If you are looking for the ultimate seaside vacation, look no further than Grayton Beach, Florida. This charming, little pan-handle city boasts some of the most amazing waterfront homes overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches along the Gulf Coast. When renting a home in Grayton Beach, you can wake up to the sound of the ocean; as well as enjoy one of the many outdoor grilling areas, built-in pools, entertainment centers and private docks these homes have to offer.
Grayton Beach offers a number of different beaches and parks that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The largest and most popular, perhaps, is Grayton Beach State Park. Featuring over one thousand acres of dunes, flatwoods and marshes, this park offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to soak up the sun, hike the trails and set up camp. Camp Helen State Park is another popular destination that offers an inside look at a rather unique geological landform. Visitors can enjoy the lush environmental landscape as they hike the nature trails, bird watch and fish. Deer Lake State Park boasts over fifteen-hundred acres of pines and a coastal dune – a true rarity, worldwide. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of brilliantly colored flowers; as well as walk across the boardwalk for direct waterfront access where they can swim, enjoy an afternoon picnic or go fishing.
Aside from begin a gorgeous beach community, Grayton Beach is chock-full of artistic talent – drawing together creative minds from all over the globe. Located right off Highway 283, the Grayton Art District features a number of diverse shops. Amore by the Sea features a wide range of antiques, including furniture, jewelry and other locally made items. For those looking for something a little more interactive, Kristy’s Paint Party offers fun-filled paint classes for both children and adults. At Fusion Art Glass, visitors can browse through an array of glass art and jewelry – a fine collection from around the world. The Grayton Artist Collective, which features a handful of different artists, hosts a free first Friday art walk for visitors where they can listen to music, shop and have fun with the family.
Each of Grayton Beach’s neighborhoods features a different kind of food – from Asian to Mexican to some of the finest seafood establishments in the region. Visitors are encouraged to visit Fish Out of the Water. Featuring prime-time views of the Gulf Coast, this restaurant has it all. For those looking for something a bit more laid-back, Barefoot B-B-Q offers a fabulous BBQ selection with a warm, welcoming Florida feel. At Borago, visitors can enjoy a delectable, full course Italian menu – a true local favorite.
The weather is Grayton Beach is cooler in the winter months – January and February. Things start to warm up in March and April and spring to bloom as Spring rolls around. June, July and August are extremely hot; and is usually the busiest time for visitors to the area. September and October are the best months to visit the Gulf Coast; as it is still warm and the tourist season comes to a halt as people return back to work and school. November and December are becoming more popular, too, as it is still warm enough to walk around with just a light jacket.
When it comes to traveling in, out and around Grayton Beach, visitors have a number of transportation options. Outside of using a personal vehicle, there are a number of car rental companies in the area. Hertz offers a number of different small, mid-sized and large vehicles for visitors to choose from, depending on their needs. For those traveling from the airport, Sunshine Shuttle, Limousine, Taxi and Airport Transportation features a number of vehicles that can transport visitors from the airport to the beach in a matter of minutes. Beachside Express Airport Shuttle provides a complete shuttle service to visitors traveling to and from the airport, as well.