SoWal Insider Tips for Grayton Beach

April 23, 2012 by SoWal Staff

Grayton Beach is in the heart of South Walton and has a rich history with great traditions for locals and visitors. Here are a few insider tips for can't miss things to do in Grayton Beach.

Be at the Red Bar at noon on Sundays for live Dread Clampitt. You'll need to arrive early to get a table in the front room. The Red Bar has great brunch or lunch selections and the Bloody Marys are the best!

The Western Lake outfall on Grayton Beach is a wonderful place to hang out and let the kids play. It's a warm and shallow, natural "kiddie pool". Just walk straight out from the public beach access behind the Red Bar.

Take a slow walk around Grayton Beach and check out all the cute beach cottages and funky houses. Many of the cottages were moved to Grayton Beach decades ago from nearby Point Washington when the old sawmill closed.

The public boat ramp just east of the Red Bar on Western Lake is a great place to launch a kayak or paddle board. You can paddle in to the state park or out to the beach. Local kayak rental companies will deliver for you.

Relax and enjoy an organic breakfast or lunch at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse - keep an eye out for live music in "The Backyard of Love". 

Take a hike on the dune trail at Grayton Beach State Park. The trail in, around, and through the dunes is a memory for a lifetime. Look for the sign with the "Prayer of the Woods".

Grayton Beach has its own July 4th parade tradition where anyone can join in the fun with your jeep, truck, bikes, scooters and skateboards. Afterwards, jump in the gulf to cool off!

Grayton Beach has it's own "Mosquito Fleet" - a group of small boats which launch from the beach with professional fishing guides for half-day or full-day trips in the gulf. They'll clean your fish and you can take them to a number of local restaurants for cooking.

Take the whole family to Grayton Beach for the annual Kids Fishing Tournament every May! Free rods, tackle, and bait are given to the kids and it's quite a scene.

Check out the 17th edition of the Rags to Riches Regatta which happens around every July 4th - it's a catamaran race from Grayton to Seagrove Beach and back.

Watch the small world go by from the front porch of Grayt Coffee House on the main drag - DeFuniak Street.

Don't miss Grayton Beach on your visit to South Walton! We'd love to hear your insider tips!


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