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'Dawn Patrol' - You Finally Found It!

Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA
  • House5442 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

DAWN PATROL is a surfing term that refers to a surfer tuning his equipment, packing his gear, and setting off into the darkness intent on arriving at the beach just before sunrise in the hope of finding the perfect wave.

So are you ready to pack your gear and set off into the darkness intent to arrive at the perfect beach house? Then you’re ready for DAWN PATROL—the perfect 7-bedroom beach house overlooking beautiful Grayton Beach! DAWN PATROL is brand new and will be offered as a short-term rental for the first time beginning in late March 2016!

You’ve waited all year—why would you settle for anything less than the best house in the perfect location? You know where you want to be—on the Gulf, in Grayton Beach, near the Red Bar. At DAWN PATROL, you’ll have an amazing view of the Gulf from any of the three spacious decks, in the heart of historic Grayton Beach, and so close to the world famous Red Bar your pager will buzz while you’re sitting on your own couch!

DAWN PATROL has more than enough parking (a rarity for Grayton Beach) and living areas on the second, third and fourth floors. An elevator ensures the house is accessible for anyone, and makes unloading your gear a breeze! The house is laid out perfectly, with:

• 7 Bedrooms (2 Kings, 3 Queens, 2 Fulls, Triple Bunk Beds)

• Queen sleeper in Master Suite;

• Queen bed swing on Sleeping Porch;

• 4 full Baths;

• Outdoor enclosed hot water shower;

• 2 Living rooms with new 65” flat screen TVs;

• New 50” or 60” flat screen TV’s in every bedroom;

• Professional Chef’s kitchen with new appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops;

• Covered parking with room for 8+ cars;

• Beautiful Gulf Views on every floor!

If you like Seaside, Watercolor or Rosemary, you will LOVE Grayton Beach! You are close to everything, but far enough away to have plenty of privacy. Surrounded on all sides by State Parks, it is a true piece of Old Florida history.

Do you like to shop? Grayton Beach is perfectly located between Panama City Beach and Destin—you have Pier Park on one side and Silver Sands on the other! You can walk to shopping in Grayton Beach, Seaside and Watercolor. Shopping for essentials is easy, too, with two Publix Supermarkets close by, a new Wal-Mart down the street and the Grayton Corner Store for everything you forgot on your grocery run.

Do you play golf? There are 8 championship courses near Grayton Beach, including Camp Creek and Shark’s Tooth!

Do you struggle with what you hate more, shopping or golf? Perfect! There’s tons to do in Grayton Beach, including:

• S-U-R-F-I-N-G

• Laying out on white sandy beaches

• YOLO boarding in Western Lake

• Charter fishing trips that launch right from the beach

• Snorkeling and diving

• Hiking and mountain biking in Grayton Beach State Park

• Jogging or biking on the Hwy 30A 18-mile paved bike path

• Picnics in Eden Garden State Park

• Shopping in Grayton Beach, Seaside and Watercolor

• Walking to the best restaurants on 30A—The Red Bar, Borago, Hibiscus, Pandora’s, Grayton Seafood Company, Another Broken Egg, Hurricane Oyster Bar, The Pickle Factory, Chanticleer, etc...

Grayton Beach sits halfway between the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City and Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Fort Walton Beach. With multiple American, Delta, United/Continental and Southwest flights daily, Grayton Beach is easy to get to from anywhere.

We are thrilled to share DAWN PATROL with you, your family and your friends. Come see us! One visit and you’ll make us your lifetime vacation tradition!


Jennifer Martin

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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About Jennifer Martin

We are the Martin Family and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Grayton Beach! We have two rental properties in Grayton Beach--Dawn Patrol and Stoked (VRBO 600514)--and we live in Grayton Beach year-round. We're always nearby if you need anything during your stay.

Jennifer Martin purchased this House in 2016

Why Jennifer Martin chose Santa Rosa Beach

In our humble opinion, Dawn Patrol is the absolutely the best location in Grayton Beach. It's on the beach, but not on top of the water; its in the heart of everything, but apart from the crowd; you're in the middle of the party, but with privacy--you'll see what we're talking about when you visit.

