The three communities that border Grayton Beach State Park –Grayton Beach, Seaside and WaterColor -- illustrate the delightful diversity of the charming communities that comprise the Beaches of South Walton. Strung along Florida’s Emerald Coast like a strand of glimmering pearls, South Walton’s seaside communities run the gamut from iconic Florida beach towns to luxurious resorts and beautiful planned communities. Each of the small towns that hug the Gulf Coast between Destin and Panama City Beach has its own unique character; but all offer the gracious, relaxing lifestyle that has made the Beaches of South Walton one of the Gulf Coast’s most desirable places to live.
Grayton Beach is the iconic Florida beach town. Nestled among tall pines and oaks, the original wood vacation homes that sprang up between the 1920s and 1950s have weathered to a soft gray. Narrow oyster shell roads and charming tree-lined streets crowded with a general store, funky art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops give Grayton Beach the cozy small town character of another era. Newer townhomes and condos have not diminished the town’s eccentric charm where live jazz and good food at the Red Bar always draw a crowd.
WaterColor is an elegant 499-acre resort community where spectacular custom-built homes ooze Southern charm. Three golf clubs, a tennis center, neighborhood pools and beautifully landscaped public parks and gardens underscore the elegant leisure of life in WaterColor. A community recreation center hosts special programs for children and adults. A fine dining mecca, WaterColor boasts the only 4-star restaurant in the region and hosts a gourmet market.
Seaside is a New Urbanist planned community developed by master builder Robert Davis in 1979. Beautifully-crafted homes and white picket fences evoke the southern charm of Savannah and Charleston. Designed as a walking community, delightful boutiques, galleries and restaurants are gathered around a town square where residents gather to enjoy outdoor concerts.