Welcome to Grayton Beach
An original beach town classic great for creatives.
Among the colorful beach cottages, hip venues, and ever-present breeze bounding in from the sparkling Gulf waters, you’ll find the lively spirit of Grayton Beach around every corner. Surrounded on three sides by the gorgeous Grayton Beach State Park and facing the vivid ocean to the south, this self-proclaimed “funky little beach town” is home to dreamers, quirky shops, and phenomenal eateries.
Grayton Beach was founded in 1890 when Army Generals William Miller and William Wilson moved to the area and named it in honor of the first homesteader, Army Major Charles T. Gray. The town’s growth into a serene and eclectic village was a labor of love that comprised several key developments over time. In the 1930s, the area became easily accessible thanks to the expansion of Highway 98, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Highway 331 bridge, and the vibrant little town saw an influx of creative types and those wishing to escape from conventionality to live a relaxed beach lifestyle.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Grayton Beach is known for its active arts and culture scene, and its residential housing is a fun mix of historic beach cottages loved by generations and new-build beach homes radiating with the elegant yet informal style that encapsulates the Grayton atmosphere. The historic, offbeat beauty and plenty of activities make Grayton Beach great for families and those with children—to stay or to vacation—and individuals looking to break the mold.
Shopping, Dining & Entertainment
Brimming with niche and unique shops, Grayton is the place to be for one-of-a-kind finds and browsing opportunities. Check out the carefully curated pieces and art at The Zoo Gallery
, where you’ll find everything from stunning jewelry to whimsical decor and quality clothing. The rich colors, thoughtful architecture, and community feel will make you feel right at home in Uptown Grayton
, a shopping center where you can purchase from name brand and designer stores before dining at some of the area’s local favorites.
Revel in the eclectic décor, live music, and congenial atmosphere at Grayton’s beloved restaurant, The Red Bar
. With a menu that’s varied and delicious, as well as a bar that’s always serving, The Red Bar is a staple must-see in your visit to South Walton. In the mood for a sit-down experience? Savor the robust, flavorful, and always fresh Italian fare at Borago
, a traditional trattoria well known for its excellent signature cocktails.
Things to Do
Greyton’s natural splendor is a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore some of the panhandle’s finest offerings. Take the time to explore Grayton Beach State Park
and find yourself enchanted with the natural splendor. Consistently rated among some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the country, the 2,000-acre location is replete with recreational options.
Known as the most dog-friendly park in the area, you can take your furry friends along the miles of hiking trails and the beach. Grayton Beach is also one of only two beach access locations that allow you to drive your vehicle on the beach, though it applies only to full-time residents with permits. At the lovely Western Lake
, you can fish, boat, or paddleboard, and throughout the park, you’ll find opportunities to go birding and enjoy viewing the other abundant wildlife. The park even has cozy cabins perfect for romantic getaways set among the splendor of the Gulf.
Grayton Beach is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Emerald Coast Middle School, 6-8, well-rated public middle school
- Van R. Butler Elementary, PK & K-4, well-rated public elementary school