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First Timer's Guide to Rosemary Beach

From its stunning architecture and award-winning cuisine to the peaceful getaway of boutique accommodations, it’s no wonder couples flock to Rosemary Beach for a special getaway. Romance blooms in this New Urbanist South Walton neighborhood, which was named one of CNN’s “Most Romantic Towns in America.”


Visiting Rosemary Beach for the first time? Here’s what you need to know:

Spend time exploring. Rosemary Beach is home to an extensive collection of boardwalks that meander through West Indies-inspired architecture, and quaint pocket parks where public art can be found throughout the year. Planned with an emphasis on greenspace, there’s plenty of room to spread out, whether it’s tossing a Frisbee with friends or enjoying an open-air picnic with the kids.


It’s easy to stay active in Rosemary Beach. Work up a sweat at the fitness center, cool down in style at one of the four community pools or ace the competition at the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club. Since the Gulf of Mexico is just steps from the town center, a day at the beach is a breeze as well.

Treat yourself after a day out exploring. Relax and reset at the Spa Pearl, where you can indulge with a rejuvenating facial, a romantic couple’s massage or a variety of nail services and body treatments in the parlor or one of the four private poolside treatment rooms.

Local boutiques and restaurants line the cobblestone streets, so there are plenty of opportunities to bring home a piece of South Walton or immerse yourself in the Gulf-to-table foodie scene.

Restaurants like Edward’s Fine Food & Wine and La Crema Tapas & Chocolates offer both upscale dining, casual small plates and shareable sweet treats. As the sun goes down visitors to Rosemary Beach like to unwind with breathtaking views and cold cocktails, often at scenic rooftop restaurants like Pescado Seafood Grill & Bar and Havana Beach Bar & Grill, which both showcase panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.

So whether it’s date night or Tuesday night, a South Walton sunset in Rosemary Beach is the perfect way to end your day with a splash of color.  

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