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“Snow birds” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Oats Condominiums
1114 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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Linton, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Snow birds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Stayed January 15 - March 15, 2014 in unit # 405. The unit was great, had most everything we needed and had a great view. We liked Sea Oats complex so much we've booked # 501 for next year. Reason we're not going back to the 2 bedroom # 405 is we will need more space next year for more family is coming down and # 501 is a 3 bedroom unit.
Property manager, Chris Veach, was great to work with, if you had a problem large or small it was taken care of immediately. He is truly an asset to the Southern Resorts rental company.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I'm always a little leery of booking stuff online because you just never know. I can honestly say we were not disappointed in this. The condo itself was very nice with a gorgeous view from the room. It does sit right on the beach and we spent the entire stay with the patio door open. The place was clean with a large kitchen. Seating was comfortable and there was reasonably comfortable patio furniture. The only real gripe we had was that the bed in the master is insanely hard with little padding in the top of the mattress... you couldn't feel springs but it wasn't comfortable. Also, bring your own pillows. The ones there are flat as pancakes. The twin beds squeaked a lot per my friend who slept in them but were a bit more comfortable than the king. Also, there isn't a pot holder to be found. Not something I generally take on vacation with me. Otherwise, we were very pleased with this condo and would gladly book it again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Destin, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Like many other condos on Okaloosa Island, Sea Oats is a bit older (1983) and each unit is owned and maintained, decorated, equipped by individuals so there can be variation is quality and amenities. No doubt that much depends on the diligence and responsiveness of the owner or designated management agency. I stayed in 212 for two months Oct-Dec 2013 and was quite happy with the cleanliness, furnishings, location and price as well as the owner support. This is not a Gulf-front unit but it's about a two minute walk around the corner of the building. There are newer, more modern condos on the island but you will also pay a good bit more for them. Honestly, I found Sea Oats to be a great vacation residence for couples and families who are looking for a good balance of price, amenities and location. I can't speak for every unit but I've seen several and, overall, I've had a positive experience.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We rented condo #605 at Sea Oats through Real Joy. Staff from Real Joy and Sea Oats were excellent and very prompt with remedying any issues that came up (there were a few) and everyone we met was very friendly. Other positives are the location and cleanliness of the condo. Negatives: Mattresses are EXTREMELY firm and have seen better days. There were two water leaks during our stay, one from our condo into the condo below us and one from the condo above us. Also, the main water line burst and water was shut off for half a day. Again, the staff handled all situations very well. Doubt we will stay in this condo again because of the mattresses.....just can't enjoy a vacation if can't get any sleep. But we will probably return to Sea Oats......just choose a different condo.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Overall it is a cute, cozy condo for a decent price. With that being said, my family will never return here for several reasons. 1) the walls are so thin you can hear everything going on outside. I was awake numerous times in the middle of the night because people decided to swim/party in the pool at 2am or even 5am. 2) there is no one to enforce the 'quiet time' so I really felt like we were staying at a spring break type hotel rather than a family place. 3) the toaster is so old it doesn't work. Not a huge deal, but an inconvenience. Come on owners...splurge and buy a new toaster! 4) the refrigerator is falling apart. The first night we learned not to put any glass groceries in the side if the door...goodbye glass jar of pickles! 5) the dryer takes over 2 hours to actually dry a load. This explains why our bath towels were still damp when we first arrived.
Beautiful view and decent price for beach front, but I will NOT be back.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

This was our families 20+ time to Ft. Walton/Destin but first time at Sea Oats. We booked through VRBO which has never let us down until now. The price was right so my mom booked unit 111. We knew it wasn't beach front but were ok with it. We got in sat night around 7-8. We were pulling out bed linens from the master closet and noticed they were soaked! Turns out the first bathroom shower LEAKS into the closet/walls! So that left 4 people using 1 shower! Then we discovered the air conditioner/water heater drain was blocked and leaking UNDER the ceramic tile into the first bedroom! Then we noticed water under the windows in the master bedroom as well! We contacted the owner's daughter who said she'd send out a repairman the next day. She apologized and that was the last I'd 'hear' from her. The repairman finally showed up later in the day while we were out and 'steamed cleaned' the wet areas of carpet and unclogged the drain but he said there have been problems here before. So I'm sure there is mold ALL over that condo!! I had to call again the next day because there were issues getting our 'included' beach chairs but my phone call was never returned, or the one prior to that! (turns out we just used the owners last name and we were fine). I emailed 'Hope' telling her our disappointment and she did respond. She stated that the last renters had no issues and she's never had any complaints, perhaps they were blind?!?! Her father is in charge of reimbursements but I've yet to hear back from her! It made for a stressful start to our vacation but from ALL the other guests we met that stayed there, they said Sea Oats was pleasant and they are working on remodeling. If you're looking to stay here perhaps use Sea Oats rental company or even VRBO for units 404, 308. We met nice families that stayed there and said they were very clean! Do NOT use VRBO # 132212!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Our stay at Sea Oats was fantastic. We found the condo to be large, well stocked with games, books, and kitchenware. The pool was super. Our family was thrilled with the view and found the location to be central to all the activities we wanted to do. When we plan our next vacation, we will call Beacon Resorts and request the same unit on the 7th floor. Excellent.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1114 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 80
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