Heron's Watch

Santa Rosa Beach
Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 6
Heron's WatchHeron's Watch Back patioBoardwalk to beachCommunity poolRelax on the front porch

Heron 's Watch is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms 1,155 SQFT cottage that is beautifully furnished; complete with a full galley kitchen, French doors leading to the deck, a master bedroom with a private bathroom, and a dining and living room areas perfectly sized for entertaining. With a king bed in the master bedroom, a queen bed in the second bedroom, a full bed in the third bedroom, and a sleeper sofa in the living room this home sleeps 8 comfortably. Enjoy the easy access to the beach, 100 yards away, or relax and enjoy the sounds of the gulf as you lounge on the front porch swing. With all the nearby amenities and the sparkling community pool just a few steps away, this location is sure to give you the perfect beach experience!

*This property is not available to adults Under the age of 25. No Exceptions.*

*LOW Monthly Winter Rates -Not Available to Guests under age 25* Snowbird Season runs January to February on a monthly basis. The monthly rate for Jan-Feb is $2950 per month + taxes/fees. February only is available at a premium, but Jan and Feb can be reserved together for the standard rate. Monthly Rentals can be booked online and are subject to an additional $150 cleaning fee. *Rates are Valid for the current Snowbird season only. Next year’s rates are subject to change.*


30A is a fantastic destination, the beaches are some of the world’s best with sugar white sand and emerald green waters. You will find plenty of beach accesses along a 17 mile stretch of Santa Rosa Beach. It boasts unique shopping, fantastic cuisine and the incredible architecture that makes 30A famous. Grayton Beach not only provides you with stunning views, it provides you with activities for everyone; kayak rentals, bike rentals, paragliding, fishing, golfing, hiking, swimming, tennis -- you'll find it all right here!

Enjoy this Funky, Free-spirited town where you will find quaint historic cottages next to modern beach homes.  You’ll enjoy the many shopping and dining options such as ‘Another Broken Egg’. This is much more than a cool beach town, this location is the best of both worlds, enjoy a quiet relaxing getaway while still having a lot of action packed activities at your fingertips. 

The snorkelers in your group will love the new artificial reef called Sea Turtle Reef, deployed in 2017. Located just 783 feet out from the Grayton Beach State Park access, it is becoming a haven for sea life. Each of the 4 snorkeling reefs comprises 40 acres of permitted sea bottom. The Sea Turtle Reef is at a depth of 12-19 feet. We strongly recommend that snorkelers use a kayak, paddleboard, or other flotation device when visiting the snorkel reefs. Sea conditions can and do change quickly and often. Enjoy!

Top Reasons to Book
  1. 100 Yards to beach & 100 Yards to Western Lake
  2. Steps from Community Pool!
  3. Snorkel the Sea Turtle Reef-more info under Area Attractions below
  4. Just a block from Zoo Gallery
  5. Gulf Fishing Charters right from the beach!
  6. Chiringo, Hibiscus & Hurricane Oyster Bar Nearby
  7. Managed by RealJoy Vacations; 24/7 Service
Room Arrangements
Master Bedroom Sleeps: 2
With 1 King Bed
Guest Bedroom Sleeps: 2
With 1 Queen Bed
Guest Bedroom Sleeps: 2
With 1 Full Bed Bed
Sleeper Sofa Sleeps: 2
With 1 Sleeper Sofa Bed
2 Full Bathrooms
Inside Amenities
Air ConditioningCentral Air ConditioningCentral HeatingHangersNice FurnishingsShampooSmoke DetectorWasherDryerBathtubIron and Ironing BoardLinens ProvidedTowels ProvidedClothes WasherClothes DryerCombination Tub and ShowerFull KitchenLiving RoomShower
Kitchen Equipment
Coffee MakerRefrigeratorMicrowaveOvenStoveToaster
Other Amenities
Fire Extinguisher
Internet ConnectionWiFiFree Wifi
Cable or SatelliteTvDVD Player
Outside Amenities
Deck or BalconyOn Street ParkingPrivate EntranceDeck
Pool and Spa
Community PoolOutdoor PoolPool
No Pets AllowedNo Smoking
Child FriendlyFamily Friendly
View and Location
Walk to Beach
Night LifeBeachcombingBoatingChurchesCinema or TheaterCyclingDeep Sea FishingHealth and Beauty SpaJet SkiingKayakingRestaurantsScuba Diving or SnorkelingShellingShoppingWater Sports

Jan 01, 2023

- You could not ask for a better location in Grayton Beach! Very short walk to the beach and several shops and restaurants. The beds were super comfortable and the kitchen had all the cooking utensils you could ask for. The front porch swing was a highlight, as was the big dining table and comfy couch. A short drive to several grocery stores.

