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There’s a month in the year that we particularly love here in the Florida Keys. Many visitors who choose this month as their favorite for a Key West vacation like to keep it a secret, but we are going to throw the spotlight on what makes this particular month so special. It’s November! Here are our top ten reasons to book a last minute getaway to Key West this November:
Peace at last
Summer has ended, the popular Halloween and Fantasy Fest parties have past, and the busy Christmas season has yet to begin – could there be a more laid-back and tranquil time to visit Key West? November is an ideal month in which to switch off, rest up and recharge away from the busy crowds.
Autumn weather steps up a gear in November when you’re back home, making way for colder, shorter, darker days. Not here in Key West. The balmy air is a beautifully warm 80 degrees at this time of year, so you can bask on Key West’s white-sand beaches and enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the historic Old Town without feeling uncomfortably hot.
Get cozy in the romantic month of Love-ember
Did you know that Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West, according to TripAdvisor? We have created the charming combination of spacious accommodations and stunning scenery paired with secluded pools, each nestled among lush tropical gardens fringed with towering palms. Without the crowds of families on vacation, couples love November in Key West for a romantic retreat.
Spacious rooms with stunning views
Not only is Parrot Key one of the most romantic hotels in Key West, the luxury resort is also home to the most spacious rooms and suites on the island. You can wake up to your romantic November vacation in tropical style with a choice of waterfront views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees.
Pick up the perfect package
November is one of the best months of the year for securing a deal, helping you to save more and get the most out of your vacation. Special offers include our Tropical Weekday Retreat package which will save you up to 20% on weekdays when you stay Sunday through to Thursday. For more unbeatable deals, visit here.
A Key West Adventure
During the quieter month of November, you can truly indulge in Key West’s vast range of activities without getting caught up in the crowds. When you feel the need to venture beyond the peace of Parrot Key, you will enter an exciting buzz of activity throughout Key West that keeps adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers entertained. Romantic activities for couples include dolphin watching in the wild, a sunset dinner cruise, and taking a leisurely walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean along Duval Street.
Sun, sea and powder-soft sand
Back home, you can only dream about spending lazy November days on a tropical beach. Make it a reality by hanging up your winter boots and letting your toes sink into the white powder-soft sand of our beautiful beaches. There will be plenty of space to sprawl out and enjoy a variety of water sports, and our complimentary shuttle can take you from Parrot Key to nearby Smathers Beach to bathe in the November sunshine.
Late autumn events
During November, the Key West World Championship Races take place from 6th to 13th, which are the world’s biggest and fastest offshore racing series and one of the most exciting events to watch on the water during the year. It is also the Annual Key West Film Festival from November 16th – 20th which features screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West.
Thanksgiving Day on November 24 creates the ideal opportunity to bring family and friends together for a long weekend escape in the tropical sunshine. Stay in one of our spacious suites, dine out in Key West, and take it easy as you give thanks in the Florida Keys. It is also Veterans Day on November 11 – another reason to enjoy a long weekend away from the winter chill!
Something special for seniors
We know how much our senior guests love a late autumn break in the Florida Keys, making November an ideal month for making the most of our Key West Senior Discount.
Call 877-648-0280 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable vacation this November.
It’s time to kick off your winter boots and swap the usual smattering of snow, with endless grains of white powder-soft sand. As for the seasonal smell of pine trees, we want to introduce you to a more tropical scent as you take a stroll down palm-lined paths and breathe in the magic of Christmas 2016 in the Florida Keys. It’s like nowhere else! Key West is a popular destination over the holiday season, so booking early is essential to avoid missing out.
During Christmas in Key West, the island’s palm trees are illuminated with lights, conch cottages are decorated with colorful holiday displays and sail boats are magically lit up on the waterfront. From exciting events and entertaining activities to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holidays:
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the sun, sea is glistening…
At Parrot Key Resort, there is plenty of space to sprawl out in style in one of our three-bedroom villas. Surrounded by your loved ones, you can unwrap gifts, play games and unwind together in the exclusivity of your own villa which overlooks stunning views of either the sparkling waters of Florida Bay or the towering palms in our tropical gardens.
