- I understand that you have an in-house housekeeping staff, how am I expected to leave the house upon check out?
We ask that you leave the home similarly to the way you found it upon arrival. Please leave all soiled towels in the bathrooms and linens on the beds. In addition, we ask that dishes be loaded in the dishwasher, and trash is bagged and placed in receptacles located outdoors. A fee may be assessed if excess trash is found in the home.
- Are early check-ins or late check-outs permitted?
Our check-in time is 4pm and check-out is 10am Central Standard Time. In order to check in early, or check out late, you must notify us with your intention to do so. A half day rent will be assessed if guests do not check out promptly.
- What is Five Star’s cancellation policy?
Cancellations outside of 90 days will lose 50% of the down payment. Cancellations made within the 90 days will result in a 100% loss of the down payment. Reservations cancelled within 60 days will result in 100% loss of rent. The loss can be avoided if CSA Travel Protection Insurance was purchased and the reason for cancellation is covered under the travel insurance policy. If you should have to cancel your reservation, please notify us immediately of any cancellation, and if you purchased the Travel Protection Insurance contact CSA to begin your claim.
- What is a vacation rental property and how is it different from a hotel?
Each of our homes has been hand-selected with our guest’s comfort and privacy in mind. Five Star Beach Properties are full of opulent furnishings, modern appointments, and a variety of entertainment options. And, if this isn’t enough for you, the sugar-white sand and emerald waters of the Destin and 30A are right outside your door! From check-in to check-out, our guests have complete privacy in their rentals with no interruptions. Our Five Star team is only a phone call away if you need us. During your stay, guests will have access to full Concierge Services who can arrange just about anything.
- How do I make a reservation?
Making a reservation is simple with Five Star! Online booking is available at fivestargulfrentals.com, or you may choose to give us a call at our office at 800-208-2324 ext. 1. We are always happy to assist you with selecting the right property for your stay. To secure your reservation, we require an initial deposit of approximately 50% due up front and the remainder of your balance is not due until 60 days prior to your arrival. All that is needed to create a reservation is the name of the guest, a billing address, cell phone number, the number of adults and children staying at the home, and a method of payment to make the deposit. A member of our reservations team will instruct you from that point on anything you might need to know regarding the arrival.
- When do I get the actual address and directions to the house I am renting?
Guests will receive the rental’s address when they receive the rental agreement after booking.
- When do I get the keys/codes to the property?
There is no need to pick up keys from an office. A member from our team will personally meet you at the home and provide you with a code for your stay. At this time, they will also answer any questions you might have about the property.
- Are linens, towels, and kitchen utensils provided?
Every home is well equipped with linens on each bed, as well as an extra set for any sleeper sofas that may be in the home. Each bathroom is stocked appropriately with bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and bath mats to accommodate the sleeping capacity of the home. There are starter sets of soap, detergent, dish soap, and toilet paper there for your convenience. Kitchens are each stocked with enough dishes, serving pieces, glassware, and all the other kitchen necessities to prepare meals during the guests stay.
- Do the rental properties have washers and dryers?
All of our properties have washers and dryers in the home for guest use. We provide a starter set of laundry detergent for our guests to use when they arrive.
- Do I have to pay to have the pool heated?
Pool heating is available upon request for most of our properties with pools. There is a daily pool heating fee for this added amenity. Once a pool heater is turned on prior to a guest’s arrival, it will stay on through the entirety of the guest’s stay. Please ask you reservationist for additional details.
- Are late night check-ins allowed?
Yes. If you will be arriving late, please let our office know on the day of check-in and we will be happy to make sure the lights are on for your arrival.
- Is a security deposit required?
Some of our properties do require a security deposit. This will be secured as a hold on a credit card prior to check-in. The credit card will be released after check-out providing there is no damage for which the renter would be liable.
- What if something in the rental property breaks?
Do not worry if something should break in the home during your stay. Every reservation has a damage protection policy which covers any unintentional damages to the rental property. The policy covers damages up to $3000.00. Any amount over this will be charged to the guest. This non-refundable damage protection policy will protect you, provided the damages are reported to management prior to check-out.
- Are pets allowed?
Many of our homes do allow pets under 30 lbs for a fee of $175 plus tax. Unfortunately, we cannot allow cats at any of our properties. Please ask your reservationist for details on our pet friendly properties.
- When is my final payment due?
All final payments are due 45 days prior to your stay. This is payable in cash, check, e-check, money order, or cashier’s check only. If there are any questions regarding payment, please call our office at 1-800-208-2324 ext. 1.
