Sweet Summer Activities Right at Parrot Key Resort

When you’ve been longing for your dream vacation, you’ll want to maximize every moment of your time in this sub-tropical haven during your stay. Parrot Key Resort is not only minutes away from the energetic buzz of Key West and the beautiful beaches framing the island; it is also home to a variety of relaxing – and adventurous – activities that will keep you indulged and entertained during your entire vacation.

Here are our top activities you can enjoy right here at the hotel when you visit our very own slice of Key West paradise.

Tour the Island Through on the Water

Explore Key West from the ocean with a local guide on a refreshing 25-mile WaveRunner tour. You’ll set off right from the Parrot Key dock and head around the Southernmost Point of the USA, taking in the submarine pits, stopping at a sand bar and having a chance to free-style on the one-and-a half-hour tour. You can currently save $75 on a 25-mile WaveRunner tour around Key West which accommodates two people per WaveRunner, making it ideal for families to enjoy together this summer.

Set Sail at Your Own Speed

Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Parrot Key Resort, and you’ll soon be setting off from our dock to glide through the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Keep an eye out for beautiful aquatic birds, including the Great Blue Heron and White Ibis, while a colorful collection of fish share the water with you. Our Aqua Fit Package which will give you 50% off the resort’s paddleboard and kayak experience this summer.

Rise and Shine… and Stretch

Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced pro to this popular form of fitness, all guests are welcome to join the Parrot Key Resort Poolside Yoga class. You will feel energized, refreshed and ready for action (or further poolside relaxation), after a yoga session surrounded by the tropical gardens of our poolside paradise. We’ll see you at 10am Thursdays for your daily dose of body strengthening yoga. Each session is $10.

Keep it “Wheel” in Key West

Feel the balmy breeze through your hair as you discover Key West like a local on two wheels. Our bicycle rentals are available from the Parrot Key Resort watersports pavilion and offer one of the most rewarding ways to explore the island, from its quirky side streets to the traffic-free Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.

The Happiest of Happy Hours… With Live Music

Every hour of Island Time is happy in Key West, so just you wait until you experience Happy Hour at Café Blue! We’re here to boost your vacation feel-good factor and offer you daily two-for-one discounts on our carefully-crafted cocktails between 5pm and 7pm. We also offer live music Thursday – Sunday from 4pm until 6pm.

Hammock Time

Our sandy terraces offer the perfect hangout space for lazy days in the tropical sunshine. Whether you choose to build sand castles with the kids, read a book in the shade, or drift off for an afternoon siesta, you can now enjoy use of our comfy hammocks. You’ll find six dotted around the sandy terraces, so put your feet up and take it easy Key West-style.

Poolside Perfection

We know how much guests love to relax poolside and stay cool, so we have not just one pool but four to choose from. Each of our sparkling pools is hidden among a lush, tropical oasis offering the ultimate in relaxation and privacy. Whether you choose to just sun-lounge or submerge under the water, you’ll feel revived by the surrounding air and sense of seclusion.

Celebrate Sunset in Style

The spectacular Florida Keys’ sunset will remain high on your list of favorite vacation memories. At Parrot Key Resort, you can enjoy the setting sun right from our very own Sunset Pier which creates the perfect spot for an evening glass of wine while you soak up the sight of the sky bursting with the vibrant colors of the Florida Keys.

Sweet Entertainment

And finally, for something truly sweet and irresistible this summer you can celebrate all things Key Lime at the 5th Annual Key Lime Festival from Saturday July 1st through Tuesday 4th. Highlights of the festival include the popular Key Lime Sip and Stroll, the Key Lime Pie Hop which showcases the best places in town to try Key Lime Pie, and the much-anticipated Key Lime Pie Eating Championships. The whole family will be entertained during this four-day celebration of Key West’s much-loved tangy-sweet fruit. For more information about the island’s most delicious summer festival, visit www.keylimefestival.com.

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Key West Lobster Mini Season 2017: Add Flavor to your Key West Vacation

The long-awaited Lobster mini season in the Florida Keys kicks off on July 26th through 27th, which means one thing for lobster lovers –  the waters surrounding Key West will be enriched with the best, most delicious catch that you can later devour over dinner during your vacation in paradise. Book in advance at Parrot Key Resort and catch yourself a summer escape that is packed with both flavor and fun family activities. Dial 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.

