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The laid-back atmosphere, tropical breeze and eclectic line-up of attractions in Key West are just some of the reasons why this destination continues to attract all age groups through the year. Visitors in the senior years of their life, find the island lifestyle rejuvenating and restorative and it’s hardly surprising. After all, this is an island that has everything to offer, from its warm ocean and beautiful beaches, to rich historic and cultural heritage, along with delicious local delicacies. Whether you’re nearing retirement or already retired and ready for your next adventure, you’ll find it here in Key West where a treasure trove of culture and natural beauty is waiting to be discovered.
Delve into Key West’s past
Key West is famed for his colorful history and cultural diversity. It’s home to shipwreck artifacts, literary legends, celebrated artists, and a previously bustling seaport, all beautifully preserved and showcased throughout the city’s fine collection of museums. Among the most popular are the Key West Shipwreck Museum, Ernest Hemingway House, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and the Martello Gallery – Key West Art and Historical Museum, and they all make fascinating places to explore.
Sail away and find your catch
Leave the crowds behind as you sail through the calm waters surrounding Key West with highly-skilled offshore captains. You can explore the Florida Straits, a 90-mile wide trough of deep water beyond the reef that Hemingway once described as “the Great Blue River.” Swimming all around Key West is a rich abundance of fish including snappers and groupers that inhabit the island’s shipwrecks, reefs and back-country channels, making a day’s fishing trip so rewarding.
Music to your ears
Music underpins some of the best memories you’ll take away with you following your vacation, and in Key West there are live music venues round every corner that are sure to get your toes tapping and help you relax. The island’s streets carry a diverse blend of sound in the air, from jazz and blues, to country and western and calypso, making sure you’ll be spoiled for choice in your quest to unwind.
Breathtaking natural beauty
Be prepared to look around in awe as the beauty of Key West’s natural world unfolds before you. With our onsite concierge team, active seniors can take your pick from a range of water-based activities including kayaking and snorkeling, so you can explore the wonders of the ocean at your leisure. Back on dry land, Key West is teeming with places to enjoy natural beauty and the island’s renowned sunsets will no doubt become your favorite part of the day. Head to Mallory Square for the best views and join the Sunset Celebration which takes place every night. Here you’ll find a festival atmosphere as visitors and locals alike all gather to watch the sparkling sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget to stop by Key West’s Butterfly Conservatory for one last glimpse of the city’s majestic beauty.
Yet another jewel in Key West’s crown is The Waterfront Playhouse, named by Florida Monthly Magazine as ‘the best professional theater in Florida’. For over 70 years, locals and tourists have been treated to a diverse program of productions in this intimate, 150-seat theater which is well-positioned in Mallory Square where the Sunset Celebration adds to the dramatic atmosphere.
Parrot Key Resort for Seniors
Whether you are looking for spacious accommodations or a room with a view for two, we have a range of options available including guestrooms, suites and villas. Depending on your age and mobility, we also offer accessible accommodations and ground floor rooms without stairs to accommodate all needs. Many seniors choose Parrot Key Resort because we are located away from the noise of Duval Street (three miles) in a quiet, tropical paradise.
Our concierge will also arrange sunset cruises, dolphin tours, and a range of other exciting activities. Or if you prefer to lounge on the beach, take our complimentary shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach. Many guests prefer to lounge on our white sand terraces or at one of our three sparkling pools. Whatever your pleasure, Key West and Parrot Key Resort offer a range of exciting activities for seniors.
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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.
Key West is an excellent 2015 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:
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 building sand castles 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 at our hotel. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate during spring break.
1. Spacious Family Suites and 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. Both the master king and twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi access property wide. 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 Beach 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 beach shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach! 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.
It may be the shortest month of the year, but February welcomes one of the best long weekends in the American calendar and basks in average highs of 75 degrees. With Valentine’s Day at the heart of the month, swiftly followed by President’s Day which marks the birthday of America’s first president George Washington on February 16th, a trip to Key West in February not only guarantees a welcome burst of winter sunshine, but a perfect reason to treat your loved one to a romantic retreat in subtropical paradise.
Loved up in luxury
Parrot Key Resort is rated in the top three most romantic hotels in Key West according to TripAdvisor. Whether you’re planning to whisk yourselves away for a mini break over the long weekend, or looking for an extended vacation to warm up from the winter winds back home, you’ll find endless ways to enjoy romance at Parrot Key.
There are intimate guestrooms with tropical garden views or spacious suites overlooking the calm ocean, all set up to offer simple luxury with stunning surroundings. The lush gardens and towering palms encasing the resort, create an ideal backdrop for a romantic walk, and also add privacy around the four sparkling pools where you can enjoy your favorite cocktails at Café Blue before taking a romantic stroll to watch the sun set over the Florida Keys.
Cosy days in Key West
The cultural melting pot of Key West will eventually beckon you away from your resort to explore the artistic beauty of this Southernmost island with its cute cafés, historic hideaways and pretty streets. On February 13 and 14, you and your loved one can take a look inside some of Key West’s finest homes during the Annual Key West House and Garden Tour. With a rich diversity of buildings including cigar-makers’ cottages and Victorian mansions, Key West’s architecture is as unique as the island itself. Tickets cost $30 per person, including a map, and the tour starts at 10am until 4pm. For further information and ticketing, visit www.oirf.org
For the young at heart, couples looking for fun-filled romance can take their pick from a whole host of attractions including the Key West Aquarium, Conch Tour Train, Ship Wreck Museum and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Off land and into the deep blue, snorkeling around the crystal-clear ocean or dipping further deeper with a scuba dive opens up a magical underwater world of tropical fish and brightly colored coral.
Sunsets in style
A setting sun is one of the most spectacular symbols of a romantic evening, and many couples choose to enjoy Florida’s finest natural beauty from Mallory Square where a sunset celebration is held every day. With a vibrant festival feel, the celebration hosts visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy the magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, local musicians, artists, and food vendors that combine to create an unforgettable experience. The party atmosphere will be heightened even more as locals and visitors celebrate President’s Day.
You can find more ways to spend the most romantic break in Key West here.
Every month throughout the year brings something new and exciting to your Key West vacation. Whether it’s Presidents’ Day in February, Spring Break in March/April, the Key West Songwriter’s Festival in May, or Fantasy Fest at the end of October, there is never a dull moment to visit the Florida Keys. Every month also offers warm, tropical air and glorious sunshine, making you feel spoiled for choice when trying to decide which time of year to visit. To help you plan your year ahead, here are the highlights of each month:
When the rest of the country is shivering in sub-zero winds, the Florida Keys are bathed in beautiful sunshine with average highs of 75 degrees. There is a fantastic range of events to keep you entertained throughout the month too, including the Key West Literary Seminar, the Annual Historic House Tours, the Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Quantum Key West Race Week (18 – 23), the Key West Craft Show (24 – 25) and the Key West Food and Wine Festival (January 28 – February 1). Americans will also be celebrating Martin Luther King Junior Holiday on January 19. For extra tips on booking your vacation in January at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
Not just a favorite month for romance, February also marks an ideal time of year to visit Key West thanks to the long weekend that Presidents’ Day brings during the middle of the month and a number of popular events throughout the island. There are the Civil War Heritage Days (February 6 – 8) with colorful reenactments and tours of Key West’s historic Fort Zachary Taylor, and Key West House and Garden Tours over the Valentine’s Day weekend (13 – 14). Towards the end of the month, Old Island Days Art Festival (21 – 22) brings over 100 fine artists to Key West, all displaying their inspirational work for visitors to peruse around the island. For extra tips on booking your vacation in February at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
Welcome to the month of Spring Break, a perfect time for families to escape to paradise in search of top quality attractions, ocean-side fun and delicious Keys-style dining, which is why Parrot Key has designed its Family Escape Package. Make sure to book early before our spacious 3-bedroom villas sell out! On March 17, many guests join in with St Patrick’s Day celebrations, creating a lively atmosphere in down town Key West. For extra tips on booking your vacation in March at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
With Easter at the beginning of April and the Conch Republic Independence Celebrations dominating the island from the middle of the month, April is an exciting time of year to visit Key West, particularly for families still enjoying time out during Spring Break. The Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that has made the Florida Keys world-famous. For extra tips on booking your vacation in April at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
It’s Mother’s Day on May 10th, so families can enjoy whisking mom away for some much-needed pamper time and relaxation. The month also plays host to Memorial Day on May 25th, the Key West Songwriters Festival (6 – 10) and the Keys 100 UltraMarathon (16 – 17). For those seeking a little extra peace and quiet before the busy summer season kicks off, May is an ideal month for visiting Key West! For extra tips on booking your vacation in May at Parrot Key Resort, learn more here.
Summer officially starts in June when many schools in America close for the season and families seek out the ultimate fun in the Sunshine State’s southernmost island. The month is a little calmer than July and August when the majority of summer crowds flock to Key West, so if you’re looking for a more laid-back summer escape, book early for a June vacation. For extra tips on booking your vacation in June at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
July is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Key West with family fun and a month-long schedule of events that really celebrate the history, culture and flavors of the island. Independence Day kick starts the month on July 4th, alongside the Key Lime Pie Festival (3 – 5), followed by Mel Fisher Days (9 – 12) which marks the anniversary of Mel Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked 1622 Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Ernest Hemingway, another Key West legend, is also celebrated in July during Hemingway Days (21 – 26) which marks the famous author’s birthday. The Key West Marlin Tournament takes place from July 22 – 25, and Mini Lobster Season takes off in the Florida Keys, making July a favorite month in the year for visitors wanting to sample the freshest catch. If you’re looking for savings during your July vacation, choose dates after Independence Day which is a peak travel time for visitors. For extra tips on booking your vacation in July at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
Lobster Season continues throughout August, as do the clear blue skies and tropical heat that is consistent throughout the year in Key West. With many families booking time off for an early August vacation, the month is also popular among couples and seniors later in August, making our spacious suites, villas and guestrooms ideal for all party sizes. For trips to Smathers Beach, try our complimentary shuttle service from the resort which includes beach towels and chairs. If you’re a fan of mystery fiction, the Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest from July 14 to 16 will be right up your alley with opportunities to pitch your plot ideas to editors and e-book publishers. For extra tips on booking your vacation in August at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
After the busy summer season, September lends a quieter and calmer atmosphere to your Key West visit which is why couples find it the ideal month for a romantic retreat when the weather is still beautifully warm. One event not to miss is the popular Annual Key West Brewfest (3 – 7) which takes place on the island, enticing visitors with over 150 beers and micro-brews on tap. It is also Labor Day on September 7th, making the first weekend of the month popular for visitors wanting to make the most of the extended weekend break. For extra tips on booking your vacation in September at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
Key West continues to enjoy long moments of calm in October following the departure of the summer crowds, but there is also an opportunity to enjoy an upbeat party during the world-famous Fantasy Fest from October 23 through 31. This flamboyant festival of outrageous costume and masks comes with parades, parties, island bands and street fairs, making it one of the most colorful and daring festivals in the Florida Keys. If you’re looking for a calmer vacation during the month, Columbus Day on October 12th is a great opportunity to enjoy a peaceful long weekend. For extra tips on booking your vacation in October at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
While the rest of the northern hemisphere is gearing up for a long, cold winter, the Florida Keys continues to bask in day-long sunshine which is why it is a much-loved destination for enjoying the long weekend breaks to celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th and Thanksgiving Day on November 26th. The island also hosts the Key West Film Festival (11 – 15) and the Key West World Championship Powerboat Races (8 – 15) when high-speed offshore powerboats race around the harbor. For extra tips on booking your vacation in November at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
If you’re after a fantastic festive deal, book your vacation to Key West in early December before the holiday crowds arrive later in the month. The island truly embraces the festive spirit with beautiful lighted boat parades and holiday events, adding a tropical twist to the spirit of Christmas. Later in the month is when the island sees the most visitors, particularly between Christmas and New Year so it’s important to book your December vacation in advance. Families will love our 3-bedroom villas or 2-bedroom suites for the space and privacy needed for a group gathering. For extra tips on booking your vacation in December at Parrot Key Resort, read more here.
The end of January and the start of February mark a welcoming period of calm in the Florida Keys after the busy holiday season and New Year celebrations. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a special offer on your vacation, dip into one of our sparkling pools away from the crowds, soak up some tropical winter sunshine and sprawl out in your spacious room surrounded by simple luxuries.
With just over a week of January left, Key West is still gearing up for some very popular events. And since spontaneity is such a beautiful thing, we’re able to reward you with an indulgent last minute escape to Key West, via our 72-Hour Sale! Stay now through February 1st and we’ll offer you complimentary breakfast for two, with your room. Rates start as low as $254/night + free breakfast. Book Now or call 855-706-4312. Take a moment to browse all upcoming events during this travel time frame, below.
Events This Weekend
Some events already underway and taking place this weekend, include: Quantum Key West which is sailing through the Florida Keys, now – Jan 23rd. The Winter Poker Run and Regatta in nearby Marathon takes place Jan 23rd – 25th and the Key West Master Chefs Classic also happens this weekend on Jan 25th. You can also head down to Old Town and treat yourself to unique gifts at the Annual Key West Craft Show during this weekend of January 24th. Free to attend, this popular event will feature over 100 artisans displaying their artistic talent and crafts on lower Whitehead Street.
Events Next Week
One of the most delectable events of the season starts on January 27th. The six-day Key West Food and Wine Festival is set to tempt your taste buds as top chefs and restaurateurs bring together their culinary talent to create Keys-style dishes at their finest. You can indulge in tropical cuisine while sampling the best wine and beer to accompany the Keys’ indigenous food.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Florida Keys are by no means ordinary, particularly when surrounded by the vibrant and electric atmosphere of Key West which plays host to a number of unique parties to mark the start of 2015.
One of the most dazzling displays is the New Year’s Eve Shoe-Drop celebration at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex on 724 Duval Street. Just before the clock strikes midnight, a 6-foot red high heel bearing a lavishly gowned drag queen Sushi will be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex towards the crowds below. On the turn of midnight, she will land and pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
Another popular ‘drop’ will take place further down Duval Street with a huge manmade conch shell which will fall to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar (201 Duval Street). There will be thousands of party revelers, all gathering on Duval for the annual gala featuring dancing on the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a gigantic clock.
For pirate fans, there will be a New Year’s Eve celebration with a nautical theme to salute to Key West’s seafaring roots. Taking place at the island’s Historic Seaport, a pirate wench will descend at midnight from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome in 2015. Adding to the party will be live music and dancing at the Schooner Wharf Bar (202 William Street).
Before joining the crowds of party-goers in Key West, take time out to cool down and enjoy the final sunset of 2014 with a tropical cocktail at Café Blue. There are plenty of restaurants in Key West serving a variety of seafood dishes and Caribbean creations, though it’s best to book in advance on New Year’s Eve. There will also be plenty of spectacular firework displays across the island with the main fireworks launching from the end of the White Street Pier over Key West Harbor.
As soon as your head hits the pillow at Parrot Key Resort, you can enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep before poolside or waterfront relaxation all day to mark the start of 2015 in paradise. Happy New Year!
It’s easy to allow those post-Christmas January blues to kick in, especially when the air becomes colder, the skies grayer and the wind chill harsher. But if you’re lucky enough to enjoy time away on vacation in the Florida Keys after the holiday season, the only January blues you’ll be experiencing will be the clear skies above and the calm ocean below.
With average highs of 75 degrees, January is a beautiful month in which to visit Key West when the island is basking in day-long sunshine and the holiday crowds have eased. There is also a line-up of popular events to add more fun to your vacation, including:
Key West Historic House & Garden Tours
There are many elegant and fascinating private homes throughout Key West that boast impressive interior design, exquisite restorations and creative renovations. On January 16 and 17, you will have the perfect opportunity to take a tour inside these architectural masterpieces and marvel at the beauty behind each door thanks to the 54th Annual Key West Historic House & Garden Tours. Key West’s famous Conch Tour Train will take you from one home to another, all provided by Historic Tours of America.
Key West Seafood Festival
Key West is world-renowned for its fantastic seafood and no visit to the island is complete without sampling the freshest fish caught locally from the surrounding waters. January is an exciting month for seafood lovers when the Key West Seafood Festival takes place on January 17 and 18. This weekend celebration of everything marine-related is a family-friendly event with live music, crafts, activities for all age groups, and of course plenty of local fresh Keys seafood. What’s more, admission is free so make sure you build up an appetite for this gastronomic island event.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
Another taste-bud tempting event in January is the five day Key West Food & Wine Festival from January 28 through February 1. Showcasing the talents of some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the Keys, this annual event is all about indigenous Keys cuisine and culinary creations with plenty of wine tasting and party fun in-between. Events during the festival include the Let Them Eat Cake French masquerade party on Friday 30 at Lush Bar at The Green Pineapple, 1130 Duval Street where Key Lime Pie will be flavor of the night. The festival closes with the The Key West Outdoor Artisan Wine Market on February 1 where wine will be sold at discount prices and musical entertainment creates a lively atmosphere.
Book online or speak to our reservations team at 888-211-0348.
Picture the scene: it’s December 25th and you’re far from feeling the pinch of winter with its cold winds and threats of icy showers. Rather than crunching through white snow in thick boots, you’re walking barefoot through powder-soft white sand. You’re no longer wrapping up warm beneath multiple layers of clothing, but bathing in a swimsuit beneath the golden rays of glorious sunshine. It’s not 35 degrees and cloudy, but 72 degrees with clear skies and balmy air. It’s Christmas and you’re in the Florida Keys.
If you’re now dreaming of a white sand Christmas with your loved ones, you can make it a reality with a vacation of a lifetime at Parrot Key Resort in Key West, the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is a popular destination during the holidays, so book your place in paradise early to avoid missing out on a spectacular Christmas experience.
During the festive season, the island’s palm trees are sparkling with lights, conch cottages are decorated with colorful holiday displays and sail boats are magically lit up. From vibrant events to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are our just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holiday:
Villas with waterfront or tropical garden views
At Parrot Key Resort, you can sprawl out in one of our three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families and friends spending Christmas together. You can unwrap gifts, play games and relax together in the exclusivity of your own villa overlooking the sparkling water or our tropical gardens, without compromising on space.
Each room has its own bed type combination, including a master bedroom with a king bed and a guestroom with a double queen bed, along with a flat screen TV and DVD player for when you need time out to switch off and recharge.
Upcoming Festive Events
- Key West Holiday Parade, December 6: This annual hometown parade ignites the holiday spirit with marching groups, floats, and a festive procession starting at Truman Avenue and White Street.
- The Schooner Wharf Bar 24th Annual Lighted Boat Parade December 13: Magical lights twinkling in the harbor is a Christmas sight not to be missed. This year marks the 24th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade which sees a great number of boats all decorate their sails, masts and hulls with lights to add to the festive cheer as they compete for the Best Nautical Holiday Decorations in Key West competition.
- Nutcracker Key West, December 13 - 21: Inspired by the unique and colorful environment of the Florida Keys, Clara and her young Prince encounter enchanted landscapes complete with snowy egrets on shimmering salt ponds, a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy, and “underwater” sequences of almost unimaginable beauty. Shows held at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, Box Office 305-295-7676.
- Christmas on the Sheriff’s Animal Farm December 14: From 1-3 pm, visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and petting zoo and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This free event is open to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
- Key West Artisan Market December 21: This vibrant, open-air bazaar is 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. The market is held on the first Sunday of the month outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton.
- 55th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours December 27 – 28: Take a self-guided tour through Key West’s festively-dressed stunning homes and gardens for the holidays. December tours are from 4-7 pm both evenings. Tickets available online.
- Christmas Light Trolley Tour: Key West certainly knows how to deck the halls and transform its buildings into a wonderland of glittery festive cheer. Local residents use plenty of bright lights, quirky scenes and vibrant colors to decorate their homes and gardens to celebrate the season, and you can see it for yourself aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours on their Holly Jolly Holiday Lights Trolley.
Dine with a festive Florida Keys style
Delicious menus and holiday specials are available at many well-established restaurants across Key West, and the key to a memorable, easy-going family Christmas dinner is to book early. Rooftop Café on Front Street, Duffy’s Steak and Lobster House on the corner of Truman Avenue, Pisces on Simonton Street, and Kelly’s on Whitehead Street are some of the island’s firm favorites for festive indulgence. Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays for refreshing snacks and celebratory Christmas cocktails.
Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine
It’s not often you’re greeted by endless blue skies, white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and towering palm trees during the depths of winter. Key West is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and quirky culture waiting to be explored, all topped off with southern hospitality and opportunities to relax round every corner. Just imagine waking up on Christmas Day morning to views of tropical gardens or sparkling water before taking a dip in one of our four pools, each nestled in its own lush landscaped garden. You may be used to a particular way of spending Christmas back home, which often involves plenty of preparation and a huge clean-up after dinner. At Parrot Key Resort, the focus is on relaxation, fun and simple luxury in the ultimate definition of paradise.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book reservations online now.
Visitors driving into Key West and Parrot Key Resort have a smooth new roadway to travel following the completion of a $41.5 million reconstruction and enhancement of North Roosevelt Boulevard, a primary route for motorists arriving and departing the island city.
The project incorporated almost 3 miles of the boulevard from the U.S. Highway 1 triangle at the island’s entrance to Eisenhower Drive at the start of Truman Avenue and the city’s historic district.
The majority of the new roadway, which required 59,000 tons of asphalt, features five traffic lanes: two each for northbound and southbound travel and a center turn lane.
Elements of the comprehensive project included rebuilding, repaving and re-striping the roadway; installing crosswalks, 69 new street lights and Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant sidewalks; replacing existing traffic signals with hurricane-resistant signals and installing a new signal in a high-traffic area; adding extensive landscaping including 157 mature coconut palms; and rebuilding and expanding the seawall and promenade along the waterfront for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner at Parrot Key Resort or book reservations online now.