In 1890, several U. S. Army officers moved their families to Grayton Beach FL and mapped out where the village's streets and blocks would be built. Little did they know they were establishing a classic Florida beach town that would stand the test of time and become one of the area’s oldest communities. Sitting quietly on the shores of Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake, Grayton Beach at first glance appears to be a place where time stands still. Grayton Beach vacation cottages, hidden behind gnarled old live oaks weathered by gulf winds, line the narrow streets and people walk, ride bicycles and visit on front porches. Grayton Beach guests will find this Scenic Highway 30A town to be a gathering place for locals and residents alike seeking popular restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. In fact, celebrity spotting at the eclectic and funky Piccolo’s Restaurant and Red Bar is a frequent Grayton Beach activity. Fishing boats take off from Grayton Beach and some lucky South Walton residents are permitted to drive on the beach. Residents and visitors alike enjoy sunset pretty much every evening on Grayton Beach.