Destin Area Property Management

At Gulf Tide Vacations, we pride ourselves on being a true partner with each owner. We personalize your vacation property management to meet your goals. We understand your investment is important to you and we treat it like it’s our own. Gulf Tide Vacations generates more revenue for our clients, at a lower cost, all while taking better care of your Destin Vacation Rental investment. We make it our business to find the best Destin Vacation Rentals that meet and exceed our guest expectations. We know what makes a Destin Vacation Rental successful and we are committed to providing owners and guest the best experience possible.

At Gulf Tide Vacations, we treat our guest and owners like family — not customers.

Management Services

Seamless Startup

Ready to let go of the stress of owning a vacation rental? Getting started with Gulf Tide Vacations is easy. Join our family and let us take care of the rest. We check all the boxes to help get your rental ready for guest.

Powerful Marketing

Each Gulf Tide Vacation listing is professional and fully-optimized to produce the most booking. We also heavily promote our properties on social media as well. Our properties have beautiful HDR photography along with Virtual Tours which show off the best of your home.

Excellent Guest Services

Taking the guest experience to the next level, we go above and beyond for each and every guest, giving them a stress-free and luxurious experience they’ll never forget. Your guest will be talking about this vacation for years to come and return over and over again.

Property Care

Our property care teams are dedicated to ensuring your property is always in tip-top shape. From cleaning to maintenance, our professionals check each property before and after every stay.

Dynamic Pricing

Using our own algorithms, we increase your rental property revenue, so you get the most out of your investment.

Reporting & Financial

We provide detailed statements to our homeowners monthly with receipts which are always available in our Owner Portal.

VRBO Premier Partner

Being a VRBO Premier Partner, we have over 10 stays in the last year with a 4.5 overall rating and 0 cancellations. Additional we have 100% response rate to potential guest.

Strategic Partnership

We choose the best partners in the business so we can give you our best service.

Smart Keyless Locks

Gulf Tide Vacations will install an electronic door lock (Yale lock) on the entrance door of the property. The owner will be issued a door code annually that will be active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We ask that owners do not provide their personal owner door code to service vendors, realtors, friends or extended family members. Our reservationist will issue a unique door code for vendors, realtors, friends or extended family members.

Online Owner’s Portal

Property owners may access their Gulf Tide Vacations account via the OWNER PORTAL tab at the bottom of the home page at Owners are issued log in credentials, and may view monthly statements, reservations, and notices online.

Accidental Damage Protection

Unintentional damage to the premises by a renter is covered up to $1500 per rental. Any damage to the premises that is not considered to be accidental in nature or accidental damage in excess of $1500 is the responsibility of the owner. Ongoing maintenance and repairs to the property from normal wear and tear are the responsibility of the owner. Any damage (intentional or unintentional) to a golf cart is not covered by the damage waiver, but may be covered by the guest’s automobile insurance policy.

Housekeeping (with linen program)

Gulf Tide Vacations will provide hotel grade linens that are designed to withstand repeated washings at high temperatures. There is a daily fee deducted from each reservation to cover the cost of the linens. All linens are placed in a linen pool to be used and laundered as needed. The cost of replacement linens is offset by the housekeeping fee charged to guests, therefore, there are no recurring linen replacement fees charged to owners. The check out time for departure is 9:00 am, and the housekeeping staff will arrive at that time to clean the unit. If you cannot depart by 9:00 am, please reserve an additional night so the housekeepers will plan to arrive the next day. If the housekeepers arrive after 9:00 am and the property is still occupied by the owner, a trip fee will be assessed.

Guest Screening/Background Checks
by Guest Ranger

Fraud Prevention software for short-term rentals offering facial recognition, fake id checks, automated identity verification, minimum age check, sex offender check, damage, and liability protection.

