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First Timer's Guide to Grayton Beach

Known as one of South Walton's original neighborhoods, Grayton Beach is celebrated for its funky and eclectic style, mixed with picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico. Modern beach homes complement the rustic cottages that still line historic Defuniak Street. 


Visiting Grayton Beach for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.

Bustling with local culture, Grayton Beach is home to art galleries, unique shops, live music and more. When visiting “downtown” Grayton, be sure to pick up a piece of locally made art from Zoo Gallery or catch a backyard concert at Tribe Kelley. On your stroll, check out the Grayt Wall of Art – the quirky locals of Grayton have made an everyday fence into a work of art, complete with a variety of inspirational works from local artists.

Did you know that you can also hop on a charter fishing boat and reel in some fresh fish directly from the beach? In Grayton Beach, the charter boats launch directly from the sugar-white sand, which is truly a unique experience.

After soaking in the sun at Grayton Beach State Park or paddle boarding on Western Lake, be sure to refuel with some of the best food in South Walton. Start your morning with breakfast at Black Bear Bread Co. or Crackings. If you plan to sleep in, Grayton Seafood Company is a brunch favorite! Lunch at Chanticleer is a must, or save your appetite for dinner at The Red Bar or Hurricane Oyster Bar.

If you’re looking for a break from the beach, try your hand at creating a piece of South Walton-inspired art. The Shops of Grayton is home to 2014 Artist of the Year Mary Hong’s Shard Shop and Rock, Paper, Scissors, both of which offer interactive art experiences tailored to the whole family. You’ll also find former 2013 Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski’s gallery, which is home to his unique take on assemblage art.

After one visit to Grayton Beach, you’ll start to feel like a local yourself and realize why visitors come back to visit year after year.

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