TRAVEL+LEISURE'S BEST BEACH ON EARTH FOR FAMILIES
A few year's back, Travel+Leisure magazine named and published the world's best beaches in several categories. In the "best for families" selection, the white sand beach at Seaside Florida ranked best in the world.
As described by T+L, "Best for Families: Pastel wood-paneled houses border dunes on this picture-perfect Gulf Coast beach, ranked No. 1 for families. After games of waterfront Frisbee, the entire crew can take cruiser bikes into town for a casual seafood dinner."
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS BEACH?
The northwest coast of Florida is blessed with pure white, wide, gentle sand beaches lapped by the tame, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
At Seaside, a continuous stretch of natural 40-foot high sand dunes has been preserved, providing a buffer between beach activities and the bustling village nearby. Seven architecturally stunning pavilions and timber staircases lead down to the sand beach, where no vehicles are allowed. Children of all ages have a special place to frolic, splash, build sand castles and doze in the warm sunshine.
The adjacent village is a collection of 350+ individually owned timber cottages, each distinctly styled. There are no towers of monolithic condos; rather this is a place of tree-lined streets, bike paths, ice cream parlors and families from all over gathered to share vacation beach-time with the abandon of years gone by.
HOW TO GET TO SEASIDE FLORIDA
If you are coming by private car from Dallas, Houston, Baton Rouge and points west, drive I-10 Eastbound, exiting at DeFuniak Springs Florida. If you are coming by private car from Atlanta, Birmingham and points north or east, drive I-10 Westbound, exiting at DeFuniak Springs.
From the DeFuniak Springs exit of I-10, proceed onto US331 South travelling 27 miles until it ends at US98. Turn left onto US98 going East for just 1.6 miles, then right onto County 283 South. After 1.7 miles, at the four-way stop, turn left onto 30A East and into Seaside just two miles ahead.
If flying, book your arrival into Valparaiso/Destin/Ft Walton airport (VPS) or Panama City Beach/Northwest Florida Beaches airport (ECP). Both airports are about 45 minutes from Seaside. Private aircraft can use Destin Executive Airport (DTS) just 20 minutes away.