Seaside is located between Panama City Beach and Destin on the Florida Panhandle. Established in 1981, it manages to exude small town charm from a much older, more simple, pre-WWII era. Offering quant and lively downtown dining and shopping, Seaside was recently named Travel + Leisure’s “Best Beach on Earth”. It was also included in the “Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida” by USA Today (2013).
Its architecture, with Charleston, Antebellum, and Victorian influences, has also gained prominence. It’s included in the American Institute of Architects list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.
Things To Do in Seaside
Beside the pastel-colored small town lies the Gulf of Florida’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters. If you’d like to reserve a beach chair and awning during your stay, book through Cabana Man. They also rent ocean kayaks and paddle boards.
At Seaside Beach you can even take surf lessons through Austin Magee’s Surf School. Stop by Beach Ready Spa and get a deep-tissue massage or a facial for a more relaxing experience. During summertime, Seaside Farmer’s Market sets up on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm. Local growers, bakers, and local artisans sell fresh and unique wares to peruse.
Become acquainted with the downtown area and explore the specialty gift shops, art galleries, book stores, and clothing boutiques. Highlights include Sundog Books with a great selection, Central Square Records for music, Newbill Collection by the Sea for keepsakes, and Fusion Art Gallery.
Food trucks line the main road (County Road 30-A) in the middle of town. There you will find BBQ, hot dogs, shaved ice, grilled cheese, grills, and coffee. Can’t-miss local restaurant cuisine also includes southern cooking and fresh seafood at Great Southern Café.
For nightly entertainment, stop by the Seaside Repertory Theatre and see a comedy or drama from the area’s only professional theatre troupe. You can also check out the Seaside events calendar for festivals, outdoor concerts, markets, theatre productions, and a schedule of movie showings under the stars!
Day Trips From Seaside
Panama City Beach is a hot spot for vacationers for its wide range of recreation. You can hop on a shuttle from St. Andrews State Park to Shell Island, an untouched island between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Or you can walk Pier Park for Miracle Strip Amusement Park and other activities, including bungee jumping! By night, Panama City Beach runs the gamut between dive bars and bottle-service clubs. But you can’t go wrong with local seafood shacks for oysters and atmosphere. Try Gene’s Oyster Bar for a quintessential southern seafood fix (cash only).
A 40-minute drive in the opposite direction along the Emerald Coast brings you to Destin, a beach and golf course destination offering shopping, plenty of watersports, and fishing charters. Horseback ride in Destin through nearly 14,000 acres of State Forest, or take a nature hike with Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk. The Boardwalk, Wharf, and HarborWalk Village are some of the top destinations for lively atmosphere and nightlife.
The city was planned so that buildings were limited to a maximum height of just 3 stories so as not to block the ocean view for homeowners. The homes themselves feature wide porches, large windows, and the world renowned architecture that agrees with easy beach living.
Enjoy Seaside resort town from the heart of it. You can find over 250 rental options on Tripping.com. Choose from a selection of oceanside cottages on the beach and plantation-style homes with gazebos and backyard pools.
Transportation In Seaside
Everything is within Seaside is within walking distance, but you can also rent a bike or golf cart to get around locally.
The nearest airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International (ECP/KECP), located about 30 miles from Seaside. You can also arrive through Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS/KVPS), only 39 miles from downtown. You can use Sunshine Shuttles to book transportation from an airport to town.
Vacation Rentals in Seaside
Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Seaside getaway? Tripping.com’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Seaside offers 859 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 838 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 631 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of €25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on Tripping.com and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Seaside has 859 gorgeous homes with 13 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with Tripping.com.
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