Ask the Insiders

written by | Posted on March 25th, 2013

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VISIT FLORIDA Insiders take you along as they explore the Sunshine State—its beaches, adventures, family outings, food and dining, shopping, golf, boating and fishing, outdoors and nature, entertainment and luxury, hidden gems off the beaten path, deals and bargains.

The Insiders, experts on all Florida has to offer, will answer your questions and share with you all the latest happenings and the cultural richness that make our state so much worth visiting.

Meet them all at VISITFLORIDA.com

INSIDERS

Kara Franker—Entertainment & Luxury

Gary McKechnie—Off the Beaten Path

Carrie McLaren—Family

Lauren Tjaden—Beaches & Adventure

Kevin Mims—Outdoors & Nature

Jeanette Scott—Shopping

John Schwarb—Golf

Rachelle Lucas—Food & Dining

Dalia Colon—Smart Travel

Terry Tomalin & Terry Gibson—Boating & Fishing

Patricia Peña—Viva Florida

Joanne Hunt—United Kingdom

Wiebke Flegl-Wulf—Germany

DESTINATION CONTACTS FOR NORTH FLORIDA

Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
402 Centre St., Ste. #B, Fernandina Beach 32034
(904) 277-4369; (800) 226-3542
www.ameliaisland.com

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
20816 Central Avenue E Ste. 2, Blountstown 32424
(850) 674-4519; (800) 489-1087
www.calhounco.org

Clay County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 1366, Green Cove Springs 32043
(904) 284-6376
www.claycountygov.com

Columbia County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 1847, Lake City 32056
(386) 758-1312; (877) 746-4778
www.springsrus.com

Dixie County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 2600, Cross City 32628
(352) 498-1403
www.dixiecountytdc.com

Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE,
Fort Walton Beach 32549
(850) 651-7131; (800) 322-3319
www.emeraldcoastfl.com

Flagler County Tourism Development Council
20 Airport Rd., Ste. B, Palm Coast 32164
(386) 437-0106; (800) 796-7781;
www.palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com

Franklin County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 819, Apalachicola 32329
(850) 653-8678; (866) 914-2068
www.anaturalescape.com

 

Gadsden County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 1272, Quincy 32351
(850) 663-4475; (866) 841-4237
www.visitgadsden.com

Visit Gainesville
30 E. University Ave., Gainesville 32601
(352) 374-5260; (866) 778-5002
www.visitgainesville.com

Gilchrist County Tourism Development Council
209 Southeast 1st St., Trenton 32693
(352) 463-3198
www.visitgilchristcounty.com

Gulf County Tourist Development Council
150 Captain Fred’s Pl., Port St. Joe 32456
(850) 229-7800; (800) 482-4853
www.visitgulf.com

Hamilton County Tourist Development Council
204 NE First Street, Jasper 32052
(386) 792-6829
www.hamiltoncountyflorida.com

Jackson County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 130, Marianna 32447
(850) 482-8061
www.jctdc.org

Visit Jacksonville
208 N. Laura St., Ste. 102, Jacksonville 32202
(904) 798-9111; (800) 733-2668
www.visitjacksonville.com

Jefferson County Tourist Development Council
1100 Pearl St., Monticello 32344
(850) 997-5007
www.visitjeffersoncountyflorida.com
Levy County Visitors Bureau
PO Box 1324, Bronson 32621
(352) 486-3396; (877) 387-5673
www.visitnaturecoast.com

Madison County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
PO Box 817, Madison 32341
(850) 973-2788; (877) 272-3642
www.madisonfl.org

Mexico Beach Community Development Council
PO Box 13382, Mexico Beach 32410
(850) 648-8196; (888) 723-2546
www.mexicobeach.com
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
17001 Panama City Beach Pkwy.,
Panama City Beach 32413
(850) 233-5070; (800) PC-BEACH
www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

Pensacola Convention & Visitor Information Center
1401 E. Gregory St., Pensacola 32502
(850) 434-1234; (800) 874-1234
www.visitpensacola.com

Pure Water Wilderness
In-county tourism development organization that markets Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.
220 S. Main St., Trenton 32693
(352) 463-3467
www.purewaterwilderness.com

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
1100 Reid St., Palatka 32177
(386) 328-1503
www.putnamcountychamber.com

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches VCB
29 Old Mission Ave. St. Augustine 32084
(904) 209-4430; (800) 653-2489
www.floridashistoriccoast.com

St. Johns County Tourist Development Council
500 San Sebastian Way, St. Augustine 32084
(904) 829-1711; (877) 475-2468
www.co.st-johns.fl.us/TDC/index.aspx

Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council
8543 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre 32566
(850) 939-2691; (800) 480-7263
www.floridabeachestorivers.com

Visit South Walton
PO Box 1248, Santa Rosa Beach, 32459
(850) 267-1216; (800) 822-6877
www.visitsouthwalton.com

Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce
816 Ohio Ave. South, Live Oak 32064
(386) 362-3071
www.suwanneechamber.com

Visit Tallahassee
106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32301
(850) 606-2305; (800) 628-2866
www.visittallahassee.com

Taylor County Tourism Development Council
428 N. Jefferson St., Perry 32347
(850) 584-5627; (800) 257-8881
www.steinhatcheetoperry.com
The Original Florida
2009 NW 67 Pl., Ste. A Gainesville 32653
(352) 955-2200; (877) 955-2199
www.originalflorida.org
Wakulla County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 67, Panacea 32346
(850) 926-1201
www.visitwakulla.com
Washington County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 450, Chipley 32428
(850) 638-6013
www.visitwashingtoncountyfl.com

