Did you know the Florida Keys has a “Visitor Assistance Program?” Yep, it's for Tourists

The magic number for this Visitor Assistance Program is 1-800-771-KEYS (5397). It’s been in operation for a while now, but must people, including those of us who live in the Florida Keys, don’t even know it exists.

What is it you may ask? That’s a very good question. Well, it’s a program for travelers. They can get assistance when they have a question or run into problems while they’re in the Florida Keys.

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Vacationers can call the toll-free number and talk to a live person who is multilingual. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The operator is ready to offer on-the-spot translation services in just about any language in the known universe.

The Visitor Assistance Program operator’s purpose is to answer any question the traveler may have. They can call if they’re lost and need directions in the Florida Keys or even if they’re still on the mainland on their way down to the Keys. The operator has instant access to computerized maps for this service. Should the vacationer need medical assistance, a tow truck because the car won’t start or where is that Seven Mile Bridge anyway? Whatever the problem might be the answer can be found by calling this number.

So pass this number along to the next person who looks a bit confused or lost. Tell him the Florida Keys has a program called the Visitors Assistance Program and help is just a phone call away. That number again is 1-800-771-5397.

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