5 Ideas for a Great Vacation
Looking for a beach with gentle turf, but without the tourist crowds of South Florida? Perhaps you are looking for a place with a quaint, picture-book feel, but with enough restaurant and top notch dining options to appease the pickiest vacationing partner? Seaside, Florida will meet all those needs and more.
Here are some ideas for how to have a great time in one of the best spots along the Emerald Coast.
1. Book a vacation rental.
Vacationing like a local has benefits that are not available to tourists who stay in hotels. What’s the alternative? Renting a beachside house gives you all the charm that you are looking for and more. Seaside vacation rentals provide you with an immediate way to immerse yourself within Seaside’s community. Benefits include a fully stocked house with all the amenities to make you feel at home.
2. Spend a day at Seaside beach.
There is a reason that this beach was picked as the setting for the film The Truman Show. It really does look too good to be true. With sand softer than sugar, this coast has clear water as far as the eye can see. A striking feature of this beach are the walkways that lead you down to the waterfront. Each walkway has a pavilion at the top for enjoying the stellar ocean views in the shade. Go prepared and spend at least half your vacation time soaking up the best beach life has to offer.
3. Check out Sundog Books bookstore.
An independent and family-owned bookstore in the heart of this beachside town is Sundog Books. Listed in Coastal Living as one of the best beach bookstores in all the US. This store is now enjoying 31 years in business and is well-loved by both locals and tourists alike. You will love the atmosphere of this charming book haven. If you are a book nerd, you will want to dedicate a full day to exploring the unique titles that line the shelves. For casual book readers, set aside an afternoon or a morning to stock up on your beach reads.
4. Build a sandcastle.
You’ve heard how play benefits kids, right? But did you know that adults who make time to play get benefits, too? Yes, sir. Play helps you relieve stress and can improve brain function. As well as boost creativity. All that to say, playing in the sand is not just for kids. Building a sandcastle with a buddy or a love interest? Doing so can improve your connection and foster trust and intimacy. It’s also a fantastic icebreaker if you’re meeting up with friends or distant relatives you haven’t seen in a while.
Beach Sand Sculptures show that playing in the sand is a fine art, and they are willing to teach you how to play, too, with stunning results. Get ready to construct a sandcastle that will stand three and a half feet tall on completion. If you never got a chance to build a sandcastle when you were a kid, it is never too late to go through that childhood rite of passage.
5. Grab a bite at Bud & Alley’s.
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant was just named the “Rooftop Bar of the Summer” by Coastal Living Magazine. As the magazine says, “A seat on the Rooftop Bar is akin to a seat in paradise.” With a laidback vibe, good food, and unbeatable views of the beach and waterfront, this restaurant is a Seaside classic. Get ready to chow down on sandwiches, burgers, and seafood that will make your mouth water and your tummy glad.