Category Archives: Parrot Key Key West

Road Trippin’ in the Florida Keys: Key Largo to Key West

One of the nation’s most renowned road trips involves cruising from one island to another, and it’s right here in the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. With your Florida vacation at Parrot Key Resort sparkling on the horizon, we have some of the best insider tips for making the most of your drive along the Overseas Highway to reach Key West. The trip of over 100 miles takes around three hours, however with so much to see along the way, we recommend allowing a whole day to soak up the spectacular scenery of the Sunshine State’s stunning island archipelago. After all, there are some important pit stops to make along the way to sample the delights of freshly-caught seafood and Key lime pie.

Florida Keys Road Trip

Ready, Set… Key Largo!

Once you’ve entered Key Largo, you’re officially in the Florida Keys and the unbroken blue horizons of ocean and sky will stretch out before you. Start your road trip off in style with a leisurely breakfast at some of Key Largo’s most talked about dining spots, including Harriette’s Restaurant (Mile Marker 95.7) which offers a warm and welcoming service, wallet-friendly prices and huge muffins to help keep you refueled until the next stop. Doc’s Diner (Mile Marker 99.6) is another tempting breakfast option, popular among locals for its generous portion sizes including tropical French toast and breakfast burritos.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

Next Stop: Islamorada

Continue your drive from Key Largo to Islamorada, which sits between the saltwater wilderness of the Everglades National Park and the deep waters of the Florida Straits. Stop at the Rain Barrel Artisan Village (Mile Marker 86.7) which is impossible to miss with its giant fiberglass lobster standing proudly at the entrance of this fascinating sculpture art gallery. There are individual shops all nestled under a canopy of giant Banyan trees selling a tempting selection of unique homemade gifts including unusual jewelry, pottery and ceramics, so allow enough time for some all-important perusing.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Is your stomach rumbling again? It’s nearing lunchtime after all, and if there’s one place in which to indulge over a memorable lunch in Islamorada, it’s Lorelei (Mile Marker 82). As popular for its daytime menu as its evening sunset celebrations, this restaurant and Cabana bar offers one of the best views of Florida Bay which you’ll no doubt happily soak up over seafood tacos or the “Lorelei’s World Famous Fish Sandwich,” all washed down with a Keys-style frozen drink.

The sparkling ocean is looking calm and the afternoon sun is stretching its rays across a cloudless sky; it’s looking too good outside to hop back into your car, so take some time to unwind on one of Islamorada’s finest beaches. Anne’s Beach (Mile Marker 73) is a perfect stretch of paradise, conveniently located next to the Overseas Highway so you won’t struggle to find it. The beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing, switching off for an afternoon nap, cooling off in the shallows, or just taking in the beautiful ocean views.

 

Marathon or Bust

Your relaxing lunch will set you up for the next stretch as you cruise down Highway 1 to the Middle Keys which are anchored by Marathon, a 10-mile-long island with a family-friendly reputation and a rich fishing heritage. Take a break from your car and stretch your legs by taking your pick of several attractions in Marathon. First, you will come across the Dolphin Research Center (Mile Marker 59) in Grassy Key where you can interact with dolphins and learn about exciting dolphin research. Also nearby way is the new Aquarium Encounters (just after Vaca Cut Bridge at Mile Marker 53). Here, you will find an interactive Florida Keys aquarium experience with daily shark feedings, stingray encounters, and the opportunity to swim among fish on the attraction’s coral reef. Or if you prefer an outdoor nature experience, nearby at Mile Marker 50 is Crane Point, a nature center with walking trails through a tropical hardwood grove.

Photo: Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Further west is a wildlife lovers’ paradise at the Turtle Hospital which is dedicated to helping injured sea turtles return to the wild. If you need to wet your whistle or just bask in the glory of the sea, pop into Tranquility Bay Resort’s beachfront TJ’s Tiki Bar for an island drink (right next door to the Turtle Hospital at Mile Marker 48.5).

