Grayton Beach & The Beaches Of South Walton (SoWal)

   Grayton Beach, Florida is a laid back place with quaint historic cottages next door to modern beach homes. It's an eclectic beach burg with good times, picket fences, old oak trees, funky art, and great dining  & shopping. If 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. Magnolias, pine and oak trees surround the authentic beach homes.

Be sure to spend a sunset strolling on the beach before visiting the famous Red Bar, the most popular spot in the area is a favorite for fun with friends and family while listening to live music and enjoying great food and drink.
Grayton Beach is home to the natural beauty of Grayton Beach State Park, along the Gulf of Mexico and most of Western Lake. The Grayton Beach hiking trail is one of the most scenic in the area, circling sand dunes, skirting the coastal dune lake, and cutting right through a dense oak hammock. A public dock allows boating and fishing.

Grayton Beach’s unofficial slogan: “nice dogs strange people”.

Grayton Beach homes

Grayton Beach Area Growth

Did you know the Emerald Coast is undergoing major development and infrastructure improvements?
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Check out the latest on the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport at

  • 78,000 acre West Bay Sector Area Plan (Florida’s largest single master-planned development) to include a new international airport with runway lengths of 12,500 feet (for the possible relocation of FedEx, UPS, or both companies’ international operations centers).
  • 4.4 million square feet of commercial, professional offices and services, and industrial uses.
  • Multiple north-south (Gulf Coast Parkway, 4-Laning of S.R. 79 & 77, new Interstate, etc.) and east-west (4-Laning of S.R. 20; U.S. 98 improvements) connectors, tying the region to neighboring states & allowing goods to reach more than 60 % of the U.S. and parts of Canada within a single day.
  • A deep-water port (the Port of Panama City), which is designated a foreign trade zone, offering companies the potential for substantial transportation savings, as well as necessary rail corridor.
  • Highly skilled workforce with many transferable skills from the region’s multiple military installations and including two community colleges and one senior university.

Grayton Beach State Park

Grayton Beach State Park is one of the the most popular parks in Florida, with massive dunes, winding trails, abundant wildlife, and shimmering Western Lake, one of many coastal dune lakes gracing Scenic Highway 30A along South Walton Beaches.

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Quick Facts About Grayton Beach State Park

Grayton Beach State Park
357 Main Park Rd
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 267-8300
Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM to sunset

Driving Directions
Grayton Beach State Park is located South of U.S. 98 approximately halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin. Take county road 283 south of U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/2 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 our entrance will be found on the right).

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