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Key West Lobsterfest brings a “feast-ival” of seafood celebrations to the Florida Keys in August

Seafood fans will be in their element during a visit to Key West this summer when the tasty Key West Lobsterfest brings its annual schedule of events to the island from Thursday through Sunday, August 6-9. This popular “feast-ival” celebrates the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season with an exciting line-up of activities including the traditional lobster boil and a lively street fair. Book your stay at Parrot Key Resort or call 855-327-7200.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Famous for its sweet and tender meat, the spiny lobster of the Florida Keys is served at its best when steamed with drawn butter and partnered with a savory salad. Restaurants all over Key West will be serving up the freshest, tastiest lobster, seasoned to perfection for diners to devour.

The festival kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6th when lobster lovers will gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front Street, for a delectable lobster boil with shrimp, sausage, clawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and plenty of live entertainment to keep celebrations in top gear.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

One of the main highlights of Friday’s festivities will be the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl of bars along Key West’s lively Duval Street, warming crowds up to the weekend finale on Saturday, August 8th when the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair takes over the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval. From noon until 11:00 p.m, chefs from local restaurants will prepare fine lobster specialties, featuring fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys fishermen. There will also be live music during the day with a free outdoor concert from 1:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. as well as a colorful collection of arts, crafts and merchandise from on-site vendors.

For more information on Lobsterfest including reservation details for key events during the weekend, visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com

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Lobster Mini-Season in Key West and the Florida Keys

Lobster lovers look out! Mini lobster 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.

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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.

Important: View Lobster Mini-Season rules and regulations or download the rules here (PDF).

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More Information

Florida Lobster mini-season begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 27th, and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 28th.

Lobsterfest Key West celebrates the start of the regular lobster season August 11-14, 2016.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

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!

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Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race Set for July 25th in Key West

Racers can compete on foot or on paddleboards during two Key West challenges that commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s exuberant outdoor lifestyle and passion for sporting pursuits. Set for Saturday, July 25th, the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race are part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. The July 21-26 festival salutes the life and work of the author who lived on the island in the 1930s, enjoying sports from swimming to sparring. Book your stay now, at Parrot Key Resort, to avoid disappointment!

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The Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race is to kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the island city’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. The 3-mile ocean course begins and ends at the beach.

The 5k run/walk is to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, located beside the Atlantic at Whitehead and South streets. Runners travel a fast, flat 3.1-mile course through historic Old Town past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.

Awards for runners await the top three male and female overall finishers, top three male and female masters and top three male and female finishers in age categories ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over. For paddleboard racers and walkers in the 5k, awards are to be presented to the first- through 10th-place male and female finishers.

All competitors in both races can expect finisher medals. A registration booth is to be open 3-7 p.m. race day at 1319 Duval St. Race packets can be picked up there.

Before that date, athletes can register online at www.active.com. Registration forms also can be downloaded from www.keywestspecialevents.com or picked up at local hotels and fitness centers.

The entry fee for either race is $45 per adult ($35 for military members and those under age 15). Fees include a fully sublimated race tech shirt, food, libations and giveaways.

For more race information, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com or 305-240-0727.

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Hemingway Days to Honor Key West’s Literary Past and Present

Ernest Hemingway left Key West in late 1939 after nearly a decade of residence, but his literary legacy still enriches the subtropical island — as evidenced by the events for readers and writers during Hemingway Days 2015, scheduled Tuesday through Sunday, July 21-26.

Key West’s two most famous writers are spotlighted during a special museum day set for Tuesday, July 21, the 116th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. “Hemingway in Key West” can be viewed at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., while an exhibit exploring playwright Tennessee Williams’ Key West years is on display at 513 Truman Ave. Both exhibits continue throughout the festival and beyond.

Hemingway Days’ opening evening features a presentation titled “Ernest Hemingway — Angler, Sportsman … Conservationist?” by author Timothy P. O’Brien, Ph.D., at 5:30 p.m. at the Custom House Museum. O’Brien is to examine Hemingway’s angling exploits, passion for sportsmanship and activities studying and documenting marine life. Other attractions include a reception, exhibit tour and “birthday party” for Ernest.

