Spending days lolling around the Gulf of Mexico, unfettered by crowds, traffic or pollution is just a portion of the appeal of the Rosemary Beach Community. This quaint, pristine enclave offers an eco lifestyle as well as old school relaxation, I was instantly charmed by the clean architecture and easygoing ambiance. Tucked into northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and named for the wild rosemary growing everywhere, Rosemary Beach is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
One of my favorite things about Rosemary Beach is that you don’t need a car. Everything is within walking distance in the 107-acre town and a stop by the bike shop was at the top of my list. Outfitted with a bike, basket and lock, I tooled around the streets, taking in boutiques, pools, parks and a butterfly garden. When not biking, the foots paths offer another scenic option. 2.3 miles of sand paths and boardwalks make touring the town breezy fun. One of the highlights are the dramatic dune walkovers, which protect the dune system as well as provide beach access and showers for swimmers. After paddling through town, a pit stop to Cowgirl Kitchen will help you refuel. With the tagline “where beach meets west,” this fun cafe serves up lots of personality along with killer cowgirl cheese grits and veggie tacos.
Disclosure: This post is the result of a sponsored media trip to Rosemary Beach, Florida, including lodging, and meals.
Photos courtesy of Rosalind Cummings-Yeates