Exploring Northwest Florida
Exploring Northwest Florida
Northwest Florida counties offer tourist information through local Tourist Development Councils (TDCs) and Convention & Visitors Bureaus (CVBs). These agencies are valuable travel resources and provide listings for hotel and restaurants, attractions, and what to do in the area. All the travel information you need for exploring Northwest Florida is right here.
Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, 800-822-6877 or 850-267-1216 is in Walton County and operates a visitors' center at the corner of U. S. Highways 98 and 331. You can pick up maps and visitors' guides and speak with knowledgeable locals.
Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, (850) 674-4519 is located in the county seat of Blountstown. Check out their website for more information about this largely rural eco-paradise.
Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-322-3319 or 850-651-7131 is in Oklaoosa County and represents the towns of Fort Walton Beach and Destin. They operate a visitors' welcome center on Oklaoosa Island where you can pick up travel information and walk on the beach.
Franklin County Tourist Development Council, 866-914-2068 or 850-653-8678, promotes "Florida's Forgotten Coast" that includes Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and St. George Island. This section of "old Florida" is largely rural and includes a section of the Apalachicola National Forest.
Gulf County Tourist Development Council, 800-482-4853 or 850-229-7800, operates a welcome center overlooking St. Joseph's Bay in the county seat of Port St. Joe. The center is a resource for hotels and restaurants in the area as well as suggestions of things to do in this land of Tupelo honey and award winning beaches.
Panama City Beach & Bay County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-722-3224 or 850-233-6503 promotes the beaches of Bay county and operates a welcome center at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 79 in Panama City Beach. You can pick up maps, brochures, and visitors' guides and talk with folks who are in the know about PCB.
The Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-874-1234 or 850-434-1234 is the official tourism office for Pensacola and Escambia County. They operate a welcome center on U. S. Highway 98 at the foot of the bridge overlooking Pensacola Bay. You can pick up maps and brochures, see the displays of local artifacts, and have a picnic overlooking the bay.
Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council, 800-480-7263 or 850-939-2691 handles travel information for Santa Rosa County, including the cities of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, and Milton and the the 206,350-acre Blackwater River State Forest. Their welcome center is on U. S. Higway 98 in Navarre overlooking Santa Rosa Sound.
Most towns have Chambers of Commerce that also provide maps, brochures, restaurant, hotel and other information to travelers. You can also browse these pages for free things to do and upcoming events throughout the region.