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  • Travel, specializing in Florida, the Caribbean, and coastal and southern travel
  • Food and restaurant
  • Romance and honeymoon
  • Spas, healthy travel, and resorts
  • History and folklore
  • Culture and the arts
  • Nature, adventure, and outdoors
  • Shopping


  • Author of:

Fodor's In Focus Florida Keys (2011, 2009)

The Bahamas: A Great Destination (Countryman Press, 2010)

Sanibel & Captiva Island Essentials iPhone app (2010)

Nassau Selective & Seductive iPhone app (2010)

The Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples Book: A Complete Guide (Countryman Press, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1995)

Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay & Florida's West Coast (Hunter Publishing 2008, 2003, 2000)

Fun With the Family in Florida (Globe-Pequot, 2003, 2001,1999)

Florida (Fodor Compass American Guides, 1998)

Frommer's Best Beach Vacations: Florida (Macmillan Travel, 1995)

Florida Island Hopping: The West Coast (Pineapple Press, 1995)

  • Restaurant reviewer for Naples News Group
  • Regional Getaways Writer/Producer for WGCU Public TV (PBS Affiliate)
  • Co-author of  Fodor's Bahamas Gold Guide (2000-2012), Fodor's Florida Gold Guide (2003-2012), Insight/Discovery Channel's Orlando, Fodor's Healthy Escapes (2003, 2001), Mobil's Florida (2002, 2001), Mobil's Southeast (2001, 2002), Frommer's America on Wheels: Florida (1997), Reader's Digest's Wild Kingdom (1996), and Hidden Florida: The Adventurer's Guide, winner of the Lowell Thomas Best Guidebook Award
  • Restaurant reviewer for and contributor to Naples Illustrated magazine for 15 years 
  • Regular contributor to Miami Herald and Tampa Tribune travel sections,, American Eagle Latitudes, Skylights (Spirit Airlines in-flight), GO (AirTran inflight),,, Great Florida Getaways.
  • Naples, FL Expert
  • Author of Caribbean Ways: A Cultural Guide, bronze winner of Lowell Thomas Award 1992
  • Former contributing editor (12 years) to Caribbean Travel & Life and family columnist for Destination Florida, a Miami Herald online magazine.
  • Former Travel & Cuisine Editor for Times of the Islands, RSW Living, Gulf & Main, and Bonita Living (Lee County, FL)
  • Author of more than 5,000 articles for print and electronic media. Other credits: US Airways Magazine, USA Today, Boston Herald, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Los Angeles Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, National Geographic Traveler, Boys' Life, Bridal Guide, FamilyFun, Endless Vacation, Charlotte Observer, Porthole, Islands,, New York Post, Official Florida Vacation Guide, Caribbean Vacation Planner; Ritz-Carton, Hyatt, Carlson, and Sandals in-room magazines and newsletters; and Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and other on-board magazines.


    • Bronze Telly Award for Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy PBS documentary
    • NATJA Award of Merit in Culinary Travel category
    • Co-founder
    • Winner, Ken Meeker Travel Media Award, 2004
    • Winner, Bahamas Cacique Award for International Writer, 1995
    • Winner, Bahamas Discovery Award, 1994
    • Recipient, two Lowell Thomas Best Guidebook Awards: Gold, 1989; Bronze, 1993
    • Member, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

    WGCU Public TV Videos

    Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy

    Pink Gold Rush

    Funky Roadside Attractions

    Select Print & Web Clips

    USA Today: U.S. Virgin Islands Today Bahamas

    Miami Herald Naples, Florida


    Gulf & Main

    Dallas Morning News

    Los Angeles Times

    Teen Travel (2)

    Florida Family Beach Travel

    St. Petersburg Times

    Visit Florida

    American Eagle Latitudes

    Chelle Koster Walton