"Dr Beach" named Grayton beach the number one beach nationally in 1994 so it has been retired ever since. But the beach is just as beautiful in 2013 as it was back then. For local flavor come on Sundays or during the peak summer months. You'll find hundreds of Walton County beach vehicle permit owners tailgating and living the beachy dreams that drew them to become home owners in the Florida panhandle. For pristine and quiet beach time, come in late April and early May, October and through the winter. There are warm sunny days and miles of beaches with few people in sight.