Rosemary Beach is a great little gulf town just a short drive west from Panama City Beach, great for day trips! Check out this article from the Northwest Florida Daily News: Dog Man Du hot dog stand worker Jerry Baldwin refers to Rosemary Beach as “Mayberry on the beach.” The town, founded in 1995 by the Rosemary Beach Land Co. and its president Patrick Bienvenue, is a vacation hot spot that was recently named one of the top places to visit this summer by According to visitors, the charm, tranquility and the shops make Rosemary Beach special. Michael Ann and Becky Crawford were window shopping recently at Tracery Interiors, a small interior design shop. Although the sisters were staying in Destin, they chose to drive the 30 minutes to Rosemary Beach to get a vacation from their vacation. “It’s just better for us,” Crawford said. “It is artsy and the shops are cool. It’s more of our definition of a vacation.” The people who visit aren’t looking for water parks or the party scene. Instead, they are drawn to the town’s quiet appeal. With its brick roads and Bohemian feel, Rosemary Beach has a small-town handshake with the pulse of a vibrant city. On any given day you’ll see colorful bikes strewn across a lawn, children playing in the sprinklers, an art show at World Six Gallery or people enjoying one of the many restaurants. For tourists Katherine Godwin and her boyfriend Ed Brink, Rosemary Beach was a definite spot to hit. “We’re actually staying in Panama City Beach, but we wanted to get away and come here for the day because it has more charm,” Godwin said. Neither of them was surprised to hear that Rosemary Beach is rated one of the top places to visit this summer. “We like it here because it’s peaceful and quiet,” Godwin said.
THE TOP 10: ranks the best beach vacations (in no particular order):
  • Lanikai Beach-Kailua, Oahu
  • Horseshoe Bay Beach- Southampton, Bermuda
  • Rosemary Beach- Panama City Beach
  • Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama Island
  • Rialto Beach-Olympic National Park, Wash.
  • Smuggler’s Cove-Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Crane Beach-Ipswich, Maine
  • Paradise Beach-Cozumel, Mexico
  • Orient Beach-St. Maarten/St. Martin
  • Hapuna Beach-Kamuela, Hawaii
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