Rivard by Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals Transformation Underway

October 14, 2018 by Audrey Johnson

Rivard of South Walton in Grayton Beach was acquired by Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals to meet  increased demand for rental homes and condominiums in SoWal. The two vacation rental companies have been serving South Walton for more than 30 years. Now they are blending values, integrity, and local longevity to a combined access of more than 550 vacation rentals from Destin to Panama City Beach.

For more than 30 years, Rivard has been a leader in the local vacation rental market. At its foundation, Rivard is a company built on strong values and integrity. The company represents properties for every size family or group as well as a large selection of pet-friendly rentals. Rivard has long been a steward of Grayton Beach, operating from their central location on Scenic 30A.  

Grayton Beach is nestled within a pristine 2,000-acre State Park. Its unique placement, history, and natural beauty provided all the inspiration Ocean Reef needed to acquire Rivard.

“Rivard's concentration of rental properties in and around Grayton Beach meets the powerful demand of our guests,” says Director of Marketing Richard Olivarez. “This prime site is the perfect complement to our existing offices in Miramar Beach and Seacrest Beach – placing us on each end of South Walton and now right in the center.”

Rivard now has increased resources, inspectors, housekeepers, higher quality amenities, and full access to the largest privately held laundry operation in Northwest Florida.  These operational strengths paired with Rivard's established legacy, and more importantly, the people and the relationships, will enable the company to continue to blossom.

Ocean Reef has exciting plans for a host of cosmetic and operational improvements that will culminate as the Grayton Beach Welcome Center at the Rivard location. 

“We intend to remain stewards of this historic community and ensure the unique story lives on by working hand-in-hand with renowned South Walton architects, Archiscapes, to create a new Grayton Beach welcome center – open to all visitors,” says Olivarez.

Rivard by Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals has been making dreams come true since 1986. With an office located in the heart of Grayton Beach, and a solid reputation built over the last 30 years, Rivard has served multiple generations vacationing in South Walton. To book your vacation, please visit Stay in touch following Rivard on Facebook. For more information, please call  (850) 231-4446.

For over 35 years, Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals & Real Estate has earned a reputation for offering some of the finest accommodations on the Emerald Coast. The vacation rental company manages a wide array of luxury properties from Destin to South Walton and Panama City Beach. Ocean Reef has three South Walton offices for added convenience - stop by for a visit in Miramar Beach, Grayton Beach, and Seacrest Beach. Their offices are open daily. For reservations and inquiries, call (850) 837-3935 or visit Check out their frequently updated blog while you’re there, and follow the conversation on Facebook for updates about the beach.


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Upon realizing that life is too short not to follow her dreams, Audrey moved to the beach and became a writer. SoWal’s pristine beaches inspire her to explore further, look deeper, and do better.

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