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Key West: The Best Destination For a Family Vacation

Choosing the right destination for a family vacation can often be a challenging task with so many factors to consider: will there be enough activities to keep all ages entertained? Are the accommodations spacious enough, and will the weather be invitingly warm every day? Key West has all the right answers that will soon see the stress of planning a family vacation slip away faster than a WaveRunner can whizz you round the island! Here are our top reasons why Parrot Key Resort is the ideal destination for a family vacation.


1. Make Waves in Crystal-Clear Waters

There is an activity to excite every age group in the waters surrounding Key West, whether it’s spotting Bottlenose Dolphins, discovering an undersea safari on a snorkeling trip, paddle boarding through the calm ocean, making a splash on a jet ski or touring the island on a WaveRunner. With so many packages available, families can take advantage of Parrot Key Resort discounts on a huge number of Key West water activities.

You can currently save $75 on a 25-mile WaveRunner tour around Key West which accommodates two people per WaveRunner, making it ideal for families to enjoy together. What’s more, it sets off right from our dock so you don’t need to travel far to find adventure in the water. You can also set off from the Parrot Key dock on your own kayak and paddleboard, which can be rented from our water-sports booth.


2. Unwind in Spacious Suites

One of the reasons why Parrot Key is rated among the best Key West family resorts, is that we offer the largest hotel rooms on the island. The resort also features spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families looking to sprawl out in style.


3. Relax Poolside

We know how much families love spending time together poolside, which is why we have created not just one perfect pool to lounge around, but four! Each of our four sparkling pools is nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art sculptures that you and your children will love. Throughout the day, we can keep you topped up with delicious snacks and island drinks from our poolside Café Blue which also serves breakfast and lunch. View the Cafe Blue Menu


4. Take Time Out On Sandy Terraces

Everyone loves to build a sand castle, no matter how old you are. Take it easy on Parrot Key Resort’s white-sand sunbathing terraces by building castles, reading books, soaking up the waterfront views and breathing in the tropical scent of the Florida Keys. It’s safe for children to play on the terraces as there is no water access. View our suites and villas


5. Save More With Special Offers and Discounts

From booking early and paying in advance, to staying longer and saving more – Parrot Key offers a number of special offers throughout the year to help you plan your family vacation with a super discount. See our latest special offers


6) Venture Out to the Best Key West Attractions

Parrot Key is perfectly positioned to strike the balance between family relaxation and discovering popular Key West attractions. Tucked away in its own safe tropical oasis, the resort is located just three miles from Old Town making it easy to reach a range of family attractions. Popular days out include the unforgettable Conch Tour TrainKey West Aquarium, and the Key West Butterfly & Nature ConservatoryView nearby Key West family attractions


7) Celebrate Stunning Key West Sunsets

Bringing the family together for a picturesque sunset over the Florida Keys will become one of your favorite memories from your Key West vacation. Head out onto your private balcony to toast the evening sky, or capture the atmosphere at the family-friendly Key West Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square which takes place every day. For a truly special family experience, book a Sunset Cruise to watch the sun go down from the top deck of a 65ft Gold Coast Yacht.


8) Find Adventures on the Beach

Families love heading to Smathers Beach on Parrot Key Resort’s complimentary shuttle service. Just a five-minute drive away, you will all be indulged in a range of activities on offer through our watersports provider, Sunset Watersports. You can do as much or as little as you like, so whether you choose to simply relax on the powder-soft sand, rent a kayak, book a diving trip or go parasailing, time on Smathers Beach is all yours. Money Saver: View our exclusive discounted rates on water activities when booking in advance


9) Privacy in Standalone Units With No Hallways

Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual guestroom, suite or villa at Parrot Key Resort has its own entrance with no hallways so your little ones can run free on vacation. The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family. View our Key West accommodations


10) Discover the Best Local Events

A weekend rarely goes by without an event to keep families entertained in Key West. From food festivals and theater productions, to live music events and powerboat races on the waterfront, Key West hosts a fantastic range of entertainment to add extra fun to your family vacation. Find out more about Key West events in 2017

Book your family vacation online or call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.


