Monthly Archives: November 2011
One of the most unique activities that can be done from Key West is touring the Dry Tortugas National Park by boat or floatplane. Located about 70 miles west of Key West, these islands are brimming with natural beauty and history. First discovered by Ponce De Lion and named for the turtles he found there, the word dry was later added because of the lack of fresh water available on the islands. The main landing on the islands is on Garden Key, which hosts Fort Jefferson. The fort was never completed after thirty years of construction, but still was used as a union outpost during the civil war, and then as a prison where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for treating John Wilkes Booth. These small uninhabited keys are one of the most amazing landscapes in the continental united states, demonstrating what the keys looked like before human habitation.
It is 72°F and overcast right now at Parrot Key, but some rays of sun are already poking through, and it looks like it will be sunny in a couple hours. There is a 13 mph wind from the north, but that is expected to die down to about 5 mph later in the day. Today is the perfect weather for a stroll around key west or hanging out at any of our four sparkling pools.
Starting on Thanksgiving (nov. 24th) and running until december 4th, this years Pirate Festival is one of the most exciting upcoming Key West events. This year’s festival will feature the usual food, drink, pillage and wenches, as well as a fighting ring, scenic sailing and nightly pirate parties. Check out the schedule of events here, or just head down to the Truman Waterfront and see the festivities anytime from 10am to 10pm.
If you can’t make it down to Key West this week for the Super Boat International, you can still watch it online at this streaming site here.
It’s 75°F and partly cloudy right now at Parrot Key, but the sun looks like it is burning off the clouds and more blue sky is visible by the hour. The forecast looks like we finally are getting out from under the rain for at least a week, the weather is predicted to be sun and mid 70’s temperature until late next week. Sunset tonight is at 6:49 pm, and with the low laying clouds predicted for late this afternoon, should be spectacular.
The annual Meeting of the Minds Parrothead gathering is about to once again come to Key West. Several thousand rabid Jimmy Buffet fans will arrive for four days of drinking, eating and live music. The meeting will mostly be at private events, but a cancer walk and street fair on friday will both be open to the public. For registration info and more check out their website here.
The annual Super Boat speed boat races are once again returning to Key West for their 31st world championship race. From the 6th until the 13th of November the city will fill with massive boats and thousands of race fans. The boats will be on display from the 6th to the 8th from 9am-5pm at the Truman Annex, then from the 9th until the final race on the 13th live racing will commence starting at 10 am. Daily parties for the racers and fans will be held at various Key West locations until the final awards ceremony at the Marriott Beachside. This is one of the most anticipated yearly events in Key West and well worth a visit. Check out the schedule of events here, or check out the race coordinates here.