SoWal Towns

Rosemary Beach

Dutch West Indies Architecture Meets New Urbanism

Rosemary Beach is a unique and picturesque beach town that brings an island  charm and style to the eastern end of South Walton. One of a handful of New Urban towns on Scenic 30A, it’s a place that’s meant to be experienced on foot or by bike. Its narrow streets and paths are begging to be explored.

Established in 1995, it’s name comes from the local Rosemary plants which grow among the sand dunes and along the trails in SoWal. Like the plant, Rosemary Beach has stand-out beauty, yet fits perfectly into the diverse South Walton community.

Rosemary Beach's unique architecture is what first captures your attention, with its Dutch  West Indies-inspired homes and commercial buildings. The town's colors match those found in nature — mostly shades of rust, tan, green and brown. Homes are decorated with Bermuda shutters, wide second floor porches and arched garage doors.

Gates and fences open in Rosemary Beach with a latchkey, with steps often leading to entrances on the second floor. Walls line both sides of the solid entryway steps, a feature right out of the Caribbean. Lush and and private courtyards can be found in nearly every home.

Footpaths and boardwalks in Rosemary Beach lead to large decks over the dunes, providing access to the spectacular beach below. The classic Colonial-style architecture blends gracefully with the Gulf’s emerald waters and sugar-white beach.

Not only are Rosemary Beach shops and homes beautiful, but their authenticity and practicality makes it feel like this seaside village has existed for hundreds of years.

The markets that line Main Street and the town’s sprawling greens feature some of the best restaurants, shops and boutiques in the area. Amavida Coffee features fresh roasted coffee, delicious baked treats and often hosts local artists and musicians.  Dining on the porch at the Summer Kitchen Cafe is a great way to enjoy a cool evening, and those with a sweet tooth can get their fix at Sugar Pies. Other must see places in the public square include the Town Hall and Post Office.

Rosemary Beach is perfect for family relaxation and enjoyment, whether you want to swim in the Gulf of Mexico or the pools, play tennis, bike, enjoy leisurely strolls, shop, or just rest on a shady balcony and watch the world go by. You will love experiencing the idyllic lifestyle and beauty of Rosemary Beach.


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