and washer and dryer are also standard.

Three-Bedroom Condos
Found only on the bayside of the property, these units are the largest available and can sleep up to eight people (you just get a lot more room to stretch out here compared to the two-bedroom units, which also sleep eight). The layout here is a king bed in the master, a queen bed in a second bedroom, and either bunks or a queen bed in the third bedroom (be sure to specify when booking if that matters to you). There is a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. The two full bathrooms in this unit both have a tub and a shower. And there's the usual full kitchen and washer and dryer.


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