Monday, July 18, 2016

Travel Guide to Seaside

Every year, thanks to my (awesome) parents, my family gets to vacation in Seaside, FL for an entire week. If you don't know, Seaside is a small beach town located on 30A (a stretch of small beach towns along Florida's scenic Highway 30A). This family vacation/tradition started about four years ago, and now the whole family loads up and heads south around the Fourth of July. Needless to say, it's always a fun week filled with beach days, game nights, and good eats. We've done a lot and have eaten at a lot of yummy places over the years, so I thought I would put a little travel guide together for you guys - just in case you ever find your way to this cute little beach town!


We go through Garrett Realty Services to rent a place for the week. We technically stay in Seagrove beach instead of Seaside - it's cheaper to rent a place there and it's literally 5 minutes from Seaside beach. This year, we rented a house for the week because our family has grown so much and we needed more space. In the past, we have stayed at The Legacy Condominium and have always been pleased with them. They are nice sized condos, well taken care of, and right on the beach! Of course, you can always book a place through Airbnb or VRBO.


Hands down, the number one thing I love about this little beach town is the food. Some of my favorites include:

Bud & Alley's - a waterfront restaurant with a rooftop bar and the best food. The crab cakes are a must get, and their Grouper never disappoints.

The Shrimp Shack - if you want to taste the freshest of fresh seafood,  this is your spot. The crab claws are delicious and the lobster roll is one of the best things I've ever eaten!

The Great Southern - great spot for brunch - order the crab cakes and fried green tomatoes Benedict for the ultimate southern, seafood brunch experience.

Pickles - a cute little lunch spot with awesome burgers, fries, and shakes.

Cafe Thirty-A - a little more on the pricey side, so save this one for a special occasion, but the food and fine dining experience is totally worth the price!

Old Florida Fish House - family friendly, casual dining experience with some of the best seafood around!


Of course, you'll want to spend most of your days on the white, sandy beaches, but there are also a few more things you can do to fill your time -

-Rent a bike for the week and explore the little beach towns along 30A

-Go shopping in Seaside, making a stop for an ice cream break at  It's Heavenly

-Check out Seaside's event calendar for things happening while you're there, like an outdoor movie night or a summer concert

-If you are up for a full day activity, drive into Destin and rent a boat to take out to Crab Island for the day (we do this every year and love it!)

I always love our time spent in this adorable town, and look forward to going back each year! Overall, it's a great place to relax, eat, and enjoy the beach life to its fullest. If you're looking for the perfect spot for your next family beach vacation, look no further than Seaside (or any beach town along 30A).

Have you ever been to Seaside? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, and if not, then I hope this guide will be of help to your travels! Happy Monday, friends, and thanks for stopping by!

PS. 5 Reasons to Visit Seaside
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