A Front Seat for Sunset and Storm Watching over the Gulf of Mexico
You can hear the bell ringing from Bud & Alley's restaurant all over the town of Seaside, signaling the official moment when the sun melts into the Gulf. If you guessed the time right (always a somewhat capricious decision) have a drink on the house. This is the best seat on the Gulf for the 17 mile stretch of Highway 30A - for drinking or eating, for people and dolphin watching. Every evening a different story unfolds in the sky and on the water. In late spring the Gulf waters turn a Caribbean blue green. In late August dragonflies hover over the late summer water. Some stormy summer days the gulf crashes against the dune walkovers. Have a famous "Mogarita" - long time bartender, Moe's special high octane tequila version. The food is fine, service is quick, there's a perpetual film of dewy Gulf air over it all. You are at the beach.