Why Rosemary Beach is the Perfect Late Summer Spot

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Rosemary Beach is one of America’s finest vacation spots, a romantic little town with idyllic charm and laid-back surroundings. Named by CNN as one of the six best beaches in the United States (and nestled on Florida’s Best Beaches list), Rosemary Beach has its splendor.

Aside from the beach, there’s plenty for people of all ages in this quaint Florida town.

Things to do in and around Rosemary Beach

Bask on the white sand beaches

Rosemary Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico in southeastern Walton County and shines with its emerald blue water.

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Having a fantastic stretch of beach on 30A, the powdery fine sand is white in hue and there are hardly any seashells.

Most pets are not allowed on the beach unless the owner has a special permit.

There are also pretty dunes in the area to explore and the beach shines everywhere.

Visit Deer Lake State Park

Coastal dunes have been pretty hard to spot in the US or around the world, but Deer State Park has one along its periphery, which makes it stand out.

Deer Park has a variety of plant species such as pitcher plants, flower spoons, Gulf Coast lupine, scrub oaks, golden asters as well as wildflowers.

Also, it has natural attractions such as dunes, flat woods, sand hills, depression marsh, estuarine tidal stream, and backwater streams.

With an elevated boardwalk, it has access to the beach which offers activities such as swimming and fishing.

The park also has hiking trails such as Orange Trail, offering views of pine trees, deer, moss, and other wildlife, while Blue Trail offers scenic views on its northern portion.

  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to sunset daily
  • Admission fee: $3 per vehicle

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Excursions with blue dolphins

Having a dolphin encounter sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The epic aquatic adventure at Gulf World awaits!

Dolphin Tour, which is located in Panama City Beach, is a short distance from Rosemary Beach.

Along with dolphin shows, this tour also teaches how to interact with dolphins and provides an exhilarating ride.

  • Location: 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach

30A Farmer’s Market

An open market in Rosemary Beach where one can buy a variety of farm produce and other goods, the 30A Farmer’s Market is a bustling place.

Also, a platform for local business growth, this market offers vegetables, fruits, flowers, fresh-cut baked goods, local grass-fed beef, bone broth, pork , eggs, honey and more.

Additionally, the market offers KETO-friendly and gluten-free items, as well as exotic items such as artisan bread, including ciabatta, focaccia, and cheddar jalapeño.

  • Opening hours: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: 28N Place de la Barrette
  • 30A Farmers Market, Rosemary Beach

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Pearl Spa

A space for pampering is nowhere better than Spa Pearl located in the historic hotel, The Pearl. Private poolside treatment rooms emphasizing invigorating and therapeutic oceanic elements are their signature experience.

With their signature facials, massages and body treatments for rejuvenation, one can also hang out at the Havana Beach Bar and Grill & Rooftop Lounge for an upbeat post-spa vibe.

  • Location: 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach

Enjoy the Timpochee Trail

If nature awakens your soul, Timpochee Trail can lighten your soul despite your hiking skills. An 18-mile trail through several wooded areas, it passes beautiful dunes, seashores and marsh lakes.

Tracing the Gulf of Mexico coastline and scenic Highway 30A, the trail is near three major state parks: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and Deer Lake State Park.

  • Location: Begins where Highway 30A splits from US Highway 98, Inlet Beach

The adventure of water paddle boards

A state like Florida is endowed with nature and also with adventure. If the latter interests you, “Walkin’ on Water Paddleboards” should be exceptionally fun.

Located in Panama City Beach, just a stone’s throw from Rosemary Beach, this adventurous activity is for both adults and children. In addition, the level of experience is managed by the instructor.

There are also paddleboard lessons, eco-tours among pristine lakes, rivers and coastal waters, paddleboard yoga lessons and rentals for everyone.

Places to Eat in Rosemary Beach

Havana Beach Bar & Grill and rooftop lounge

An award-winning restaurant that exudes a classic vibe and is primarily known for using organically grown ingredients.

With its modern American cuisine infusing the essence of the Caribbean, this place offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner with its many menu options.


  • Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cowgirl kitchen

Serving pizzas, fresh salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers and desserts, Cowgirl Kitchen is located along the busy street across from the Pearl Hotel.

The outlet has a fairly casual vibe and is known for its Southwestern style bites. It has three outlets, including Rosemary Beach and Blue Mountain Beach.

  • Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Summer kitchen Cafe

Known as Rosemary Beach’s first restaurant, the Summer Kitchen Café offers homemade dishes such as egg wraps, sandwiches, omelets, salads, fruit, and more.

The restaurant also has private dining rooms and also offers a seasonal menu.

  • Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday (7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Tuesday (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sunday (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Cupcakes 30A

Offering cupcakes in 18 different flavors and ice cream in 15 different flavors, this outlet also offers waffle cones, shortcakes, and milkshakes. Located near Rosemary Beach, this place is the best treat for dessert lovers.

  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Accommodation in Rosemary Beach

Although the area is not the cheapest vacation spot in Florida, deals can still be found. Rosemary Beach offers accommodation options for all budgets starting at $49 per night.

  • Hotels such as The Village of South Walton Beach, Caillon Beach Resort Inn, and Beachside Resort Panama City Beach start on an economical note.
  • Stays at the WaterColor Inn, Watersound Inn, and Pearl Hotel go up the budget.
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