Included in your spacious villa is a third floor bedroom with two twin beds, a master bedroom with a king bed, and a ground floor guestroom with a double queen bed, so up to 8 guests can be comfortably accommodated, bringing the whole family or groups of friends together for a festive celebration of a lifetime.
It’s the most delicious time of the year
Prepare to be spoiled for choice when deciding where to dine with family and friends for Christmas in Key West, and remember to book your festive feast early. There are delicious menus and holiday specials available at many well-established restaurants across Key West. For inspiration on where to dine, visit here. Our poolside Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays, so sit back and sip away at your favorite frozen cocktails and we’ll energize you with a range of tasty snacks.
Dreaming of a white sand Christmas
During the depths of winter when it’s usually grey and cold in many parts of the world, Key West is a haven of natural beauty with powder-soft white sand beaches offering relaxation and water-based adventure. It is not often you will wake up on Christmas morning to soak up the scenery of tropical gardens or the calm ocean before taking a dip in one of our four heated pools, each nestled in its own lush oasis. This is where you can really switch off from all the preparation that comes with bringing together a family Christmas at home. It’s time to celebrate Christmas 2016 Key West-style in Parrot-dise!
Key West Holiday Festivities
- December 3, 2016: Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade. Starting at 7 p.m on Truman Avenue, the parade heads down to Duval Street with a procession of colorful holiday floats.
- December 10, 2016: Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. Vessels of every size and shape deck their hulls and light up the night with their creativity and originality to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Gerald Adams Steel Your Heart Band, and the parade begins at 8 p.m. Live music takes place all evening with yuletide favorites.
- December 18, 2016: Artisan Market – Shop Local Holiday Edition. The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open-air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton Street. Free family and pet-friendly event.
- December 31, 2016: Key West New Year’s Eve - Celebrations include the lowering of the Conch Shell over Sloppy Joe’s on lower Duval Street, the lowering of famous Key West drag queen Sushi (riding a huge high-heeled shoe) over the Bourbon Street Complex on upper Duval Street, and the lowering of the “pirate wench” from the mast of a schooner in the Historic Seaport. Expect everything out of the ordinary during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Key West.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online now
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.
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.
5 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Calling all retail lovers! Key West is a shoppers’ paradise, offering everything from clothing boutiques and big brands, to art galleries and quirky gifts. With its laid-back lifestyle and side streets lined with cafés, you can take your time to discover homemade souvenirs, eco-friendly treasures, designer clothing, unique jewelry, and original Key West home wares. Visit in early December to enjoy unique Christmas shopping options, and later in the day you can rest your tired feet poolside at Parrot Key Resort.
Here is a pick of some of the island’s most popular, not-to-be missed stores. Warning: be prepared to shop til you drop, so plan some much-needed coffee and Key Lime Pie stops along the way before relaxing at Parrot Key Resort!
Mallory Square Shopping
Famous for its daily Sunset Celebration, Mallory Square is also renowned for its colorful collection of shops including the famous Shell Warehouse which is home to the largest selection of shells in Key West. It is located in the heart of Mallory Square in a 19th century ice house and features rare shells from around the world alongside fine jewelry, local artwork and home décor. The Sponge Market is another popular store on Mallory Square for souvenirs and gifts, with a wide selection of natural sponges, nautical gifts, Key Lime products and tropical clothing.
Local Color (276 Margaret St) is ideal for jewelry lovers with a huge variety of items featuring precious and semi-precious stones. Cigar lovers will be in their element at Cigar City (410 Wall St), which has the largest inventory of Cuban cigars in Key West. Shoppers looking to find local treasures and unique gifts will enjoy a visit to the Clinton Square Market (291 Front St). For authentic island food souvenirs, head to Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe (802 Duval St), a Key West institution with its selection of Key Lime flavored treats from pies, salsa and tea, to jelly beans, olive oil and cookies. View more Mallory Square shopping.
Key West Clothing
If you’re looking to discover the latest Florida fashion, Ron Jon Surf Shop (503 Front St) is best for relaxing island wear, while Lilly Pulitzer (600 Front St) stocks iconic designs that echo the Key West lifestyle with beautifully bright, colorful and floral prints to choose from. No shopping trip is complete without picking up a pair of locally made shoes, so head to popular Kino Sandals (107 Fitzpatrick St) at the corner of Greene and Fitzpatrick Streets. Sandal-makers will be busy working behind the scenes to hand-craft a variety of styles using natural leather straps and rubber soles – the most comfortable footwear for getting around Key West.
