Located along the Gulf Coast, the charming resort community of Rosemary Beach falls within Walton County. This county is located in the region known as the Florida Panhandle. Getting here is easy, with the nearest international airport, in Panama City, only 20 miles or so away.
The town was founded in the last decade of the Twentieth Century and was developed according to a master plan. However, unlike so many other planned communities, this is not a place without personality. The buildings resemble historic structures and many of the streets are paved with cobblestones, giving things an old-time atmosphere. The many footpaths and boardwalks make it a very pedestrian and bicycle friendly community and there are plenty of shops and other amenities in the town center.
The main attraction is the beaches. The town is located along Florida's Emerald Coast where the sea has a lovely green tint. Walkovers protect the dunes from erosion and provide easy access to the wide, white stretch of fine sand. Apart from swimming and sunbathing, you can also try your hand at surfing here.
Even away from the beachfront there is plenty to do. The many paths provide great walking opportunities and there is even a fitness trail with facilities for stretching exercises and strength training. Parks and green spaces are wonderful for a picnic and some ball games and often host live performances that will keep the little ones enthralled. Another way to delight the kids is to take them to the butterfly garden and let them walk among the fluttering creatures.
A great feature of the resort town is its convenient location. The Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Choctawatchee National Forest are just two wilderness areas close enough for a morning's outing. It's less than half an hour's drive to Panama City in the east or Destin in the west too, if you need some city action. All along the coast there are golf courses and facilities like water parks.
One thing that makes the Emerald Coast such a popular destination is the climate. Come here in winter or spring if you want to experience mild and sunny days and want to take advantage of off-season rates. The peak tourist season is during the summer months, when temperatures soar and humidity levels tend to be high.
The quaint buildings of Rosemary Beach make for wonderful vacation rentals. Staying in a carriage house is a popular option and visitors who want something small and cozy can opt for a lot or an apartment in the center of town. One of the best choices though is a cottage near the beachfront so that the surf and sand are only a hop, skip and a jump away.
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