Scenic Highway 98

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The area of Scenic Highway 98, also known as Scenic Gulf Drive, provides classic coastal living with scenic beach roads, surf shops, fabulous restaurants, beachfront homes and beachside condos with panoramic views of the Gulf. This beach community encompasses approximately five miles of beach providing a variety of luxury homes and condos in Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida.

On the West end of Scenic Gulf Drive you’ll find Crystal Beach in Destin, and on the East end, Grand Dunes in Miramar Beach.

Along Scenic Highway 98, you’ll find a variety of beach condominiums and townhomes, local beach shops and mouth-watering local seafood.  790 On The Gulf is a great seafood restaurant located on Scenic Gulf Drive inside the Inn at Crystal Beach. The Nathan Abbott Team recommends visiting 790 during your trip and trying the Cajun-accented seafood or Sunday brunch while sitting on the outdoor patio taking in the amazing Gulf views.

At the end of Scenic Highway 98 in Miramar Beach is the nation’s largest designer outlet center, Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The outlet hosts an array of national retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Silver Sands restaurants include Carabba’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Panera Bread Company and local Ciao Bella’s Italian Restaurant.

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The Nathan Abbott Team’s Top Condominium & Community Picks on Scenic Gulf Drive

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Top Scenic Hwy 98 Condominium Communities

4. Crystal Dunes – View available units at Crystal Dunes
This mid-rise property in Crystal Beach features elegant 3-bedroom, 2-bath units with all the comforts of home including fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and whirlpool tubs. Crystal Dunes offers amenities such as a seasonally-heated pool, hot tub and beach boardwalk.

5. Emerald Dunes – View available units at Emerald Dunes
Emerald Dunes is a luxurious 6-story property in the Crystal Beach area of Destin and located near Henderson State Park. Emerald Dunes features spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bath units. Emerald Dunes amenities include a seasonally-heated pool, hot tub, beach boardwalk and complimentary beach equipment rentals.

6. Villa Coyaba – View available units at Villa Coyaba
Located in the Crystal Beach area of Destin, Villa Coyaba offers an infinity-edge beachside pool, a modern fitness center and a grilling deck. The condominiums’ interior features are lavish and luxurious with gourmet kitchens and travertine floors.

7. Crystal Sands – View available units at Crystal Sands
Crystal Sands East & West is an intimate, quiet property located directly on the beach and offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico from private balconies. Consisting of two gulf-front, 3-story low-rise condominium buildings in Destin’s Crystal Beach area, all Crystal Sands units face the Gulf. Many of these amazing Destin vacation rentals have hall bunks, a whirlpool bath, washers/dryers and a fully-equipped kitchen. Special property amenities include complimentary beach equipment rental, a seasonally-heated pool, beach boardwalk and an outside shower.

12. Mediterranea – View available units at Mediterranea
This beautiful 4-story condominium resort sits directly across from the beach with breathtaking unobstructed views of the Gulf. Mediterranea features lovely manicured gardens and fountains, a heated pool and spa, community clubhouse, fitness center, tennis, underground parking and a boardwalk and gazebo leading to the beach. The luxurious 2-bedroom units feature designer interiors, master bath Jacuzzi, washer/dryer, plus multiple balconies for taking in the gulf views.

13. Delos Townhomes – View available units at Delos Townhomes
Delos at Frangista is a collection of Gulf front luxury townhomes. The duplex units are three stories and feature 5-bedrooms and 4-bathrooms, large Gulf front decks, large windows and luxurious kitchens.

15. Majestic Sun – View available units at Majestic Sun
Majestic Sun features 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, plus 3 and 4-bedroom penthouse units complete with full-size kitchen, washer/dryer and stunning gulf views from spacious balconies. Amenities include a multi-level indoor/outdoor pool with cascading waterfalls and hot tub, covered parking and a fitness room. Majestic Sun is located on beautiful Seascape Resort with its 18-hole championship golf course, conference center, eight tennis courts, fresh water lakes and lovely park grounds.

16. Ariel Dunes – View available units at Ariel Dunes
Ariel Dunes I and Ariel Dunes II both offer 1, 2 and 3-edroom units with private balconies, 9 foot ceilings, granite kitchen countertops, and convenient beach access to over 2,000 feet of crystal-clear emerald green waters and dazzling white sugar sand beach. Ariel Dunes I is home to a pair of spacious pools, fitness center, on-site arcade and a pool-side casual dining at Cabana Café.