Other Key West Favorites
Take time out and enjoy an organic coffee with chocolates at Lush Bar, hidden at the back of the boutique, which offers the perfect escapism. Along Duval Street, take a stroll into The Green Pineapple (1130 Duval St) to find an eclectic mix of vintage jewelery, clothing, island décor and unusual gifts. A trip to Key West should always include a visit to Key West Aloe (1075 Duval St). Their amazing line of Key West inspired skin care products includes a range of options for men, women and even pets – we told you you’ll find some quirky products on the island!
For Literary Lovers
Key West’s rich literary history can be explored at Key West Island Books (513 Fleming St) which has an extensive collection of local interest books and an entire section of novels by and about Ernest Hemingway as well as other local authors. Whatever your pleasure, there’s something for everyone in Key West! For more shopping inspiration, VISIT FLORIDA has a useful shopping guide here.
Get in the Holiday Spirit- Key West Holiday Events
December 3, 2016: Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade. Starting at 7 p.m on Truman Avenue, the parade heads down to Duval Street with a procession of colorful holiday floats.
December 10, 2016: Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. Vessels of every size and shape deck their hulls and light up the night with their creativity and originality to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Gerald Adams Steel Your Heart Band, and the parade begins at 8 p.m. Live music takes place all evening with yuletide favorites.
December 18, 2016: Monthly Artisan Market — Holiday/Shop Local. The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer and wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton Street, this free event is family and pet-friendly and starts from 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
December 31, 2016: Key West New Year’s Eve. Celebrations include the lowering of the Conch Shell over Sloppy Joe’s on lower Duval Street, the lowering of famous Key West drag queen Sushi (riding a huge high-heeled shoe) over the Bourbon Street Complex on upper Duval Street, and the lowering of the “pirate wench” from the mast of a schooner in the Historic Seaport. Expect everything out of the ordinary during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Key West.
Key West’s most flamboyant and outrageous annual party, Fantasy Fest, is taking on a political theme when it takes to the island’s streets this October 21 – 30. The week-long celebration will see thousands of masked and costumed party-goers unleashing their interpretation of America’s upcoming presidential elections with festivities themed ‘Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians.’ Parrot Key Resort is an event sponsor and guests can save up to 18% when booking in advance for the event.
With 10 packed days of masquerade balls, wild costume contests and lavish parades, Fantasy Fest is rated as one of the most anticipated events on the Key West calendar.
Kicking off in spectacular style will be the Royal Coronation Ball, which will involve public voting to elect a masked king and queen. To bring the event to a close on October 30, tens of thousands of spectators will gather in Key West’s historic downtown for the Fantasy Fest Parade with feather-bedecked groups marching through the streets alongside Caribbean bands and huge, extravagant motorised floats.
For visitors looking to explore Key West’s Caribbean roots, the family-friendly Goombay Festival in historic Bahama Village promises an upbeat party atmosphere, while LGBT travellers will enjoy the Headdress Ball.
Other theatrical highlights during Fantasy Fest include the Zombie Bike Ride, Key West Burlesque and the annual Pet Masquerade with Re-pup-licans and Demo-cats taking centre stage.
Duval Street will be transformed into a mile-long marketplace with vendors offering costumes and masks, arts and crafts, and a range of delicious food and drinks.
Parrot Key Resort is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Fantasy Fest. Located in Key West just minutes from the historic Old Town, the resort is hidden away in its own serene waterfront oasis to give visitors the best of both worlds during the party week. With a sense of unrivalled seclusion, it is hard to believe that the energetic and eclectic vibe of thousands of partygoers is just a short drive away.
As soon as the crowds head home from their long summer vacations, Key West starts to welcome a much calmer season making autumn an ideal time of year for couples retreating to the Florida Keys. From special packages and unique events to spacious rooms and warm tropical weather throughout, here are our top ten reasons to visit Key West this October:
1.) Peace and quiet or party time
Summer has ended and the busy Christmas season has yet to begin – October couldn’t be more perfectly positioned in the calendar for a much-needed break to rest up and recharge. Key West is quieter at the start of the month before the island’s party spirit takes flight with Fantasy Fest at the end of October..
