Seaside is one of more unusual towns you’ll run across, and a lot of its “uniqueness” comes from the fact it was planned down to a ‘T’.
If you haven’t visited, it’s only about 25 miles west of Panama City Beach on Highway 30A and, of course, it’s right on the sea (or the Gulf, depending on your preference). This is a compact but completely captivating village of cool homes, great restaurants, unusual stores and boutiques (including a fantastic book and music shop), and plenty of outdoor activities. You may even recall it for its starring role in Jim Carrey's 'The Truman Show.'
Seaside is popular all the time, but perhaps the most popular during the holidays while the north gets colder but the sun is still shining all along the Florida coast. That's when visitors arrive in droves to experience one of the most picturesque destinations in the state.
If you can, make this a stop on a tour of nearby Highway 98. With Panama City Beach to the east, you can roll through Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa, Destin, and Fort Walton – as you explore one of the nicest stretches of coastal communities anywhere on earth.
If You Go