The Charm of Gulf Trace Vacation Rentals

Off the Beaten Path in South Walton's Grayton Beach

Posted on 8/1/2023

Tucked away, just off Scenic 30A, Gulf Trace unfolds its splendor like an uncharted paradise, serenely settled near the historic Grayton Beach. This picturesque South Walton neighborhood charms visitors with its delightful seclusion, nestled against a sprawling canvas of dunes to the west, the opalescent waters of the Gulf to the south, and the lush expanses of the Grayton Beach State Park embracing its eastern boundary. Notably, Forbes Magazine extolled this park as the fourth most splendid in the US.

This remarkable tableau houses a rare Coastal Dune Lake, a marvel of nature seldom seen elsewhere on Earth. Cradled by a sandy dune and blessed with an estuary connection to the salty Gulf, this lake is an enchanting mix of salt and freshwater. The constant ebb and flow of the tides have orchestrated a unique ecosystem teeming with diverse wildlife. Bask in the beauty of numerous species of fish and birds thriving amidst an expanse of indigenous flora. Besides soaking up the sun on the pristine beach, residents and their guests can savor fishing on this tranquil, forested lake or embark on adventures via paddleboard or kayak.

Ocean Reef Resorts proudly presents seven remarkable vacation homes in Gulf Trace, each a haven of tranquility capable of accommodating four to fourteen lucky beach-goers and with several being pet-friendly and welcoming your four-legged companions! Here's a sneak peek into these coastal gems:

Gulf Breeze

5 Bedrooms / 4 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 14 Guests

Tucked away in the serene residential haven of Gulf Trace, Grayton Beach, stands Gulf Breeze, a custom-built vacation gem. This coastal abode boasts five beautifully decorated bedrooms, comfortably hosting up to 14 guests and presenting the ideal getaway for family gatherings or friendly reunions. Gulf Breeze masterfully weaves the threads of coastal elegance with all the comforts of home. Just a stone's throw from the shimmering emerald waters of the Gulf and a rare coastal dune lake, guests can choose between frolicking in the surf, paddleboarding on the placid lake, or indulging in a refreshing dip in the private 38' x 16' saltwater pool. Inside, the heart of the home is the open living and dining area, with captivating views of the pool, providing a delightful backdrop for leisure and entertainment. Upstairs, the nautically-themed den and guest quarters offer a private haven, equipped with a wet bar, wine cooler, and a balcony offering idyllic pool views. Despite its seeming seclusion, Gulf Breeze is merely a leisurely stroll (or bike ride) from the charming eateries, inviting beach bars, and eclectic specialty shops of downtown Grayton Beach and Seaside, promising a vacation experience brimming with lasting memories.

Amazing house with perfect pool. Spacious, beautiful and clean! Kitchen had all items needed. Private property and one min walking distance to the beach!

by Crystal M. from Dallas, TX


5 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 11 Guests

Wahoo, a quintessential Gulf Trace vacation home, warmly welcomes up to 11 beach lovers. Exquisitely designed across two levels, this rental offers an array of sleeping options, including multiple beds and a comfortable queen-sized sofa sleeper nestled in the upstairs living area. Embrace the open-plan design of the main living area, or bask in the coastal tranquility from the expansive screened porch. Here, mere yards from the crystalline shore and unique coastal dune lake, you'll enjoy the symphony of rolling waves and gentle Gulf breezes. Savor alfresco dining by the private pool or unwind in the bright and comfortable living area that opens to a delightful porch. With Wahoo's prime location, you're in the heart of Scenic 30A territory, a stone's throw from picture-perfect villages, exquisite restaurants, and beach bars, promising an unforgettable coastal getaway.

We have been coming to Gulf Trace for 30 plus years! We started this tradition with parents and kids then the grandkids and now great grandkids are all a part of this tradition. It is clean and beautifully maintained! Updates and upgrades through the years have been a plus. The pool and the ocean have always been incredible. No way in the world can I explain the beauty of this little neighborhood off 30A. You will just have to visit it to believe it! We have been through a few rental agencies, always looking for Wahoo. Ocean Reef has been wonderful to work with. Quick answers to questions and staff is incredible! We have already booked house for next year!

by Anonymous from Kennesaw, GA

Above The Dunes

4 Bedrooms / 4 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 14 Guests

Well-located in the coveted neighborhood of Gulf Trace in Grayton Beach, Above the Dunes is a stunning 3,400-square-foot vacation sanctuary spread over three levels. With four beautifully appointed bedrooms, this home can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests, making it an ideal retreat for family reunions or a gathering of friends. It comes complete with a private, lushly landscaped swimming pool that stretches across the back of the house, offering an enchanting oasis for relaxation. From barbecues on the grill to lounging under tropical palms and flowering oleanders, the poolside is set to create unforgettable memories. The property's proximity to the sugar-white sands is a significant lure, just 100 yards away, ensuring you have the best of both worlds - the serene beach and a secluded haven. This rental home's design caters to the nature lover in you, with a columned screened veranda, an open second-floor balcony, and a rooftop deck that overlooks the picturesque pool. The open-plan Great Room, with a queen sleeper sofa, displays a distinctly upscale style, adorned with contemporary abstract paintings and tropical decor. The gourmet kitchen features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, ready for you to whip up a family feast. The sleeping quarters on all three levels are comfortable and inviting, with private en-suite baths, while the third-floor tower room offers panoramic views of the distant Gulf. Despite its seeming remoteness, Above the Dunes is just a short drive from a plethora of restaurants, friendly beach bars, shopping destinations, and other diversions along Scenic 30A, promising a balanced blend of tranquility and excitement.

