Charming, idyllic, and perfectly laid-back, Rosemary Beach is one of the prettiest vacation spots in America.
Named among the top six of America’s most romantic small towns by CNN, Rosemary Beach is the ideal location for a beach vacation for all sorts of travelers.
Whether you’re travelling with your partner, family, or a group of friends, there’s something for everyone in this quaint little town in Florida.
Here are some places to visit and things to do when you’re vacationing on Rosemary Beach.
White Sand Beaches
Situated right on the emerald-blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Rosemary Beach has one of the loveliest stretches of beach on the 30A.
The sand is incredibly soft and clean.
There are no shells, and pets are rarely allowed, so the beach stays clean.
Walk along the shoreline, settle in onto the beach chairs, and relax.
If you enjoy settling into your vacation with a relaxing game of golf, there are a number of celebrated courses that are incredibly close to Rosemary Beach.
The Hombre Golf Club on Panama City Beach is one of the best, and only about 18 miles away from Rosemary Beach.
20 miles west of Rosemary Beach are three courses all within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
A little further off, there are four golf courses in Destin, and the Blue Water Bay Resort in Niceville.
All of these courses are incredibly well laid out, and perfect for teeing off your Rosemary beach vacation!
The Summer Kitchen Café
The first commercial kitchen on Rosemary Beach, the Summer Kitchen Café has moved around a bit in this charming little town.
Now located on the Main Street, the Summer Kitchen offers a relaxed breakfast and lunch menu.
Towards the evening, the café offers a more fine dining style experience.
Locally sourced ingredients and beer from the local breweries make the Summer Kitchen central to the Rosemary Beach experience.
30A’s Farmer’s Market
Wandering into 28N Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach on Sunday will lead you right into the beautiful and bustling Rosemary Beach Farmer’s Market.
The gorgeous location aside, the market boasts an array of produce from 40 – 50 new vendors every week!
No matter how long you’re at Rosemary Beach, the Farmer’s Market is a must-visit for great food, fresh produce and the most unique souvenirs.
Rosemary Beach has four stunning pools, designed for the ultimate beach vacation experience.
The beachside Coquina Pool is a negative edge pool framed by palms along the Gulf Coast side, and open to all residents.
The Barbados Pool with its fountain and French West Indies architecture is a visual marvel.
The Cabana Pool, with its separate pool for children is among the most family-friendly of the pools in Rosemary Beach.
The indoor heated Sky Pool is incredibly luxurious, and the only year-round pool in Rosemary Beach.
It’s got dedicated swim lanes, lounging areas, heated walkways, and a motorized roof that can be open or closed depending on the weather.
Definitely reason to include it in your itinerary!
Designed to discourage cars, Rosemary Beach Is one of the best places to go biking.
The Timpoochee Trail runs around 18 miles from Dune Allen to Inlet Beach and is one of the best ways to experience the 30A.
Rosemary Beach is located on Mile 17 of the trail, so you can ride your bike back a bit to Seacrest Beach for some saltwater taffy on Mile 16.
You could also ride ahead to Inlet Beach on Mile 18 for the best views of the sea.
Deer Lake State Park
Open from 8:00 AM, the Deer Lake State Park is famous for the rare coastal dune lake in it.
The lake boasts an incredible ecosystem formed by the mixing of saltwater and freshwater, with potential sightings of wildlife like bobcats and coyotes.
A mile-long boardwalk to the ocean offers great views of the rare coastal sand dunes and the dune lake.
The Deer Lake State Park is also a great location for picnicking, but make sure you bring your own food!
There’s nothing quite like fishing along the Gulf Coast.
From mahi mahi and king mackerel to trout – there’s an incredible range of fish that you could reel in when you go fishing here.
The Deer Lake State Park offers fishing with truly unique opportunities considering the mixing of waters at the coastal dune lake.
You could also hop over to Destin, known as the world’s luckiest fishing village.
You can charter a boat with 30-Angler Fishing Charters, Fish On Charter Service or Osprey Charters right into the Gulf Coast, or Florida Boy Adventures for some inshore fishing.
There is also Fishing With Bob and the Destin Fishing Fleet.
Sandcastle Sculpting Lessons
A great group activity that is 100% family-friendly is playing with sand on the beach.
Take it up a level when you’re vacationing at Rosemary Beach by getting lessons from professional sand sculptors!
There are a number of sculptors and companies offering lessons along the length of the 30A.
It’s a fun activity for kids and adults alike, and a great opportunity to bond with each other.
You get to mix up your schedule with an afternoon of playing in sand and create something truly incredible.
Dune Allen Sandcastle Lessons and Sand Odyssey are among the most popular as is Beach Sand Sculptures.
Outdoor Movie Night
Catching a movie under the stars along the Gulf Coast is an incredible experience that is part and parcel of vacationing on the 30A.
Great for families, groups, or date nights, catching a movie outdoors is easy in South Walton towns
Rosemary Beach hosts their Moonlight Movies and Face Painting on Thursdays at the Western Green.