 

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Book the perfect 2017 spring break vacation in Key West

Give your whole family an escape to look forward to in the Florida Keys this spring break, where a sunshine-drenched paradise becomes their daily playground.

Key West is an ideal destination for a family vacation, with a subtropical climate to warm you up after a long winter. At Parrot Key Resort, guests must be 25-years-old to make a reservation, so families can relax in the knowledge that students on their college spring break will be heading elsewhere.

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With so many family activities to enjoy across the island this spring break, we’ve highlighted 10 reasons why Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a Key West family vacation. Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.


10 Reasons to Choose Our Key West Family Resort This Spring Break 2017:

 

1. Sprawl Out in the Largest Rooms in Key West

One of the reasons why Parrot Key is rated among the best Key West family resorts, is because we offer the largest hotel rooms on the island. The resort also features spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families this spring break.

Our spacious family suites include a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a double twin room with two en-suite bathrooms. Or try a 3-bedroom villa for extra wriggle room featuring a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster. View Our Suites and Villas


2. Four Pools For Family Fun

You and the kids will feel spoilt for choice at Parrot Key with four sparkling pools on site, each nestled in a tropical garden oasis. When your children have finished practising their strokes and it’s time to reenergize, our poolside Café Blue will keep you topped up with refreshing island drinks, snacks, leisurely lunches and delicious breakfasts. View the Cafe Blue Menu


3. Soak Up Stunning Key West Views

Your private balcony is all yours, offering views of the waterfront while you sit back and relax before embracing a fun-filled day. Enjoy a sunset together from your suite or head to our sunset pier to soak up the evening sky bursting with spectacular color over Key West. View our waterfront accommodations


4. Build Sand Castles On Our Terraces

From building castles to just sinking your toes into the powder-soft sand – our white sand sunbathing terraces overlooking the waterfront are the perfect spot for bringing the family together. There is no water access from our sandy terraces so kids can play safely. Book a guestroom or villa


5. Explore a Water World of Adventure

Stay a minimum of three nights at Parrot Key Resort this spring break and save $75 on an amazing family WaveRunner tour around Key West. There is such a huge variety of water-based activities in Key West which can all be booked onsite for easy planning. We also offer a complimentary shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach and Duval Street! Money Saver: Enjoy Super Discounts on Key West Activities


6. Make Memories at a Local Key West Event

Take your pick from a number of exciting family-friendly events taking place in Key West during spring break, including the Annual Key West House and Garden Tour (March 17 – 18), the Conch Republic Independence Celebration (April 17 – 30), Conch Republic – The Musical (April 20 – 23) and the Key West Paddleboard Classic (April 27 – 30) which has races for kids.


7. Discover Colorful and Fun Art Objects

There is an array of unique art objects throughout Parrot Key Resort that the kids will love. From colorful garden sculptures and more, the art at Parrot Key captures the vibrant energy of the island and fuses it with the tropical setting of our Key West hotel. View more artwork at Parrot Key Resort


8. Relax in Standalone Units With No Hallways

Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual guestroom, suite or villa at Parrot Key Resort has its own entrance with no hallways so your little ones can run free this spring break. The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family. View our Key West accommodations


9. Family Attractions Just Moments Away

When it comes to location, Parrot Key has it all. Tucked away in its own safe tropical oasis, the resort is three miles from Old Town and within easy reach of Key West’s exciting family attractions without the noise of Duval Street ruining your peace. View nearby family activities


10. Budget Room Options for Families

If your budget is tight this spring break and you’re looking for a little less room than our family suites and villas, you can also try a garden view double queen guest room. The garden view room is less expensive and still offers you the largest hotel room in Key West, with two queen beds, a garden porch and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Watch the world go by from your private garden view porch. Money Saver: View the garden double queen guestroom

 Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.

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Suite living in paradise: upgrade to a little extra luxury and space at Parrot Key Resort

There are many words we like to use when describing the perfect vacation, and many of them happen to begin with the letter ‘s’. Whether it’s sunshine, sunsets, sea, sand, simplicity, serenity, or just space to enjoy your freedom away from the routine of everyday life. We’re going to add another ‘s’ for good measure – suites! At Parrot Key, we have created spacious one and two-bedroom suites with style and comfort in mind which make them ideal for couples seeking a little extra indulgence, or for families and friends after much-needed privacy.