About Lobster Mini-Season in Key West

Lasting for two days, lobster mini-season brings together a host of lobster hunters, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding Key West to catch the first fresh lobster of the season. This popular crustacean just loves to live in warmer temperatures, making this the perfect time of year to find an abundance of the freshest and tastiest lobster available. If you’ve yet to sample this Keys speciality, your taste buds will be treated to the finest flavors at the end of July.

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Family Fun in the Florida Keys

It’s not just an ideal time of year for lobster lovers, but also for families looking to relax on a summer getaway filled with fun adventures from sunrise to sunset.  The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico will welcome you with a host of water sports straight from the Parrot Key dock, including kayaking and paddle boarding. When it’s time to take it easy, we’ll help keep you cool with ice-cold drinks as you lounge around one of our four sparkling pools, each beckoning you to take a refreshing dip.

Sprawl Out in Luxury

There’s plenty of room to keep all the family feeling comfortable in luxury surroundings during your mini lobster season vacation. Choose a spacious two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom villa and wake up to gorgeous views before you head to our poolside Café  Blue for delicious breakfast treats. Little ones and teens will never tire of lounging around on the white sand terraces while you pack up your bag for a day of adventure ahead.

Book Your Stay at Parrot Key Resort

To make the most of your time in Key West during mini lobster season this July, take advantage of our latest special offers or call 855-327-7200 to speak to a member of the Parrot Key team. We’ll help you plan the summer vacation of a lifetime in our tropical paradise.

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Celebrate Key West Pride in Paradise this June

Key West Pride takes center stage from June 7 through 11 when the island will be packed with parties and parades to celebrate the local LGBTQ community. You can also book our Glisten Pride Package at Parrot Key Resort and we will donate 10% of your room rate to GLSENGLSEN is the leading education organization creating safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ youth.

Key West Pride 2017

The 2017 schedule features pool parties, nightly drag shows, burlesque dancing, aquatic adventures and a Pride-themed street fair on the lively Duval Street. The Pride celebrations will also include a unique trolley tour documenting the LGBTQ community’s impact on Key West’s cultural diversity. There will also be fascinating curator-led tours of an exhibit chronicling legendary playwright Tennessee Williams’ time on the island.

The many highlights of the five-day festival include the Key West Pride Street Fair on Saturday, June 10th, which will take place in the 700 through 900 blocks of Duval Street. Now regarded as a Key West tradition, the Street Fair will feature fantastic shopping and food alongside colorful entertainment to keep the Pride party in full swing.

On Sunday, June 11th, the much-anticipated Pride Parade kicks off featuring the spectacular 100-foot section of Key West’s famed 1.25-mile-long sea-to-sea rainbow flag. The parade starts around 5 p.m and will head up Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. And of course, no Pride Parade is complete without the official after-parade party to bring Key West Pride to a memorable close. Head to La Te Da (1125 Duval Street) for a Pride party to remember.

Stay at Parrot Key Resort

When it’s time to relax from the Pride party, you can head back to your place in paradise to unwind poolside at Parrot Key Resort before resting in the comfort of your room. Our range of accommodation options include spacious three-bedroom villas and stylish guestrooms with a choice of tropical garden or sparkling water views.

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Make Waves on a Romantic Adventure in Key West

The crystal-clear waters surrounding Key West are not just beautiful for taking a cooling dip; they’re also perfect for creating a splash when enjoying a range of watersports, right from the Parrot Key Resort dock. Whether you’re a novice and looking for a fun-filled activity, or you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to watersports, you will love the exhilarating ocean adventures waiting to be discovered during your romantic vacation in Key West. Call 855-327-7200 or Book Online Now.

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Explore Key West on a Romantic WaveRunner Tour

Head to submarine pits and sand bars before stopping at the Southernmost Point in the USA during an unforgettable and romantic 25-mile journey around Key West. Couples booking a minimum stay of three nights at Parrot Key can enjoy a $75 discount on our current package which includes one WaveRunner to accommodate two people – ideal for couples. You don’t need to travel far to head off on the one-and-a-half-hour tour as it departs straight from the Parrot Key dock ready to take you on a wave-making adventure.