DESTINATION CONTACTS FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA

Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau
2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale 33823
(863) 551-4750; (800) 828-7655
www.visitcentralflorida.org

Citrus County Visitors and Conventions Bureau
9225 W. Fishbowl Dr., Homosassa 34448
(352) 628-9305; (800) 587-6667
www.visitcitrus.com

Cocoa Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
8501 Astronaut Blvd., Ste. 4, Cape Canaveral 32920
(321) 784-6444
www.visitcocoabeach.com
Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
126 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach 32114
(386) 255-0415; (800) 544-0415
www.daytonabeach.com
Experience Kissimmee
1925 E. Irlo Bronson Mem. Hwy., Kissimmee 34744
(407) 742-8200
www.visitkissimmee.com
Florida’s Heartland REDI
5901 US Hwy 27 South Ste. 1, Sebring 33870
(863) 385-7828; (800) 467-4540
www.floridafreshwaterfrontier.com

Hernando CountyTourism Bureau
31085 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville 34602
(352) 754-4405; (800) 601-4580
www.naturallyhernando.org
Highlands County Visitor Convention Bureau
501 S. Commerce Ave. Ste. 3, Sebring 33870
(863) 402-6909; (800) 545-6021
www.visithighlandscounty.com

Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council
601 E. Kennedy Blvd. 13th Floor, Tampa 33602
(813) 272-6210
www.hillsboroughcounty.org

Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2947 Vero Beach 32961
(772) 567-3491
www.indianriverchamber.com
Lake County Economic Development and Tourism
315 West Main Street Ste. 520, Tavares 32778
(352) 742-3918
www.lakecountyfl.com
New Smyrna Beach Visitors Bureau
2238 SR 44, New Smyrna Beach 32168
(386) 428-1600; (800) 541-9621
www.nsbfla.com
Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau
112 North Magnolia Avenue Ocala 34475
(352) 438-2800; (888) 356-2252
www.ocalamarion.com
Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council
2800 NW 20th Trail, Okeechobee 34972
(863) 763-3959; (800) 871-4403
www.okeechobee-tdc.com
Visit Orlando
6700 Forum Dr., Ste. 100, Orlando 32821
(407) 363-5847; (800) 972-3304
www.visitorlando.com
Pasco County Tourist Development Council
8731 Citizens Dr. Ste. 340, New Port Richey 34654
(727) 847-8129
www.visitpasco.net

 

St. Lucie County Tourist Development Council
2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce 34982
(772) 462-1539; (800) 344-8443
www.visitstluciefla.com
Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater
13805 58th St. N., Ste. 2-200, Clearwater 33760
(727) 464-7200; (877) 352-3224
www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
Seminole County Convention & Visitors Bureau
1000 AAA Dr., Ste. 200 MS 14, Heathrow 32746
(407) 665-2900; (800) 800-7832
www.visitseminole.com
Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism
430 Brevard Ave., Ste. 150, Cocoa Village 32922
(321) 433-4470; (877) 572-3224
www.space-coast.com
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
102 N Highway 470, Lake Panasoffkee 33538
(352) 793-3099
www.sumterchamber.org
Tampa Bay & Company
401 E. Jackson St., Ste. 2100, Tampa 33602
(813) 223-1111; (800) 44-TAMPA
www.visittampabay.com
West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority
116 W. New York Avenue, DeLand 32720
(386) 734-0162; (800) 749-4350
www.visitwestvolusia.com
DESTINATION CONTACTS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Haben Blvd., Palmetto 34221
(941) 729-9177, ext. 243; (800) 822-2017
www.annamariaisland-longboatkey.com
Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Cir., Ste. B104, Port Charlotte 33948
(941) 743-1900; (800) 652-6090
www.charlotteharbortravel.com

 

DeSoto County BOCC/Tourist Development Council
1269 SE Tangelo Dr., Arcadia 33821
(863) 993-4800; (855) REAL-FLA
www.visitdesoto.com

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
100 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 200, Fort Lauderdale 33301
(954) 765-4466; (800) 22-SUNNY
www.sunny.org
Glades County Tourism Development Council
PO Box 1018, Moore Haven 33471
(863) 946-6020;
www.visitglades.com
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
2201 Second St., Ste. 600, Fort Myers 33901
(239) 338-3500; (800) 237-6444
www.fortmyers-sanibel.com
Hendry County Tourist Development Council
PO Box 2340, Labelle 33975
(863) 983-7979
www.visithendrycounty.com

Martin County Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart 34994
(772) 288-5451; (877) 585-0085
www.discovermartin.com
Florida Keys & Key West Tourist Council
1201 White St., Ste. 102, Key West 33040
(305) 296-1552; (800) 648-5510
www.fla-keys.com
Greater Miami Convention& Visitors Bureau
701 Brickell Ave., Ste. 2700, Miami 33131
(305) 539-3000; (800) 933-8448
www.miamiandbeaches.com

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau
2800 N. Horseshoe Dr., Naples 34104.
(239) 252-2384; (800) 2 ESCAPE
www.paradisecoast.com

Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Ste. 800,
West Palm Beach 33401
(561) 233-3000; (800) 833-5733
www.palmbeachfl.com
Visit Sarasota County
1777 Main St., Ste. 302, Sarasota 34236
(941) 955-0991; (800) 522-9799
www.sarasotafl.org
Surfside Tourist Bureau
9293 Harding Ave., Surfside 33154
(305) 864-0722;
www.visitsurfsidefl.com