We like to say that our time in Seaside was our vacation from our vacation.
I had visited the Florida Gulf Coast twice before on my annual college girls weekend (where 5 of us college besties fly in from our homes around the country to pick up where we left off). Each time, I returned home declaring that Seaside was my favorite place ever and that I couldn’t wait to show it to Ryan and the kids.
The thing about Florida is that it is on the absolute opposite end of the country from our home in the Seattle area and so traveling to and from is not ideal. When we were talking about what stops to make on our round-the-country road trip, Seaside was at the very tippy top of my list. Finally I would have the chance to visit this gorgeous part of the country with my family!
The first night we arrived after a decent drive day and headed straight to the beach.
You guys. My kids have only ever known cold Pacific Northwest water. They, like their mama, have grown up thinking swimming in places like the Icicle River and the 56* waters of the Puget Sound is totally normal and so they fully embrace it. Part of my excitement over visiting this part of Florida with the kids was to watch them experience swimming in the clear, turquoise warm water. Their first moments down at the beach wading in the waves and squealing over the water and the sunset and the sugar sand beaches were priceless to me.
We deliberately planned for four days here in Florida which is longer than most of our previous stops. For one, I was just so looking forward to hanging out at this gorgeous beach and wanted to spend as much time as possible. And two, it marked just a little over a month of traveling and we figured by this point we would need a vacation from our vacation. We were right. It was such a great change of pace to have a few slow days of beach laying, ocean swimming, pool lounging.
Our first full day was spent at the beach in the darling town of Seaside.
We rented chairs, settled in and did the beach.
Later that day, we checked into our condo just down the highway from Seaside in a community called WaterSound. I booked this place months ago and had forgotten how fabulous it was!
On our second full day, we skipped the sand and lounged poolside at the big community pool.
A couple of nights we went into town to eat and enjoy Seaside at night.
There are shows on a regular basis on the lawn. One night, the kids sat out and watched the local theater company perform Rapunzel while Ryan and I popped through the local shops (The Art of Simple is my favorite).
On our last night, we found a stray shovel and my oldest did what he loves to do and dug a gigantic hole.
Sunset is just magical down at the beach. We’re used to the sun going down over the ocean on the West Coast, so it was fun to experience a different sunset and take advantage of the amazing lighting for a family photo.
I’ll cherish this one forever.
Seaside – and the other darling towns along the 30A highway – are for sure on our must visit again list. It has captured a piece of all of our hearts.
P.S. One of my favorite parts of each evening was people watching. You Southern vacationers dress so beautifully! Never have I felt so Pacific Northwesty than our first night when I arrived wearing these shorts, this shirt and my birkenstock sandals :)
Also, in case you’re curious, Audrey’s swimsuits and the boys’ rash guards are from Land’s End. It’s my favorite place to find great quality swimwear that holds up to many, many washes and wears.