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Glide Through the Waters of Key West

The natural beauty of Key West can be discovered from the island’s surrounding calm waters during a paddleboarding or kayaking excursion. At Parrot Key, take advantage of our Aqua Fit Package which will give you 50% off the resort’s Paddleboard and Kayak experience. As you glide through the Gulf of Mexico, keep an eye out for colorful fish and aquatic birds as you drift past the tropical scenery on this peaceful activity, which is as ideal for couples, looking to stay fit while on vacation. Head to the Parrot Key dock, ready to set off on your romantic aqua adventures.

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Save on a Romantic Sunset Cruise Excursion

One of the most unique Key West experiences is watching the stunning colors of the evening sky during sunset. There are many special places from which to soak it all up, but one of the most unforgettable venues is on the top deck of a yacht during a spectacular sunset cruise. Parrot Key has a package which offers a ‘buy one get one free’ Key West Sunset Cruise for two people with free draft beer, champagne and soft drinks on-board a 65-foot Gold Coast Yacht. The package offers a total of two sunset cruises during your vacation.

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Something Different Every Day

From dolphin watching and parasailing, to Safari Snorkel Tours and onsite rentals, no day is ever the same when it comes to diving into the waters by Parrot Key Resort. With so many watersports to choose from, you can pick as many or as little as you like – but whatever you decide, we can make your whole experience as easy and clear as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico! Our daily complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach will see you close to all the water-based action within a five-minute drive, where all the beach activities can be enjoyed at a low price when purchasing the All Day Beach Pass, or you can sit back and just take your pick from individual rentals.

Poolside Paradise

You may just choose to spend your “island time” lounging poolside and taking a leisurely dip, and we don’t blame you! With four sparkling pools to choose from, each tucked away in its own peaceful garden oasis, you can unwind and simply do nothing at all with the one you love.

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2017 Key West Summer Vacation: 10 Tips to Keep Your “Cool”

Summer will be here before you know it and the glorious Key West sunshine will keep you longing for Pina Coladas and a cool dip in one of our four sparkling pools. Welcome to Key West! This beautiful island is soaked in sunshine and the surrounding ocean is waiting to lure you in and cool you down. At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F (32° C). Luckily Key West doesn’t have any super-highways or urban sprawl to radiate the sun’s heat. Not only that, but our islands are surrounded by cooling ocean waters. View our top tips for family vacations, and also see why families love Parrot Key Resort.

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Sunset-loving Floridians from the mainland flock to the Keys on steamy weekends because the air is usually a few degrees cooler here. The water temperature might be in the mid-80s (30° C) but the sea is nevertheless refreshing for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Parrot Key Resort will also help you keep your “cool” with lush shaded gardens or you can try an array of water based activities with special discounts, just for being our guest!

With summer around the corner, you’ll be seeking ways to stay refreshed in the heat during your summer vacation so to give you a helping hand, Parrot Key Resort has selected the best ways to keep cool in Key West, whether you’re after fun, relaxation, an exhilarating experience, or all three put together!

Breezy days on the water

With a huge variety of water-based activities available in Key West, there is every opportunity to cool down while having fun with the whole family. Try a majestic sunset cruise on warm summer nights to enjoy the gentle Gulf breeze and a glowing Florida Keys sunset.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Next, you can explore the island from the ocean with a local guide on a refreshing 25-mile WaveRunner tour. You’ll head around the Southernmost Point in the USA, taking in the submarine pits, stopping at a sand bar and having a chance to free-style on the one and a half hour tour.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Feel the welcoming tropical ocean breeze cool you down as you gently cruise through the water on a paddleboard or kayak. You can take your time to soak up the stunning scenery around you, stopping off at beaches along the way for a swim, leisurely lunch, or just park and keep cool in the shade.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

The ultimate cool down involves the wind whipping all around you as you glide over the majestic waters of Key West! Experience the thrill of peacefully floating high above Key West with a unique parasailing adventure.

swpk beach club and parasail

Would you like to try it all? We recommend the Do It All Key West Watersports Adventure which lets you do just that. Discover an action-packed day of kayaking, windsurfing, banana boat rides, knee boarding behind ski boats, snorkelling, cruising on WaveRunners and water skis, and gliding into the water on a giant slide – you’re certain to feel refreshed afterwards and a cool cocktail will go down nicely at sunset too!

