Drive Highway 98 between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, Florida, and you will note many Emerald Coast beach villages. One of the more picturesque towns is Rosemary Beach, found on the extreme southeast corner of Walton County. Located between Alys Beach and Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach has a unique and interesting, if rather recent, history to brag about.
The planned community was designed in 1995 and the town center was modeled on New Orleans’ French Quarter. Along with planned places like Stapleton, Colorado and Kentlands, Maryland, Rosemary Beach was master planned to avoid urban sprawl and increase community interactivity through a the concept of New Urbanism; designers Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (the same designers who developed nearby Seaside, Florida, the town featured and used in the movie The Truman Show) created the look and feel of the beach town.
The town overlooks the beach along modest bluffs; the water can be accessed by winding wooden stairways leading to the sand. The village incorporated scenic East County Highway 30A into the planning, making access to the town easy.
Being a popular resort town, there are numerous places to stay during a visit to Rosemary Beach. Choices include Rosemary Beach Inn, The Pointe by Wyndham Destinations, High Pointe Resort, and the four-story, French-style “The Pearl”. There are numerous bed and breakfast options as well. While visitation may be expensive during the height of tourist season, rates may be more reasonable during the off-season.
Restaurants naturally favor seafood such as Crabby Steves Highpointe. But one can also enjoy Mexican at La Cocina or Italian food at Southside Slice Pizzeria. Folks with a sweet tooth may favor The Sugar Shack as a place for ice cream and candy.
Shoppers will enjoy stores like Ophelia, Bombora Sun and Surf for swimwear and other beach apparel and accessories.
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