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Each suite features stunning views and you can choose to live among the tree tops with your own garden view balcony or choose our waterfront suites with views of Florida Bay. If you’re seeking extra savings, a garden suite is the way to go. Don’t just expect to see a pretty display of flowers when we highlight the garden views; in your suite, you will wake up every morning to the spectacular sight of towering palm trees and lush foliage, all helping you to feel the great distance between your newly-found paradise and the hectic urban sprawl you left behind. You and your loved ones will feel revitalized and refreshed living in luxury with the uplifting sight and scent of our peaceful tropical oasis surrounding your spacious suite.

Three Bedroom Key West Villa

Whether you choose the king one-bedroom garden suite, or the two-bedroom garden suite featuring a master king room and a second queen room or twin room, each room has its own flat-screen TV and DVD player 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 can sprawl out and watch the latest entertainment on a 42″ flat-screen TV and enjoy all the benefits of a dry bar area, mini-fridge (in most rooms) and coffee maker.

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

You may wish to stay in your suite all day with such beautiful views and comfortable surrounds, but once you step foot outside and make your way through the landscaped tropical gardens, you’ll soon discover one of our four pools, each sparkling among its own private sculpture garden.

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Within a short stroll is Café Blue, serving light lunches, snacks and cool cocktails, a perfect spot for relaxing throughout the day and celebrating an unforgettable Key West sunset. Take our shuttle bus to Smathers Beach and you’ll later find yourself immersed in one of many water sports activities. Venture onto the streets of Key West and the line-up of adventure seems unending, from the Conch Tour Train, the lively atmosphere of Mallory Square, and the many museums and attractions all telling the fascinating story behind this colorful Florida Keys island. Happy vacation!

To book one of our spacious garden view or waterfront suites, book online or speak to the reservations team at 888-211-0348.

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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.

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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 true vacation begins. You’ll arrive just in time to find a spot for your first Key West sunset perhaps on Parrot Key Resort’s sunset pier, and you won’t be disappointed.

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 Key West vacation in this place known as paradise, so dine out and enjoy the moment until it’s time for a much-needed rest, surrounded by the simple luxury and comfort of your Parrot Key Resort guestroomsuite or villa. Sleep tight and let the Key West fun begin tomorrow!

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

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Find Relaxation in the Florida Keys this February

Take yourself away from the usual frost in February and warm your heart in Florida’s southernmost subtropical paradise with a last-minute winter escape. Save up to 25% in February >

It may be the shortest month of the year, but February can feel like a drag when you’re wishing for warmer days and a blast of sunshine. In Key West, it rarely rains in February and the average temperatures tend to top a welcoming 75°F – not too hot, yet warm enough to take a relaxing ocean dip or enjoy our new WaveRunner Package! It’s also the most romantic month of the year at one of the most romantic hotels in Key West, so where better to spend it with your loved one than right here surrounded by life’s simple luxuries.

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Here are our top reasons for visiting Key West in February.

A Romantic Key West Retreat

Tucked away in a serene waterfront oasis, Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West. Set against an idyllic backdrop of tropical gardens, white-sand terraces and four private pools, Parrot Key offers spacious rooms and suites with balconies, a romantic sunset pier and waterfront views, all within easy reach of the electric happenings in Old Town Key West.

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Peace and Privacy

After the busy Christmas and New Year period, February is a perfectly quiet month in the Florida Keys before it starts to become busier with families flocking south for the start of spring break. A quieter month means more space to sprawl out on Smathers Beach to which Parrot Key provides a free shuttle as part of the resort’s Beach Club service.

Spacious Suites and Stylish Guestrooms

Wake up in style during your last-minute February escape to Key West. Parrot Key has the most spacious hotel rooms and suites on the island, with a choice of romantic water views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees to guarantee you a refreshing start to the day.

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Save up to 25% in February

You can enjoy up to 25% off with our Parrot Key Winter Sale during February on select dates, or save up to 20% when staying five nights or more. Speak to our reservations team at 855-318-2766 or book online to make the most of our special savings in February.

