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5 Romantic Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Key West

As the summer sun dips into the horizon and the autumn months make their arrival, the warm tropical air still surrounding Key West is blended with a sense of calm following the busy family season, making it a desirable destination for couples of all ages.

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With kids back at school, the months from mid-September to early December are filled with peace and quiet yet there is still every opportunity to find fun during autumn, particularly with an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season. As the majority of the world braces itself for the start of an inevitable cold snap, the sun is still shining its golden rays over the Florida Keys so you can escape the chilly winds and warm up in paradise.

Romance Vacation Key West5 Romantic Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Key West:

1. You Can Space Out With Less Crowds

If you’re traveling with your loved ones or a group of friends, you will enjoy more space to sprawl out on beaches together after the summer crowds have left the island. With the average temperature topping 84 degrees and the ocean remaining beautifully warm, you can take time out to soak up the autumn sun and indulge in watersports without being surrounded by the excitable sounds of families on vacation.

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2. Celebrate Federal Holidays and Special Events

With summer tucked away and Christmas looming in the distance, there is still plenty to celebrate in autumn. You can enjoy a long peaceful weekend break or week-long vacation during Columbus Day on October 13 or Veteran’s Day on November 11. Thanksgiving Day on November 27 also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style and make the most of the extended weekend break.

Surrounding these key holiday weekends are a  flurry of exciting events in Key West including the Fantasy Fest, the island’s largest event of the year, from October 17 through 26. The festival features outrageous costume competitions, street fairs, a grand parade and themed parties. While the island is peaceful during autumn, this ten-day celebration of flamboyancy will be lively, energetic and full of color.

Other festivals during the autumn months include:

  • The Goombay Festival in Bahama Village from October 17 – 18, featuring island-style food, arts, crafts and dancing, a Headdress Ball on October 21 (all leading up to Fantasy Fest)
  • International Latin Arts Festival November 7 – 10
  • Key West Film Festival November 12 – 16
  • Key West World Championship Races November 2 – 9 which brings together high-speed offshore powerboats, all racing in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters creating an unforgettable sight
Fantasy Fest Key West

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3. Fall in Love All Over Again

Key West is perfect for couples looking to indulge in a romantic break and autumn is one of the best seasons in which to enjoy some quiet time together. Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top three romantic hotels on the island, according to TripAdvisor, with its spacious accommodations and secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens, poolside dining and serene atmosphere. When couples venture beyond the privacy and tranquility of the resort, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers.

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4. Enjoy the Perfect Weather

Although the autumn period is considered Key West’s “shoulder season,” many locals will agree that autumn is the best time to visit Key West with temperatures topping an average of 84 degrees. Combine these warm temperatures with a gentle breeze and Parrot Key Resort is the perfect setting for holding hands on your outdoor balcony or watching a Florida Keys sunset from our sunset pier.

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5. Catch a Deal

Autumn is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort, so if you’re after a budget-friendly getaway then you’ll find a variety of discount options from our specials page. If you book directly through Parrot Key, you are guaranteed our best rates so call 888-504-4174 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable package this autumn.

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Lobsterfest Descends on Key West August 7-11, 2014

Visit Key West 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. If you can’t make the event, scroll below and view our top picks for lobster during your Key West vacation!

Contact: 305-744-9804 or visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

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
Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Lobster Fact!

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.

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

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Silver Airways offers daily nonstop flights between Orlando and Key West

Silver Airways has initiated daily nonstop flights between Orlando International Airport and Key West International Airport. Two flights are offered daily and take approximately 80 minutes. The airline is using 34-passenger Saab 340B Plus aircraft for the route.

As well as its nonstop Orlando/Key West flights, Silver Airways offers nonstop service between the island city and  Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Tampa, Fla.

In addition, passengers can choose connecting flights to dozens of destinations beyond Florida through the airline’s codeshare and interline ticketing partnerships.

For more information and to book a flight, visit www.silverairways.com.

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Labor Day in the Florida Keys: Visit Key West BrewFest

More than 150 beers and ales, including unique microbrews, are to be on tap at Key West BrewFest, scheduled Thursday through Monday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 offering another great reason to stay at Parrot Key Resort this Labor Day weekend

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The selection is to include such intriguingly named offerings as Andygator by Abita and Toasted Coconut Porter by Orange Blossom Pilsner. Specialty brews from groups such as the Conch Republic B.U.B.B.A.’s brewing club and shortly-to-open Florida Keys Brewing Company are to be available as well.

BrewFest begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, with a beer school featuring the Dogfish Head Brewing Company at the World of Beer, 511 Greene St. A kick-off party is set for 5 p.m. at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St., featuring some of the Tuna’s craft and specialty beers.

The celebration’s centerpiece, the BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival with more than 150 beers from around the world, is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday on Key West’s South Beach at 1405 Duval St. Admission is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door, or $75 in advance for entry to the tasting and a 3 p.m. VIP hour.

Event information and advance tickets: www.keywestbrewfest.com or 305-295-6519

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