The Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St., Pensacola, FL 32501 (tel. 800/874-1234 or 850/434-1234; fax 850/432-8211; www.visitpensacola.com), gives away helpful information about the Greater Pensacola area, including maps of self-guided tours of the historic districts, and sells a detailed street map of the area. The office is at the mainland end of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and is open daily from 8am to 5pm (until 4pm Sat-Sun Oct-Mar).
For information specific to the beach, contact the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. (P.O. Box 1174), Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 (tel. 800/635-4803 or 850/932-1500; fax 850/932-1551; www.visitpensacolabeach.com). The chamber's offices and visitor center are on the right as you drive onto Santa Rosa Island across the Bob Sikes Bridge. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast has been rebranded by the tourism honchos as THE Beach, consisting of 227 miles of white-sand beaches stretching from Pensacola to Carrabelle. Check out www.thebeachfla.com, which offers comprehensive information on everything worth seeing and doing in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties.
Pensacola is in the Central Time zone, 1 hour behind Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee.
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