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Into the cool, deep blue

For the ultimate cool down, book a Key West snorkel trip and submerge yourself into an underwater paradise. You’ll head out on a power catamaran boat and be whisked away to the Key West coral reef to discover a spectacular biological wonder, filled with a colorful array of wildlife including tropical fish, coral, reef sharks, turtles, and dolphins. Snorkel trips include friendly crew, safety equipment and a selection of refreshing drinks.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Take a refreshing dip at Parrot Key

As you take a walk through the beautifully landscaped (and shaded) gardens at Parrot Key Resort, you will soon discover four sparkling pools hidden among a lush, tropical oasis. Each pool offers the ultimate in relaxation and privacy, allowing you to just focus on cooling down and taking it easy in the refreshing water while the serenity-scented air revives your senses.

Ice cold poolside cocktails

Sipping away at your favorite cocktail in the sunshine defines that moment of relaxation you only ever get during summer vacation. At Cafe Blue, you can get a taste of our drink menu bursting with flavor, from tropical fruit smoothies to our legendary cocktails, all tempting you to take time out and cool down poolside. Cocktails are served from 11am to sunset. 

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Beachside bliss

Dip in and out of the ocean at Smathers Beach, enjoying the complimentary Parrot Key Beach Club service that includes a free shuttle transfer, beach towels and beach chairs for the day, allowing the whole family to kick back and relax in absolute comfort. There are plenty of watersports to choose from, or you can just cool down in the shade. 

Key West Summer Vacation Family

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Three-bedroom Key West villas offer sun, sea, serenity… and space.

Three reasons to visit Key West this year, include three amazing bedrooms, spread over three floors with plenty of space for your entire party. Sprawl out in style with room for eight family members or friends in our three-bedroom Key West villas. Enjoy sun, sea, serenity… and space; along with some exciting villa offers as well! Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >

Traveling with family or a group of friends means a Key West vacation packed with plenty of fun surrounded by your favorite people. It can also mean the need for a little extra space to avoid feeling too cramped and ensure that everyone has some much-needed privacy. Even the closest of friends and happiest of families can end up feeling under each other’s feet in the wrong type of accommodation, so it’s important to select where you spend those precious vacation days, carefully.

At Parrot Key Resort, we have created spacious three-bedroom villas with families and groups of friends in mind. You can all enjoy each other’s company in the exclusivity of your own three-bedroom villa overlooking the sparkling Gulf waters or our tropical gardens, without compromising space. Each villa is unique with a combination of different bed types, so everyone can sleep up to eight people comfortably based on the needs of your party.

If it’s a waterfront Gulf view that you prefer, choose a three-bedroom villa offering space, privacy and luxury including pristine white sand terraces. Every bedroom has an en suite bathroom, so there will be no family fights to get to the bathroom first each morning in Key West!

The villa includes different bed type combinations over three floors so that you can decide how best to keep your friends or family well-rested each night in Key West.

Each room has is own flat screen TV for when you need time out to switch off and recharge. However, bringing the party together will also create some of the best highlights of your vacation, which is why our living rooms are perfectly designed to ensure everyone has enough leg room to sit back and watch the latest entertainment on a 42″ flat screen TV.

From the blue views of our waterfront Key West villas to the serene green of our tropical garden views, you will be surrounded by paradise whichever view you choose. The porch entrance to each of our three-bedroom garden view villas is surrounded by towering palm trees and lush tropical foliage, helping you to feel a million miles away from the urban sprawl you left behind.

Our garden views offer the same level of luxury, comfort and space as our waterfront villas, the only difference welcoming you are the garden tree top balconies. You and your family or friends can truly feel on top of the world. Call 855-327-7200 to learn more about our three-bedroom villas.

