I love Rosemary Beach Florida. This is my 2nd time there and it did not disappoint. This little town has grown since the last time I was there (maybe 20 years ago) but it has not lost any of its charm or vitality. In fact, I think it is even better.
One of the 1st things you will notice in Rosemary Beach (RB) is the architecture. There is nothing like it in the world. Every house is different. Different roofs, building materials, and styles. I remember taking about 1,000 photos last time I was there. This time…not so much.
I was there on a much needed family vacation and, as usual, I was in the moment, not in a blog post about travel. My kids took some great pics so I am using their's.
We rented through Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Agency. They have a GREAT reputation and some nice houses available to rent. We are very glad that we did. We arrived at the beginning of Hurricane Sally (thankfully only in the outer edges with 40 MPH winds) and our house had a leak. The agency sent someone to look at it and tend to it right away.
We also rented through them because we then had access to all of the amenities. The pools, beach, and gym. I am not sure how VRBO, AirBNB or other rental agencies operate.
We had 2 days of solid rain…which did not stop us. We rode out bikes and got soaked (no photos of that). The ride home was incredibly hard because we were riding into the wind. And. of course, we laughed like loons! Isn't a vacation all about memories.
There is a great hotel in Rosemary Beach called the The Pearl. We were unable to go due to the hurricane. The outside is amazing. It overlooks a massive green and faces the Gulf of Mexico. Those views must be amazing!
There is a long stretch of highway called 30A with many little towns within a short distance. From Rosemary Beach we travelled north through Sea Grove, Alys Beach (all the houses are white with the same roof)…up to Seaside and then Watercolor.
We ate out every dinner except 1 (the rain was torrential). My son and his wife got a to-go meal and it was terrible – we still laugh about the menu description vs the actual meal. 🙂
All of our other meals were just amazing. We ate at:
2. Go to the beach. RB has the most beautiful beaches. Normally the water is turquoise and rivals the Caribbean…we had a lot of churn do to Sally. They have 3/4 private beach accesses.
3. Shop – many cute shops to hang in.
4. Go to the pools. RB has 4 pools. 1 is indoor. We did not need to make a reservation (went during Covid) but they do limit the number of people who can go in.
5. Work out at the gym. 2 great gyms. They have most everything that you would need (so I am told 🙂
6.Relax and hang. Check out all the other towns and the great architecture.
I hope this inspired you to head to the Gulf of Mexico and discover Rosemary Beach Florida!