Rosemary Beach, Florida is a master-planned community based on the urban planning concept known as New Urbanism. In the early 1980s, this real estate concept focused on how to build better cities for its residents through easy access, public spaces and less emphasis on the automobile. The small coastal community was once part of greater Inlet Beach. However, in the early 1990s it became independent and the quaint coastal commune was established. The neighboring communities of Alys Beach and Seaside are also based using New Urbanism techniques and principles.
Upon arrival in Rosemary Beach, visitors will immediately notice how the buildings rise skywards as opposed to using massive yards and typical two-car garages. The streets are small and many of the buildings are reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Although the double balconies here are primarily made of sustainable materials and not cast-iron, the architectural resemblance is uncanny. Additionally, Rosemary Beach pays homage to those ancient European cities with cobblestone streets, quaint alleyways and open squares.
Shopping & Dining at Rosemary Beach, Florida
Moreover, visitors will find many retail boutiques, restaurants and shops in Rosemary Beach. Some of the recommended restaurants include Cowgirl Kitchen and Summer Kitchen Cafe, both offer menus with comfort food and full-bar service. For more upscale dining, the Havana Beach Bar & Grill brings the flavors from the Caribbean and Restaurant Paradis prepares delectable seafood alongside white tablecloth service. La Cocina serves coastal inspired cuisine with the spices and flavors of Mexico and Wild Olives Market & Cafe provides light fare perfect for lunch or brunch.
Entertainment & Lodging
Of course, like many other beaches in South Walton, Rosemary Beach has white sand beaches and pristine crystalline waters. It is located on scenic highway 30A and minutes away from the other master-planned communities such as Seaside and Alys Beach. Additionally, Panama City Beach is located down the coast, where visitors in search of more activities and nightlife will undoubtedly find what they are seeking. Lake Powell is also right nearby for excursions on freshwater waves and Camp Helen State Park offers hiking and a trip back through time with its historic cottage, water tower and residence hall; the entire site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. So, don’t hesitate; book your rental through Paradise Properties, where you will feel right at home in this quaint seaside community!