TJ's Tiki Bar

TJ’s Tiki Bar

Seven Mile Bridge

The Middle Keys not only signal the halfway mark in your Overseas Highway road trip; it is also the point at which you can stop to capture images of the impressive Seven Mile Bridge soaring over the Gulf of Mexico. Running alongside it is the Old Seven Mile Bridge, the hurricane-battered railroad built by Henry Flagler in the early 1900s which is now a popular spot for fishing. After its destruction in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, it was later rebuilt in 1978 and features a rising arc in its center so you’ll feel like you’re driving right off into the sky! There are plenty of places to pull over and take some photos, enjoy a stroll and watch the wildlife fly by.

Just south of Marathon lies the tiny island of Pigeon Key which is well worth a stop, particularly if you’re after a taste of Florida Keys history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key is a five-acre property which served as a home base for railroad workers operating the Old Seven Mile Bridge. You can reach Pigeon Key by bicycle or foot along the historic bridge (a 2.2 mile trek) or by ferry service which departs from the Pigeon Key Visitor Center and Gift Shop on Knight’s Key (Mile Marker 47).

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The Lower Keys

The further south you drive, the more beautifully remote the scenery becomes in the Lower Keys. For some much-needed leg-stretching, stop off at Bahia Honda Key (Mile Marker 37), a tropical island home to one of Florida’s southernmost state parks with beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets and excellent snorkelling. As you drive south into Big Pine Key (Mile Marker 29) there are plenty of places to pull over for a pit stop if your hungers pangs start kicking in, including No Name Pub on Watson Boulevard which serves up great pitchers of beer and pizza.

For classic Keys-style dining, try The Wharf Bar and Grill at Mile Marker 25.5 on Summerland Key where you can enjoy freshly-caught fish and vegetables grown from the restaurant’s organic garden, all served up in a peaceful waterfront setting with indoor and outdoor seating. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, head further south in Sugarloaf Key at Mangrove Mama’s (Mile Marker 20) for a generous slice of Key lime pie on the sun-baked, palm tree-lined patio, or try Baby’s Coffee (Mile Marker 15), which is famous for its Cuban roasts and Key lime pie to-go.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

 

Final Destination… Key West

As the afternoon starts merging into evening, your last leg of this world-renowned road trip will end in Key West just where the party begins. You’ll arrive just in time to find a spot for your first Key West sunset, and you won’t be disappointed.

Florida Keys Road Trip

Check-in at Parrot Key Resort and refresh before stepping outside to celebrate the moment the golden sun dips into the ocean. Tomorrow marks the start of your vacation in this place known as paradise, so dine out and enjoy the moment until it’s time for a much-needed sleep surrounded by the simple luxury of your Parrot Key guestroom or suite. Sleep tight and let the Key West fun begin tomorrow!

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Posted in Parrot Key Key West | Tagged , , , , Leave a comment

Key West Fantasy Fest 2014: Dress to impress and party in paradise

For many visitors to Key West, October is one of the best times of the year for island-style relaxation, adventure and fun surrounded by tropical highs of 84 degrees. It marks the halfway point between summer ending and the festive holidays starting, offering the perfect opportunity to escape from the daily routine in search of some much-needed autumn heat. From mid-October, Key West is not only bathed in beautiful rays of golden sunshine; it is also covered by an explosion of color as hundreds of visitors and locals alike gather for the annual Key West Fantasy Fest taking place this year from 17 – 26 October, 2014.

View our Fantasy Fest offers at Parrot Key Resort or dial (877) 684-5095. Scroll below to view Fantasy Fest pictures.

Fantasy Fest Key West

What is Fantasy Fest

What started off as a humble attempt by a small group of locals to attract more visitors to the island during a quieter month, has now become one of the wildest crowd-pulling events in the Key West calendar. A celebration of all things costume and masking, Fantasy Fest follows a theme every year and will this year be focused on Animéted Dreams and Adventure in 2014. Animé is a traditional Japanese form of animation which has become popular on the western scene, sparking a costuming lifestyle known as “cosplay.”

I

What to expect at Fantasy Fest in Key West

At Fantasy Fest 2014 there will be color; there will be music; and there will be plenty of food! Duval Street will transform into a mile-long food-lovers’ paradise with vendors offering a range of tastes to suit every appetite. The famous Key West street will be awash with lavishly dressed locals and visitors, all dressing to impress in their creative costumes. The Fantasy Fest street fair will also feature liquor booths and arts and crafts stalls. Parrot Key Resort is located about 3 miles from this area, so you are close to the action but can enjoy a quiet and relaxing stay when not attending Fantasy Fest events.