Endless Adventure

Beyond the haven of Parrot Key, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West waiting to be discovered by adventure-seekers, food-fans and culture-lovers. If you’re whisking your loved one away for a romantic break, the best activities for couples include dolphin watching in the wild, a sunset dinner cruise, and taking a stroll through our palm-lined tropical gardens.

Thaksgiving in Key West

Eclectic Events

February is not just about rest, relaxation and romance; the month is also filled with exciting events in Key West, including Cuda Bowl (Feb. 2 – 4) which is an angler’s equivalent to Super Bowl! The month also plays host to the Annual Key West House & Garden Tour (Feb. 17 – 18) which invites visitors to explore behind the scenes of the island’s architectural delights. Art lovers will be in their element during Feb. 25 – 26 when Old Island Days Art Festival takes place.

A Long Weekend in Paradise

Make the most of your Presidents’ Day (Feb. 20) holiday with a long weekend break in guaranteed sunshine. Leave the office behind and feel a million miles away from it all as you step into our tropical haven for a weekend break this February.

Call 855-318-2766 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable vacation this February in the Florida Keys.

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A year of entertainment – welcome to Key West in 2017!

2017 looks set to be yet another upbeat year in Key West with an enticing line-up of events, from food and wine festivals to high-speed powerboat racing.

Most weekends will be packed with festivals and celebrations that underpin the diverse and colorful culture of the Keys, with its rich history, artistic flair, fresh cuisine and quirky ambience. Visitors will be spoiled for choice with entertainment on offer for all ages, whether its outdoor adventure you’re looking for or live music to dance along to. Here are the highlights of events not to be missed in Key West throughout 2017:

A foodie’s paradise

With an abundance of fish and seafood surrounding the Keys coupled with a host of talented chefs in the area, foodies will be in their element at food-focused events including the Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival (Jan. 14 – 15) and the Key West Food & Wine Festival (Jan. 25 – 29).  In summer, the island’s signature dessert is celebrated during the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 1 – 4) which brings in pie-eating and cooking contests, Key Lime rum sampling, and a Key Lime martini ‘Sip and Stroll’ event.

 

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At the end of summer, the Annual Key West Brewfest (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4) will quench your thirst with over 150 beers and micro-beers on tap.

Something for art and literature lovers

Join one of the smartest and most high-spirited literary gatherings at the Key West Literary Seminar (Jan. 12 – 15) which welcomes readers and writers to explore a unique literary theme each year. Following the seminar, the Writers’ Workshop Program takes place from Jan. 16 – 20.

In February, Key West’s historic Old Town is transformed into an open-air gallery with creative offerings from around 100 artists on display at the Old Island Days Art Festival (Feb. 25 – 26).

One of the island’s most celebrated literary legends, Ernest Hemingway, has a festival dedicated to his life in July (18 – 23) when Hemingway Days takes place across Key West with literary readings, competitions, a fishing tournament and even a look-alike contest to entertain visitors. Later in the year, sit back and enjoy the Annual Key West Film Festival (November 15 – 19) which features screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West.

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Adventure seekers

Watch a world-class competition featuring elite racing yacht crews from around the world during the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week  (Jan. 15 – 20). If paddleboarding is more your style, head to the Key West Paddleboard Classic (April 27 – 30) and take part in challenges including a 4-mile open race.

The Key West World Championships Powerboat Races is an unmissable event in November (5 – 12) which sees fierce competition between leading American and international racing teams. Ticket options include an all-inclusive VIP spectator package for the Truman Waterfront grandstands.

Key West Paddle Boarding

Take a tour

Key West is home to a range of beautiful homes and gardens, many of which open their doors throughout the year to invite visitors around for a tour. Go behind the scenes of magnificent Victorian mansions and 19th-century cottages during the Annual Key West House & Garden Tours (Jan. 13 – 14, Feb. 17 – 18, March 17 – 18).

Get ready to dance!

Music has an important place in Key West with many bars and theaters staging live music and upbeat shows. One not to be missed in 2017 is Conch Republic (The Musical) which takes to the stage at the Key West Fringe Theater from April 20 – 23. The Key West Songwriters’ Festival is another firm favorite on the calendar, this year taking place from May 10 – 14 with live music performances across the island.

