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Southbay by the Gulf

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940 Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
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Southbay by the Gulf
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Our vac on 9/5-9\11 was great. The condo had 4 bedrooms. Only 1 had a tv. Very nice kitchen and living area. TV went out during our visit. Was replaced. The beach is too far to walk if you are carrying anything. But you can drive. Beautiful area. Our main complaint was a terrible sewage smell in the downstairs bathroom.... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We love visiting Destin whenever we crave a beach vacation. We have almost always stayed at Southbay & really believe it is perfect for families and central to everything fun in Destin (this year we rented a pontoon & visited great restaurants such as Dewey's). We stayed in unit 61 which was right on a pretty lake (catch & release... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stayed at Unit 43, which was a nice corner unit off the lake. This worked out great for letting the dogs go out at night, easy access to do their business with out having to walk them around everywhere. They loved laying on the bottom patio and feeling the breeze. There were a few repairs that need to be... More 

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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Unit 94 was in a great location, no doubt with a 3 minute walk to the beach and next to the pool, but it was DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY and infested with ROACHES in the kitchen area!!! The first thing I noticed immedately was the mildew/moldy smell in the unit. It was noticeable right at the front door. Also upon arriving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Clean! Clean! Clean! Home away from home. Only a five minute walk to the gorgeous beach. We stayed in unit 51 for a week. It was right on the lake and it was beautiful! Loved the turtles, ducks and our squirrel friend. Definitely a place we will return to.

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Grand Coteau, Louisiana
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6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My family and I stayed on unit 79, for the whole week, the condo was very nice and clean,very family oriented,quiet, the beach was a few feet away, the water at the beach was so awesome since we hadn't been in a few years, the little ones love the pool......so close to stores and restaurants, had a great time overall........... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Recently returned from a fantastic week long holiday in Destin. We rented unit 91, it was clean, modern, a stones throw from the beach and has the pool right next door. The area was quiet at night, and very close to the supermarket. Booked some deep sea fishing 2 mins down the road. Although I don't have children, there was... More 

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Allen, TX
17 reviews 17 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our first time to Destin, and it was wonderful! We rented a unit in Southbay with another family, and we had a fantastic time! Each couple had their own room, and the 4 kids shared a “bunk room” which had plenty of space for them to sleep. Like a previous reviewer said “Southbay is one of the oldest... More 

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Tolono, Illinois
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

First time staying in Destin. Overall a less than pleasurable experience with this unit. Overpriced for what you get. This unit was dated and dirty. Most blinds were broken in some fashion. Sliding rear door takes a strong adult to slide it. Had to re-wash any dish we used. Felt the need to get a tetanus shot after using the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We've been repeat Southbay fans for about 12 years. We love it because it offers what many other locations can't. Here you get two story town homes,a large complex with two pools and kiddie pools and tennis courts. More importantly, you have to only walk from your room to get to the beach. No highways to cross, no elevators to... More 

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Address: 940 Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Southbay By The Gulf Hotel Destin

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