2.) Wonderful Florida Keys weather
While the rest of the country is adding extra layers of warmth from the autumn chill, Key West is basking in average highs of 84° F. Not too hot, yet warm enough to take a refreshing dip in the ocean or one of our four sparkling pools.
3.) Key West romance
Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West. With its spacious accommodations and stunning scenery, the resort also offers secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens and a romantic sunset pier.
4.) Stylish and spacious
Wake up to your romantic October escape in style. Parrot Key has the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Key West, with a choice of waterfront views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees.
5.) Delicious deals
October is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort with special offers including our Key West Romance Package which includes savings on spacious suites, free breakfast for two every morning, chocolate covered strawberries and a complimentary bottle of wine. Couples can also save up to 25% on selected room types with our Autumn Escape Sale.
6.) Endless adventure
Beyond the peace and privacy of Parrot Key, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers to explore, indulge and come back for more. The top romantic activities for couples include dolphin watching in the wild, a sunset dinner cruise, and taking a leisurely walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean along Duval Street.
7.) Blissful beaches
Less crowds in October mean quieter beaches on which to sprawl out and enjoy a variety of water sports. Our complimentary shuttle can whisk you away to nearby Smathers Beach with its vast stretch of white powder-soft sand – perfect for whiling away the hours in the autumn sunshine.
8.) Eclectic events
October is not just filled with peace and serenity; the month also offers an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season, including WineDine Key West (until October 16) for cuisine connoisseurs, Goombay Festival (October 21 – 22) celebrating Key West’s colourful Bahamian heritage, and the flamboyant Fantasy Fest (October 21 – 30) which ends the month with one of the island’s biggest parties of the year.
9.) Love long weekends
Guests can also enjoy a long weekend break to make the most of Columbus Day on October 10. Leave the office behind and feel a million miles away from it all while you step into our tropical haven.
10.) Something for seniors
We know how much our senior guests love an autumn break in the Florida Keys, making October the perfect month in which to make the most of our Key West Senior Discount.
Call 877-648-0280 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable vacation this October.
Lobster lovers look out! Lobster mini season in the Florida Keys kicks off on July 27th which means 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 to avoid disappointment. Dial 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.
About Lobster Mini-Season in Key West
Lasting for two days on July 27th and 28th, 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.
Florida Lobster mini-season begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 27th, 2016 and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 28th, 2016.
Lobsterfest Key West celebrates the start of the regular lobster season August 11-14, 2016.
Book Your Stay at Parrot Key Resort
To make the most of your time in Key West during mini lobster season this July, check out our latest special offers or call 855-327-7200 to speak to a member of the Parrot Key team to help you plan your vacation. If you can’t visit in July, make sure to check out Key West Lobsterfest in August!
Endurance swimmers can celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a one-of-a-kind, 12.5-mile open-water swim for solo participants and relay teams around the island of Key West. The athletic challenge is set for Saturday, June 18. The epic Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West competition annually attracts athletes from throughout the United States, Canada and abroad in age categories of 12 and under to 65 and over. Parrot Key Resort makes the perfect base for the event weekend.
Newly added this year is a shorter 10k or 6.2-mile race to give swimmers a chance to test their open-water skills in the Atlantic Ocean. Entrants can register as solo competitors or in teams of two to six swimmers, with or without fins. The World Open Water Swimming Association-sanctioned swim begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Key West’s Higgs Beach at 1000 Atlantic Blvd.
The clockwise swim follows a route past Key West landmarks that include the Southernmost Point buoy, marking the southernmost tip of land in the continental United States. Swimmers navigate both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Each long-distance swimmer and team must provide an accompanying support crew and kayak or boat. Swimmers can’t touch the boat except when teams are making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks are positioned for safety throughout the course.
Swimmers opting for the shorter 10k challenge, starting at 8:30 a.m., aren’t required to have a support crew. Additional short events include 800-yard, 1-mile and 2-mile races off of Higgs Beach.
