A Guide to Rosemary Beach, FL

Gone are the days of wild Spring Breaks spent swimming in booze in some tourist trap of a city. I’m an #adult now. I swim in booze in classy places.

Luckily, my sister’s Spring Break lined up with mine, so my parents got a VRBO in Rosemary Beach, FL. If you’re unsure where that is, it’s right by Basil and Oregano beach. That was a joke. I’m sorry, I’m really caffeine’d right now. Rosemary sits on the gulf between Seaside and Panama City Beach. Now, I’m a Florida gal born and raised, which means I spent time at the beach more than I did at school. However, I grew up at Ponce Inlet Beach, which is on the Atlantic side (by Daytona). So, I was a bit skeptical of gulf beaches. Although the water isn’t as warm as the Atlantic, I found it way clearer, the humidity a lot milder, and the people a lot southerner. Picture a flock of teenagers from Alabama in Vineyard Vines chubbies eating pizza and blasting a mixture of old rap and new country while riding their bikes.

Despite the overflow of future frat dudes and sorority girls, the beach and town is adorable. Between biking to Alys Beach, shopping in Watercolor, sipping margaritas at rooftop bars, and listening to some good tunes while getting a tan on, Rosemary beach is the perfect weekend destination for anyone living in the South! Here’s a guide on where to eat, drink, and do while you’re there.

EAT

-Amavida Coffee and Tea for your caffeine and pastry fix.

-George’s at Alys Beach for lunch. Great gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. You gotta try the Sesame Crab Bowl with a side of hushpuppies, of course.

-Bud and Alley’s is another great lunch spot in Seaside. Beautiful views of the water. I split the chicken salad sandwich with my mom!

-Caliza in Alys beach is the perfect place for a date night dinner. It’s poolside seating with really sexy vibes and quality contemporary American cuisine.

-La Crema in Rosemary for tapas and CHOCOLATE. Great place for sharing and indulging. My favorite was the fondue and espresso cookie.

Not Pictured: Pescado seafood grill, Cowgirl Kitchen for southwestern food, Southside Slice for pizza, Great Southern Cafe and the food trucks in Seaside.

DRINK

-The Pearl hotel for their Havana Rooftop lounge/bar. Margaritas overlooking the pool? Does a bear shit in the woods?

-Pescado for their rooftop bar. Great cocktails and a breathtaking view of the sunset.

TO DO

-Rent Bikes and ride them through Rosemary, to Alys Beach and Seaside!

-Go for a run. I ran on the sidewalks from Rosemary to Alys Beach and even further everyday. It was beautiful!

-Lay out on the beach, duh. If you like to be in the water, rent paddle boards!

-Explore the shops in the heart of Rosemary.

-Shop 30A in Seaside.

-Rosemary has a bunch of weekly events going on; things like movie nights, farmers markets, live music, etc. Make sure to pick up a brochure for the week when you’re there!