Posted on 6/19/2019

Grayton Beach vs Gulf Trace

Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach is almost smack dab in the center of the 19-mile stretch of beautiful shoreline hugged up against Scenic Highway 30A. Most well known for its laid back and eclectic attitude, Grayton Beach is home to some of the areas most renowned bars, shops, and restaurants. It’s also the only place on 30A where boats can launch straight off the gulf, it is home to the expansive and stunning Grayton Beach State Park (consistently on the Top 10 list of American beaches ranked by Dr. Beach himself), and you can find virtually any type of vacation home here from the lone beach cottage, to the ultimate gulf front mansion. Oak lined trees, and nostalgic houses will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time when you’re walking down the road for a beer at AJ’s, to fish off the dock in Western Lake, or to splash in the refreshing water of the gulf.

A convenient mix of rental properties from 1 bedroom to 9 can be found in Grayton Beach, making this the perfect spot for big gatherings, but also to accommodate small romantic getaways.

  • Grayton Beach classics Sweaty Palms and Shepherd Cottage are small, quaint, and embody a charming beach cottage feel. Enjoy starry nights tucked away on the porch and sun-filled days in the water just a short walk away.
  • Grayton Beach Villa 102 and 103 are trendy 2 bed, 2 bath condos just a stone’s throw off the beach. Both have recently been redecorated and are the perfect size if you just need something small.
  • If you are searching for a cluster of homes close together for a big family reunion, consider renting on Pine Street. A row of colorful and classic beach homes line the dunes with easy beach access and unparalleled views. Grayton Orange, Grayton Dream, and Grayton Sunset are all next to one another perched up high overlooking the dunes and the beach.
  • Other Grayton Beach favorites are found on Cottage Street, a small, tight-knit, residential street that runs up to the beach boardwalk and has a community pool as well. Down By The Sea is a long time Cottage Street family favorite with dedicated return renters.
  • If you don’t want to settle for anything less than Gulf front, try  Abaco or Firenze. Abaco sits right on the outfall of the lake, a convenient spot for young ones to splash around right off the home’s private dock. This 6 bedroom home is spacious and impeccably appointed, and the only thing more stunning than the interior are the sunsets you’ll see while soaking in the hot tub on your gulf facing balcony. Firenze is as close to the beach as you can get. A large beachfront pool is a perfect place to cool off, and this home can accommodate a big group, so nobody has to miss out on the fun.

We have over 35 esteemed Grayton Beach vacation rentals for you to choose from. Whatever size suits your fancy, we’ve got you covered. Check them all out for yourself and see why humble Grayton Beach is the town that people can’t stop talking about!

Gulf Trace

If you’re on the hunt for a family friendly vacation spot with a little bit more privacy, consider renting a home in the highly sought after Gulf Trace neighborhood. This 27-acre community is bordered by the Grayton Beach State Park to the West, East, and North, and the Gulf of Mexico to the South. What does this mean for you? Seclusion. If you look at the neighborhood from an aerial map, it looks like you’re just in a world of your own surrounded by nothing but natural wonder and beauty - two coastal dune lakes to either side of you and the shimmering gulf to the South. Two private beach accesses mean that no matter what home you choose to stay in the sandy shore is only a short walk away. They also ensure that you aren’t sharing your stretch of beach with anybody except your new neighbors. Easy access and fewer people on the beach sounds like a win-win! Furthermore, almost all of our Gulf Trace homes have private pools, a luxury you maybe didn’t think you needed but now will never want to go without. Don’t worry, the great restaurants and shops in Grayton Proper and beyond are just a short bike ride or drive away. Plunge yourself in all of the hustle and bustle that 30A has to offer and then find refuge in your peaceful neck of the woods when you’re ready to wind down.

  • Enjoy spectacular views in every direction when you stay beachfront in It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere. This 6 bedroom home offers a view no matter where you’re at.
  • Want to bring your furry companion along? R and R is a great pet-friendly option. You and your pup can enjoy basking in the sun from the porch, splashing in the private pool, and pleasant walks around the neighborhood.
  • Stay on the East or West perimeter of the neighborhood and take in breathtaking views from your balcony when you choose Beauty at the Beach or Lazy Days . Beauty at the Beach overlooks Alligator Lake while Lazy Days has you immersed in nature and you might even see a deer frolicking through the dunes.
  • More fan favorites in Gulf Trace include Gulf Breeze and Above The Dunes. Offering an upscale coastal interior, Gulf Breeze has everything the most discerning beach guest could look for. It may be hard for you to schedule a week in at Above the Dunes because it has a history of repeat renters. If you find an open week, snag it and see why for yourself! The private pool area, top floor loft, and spacious layout will speak for themselves.

All of our Gulf Trace homes have something unique to offer. We have a broad selection of 3, 4, 5, and 6 bedroom homes in the neighborhood, and one of them could be your new go-to vacation spot. We have a feeling that once you stay in Gulf Trace, you won’t want to consider staying anywhere else!

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