I

As you immerse yourself in the festival fun, look out for the infamous drag queen contests, costume parties, island bands, body painting and neighborhood parades. The highlight of the event is what all revelers eagerly await; the Fantasy Fest Parade which takes over Duval Street on October 25th with humorous floats and unforgettable costumes keeping tens of thousands of spectators entertained.

I

Where to eat, drink and rest your head

If you stay at Parrot Key Resort for a minimum of 4 nights during the week of Fantasy Fest, you will be treated to a $50 credit per night (maximum of $250 in total) to indulge poolside over delectable breakfasts, lunches and drinks at our poolside Café Blue. There are popular dishes to choose from, including shrimp salads, Cuban-style paninis and fish tacos, while the tempting drinks menu features island drinks such as the Parrot Rum Punch and Key Lime Daiquiri. Parrot Key Resort provides the perfect setting for daytime relaxation before soaking up the spirit of Fantasy Fest on Duval Street later in the evening.

I

The Fantasy Fest Hotel Package includes:

  • 5% Discount on overnight accommodations at Parrot Key Resort for a minimum of four nights, in any room type (discount is available select Fantasy Fest dates)
  • $50 per night to be used in Cafe Blue for food and drinks (max $250 total)
  • Book the Fantasy Fest Hotel Package

I

Hit the town and party

Head for evening drinks in the lively Fat Tuesday (305 Duval Street) which serves a delicious selection of cocktails including frozen daiquiris and Key West margaritas. For fresh oysters, clams and pink shrimp, head to the Raw Bar at Dante’s (951 Caroline Street) which is also hosting a pool party during Fantasy Fest. There will be plenty of live music staged across the island at venues including Hog’s Breath Saloon (400 Front Street), Sloppy Joe’s (201 Duval Street) and Smokin’ Tuna Saloon (4 Charles Street).

Event information: www.fantasyfest.com

I

Book the Fantasy Fest hotel package in Key West

Fantasy Fest Key West photos compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau / Andy Newman

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment

Suite Escape Sale: Enjoy up to $250 for Food and Drinks!

There’s nothing that beats sitting outside in the warm breezy air, sipping a refreshing Key West cocktail and indulging in a leisurely lunch surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Well actually, there is! At Parrot Key Resort, we are adding even more to your experience of staying in Key West paradise, with our Suite Paradise Treats package this summer.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

When you book one of our luxurious and spacious garden Key West suites and villas, you will receive a $50 per night dining credit (up to $250 in total) to spend on delicious food and cool island drinks at our poolside tiki bar and restaurant, Café Blue.

PK_Restaurant_granola parfait1

That’s $250 at your disposal to sample the tropical tastes, delicious Caribbean-inspired cooking, and the most refreshing flavors that all make our delectable culinary creations in the Florida Keys, so special.

TB_Tiki-Bar_shrimp-and-drink

This is the ultimate Key West dining package that combines the comfort and spaciousness of our stylish suites and villas, with the taste bud-tingling experience of dining poolside at Café Blue.

TB_Tiki-Bar_brownie

Your $50 credit per night can be spent over a leisurely breakfast or casual lunch savoring the flavors of shrimp salads, breakfast wraps, Cuban paninis, speciality pizzas or fish tacos.

Mother's Day in Key West, Florida Keys

Then there are the refreshing cocktails to choose from, including Parrot Rum Punch, Key Lime Daiquiris, Blueberry Mojitos and other Florida Keys creations.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Café Blue is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens with towering palm trees and the sweet scent of tropical foliage, all adding to your place in paradise at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.

The Parrot Key Suite Paradise Treats package includes

  • Overnight accommodation in a spacious Garden King Suite, Garden Two-Bedroom Suite, Garden Family Suite or 3-bedroom Garden Villa
  • $50 per night food and beverage credit at Cafe Blue (maximum $250 for stays longer than 5 nights)

Book Online Now or Call 855-327-7200

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

 

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment

Three-bedroom Key West villas offer sun, sea, serenity… and space.

