Northwest Florida’s Gulf coast is renowned for its emerald green waters and glistening white sand beaches – the main draw at popular resort towns that stretch from Panama City to Pensacola. Lesser known along the route are a handful of upscale communities that redefine coastal living, among them, the neo-traditional Rosemary Beach. So named for the rosemary herb that grows wild in the area and which frames the walkways of this pedestrian-friendly town, Rosemary Beach effectively blends a charming urban ambience with first-rate recreational amenities, making it a unique retreat for all ages.
Rosemary residents and vacationers alike are attracted by the village-like character and understated charm, as much as the area’s natural beauty and family-friendly activities. Established in 1995 and built by the same architect of nearby Seaside, Rosemary offers a similar community feel, but with an entirely different look. Luxury marries nostalgia in a tantalizing blend of architectural styles that incorporate green-living concepts and align with the natural habitat. A network of boardwalks and pathways connect Rosemary’s town center and surrounding neighborhoods to green spaces, pools, tennis, playgrounds, a fitness center and the beach, all within a short walk or bike ride. Cars are better left parked, except for excursions down the scenic coastal Route 30-A.