Monthly Archives: June 2014
There’s nothing that beats sitting outside in the warm breezy air, sipping a refreshing Key West cocktail and indulging in a leisurely lunch surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Well actually, there is! At Parrot Key Resort, we are adding even more to your experience of staying in Key West paradise, with our Suite Paradise Treats package this summer.
When you book one of our luxurious and spacious garden Key West suites and villas, you will receive a $50 per night dining credit (up to $250 in total) to spend on delicious food and cool island drinks at our poolside tiki bar and restaurant, Café Blue.
That’s $250 at your disposal to sample the tropical tastes, delicious Caribbean-inspired cooking, and the most refreshing flavors that all make our delectable culinary creations in the Florida Keys, so special.
This is the ultimate Key West dining package that combines the comfort and spaciousness of our stylish suites and villas, with the taste bud-tingling experience of dining poolside at Café Blue.
Your $50 credit per night can be spent over a leisurely breakfast or casual lunch savoring the flavors of shrimp salads, breakfast wraps, Cuban paninis, speciality pizzas or fish tacos.
Then there are the refreshing cocktails to choose from, including Parrot Rum Punch, Key Lime Daiquiris, Blueberry Mojitos and other Florida Keys creations.
Café Blue is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens with towering palm trees and the sweet scent of tropical foliage, all adding to your place in paradise at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.
The Parrot Key Suite Paradise Treats package includes
- Overnight accommodation in a spacious Garden King Suite, Garden Two-Bedroom Suite, Garden Family Suite or 3-bedroom Garden Villa
- $50 per night food and beverage credit at Cafe Blue (maximum $250 for stays longer than 5 nights)
Book Online Now or Call 855-327-7200
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 in 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. View our family package which includes exciting offers in our three-bedroom villas.
Summer is finally here 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.
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 now here, 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.
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.
Or 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.
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.
If you want 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!
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.
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.
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.
Contact us at 877-746-4701 to book your Key West summer vacation today!
Key West is famed for many types of music, from techno, hip hop, jazz and raggae, to calypso, blues, country and western, so a night out will always feature a show that appeals to all musical tastes. This summer, the island has an array of live music venues to enjoy when the sun goes down, or for a summer afternoon of toe-tapping fun. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:
Schooner Wharf Bar, 22 William Street. Laid-back, comfortable and oozing with character, this bar is just a few blocks away from Duval Street and overlooks the harbor. It’s popular for its live music, friendly service and rustic charm.
Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street. Renowned for being Key West’s finest blues lounge, the cosy Little Room Jazz Club is on the quieter side of Duval Street. It’s one of the top local spots for sipping beer whilst enjoying some of the island’s best jazz.
Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles Street. This popular venue is home base for the Songwriter Festival. Throughout the year it stages some of Key West’s hottest acts with a music schedule on offer every night alongside a tempting menu of fresh seafood.
Sloppy Joe’s, 201 Duval Street. Famed for being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe’s is one of the most iconic bars in Key West. Expect a lively party atmosphere with its regular live music schedule.
Willie T’s, 525 Duval Street. If it’s a cool mojito you fancy whilst checking out the latest quality live music acts, head to Willie T’s. The mojitos here are legendary and the walls are decorated with dollar bills from patrons past.
Island Dogs, 505 Front Street. One of Key West’s coolest hang-outs, you’ll find live music most nights at Island Dogs where the Key Lime Pie Martini is a must-try, along with the chargrilled oysters.
Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street. Locals and visitors have been coming to Hog’s Breath Saloon for around 25 years for its daily schedule of live music and friendly service.
Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Another Key West icon, Green Parrot Bar is loved by locals and welcomes visitors every night with its exciting line-up of live music which makes the venue fun and bursting with energy.
Turtle Kraals, 231 Margaret Street. Catch the latest live music from the harbor-based Turtle Kraals which not only offers the best views of the Key West Historic Seaport, but serves up a refreshing selection of drinks, including the delicious Key Lime Margarita.
Bull and Whistle Bar, 224 Duval Street. Here you’ll find two bars under one roof with live music showcased on the Bull stage. The party atmosphere entices large crowds most nights, making it one of Key West’s most popular venues for musical entertainment.
Hands up if you love bugs!? In the Florida Keys, we refer to lobster with this affectionate phrase and in late July you’ll be in for a treat when Mini Lobster Season hits Key West. But you better hurry… it’s important to book in advance for this popular crustacean craze. You can download the official lobster mini-season brochure below, or stop by the Lobster Information Booth at mile marker 106 on your drive through the Keys (opening times below). Book your hotel stay or call 866-469-0347.
- Download the official brochure: http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/regs/mc_lobster.pdf
- Lobster Information Booth Open Times:
- July 26th through July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Alternatively, visit the Bahia Honda State Park Sport Lobster Season Mini
Event on July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a brochure
- Follow the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Facebook for up to date information
2014 Mini Lobster Season Information
Lasting only 48 hours on July 30th and 31st, Mini Lobster Season brings together a host of lobster lovers, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding Key West to catch the first fresh bugs of the season. It’s a long-awaited time of year when the ocean is teeming with the popular crustacean, because lobsters just love to live in warmer temperatures. So, if you’re after the freshest and tastiest lobster or you’ve yet to sample this Keys culinary delight, your taste buds will be tingling at the end of July.