Sun, sea, serenity… and space. Sprawl out in style this summer with room for eight family members or friends in our three-bedroom Key West villas. You can enjoy some exciting villa offers as well!

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Waterfront villa ground floor porch

Traveling with family or a group of friends means a Key West vacation packed with plenty of fun surrounded by your favorite people. It can also mean the need for a little extra space to avoid feeling too cramped and ensure that everyone has some much-needed privacy. Even the closest of friends and happiest of families can end up feeling under each other’s feet in the wrong type of accommodation, so it’s important to select where you spend those precious vacation days, carefully.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Waterfront villa sandy terrace

At Parrot Key Resort, we have created spacious three-bedroom villas with families and groups of friends in mind. You can all enjoy each other’s company in the exclusivity of your own three-bedroom villa overlooking the sparkling Gulf waters or our tropical gardens, without compromising space. Each villa is unique with a combination of different bed types, so everyone can sleep up to eight people comfortably based on the needs of your party.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Waterfront villa second floor en suite king bedroom

If it’s a waterfront Gulf view that you prefer, choose a three-bedroom villa offering space, privacy and luxury including pristine white sand terraces. Every bedroom has an en suite bathroom, so there will be no family fights to get to the bathroom first each morning in Key West!

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Waterfront villa third floor en suite bedroom

The villa includes different bed type combinations over three floors so that you can decide how best to keep your friends or family well-rested each night in Key West.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Waterfront villa ground floor en suite bedroom

Each room has is own flat screen TV for when you need time out to switch off and recharge. However, bringing the party together will also create some of the best highlights of your vacation, which is why our living rooms are perfectly designed to ensure everyone has enough leg room to sit back and watch the latest entertainment on a 42″ flat screen TV.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Villa second floor living room

From the blue views of our waterfront Key West villas to the serene green of our tropical garden views, you will be surrounded by paradise in whichever view you choose. The porch entrance to each of our three-bedroom garden view villas is surrounded by towering palm trees and lush tropical foliage, helping you to feel a million miles away from the urban sprawl you left behind.

Three Bedroom Key West Villa

Garden views from second floor balcony

Our garden views offer the same level of luxury, comfort and space as our waterfront villas, the only difference welcoming you are the garden tree top balconies. You and your family or friends can truly feel on top of the world. Call 855-327-7200 to learn more about our three-bedroom villas. View our family package which includes exciting offers in our three-bedroom villas.

foyer copy

Villa entrance with two separate doors (ground floor to the left and second and third floors to the right)

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment

Key West Summer Vacation: 10 Tips to Keep Your “Cool”

Summer is finally here and the glorious Key West sunshine will keep you longing for Pina Coladas and a cool dip in one of our four sparkling pools. Welcome to Key West! This beautiful island is soaked in sunshine and the surrounding ocean is waiting to lure you in and cool you down. At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F (32° C). Luckily Key West doesn’t have any super-highways or urban sprawl to radiate the sun’s heat. Not only that, but our islands are surrounded by cooling ocean waters.

pool doorway closeup no chaise

Sunset-loving Floridians from the mainland flock to the Keys on steamy weekends because the air is usually a few degrees cooler here. The water temperature might be in the mid-80s (30° C) but the sea is nevertheless refreshing for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Parrot Key Resort will also help you keep your “cool” with lush shaded gardens or you can try an array of water based activities with special discounts, just for being our guest!

Key West Summer Vacation Family

With summer now here, you’ll be seeking ways to stay refreshed in the heat during your summer vacation so to give you a helping hand, Parrot Key Resort has selected the best ways to keep cool in Key West, whether you’re after fun, relaxation, an exhilarating experience, or all three put together!