There were plenty of towels, but no beach towels (this was in the instructions we just missed it) And make sure and bring extra paper towels, toilet paper, and salt/pepper, etc. if you're planning on using the kitchen.

Overall a great option for us- would stay here again!

Nov 14, 2022

A Greaton Week! - Katheryn was a hard worker. We ran into a problem with our original rental days before arrival. Katheryn helped us find an appropriate alternative. The communication during our stay was a real bonus. Will be back. Will recommend RealJoy to others.

Oct 21, 2022

- Great location. This property is perfect for a small family and provides a necessary amenities. This is our second year in a two to stay at Heron’s Watch and hope to stay there next year

Aug 25, 2022

- We enjoyed our stay at Heron’s Watch.
Cute and comfortable. Roomy and all one level. Beds were great. Location is outstanding.

Aug 21, 2022

- This was a perfect stay for us! The location is fantastic and the house is so cute! I would definitely stay here again!

Aug 15, 2022

- Fabulous location! Loved the short walk to the beach and restaurants. Already trying to plan when we can rent it again.

Jul 10, 2022

- Give this cottage a shot! It’s super cute and pretty clean! My family had such a good time so close to the action. It’s not updated but if you don’t mind that it has really good vibes.

May 27, 2022

Artsy cottage in the best location! - Scroll past all those negative reviews. This cottage was just the cutest. It’s an older house. I’m sure the people who only live in new manufactured homes can get prissy. But there is nothing like the charm and character of an old home. The solid wood doors, glass door knobs, claw foot tub, etc all just add to the unique charm of this cottage. Top it off with original artworks in every room (I’m an artist and really appreciated that), artsy paint jobs and matching furniture ALONG WITH the absolute best location, it really is a gem. Maybe add a cushion to the front porch swing. My only critique! We will definitely be staying here with the kids again. They loved it as much as I did!

May 22, 2022

- Super easy check in. Good communication with host. Incredible location. No stress, hate to leave.

May 15, 2022

- Herron's Watch is located at a truly prime location in Grayton Beach on Cottage Street probably 15 yards from the walkway over the dunes to the beach and we would rent the cottage again. The cottage is a well maintained and updated older structure, which was actually moved to its current location from another location near the Red Bar.

Cottage Street is not a through street (it dead ends at the walkway to the beach). Because of this, the front porch is useable and quiet.

The roughly dozen houses on Cottage Street share the pictured pool which is less than 20 feet from Herron's Watch. The maximum depth of the pool is only 5 feet so it is more for sunbathing or smaller children. We never saw more than a handful of people around the pool.

The initial furnished perishable supplies for the cottage were more than adequate.

While we did not cook, the cottage was amply furnished with glassware and kitchen supplies.

The cottage is furnished with ample towels and wash clothes, all of which were either new or in very good condition.

Flaws and faults were very minor (hence the five star review).

Each bathroom needs a hairdryer. The standup shower could use a plastic liner in addition to the shower curtain to help contain water within the shower. Great water pressure. The hot water tank delivered hot water at high water volume for two extended showers.

HVAC system and ceiling fans delivered ample cooling. The Unit was clean with no sand or grit on the floors (often an issue with beach property).

For sleeping quarters, we only used the king bed bedroom. The bedspread and decorative pillows for the king bed bedroom could use an update. The regular pillows were in good condition and the cottage comes with one set (that we saw) of additional regular pillows that were also in good condition. The king bed was still fine for sleeping and was comfortable with no sagging while sleeping but, perhaps because space is tight in the king bedroom, the end of the bed does give substantially if you sit on it. My personal preference would be for a queen bed in the room rather than a king given the dimensions of the room.

The real estate company sent text updates during our stay inquiring as to any problems and reminding as to checkout times.

Our all in cost for three nights during the second week of May was $1208 which was far less than any property with comparable proximity to the beach and the fact that Herrons Watch has only three bedrooms makes it a viable option for a couple looking to spend a long weekend in Grayton.

Apr 18, 2022

- great location

Mar 04, 2022

- Lovely Vacation 🌴

Feb 19, 2022

- Excellent location. Beyond cutely decorated. A circa 1930 or 1940 cottage, excellently maintained.

Jan 31, 2022


Oct 15, 2021

- Great location! Property is nice and clean and provided everything we needed for our vacation

Sep 14, 2021

Great location!! - We loved our stay. House has everything we needed. Best location.

Sep 13, 2021

- Great spot

Apr 07, 2021

Great location - We loved the house! It’s in a great location, very close to the beach, well stocked kitchen and access to the heated pool was a plus.
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