The festival’s leading literary event is the announcement of the winners of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. Awarding $2,500 annually to emerging writers of short fiction, the competition is directed by Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter and the author of critically acclaimed books including “Walk on Water.”

The awards presentation traditionally takes place at 314 Simonton St., an architectural showplace that was Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West address. Highlights include a reading of the winning story and a presentation by Tom Oosterhoudt on the property’s cultural heritage. Admission is free.

Participants include Chuck Ball, author of “Hemingway’s Heist” among others; Michael Haskins, who penned the Mick Murphy Key West mysteries; Steven Hull, known for his gritty Hunter Benson adventures; Mandy Miles, whose “Tan Lines” books chronicle Key West life; Timothy O’Brien, whose works include “The Tycoon Tackle Story: Frank O’Brien, the Tycoon Fishing Rod, and the Gilded Age of Big Game Angling”; Terry Schmida, writer of Florida Keys true crime volumes; and special guest Lorian Hemingway.

Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America–Monroe County, the free-admission event also includes a “meet the authors” reception and book signing with books available for purchase.

Though best known for his novels and short stories, Ernest Hemingway also wrote poetry. At 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23, the Key West Poetry Guild is to present a reading titled “Papa’s Poems” at the Blue Heaven restaurant, 729 Thomas St. — a site where Hemingway once refereed neighborhood boxing matches. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit www.shortstorycompetition.com, or www.hemingwaydays.net.

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4th of July Weekend in Key West Brings Great Food, Fireworks, and Two Free Drinks!

Not only can you enjoy great 4th of July offers in Key West, Independence Day celebrations will be taking place all weekend long in and around Key West. Enjoy beachside barbecues, parades, on-the-water fun and spectacular fireworks shows. Stay at Parrot Key Resort during July 4th weekend and we’ll even throw in two free drinks! Book now to avoid disappointment.

Call 844-445-2212 or book online now.

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Key Lime Festival

An All-American celebration of Florida’s official state pie is to be staged in Key West Thursday through Saturday, July 2-4. Scheduled highlights of the Key Lime Festival include a Key lime pie–eating contest, a wacky talent show and samplings of Keys-distilled rum flavored with the tangy lime. Events are held throughout Key West at locations including Sloppy Joe’s, the Green Parrot Bar and the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. Visit www.keylimefestival.com.

Independence Day Fireworks

The Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club is set to host the annual Independence Day Fireworks at the Big Pine Community Park, located at 31009 Atlantis Road. Co-sponsored by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, activities include live music headlined by Haywire, food and ice-cold beverages accompanied by games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is set to go off at nightfall or about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed. Gates open at 5 p.m. and a rain date, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday, July 5. For information, call 305-872-2411. 

Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix

Just over an hour away from Parrot Key Resort, in Marathon, guests can enjoy the Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix, with events scheduled Friday through Sunday, July 3-5. Race day is Sunday, when powerful high-speed boats are to show their muscle on a course parallel to the Marathon shoreline near the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Racing fans can enjoy free admission to view the boats and meet drivers and crews from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, through Sunday at the Race Village dry pits at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, mile marker (MM) 51 bayside. Visit www.superboat.com.

Marathon 4th of July Parade

Also in Marathon, families can gather for a full day of activities beginning with a patriotic parade at 10:30 a.m. The route goes from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road, MM 50 oceanside, to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a holiday celebration features food, drink, kids’ crafts, music and entertainment. Capping off the day is one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays, scheduled to start just after dark. Hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities. For details, call the Marathon Chamber of Commerce at 305-743-5417 or visit www.floridakeysmarathon.com.

Call Parrot Key Resort at 844-445-2212 or book online now.

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SALE EXTENDED: Book by April 13th for stays through 2015!

Our spring sale has been extended and through April 13th, Parrot Key Resort is rewarding guests for booking early with very special Key West hotel rates on stays throughout 2015! You can enjoy savings of up to 20% in our biggest sale of the year when you book your place in paradise on select offpeak travel months from April 12th to December 18th. With rates starting from $189 per night, you can make the most of your savings by browsing our monthly pricing to see where you can save the most. 

Call 877-676-1826 or book online today!