Extra Owner Protection

  • $25K – Contents Damage Protection ($0 Deductible, $25 minimum claim, $5K any one item)
  • $1M – Real Property Protection ($2,500 deductible)
  • $1M – Host Liability Protection ($2,500 deductible)
  • $15K – Bed Bug Coverage ($100 deductible)


What We Do


Both Bart Lucius and his team at Gulf Tide Vacation Rentals are synonymous with 5 Stars/Top Ratings.

I have worked with Bart since 2015, when we purchased our beautiful Destin, Florida home. Since that time, Bart has managed our property as if it is his own, something not possible with large rental management firms. Bart manages our house on the short-term rental market and ensures the property is meticulously clean and in up-to-date condition throughout the year. He also provides expert advice for improvements to ensure guests are provided with the most modern accommodation and amenities possible. We have never had any complaints about the property condition or service from guests due to Bart’s expert management and advice. In fact, we receive wonderful notes of praise in our guest book as well as online.

One of the key areas of praise is how diligent the team is in finding, booking, and managing renters for our house. Bart establishes relationships with owners and renters so often we have the same visitors every year. This is only possible due to the excellent work Gulf Tide Vacation Rentals provides.

We can only praise Bart and his team and encourage others to use Gulf Tide Vacation Rentals as the rental management of choice. We have always been totally 100% satisfied.

Kathy and Steve Graham

​For those looking for a property manager in Destin and its surrounding communities, we wish to highly recommend using Bart Lucius of Gulf Tide Vacations with whom we have worked closely for the last several years.  We started working with Bart when he was the office manager at another local management company and were very impressed with his knowledge of the rental real estate market and his great attention to detail. When he started his own firm two years ago, there was no question that we would stick with him.

​It was very important to us to hire a property manager who understood that while we rent our property in the summer season and expect to maximize income, this is our HOME, and we want it carefully looked after. We did not want to go with a larger rental management company where we’d be just another house in the rental pool and where staff would be less likely to carefully monitor and maintain the property. Having a small LOCAL boutique management firm means personalized service at all hours of the day or night to make sure things run smoothly.  Bart treats our home as if it’s his own. He goes above and beyond to make sure our property is safe and secure, especially during hurricane season. His proximity to our property and his network of local service providers has proved invaluable. He has access to a tremendous cleaning crew and good relationships with local service providers should a repair be needed in a hurry. He’s also very creative and resourceful, especially during the Covid crisis when area restaurants had limited seating, arranging vendors/chefs who would provide clam bakes, pig roasts, and chef cooked meals in home to our guests and their families during their stay.

​Bart is extremely tech savvy and has been very successful in marketing our property on his own website, as well as VRBO and other ancillary websites, so that we remain well booked during our rental season. Friends who rent their home year-round who use Gulf Tide Vacations as their property rental manager, have also had great success renting even during the winter off season.

​If you’re looking for outstanding boutique service from a local property management company, while maximizing your rental income, you should choose Bart and Gulf Tide. Vacations as your property manager.

Len and Judy Olson

We have been working with Bart from Gulf Tide Vacation rentals for years.  We love our home in Destin and we know that it is in the best hands while we are hundreds of miles away and that when we come to visit it is exactly as we left it.  Bart and his company have been nothing but professional in addition to giving their clients the personal attention that many other companies lack.  They know our home inside and out and have exceeded our expectations with the management of our rental property.

Gulf Tide has been invaluable in helping to find professionals for lawncare, handyman, contractors, etc.  They make every effort to keep costs at a minimum, while keeping up with the trends. Bart and his team recommend only what is necessary to keep us current and most importantly, keeping our home renting and our customers comfortable and wanting to return.  

We would, without hesitation, recommend Gulf Tide Vacation rentals to anyone looking for an exceptional management company. 

Brian & Lisa

Owners of Casa del Sol & All Decked Out

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No Setup Cost

No hidden fees! We setup your vacation home for FREE!

No Long-Term Contracts

All of our management agreements are month to month with a simple 60 day notice.

No Monthly Dues

We manage your property 100% and take a percentage of the total revenue.

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