Grayton Beach State Park: Best Beaches in Florida
Grayton Beach State Park is a natural oasis on Florida's northwest gulf coast. The park encompasses many different ecosystems including beach frontage on the Gulf, rare coastal dune lakes, sand dunes, and a coastal forest. Grayton Beach State Park is a best beach for families, retirees, and nature lovers.
Beach Personality: Enjoying Nature Without Giving Up Comfort
Grayton Beach State Park is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of Florida beachfront. Florida’s northwest coast is often called the “Emerald Coast” because the water is a gleaming emerald green color in the sun. Additionally, Emerald Coast beaches are blessed with white quartz sand that isn’t only gorgeous, but also stays cool even in the heat of summer.
The park itself is an amazing destination for nature lovers of all sorts. Along with the pristine beach, there are nature trails, interpretive programs, fresh and saltwater fishing, a boat ramp for non-motorized boats, and many opportunities for bird watching. You can even spend your entire vacation at Grayton Beach State Park because there are camping and cabins available within the park. If you prefer to stay in a hotel or condo, Grayton Beach State Park is conveniently located to many seaside towns and makes a great day trip.
- Walking on the beach
- Surf fishing (permit required)
- Nature Trails
- Bird Watching (Bird List)
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, there is a small fee for all vehicles entering the park.
- Food – No, but there is a vending machine with drinks near the restrooms.
- Lifeguard – No.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – No.
Additional amenities – handicap accessible beach, camping (fee), cabins (fee), covered picnic tables, boat ramp on Western Lake, interpretive programs (seasonal).
None in the park.
Grayton Beach State Park is located at 357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. To get there, take US-98 from either the east or west. Turn onto County Rd 283 south. Continue to County Hwy 30A. Stay on 30A for approximately 1.5 miles until you see the well-marked entrance to Grayton Beach State Park on your right.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
Photos courtesy of Lisa Dworkin. More photos available on Flickr.