Key West Songwriters' Festival

Dress up and party

Join the 10-day Conch Republic Independence Celebration from April 21 – 30 with events ranging from a quirky bed race to a light-hearted sea battle. Then there’s Key West Pride to look forward to in June (7 – 11) when the whole island throws a five-day celebration featuring daytime beach and pool parties, a street fair, pageants and water-based activities including kayaking and boat tours.

In September, REvolution LGBT Art, Food, Wine and Cultural Festival (7 – 11) will bring together local vendors, artists, entertainment, contests and plenty of excellent wine and food to celebrate the LGBT community.

Later in October, the island will embrace its biggest and most outrageous party of the year – Fantasy Fest (20 – 29) – which welcomes visitors from all over the world to dress up lavishly and take part in flamboyant masquerade competitions. The 2017 theme is Time Travel Unravels.

Fantasy Fest

For further information on events taking place in Key West during 2017, visit our Calendar page.

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2017 Key West Summer Vacation: 10 Tips to Keep Your “Cool”

Summer will be here before you know it 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. View our top tips for family vacations, and also see why families love Parrot Key Resort.

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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 around the corner, 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!

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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

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.

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Would you like 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.

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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.

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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. 

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Key West for Seniors: Amazing activities, accommodations and a laid back atmosphere

The laid-back atmosphere, tropical breeze and eclectic line-up of attractions in Key West are just some of the reasons why this destination continues to attract all age groups through the year. Visitors in the senior years of their life, find the island lifestyle rejuvenating and restorative and it’s hardly surprising. After all, this is an island that has everything to offer, from its warm ocean and beautiful beaches, to rich historic and cultural heritage, along with delicious local delicacies. Whether you’re nearing retirement or already retired and ready for your next adventure, you’ll find it here in Key West where a treasure trove of culture and natural beauty is waiting to be discovered.

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Delve into Key West’s past

Key West is famed for his colorful history and cultural diversity. It’s home to shipwreck artifacts, literary legends, celebrated artists, and a previously bustling seaport, all beautifully preserved and showcased throughout the city’s fine collection of museums. Among the most popular are the Key West Shipwreck Museum, Ernest Hemingway House, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and the Martello Gallery – Key West Art and Historical Museum, and they all make fascinating places to explore.

Sail away and find your catch

Leave the crowds behind as you sail through the calm waters surrounding Key West with highly-skilled offshore captains. You can explore the Florida Straits, a 90-mile wide trough of deep water beyond the reef that Hemingway once described as “the Great Blue River.” Swimming all around Key West is a rich abundance of fish including snappers and groupers that inhabit the island’s shipwrecks, reefs and back-country channels, making a day’s fishing trip so rewarding.

 

Music to your ears

Music underpins some of the best memories you’ll take away with you following your vacation, and in Key West there are live music venues round every corner that are sure to get your toes tapping and help you relax. The island’s streets carry a diverse blend of sound in the air, from jazz and blues, to country and western and calypso, making sure you’ll be spoiled for choice in your quest to unwind.

Breathtaking natural beauty

Be prepared to look around in awe as the beauty of Key West’s natural world unfolds before you. With our onsite concierge team, active seniors can take your pick from a range of water-based activities including kayaking and snorkeling, so you can explore the wonders of the ocean at your leisure. Back on dry land, Key West is teeming with places to enjoy natural beauty and the island’s renowned sunsets will no doubt  become your favorite part of the day. Head to Mallory Square for the best views and join the Sunset Celebration which takes place every night. Here you’ll find a festival atmosphere as visitors and locals alike all gather to watch the sparkling sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget to stop by Key West’s Butterfly Conservatory for one last glimpse of the city’s majestic beauty.

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Theatrical delights

Yet another jewel in Key West’s crown is The Waterfront Playhouse, named by Florida Monthly Magazine as ‘the best professional theater in Florida’. For over 70 years, locals and tourists have been treated to a diverse program of productions in this intimate, 150-seat theater which is well-positioned in Mallory Square where the Sunset Celebration adds to the dramatic atmosphere.

