Selah By The Sea - Walk to the beach Emerald Shores Community

Emerald Shores Vacation Rental House in Destin, FL


"SELAH BY THE SEA", formerly known as "Return To The Sea" is a cozy beach villa in gated Emerald Shores community of upscale caribbean styled homes in a lush tropical setting. A coded private beach pavillion for owners and guests with cabana, restrooms, fresh water showers, beach chairs/umbrella service. This Home can be reserved with our other property "HIDDEN GEM BY THE SEA" if you need space for additional family members or friends.  Both homes are within feet of eachother.

Home is only a 3-4 minute stroll to the soft sugar white sand beach and crystal clear water or hop on the private free tram/shuttle! Large wagon for beach gear transporting available. Additional Emerald Shores amenities include two heated pools, a tennis court, shuffle board and basketball.

Armband Policy is in effect from 3/13/21 - 10/15/21  20.00 per home to be paid cash only at the private beach pavilion.

Vacationing here is an annual, sometimes two to three times a year event for many families and friends! You should come too! Once you come, you'll want to come again and again! Some people make this their home away from home after just one visit! Come see why! 

We all need a chance to pause and reflect on the beauty all around us. To see life more simply and live life more richly. This is Selah Life By The Sea.

We appreciate you taking the time to view our home. Please call us at 713-469-2100 or e-mail if you have questions to If you choose to stay with us, we are confident you will love our home and have a great time here at the beach! 

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From/To Nightly Weekend Weekly Monthly Min Nights
Florida State tax: 7%
Walton County tax: 5%
Departure clean: $200.00
Pet Fee - 1 pet: $150.00 (Optional)
Pet Fee - 2 pets: $250.00 (Optional)


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From Memorial day weekend - Mid August we are a 7 night minimum stay Sat - Sat rental
Armband policy for private beach access and pools  in effect from March - October 30.00 per home to be paid to HOA at beach pavilion (cash or credit card) 
We are pet friendly  2 pets max- pets 30 lbs and under non shed.low shed, no puppies, cats or aggressive breeds.  Non refundable pet fee 150.00 for 1 pet  2 pets 250.00 
Absolutely No smoking or vaping in the home. 


Great Home
Selah by the Sea was a very nice home. It was roomy, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Beds were comfy and patios and porch nice. Great beach area with small bar and good food available right at the beach. Good cooler and 2 wagons also beach chairs available at home. Pools were very nice. Owner was very easy to work with and very nice. We would definitely stay here again.
Everything Is Wonderful !!
From the moment we made contact to become renters, Maria was so lovely and gracious. She got back to us immediately and allowed us to see her beautiful cottage in the fall. We knew from the pictures how refreshing and comfortable SELAH by the Sea was, but when we got here and started to unwind, it felt like our home away from home. The cottage is so well equipped. We want for. Noth. I love the back, fully fenced courtyard as well as the screened in porches on cooler days. We will most certainly be back to this great vacation spot!!! It will not disappoint you if you are thinking about SELAH for your Destin vacation!! Thank you so much for having us as your guests, Maria. We love it here
Excellent Beach House
It has an excellent location, it feels cozy and the house has everything you could possibly need. Highly recommended.
Perfect Location

Selah by the Sea is located in Emerald Shores development and might be the perfect location. Walkable to the beach, a great mix of folks of all ages, with a secluded feel that belies the activity of the are. Two nice pools but an easy walk to the beach. Drivable to any main activity. The house itself has the perfect layout for a variety of family styles. A master bedroom and bath in the main part of the house with s screen porch connecting a suite of two other bedrooms and a bath--perfect for either friends or extended family. There are lots of extras (cooker, wagon, chairs, etc) that make the packing load much lighter. An easy place to keep organized and was very clean. We will definitely consider for a return trip!!
The house was beautiful

Maria is such a great host! The house was so beautiful and it was everything that the pictures showed and more! Maria is such a beautiful person and it felt like I knew her even though we'd never met. We will definitely come back to emerald shores' Selah by the Sea!
Perfect for a beach vacation!