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Key West: The Best Destination For a Family Vacation

Choosing the right destination for a family vacation can often be a challenging task with so many factors to consider: will there be enough activities to keep all ages entertained? Are the accommodations spacious enough, and will the weather be invitingly warm every day? Key West has all the right answers that will soon see the stress of planning a family vacation slip away faster than a WaveRunner can whizz you round the island! Here are our top reasons why Parrot Key Resort is the ideal destination for a family vacation. Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >


1. Make Waves in Crystal-Clear Waters

There is an activity to excite every age group in the waters surrounding Key West, whether it’s spotting Bottlenose Dolphins, discovering an undersea safari on a snorkeling trip, paddle boarding through the calm ocean, making a splash on a jet ski or touring the island on a WaveRunner. With so many packages available, families can take advantage of Parrot Key Resort discounts on a huge number of Key West water activities.

You can currently save $75 on a 25-mile WaveRunner tour around Key West which accommodates two people per WaveRunner, making it ideal for families to enjoy together. What’s more, it sets off right from our dock so you don’t need to travel far to find adventure in the water. You can also set off from the Parrot Key dock on your own kayak and paddleboard, which can be rented from our water-sports booth.


2. Unwind in Spacious Suites

One of the reasons why Parrot Key is rated among the best Key West family resorts, is that we offer the largest hotel rooms on the island. The resort also features spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families looking to sprawl out in style.


3. Relax Poolside

We know how much families love spending time together poolside, which is why we have created not just one perfect pool to lounge around, but four! Each of our four sparkling pools is nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art sculptures that you and your children will love. Throughout the day, we can keep you topped up with delicious snacks and island drinks from our poolside Café Blue which also serves breakfast and lunch. View the Cafe Blue Menu


4. Take Time Out On Sandy Terraces

Everyone loves to build a sand castle, no matter how old you are. Take it easy on Parrot Key Resort’s white-sand sunbathing terraces by building castles, reading books, soaking up the waterfront views and breathing in the tropical scent of the Florida Keys. It’s safe for children to play on the terraces as there is no water access. View our suites and villas


5. Save More With Special Offers and Discounts

From booking early and paying in advance, to staying longer and saving more – Parrot Key offers a number of special offers throughout the year to help you plan your family vacation with a super discount. See our latest special offers


6) Venture Out to the Best Key West Attractions

Parrot Key is perfectly positioned to strike the balance between family relaxation and discovering popular Key West attractions. Tucked away in its own safe tropical oasis, the resort is located just three miles from Old Town making it easy to reach a range of family attractions. Popular days out include the unforgettable Conch Tour TrainKey West Aquarium, and the Key West Butterfly & Nature ConservatoryView nearby Key West family attractions


7) Celebrate Stunning Key West Sunsets

Bringing the family together for a picturesque sunset over the Florida Keys will become one of your favorite memories from your Key West vacation. Head out onto your private balcony to toast the evening sky, or capture the atmosphere at the family-friendly Key West Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square which takes place every day. For a truly special family experience, book a Sunset Cruise to watch the sun go down from the top deck of a 65ft Gold Coast Yacht.


8) Find Adventures on the Beach

Families love heading to Smathers Beach on Parrot Key Resort’s complimentary shuttle service. Just a five-minute drive away, you will all be indulged in a range of activities on offer through our watersports provider, Sunset Watersports. You can do as much or as little as you like, so whether you choose to simply relax on the powder-soft sand, rent a kayak, book a diving trip or go parasailing, time on Smathers Beach is all yours. Money Saver: View our exclusive discounted rates on water activities when booking in advance


9) Privacy in Standalone Units With No Hallways

Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual guestroom, suite or villa at Parrot Key Resort has its own entrance with no hallways so your little ones can run free on vacation. The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family. View our Key West accommodations


10) Discover the Best Local Events

A weekend rarely goes by without an event to keep families entertained in Key West. From food festivals and theater productions, to live music events and powerboat races on the waterfront, Key West hosts a fantastic range of entertainment to add extra fun to your family vacation. One festival not to miss is the 5th Annual Key Lime Festival from Saturday July 1st through Tuesday 4th. Highlights of the festival include the popular Key Lime Sip and Stroll, the Key Lime Pie Hop, and the much-anticipated Key Lime Pie Eating Championships. The whole family will be entertained during this four-day celebration of Key West’s much-loved tangy-sweet fruit. For more information about the island’s most delicious summer festival, visit www.keylimefestival.com.

