Welcome to Grayton Beach
A hip and quirky beach community with stunning beaches and a unique coastal dune lake
Scenic 30A is well known for its small, artistic beach communities, and Grayton Beach, Florida is no exception. With its unofficial motto of "Nice Dogs, Strange People," Grayton Beach has long been a haven for anyone looking to escape convention and live the laid-back beach lifestyle. Here you can find art galleries, the world-famous Red Bar dive bar, as well as miles of pristine Coastline within nearby Grayton Beach State Park. Have breakfast at Crackings or the iconic Black Bear Bread Company - the house-made pastries shouldn't be missed - and then head over to Chiringo for an unbeatable view of the Gulf from their open-air dining area featuring cold drinks to keep everyone refreshed throughout the day.
Grayton Beach, Florida, is a breathtaking coastal community on the Florida Panhandle in Santa Rosa Beach. It is home to charismatic and friendly people who have chosen this unique place to reside, work, and play. Grayton Beach is praised for its diverse and stunning architecture, which includes beach bungalows, modern and contemporary properties, and historic buildings.
Residents enjoy a serene and laid-back lifestyle that caters to a slower pace of life and focuses on simple luxuries like emerald waters and pristine white sand. Grayton Beach is the only community in 30A where you can drive on the beach with a permit and launch boats from the coast. The community is also home to Grayton Beach State Park, a coastal oasis where you’ll find beautiful dune lakes. These rare pieces of geography are found in only two states in the country, creating a sense of wonder and serenity along 26 miles of the glorious coastline through Walton County. Grayton Beach is home to Alligator Lake, Western Lake, and Little Redfish Lake — a magnificent place to take in the vistas and enjoy time in nature.
What to Love
- Driveable beaches and a unique dune lake with activities
- Beautiful homes with character and large porches
- Small-town community with local businesses and fun events
- Private and public schools with top programs
Residents enjoy a laid-back lifestyle that revolves around the beauty of the beach and the natural environment. With so much coastal beauty and outdoor adventure, locals can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the natural habitats.
This way of life encourages healthy and active living while also promoting relaxation and rest. Grayton Beach also has a strong sense of community, allowing locals to support local businesses and participate in festivals and events for a memorable coastal experience.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Grace Pizza and Shakes 30a
is known for its coal-fired pizza and extravagant shakes. The relaxed restaurant serves pizza with fresh local ingredients and shakes topped with donuts, brownies, and birthday cake.
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill
is a lively restaurant with dollar bills decorating the walls. The bar and grill are fun places to eat with fresh seafood and Caribbean-inspired dishes. Black Bear Bread Co.
is a refined bakery with a chic sitting area. The establishment serves a selection of pastries, bread, and breakfast and lunch dishes with ingredients sourced from local farmers.
is a charming outdoor shopping mall with colorful storefronts and walkable streets. The warm village center has upscale boutiques with beach apparel and specialty stores. The shopping center also has amazing dining options like Grayton Seafood
, where you’ll find specialty dishes like crab cakes, seafood platters, and hearty burgers with fried eggs. For uniquely Hawaiian coffee flavors in a trendy setting, don’t miss Bad Ass Coffee
. If you’re seeking quality, comfortable athletic apparel, there’s also a Lululemon
within walking distance from Uptown Grayton.
Things to Do
Rags to Riches Regatta is an annual competition starting in Grayton Beach and ending in Seagrove. Locals can buy into the event, racing 16-foot catamarans from town to town while viewers cheer teams.
Brian Kelly, a famous musician best known for his music with Florida Georgia Line, is known to play exclusive concerts at the hip Tribe Kelley Suft Post shop
. Live music and entertainment are a huge part of Grayton Beach’s vibes, and the community boasts an active nightlife. Locals can enjoy nightly performances at popular bars like The Red Bar
is an eclectic restaurant and bar with live music and fun events like Tin Cup Golf Classic and a Mardi Gras celebration.
Grayton Beach State Park
spans 2,000 acres around Western Lake and features untouched habitats like beaches, coastal forests, and twisted magnolia trees. The state park is an outdoor haven with miles of hiking trails, rustic cabins, beach access, and water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing.