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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
Exhilarating fun and challenges are planned for visitors to Key West Pride 2016. The annual festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12, salutes diversity in one of America’s leading gay and lesbian getaway spots. Parrot Key Resort is a member of the Key West Business Guild and offers an excellent location for Pride festivities–minutes from Old Town but nestled in a tropical oasis away from it all.
Contests bring an extra bit of fun to the five-day festival, including a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride and a special Pride edition of television’s classic “The Newlywed Game.”The celebration on the subtropical island of Key West features daytime pool parties, late-night drag shows, on-the-water adventures including snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and a Veterans of Foreign Wars fishing tournament; a rainbow bike parade, a street fair on renowned Duval Street, a burlesque experience tailored to the LGBT audience; a one-of-a-kind trolley tour documenting the LGBT community’s impact on Key West history and culture, a festive brunch served with a drag show on the side and more.
Scheduled highlights include the 2016 Stoli Original Cocktail Challenge’s Wednesday night Pride kick-off gala, Friday night contestant runoffs and Saturday night final round. The contest features regional winners from LGBT bars in 15 North American cities, all competing to create an original Key West cocktail that reflects the island’s creativity and spirit.
The final round is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday on an open-air stage in the 700 block of Duval Street. Broadway actor and former “Queer Eye” television personality Jai Rodriguez and Stoli USA’s national LGBT ambassador Patrik Gallineaux are to host, with Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, actress and singer Latoya London and acclaimed Key West female impersonator “Sushi” on hand as celebrity judges.
The winner is to be honorary grand marshal of the 2016 Pride Parade. The all-welcome procession, to feature a 100-foot section of Key West’s famed sea-to-sea rainbow flag, is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, and proceed up Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
Following the parade, revelers can meet for Stoli’s official after-parade party at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.
Some things will never change at Parrot Key Resort, such as the beautiful views from every guestroom, suite and villa, and the relaxed atmosphere that welcomes guests the moment they arrive. Other things do change and we’re proud to celebrate a number of new additions, all designed to improve your return visit to the resort on your next vacation to Key West.
We are excited to now have three-bedroom villas available, each offering the luxury of space, private balconies and spectacular views of either the waterfront or lush tropical gardens. The villas are perfect for families or groups of friends traveling together, all looking for fun under one roof without getting in each other’s way. Call our on-site vacation planners at 888-211-0348 who can help you plan your trip and talk through bed type options to suit your whole party.
You’ll also be pleased to hear that we’ve recently upgraded our Wi-Fi to speed up your connections, and that the Roosevelt Boulevard construction is now complete, making traffic flow nice and easy, so you can reach Old Town in no time.
Another addition to the resort which is certain to raise a smile is our new complimentary beach shuttle service to the beautiful Smathers Beach where you can spend the entire day sprawled out on the powder-soft white sand, take a dip in the tropical ocean, explore the coral and enjoy a range of watersports. The service comes complete with complimentary towels and beach chairs.
Our popular poolside Café Blue, which serves a delicious range of snacks and refreshing drinks, has been redesigned with a stylish selection of pool furniture and comfortable cushions for you to sink into.
Just as you get really comfy, sit back and enjoy the luxury of having your blueberry mojito brought directly to you thanks to our newly enhanced bar service which also includes a food service at all four pools.
To top it all off, Parrot Key has recently won two prestigious awards. Firstly, Conde Nast Traveler has ranked Parrot Key as one of Top Resorts in Florida in the Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. The second success for Parrot Key has been its ranking among Key West’s top 4 best hotels by US News and World Report.
We’ve missed you and would love to see you again. Need further persuasion? Take a look at our new resort video as a reminder of all the great reasons to visit Key West and Parrot Key Resort!
Parrot Key Resort is honored to be recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The “Hall of Fame” was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Parrot Key Resort has received the Certificate of Excellence since 2011. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
We would like to thank all guests who have left positive TripAdvisor reviews for Parrot Key Resort over the years. We appreciate you more than you know.
Christmas in the Florida Keys is nothing short of magical. The lack of a single snowflake is more than made up for by the endless grains of powder-soft sand that you can sink your bare toes into during a stroll along our white sand terraces and pretty palm-lined paths. Key West is a particularly popular destination during the holidays, so book now to avoid missing out on a spectacular festive experience. View our last minute availability for Christmas in Key West!
View These Christmas Offers:
- $250 for food and drinks during Christmas
- Stay 5 Nights in December + Save 15%
- Or view shorter Christmas stay dates here
During the holiday season, 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 fun events and entertaining activities to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holidays.
Wake up to water or garden views in spacious luxury villas
At Parrot Key Resort, space is never compromised so you will enjoy sprawling out in style in one of our three-bedroom villas. Ideal for families and groups of friends, 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 our tropical gardens.
Your spacious villa includes 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–perfect for accommodating up to 8 guests. Other bed type combinations are available to request upon booking.
Festive dining with a Florida Keys tropical twist
You will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to dine with family and friends, and the key to creating a memorable, happy occasion for festive indulgence is to book 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. Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays to bring you refreshing snacks and celebratory Christmas cocktails during your poolside relaxation.
Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine
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, adventure and quirky culture waiting to be explored under a subtropical sunshine. What a treat waking up on Christmas Day 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 the usual Christmas chores that come with preparing and then clearing up a mammoth meal.
Key West Holiday Festivities
- December 3 – 20, 2015: Key West Holiday Fest– Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.
- December 20: 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 & 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, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- December 31, 2015: 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 reservations online now.
As one of the biggest highlights in the year’s calendar, Thanksgiving Day creates some of the best memories of celebrating with family and friends. It’s hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere else on November 26 other than around the table surrounded by your nearest and dearest with a feast full of the finest Thanksgiving treats. But close your eyes and imagine waking up with your loved ones in a sub-tropical haven away from the autumn chill, stepping out onto your private balcony and gazing out on the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys. This is no ordinary Thanksgiving Day – it’s a celebration Key West-style that will send you on a journey through paradise as you sip iced Margaritas and lounge back under the golden rays of day-long sunshine.
Give thanks in a tropical oasis
Our Key West hideaway at Parrot Key Resort provides an idyllic backdrop to help you mark Thanksgiving Day in style. Home to four beautiful sparkling pools, each nestled among a tropical garden oasis offering peace, privacy and paradise, Parrot Key Resort offers simple luxuries and stunning scenery. During the Thanksgiving celebrations, you and your family can spend quality time around one of our pools breathing in the warm scented air, reading in the shade, or cooling off in the refreshing water. For a more action-packed Thanksgiving holiday, we can organize a variety of water sports for you including paddle boarding, kayaking, waverunner tours and parasailing.
A luxury villa for ultimate comfort
Families and groups of friends looking to celebrate Thanksgiving together can sprawl out in our spacious three-bedroom villas, each overlooking the natural beauty of either our lush tropical gardens or the calm ocean. With different bed type combinations to suit the needs of your group, including a master bedroom with a king and a guest room with a double queen, each room has its own flat screen TV for when you need time out to recharge after a lively day of Thanksgiving. The villa has its own private balcony providing the perfect spot for watching a spectacular sunset together after a day of celebrations.
A feast fit for Thanksgiving
Take a stroll through the center of Key West and you’ll be spoiled for choice with a wide variety of highly rated restaurants offering a Thanksgiving feast with a tropical Florida Keys twist. Start by toasting Thanksgiving with a cool cocktail at our poolside Café Blue before venturing out to your chosen venue for a food fest to remember. A popular choice for dining out and indulging in the best Thanksgiving cuisine is Rooftop Café (308 Front Street, Key West, FL, 33040 (305)294 – 2042). Reservations are essential during the Thanksgiving holiday. For more inspiration on dining out in Key West, visit here.
Dial 888-211-0348 to book Thanksgiving accommodations or book online