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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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

Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book reservations online now.

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Celebrate a Key West Christmas in paradise

Picture the scene: it’s December 25th and you’re far from feeling the pinch of winter with its cold winds and threats of icy showers. Rather than crunching through white snow in thick boots, you’re walking barefoot through powder-soft white sand. You’re no longer wrapping up warm beneath multiple layers of clothing, but bathing in a swimsuit beneath the golden rays of glorious sunshine. It’s not 35 degrees and cloudy, but 72 degrees with clear skies and balmy air. It’s Christmas and you’re in the Florida Keys.

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If you’re now dreaming of a white sand Christmas with your loved ones, you can make it a reality with a holiday of a lifetime at Parrot Key Resort in Key West, the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is a popular destination during the holidays, so book your place in paradise early to avoid missing out on a spectacular Christmas experience.

During the festive season, the island’s palm trees are sparkling with lights, conch cottages are decorated with colorful holiday displays and sail boats are magically lit up. From vibrant events to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are our just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holiday:

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Villas with waterfront or tropical garden views

At Parrot Key Resort, you can sprawl out in style in one of our two or three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families and friends spending Christmas together. You can unwrap gifts, play games and relax together in the exclusivity of your own villa overlooking the sparkling water or our tropical gardens, without compromising on space.

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Each room has its own bed type combination, including a master bedroom with a king and a guest room with a double queen, along with a flat screen TV and DVD player for when you need time out to switch off and recharge.

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The Key West Lighted Boat Parade

Magical lights twinkling in the harbor is a Christmas sight not to be missed. This year marks the 24th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade which sees a great number of boats all decorate their sails, masts and hulls with lights to add to the festive cheer as they compete for the Best Nautical Holiday Decorations in Key West competition.

Christmas Light Trolley Tour

Key West certainly knows how to deck the halls and transform its buildings into a wonderland of glittery festive cheer. Local residents use plenty of bright lights, quirky scenes and vibrant colors to decorate their homes and gardens to celebrate the season, and you can see it for yourself aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours on their Holly Jolly Holiday Lights Trolley. The Christmas elves at the Old Town Trolley have found the best lights so you can sit back merrily and be dazzled by the island’s sparkling delights.

Dine with a festive Florida Keys style

Delicious menus and holiday specials are available at many well-established restaurants across Key West, and the key to a memorable, easy-going family Christmas dinner is to book early. Rooftop Café on Front Street, Duffy’s Steak and Lobster House on the corner of Truman Avenue, Pisces on Simonton Street, and Kelly’s on Whitehead Street are some of the island’s firm favorites for festive indulgence. Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays for refreshing snacks and celebratory Christmas cocktails.

Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine

It’s not often you’re greeted by endless blue skies, white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and towering palm trees during the depths of winter. Key West is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and quirky culture waiting to be explored, all topped off with southern hospitality and opportunities to relax round every corner. Just imagine waking up on Christmas Day morning to views of tropical gardens or sparkling water before taking a dip in one of our four pools, each nestled in its own lush landscaped garden. You may be used to a particular way of spending Christmas back home, which often involves plenty of preparation and a huge clean-up after dinner. At Parrot Key Resort, the focus is on relaxation, fun and simple luxury in the ultimate definition of paradise.

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Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book reservations online now.

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Key West braces itself for a zombie takeover on two wheels

Eery costumes, ghoulish make-up, thousands of bicycles and a glistening ocean backdrop. Even the most wild of imaginations would be challenged to create this spectacular scene in the heart of paradise, yet it is going to be a reality in Key West on Sunday October 19 with the Key West Zombie Bike Ride. Parrot Key Resort is even offering bicycle rental specials during the event! Contact us at 855-327-7200 for details.

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About the Key West Zombie Bike Ride

Thousands of visitors and locals will take to two wheels and pedal down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway and through Key West’s streets in their most outrageous outfits for the Zombie Bike Ride, one of many offbeat events taking place during the annual Fantasy Fest, October 17 – 26.

As you wander the island’s streets and soak up the stunning scenery along the highway, hoards of cyclists will flash by wearing everything from dead-white face paint and gory zombie costumes to walking dead garb.

