Seaside beach and town
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Seaside town is a great place to visit for the morning. You can cool off with a swim at the dreamy white-sand beach. What a picture perfect place! You walk through a tower and down a dune to get to the sand where blue umbrellas (for rent) are neatly arranged. The sand is white as can be, all the way to the shore, which is unusual for Florida. This is a true white sand beach without goopy sand at the shore! It is the nicest beach I've been to in Florida.
The water is not clear but seems clean and there are small waves for bodysurfing. Beware of the sting rays- you must do the "shuffle" with your feet so you don't alarm one.
After your swim, with your hair wet and keeping you cool, you can walk around the town and take in the sights. The modern, clean-lined buildings are tall, providing shade, which makes Seaside somewhat bearable in summer. There are cute stores everywhere, including an upstairs record store with an oceanview balcony. Below it is a bookstore called Sundog Books. There's a toy store called Duckies Shop of Fun. The market where The Truman Show was filmed, Modica Market, is near the bookstore- skip on it for lunch because the sandwiches are just awful. It looks nice to eat at the shady picnic tables in front of the row of permanent food trucks across from the beach such as Meltdown on 30A or Barefoot Barbeque.
Many people get around town by bike, and there's a long bike path that runs along Highway 30A. You can rent bikes from Seaside Transit Authority Bike Rentals.
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The beach entry through a tower is in front of Central Square, slightly to the west. In your GPS, use the address for Ono Surfshop, 2236 E. Co Hwy 30A, Seaside (Santa Rosa Beach) FL 32459.
Sundog Books, 89 Central Sq, Seaside FL 32459, call (850) 231-5481.
Central Square Records, 89 Central Sq, Seaside FL 32459, call (850) 231-5669.
Meltdown on 30A Food Truck, 2235 E. Co Hwy 30A, Seaside (Santa Rosa Beach) FL 32459, cal (850) 231-0952.
Barefoot Barbeque, 2235 E. Co Hwy 30A, Seaside (Santa Rosa Beach) FL 32459, call (850) 534-0313.
Seaside Transit Authority Bike Rentals, 87 Central Sq.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.