2020 hasn’t exactly been what we expected, and our summer vacations may have to look a bit different this year. Even though it SEEMS like we’ve been on summer break for 3 months already, the reality is that Summer has just begun. As states begin to open back up and travel restrictions are lifted, many of us are gearing up for a fun family vacation…and with the continued uncertainty, most are looking for somewhere closer to home or within a decent driving distance. This month, we’re going to take you on a tour of Seaside, a quaint beachfront community nestled between Panama City Beach and Destin along Highway 30A…and only a short 11-hour drive from the DFW area.
In Seaside, you can literally walk or bike anywhere…there’s no need for a car. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with charming beach cottages, white picket fences and quaint shops and storefronts. In the center of town there is a field that hosts a weekly farmer’s market, outdoor concerts and movies under the stars. Around the Town Square you’ll find amazing restaurants, quaint cafes, gourmet food trucks, adorable clothing boutiques, delicious ice cream shops and the most delightful book and record store. It’s the idyllic vacation life.
Seaside is not like other commercialized beach towns. There are no skyscraper hotels or giant condominiums…you literally feel like you are living at the beach. The food choices are unique as well. Our favorite place to eat was Great Southern Café – it’s a must if you are anywhere near the area! Known for their “new-fashioned” southern cuisine, their menu is full of fresh produce from nearby farms and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. We also loved “Airstream Row”…a grouping of food trucks at the center of Seaside. Favorites include The Meltdown on 30A, featuring traditional and specialty grill cheese sandwiches; Frost Bites, serving shaved ice, homemade frozen custard and fresh squeezed lemonade and Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs, the best hot dogs on the beach!
Seaside Florida is truly the perfect beach setting for families. The sand is white as snow and soft as baby powder. The water is a crystal-clear turquoise blue and the waves are normally gentle and easy. You can’t miss Seaside’s main beach access under a tall gray structure…The Seaside Florida Tower. The iconic tower is a cross between a pyramid and a lighthouse. And once you’re there, cabanas line the beach for fun in the sun. There are nine pavilions that anchor the nine streets and provide access to the powdery white sand and inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re walking along the shoreline, building a sandcastle or examining a seashell, Seaside is the perfect beach vacation!