We recently spent a week in 30A on vacation, and it was everything I imagined and more! If you’ve never heard of this place, allow me to enlighten you with this Rosemary Beach travel guide. The area known as 30A is a string of little beach towns along highway 30-A between Destin and Panama City Beach. Growing up, my family vacationed in PCB, but I had never heard of the hidden gem of Rosemary Beach until a couple years ago. Many still don’t know about this place which I think adds to the magic. I’m going to share about each town along 30A and our favorite things to eat see and do there!
Before you go, orient yourself with this map of the area. It’s important to note that almost all beaches in or around Rosemary are private. You can only access them if you are a resident or renting a place with deeded beach access. The only two public beaches in the area bookend 30A at Inlet Beach and Santa Rosa.
The condo we stayed at was in the Villages of South Walton in Seacrest Beach, about a 2-3 minute bike ride (5 minute walk) to the heart of Downtown Rosemary. Would highly recommend this area! Lots of little shops and restaurants under the condos which were so fun! Our beach access was just a 5 minute walk in the opposite direction to Sunset Beach. We had the most beautiful sunset I’d ever seen the first night there. So the name is appropriate!
We randomly happened to plan our trip the first week school went back into session, so we were the first week of “slow season,” and it was perfect! The warmer temps of summer were still around, still lots to do, everything was still open, but the crowds were minimal! Would definitely recommend heading to Rosemary Beach the third week of August like we did.
Everyone rides bikes here. The communities along 30A were actually planned developments with the intention to be designed so that the community could bike and walk EVERYWHERE. Where we were staying had Peddler’s Pavilion right outside with lots of bike rental options. We actually went with Salt Air bike rentals. They delivered and picked up to where we were staying!
If 30A were a crown, I’d say Rosemary Bech would be the jewel in the center. It’s a relatively new town- actually as old as me, so you could say we have a connection on a deeper level! 😉 Would definitely recommend staying at or near this area and spending most of your time here. Some of our favorite spots in Rosemary Beach include:
It’s like this comedy video I watched said. “This place is like the top 1% was gentrified out by the top .01%.” Houses here anywhere from $7-14 million and probably more. Lots of celebrities have houses in the area like Britney Spears, Garth Brooks, Jessica Simpson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Chef Emeril Lagasse, and Matthew McConaughey. We really did not spend too much time here because it’s more of a residential area with just a couple restaurants we never ate at. Although I hear Raw and Juicy would have been worth the visit!
We biked from our condo (10 minutes) one evening, and it truly was magical. For some reason, there was basically no one around, so the bike ride was equal parts eery and beautiful. Everything is all white, and the houses have a uniform aesthetic. It felt like we were on set for a perfect (almost too perfect) movie. Basically no cars around either, so that helped preserve the magic!
Ever seen the movie The Truman Show? If so, then you’ve seen Seaside Beach without maybe even realizing it! It makes sense this idyllic white picket fence town was the location for that movie. Lots of shops and the classic Seaside® merch can be found here as well! I found the cutest souvenir to take home- a beach watercolor print from Bridget Linstead Art.
Of course, most of your time will want to be spent at the gorgeous beach! The white sand and emerald, crystal clear water of the gulf is so breathtaking and relaxing. Some other things we enjoyed or wish we had done more of on this trip were:
I hope I’ve convinced you by now how beautiful this place is and how you need to go ASAP! Already planning a trip? I’d love to hear what you tried from this post and loved. Contact me HERE.
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August 28, 2022