Monthly Archives: January 2012

Key West Cuda Bowl Feb 4th-5th

One of the most distinctive Florida Keys fisheries is flats fishing for Barracuda, a fish renowned for its fearsome appearance and exciting strikes, but also one of the finest battles on fly gear.  Coming up this weekend is annual Cuda Bowl, a flats tournament devoted to fly fishing for barracuda.  This highly competitive tournament allows only 20 boats and lets captains double as fishermen, adding an extra element of competition.  For more information and reservations click here, call 305-294-3618 or  Email:

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Key West Craft Show

Next weekend two blocks of Whitehead and Caroline streets will be closed to traffic and filled instead with craft booths and shoppers.  Over 25,000 visitors come down to the 4 square block area in Key West for this 27 year old festival; featuring pottery, glass, wood, fabric, and all sorts of other hand made crafts.  This is a great way to spend a Key West afternoon in one of the most interesting parts of the city.  For more information click Here.

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Today’s Weather at Parrot Key

It’s 77°F and hazy right now at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort, but patches of blue sky can be seen on the horizon.  We predicted to get scattered showers of warm rain for the next couple of days, before it clears up to the more usual blue winter sky.  There is a very light wind from the north right now and small chop out in the open ocean, but close to Key West the water is calm.  Sunset tonight will be at 5:57 pm, and with the low pressure system coming in should provide amazing colors.

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The Tropic Cinema

One of the most appreciated local institutions in Key West is the Tropic Cinema, a small independent movie theatre just half a block off of Duval street, which brings independant, queer and foreign film to key west, as well as opera, concerts and special events throughout the year.  The Tropic was founded as the Key West Film Society in 1999 and used rented screens and venues until purchasing the building that now houses the tropic in 2004, which it expanded to 3 screens in 2007.  The Tropic is one of the rare cinemas in america that sells wine and beer, by the glass or bottle, as well as key lime pie, local candy and many flavors of popcorn.  The film lineup, ambiance, staff and snacks all contributes to the Tropic being voted the best cinema in Florida, and one of the best in America.   Even if going to the movies is not in your Key West plans, this little theatre is worth at least a peak inside.  For more information and film schedules, click here.

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Key West Food and Wine Festival

This month will once again mark the return of the Key west food and wine festival, one of the best local events for foodies and wine enthusiasts.  Starting the 26th of January and running until the 29th, the festival will feature wine tastings, wine pairings, an open air wine market, lots of events in local restaurants and several neighborhood strolls featuring tasting stops.   For anyone looking to taste great wines and food in our tropical paradise, this is the event for you!   For more info and VIP pass information click here.

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Fight Night in the Keys

Once again, boxing is returning to historic Mallory Square here in Key West!  On Friday the 16th of January ESPN2 will broadcast the scheduled main event on their “Friday Night Fights” , a bout between Carlos “El Indio” Quintana and Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert. Quintana, a former WBO world welterweight champion, has a record of 26 wins and two losses. His competitor Albert boasts a record of 21 wins, two losses and one draw.  The other scheduled marquee event pits James “Buddy” McGirt Jr., whose career includes 19 wins, one loss and one draw, against Angel “Toro” Hernandez. Hernandez has racked up 28 wins and seven losses in his career.

Boxing has been part of Key West history for hundreds of years, particularly in the 1930’s when author Ernest Hemingway made his home on whitehead street and would officiate matches in Bahama village, including the backyard of what is now Blue Heaven restaurant.

For more information or tickets either call 1-800-LAST-KEY or click here.

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