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“Parental Supervision???”
Review of Seaside Beach

Seaside Beach
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Seaside
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Fortunately we were not staying in Seaside. We visited mid-week, after Easter, on the recommendation of a friend who thought it might be a great retirement community. While the architecture is quaint, the term Stepford children came to mind (and this was before reading another poster's comment about Stepfordesque). I saw primarily caucasian unsupervised middle and high schoolers in the early evening hours milling around the center of town. The uniform for the boys---colorful shorts, Ralph Lauren long sleeve shirts, and top siders with no socks. They were all clean cut. The girls on the other hand had on short shorts, bare midriff's, and cleavage showing. While my teenage daughter enjoyed looking at the boys, she was shocked with the girls' attire. It was impossible to shop with the number of kids milling around. Gelato was $6 a scoop. Who is in control of this town?

6  Thank luv2trvlRedondoBeach
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

My family and I have been visiting Seaside several times a year for at least 10 years and have absolutely loved it. However, after 2 terrible years of Easter breaks we will not be returning. Thugs, drunken teenagers, the village green looks like a rave party at night, no parental supervision, my son's bike stolen (not once, but twice) and simply no attempt to stop any of it! Might as well go to Destin or Panama City...Seaside will soon be no better than those places if the community does not put a stop it. What a shame!

9  Thank nottinghillw11
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Great beach...Helped it was perfect weather. Went over the Easter week so crowded but still safe and fun place for entire family. Only downside was that Butterfly Bikes & Kayaks on 30A was a rip off...Only place in town that made you rent a bike for the entire week (at double their normal rate)...Found out this too late.

1  Thank bob a
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We went to Seaside for Spring Break with about half of our son's high school class and several other states. While it was crowded, it was very safe and a fun place to be for them. We rented a house in the back and so if you wanted to stay away from all the action, you wouldn't even know it was there. But it was a lot of fun for everyone. There is a police presence and a curfew so that is helpful. While i know there was some bad stuff going on it was isolated.

No wonder it just got rated by Travel and Leisure as the #1 Family Beach in the World.

If you go stay anywhere near there with teenagers, you might as well stay in Seaside otherwise you are going to be stuck in traffic driving your kids to where the action is.

Most of the houses have rooftop patios, which were incredible! Even though it was chilly, we had a great time.

I would warn you on riding bikes at night, it is very dark and people there don't know how to ride (single file).

1  Thank MartyHuntsville
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My daughter's family has been here every year(3 to 4 years already) when they were in this area on vacation. This year, she dragged me here to visit this small town... Amazing! I'm so surprised with the real life, the people, the vacationers, the town... the bicycles!!!! The town is right by the white sandy beach, the town with lot of nice rental propeties, resorts and lot of bicycle riders!!! Yep, their transportation here was ride on colorful bicycles... It's reminded me a small Amsterdam(Netherland) Town in Florida. If you are in Fort Walton and or Panama City Beach, Seaside is between of these two cities, about 25 to 30 miles away, just South side off Highway 98. The little cuty town attracted lot of travellers pass by, it had lot of food stands, great food, nice cozy restaurants, nice park, nice place for pictures, nice beaches... Would recommend everyone stop by to visit it.

Thank SpadinaTexas
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