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The Destin West Beach and Bay Resort is famous for its Lazy River and iconic Sky Way Bridge. However, magical moments appear throughout our property fueling romance along the Emerald Coast.

Ambience at our resort provides natural whimsy to any Destin vacation.  Destin West Beach and Bay Resort boasts unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay.  Ambient lighting glitters off the Lazy River, Swim Up Bar, and our pastel resort walls at night.

Paradise is completed by romance on a warm spring night here at Destin West.

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Booking directly with Destin West Vacations includes the added convenience of private beach service, vacation rentals perfect for lovebirds, and the famous Destin West honeymoon package.  And on one fateful night 14 years ago, the scene was set for the beginning of a perfect love story.

The Destin West Couple: Cassie Rose & Kevin

We’ve always known the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort held a special magic, but our Marketing Director was shocked when she saw the comment on Instagram, “I met my husband there!”

“I was flabbergasted!  I mean I know this is a romantic resort, but I just had to hear the story,” commented Marketing Director Ashley Walsh-Lopez. 

With some digging, our marketing team was able to connect with Cassie Rose and hear the story.

We’ve always known the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort held a special magic, but our Marketing Director was shocked when she saw the comment on Instagram, “I met my husband there!”

“One of my favorite questions to answer is how my husband and I met,” started Cassie.  “A middle-aged married couple is not expected to have a love story beginning at a resort in Florida… I am still only mostly certain of our love at first sight story at the beach… it was certainly magical.”

Cassie and her family arrived at the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort in April of 2007.

It was a long road trip from Tennessee, and an exhausted Cassie was getting an earful from her mother, excited about the Lazy River.  Mom seemed disappointed that the only availability on that busy weekend was a vacation rental with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. 

However, when Cassie reached their Gulfside Condo, she was impressed by the dreamy view of the Emerald Coast with their own private balcony. Despite her exhaustion, and enjoying the salt air of the Gulf of Mexico, her mother convinced her to come explore this enchanting Lazy River, and say a quick hello to the other wedding guests.

“We found our way to the Pelican (building) on the bay side of Destin West.  The lighting was dim enough to see the moonlit sky,” Cassie discovered.

“The door made a hollow tapping sound as Mom knocked.  Then it opened, and there was Kevin in a hallway with the light shining behind him.  A backwards (baseball) hat, an orange t-shirt, shorts, flip-flops, and a smile greeted us.  I smiled back…”

After several minutes, and a drink in hand, Kevin went to chat with Cassie.  They instantly bonded over each other’s sarcasm and love for domestic beers.  Soon, they moved to the balcony.

“After seemingly endless chatter about the Lazy River, it lived up to its reputation.  (It) was a glowing, ambient sight for my tired eyes…. Before I knew it, Kevin and I (were) sitting together, laughing and talking with a group I just met as if I had known them for years.”

The rest, as they say, was history.  Cassie Rose and Kevin have been together now for 13 years.  They have two children, and two dogs, and as Cassie says, “A whole lot of love!  A whole lot of love that began at Destin West.”

About Love at Destin West

Many of our guests have commented on romance in the atmosphere at the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort.  From the glittering night lights around the resort and Lazy River, to private beach service while soaking up the sun, here are some hot tips to cultivating romance at Destin West.

"After seemingly endless chatter about the Lazy River, it lived up to its reputation.  (It) was a glowing, ambient sight for my tired eyes…."- Cassie Rose

Our Most Romantic Vacation Rentals

Sandpiper Pent House No. 1

Sandpiper PH01 is a pent house suite in the Sandpiper building, overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The double decker balcony is furnished with an upgraded four-person hot tub and lounge. The one bedroom, two bathroom pent house suite on the highest floor for panoramic views and bright natural light throughout.

This vacation rental includes a master en suite, bunk room, living room with queen-size sleeper, full kitchen, and in-unit washer and dryer. Each room includes entertainment centers and personal storage. The master en suite is decorated with a king-size bed, private patio access, Jacuzzi tub, and large walk-in shower.

The two-story balcony with unobstructed waterfront views and modern décor make this penthouse suite the perfect backdrop to any luxurious beach vacation.

The unit includes free WiFi and tile floors throughout.

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Villa Studio Suite No. 501

The Destin West Vacation’s Villa makes any beach vacation complete.

This villa suite is newly undegraded with modern décor. The high floor condo also includes a panoramic balcony for great natural light and breathe taking views of Okaloosa Island and the Gulf of Mexico.

This vacation rental includes a queen bed with memory foam, kitchenette, breakfast bar, two smart entertainment centers, sleeper sofa, and private waterfront balcony. The bathroom includes a luxurious Jacuzzi tub, and large walk-in shower. The condo is tiled throughout.

Enjoy free WiFi, cable, daily linen exchange (upon request,) exclusive views of the Gulf Coast, and tile floor throughout.

Seasonal beach service is also included with this unit. (Available March 1-October 31.)

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Gulfside Condo No. 409

Relax at the end of the day with a captivating view of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. This is a one bedroom, two bathroom vacation rental with modern coastal décor.

The master en suite is furnished with a king-size bed, entertainment center, and private bath. A bunkroom is also included in this condo which includes a set of bunk beds and an entertainment center.

The open concept family room has plenty of natural light, from the private patio overlooking the Emerald Coast and Lagoon Pool. To help wind down at the end of the day, kids and adults alike may enjoy the gaming console in the family room.

In condo amenities include a fully furnished kitchen, dining area, in-unit washer and dryer, and free Wi-Fi.

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These prime vacation rentals book fast!  Ensure you grab your favorite condo by booking today.

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The Perfect Destin Wedding

Destin West Vacations partners with the award-winning team at The Island Weddings to make all your dreams come true.  This team has been planning and executing weddings in Destin since 1966. 

"An amazing wedding team at The Island." - Wedding Wire Reviews

The same team that brought Cassie and Kevin together offers indoor and outdoor venues are available with the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop.  These wedding sites are just steps away from your condo at the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort.

Group rates are also available for wedding blocks.  To start planning your happily-ever-after call Destin West Vacations at 1-800-947-0701 or contact us online and ask for Emily, our Group Planning Manager.

Honeymoon Package

Is it time to up the romance for your vacation?  Destin West Vacation is here to help!  Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and premium souvenir wedding glasses on select vacation rentals with Destin West Vacations.  Learn more about our honeymoon package today.

We’re excited to help make your anniversary celebration, romantic getaway, or honeymoon the perfect Emerald Coast vacation.

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Romantic Events for Couples

Keep up with local events for couples and Valentines Day celebrations by checking out our Events Guide.  The Events Guide is updated regularly and has the best of Destin, Okaloosa Island, 30A, and Ft. Walton Beach.

Looking for sensational dining for date night?  Check out our Dining Guide and recommended local haute cuisine.

Book Your Destin Love Story Today

Don’t wait!  Book your Destin West vacation rental with us to see the resort where Cassie Rose and Kevin fell in love, and experience the magic for yourself. Book direct and save big with our Destin West vacation packages and special deals.

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