We just got back from Cinnamon Beach resort and it was AMAZING Truthfully you can walk to the beach in 2 minutes from any of these villas .We go on vacation every year and always get a 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom villa for our family of 7.This was the largest space wise we have ever had and was furnished just beautifully.The patio was huge and had a great view of the lake. We were in building 1000 and it was only a few steps to the beach. Yes this place is right on the beach and it was not crowded at all.
So the accommodation was very comfortable and roomy and beautiful.
Next it is a resort and is gated it has the 2 pools, the little restaurant ,gym and it was SAFE for our younger kids aged 11 to walk to pool and back without us worrying about their safety.
The only bad part was that the beach has these giant rocks so be careful of your feet,Wish we had brought water shoes as the rocks are very sharp and covered with the water if the tide is in. It has less rocks if you walk down the beach but my kids did not enjoy the beach as much as if we were in Destin because of this.Also the sand is very gritty full of crushed up sea shells.So it was not comfortable to walk on beach bare foot. But with pool shoes it was fine.
All in all we would go back again next year and find a spot on the beach that has less rocks.
If you are reading this I advise you to bring those pool shoes that you can wear into the beach and you will not be bothered by the rocks