Maria's house looks exactly how it is presented. A beautiful home with a great style, perfect for a beach vacation. We had 6 adults and 2 children and it was perfect for all our needs. Separation when needed and a large patio and living room to fit us all. The neighborhood was family friendly, everyone around was so nice, but i think it's impossible to be mean in a beautiful place like Destin! Our neighborhood had two pools that were perfect for when the beach had big waves. A huge blessing was that we could walk to Dollar General to get pretty much anything. We cooked a lot of our own food in the house which saved us a lot of money, and the house had everything we needed! The walk to the beach was very easy, and the house supplied us with a wagon to get chairs and toys to and from the beach. All in all, we had an amazing trip and I can't thank Maria enough for being a wonderful host! 
House was even better than expected

House was even better than expected! Checkin was extremely simple and Maria was very easy to communicate with. Gated neighborhood with a 7 minute walk to private section of the beach. Layout of the house is great and allows for extra privacy. Fenced in backyard was ideal for having a pet. There is also a large screened in area for the occasional thunderstorm viewing! Would highly recommend and will be back!
Heaven by the Sea

We loved everything about this place! From the "at-home" feeling you get when you walk inside this glorious place to the inspirational signs throughout the space. All the rooms where private and had plenty of space for my family and my wedding party. There was a nice company renting beach furniture when we arrived on the beach. There's plenty of beach supplies at the house but we didn't realize that until we were looking for a vaccum on the day of check out. However, this place does not disappoint! You will adore staying here and you will not be disappointed. We intend on returning at least once a year! Maria is also extremely helpful and she checks in on you after you get settled. Loved that!
Location is fantastic!

Our family enjoyed our stay very much. The location was fantastic as it was a more relaxed and family friendly vibe than other places in the general area of Destin we explored. The home was decorated lovely and very clean. Next time, we wouldn’t pack as much as just about everything you would need for the beach was available (cooler, wagon, chairs, umbrella, boogie boards, toys, etc). My family’s Indiana skin was especially thankful for the available aloe. We spent most of our time on the beach as it was a short walk and absolutely beautiful. I would recommend walking there at sunset to watch the stingrays surf the waves. We also saw dolphins while swimming during the day. Maria was super friendly and made us feel welcome. I would recommend her place and we hope to return sooner than later! 
We enjoyed our stay at Selah by the Sea

We enjoyed our stay at Selah by the Sea. It was clean with a lot of helpful items at the house to lighten our packing load. The screened in patio was a great place for the kids to play in the evenings while the adults visited in the living room. It was in a great location, not too far of a walk to the beach and super close to the pools. We would definitely return to this house in the future. 

Such a beautiful Home

Such a beautiful home! We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return. Thank you :)
Absolutely Gorgeous

Maria is an excellent host. She was very quick to respond to every single message I sent her. Selah by the Sea is absolutely gorgeous, cozy, perfect home away from home. It is a short walk to the beach. The community was quiet and perfect. We loved our 7 day stay. ”
This place was super cute & conveniently close to the beach

This place was super cute & conveniently close to the beach.. about a 5 minute walk! Access to a wagon ice chest chairs and umbrellas was very nice !! Would def recommend! Only 15-20mins to awesome restaurants & bars! Good people own this place, you wont be disappointed!
Super Cute and convenient to pool/beach

This house/neighborhood is super cute and convenient to the pool/beach! Would highly recommend staying here :)
This place is truly great!

This place is truly great!! The house has an awesome layout, very clean, 10 min walk to the beach, and lots of useful items such as a wagon and chairs for the beach. I felt extremely safe and am so glad I found this place. Thank you so much Maria for the terrific place and great hospitality!!
The house is absolutely beautiful

