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Waterscape Condominiums
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1110 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

1st stay on the Gulf side .this is a nice place with lots for the families. Beach is different form the ones at Hilton Head sand is very white. First two days were rainy so our well stocked condo(games) was a Godsend. The place is clean and our unit was very convenient . On the first floor and close to parking and pool A109. We rented from Southern Rentals there were one communication issues but not anything bad. The parking garage needs a few more convienient Handicap spaces. The pool police are A. Annoying B alittle rude. That could be handled better. All in all we would come back here for future vacations.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was our first time at Waterscape. We stayed in unit A418 and they said it was a "no view" unit,which was entirely wrong. We had a lovely view of the ocean from the balcony. The pools and grounds were beautiful,staff was friendly and location was excellent. We have never stayed in a one bedroom unit that is made for 6, but this had plenty of room for our party of five. Free beach chairs and umbrella was nice to have already set up and paid for (included with rental). Definitely a good family choice with kids. We will return as soon as we can.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This is our 3rd year in a row of staying at Waterscape and we all still love it. This year we came the first week in June whereas we used to come a week before Memorial Day so as to avoid the crowds. Thankfully it wasn't that bad. There was always room in the pools since they have 3 plus a lazy river. The pool area was always kept clean. There was also plenty of availability for beach chairs/umbrella. (Tip: You need to go out early and reserve yourself your chairs/umbrella if you want to be on the first row closest to the water, which was important to us. If not then you will have no problem getting a chair in the 2nd or 3rd row when you get out each day). We found the complex to be clean and the staff friendly. There are several grills placed throughout the pool area on a first come - first served basis. We used them twice and had no problems finding an available one near our condo. If you have a family with kids and like to vacation in the Fort Walton Beach Area, this is the place to be. There are not a lot of restaurants near the complex, but we cooked most of our meals so that was not important to us. If being near a lot of restaurants and shops is important to you, I would suggest staying in Destin. For us, the beach was most important. We can't wait to go back to Waterscape next summer!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is definitely going to be one of my hardest reviews to write. I think I would give this place a 4.5 or so. It is definitely not a 5 from my travel experience. But this place is well above average--that's what makes this so hard to rate. And I definitley want to be as accurate as possible when others look on here to get advice.

I will start with the room and then talk about the ammenities last. First, we stayed in a one bedroom condo with the bunkroom and pull out sofa in Building A (facing the middle pool). I would rate the room just average when compared to other places I have stayed. Kitchen had granite countertops but very medium grade appliances. For the most part, our unit had the basic kitchen necessities.

Unit had a stack washer/dryer unit in closet off of kitchen going towards second bathroom. Washer was okay; Dryer only worked well on high heat. Took a long time to dry. My guess is this is typical of these types of units. A/C unit worked okay. Unit did have ceiling fans in master and living room which helped to move air and keep temp down.

Open living space had dining room table and sofa with chair. This was a good set up. There was a small entertainment center with TV sitting on top with dvd player and stereo. Our unit had carpet in all areas except bathrooms and kitchen. Most places we have stayed in past had tile floors with area rugs. Not sure if all units are like this or not. Some may like this--some may not. Good for us in that we walk around in our bare feet all the time. Also had to pay more attention to spills with our kids because of carpet.

Master bedroom had king bed and a small closet off to the left as you enter. There were two night stands on each side of bed. One small window in master with TV mounted on wall. One of our biggest dislikes was the lack of storage space in the unit. Besides the night stands, there was absolutely no furniture or space to put clothes in. When you stay for a week with 4 people, it would be nice to have some storage space. We basically ended up with our luggage sitting around in the open spaces.

Other big dislike were the bathrooms. I would not call either a master. I thought both were rather small compared to other condos we have stayed in around the NW Florida area. Pedastal sink in the second bathroom and small sink with very limited counter space in one off of the master bedroom. Just your typical fiberglass insert tub in master and a small walk in shower (probably 3.5 by 4 ft) in other bathroom.

Outdoor area off of living room was adequate. Had table with 3 chairs. We didn't use this area at all really. We had pool view and knew this coming in. There was a very limited view of the ocean. We didn't have any misconceptions that our unit was a partial ocean view or anything like that.

I do think that the 3 bedroom and some of the 2 bedroom units closer to the gulf would have awesome views. My guess is that you will pay a premium for these views at this property. There are a very few units with total gulf views--maybe 30 or so out gulf front. But there will be numerous units with good views since the place is angled to give many units a quality gulf view from a distance back into the property. There is a new Holiday Inn being built on the east side of the property. I am not sure how this will affect the views of the east side units after completion.