What makes this House unique

Dawn Patrol has more parking than any other house in old Grayton Beach. We can't overstate what a tremendous and unique benefit this is.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • 1st Floor King
        1 king
      • 1st Floor Two Doubles
        2 double
      • 2nd Floor West
        1 queen, Big bedroom with private balcony and awesome sunset view
      • 2nd Floor East
        1 queen, Private balcony with Gulf, Lake and Red Bar views
      • 2nd Floor Gulf
        1 queen, Gulf Front bedroom with sleeping porch and private bath
      • 3rd Floor Private
        1 king, Private bedroom, bath and living area with own gulf balcony
      • Bedroom 7
        3 twin/ single


        • 4 Bathrooms
        • 2nd Floor Shared Bath
          toilet, combination tub/shower, 2nd floor Bath between 2nd Floor East and West bedrooms
        • 1st Floor Shared Bath
          toilet, combination tub/shower, 1st Floor Bathroom between 1st Floor Bedrooms
        • 2nd Floor Private Bath
          toilet, shower, Private Bath connects to Gulf Bedroom w/access to Bunk Room
        • 3rd Floor Private Bath
          toilet, shower, 3rd Floor Private Bath
        • Dawn Patrol has a hot water outside shower (with privacy). Be advised that you will only want to use this one after you try it--it is incredible!

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
          • Lake View
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Village
          • Water View
          • Waterfront


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Elevator
                        Elevator accesses 1st and 2nd floors, but not the upstairs private bed/bath.
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        The fitness room is right outside on the beach. The equiptment is your arms, legs and heart. Go outside.
                      • Garage
                        Covered parking
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Dawn Patrol has a seperate clothes dryer downstairs by the pool and outside shower, perfect for beach towels and wet swim suits!
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Dawn Patrol has two 2 Main Living Rooms--one each on the 2nd and 3rd Floors, and a private living room on the 3rd Floor.
                      • Parking
                        Dawn Patrol can easily park 9 vehicles, but for goodness sake don't bring that many!
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath towels, no beach towels provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Dawn Patrol has a Washer and Dryer on the 2nd Floor


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Full coffee maker and Kuerig
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Dawn Patrol has plenty of everything you need to entertain your guests in style and without constantly washing dishes.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Dawn Patrol has a Chef's Kitchen. If you like to cook on vacation, you will love it.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Single Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            The Samsung 4-Door refrigerator is the biggest, most convenient refrigerator we could find!
                          • Stove
                            Professional 6-Burner Gas Stove with Pot Filler.
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                The formal dining area seats 8, the adjoining bar seats 5, and the dining table on the adjoining porch seats 8.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Mediacom Cable and Internet
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    Dawn Patrol has 12 Flat Screen Smart TVs--65" in the living rooms, 55" poolside, 50" in every bedroom, and 20" private tv/dvd players in each bunk.
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Dawn Patrol has a covered pool patio, 2 big covered decks, an uncovered private sun deck, and two covered private balconies.
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            The elevator permits wheelchair accessibility for the first and second floors, which are the main living areas, but does not reach the third floor private bed/bath.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Heated Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Dawn Patrol has an outside, enclosed, private pool with a "swim-up" bar. The pool is small--perfect for a cool-off dip and kiddos, but you certainly won't be swimming laps here.


                                                  • library
                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • churches
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • horseshoes
                                                      • luaus
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • Babysitter
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • roller blading
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • parasailing
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • surfing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                25 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Spring Break of a Lifetime!

                                                                Terra H.Olney, MD

                                                                Three families including eight children ages 2-10 enjoyed Dawn Patrol for a week over Spring Break of 2018. We've stayed in other towns on the Emerald Coast the last few years from Rosemary to Seaside to Santa Rosa and I must say that Grayton Beach is now our favorite! Having Dawn Patrol to start our day and to come home after a day on the beach made it one of our best ever vacations. The Martin's home is a perfect size, beautifully decorated, spotless, has every amenity possible and is steps to the beach as well as restaurants and bars. We loved grabbing a drink at Red Bar or Chiringo while all the kiddos played corn hole in the front grassy area. We even contracted with a local company to hold a bonfire for our group on the beach one evening. Jennifer Martin (owner) was attentive and responsive and I'm so grateful we were able to enjoy her families beautiful home. We loved Grayton Beach so much that my husband and I are seriously contemplating buying a 2nd home in the area.