The house is absolutely beautiful. It is very spacious, clean, modern and very functional. The home had a TV in every room, the kitchen had every item you can possible need to make a meal. She even supplies board games, cards and pamphlets to help you know what the area has to offer. I was very happy and pleased to stay in this beach home. I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed.
Selah by the Sea was amazing!
Our experience at Selah By the Sea was amazing. The home was clean and comfortable. Quiet and friendly neighborhood with activities nearby. We really enjoyed the 5 minute walk to the neighborhood’s private beach. Maria was also a great host, she communicated well throughout the process helping to create a great experience for check in and check out. We will definitely be visiting again!
Maria and Billy are excellent hosts. Maria was very quick to respond to every single message we sent her. Their home “ Selah by the Sea “ is absolutely perfect ...a home away from home. The kitchen is well equipped with everything, even a crockpot. The tv is Toms favorite. This is our second year staying in this wonderful home. It is a short walk to the beach. Thankful for the beach pavilion. We really like that Dollar General is soooo close for any item we might need. The community is quiet and perfect. All who stay here will be blessed by a wonderful home in a wonderful gated community.
Best Beach Vacay Ever!
Our host Maria was excellent at communicating-as this was our FIRST experience renting a home for at our vacation spot! She made the process easy. The home was clean and beautifully decorated. The common areas had plenty of space for all 9 of us to lounge, eat and enjoy a movie together. And yet we had the option to have quiet time in the bedroom areas too! This home came well equipped for families! We had 5 kids in our travel party and there were soo many sand playing toys and boogie boards that no one fought. The wagon provided was wonderful-as the walk to the beach carrying all our gear would have been a chore. That wagon allowed the kids to take whatever they wanted PLUS the adults’ chairs. The home is located near a couple malls and plenty of eats, both fine and fast food. Making dinner w kids EASY. The private beach was beautiful! The beach pavilion provided cold drinks and we had access to CLEAN restrooms. There was also a fresh water wash out station too! Our two families (total of 9 people) had a stress free stay. We were truly sad to leave and hope to return.
Luxury Living
We just returned from a 10 day trip and all I have to say is everything was perfect. The house is gorgeous, incredibly clean and very well appointed. Maria was such a great host and we will definitly be back. It is a quick walk to the beach and close to restaurants. We could not have loved the location any more. The private beach was AMAZING!!! I have never seen a more beautiful beach and we have been all over the Caribbean. It's our new favorite spot! Thanks again, Maria for hosting! It truly was the BEST family vacation.
Amazing Stay!
Our family of four with two tweens had an amazing stay! House was exactly as pictured, and it had everything we needed (full stock of kitchen item and extra pillows and linens). House was clean and updated. Beach was a short 8 minute walk and the chairs, beach toys and wagon were perfect! Highly recommend!

Selah by the Sea us a home away from home

Selah By The Sea is a home away from home. The house has everything you need. Great location for the private community beach,2 communitypools,restaurants,and shopping.Friendly and safe community.Wonderful super host!
Cute and well maintained

Overall the house is very cute and well maintained. The community the house is in is very nice, and we felt safe. The beach is well kept and the house comes with a wagon to carry all of your things which is nice as it is a bit of a walk to get to the beach. The owner was very sweet and helpful - reaching out to me a few days before the trip to answer any questions I had and to give some great tips. Would definitely recommend for a family or for someone looking for a more laid back experience!
The Perfect getaway

This was the perfect getaway and a great spot for a family trip to Destin! I highly recommend staying here. It is minutes walking from the beach and the house is very nice.
Great property and amazing location

Great property and amazing location! Our family enjoyed 4 days at Salah by the Sea and didnt want to leave! This home was clean, spacious and had everything we needed! Highly recommended and will for sure be returning guests!
Selah by the Sea was an amazing place for our family to stay during our trip to Destin

Selah by the Sea was an amazing place for our family to stay during our trip to Destin. The floor plan was perfect for all the adults to have private space but yet we were all together. Love that there was as much outdoor space as indoor. The house is so nice, clean, and comfortable. Loved the neighborhood and short walk to pools and the beach. Dollar General is within walking distance which was super handy. Hope to come back and if we do, we will stay here again.
The home is conveniently located and you have easy access to the beach

Selah by the Sea was the perfect vacation home for our family's first trip to Destin. The layout of the home provides privacy for guest as well as an abundance of amenities. The home is very tastefully decorated and the beds are comfortable. The home is conveniently located and you have easy access to the beach.
Homey and cute

We loved our time here and did not want to leave. It was so homey and cute here. Definitely would love to come back here!
Wonderful Venue

Wonderful venue. Perfect distance from the beach and a great home for a family vacation!
Great place

Great place! The house was clean and close to the community pool. The neighborhood had golf cart shuttle service to the beach gate (not sure if this is all year round). The beach chairs, wagon, and toys were super useful for the beach. Also, in case you forget things at home there is a dollar general right next to the neighborhood.
Amazing house, location, and hosts

Amazing house, location, and hosts! Highly recommend to any couples or small families. Very spacious and clean with so many amenities! It’s less then a five minute walk to the beach, and various restaurants nearby. I will definitely be looking at booking this property again when I’m in the Destin, FL area!
Great Accomodations

Great accommodations! You will love the area and how close you are to the private entrance to the beach. Very relaxing home!
Clean & Comfortable Home
We met some friends in Destin for a mini vaca and was so grateful to have a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay. Maria was quick to respond to questions/concerns. I will recommend and stay again as the need arises.
he house was absolutely beautiful, immaculate and the set up was just perfect.

