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“Great View - Awsome Complex!” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Caribbean West
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   3191 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541   |  
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Ranked #17 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
Tulsa, OK
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great View - Awsome Complex!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2008

We just returned from a week stay at the Grand Caribbean West Condominiums in Destin, Florida at Crystal Beach. We stayed in condo #313, which was an excellent, updated unit that had all the comforts of home for our vacation. We had a great view of the ocean from the balcony and could also see the pool/spa and BBQ/picnic area which was nice with kids! I would recommend staying on the third or top floor as we did as it has the best view of the ocean. The condo is in the muli-miilion dollar property area of Destin so is very exclusive, yet is also close to all the great shopping and restaurants. The staff on site are really friendly and laid back and ready to help in any way they can.

The best part of the vacation was Crystal Beach - the condo was just a few steps away from the white sands and crystal clear blue water, and the condos have their own private, deeded access. Our kids found some unbeliveably pretty shells there and had a blast!

We would highly recommend the condo to anyone looking for a really nice place to stay, great view, steps from the beach and at a great price too!

  • Liked — Close to beach
  • Disliked — Would have liked an onsite fitness room
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

We just got back from our fun and relaxing trip to Destin. We had a fabulous week at Grand Caribbean West! Each unit at Grand Caribbean is privately owned so each unit is different. We always rent directly through owners and don't bother with management companies since it's cheaper.
This year we stayed in a first floor, end unit that was spotless and had everything we needed and for only $135 a night . That's cheap! A gulf view isn't that important to us especially if we have to hike up down 3 flights of stairs with all our stuff every day. The pool and grounds are really nice and we especially liked sitting on the covered patio and eating dinner, playing cards and having drinks. Sunset from our patio was amazing! The unit we stayed in, #111, had new everything it seemed like and it was nice. It was super clean and the bed was firm but comfortable. The only thing I found wrong was one blind wouldn't rotate open but we just raised it... no biggie.
The location of Grand Caribbean West can't be beat. It's close to everything. We rented bikes, went deep sea fishing, rented jet skis, shopped, grilled out a few nights and layed on the beach alot. Beaches in Destin are gorgeous. It's like the Bahamas! My boys especially liked the pool and hot tub. I was really happy to find a washer/dryer in the unit so I could wash all our stuff half way through our stay.
I highly recommend staying at Grand Caribbean West. We are already planning our vacation next year and plan to stay at the same unit.

  • Liked — The beach, the convenience, the homey feel.
  • Disliked — That we could'nt stay longer.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007

We were there for Spring Break (3/24 - 3/31) and stayed in the Grand Carribean West Condos. The condo had a beach theme decor but looked worn down. The place was pretty clean when we arrived but you could tell the carpet could use a good deep cleaning. The were little or no towels, washcloths, or pans to cook in. The dishes they had were unmatching and mostly fragile glass. This place is geared toward families so why everything was glass (dishes, dining and deck table etc.) I have no idea. The coffee maker did not work, but it was replaced the same day so we were happy. We did have in unit washer and dryer so that was an added plus. The "beach equipment" that was advertised was rusted and broken, so it was unusable. The beach toys were few and in bad shape so we bought our own.

The pool and whirlpool were good sized and kept very clean and good condition. We were very impressed with that area. The walk to the beach was easy, just across the street (scenic 98, easy to cross and most cars stop for you) and down the ramp on to the beach. We were on the 3rd floor and had a great view of the Gulf between the Crystal Sands condos. The spring break crown was there, but it was a quiet, respectful group in our area. We met some of the kids that stayed there and they were all nice and respectful. The rooms seem to be insulated well so noise is not a big problem.

For the price (just a bit over $100 a night for spring break) I would recommend to those on a budget, or have families and/or pets. If you can spare a couple of hundred more for a week, stay on the beach side at Crystal Sands. I toured the Crystal Sands out of curiosity while we were in Destin, and when we go back we will stay there. The rooms are bigger, nicer and right on the beack with beach service.

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Additional Information about Grand Caribbean West

Address: 3191 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Caribbean West 3*
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