Welcome to Seaside
An iconic beach town that embodies coastal living
Seaside is a famed beach town nestled along the white sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle and Highway 30A. The master-planned community sits on 80 acres, conveniently located between Destin and Panama City Beach. One-of-a-kind architecture, color, and coastal charm come to life here.
It's often referred to as the birthplace of the New Urbanism architectural design movement. This urban design method promotes environmentally-friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods. The community has received many accolades, including "Best Beach on Earth" for families by Travel + Leisure Magazine and "Top 10 Best Beaches in Florida" by USA Today. Its pastel-colored houses, architecture-designed walkways, and iconic whitewashed post office served as the backdrop for The Truman Show.
What to Love
- 30A first planned development
- Walkable, vibrant, and lively vibe
- Plenty of coastal charm
You don't need a car in Seaside because homes, offices, restaurants, and shops are a stroll away. Everything is within walking or biking distance. You can walk to grocery stores for shopping, enjoy delicious lunches at various restaurants, and lounge at the beach.
There are less than 200 full-time residents in Seaside, while semi-residents live here for about six months. The community receives plenty of vacationers throughout the year. There is no shortage of things to do in Seaside, whether you love cultural events, fine art, culinary experiences, or the outdoors.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are fantastic options for dining out in Seaside, such as Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant. It's the oldest restaurant in South Walton and a favorite gathering place. It offers a creative menu with extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
You can get your caffeine fix at Amavida Coffee. Located in the heart of town, it'll grind organic specialty coffee to help with your morning wake-up. You can also order an iced coffee and enjoy it.
The Meltdown on 30A is a stylish and energetic food truck that provides a variety of gourmet grilled cheeses on the beach. It is a one-stop shop for all your comfort food favorites, including Meatloaf Grilled Cheese, Bacon & Brie Melt, and Goat Cheese & Arugula.
The Great Southern Cafe provides spicy, tasty, and warming food. The eatery is famed for its grits and shrimp. You can also order world-inspired foods, such as bacon-wrapped prawns with mango chutney and chicken stuffed with couscous and tarragon yogurt. 45 Central Wine & Sushi Bar offers the best sushi in Seaside. An award-winning chef owns it and sources ingredients from local farmers and artisans. You'll find a wide selection of fresh, homemade specialties and gourmet to-go meals at Modica Market.
Things to Do
If you decide to get off the beach, there is an amazing amount of things to do on Seaside. There's tennis, biking and walking trails, theater productions, live performances, shopping, outdoor movies, and more.
The sloped sides of the Seaside Amphitheater beckon to children of all ages. A limestone stage sits at the top and hosts family movies and plays regularly. You can also catch plays, concerts, and magic shows at Rep Theater.
Seaside is very event-oriented, and popular offerings include Wednesday concert series, weekly Friday night movies, Seaside Repertory Movies, and Summer Concert Series. The Seeing Red Wine Festival in the fall offers wines from around the world and multiple entertainment opportunities. December sees an orchestra performance in addition to an event called Turn on the Town, which features massive Christmas lights. There is also a Christmas tree, parade, and Santa. You can celebrate racing while showing off your athletic prowess at the Seaside 5K and Half Marathon.
The South Walton County School District serves Seaside:
- Seaside Neighborhood School, 5-12
- South Walton High School, 9-12