This was my first time coming to Destin. Get away for 6 girls, 2 moms and 4 - 19 yr olds. The house was absolutely beautiful, immaculate and the set up was just perfect. The two back bedrooms were adorable and perfect for the girls. The girls had privacy away from the main house while still being connected. The home is just so pretty, beautiful colors and has everything you need. Very well thought out! The neighborhood is also beautiful, quiet and very well maintained. The beach is a 5 minute walk and the beach is gorgeous!!!! I have never seen such soft white sand, it's like powdered sugar. Destin itself is a great beach town. Plenty to do but still laid back, not super busy like a tourist beach. The people are so polite and friendly. Maria was a great host and a super nice person. This is a 5 star. I would not hesitate to come back here and will definitely recommend others to stay here. Thank you so much Maria, we had the best time!!!
Great vacation
We stayed at this location for four nights. This house was absolutely fantastic and very nicely decorated. We even used their nice gas grill one night to cook. The beach is only two blocks from the house and you are able to go onto a private beach which was awesome. We wish we could have stayed longer because everything was perfect.
Lovely home in beautiful neighborhood. Short walk to beach

Lovely home in beautiful neighborhood. Short walk to beach. great hosts.
The unit has a great set up for two couples for anyone looking for some privacy

This unit has a great set up for 2 couples or for anyone looking for a little privacy from their guests, since there is some separation between the rooms with a screened in porch. It’s only a short walk to the beach (.4 miles, I think) and the amenities at the beach are nice. The pool is on the smaller side, but it was clean and perfect for small kids. Even though it was past the summer season when we went, there still seemed to be plenty happening in the neighborhood and in Destin, so it didn’t feel too quiet (or too busy), if that makes sense! It was a great place to stay for a week.
Comfortable and Cozy

Loved the house and the neighborhood. Everything was very comfortable and cozy.
Great family getaway
The pictures of this house do it no justice. Beautiful house in a gated community and a short walk to a private beach. We are looking forward to our next trip in this house. Thanks Maria
The house was great and in a great location right by the beach
aria was very helpful and made sure everything went smoothly. The house was great and in a great location right by the beach! The beds were very comfortable. Everyone had a nice, relaxing trip!
This was definitely our Selah by the Sea as a family!
Maria made it so easy and was great about communicating. Quite neighborhood with the pool not far away, was great for our family with the ocean was too rough for our littles. This was definitely our Selah by the Sea as a family!
The location is incredible, close to everything and very walkable.

Clean and as pictured. Beds were comfortable. Lots of space to spread out. The two outer bedrooms make for good separation. The location is incredible, close to everything and very walkable.
T​his was a perfect spot for my family.
his was a perfect spot for my family. A nice walk to the beach. A great neighborhood with two pools when you want to alternate off the beach. The neighbor was gated and felt very safe to let our teenagers roam about. We would absolutely stay again!
Beautiful home in a fantastic location, near one of the most pristine beaches ever.

Beautiful home in a fantastic location, near one of the most pristine beaches ever. The home is well stocked with everything you could possibly need for a great vacation. Maria is a super host and was super attentive and communicative.
The home is located in a gorgeous gated community that was peaceful and quiet. The layout of the house worked so well for our family of 5 - plenty of space and super comfortable. We would happily book again in the future.
Selah by the Sea is a wonderful and comfortable place that we would like to come back to someday

Selah by the Sea is a wonderful and comfortable place that we would like to come back to someday. We are in our 60’s so the walk to the private beach was too much but we found the public beach to be just fine. One day we had the swimming pool by the Emerald Shores entrance all to ourselves! The first week of May was a great time to go.
​Selah by the Sea is a very special place

Selah by the Sea is a very special place. Better than advertised and the Host was wonderful to work with. I was in Destin for my wedding, and many of our friends and family were staying all around the area in resorts or condos . I can honestly say that Selah was far superior to any of the places that our guest were staying. I 10/10 recommend!
A very comfortable home in a darling community located so close to the beach

A very comfortable home in a darling community located so close to the beach Pavilion is a great value. Peaceful, conveniently located, spacious for a family or a girls trip. The porch was our favorite spot each morning or after a day at the beach. I highly recommend Maria’s property.
The community was close to the beach but felt secluded from the busyness of Destin

. The beach was a 5 minute walk and there was a wagon available to help transport beach chairs, coolers, etc. We can’t wait for our next stay at Selah By the Sea.
Great home, location , short walk to private beach area.