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Two months that you can enjoy special savings include May and early June. These times are ideal for visiting Key West before the busy summer season kicks in. Event periods can be more expensive but if you’re keen to explore Key West’s eclectic music scene, visit the island during May 6 through 10 when the  Key West Songwriters Festival takes place. Seafood lovers will also be in their element in Key West during mini lobster season in July or dive into regular lobster season which starts in August with exciting events like Lobsterfest. Late August is a quieter (and less expensive) time to visit the island after the school summer holidays.
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From September onwards, couples looking for a romantic retreat will love Key West during the autumn. “Fall” in love all over again when the island is peaceful and beautifully warm, offering an ideal contrast to the northern hemisphere as the colder weather soon takes its grip. Choose dates either side of Fantasy Fest (October 23 – 31) to avoid peak travel periods when the island will be at its busiest in the autumn. But if you haven’t visited Fantasy Fest, it’s a must-see spectacle at least once in your life!
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Top reasons to book your Key West vacation during our spring sale:

1) Take advantage of our biggest sale of the year and book early to save more. These rates will not be available as your travel dates draw nearer so you must book by April 13th to enjoy these spectacular savings.

2) Parrot Key guests can also enjoy the luxury of a complimentary shuttle service from the resort, direct to Smathers Beach with complimentary beach towels and beach chairs included. This service is ideal during the warmer months in Florida to take advantage of onsite watersports at Smathers Beach or just watch the world go by on island time.

3) Rest easy knowing that we have the largest accommodations on the island. You can choose to stay in one of our cosy guestrooms surrounded by towering palms, overlooking our tropical gardens or sparkling ocean views. If extra space is what you’re looking for, indulge in a one or two-bedroom suite with a separate living room and stunning views or a three-bedroom villa with room for up to eight people.

4) Key West has a fascinating culture and history with its shipwreck artifacts, literary legends, celebrated artists, and a previously bustling seaport. You can explore it all throughout the island’s quality collection of museums and attractions. Learn more about visiting Key West.

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To help you decide which month suits you best to visit Key West and make the most of our biggest sale of the year, check out our planning guide with tips and advice on everything from island events to average temperatures per month. Call 877-676-1826 or book online today!
 
TERMS: This offer must be booked by April 13, 2015 and the deal is valid on stays from April 12, 2015 through December 18, 2015. The sale lead-in rates are for garden guestrooms and other room types will be higher. Save up to up to 20% at Parrot Key Resort (sale rates from $189/night). Savings are limited based on availability, and some blackout dates may apply. Rates are subject to frequent change based on availability and may sell out at any given time. The sale rates do not reflect a daily resort fee of $25/night at Parrot Key Resort in addition to a 12.5% applicable tax. Bookings must be made at least seven days in advance of arrival. Full payment must be made at the time of purchase and is non-refundable. Savings vary based on availability and special event dates. All dates are final. The sale rates are available for SELECT months and room types only. Find the advertised rates on Sundays through Thursdays. 
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Celebrate a long weekend of romance and President’s Day in Key West

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.

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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.

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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 

Romantic fun

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.

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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.

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Key West 2015 Annual Events: Things to do in the Florida Keys

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:

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January

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.

February

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.

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March

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.

April

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.

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May

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.

June

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.

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July

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.

August

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.

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September

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.

October

Key West continues to enjoy long moments of calm in October following the departure of the summer crowds. 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.

November

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.

December

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.

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“Sale” towards the end of January for the best Key West events

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.

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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.

Fishing fans can dive into two days of competitive fun on January 30 with the Cuda Bowl, Key West’s take on the Super Bowl football championship which takes place two days later. Using barracuda as the prey for competitors, anglers use artificial flies and lures as they compete to catch the highest total inches of barracuda in the fly and spin divisions. The event starts on January 29 with registration in the evening before two days of fishing begin. 
 
There will also be prizes for anglers who catch the heaviest mackerel at the end of January with the Key West Harbour King Mackerel Tournament. If you fancy fishing for the heaviest mackerel, you will be rewarded $10,000 in this annual fishing event which kicks off on January 30.
 
Make the most of the end of January in style!
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Shoe drop, conch drop, pirate drop…New Year’s Eve in Key West is set to impress

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.

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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.

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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!

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