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Breezy days on the water

With a huge variety of water-based activities available in Key West, there is every opportunity to cool down while having fun with the whole family. Try a majestic sunset cruise on warm summer nights to enjoy the gentle Gulf breeze and a glowing Florida Keys sunset.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Next, you can explore the island from the ocean with a local guide on a refreshing 25-mile WaveRunner tour. You’ll head around the Southernmost Point in the USA, taking in the submarine pits, stopping at a sand bar and having a chance to free-style on the one and a half hour tour.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Or feel the welcoming tropical ocean breeze cool you down as you gently cruise through the water on a paddleboard or kayak. You can take your time to soak up the stunning scenery around you, stopping off at beaches along the way for a swim, leisurely lunch, or just park and keep cool in the shade.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

The ultimate cool down involves the wind whipping all around you as you glide over the majestic waters of Key West! Experience the thrill of peacefully floating high above Key West with a unique parasailing adventure.

swpk beach club and parasail

If you want to try it all, we recommend the Do It All Key West Watersports Adventure which lets you do just that. Discover an action-packed day of kayaking, windsurfing, banana boat rides, knee boarding behind ski boats, snorkelling, cruising on WaveRunners and water skis, and gliding into the water on a giant slide. You’re certain to feel refreshed afterwards and a cool cocktail will go down nicely at sunset too!

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Into the cool, deep blue

For the ultimate cool down, book a Key West snorkel trip and submerge yourself into an underwater paradise. You’ll head out on a power catamaran boat and be whisked away to the Key West coral reef to discover a spectacular biological wonder, filled with a colorful array of wildlife including tropical fish, coral, reef sharks, turtles, and dolphins. Snorkel trips include friendly crew, safety equipment and a selection of refreshing drinks.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Take a refreshing dip at Parrot Key

As you take a walk through the beautifully landscaped (and shaded) gardens at Parrot Key Resort, you will soon discover four sparkling pools hidden among a lush, tropical oasis. Each pool offers the ultimate in relaxation and privacy, allowing you to just focus on cooling down and taking it easy in the refreshing water while the serenity-scented air revives your senses.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Ice cold poolside cocktails

Sipping away at your favorite cocktail in the sunshine defines that moment of relaxation you only ever get during summer vacation. At Cafe Blue, you can get a taste of our drink menu bursting with flavor, from tropical fruit smoothies to our legendary cocktails, all tempting you to take time out and cool down poolside. Cocktails are served from 11am to sunset. 

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Beachside bliss

Dip in and out of the ocean at Smathers Beach, enjoying the complimentary Parrot Key Beach Club service that includes a free shuttle transfer, beach towels and beach chairs for the day, allowing the whole family to kick back and relax in absolute comfort. There are plenty of watersports to choose from, or you can just cool down in the shade. 

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Contact us at 877-746-4701 to book your Key West summer vacation today!

 

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment

10 Toe-Tapping Live Music Venues in Key West

Key West is famed for many types of music, from techno, hip hop, jazz and raggae, to calypso, blues, country and western, so a night out will always feature a show that appeals to all musical tastes. This summer, the island has an array of live music venues to enjoy when the sun goes down, or for a summer afternoon of toe-tapping fun. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:

row6_pic4

Image Compliments of the Key West Songwriters Festival

Schooner Wharf Bar, 22 William Street. Laid-back, comfortable and oozing with character, this bar is just a few blocks away from Duval Street and overlooks the harbor. It’s popular for its live music, friendly service and rustic charm.

Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street. Renowned for being Key West’s finest blues lounge, the cosy Little Room Jazz Club is on the quieter side of Duval Street. It’s one of the top local spots for sipping beer whilst enjoying some of the island’s best jazz.

Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles Street. This popular venue is home base for the Songwriter Festival. Throughout the year it stages some of Key West’s hottest acts with  a music schedule on offer every night alongside a tempting menu of fresh seafood.

Sloppy Joe’s, 201 Duval Street. Famed for being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe’s is one of the most iconic bars in Key West. Expect a lively party atmosphere with its regular live music schedule.

Willie T’s, 525 Duval Street. If it’s a cool mojito you fancy whilst checking out the latest quality live music acts, head to Willie T’s. The mojitos here are legendary and the walls are decorated with dollar bills from patrons past.

Island Dogs, 505 Front Street. One of Key West’s coolest hang-outs, you’ll find live music most nights at Island Dogs where the Key Lime Pie Martini is a must-try, along with the chargrilled oysters.

Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street. Locals and visitors have been coming to Hog’s Breath Saloon for around 25 years for its daily schedule of live music and friendly service.

Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Another Key West icon, Green Parrot Bar is loved by locals and welcomes visitors every night with its exciting line-up of live music which makes the venue fun and bursting with energy.

Turtle Kraals, 231 Margaret Street. Catch the latest live music from the harbor-based Turtle Kraals which not only offers the best views of the Key West Historic Seaport, but serves up a refreshing selection of drinks, including the delicious Key Lime Margarita.

Bull and Whistle Bar, 224 Duval Street. Here you’ll find two bars under one roof with live music showcased on the Bull stage. The party atmosphere entices large crowds most nights, making it one of Key West’s most popular venues for musical entertainment.

row1_pic3

Image compliments of the Key West Songwriters Festival

Posted in Parrot Key Key West | Tagged , , , , Leave a comment

Mini Lobster Season 2014 in Key West

Hands up if you love bugs!? In the Florida Keys, we refer to lobster with this affectionate phrase and in late July you’ll be in for a treat when Mini Lobster Season hits Key West. But you better hurry… it’s important to book in advance for this popular crustacean craze.

Mini Lobster Season Key West

2014 Mini Lobster Season Information

Lasting only 48 hours on July 30th and 31st, Mini Lobster Season brings together a host of lobster lovers, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding Key West to catch the first fresh bugs of the season. It’s a long-awaited time of year when the ocean is teeming with the popular crustacean, because lobsters just love to live in warmer temperatures.  So, if you’re after the freshest and tastiest lobster or you’ve yet to sample this Keys culinary delight, your taste buds will be tingling at the end of July.

To celebrate this Key West tradition, you can get your claws on a great deal at Parrot Key Resort by saving up to 10% during Mini Lobster Season when you book in advance. Call 866-469-0347 and ask for the advance purchase offer from our onsite vacation planners. You can also speak with our vacation planners to book a fishing charter for Mini Lobster Season but it is very important to book in advance and charters are based on availability.

Parrot Key Resort- Key West Hotel

Mini Lobster Season Information and Planning

It is very important to follow all rules and regulations for Mini Lobster Season so make sure to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for details.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

More Lobster Fun… Key West Lobsterfest: August 7-11, 2014

Visit in August for regular lobster season and enjoy Key West Lobsterfest! Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations, a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch on Sunday. This festive feast celebrates the start of the regular Florida Keys lobster season.

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

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Five Top Picks for Local Lobster

If you can’t make it for Mini Lobster Season, try our top picks for lobster in Key West during your vacation:

  • A&B Lobster House: Enjoy several lobster specialties available
  • Blue Heaven: Get your claws on the Lobster Eggs Benedict for breakfast
  • Hog Fish Bar & Grill: Go off the beaten path to Stock Island and try the Lobster BLT, Lobster Pot Pie, Fried Lobster Tacos, and Lobster Bisque, all in a dockside setting
  • Turtle Kraals: Devour the Lobster Tail at this local Key West icon
  • Rusty Anchor: Try the Florida Keys Spiny Lobster
Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Lobster Fact!

Florida Keys lobsters, known as spiny lobsters, don’t have claws  and their meat has a slightly chewy sweetness. The most popular way to enjoy lobster in the Keys is to order it grilled with melted butter or steamed and served with Cuban black beans and yellow rice. For the ultimate lobster indulgence, savor it while watching the beautiful Key West sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

Tempted? Book your trip to Parrot Key Resort now to enjoy up to 15% savings.

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

Posted in Parrot Key Key West | Tagged , , , , , Leave a comment

Your Guide to Summer Events in Key West

When summer arrives in Key West, so does an even brighter, tastier and more vibrant program of events to keep families and groups of travelling friends entertained from June through September.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

The island’s year-round laid-back atmosphere along with its exciting mix of attractions, water-based activities and beaches, are more than enough to offer the most memorable break in the Florida Keys. Come summertime, this charming atmosphere reaches a whole new level when the streets of Key West host a variety of events in celebration of the island’s delectable cuisine and cultural heritage.

Find artistic treasures in tropical gardens

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be showcasing extra special displays until July 31 with 19 beautiful sculptures made of recycled materials. Contemporary artists have created the sculptures, and each one has been placed throughout the popular botanical garden, so be prepared for some unexpected designs as you explore the beauty of this fresh, tropical space.

