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Eat, Play, Shop, Stay In Grayton Beach

October 17, 2013 by Jill Tanner

Grayton Beach is unlike any other beach town on Scenic 30A because of its untouched charm and laid-back lifestyle. There are fewer simple shell roads, but all roads are memories of beaten paths, almost completely shaded by old oak, pine, and magnolia.

Grayton Beach has grown up over recent decades but is still charming and quiet even though every year more visitors choose Grayton Beach as their vacation destination. Here are a few favorite SoWal Insider spots to Eat, Play, Shop, and Stay in Grayton Beach.


Chanticleer Bakery and Eatery is a local favorite – serving up big, scrumptious sandwiches, savory soups, and salads piled high with toppings. Open for lunch and dinner. It's tucked away just north of Scenic 30A, so ask a loval how to find it at 55 Clayton Lane in Grayton Beach.
The Red Bar is the ultra-popular, dark and divey hot spot that is a favorite among locals and visitors. Any given Sunday you will find the ramp to the back deck lined with local musicians, fisherman, real estate agents and every other walk of life exchanging stories over cocktails while local band Dread Clampitt jams. And any day of the week you will find Red Bar packed with folks craving Crab Cakes or Panne Chicken. The bartenders are among the best in town – always mixing up the perfect libations for any occasion.


Grayton Beach is the beach where locals go to hang out, grill out, fish, watch the sunset, kayak Western Lake, take a surf lesson, or bring the kids for a day in the sun. It’s sort of a ritual to go to Grayton on Sundays.
Let’s not forget Grayton Beach State Park – one of the most popular parks in all of Florida for its campground, cabins, winding trails, wildlife, dunes, beach, and of course Western Lake. Spend a day or spend a week at the park and let us know what you think. Grayton Beach State Park is a wonderful place to visit. 


Grayton Beach has a variety of shops with everything from swimwear, beach gear, and fashion forward boutique clothing, to art, jewelry, and home décor. Whether you need a dress for dinner tonight, a swimsuit and sunscreen for a day on the beach, or you need to furnish your beach home, you will find what you need in Grayton.
Some great shops throughout Grayton Beach include Zoo Gallery (across from Red Bar) with art, t-shirts, and jewelry, Beau Interiors with simple, understated, and elegant home décor, Ophelia with beautiful swimwear, Lily Pads with a diverse collection of art, furniture, accessories, jewelry, and collectibles and the Grayton General store with everything from groceries and beer to beach games and sunscreen. Shop local, Shop Grayton Beach.


By now you are probably ready to book your next vacation in Grayton Beach. We know just who to call…
Rivard Realty has tons of Grayton Beach homes on its roster that can accommodate big and small groups. Rivard offers a concierge service to its guests and has someone on-call 24 hours a day to assist with your needs.
Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse is an old fashioned bed and breakfast with 12 distinctly different accommodations, all furnished and decorated with an Old Florida feel. It's a romantic getaway spot with Cafe Hibiscus located on the grounds for breakfast. 
Bottom line… Grayton Beach has it all. So when considering where to book your next vacation with your family, friends, or just by yourself, think of all Grayton Beach has to offer and make the perfect choice.


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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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