Located right on the beautiful Gulf Coast, Grayton Beach is a popular vacation destination for anyone seeking great beach activities and brilliant sports fishing. Grayton Beach State Park boasts a brilliant long stretch of sandy beach and a coastal dune lake, perfect for water sports.

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1.Grayton Beach State Park

Grayton Beach State Park
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Located between Panama City Beach and Destin, the Grayton Beach State Park is the ideal place to take the family to enjoy a day on the beach. The park covers over 2000 acres and is home to a brilliant one-mile stretch of powder-white beach where every member of the family can have fun. Activities include swimming and body-boarding, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, canoeing and kayaking on the beautiful coastal-dune lake (boat ramp available), walking and hiking along the dune nature trail or simply relaxing under the Florida sun. If you would like to spend a few days in the park you can bring your tent or RV to one of the campsites or rent a cabin.

Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Phone: 850-267-8300

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2.Fishy Booty Charters

Fishy Booty Charters
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Offering all fishing enthusiasts the opportunity to spend some time enjoying their hobby off the beautiful Gulf Coast, Fishy Booty Charters are your go-to outfitters in Grayton Beach. Grayton is the only area of the coast where fishing boats can launch directly off the beach and charters leave twice daily. You can enjoy whatever style of fishing suits you best including bottom fishing, trolling or even spear-fishing. Everything you need for a brilliant day at sea is provided including bait, tackle, rods and reels. You just need to bring yourself, your hat and sunscreen and your choice of drinks and snacks, as well as a cooler for taking home your cleaned catch.

Fishy Booty Charters, Grayton Beach, FL, Phone: 850-586-0807

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3.Captain Phil’s Charters

Captain Phil’s Charters
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When you sign up for a fishing trip with Captain Phil’s Charters you can be sure you are in safe hands. Captain Phil has been fishing these brilliant Gulf waters for over thirty years and knows all there is to know about fishing off Grayton Beach. You don’t have to worry about equipment or bait – your charter price includes the use of everything you need including rods, reels, bait and tackle. Charters are available twice daily and boats launch straight off the beach so that you can be fishing within minutes. You are advised to bring plenty of sun protection and suitable clothing – it can be cold out at sea even on a good day.

Captain Phil’s Charters, Grayton Beach, FL, Phone: 850-419-5937

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In Spanish the word “chiringo” is used to describe a type of beach shack serving drinks and tapas. After an inspiring visit to Spain in 2014, Chiringo owner Andy McKoski teamed up with some of his friends to establish his very own version of a chiringo right in the heart of Grayton Beach. The resulting restaurant serves perfect beach-style food prepared from fresher-than-fresh local Gulf seafood and fish, served alongside colorful salads, zesty sauces and your choice of side dishes. You can wash down your meal with an ice-cold beer, cocktail or glass of wine while soaking up the laid-back atmosphere and fresh salt air.

Chiringo, 63 Hotz Ave, Grayton Beach, FL 32459, Phone: 850-534-4449

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5.Not a Dog Charters

Not a Dog Charters
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Captain Kerry Jones has been fishing the abundant waters off Grayton Beach since 1969 and knows the sea like the back of his hand. His Not a Dog charter boat is actually a 20ft purpose-build catamaran which is easily launched directly off Grayton beach and will have you fishing in just a few minutes after you launch. A few of the fish you can anticipate taking off the end of your line include red snapper, grouper and trigger fish and you can also do some bottom trawling for king mackerel. The cat is ideal for four passengers and families are welcome.

Not a Dog Charters, Grayton Beach, Florida, Phone: 850-267-2514

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6.Family Tradition Charters

Family Tradition Charters
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Way back in the early 1900’s most of the Grayton beachfront belonged to the Butler Family. When they sold much of their property to the State of Florida in 1985 it was a condition of sale that the Butler family (and other keen fishermen) would retain the right to launch fishing boats off the beach, an activity which the Butler family considered a family tradition. Hence the name of this charter company which invites fishing enthusiasts to join them on a Family Tradition Charter. Everything you need for a fun day of fishing is supplied and all you need to do is bring your hat, sunscreen, snacks and drinks.

Family Tradition Charters, Grayton Beach, Florida, Phone: 850-543-9848

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