Great family house that is very close to the beach. Lots of room to spread out and all luxury bathrooms. We loved Grayton Beach... quiet with no high rises. Lots of restaurants and shops nearby. Totally recommend this house.

by Lisa E. from Birmingham, AL

Lone Star

4 Bedrooms / 4 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 12 Guests

Nestled in the serene enclave of Gulf Trace, the Lone Star vacation home is a tastefully renovated sanctuary that seamlessly blends relaxation and exploration. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests, it serves as an excellent choice for family vacations or holidays with friends. This retreat borders the Grayton Beach State Park and a unique coastal dune lake, a thriving ecosystem where the tides mix fresh and seawater, making it a hub for a diverse range of wildlife and activities such as fishing and kayaking. This rental residence showcases a 28' x 14' private lagoon-shaped pool with tables, chairs, and a grill, perfect for refreshing dips, alfresco dining, or casual poolside barbecues. A special kids' area, replete with beach toys, ensures unlimited fun for younger guests. Accommodations includes a main suite, two guest bedrooms, and a kids' bunk room, each furnished with TVs for entertainment. The top floor is the heart of the home, with an open living area characterized by its unique Floridian style featuring vibrant artwork and decorative accents. The modern kitchen, boasting sleek white quartz countertops and state-of-the-art appliances, makes cooking a delight. Adjacent to the kitchen is a breezy balcony offering stunning views of the Gulf and the tranquil sounds of nature. Despite its secluded feel, the Lone Star is situated within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bars, boutiques, and quaint coastal villages. It is also nearby seasonal festivals and concerts along picturesque 30A, promising an enjoyable and memorable stay for all guests.

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R and R

4 Bedrooms / 4 Full Bathrooms / 10 Guests

Nestled in the inviting community of Gulf Trace, R and R is a splendid vacation abode just a block from the shore. It comfortably hosts up to 10 guests for a memorable beach escape. R and R adjoins the Grayton Beach State Park, offering a unique chance to explore a coastal dune lake rich with wildlife, a beautiful phenomenon where tides merge freshwater and saltwater. The allure extends to the property itself, featuring a private pool nestled amidst a verdant mix of palms and magnolias. Poolside pergolas furnished with Adirondack chairs and various porches overlooking the pool amplify outdoor relaxation. The interior offers relaxed elegance, from the light blue ground floor couch to the vibrant artwork adorning the second-floor family area. The dining area, with its eight-seater hardwood table, alongside a kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances, promises delightful home-cooked meals. The accommodations include two charming guest rooms, a full-bed room, and a stunning top-floor master suite with a luxurious bath and private viewing balcony. R and R's location is conveniently near South Walton's array of eateries, bars, boutiques, and cultural events, and a brief drive from picturesque coastal villages along Scenic 30A.

Broad Reach

4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 10 Guests

Located in the tranquil Gulf Trace enclave, Broad Reach is a sunny beach retreat with a blend of modern amenities and a welcoming ambiance. This spacious vacation property can host up to ten guests, ideal for family or friendly gatherings. Its location, just a short walk from the local beach and with its own private pool, ensures memorable beach escapades and relaxed lounging. A 2,200 square foot wraparound balcony offers pool views and a great space for alfresco dining or savoring a cool tropical drink. The open layout inside, featuring blonde hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and tasteful decor, includes a living, dining, and kitchen area. The dining space, accented with a white sconce chandelier, comfortably sits six. The four bedrooms comprise a primary suite with king-size bed and porch access, a twin-bed guest room, a children's bunk room, and a queen room with an en-suite bath. Broad Reach is close to the vintage village of Grayton Beach, filled with eateries, bars, and art galleries, and is a few minutes from the lively Seaside community and other scenic coastal villages along 30A, known for their dining options, boutiques, concerts, and annual festivals.

This house was a fantastic fit for our two families that came for the week. The neighborhood is quiet and conveniently located to the beach. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves as well. The kids enjoyed the pool and the living room was large enough for all of us to spend time together.

by Adam F. from Nabb, IN

Lazy Days

3 Bedrooms / 2 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 9 Guests

Amidst the verdant scenery of the Gulf Trace community, flanked by the sprawling expanse of the Grayton Beach State Park, Lazy Days is a delightfully charming vacation haven offering dune-top vistas that soothe the soul. Just 200 yards from the sparkling white shoreline, this home promises hours of tranquility, the salty air from the sea mingling with the aromatic greenery of the park. The home's open floor plan invites memorable moments in the kitchen, dining area, and large living area, while the wraparound porch and deck present panoramic views of the captivating seascape. From the plush comfort of the living area and the primary suite, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors frame the surrounding natural beauty. The tropically-inspired d├ęcor, peppered with beachy vibes, complements the serene exterior. The well-appointed kitchen, complete with sleek stainless steel appliances, beckons you to whip up delicious culinary seafood feasts. Lazy Days also ensures restful nights, with a primary suite boasting an en-suite bath and a balcony overlooking the dunes, and cozy guest rooms on the other side of the living area. Near the quaint Grayton Beach village center, guests can explore unique local spots, indulge in Spanish tapas and tropical drinks, or spot celebrities at the famous Red Bar. The region's array of hot spots, restaurants, beach bars, and seasonal festivals along 30A are also within easy reach, ensuring an unforgettable retreat.

The home was nice and roomy, kitchen was well stocked with dishes and utensils, the screened in porch was nice. Every person we encountered was nice and friendly, the Gulf water was beautiful and clear and of course the white sand beach was gorgeous...I would highly recommend this house and this community.

by Terry J. from Arab, AL

Browse through these exceptional Gulf Trace vacation rentals to find the one that captivates your imagination. Comprehensive descriptions, photo galleries, aerial satellite locations, and seasonal rates are all at your fingertips. Secure your dream beach reunion in South Walton by checking availability and making your reservation. Start making memories that will last a lifetime today.

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