When spring arrives, it means different things to different people. But for many, it also means time to travel with family or friends. Of course, if you’re anything like me, your desire to head off to a favorite destination where traditions are instilled and memories are made is a priority.
Seaside is just the place for fun in the sun. Nine pavilions, each with its own distinctive architectural style, offer access to sugar-white sands and the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you are a local or a visitor to the area, your spring break experience must be completed with ease. And that’s where Cabana Man comes in.
Cabana Man’s royal blue beach umbrellas and chairs line the beach and offer shade and solace to those seeking relaxation. “There is almost nothing we can’t provide,” says Hannah Neville, longtime employee of Cabana Man. “We rent cabanas, beachside chairs, umbrellas, rafts, boogie boards, kayaks and more.” Attendants are available to advise guests on how to use the gear, and they set it up as well. Come summertime, the attendants will even bring food and drink from restaurants to rejuvenate your sun weary body.
After combing the shoreline for shells or bodysurfing the clear green waters, make your way back to town and grab a bite at one of the food trucks lining Airstream Row. The Meltdown on 30A pleases palates of all ages with its indulgent grilled cheese sandwiches, while Barefoot BBQ offers some of the best mac ’n’ cheese with a half rack of ribs in the Southeast. If you need to beat the heat, try a shave-ice treat from Frost Bites, where many a magazine photo shoot has taken place. Come dinner, one of our family favorites is to take in the sensory experience of the authentic paella cooking at 45 Central wine bar. The popular paella is served Wednesday and Friday nights. They are known to run out quickly, so run with this tip and go early.