                                                                The two living areas were key w/ a group of adults and kiddos plus the towels, beach towels and beach chairs provided made things a lot easier since we all flew in from the Wash, DC area. I had to think hard to come up with a recommendation for any improvement on Dawn Patrol - but I do have one simple one....add some more hooks both outside by pool for towels, in each bathroom, and in some hallways. I felt like we always had towels all over the floor that I was picking up :) Thank you again for the use of DAwn Patrol. We will be back!

                                                                THE perfect beach house!

                                                                jen c.

                                                                Dawn Patrol is a very special house... you can tell a lot of love went into creating this little piece of paradise. The home sits in a quiet nook of the most fun beach town along 30A. You can literally walk, bike, paddle board or take a golf cart to anywhere that you want want to go.

                                                                We had our whole extended family with us for the chilly holiday this year and even though there were 13 of us playing loud competitive card games, soaking in the heated pool or watching rivalry football games, there were still places within Dawn Patrol to find quiet spaces to curl up and read a book. Out of almost every window is a view of the gulf so no matter what is going on around you, you can find those serene moments that we all look for on vacation.

                                                                The bedrooms and living spaces are decorated absolutely perfectly by William-Reese Design by a Robbie Carter. Every room was comfortable and inspiring. Although there are great restaurants everywhere on 30A, we loved cooking in the chef’s kitchen. It’s expertly appointed and makes cooking large feasts easy and fun.

                                                                The master bedroom is the best place in the house. Perched on the 4th floor with a sitting room with its own coffee maker and wine fridge overlooking the beautiful gulf is my happy place.

                                                                If you’re looking for a place to escape reality, long work days and over-scheduled kids schedules ... Dawn Patrol will be your Happy Place too.

                                                                Unbelievable spot and unbelievable house. No doubt we’ll be back!

                                                                ADAM A.

                                                                Everything we expected and more!!!

                                                                Ideal beach home - location, views, decor, comfort

                                                                Emily Y.

                                                                Dawn Patrol is perfection in a beach home. It is impeccably clean, decorated beautifully and understated, located perfectly within walking distance to great restaurants and biking distance to many more. The owners are extremely prompt with any questions. This is a house you have to stay in to appreciate all the extra thought that has gone in to making it a peaceful getaway. Example) the beds and linens are extremely comfortable, there are plenty of pool chairs, towels. If you book this house you will return :). Our large family has stayed two summers in a row and we will book for summer 2018 as well.

                                                                Beautiful home

                                                                Lisa W.

                                                                Such a wonderful week spent at Dawn Patrol. The house is stunningly furnished, beautiful to look at but so functional & very comfortable, even with young children . The close proximity to the beach, the beautiful views from the 3 porches, the nearby restaurants were all perfection. Can't recommend this home & the very kind owners enough. Grayton Beach & Dawn Patrol are simply amazing... hope to be back.

                                                                The Best!

                                                                Emily E.

                                                                Two families-11 adults and 4 children 6 and under-could have been chaos, but was one of our best vacations! The beach was amazing, and when the kids tired of the waves-ha!-there were minnows and crabs to find in the lake only a few steps away!

                                                                The best part of this vacation was being together at Dawn Patrol. This is a beach home you will never want to leave! Perfectly laid out to handle this size group, gorgeously and comfortably furnished, outdoor areas with amazing views and plenty of room for dance parties and "medipatation" (3yo) and yoga. Pool in the shade was perfect for midday and end of the day cooldowns.

                                                                And then there is the owner and her family-easy to work with, willing to share info on restaurants, beach chairs, someone you would want as a friend!

                                                                HIGHLY recommend Dawn Patrol-can't wait to go back!!


                                                                Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

                                                                Dawn Patrol is in the heart of Old Grayton Beach (beware of imitators) smack dab in the middle of Highway 30A--the Scenic Highway that runs 18 miles along the beaches of South Walton.

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