You do have interior entrances for most of the property units--sort of like a hotel. But that has its minuses as well. On our floor, there was a very bad smell for a couple of days. I am not sure if it was a water issue or garbage issue. But the smell was not good or pleasant.

Waterscape has a covered parking structure. This is a huge plus if you have ever been to the coast before. your vehicle doesn't sit out in the sun all day and it is also protected from much of the sand that flies around. The property had a keypad entry into the parking structure for a little extra security.

Location is immediately to the right when you come across the bridge from Fort Walton. If you are familiar, it is just past the Old Bay Steamer on the left. You make a right hand turn and there is Waterscape.

Once you figure out the elevator and stairwell setups, you will be fine getting around the property. At first, it may seem a little confusing or poorly laid out. But it is nothing to cause me to say it was a negative.

Now to the amenities...

There are 4 seperate pool/water feature areas. Farthest back...kiddie play area, very shallow, did have a slide and some water features. Since my kids were older, didn't really venture up there. But just glancing, looked pretty cool for little ones.

Next was a circular pool--almost like a donut setup. Seemed like more adults and older kids hung out here. There was also a patio area at this pool overlooking the bottom pool. I think the water ranged from like 3 to 4.5 feet deep.

We spent almost all of our time at the main pool area--zero entry on one end that led into the toddler/kid play area.The pool continues out to deeper water and to the waterfall area that you see in all of the property photos. The workout room overlooks this pool. This pool also has the lily pad feature with the ropes that the kids play on continuously. I think the deepest area was like almost 5 ft. The far end did have steps that entered into the pool near the waterfall feature. This pool had 2 water features: a mushroom with water cascading over the top and another feature where the kids can turn wheels/handles to make water spray out of pipes. Water levels ofter ranged around 2 to 3 feet deep in much of the pool. This is awesome for the kids who are not swimmers yet.

The last water area was a small lazy river. There is a bridge that goes over this area so you don't have to walk around it to get to the beach. Water about 3 ft deep. There is not much current moving through the lazy river. This is a very average lazy river at best.

Beach at Waterscape is fabulous! Best area I have been to on the gulf coast. Huge depth to the beach. Waterscape has a large frontage area. For those wanting to head into the water, there is a nice sand bar about 30 or 40 yards off of the beach. It gets less than 2 feet deep--causing there to be great waves at this location. it is very easy for kids to walk out into the surf and be able to touch the bottom. As a parent, I had no concerns with safety with my 10 year old out there. The sand bar causes just enough waves but also keeps the undertow from being a big factor. This beach area is excellent!!

Now...what keeps this place from being a 5 for me. The property is a larger place. I have no idea exactly how many units there are. but the place was only about 50-60% of capacity when I was there. It was easy to tell when you looked at balconies during the day and definitely when you saw the lights at night. But it was still crowded on the beach and the pool area during the busy times of the morning and mid-afternoon. If the place was packed, it would have been miserable. There were two days when we couldn't find 2 chairs together at the pool at like 10 am in the morning. I guess the moral to this story is that if you want a good chair at Waterscape, you better be at the pool or beach by 9 am.

When we went to the beach, we were in the second row of beach chairs both mornings. Once again, if the place was packed, I could see them running out of beach chairs/umbrellas. Of course, I went to the beach to go out into the water with my kids. I know that many like to go and sit. Advice...get out very early for the prime seats.

In terms of the pool, the layout is a little strange. There are tons of curves and angles in the pool area. They have planted tons of palm trees as well. Thus, you don't get full son in most of the locations. Because of the height of the building itself, the pool area starts getting shade early because the building sits close to the pool. There is very little afternoon sun in most of the pool area. This is definitely not a sunbathers pool area. This pool is more for the kids to play. But biggest negative for me was the rough surface of the pool bottom. It was very rough in various places. The bottom of my toes definitely were scraped. I also scraped the skin off of the top of my foot swimming with my son when I hit the bottom with a kick. Granted, I like to stay in the water when I play in the pool with the kids. So I would say that I spend much more time in the water than most adults. But believe me, the bottom of the pool is rough!

Lastly, the internet is totally non-existent here. We even had trouble accessing our 4G through our cell phones. My guess is that the number of people on the property overloads their routers and cell towers in the area. If you like to be online, you will be frustrated. For example, we could not get Netflix to load the entire time. The only time when you could really do anything quickly on the internet was around 5 am in the morning until about 7 am. After that, S L O W....