The movie starts at 8:00 PM, but if you want to bring your kids along for the face painting, you might want to get there earlier.
The face painting starts at 6:15 PM.
Popcorn and hotdog vendors are guaranteed, but you need to bring your own lawn chairs, and definitely some bug spray!
The Butterfly Garden
At West Kingston Road in Rosemary Beach is an elaborate garden with plants to lure in butterflies.
With a charming wooden walkway, this display garden is one of the best ways to experience the natural features of the area in a contained space!
A new Butterfly Cottage has been set up between the Butterfly Garden and the Cabana Pool, for easy access to two of the loveliest spaces in Rosemary Beach.
Horseback riding along the Gulf of Mexico is a great experience, no matter how old you are.
The horses kept for trail riding along the 30A in Florida are calm, well broken into the trails, and in great health.
You won’t have to worry about getting lost with these horses!
Most owners are great horsemen themselves and will guide you through an unforgettable trail ride through the state forests, through areas you wouldn’t be able to reach on foot.
And there’s nothing quite like being horseback on the beach.
The most popular among the horseback touring companies on the 30A in Florida is Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides.
Camp Helen State Park
Like the Deer Lake State Park, Camp Helen at Inlet Beach, Florida is very close to Rosemary Beach and bordered by one of the largest coastal dune lakes – the Lake Powell.
A great place to go swimming, picnicking, beachcombing, birding, hiking and fishing, Camp Helen is a great 180-acre daytime getaway for everyone.
You can also explore the nearby Lake Powell through the kayaking eco-tours.
Leisurely paddling into the open water on a board offers an up-close and personal experience of the Gulf of Mexico that you wouldn’t get on a boat.
But paddleboard enthusiasts might use it for just about anything, including yoga.
Paddleboarding itself is also an excellent workout!
If you’re looking to take up an easy water sport while you’re vacationing at Rosemary Beach, considering renting a paddleboard by the hour and pushing yourself out into the water.
It’s a great way to explore without having to swim and you can engage your core trying to balance as you SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)!
One of the best rentals near Rosemary Beach is Walking on Water Paddleboards.
There’s no treat quite like a spa, and in Rosemary Beach, Spa Pearl takes the cake.
Located at 63 Main Street, Spa Pearl situated in the historic hotel The Pearl presents itself as a space for pampering.
What better way to enjoy your vacation?
Their services are offered in-room, but if you’re at Spa Pearl, it’s always a good idea to settle into their private poolside treatment rooms for a truly indulgent escape from civilization.
After your treatments, you could swing by the Havana Beach Bar and Grill overlooking the Gulf and the Main Street to round off a day of indulgence.
If the sun’s getting to be too much for the kids, you can whisk them away to the secret Splash Pad and playground to the northside of Rosemary Beach in St.Augustine.
Set up by the Owner’s Club, the Splash Pad is surrounded by trees, so you can take a break in the shade while the kiddos play in the water.
All in all, a great way to cool off after a long hot day of fun in the sun.
Edward’s Fine Food and Wine
Rosemary Beach is known for its fine dining, and Edward’s Fine Food and Wine is one of the most beloved of the fine dining places in the town.
With great food, better service and a relaxed attitude to appropriate fine dining attire, Edward’s is an absolute must visit for everyone vacationing at Rosemary Beach.
There are no reservations at this restaurant that works on ‘beach time’ in their own words.
So if you want to be seated, just remember that it is first come first serve!
They’re also pet-friendly.
Baytowne Adventure Zone
The original zipline and adventure zone in North Florida, Baytowne Adventure Zone is a hop, skip and jump away from Rosemary Beach.
If you’re looking for adventures involving ziplining, bungy or ropes for yourself and your kids, this is absolutely the right place.
All their activities are sure to get your blood up, and have the kids screaming in excitement.
All the adventures at Baytowne are challenging, but perfectly safe, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
The Rosemary Beach Racquet Club
Rosemary Beach is the ultimate beach vacation for tennis lovers because of the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club.
One of the top destinations for tennis in the world, the Racquet Club has eight green clay courts, four of which allow playing till 9 PM.
So if you’re thinking of a quick game after dinner, this would be the place for it.
The Rosemary Beach Racquet Club offers Tennis Packages, instruction from pros, and the finest quality equipment in North Florida.
You can get a day pass, or even a weekly membership if you’re planning on heading to the courts every day.
The Club also has an observation deck if you’d rather watch a few matches instead of playing on your vacation!
Eight miles away from Rosemary Beach is the city of Seaside, where the Truman Show was filmed.
A lovely community much like Rosemary Beach, Seaside features attractions like the gourmet grocery store Modica Market.
There are also nine unique beach pavilions to gather in, and the best Shrimp and Grits from the Great Southern Café.
At the heart of Seaside is Sundog Books, a family-owned independent bookstore that even has a couple of readers clubs!
The daytime Book Club and the Sunset Book Club meet every month, but venues are subject to change depending on availability.
If you’re interested, head on over to Sundog to confirm the date and venue!