Swimmers must be registered by Friday, June 17. Entry fees for the 12.5-mile race are $110 per solo swimmer, $180 per two-person relay team, $270 per three-person team, $360 per four-person team, $450 per five-person team and $540 per six-person team. The 10k race is $50 per person, while shorter races are $30 per swimmer. United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members get discounts.
The annual event benefits swim programs at Florida Keys Community College, Key West High School and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.
Event information and registration: www.fkcc.edu/fkccswim
Key West is an excellent 2017 spring break destination for family vacations in March and April. Guests must be 25 to book a room at our resort, so you can rest easy knowing that our Key West hotel is not popular for college spring breaks.
With so many family activities to enjoy across the island this spring break, we’ve highlighted 10 reasons why Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a Key West family vacation. Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.
10 Reasons to Choose Our Key West Family Resort This Spring Break 2017:
Not only is Parrot Key one of the best Key West family resorts, but we also offer the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families this spring break.
If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools and playing in the sand on our white sand terraces. You won’t have to go far for breakfast and lunch with casual poolside dining at Cafe Blue, plus plenty of options for the kids. Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate during spring break.
1. Spacious Family Suites and 3-Bedroom Villas
Enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the whole family in our spacious family suites which include a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a double twin room with two ensuite bathrooms. Or try a 3-bedroom villa for added space. The spacious living room features a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster. View Our Suites and Villas
2. Four Sparkling Pools
Choose from four sparkling pools with plenty of options for the kids during the spring break holidays. You will be nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art objects that the children will love. At arm’s reach is our poolside Cafe Blue for breakfast, lunch and island drinks for mom and dad. View all four pools
3. Waterfront Views and Sunset Pier
Enjoy a family sunset from your waterfront balcony or watch the sun go down from our sunset pier while the kids play on our white sand terraces. View our waterfront accommodations
4. White Sand Terraces
Build a sand castle or just enjoy the sand between your toes with our white sand sunbathing terraces. Mom and dad can enjoy “me time” with waterfront views while the kids play in the sand. And don’t worry–while we offer waterfront views, there is no water access from our sandy terraces to worry about safety. Book a guestroom or villa
5. Exciting Onsite Watersports and Free Shuttle
Relax and unwind with family fun on a WaveRunner tour around Key West this spring break. Book our watersports activities onsite for easy planning. We also offer complimentary shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach and Duval Street! Money Saver: Enjoy Super Discounts on Key West Activities
6. Casual Outdoor Poolside Dining
Enjoy casual island cuisine for the whole family from light bites, meals, island drinks, and sweet treats. Our poolside Cafe Blue offers everything from a breakfast fit for your little king or queen, to an island lunch that mom and dad won’t forget. View the Cafe Blue Menu
7. Fun and Colorful Art Objects
Discover an array of unique art objects throughout Parrot Key Resort that the kids will love. From colorful garden sculptures and more, the art at Parrot Key captures the vibrant energy of the island and fuses it with the tropical setting of our Key West hotel. View more artwork at Parrot Key Resort
8. 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 this spring break. The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family. View our Key West accommodations
9. Near Family Attractions, Away From the Noise of Duval Street
Key West is an amazing family destination, but many families prefer to be located away from the nightlife of Duval Street. Parrot Key Resort is located three miles from Old Town, nestled in a safe tropical oasis that your family will love. View nearby family activities
10. Budget Room Options for Families
If your budget is tight this spring break and you’re looking for a little less room than our family suites and villas, you can also try a garden view double queen guest room. The garden view room is less expensive and still offers you the largest hotel room in Key West, with two queen beds, a garden porch and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Watch the world go by from your private garden view porch. Money Saver: View the garden double queen guestroom
Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.
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.
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.
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.
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. If you need to wet your whistle or just bask in the glory of the sea, pop into Tranquility Bay Resort’s beachfront TJ’s Tiki Bar for an island drink (right next door to the Turtle Hospital at Mile Marker 48.5).
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).
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 hungers pangs start kicking in, including No Name Pub on Watson Boulevard which serves up great pitchers of beer and pizza.
For classic Keys-style dining, try The Wharf Bar and Grill at Mile Marker 25.5 on Summerland Key where 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.
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.
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 guestroom, suite or villa. Sleep tight and let the Key West fun begin tomorrow!