- Do you only rent Sat-Sat?
We only rent Saturday-Saturday during the Spring and Summer months (March-August). In the off-season, we require a 3 night minimum at all of our homes. Any holiday week may require a longer stay.
- What happens if there is a hurricane?
In the case of a hurricane, no refund will be given to a guest unless travel insurance has been purchased. The day that the National Weather Service orders a mandatory evacuation order in a “Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning” area, we will refund: Any unused portion of the rent to the guest is insurance has been purchased. We will also refund any guests who are scheduled to arrive and want to shorten their stay, or possibly come in after the Hurricane Warning is lifted only if they have purchased the travel insurance.
- Are weddings allowed? What are the fees and policies involved?
Most of our homes do allow for weddings and events, but must be pre-approved by Five Star Beach Properties. We require a $500 event fee for any event as well as a $1000.00 refundable deposit due at the time of booking. All events must meet local restrictions, HOA rules, and follow noise restrictions. The guests are responsible at any time for the events. Non-compliance with these rules and regulations may result in immediate eviction with no return of any and all payments made. Five Star Beach Properties can provide a list of venues that will allow for larger gatherings if requested.
- How is Five Star Beach Properties different from other rental companies?
Five Star Beach Properties manages some of the finest homes on the Emerald Coast. We also pride ourselves on providing our guests with the highest level of customer service possible! We will personally greet you at the home to check you in. There is no need to make an extra stop at our office to pick up keys. We are happy to take the time to meet you and discuss any questions you may have regarding your rental. You are encouraged to take advantage of our Concierge services that are exclusive to guests of our vacation rentals. There is no limit to the services provided, from baby furniture rentals and grocery rentals, to booking a yacht or a private chef, we can do it all!
- Do all of your properties have WiFi?
All of Five Star Beach Properties' homes provide WiFi for our guests FREE OF CHARGE.
- Are there any companies that rent Sunday to Sunday during the busy seasons?
Five Star Beach Properties only rents Sat-Sat during spring and summer. However, there is another rental company in Destin which rents Sun-Sun. If you are interested in viewing these properties please check out www.blissbeachrentals.com.
- How did Destin and the beaches of 30A get their white sand?
Destin’s sand begins its story in the Appalachian Mountains. More than 20,000 years ago, rising temperatures caused the ice caps to melt and large volumes of water were sent to the oceans via rivers. The Apalachiacola River carried water from the mountains into the Gulf of Mexico. This water contained Quartz particles, and as the sea levels began to rise, this quartz began to form a new coastline. The sand in Destin and South Walton is made almost entirely of this fine quartz, which gives it its sugar-white color and texture.
- What are the average temperatures in Destin?
During the winter months (December-February), the air temperatures average around 62 degrees for a high and the low forties for a low. The winter water temperature hovers around 64 degrees. During the spring, high temperatures reach the low eighties and the water temperature is a balmy 72 degrees. The weather heats up for summer with highs easily reaching the mid-nineties in June, July, and August. In the fall, you can expect comfortable warm temperatures in the mid-eighties. The water temperature stays well above eighty from April through October.
- When is it safe to swim?
The Gulf of Mexico and Choctawatchee Bay tend to be much calmer than the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. Both Okaloosa and Walton County operate a flag safety system. Green Flags mean the water conditions are ideal. Yellow Flags suggest caution should be used, as there may be currents, strong surf, or riptides. Red flags are used to warn swimmers that high hazards are present. Double red flags mean the beaches and water is closed to swimmers. Purple flags indicate that pesky marine life, like jelly, are present. You can get the most updated information about beach safety and water conditions on the Walton and Okaloosa Counties websites.
- What else is there to do in Destin?
Destin is home to world-class shopping centers and outlet malls, innovative restaurants, and championship golf courses. Known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin is home to the largest charter fishing fleet in the country, so be sure to book a full, half, or multi-day fishing trip. Paddle-boarding, surfboarding, and kayaking are also popular, especially in the rare coastal dune lakes of South Walton County.
- Is it easy to get to Destin?
Destin is the number two drive-to destination in the state of Florida, and it is within a six hour drive of many Southeastern cities. Destin is serviced by three airports, Valparaiso, Northwest Florida Beaches International, and Pensacola Regional Airport.
- What kind of accommodations are available?
Condominium and beach house rentals are the most popular accommodations along the Emerald Coast. Whether you are looking for a cozy two bedroom condominium with all the perks and amenities of a resort or a luxurious beach-front home that sleeps 20, you will find a variety of housing options suitable to all budgets and lifestyles.