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Road Trippin’ in the Florida Keys: Key Largo to Key West

One of the nation’s most renowned road trips involves cruising from one island to another, and it’s right here in the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. With your Florida vacation at Parrot Key Resort sparkling on the horizon, we have some of the best insider tips for making the most of your drive along the Overseas Highway to reach Key West. The trip of over 100 miles takes around three hours, however with so much to see along the way, we recommend allowing a whole day to soak up the spectacular scenery of the Sunshine State’s stunning island archipelago. After all, there are some important pit stops to make along the way to sample the delights of freshly-caught seafood and Key lime pie. Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >

Florida Keys Road Trip

Ready, Set… Key Largo!

Once you’ve entered Key Largo, you’re officially in the Florida Keys and the unbroken blue horizons of ocean and sky will stretch out before you. Start your road trip off in style with a leisurely breakfast at some of Key Largo’s most talked about dining spots, including Harriette’s Restaurant (Mile Marker 95.7) which offers a warm and welcoming service, wallet-friendly prices and huge muffins to help keep you refueled until the next stop. Doc’s Diner (Mile Marker 99.6) is another tempting breakfast option, popular among locals for its generous portion sizes including tropical French toast and breakfast burritos.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

Next Stop: Islamorada

Continue your drive from Key Largo to Islamorada, which sits between the saltwater wilderness of the Everglades National Park and the deep waters of the Florida Straits. Stop at the Rain Barrel Artisan Village (Mile Marker 86.7) which is impossible to miss with its giant fiberglass lobster standing proudly at the entrance of this fascinating sculpture art gallery. There are individual shops all nestled under a canopy of giant Banyan trees selling a tempting selection of unique homemade gifts including unusual jewelry, pottery and ceramics, so allow enough time for some all-important perusing.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Is your stomach rumbling again? It’s nearing lunchtime after all, and if there’s one place in which to indulge over a memorable lunch in Islamorada, it’s Lorelei (Mile Marker 82). As popular for its daytime menu as its evening sunset celebrations, this restaurant and Cabana bar offers one of the best views of Florida Bay which you’ll no doubt happily soak up over seafood tacos or the “Lorelei’s World Famous Fish Sandwich,” all washed down with a Keys-style frozen drink.

The sparkling ocean is looking calm and the afternoon sun is stretching its rays across a cloudless sky; it’s looking too good outside to hop back into your car, so take some time to unwind on one of Islamorada’s finest beaches. Anne’s Beach (Mile Marker 73) is a perfect stretch of paradise, conveniently located next to the Overseas Highway so you won’t struggle to find it. The beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing, switching off for an afternoon nap, cooling off in the shallows, or just taking in the beautiful ocean views.

 

Marathon or Bust

Your relaxing lunch will set you up for the next stretch as you cruise down Highway 1 to the Middle Keys which are anchored by Marathon, a 10-mile-long island with a family-friendly reputation and a rich fishing heritage. Take a break from your car and stretch your legs by taking your pick of several attractions in Marathon. First, you will come across the Dolphin Research Center (Mile Marker 59) in Grassy Key where you can interact with dolphins and learn about exciting dolphin research.

Also nearby way is the new Aquarium Encounters (just after Vaca Cut Bridge at Mile Marker 53). Here, you will find an interactive Florida Keys aquarium experience with daily shark feedings, stingray encounters, and the opportunity to swim among fish on the attraction’s coral reef. Or if you prefer an outdoor nature experience, nearby at Mile Marker 50 is Crane Point, a nature center with walking trails through a tropical hardwood grove. Further west is a wildlife lovers’ paradise at the Turtle Hospital which is dedicated to helping injured sea turtles return to the wild (Mile Marker 48.5).

Photo: Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

Seven Mile Bridge

The Middle Keys not only signal the halfway mark in your Overseas Highway road trip; it is also the point at which you can stop to capture images of the impressive Seven Mile Bridge soaring over the Gulf of Mexico. Running alongside it is the Old Seven Mile Bridge, the hurricane-battered railroad built by Henry Flagler in the early 1900s which is now a popular spot for fishing. After its destruction in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, it was later rebuilt in 1978 and features a rising arc in its center so you’ll feel like you’re driving right off into the sky! There are plenty of places to pull over and take some photos, enjoy a stroll and watch the wildlife fly by.

