Things To Do in Seaside, Florida | 30A Beach Destinations
Lauren here! Last week Brad and I spent a few (glorious) days in the most quaint and charming beach town of Seaside, Florida. Located on scenic Highway 30A, Seaside is known for it's beautiful beaches, stunning beach homes, and town square with some of the best seafood and shopping.
You've likely heard of Seaside because of these:
Thanks, Seaside Style. I won't mention how many days in a row I've worn this sweatshirt I paid way too much money for (worth it).
We chose to head to Seaside in mid May before school ended for the summer so the crowds were much smaller than during their typical high season (June-August). Regardless of when you go and which town you stay in along 30A, it's best to book several months in advance in order to reserve the Airbnb (or hotel), restaurants, and beach rentals you need. If you're renting one of the beautiful beach houses with a large group, consider even booking a year in advance. Trust me, it's worth it!
As you start planning your trip to Seaside, here are a few Instagram accounts to follow to familiarize yourself with the town (and make you way too excited to get there already).
How to Get There
We are not road trip people (I know, I know..) so we chose to fly from Houston, Texas into Panama City (ECP Airport) which was only an hour and 20 minute flight. Then, we rented a car and drive along the stunning 30A highway for 45 minutes to Seaside. If you choose to take the non-scenic route you'll drive about 25 minutes from ECP, but I highly recommend allotting the extra time to drive through some of Florida's most stunning beach towns, including Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove, WaterColor, etc. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is about an hour drive.
Accommodations in Seaside
Remember earlier when I mentioned booking in advance? You'll need to book where you'll stay as far in advance as possible. There are many options through Airbnb, VRBO, and Seaside rental companies for parties of any size.
The soft white sand and clear blue ocean is breathtaking in Seaside. Suntan during the day and go for a sunset stroll in the evening. There is a public beach access point (and free parking) at "Van Ness Butler Jr. Regional Beach Access." Paid parking is also available on Smolian Circle as the free lot fills up quickly!
During the busy season I'd recommend renting an umbrella and chairs at the beach to more conveniently enjoy a front row seat to the beautiful, clear water. I'm still dreaming of my naps and listening to the ocean waves. Cabana Man, Live Well 30A, and WaterColor Beach Setups are a few rental options.
Central Square Home to Seaside's shopping, dining, and the tiniest post office you've ever seen. This is the hub of all of the action and right next to the beach.
The Truman Show House The 1998 movie "The Truman Show" was filmed in Seaside, FL after the beautiful town was discovered by the director's wife on a scouting trip. Located at 31 Natchez Street, the house has been repainted since then, but still has the "36" address sign in honor of the movie.
Bike or Walk & View the Beach Homes The beauty of the homes in Seaside lie in their versatile appeal. We enjoyed walking the streets and checking out the beautiful colors and architecture. You can also rent bikes and easily ride between Seaside and WaterColor to explore the neighborhoods and natural beauty of the two towns. Fun fact: No two houses on the same street have the same white picket fence.
Where to Eat in Seaside, FL
You'll never run out of the most delicious dining options during your trip to Seaside. These are a few of the most popular restaurants, but there are many more that I'm sure are just as incredible.
B.f.f. - Frozen drinks located on the side of Great Southern. If you're 21 or older, order the C.old Fashioned!
The Perfect Pig - Located in WaterColor next to Publix. We went for brunch and I'm still dreaming of the Crab Cakes Benedict!
It's Heavenly - gelato, short cakes, and ice cream. Need I say more?
Modica Market - cute grocery store with THE BEST blueberry muffins located in Central Square.
Outdoor Options Near Beach Access:
Food Trucks - Crêpes du Soleil and Green Stream where my favorites, and Brad's was Barefoot BBQ.
Shopping in Seaside
Seaside Style - they have the main store (remember my sweatshirt?), beach apparel store, and kids store. They are all your stop for "Seaside" souvenirs.
Cabana - outdoor women's shopping with brightly colored clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, & more!
We are already planning our trip back to Seaside, Florida. If you've been before, what are your favorite spots?