17. Avalon Dunes – View available units at Avalon Dunes
Avalon Dunes is an upscale, gated, low density Gulf front condo development with only 16 spacious units. Avalon Dunes condos have private beachside balconies, Jacuzzi tubs, gourmet kitchens, ten foot ceilings, the latest appliances, and elegant features. This rental-restricted building also features a swimming pool and hot tub.

18. The Crescent – View available units at The Crescent
The Crescent features elegant units with fully equipped kitchens, whirlpool tubs, washers/dryers, a private balcony and a complimentary in-room safe. Amenities include two gulf-side pools in a lush tropical setting complete with sundeck, hot tub, gazebo and beach boardwalks. Additional features include a fitness center, game room, outside grills, conference facilities and covered parking. The Crescent is located along a bike path, so guests can rent bikes and take in the area’s natural beauty via two wheels.

20. Grand Dunes – View available units at Grand Dunes
Grand Dunes Resort is made up of two towers, Grand Dunes and Grand Dunes II. Grand Dunes consists of 89 units and Grand Dunes II boast 88 units. Each Tower features 3 and 4-bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,330 sf to over 5,000 square feet, private beach, lush landscaping, tennis amenities, lobby with elegant informal bar and seating area, Gulf front exercise room, private owners’ conference room, free form pool with waterfall underground parking.

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3. Crystal Beach- View available properties in Crystal Beach
Situated in the heart of the Destin, near Henderson Beach State Park, Crystal Beach features renowned restaurants with delicious dining and award-winning beaches. The private homes, cottages and condos in Destin’s Crystal Beach area are conveniently located near an array of shopping.

8. Destiny Shores – View available properties at Destiny Shores
Destiny Shores is a collection of ultra luxury Gulf front homes in the Crystal Beach area of Destin. The multi-million dollar homes include luxurious features like personal elevators, gourmet kitchens, Gulf front decks and more.

9. Destiny – View available properties at Destiny
Destiny is a gated community with a collection of luxury homes and condominiums across from the beach. Community amenities feature a central community center, Club Destiny, pool, fitness center, tennis courts and playgrounds.

10. Destiny by the Sea – View available properties at Destiny by the Sea
Destiny by the Sea is a private Gulf-front gated community with luxury coastal homes featuring Mediterranean architecture. The neighborhood of just over 100 private homes includes a guard gated entrance, luxurious community pool, private beach access and boardwalks. Destiny by the Sea includes both Gulf front multi-million dollar homes and interior luxury homes.

11. Avalon Beach Estates- View available properties at Avalon Beach Estates
Avalon Beach Estates is a unique home development with 129 units and 534 feet of private beachfront. This is a special low-density community offers several family friendly amenities, including a 60-foot heated swimming pool, shuffle board, and two tennis courts.

14. Seascape- View available properties at Seascape
Seascape is an mix of natural beauty, grand resort-style luxury and the homey comforts of well-appointed rental condos. Seascape offers eight lighted tennis courts, five swimming pools, several bike trails, a seafood restaurant overlooking the beach, two championship golf courses and 2,000 feet of beach.

19. St. Tropez – View available properties at St. Tropez
St. Tropez by the Sea is a luxurious gated community of Mediterranean-style homes with Old World charm and cobblestone streets. St. Tropez is a tropical paradise with hundreds of exotic palms, lush plants and flowering foliage. The centerpiece of this unique community is a lush tropical courtyard with a 2000 square feet lagoon-style pool, large hot tub, picturesque fountains, tanning deck and private baths. Amenities also include a community deeded and gated beach access. Homes in the community are large and luxurious, most featuring around 2,500 square feet.

Local Attractions

1. Henderson Beach State Park – Featuring over 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline, boardwalks, six pavilions, a playground, nature trail and camping sites.

2. Destin Commons Shopping Center – Over 70 well-known retailers and restaurants, splash park, play area, mini-train, AMC IMAX movie theatre and more.

If you want to invest in a property along Scenic Gulf Drive, the Nathan Abbott Team is here to guide the way. Contact our Buyer Specialists at 850-812-3261 to schedule a consultation.

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