Things to Do in Grayton Beach
Grayton Beach is the perfect destination for some sun and sand. You can actually drive your truck onto the beach and even launch boats from the sand (permits required). Parking on the beach means bringing all the grills, coolers, chairs and toys you can stuff alongside the actual humans in your vehicle. Stay the entire day going between Western Lake outfall and the Gulf with no need to venture off making it a favorite spot for locals.
As you can imagine this is a highly coveted beach permit. The county implemented a yearly lottery as only 150 vehicles a year are allowed this opportunity. Beyond the public access areas of the beach is Grayton State park with over 2000 acres of beautiful nature to explore while hiking its four miles of trails. If you love nature (but only sort of), there are also well-outfitted cabins at Grayton’s cozy campgrounds or try out some “glamping” with 30A’s own Fancy Camps.
Grayton Restaurants & Shopping
Breakfast & Brunch: Hibiscus Florida is one of the area’s only (Mostly) Vegetarian Breakfast Cafes. You can even join in Yoga in the Backyard of Love after your coffee Friday mornings - Namaste! Michele loves to pick up fresh pastries and Stumptown coffee at Black Bear Bread Co. They also offer a full breakfast and lunch menu.
Lunch: Chanticleer Eatery has a large lunch menu with something for everyone. Meghan loves the Reuben, and never passes on their homemade cookies. Chiringo is a Sandy feet favorite of locals and tourists alike, offering outdoor games, live music, and delicious cocktails. Sarah likes to order the “Hotz summer nights”, a delicious strawberry cocktail made with Dune laker vodka from Distillery 98, a local distillery. The name is an ode to Grayton’s Hotz avenue.
Supper: The Red Bar is a Grayton Beach institution and has become synonymous with Grayton’s funky feel. Guests love the jazz playing during dinner and the great selection of seafood and cocktails. Be sure to check This Week on 30A for the schedule of live music. If you love handmade pasta paired with fresh seafood and a thoughtful wine list: Borago is your place. Serving some of the best Italian on 30A, this quaint eatery is at the top of Sarah’s list of “musts”. The only thing better than the Gumbo at Grayton Seafood Co. is the service. Their warm staff is welcoming and treats everyone like family.
Time to Shop! Just across the street is the Zoo Gallery, a shop/art gallery showcasing the most unique finds in the area. Heavily featuring local artists and designers, you can find beach supplies, pottery, paintings, and some downright weird stuff, but what else would you expect from Grayton? Tribe Kelley is a one-stop shop for Tribe Kelley clothing with handpicked vintage and ethically sourced brands curated by the wife-husband duo, Brittney and Brian Kelley