All in all, I enjoyed Waterscape. For our trip, the weather was awesome as well--mid 80's and it only sprinkled the rain for about 20 minutes the entire week. The beach was open except for one day when Andrea decided to kick things up (double red flags on Thursday when the storm mover through FL). Waves and water was great--very little sea grass or things in water. The beach definitely made the trip.

I would say that there are many condos in the area that are more upscale/luxurious. I would say that the beach rivals most. The pools are definitely better than most. I would only worry if I traveled during peak times when the place is super busy. It may get too crowded. But when you combine everything, Waterscape should meet--possibly even exceed--your expectations. also, I think the photos posted online do give an accurate portrayal of this property.

If you go, enjoy your trip!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

One of the most family friendly resorts I've stayed at. Wonderful place. Loved the condo we stayed in. It was beautiful. If you stay gulf side in building A your view is now blocked by construction. That was the only downer. They have ample stAff that keep the property in perfect condition. No worries if you stay here. Would not recommend if not with family.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a great upscale condo for families with children of any age. After reading the other reviews I was concerned about the over-bearing security and problematic beach chair rations, neither of which was a problem. Security did not harass anyone and we walked out several different times and got front room beach chairs. The pools are awesome for big and little kids plenty of seating there too. The condo itself was very clean with comfortable beds There was construction next door we slept with our white noise machine and were not bothered. We always bring out own garbage bags paper towels etc. but there was an initial set up good for a few days. Everyday they had something for kids I.e airbrush tattoos, tie-dye T shirts these cost extra but the kids loved The gym is nice cool and clean and looks out over the pool. The pool bathrooms are a bit lockeroom-ish, it was a bit of a hike from our room to the parking lot, that being said its still a 5 overall.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We love to stay in Fort Walton and Oskaloosa Island when in the Destin area and don't know how we missed this beautiful new facility. Check-in is on location, no need to drive to a different office to get your keys. Our condo was new and modern with a decent kitchen with black granite counters, dishwasher, microwave, stove, washer and dryer, and three televisions, one in the family room and one in each of the two bedrooms. Bathrooms were decent size. The half bathroom was nice to have, especially for the kids. Our three boys ages 10, 11, and 11 loved the bunk room or the "man cave". Balcony was nice but I was disappointed in the view. A palm tree took up all of the ocean view both inside and even on the balcony unless everyone stood or sat on top of each other on the far left side. With construction of another building on the left directly to our left, the current view of the boardwalk and ocean will soon be narrowed even more.

As for the property, I thought it was strange you had to walk through the parking garage to get to the front desk the two times we had a question but it isn't a deal breaker. The kids loved the lily pad obstacle course but that pool was not heated. Maybe later in the season, it would be at a perfect temperature but with it being the main pool when you have children, it would have been nice to be able to use it as an adult and not have it so cold. The smaller pool upstairs was heated but the kids wanted to be downstairs in the kids area. The lazy river was enjoyable but smaller than I had imagined. Beach access was easy and the shower afterwards for body and feet was well roomy and appreciated. Two chairs and an umbrella on the beach was a nice perk to have. Activities were plentiful and not too expensive. The biggest disappointment was the only food offering at the resort was the food shack near the pool. It closes too early at 4:30 pm (officially 5:00 but they were always closing it early and sending people away). This should be open until at least 7 so you can have a drink or a snack as you watch the sunset.

We would definitely stay here again. We like staying on the less busy side of the Miracle Bridge side and this location was perfect to access Fort Walton or a short drive (beware of the backed-up traffic) to Destin.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1110 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterscape Condominiums 4*
Number of rooms: 339
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterscape Condominiums, professionally managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, are located on beautiful Okaloosa Island, which is infamous for its emerald green waters and white sandy beaches. Waterscape was constructed as a U-shaped property to house the "heartbeat" of the facility; the tropical oasis and pools. Waterscape has a two tiered pool deck separated by a 10 foot waterfall. The lower pool deck includes a large zero entry pool with spray toys and lily pads for the young at heart. The resort's lower pool deck features a long lazy river for you to float down on resort inner tubes. The upper deck houses a seasonally heated pool. There is a children's splash area on the upper pool deck that features toys for toddlers and a covered play area for maximum sun protection. There are two hot tubs located in the tropical oasis for your relaxation. ... more   less 
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