VIBE: Romantic, Family Friendly
948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242
Located in the northwest corner of Florida, Rosemary Beach is a beautiful coastal town that's famous for its pristine beaches, clear blue waters, and architecture. The secret's out and it's becoming more popular every year. But there's a catch!
This unique beach a perfect destination for couples travelers who are looking to slow down with a relaxing vacation. The town is known for its luxurious homes, beautiful gardens, and unique architecture, which is a blend of European and Caribbean styles. Did we mention there's a catch?
Rosemary Beach is Exclusive
Before you make plans please not there is no “public access” to the beach. It’s gated nearly all around so that only residents and people staying overnight at residences can get in using a gate code. You can:
The town of Rosemary Beach has a rich history dating back to the 1920s. It was originally developed by a group of investors who envisioned a new community along the Gulf Coast. The investors were inspired by the architecture of the Caribbean and Europe, and they wanted to create a town that was both luxurious and charming. The town was designed to be a walking community, with narrow streets and alleyways that encouraged pedestrian traffic.
Traveling to Rosemary Beach
Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A, or just 30A, is a 19-mile stretch of panhandle road, tucked between Destin and Panama City, is actually a string of small beach towns. The town of Rosemary Beach is one of these towns with charm that reminded us of Key West. The pastel colors, rocking chairs and boutiques are a mixture of upscale and old south.
You can fly into any of the following airports: Panama City Beach, Destin/F. Walton Beach Airport, or Pensacola. Rent a car and enjoy driving 30A and the beautiful Gulf view it provides.
Rosemary Beach Sand
There's just something about the sand in the Florida Panhandle. It's white just like snow. Rosemary Beach is no different. The beach is well-maintained, which you would expect at a private and exclusive area. The crystal-clear waters are unique to Panhandle Gulf of Mexico beaches. Rosemary Beach has soft sand that is perfect for building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball, or simply soaking up the sun. There are plenty of places to spread out a beach towel, and the town provides public beach access at several locations.
For kids, the beach is the ultimate playground. Yes, every beach is a playground, but the soft sand will keep them busy for hours, digging and building sandcastles.
Gulf of Mexico Rosemary Beach
There's not much more to be said than "stunning" when describing the Gulf of Mexico water in Rosemary Beach. Like many of the beaches along 30A, including Destin and Fort Walton, the color of the water is breathtaking. It feels like the Caribbean with an emerald color as far as the eye can see. We never want to leave when we visit. As much as we love our local beaches, there's nothing quite like this one.
Rosemary Beach Parking
According to the Rosemary Beach's Master Plan of the community residents and paying overnight guests can use off-street parking spots at their accomodation as well as on-street parking spots. Permits may be required. Get more information with this link.
Rosemary Beach Activities
With its location on the Gulf of Mexico, it's no surprise that Rosemary Beach is an ideal destination for water activities. The clear, calm waters of the Gulf provide excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and other water sports equipment from local rental companies. There are also several tour companies that offer guided kayak tours and snorkeling excursions to nearby reefs.
For those who want to explore the Gulf from a different perspective, there are several tour companies that offer dolphin and sunset cruises. These cruises offer a chance to see the beautiful coastline of Rosemary Beach, and if you're lucky, you may even spot dolphins playing in the water.
Exploring the town in Rosemary Beach is an activity that is unlike any other. The cobblestone streets. There's the 30A Farmers Market once a week on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. Cookies, fresh bagels, and other items including organic food. Enjoy the architecture and upscale homes. Dogs welcome.
One of the most popular parks in Rosemary Beach is St. Augustine Park. The park is located in the heart of the town and features a large grassy area, a playground, and a splash pad. The splash pad is a great way for kids to cool off on a hot day and provides hours of entertainment. Another popular park is Barrett Square. This park is located at the center of town and is home to several shops and restaurants. Live music and entertainment happens here.
Look Out! This Could Happen...
The Florida Panhandle does get cold in the winter. The geographical location of 30A offers some shelter from the temperatures, but in January and February it may be in the low 60s. Although this is perfect for walking the beach without sweating, it is not ideal for a beach vacation with swimming. Obviously summer is going to be the best for the beach. It will also likely be the most crowded and expensive.
What We Really Think about Rosemary Beach
Rosemary Beach is a treasure, but it is exclusive. That means it could cost you more vacation dollars if your budget is tight! If you're willing to splurge on your Florida beach vacation, then you won't want to miss out on Rosemary Beach. It just feels different...it has a charm like Key West but much more relaxed. Your hotel experience will be above average and dining in Rosemary Beach is a pleasure. The town always has something delightful to see.
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Susan and Bruno are travel bloggers. We write about Florida beaches on every coast. Our opinions only.