Great home, location , short walk to private beach area. Kenny,D’S sea food and Crab Trap were great!
Beach area was fabulous.
we had a wonderful trip and the cottage was perfect

We had a wonderful trip and our cottage was perfect!
we really loved the place. It was very nice and clean

We really loved the place. It was very nice and clean. Short walk to the beach through the neighborhood. Also the neighborhood was nice and quiet very peaceful. We definitely would stay there again!!!
The location was great

The location was great! Far away from all the traffic but close enough for a short car ride! All you need is all there, including a private beach and two pools. Great stay!
Such a beautiful and peaceful home

Such a beautiful and peaceful home! A little walk to the beach access but not too far and even my 78 year old mother felt that it was a nice refreshing walk! Maria’s home has such a peaceful and warm feeling and I look forward to staying again!!!! Just a little side note………If you get a chance try Boshamps! It is amazing and so is Pompano Joe’s!!!!’
Lovely home and location
We enjoyed the quiet and peaceful area with a quick walk to the beach. It was a fun trip and a great location for the house. Thanks!
Beautiful home with a unique floor plan
We loved our trip to Destin and this home added value to our trip. Not only was the home beautifully furnished with a great kitchen/dining area it offered “extras”. The homeowner had many items available for renters use. Some examples: beach/pool items, a baby stroller, a little frig for back bedrooms and the list goes on from there. It was a quick walk to the beach and Emerald Shores also had a golf cart “shuttle service” to the beach available daily until 5pm. It was also great to have bathrooms available while at the beach. The availability of 2 pools for use with clean bathrooms was appreciated. Each pool area had plenty of lounge chairs as well as little tables set up for use. We loved the unique floor plan with its outside bedrooms and screened areas. We’d love to visit in the fall to utilize those areas and the patio more. It will be the first place we check for availinilty for a future trip to Destin!


Bedroom Setup
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
Dining Room
  • Dining Table
  • Eat in Counter
  • Formal Dining Room
Barbecue - Grills
  • Private Gas Grill
  • Gas Grill
  • Bathtub
  • Linens & Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk in Shower
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
  • Walk-in Closet
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • Single Level - No Stairs
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Big Screen TV
  • Boating
  • Cable TV
  • DVD Player
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Minature Golf
  • Scuba
  • Snorkling
  • Swimming
  • Television
  • TV/DVD
  • Board Games
  • Reading Library
  • Linens Included
  • No Smoking
  • Pets On Request
  • Pet Friendly
  • Vacuum
  • Online Booking
Home Office
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Blender
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Utensils
  • Crock Pot
  • Ironing Board
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pots and Pans
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garbage Compactor
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
Outside Living
  • BBQ Grill
  • Community Pool
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Porch Furniture
  • Private Parking
  • Restaurants
  • Driveway
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Marina
  • Pier
  • Air conditioning
  • Dryer
  • Internet
  • Washer
  • Dining coffee maker
  • Dining dishwasher
  • Dining ice maker
  • Dining kitchen
  • Dining microwave
  • Dining refrigerator
  • Deck patio uncovered
  • Grill
  • Adventure
  • Boating
  • Theme Park
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Luxury
  • Photography
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Washer/Dryer
Bathroom Details
  • Full Bath
  • Shower
Bedroom Details
  • Bedroom 2 TV
  • Master TV
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • <5 min walk to the beach
Location Type
  • Beach Access
On-site Facilities
  • Community Pool
Outdoor Features
  • Gas Grill
  • Air conditioning
  • Dryer
  • Gated Community
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Linens
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screened Porch
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Yard
Property Features
  • Cable TV
  • DVD/ Blu-ray
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Tram Service
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • WiFi/ Internet
Room Features
  • Bathtub
  • Pull Out Couch/Futon
  • Beach Service
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Para-gliding
  • Roller Blading
  • Wind-Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Water Skiing
  • Child Friendly
  • Elderly Friendly
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age for Renters
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Singles
  • Wedding
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Festivals
  • Food/Wine
  • Romantic
  • Sightseeing
  • Spa
  • Parking
Community Amenities
  • Community Grill Area
  • Community Pool
  • Community Tennis Courts
Property Amenities
  • Flat-Screen TV In Property
  • Free WIFI
  • Grill/ BBQ at the Property
  • Laundry Room in Unit
  • Pet Friendly
Walk-Time to Beach
  • 5 Min Walk to Beach
  • Baytowne Adventure Zone
  • Big Kahuna's Water Park
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Golf
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Snorkeling
Auto-Responder Tier
  • Destin Tier 1
  • Destin Tier 2
  • Miramar Beach Tier 1
  • 2 Parking Spaces Available
Property Amenities
  • Community Pool
  • Internet