Grayton Beach Guide

Home to the oldest and most eclectic beach community along Highway 30A, Grayton Beach is a must-see destination during your Florida vacation. Named for Army Major Charles T. Gray, the first resident who built his homestead in 1885, Grayton Beach has retained much of its simple and laid-back ambiance even as times have changed. It’s the ultimate representation of Florida’s Gulf Coast!

What to Know About Grayton Beach, Florida

Grayton Beach is home to a pristine beach, a gorgeous state park, and an array of funky restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. The town’s unofficial slogan, “Nice dogs, strange people,” sets up the expectation for your experience in this unique and colorful beach community.

Grayton Beach’s namesake beach is known for being the widest and cleanest along HWY 30A, making it an excellent choice for planning long beach days during your time here. Fishing charters take off right from the beach, so you can easily plan a fishing adventure out on the water.

Additionally, Grayton Beach State Park is one of the main draws for locals and visitors alike, not only in Grayton Beach Florida, but in all of the Gulf Coast. This expansive 400-acre park is where you’ll find Western Lake, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in the area. At Western Lake, visitors can go boating (in small motorboats on the town-side of the lake), canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more. In the rest of the park, there are immaculate sugar-white sand beaches, trails for hiking and biking, beautiful wetlands, impressive dunes, and ancient oaks and magnolias.

Great places to grab a bite to eat in Grayton include spots like Grayton Seafood Co., Chiringo, and the renowned Red Bar. Visitors who dine at Chiringo will be treated to a menu of Spanish-American cuisine and gorgeous waterfront views, while The Red Bar is famous for its fantastic food and drinks, its incredible live music, its funky ambiance, and its tendency to attract celebrities.

Of course, it isn’t a true trip to Grayton Beach without checking out a few art galleries. Stop by places like The Zoo Gallery, Mary Hong Studio Gallery, Clint Eagar Design, Justin Gaffrey Gallery, and Modus Photography.

However you spend your time in Grayton Beach, you’re sure to have a great time!

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