Just south of Marathon lies the tiny island of Pigeon Key which is well worth a stop, particularly if you’re after a taste of Florida Keys history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key is a five-acre property which served as a home base for railroad workers operating the Old Seven Mile Bridge. You can reach Pigeon Key by bicycle or foot along the historic bridge (a 2.2 mile trek) or by ferry service which departs from the Pigeon Key Visitor Center and Gift Shop on Knight’s Key (Mile Marker 47).

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The Lower Keys

The further south you drive, the more beautifully remote the scenery becomes in the Lower Keys. For some much-needed leg-stretching, stop off at Bahia Honda Key (Mile Marker 37), a tropical island home to one of Florida’s southernmost state parks with beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets and excellent snorkelling. As you drive south into Big Pine Key (Mile Marker 29) there are plenty of places to pull over for a pit stop if your hunger pangs start kicking in, including No Name Pub on Watson Boulevard which serves up great pizza and pitchers of beer.

For classic Keys-style dining, try The Wharf Bar and Grill at Mile Marker 25.5 on Summerland Key. You can enjoy freshly-caught fish and vegetables grown from the restaurant’s organic garden, all served up in a peaceful waterfront setting with indoor and outdoor seating. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, head further south in Sugarloaf Key at Mangrove Mama’s (Mile Marker 20) for a generous slice of Key lime pie on the sun-baked, palm tree-lined patio, or try Baby’s Coffee (Mile Marker 15), which is famous for its Cuban roasts and Key lime pie to-go.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

Final Destination… Key West

As the afternoon starts merging into evening, your last leg of this world-renowned road trip will end in Key West just where the true vacation begins. You’ll arrive just in time to find a spot for your first Key West sunset perhaps on Parrot Key Resort’s sunset pier, and you won’t be disappointed.

Florida Keys Road Trip

Check-in at Parrot Key Resort and refresh before stepping outside to celebrate the moment the golden sun dips into the ocean. Tomorrow marks the start of your Key West vacation in this place known as paradise, so dine out and enjoy the moment until it’s time for a much-needed rest, surrounded by the simple luxury and comfort of your Parrot Key Resort guestroomsuite or villa. Sleep tight and let the Key West fun begin tomorrow!

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Looking for a quieter Key West vacation? Visit late April through mid June!

When you wake up in Key West during late April through mid June, not only does the warm tropical air embrace you… but you can also hear the sense of calm that comes with one of our most relaxing seasons at Parrot Key Resort. Once the crowds leave their Spring Break vacations and head home, the island resettles and makes way for guests looking for serenity and easy-going adventure. Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >

Events for everyone

With many events to enjoy during a late April through mid-June break, your vacation during these months can be as lively or laid-back as you’d like it to be.

Culture lovers will be entertained at the Key West Fringe Theater during Conch Republic (The Musical) from April 20 through 23, which brings to the stage the story of how the Conch Republic began with plenty of songs, dance and flag displays. The show is part of the 10-day Conch Republic Independence Celebration which kicks off from April 21 through 30, with activities across the island including a wacky bed race and a light-hearted sea battle featuring tall ships.

Paddleboarding fans will love the Key West Paddleboard Classic which starts on April 27 through 30. Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the annual challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Even if you’re not paddling through the race yourself, it’s worth watching from the water’s edge or taking part in beach activities during the weekend. The free shuttle service from Parrot Key can take you straight to Smathers Beach for day-long water-based activities and sunbathing.

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Another not-to-be-missed event in May is the Key West Songwriters’ Festival (10-14) which brings live music from some of America’s finest performing songwriters. Head from one bar to another in downtown Key West and discover the latest talent in the worlds of jazz, raggae, calypso, blues, country and western and more.

Key West Songwriters’ Festival

The month of May also means making sure mom is pampered on Mother’s Day (May 14) and our heroes are remembered on Memorial Day (May 29), which make great reasons for a long weekend of celebrations in the Florida Keys – or an excuse to just sit back poolside and soak up the surrounding scene of natural beauty!

As May merges into June, the temperature really starts to climb up the thermometer and the island remains tranquil ahead of the vibrancy of events in the middle of the month, including Key West Pride (7-11). This five-day celebration will feature day-time pool and beach parties, on-the-water adventures, a street fair and a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners! Many families also start flocking to the Keys as schools close for summer, so a vacation in early June is recommended for couples and seniors looking to make the most of a quieter Key West.