Indulge in the favorite flavor of Key West

If you’re lucky enough to be on summer vacation from July 4th, you will be in for the sweetest of treats. A three-day celebration of Florida’s official and delicious dessert, Key Lime Pie, will take place across the island with a variety of events including a pie-eating contest and the challenging attempt to make the largest pie ever. The Key Lime Festival is not to be missed.

Explore Mel Fisher’s famous salvage vessel

Mel Fisher, the American treasure hunter from the 1600′s, will be celebrated during an annual four-day event from July 10 – 14. The Mel Fisher Days celebration marks the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and the event is perfect for families and treasure-hunting enthusiasts. For the first time since the 1980s, Mel Fisher’s famous 90′ treasure salvage vessel, JB Magruder, will be on display at the dock behind Schooner’s Wharf where you can talk with the crew and discover the equipment used to uncover treasure.

Celebrate Key West’s literary legend

The work of legendary Key West author, Ernest Hemingway, will be celebrated during the 34th annual Hemingway Days event, taking place this year from July 15 – 20. His literary accomplishments and love for the island he called home throughout the 1930s will be marked with a range of celebrations, including literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a Look-a-like Contest at Sloppy Joe’s bar and a party marking Hemingway’s birthday.

Love lobster

With the opening of Lobster Season comes the biggest party of the summer with thousands of lobster lovers descending on Key West for four days of gastronomic fun from August 7 through 10. The event launches with the Lobster Boil on Thursday night followed by the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl on Friday night immediately after sunset. There will also be a free concert and street fair on Saturday and an indulgent Sunday brunch to close the event.

Sit back and sip the best beer

Over Labor Day weekend, August 28 – September 1, Brewfest will return to Key West bringing with it over 150 beers and micro-beers on tap. To sample the very best of this popular tipple, you can indulge at a variety of events, including beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event.

Call 855-327-7200 to book your summer vacation at Parrot Key Resort.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment

4th of July in Key West: Prepare to Celebrate with Family Fun

Every year in Key West, families and friends join together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades, beachside barbecues, spectacular firework displays and a generous slice of the famous Key Lime Pie. With so many options for families, Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a July 4th escape to Key West.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

During the July 4th weekend, a variety of celebrations will keep the party spirit high, including the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 3 – 5). There’s every excuse to indulge in Key West’s favorite flavor during this festival while enjoying a number of highlights, including a Key lime pie-eating contest, a Miss Key Lime Pageant, and the unveiling of an impressive 9 foot-wide pie which will be served up on Greene Street, just off Duval Street.

4th of July in Key West

All over Key West, the beaches will be filled with families enjoying picnics and barbecues. Favorite beaches on the island include Smathers Beach which boasts a half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach with restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets and watersports rentals. Parrot Key Resort offers complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Independence Day parties will also be in full flow during the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. With arts and crafts, street performers, food carts and thousands of locals and visitors, the atmosphere is electric and will be even more special on July 4th when the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. Fireworks will begin on the White Street Pier at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. You can enjoy excellent views for free, from Higgs Beach. Call 855-327-7200 to book your stay today.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Posted in Parrot Key Key West | Tagged , , Leave a comment

VOTE: Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Winning a prize that takes you overseas on an exclusive trip of a lifetime is one of the most desirable prizes to be rewarded, and the only way to win it is to be in it! So if you’re currently on a lunch break in the office or catching up on all the latest online news, take a few minutes out to vote for the Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards and you’ll be raising your chances of winning the ultimate travel prize.

For more than 25 years,  Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards have produced the most trusted and comprehensive listings of your favorite hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines. This year, we’re excited to see Parrot Key Resort included in the survey and voters are being asked to recommend their experiences during their vacation or business trip. Just a few minutes of your time spent reminiscing your trip can help Condé Nast compile their listings which will be published in November, and in turn you could win one of two getaways.

Follow this link to vote http://www.cntraveler.com/vote/readers-choice-survey-2014

Key West Summer Vacation

 

Posted in Parrot Key Key West Leave a comment