Grayton Beach is a state of mind. Our town is a funky little beach town full of free-spirited folks with a laid-back attitude. The narrow roads are shaded by southern magnolias, towering pines and moss-draped oaks. The salt air is ever present and so is the fine white sand covering the worn floors of our old beach cottages.
The town of Grayton Beach is mostly nestled inside Grayton Beach State Park and spreads right down to the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Ahhh – the beach! Named as the most beautiful beach in America by “Dr. Beach” – it’s wide and clean and a genuine piece of paradise. Just off the beach you’ll find the famous Red Bar – a must visit for all our visitors – great food, drinks, music and an interior decor you have to see to believe.
On the beach you can relax and watch families play where Western Lake kisses the Gulf, sometimes opening and exchanging salt and fresh water. Wildlife and fish are abundant. Heading out right from the beach every day are the boats and captains that make up the Grayton Beach fishing charters known by locals as the “Mosquito Fleet”.
Grayton Beach is the heart and soul of South Walton County – a diverse string of beach towns including Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Blue Mountain and Sandestin. Almost half the land in South Walton is protected as state forest and state parks. Grayton Beach is a comfy place with quaint historic cottages next door to modern beach homes. It’s an eclectic beach burg with good times, picket fences, funky art, and great dining & shopping. When you walk down one of Grayton Beach’s well-worn roads, you get the feeling things haven’t changed much in the last hundred-plus years since the town’s founding.
Grayton Beach’s unofficial slogan: “Nice Dogs, Strange People”.