Extra savings with special offers

If you’re looking to find savings on your vacation in May through mid-June, our latest special offers will help guide you to the best package. Take a peek through our accommodation options too and choose your favorite view of lush, tropical gardens or the sparkling ocean. Our guestrooms are the largest in Key West so you can enjoy sprawling out in space and style, making the most of each day in your own piece of paradise. To book your May or early June vacation, visit our reservations page.

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Key West for Seniors: Amazing activities, accommodations and a laid back atmosphere

28The laid-back atmosphere, tropical breeze and eclectic line-up of attractions in Key West are just some of the reasons why this destination continues to attract all age groups through the year. Visitors in the senior years of their life, find the island lifestyle rejuvenating and restorative and it’s hardly surprising. After all, this is an island that has everything to offer, from its warm ocean and beautiful beaches, to rich historic and cultural heritage, along with delicious local delicacies. Whether you’re nearing retirement or already retired and ready for your next adventure, you’ll find it here in Key West where a treasure trove of culture and natural beauty is waiting to be discovered.

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Delve into Key West’s past

Key West is famed for his colorful history and cultural diversity. It’s home to shipwreck artifacts, literary legends, celebrated artists, and a previously bustling seaport, all beautifully preserved and showcased throughout the city’s fine collection of museums. Among the most popular are the Key West Shipwreck Museum, Ernest Hemingway House, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and the Martello Gallery – Key West Art and Historical Museum, and they all make fascinating places to explore.

Sail away and find your catch

Leave the crowds behind as you sail through the calm waters surrounding Key West with highly-skilled offshore captains. You can explore the Florida Straits, a 90-mile wide trough of deep water beyond the reef that Hemingway once described as “the Great Blue River.” Swimming all around Key West is a rich abundance of fish including snappers and groupers that inhabit the island’s shipwrecks, reefs and back-country channels, making a day’s fishing trip so rewarding.

 

Music to your ears

Music underpins some of the best memories you’ll take away with you following your vacation, and in Key West there are live music venues round every corner that are sure to get your toes tapping and help you relax. The island’s streets carry a diverse blend of sound in the air, from jazz and blues, to country and western and calypso, making sure you’ll be spoiled for choice in your quest to unwind.

Breathtaking natural beauty

Be prepared to look around in awe as the beauty of Key West’s natural world unfolds before you. With our onsite concierge team, active seniors can take your pick from a range of water-based activities including kayaking and snorkeling, so you can explore the wonders of the ocean at your leisure. Back on dry land, Key West is teeming with places to enjoy natural beauty and the island’s renowned sunsets will no doubt  become your favorite part of the day. Head to Mallory Square for the best views and join the Sunset Celebration which takes place every night. Here you’ll find a festival atmosphere as visitors and locals alike all gather to watch the sparkling sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget to stop by Key West’s Butterfly Conservatory for one last glimpse of the city’s majestic beauty.

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Theatrical delights

Yet another jewel in Key West’s crown is The Waterfront Playhouse, named by Florida Monthly Magazine as ‘the best professional theater in Florida’. For over 70 years, locals and tourists have been treated to a diverse program of productions in this intimate, 150-seat theater which is well-positioned in Mallory Square where the Sunset Celebration adds to the dramatic atmosphere.

Parrot Key Resort for Seniors

Whether you are looking for spacious accommodations or a room with a view for two, we have a range of options available including guestrooms, suites and villas. Depending on your age and mobility, we also offer accessible accommodations and ground floor rooms without stairs to accommodate all needs. Many seniors choose Parrot Key Resort because we are located away from the noise of Duval Street (three miles) in a quiet, tropical paradise.

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Our concierge will also arrange sunset cruises, dolphin tours, and a range of other exciting activities. Or if you prefer to lounge on the beach, take our complimentary shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach. Many guests prefer to lounge on our white sand terraces or at one of our three sparkling pools. Whatever your pleasure, Key West and Parrot Key Resort offer a range of exciting activities for seniors.

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Let us help plan your vacation for you by calling 855-327-7200 to speak with our onsite vacation planning team.

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