Rosemary Beach Shopping

The Merchants of Rosemary Beach

Secret boardwalks, gas lamps and bubbling fountains await those who explore Rosemary Beach by foot (or on a rental bike from Bamboo Bicycle Company), but the charming old-world town center is the true hub of daily life here. On the north side of 30A, an assortment of casual restaurants and upscale boutiques (including a surf shop for the beach-bound) surround a shaded lawn.

Start out with a cup of local coffee at Amavida, and if you love looking at the local artworks that adorn Amavida’s walls, check out the other galleries around the plaza.

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Grand Boulevard Park

Grand Park at Grand Boulevard

A gorgeous outdoor shopping plaza just outside the well-manicured gates of Sandestin, Grand Boulevard is one of the newer additions to South Walton’s already rich shopping scene.

You’ll find national brands here such as J. Crew-at-the-beach, Orvis and Billabong, as well as home-grown retail success stories like Fusion Art Glass Gallery, The Zoo Gallery, Wine World, Donna Burgess Gallery, and J. McLaughlin.

Anthropologie and Vineyard Vines are other retailers that will be coming soon!

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Ophelia Swimwear

Ophelia Swimwear by Photographer Michael Granberry

The Village of South Walton Beach is arguably the “town center” of Seacrest (located between Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach), although Seacrest is a little hard to define because of its sprawling nature. (The name “Seacrest” was said to be coined by Miss Sallie Williams, for her beachfront land that was within the then-undefined space between Seagrove and Emerald Crest.)

The Merchants of Seacrest Beach include several cute shops and restaurants, including La Cocina and Bentley’s, as well as a convenience store called Seacrest Sundries. There are also plenty of ice cream, snack, jewelry and t-shirt shops here too.

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Seaside Shopping

Shopping in Seaside, Florida

You probably won’t see Truman walking around this idyllic white picket fence village, but you’ll always find a plethora of picture-perfect shops, restaurants and art galleries in South Walton’s famous Seaside.

After a mimosa breakfast at Great Southern Cafe, grab a cup of free-trade coffee at the locally-owned Amavida before diving headfirst into the shops of Seaside (including Perspicacity’s colorful open-air market).

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Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Just a stone’s throw from the white sands of Sandestin and Miramar Beach, Silver Sands Premium Outlets is a shop-a-holic’s paradise. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to 110 designer and name brand outlet stores with 465,200 square feet of retail space.

You’ll find impressive savings of 25% to 65% every day at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

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Welcome to Grayton Beach Sign

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

While not as closely clustered as shops in some of the other planned communities, the fun, funky and fiercely independent retailers of Grayton Beach are certainly worth exploring. North of 30A, there are the colorful Shops of Grayton, including Ophelia SwimwearAllison Craft DesignsNicole Paloma and many other creative boutiques.

Need a happy break between shops? The daily Happy Hour across the way at Hurricane Oyster Bar is one of 30A’s happiest… While you’re there, be sure to check out the fresh local art by Justin Lyons and Andy Saczynski in the galleries right next door.

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