Mini Lobster Season Information and Planning
It is very important to follow all rules and regulations for Mini Lobster Season so make sure to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for details.
- Mini Season Regulations: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster/
- License and Permit Info: http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/
- Book a Charter Trip (subject to availability): Contact our vacation planning team at 866-469-0347
More Lobster Fun… Key West Lobsterfest: August 7-11, 2014
Visit in August for regular lobster season and enjoy Key West Lobsterfest! Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations, a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch on Sunday. This festive feast celebrates the start of the regular Florida Keys lobster season.
Contact: 305-744-9804 or visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com
Five Top Picks for Local Lobster
If you can’t make it for Mini Lobster Season, try our top picks for lobster in Key West during your vacation:
- A&B Lobster House: Enjoy several lobster specialties available
- Blue Heaven: Get your claws on the Lobster Eggs Benedict for breakfast
- Hog Fish Bar & Grill: Go off the beaten path to Stock Island and try the Lobster BLT, Lobster Pot Pie, Fried Lobster Tacos, and Lobster Bisque, all in a dockside setting
- Turtle Kraals: Devour the Lobster Tail at this local Key West icon
- Rusty Anchor: Try the Florida Keys Spiny Lobster
Florida Keys lobsters, known as spiny lobsters, don’t have claws and their meat has a slightly chewy sweetness. The most popular way to enjoy lobster in the Keys is to order it grilled with melted butter or steamed and served with Cuban black beans and yellow rice. For the ultimate lobster indulgence, savor it while watching the beautiful Key West sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand.
Tempted? Book your trip to Parrot Key Resort now to enjoy up to 15% savings.
When summer arrives in Key West, so does an even brighter, tastier and more vibrant program of events to keep families and groups of travelling friends entertained from June through September.
The island’s year-round laid-back atmosphere along with its exciting mix of attractions, water-based activities and beaches, are more than enough to offer the most memorable break in the Florida Keys. Come summertime, this charming atmosphere reaches a whole new level when the streets of Key West host a variety of events in celebration of the island’s delectable cuisine and cultural heritage.
Find artistic treasures in tropical gardens
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be showcasing extra special displays until July 31 with 19 beautiful sculptures made of recycled materials. Contemporary artists have created the sculptures, and each one has been placed throughout the popular botanical garden, so be prepared for some unexpected designs as you explore the beauty of this fresh, tropical space.
Indulge in the favorite flavor of Key West
If you’re lucky enough to be on summer vacation from July 4th, you will be in for the sweetest of treats. A three-day celebration of Florida’s official and delicious dessert, Key Lime Pie, will take place across the island with a variety of events including a pie-eating contest and the challenging attempt to make the largest pie ever. The Key Lime Festival is not to be missed.
Explore Mel Fisher’s famous salvage vessel
Mel Fisher, the American treasure hunter from the 1600′s, will be celebrated during an annual four-day event from July 10 – 14. The Mel Fisher Days celebration marks the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and the event is perfect for families and treasure-hunting enthusiasts. For the first time since the 1980s, Mel Fisher’s famous 90′ treasure salvage vessel, JB Magruder, will be on display at the dock behind Schooner’s Wharf where you can talk with the crew and discover the equipment used to uncover treasure.
Celebrate Key West’s literary legend
The work of legendary Key West author, Ernest Hemingway, will be celebrated during the 34th annual Hemingway Days event, taking place this year from July 15 – 20. His literary accomplishments and love for the island he called home throughout the 1930s will be marked with a range of celebrations, including literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a Look-a-like Contest at Sloppy Joe’s bar and a party marking Hemingway’s birthday.
With the opening of Lobster Season comes the biggest party of the summer with thousands of lobster lovers descending on Key West for four days of gastronomic fun from August 7 through 10. The event launches with the Lobster Boil on Thursday night followed by the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl on Friday night immediately after sunset. There will also be a free concert and street fair on Saturday and an indulgent Sunday brunch to close the event.
Sit back and sip the best beer
Over Labor Day weekend, August 28 – September 1, Brewfest will return to Key West bringing with it over 150 beers and micro-beers on tap. To sample the very best of this popular tipple, you can indulge at a variety of events, including beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event.
Call 855-327-7200 to book your summer vacation at Parrot Key Resort.
Every year in Key West, families and friends join together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades, beachside barbecues, spectacular firework displays and a generous slice of the famous Key Lime Pie. With so many options for families, Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a July 4th escape to Key West.
During the July 4th weekend, a variety of celebrations will keep the party spirit high, including the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 3 – 5). There’s every excuse to indulge in Key West’s favorite flavor during this festival while enjoying a number of highlights, including a Key lime pie-eating contest, a Miss Key Lime Pageant, and the unveiling of an impressive 9 foot-wide pie which will be served up on Greene Street, just off Duval Street.
All over Key West, the beaches will be filled with families enjoying picnics and barbecues. Favorite beaches on the island include Smathers Beach which boasts a half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach with restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets and watersports rentals. Parrot Key Resort offers complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach.
Independence Day parties will also be in full flow during the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. With arts and crafts, street performers, food carts and thousands of locals and visitors, the atmosphere is electric and will be even more special on July 4th when the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. Fireworks will begin on the White Street Pier at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. You can enjoy excellent views for free, from Higgs Beach. Call 855-327-7200 to book your stay today.