Parrot Key Resort for Seniors

Whether you are looking for spacious accommodations or a room with a view for two, we have a range of options available including guestrooms, suites and villas. Depending on your age and mobility, we also offer accessible accommodations and ground floor rooms without stairs to accommodate all needs. Many seniors choose Parrot Key Resort because we are located away from the noise of Duval Street (three miles) in a quiet, tropical paradise.

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Our concierge will also arrange sunset cruises, dolphin tours, and a range of other exciting activities. Or if you prefer to lounge on the beach, take our complimentary shuttle service to nearby Smathers Beach. Many guests prefer to lounge on our white sand terraces or at one of our three sparkling pools. Whatever your pleasure, Key West and Parrot Key Resort offer a range of exciting activities for seniors.

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Let us help plan your vacation for you by calling 855-327-7200 to speak with our onsite vacation planning team.

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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. 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:

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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.

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Mother’s Day 2017 in the Florida Keys

Tips to Pamper Mom in Key West

Parrot Key Resort is celebrating mom throughout May in Key West. Every mom deserves a much-needed break, and if she’s lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day Weekend (May 14th) at Parrot Key Resort, she is sure to be pampered and indulged in style. View our top tips below, to make Mother’s Day 2017 one to remember. Call 877-746-4701 to book your accommodations today.

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Whether mom prefers an action-packed day soaking up the sights of Key West, or a few restorative poolside hours to herself before sampling some of the island’s finest delicacies, there are many wonderful ways to celebrate mom this May 14th. For a memorable Mother’s Day vacation to the Florida Keys, read our guide on the best things to do together in Key West:

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Breakfast at Cafe Blue

Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and overlooking one of our calm, sparkling pools, Cafe Blue is the perfect place to start mom’s perfect day. Sipping a cool, freshly squeezed Florida orange juice, mom can leisurely open presents from the family while breakfast is being prepared. The menu offers healthy options including our tropical fruit plate, omelettes and old-fashioned oatmeal, as well as indulgent treats such as delicious Belgian waffles.

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Poolside pampering

If mom fancies some “me time” on her Mother’s Day getaway, catching up on her favorite book before taking a refreshing dip in the pool, whisk the kids away for a few hours and let mom just be. With four secluded pools to choose from, each surrounded by a tranquil atmosphere and nestled among stunning landscaped gardens, mom will feel completely revitalized and relaxed in her poolside paradise.

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Conch Tour Train

Keep the whole family entertained at one of Florida’s most popular attractions. The Conch Tour Train unearths Key West’s quirky history, snaking all over town to explore the island’s special architecture and tropical fauna. It’s fun, informative, and mom can sit back and soak up the beauty surrounding her. The tour takes 90 minutes and departs from Mallory Square all day long.

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Leisurely lunch

A leisurely lunch prepared especially for mom with loved ones around, is an absolute must on Mother’s Day 2017, and Key West is teeming with charming restaurants to help set the scene. For a memorable dining experience in the historic Bahama Village, try Blue Heaven (729 Thomas Street) which prides itself on serving quality culinary creations in a quirky environment. Mom will love the menu: there’s Caribbean shrimp deglazed with red stripe, Jamaican jerk chicken, and yellowtail with citrus beurre blanc among others to choose from. Or there’s Nine One Five on Duval Street, a Victorian house boasting a fine menu with plenty of local seafood, including pan-roasted grouper with chorizo, spinach and olives.

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Time out beachside

One of the best ways to switch off and escape during your Mother’s Day in the Florida Keys is to head beachside. Take mom to Smathers Beach and enjoy 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. We don’t expect mom will ever feel bored of feeling the powder white sand between her toes as she gazes out across the clear blue waters of the Atlantic, however if she does fancy some action then there is plenty to choose from, including paddle boarding, kayaking, and parasailing which is offered for an added cost.

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However you choose to appreciate mom this year, make sure you end Mother’s Day with a celebratory cocktail at sundown. Cafe Blue serves cocktails from 11am until sunset with happy hour between 5pm and 7pm. Treat mom to a Bahama Mama and make a toast as the sun sets on a memorable day in Key West.

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