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Zombie Bike Ride Celebrations

An electric party atmosphere will sweep through Key West during the day with other events taking place for those of you who would rather not pedal through the streets. At 2pm, Zombieland will open at the historic and haunted Fort East Martello (3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.) featuring live music, face and body painting, and plenty of food and drink. The Zombie Bike Ride will then start at 6pm followed by the ZombieFest party from 7pm on Duval Street. There will also be a Zombie Beach Bash at Salute on the Beach (1000 Atlantic Blvd.) from 4pm-8pm for the official viewing party.

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After the party, take time out and sink into the luxury of your guest room or suite at Parrot Key Resort before waking to another day of tropical paradise in your private oasis of peace and calm. Contact us at 855-327-7200 for bookings and bicycle rentals.

For more information on the Zombie Bike Ride and safety instructions, visit www.zombiebikeride.com.

*All images compliments of Florida Keys News Bureau

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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.

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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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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2014 in Key West style

It’s autumn in the Florida Keys and there has never been a better time than now to plan a holiday trip to Key West, FL. There’s no need to celebrate in the cold; instead, you can lounge under the golden rays of tropical sunshine while sipping  Margaritas poolside at Parrot Key Resort. Discover an idyllic Thanksgiving in Key West, our own slice of paradise and make the most of your holiday season.

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A feast fit for Thanksgiving

Key West has no shortage of highly rated Thanksgiving restaurants in which to sit back and indulge over oven-roasted turkey and side-dishes given a tropical Keys twist. Start by toasting Thanksgiving with a cool cocktail at our poolside Café Blue before venturing out to your chosen venue for a Key West feast to remember. Our recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner include:

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A tropical haven for relaxation

A Thanksgiving celebration on vacation not only means treating yourself to the best cuisine in the Florida Keys, but also finding every opportunity to relax and unwind beneath day-long sunshine. Parrot Key is home to four beautiful sparkling pools, each nestled among a tropical garden oasis offering peace, privacy and paradise. During the Thanksgiving celebrations, you and your family can spend quality time around the pool soaking up the warm air, reading in the shade, or cooling off in the refreshing water. For a more action-packed Thanksgiving holiday, we can organize a variety of water sports  including paddle boarding, kayaking, WaveRunner tours and parasailing.

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A luxury villa for ultimate comfort

Families and groups of friends looking to celebrate Thanksgiving together can sprawl out in our spacious three-bedroom villas, each overlooking the natural beauty of either our lush tropical gardens or the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With different bed type combinations, including a master bedroom with a king and a guest room with a double queen, each room has its own flat screen TV and DVD player for when you need time out to switch off and recharge after a lively day of Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014 everyone!

Dial 888-211-0348 to book Thanksgiving accommodations or book online.

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Key West Roosevelt Boulevard Construction Complete

Visitors driving into Key West and Parrot Key Resort have a smooth new roadway to travel following the completion of a $41.5 million reconstruction and enhancement of North Roosevelt Boulevard, a primary route for motorists arriving and departing the island city.

The project incorporated almost 3 miles of the boulevard from the U.S. Highway 1 triangle at the island’s entrance to Eisenhower Drive at the start of Truman Avenue and the city’s historic district.

The majority of the new roadway, which required 59,000 tons of asphalt, features five traffic lanes: two each for northbound and southbound travel and a center turn lane.

Elements of the comprehensive project included rebuilding, repaving and re-striping the roadway; installing crosswalks, 69 new street lights and Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant sidewalks; replacing existing traffic signals with hurricane-resistant signals and installing a new signal in a high-traffic area; adding extensive landscaping including 157 mature coconut palms; and rebuilding and expanding the seawall and promenade along the waterfront for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner at Parrot Key Resort or book reservations online now.

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

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Cinema and stars collide for the annual Key West Film Festival

A star-studded cinematic feast will be beckoning film fans in Key West in November with well-known names including Marisa Tomei, Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close, America Ferrara, Frank Langella, Jason Schwartzman, Selena Gomez and dozens more.

The four-day Key West Film Festival, November 12-16, spotlights around 50 films on the subtropical island which has previously provided the perfect backdrop for filming scenes from a number of movies, such as Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Rose Tattoo’ and the James Bond adventure ‘License to Kill’.

There will be many highlights for locals and visitors, including film viewings of the 2014 comedy ‘Loitering with Intent’ starring Marisa Tomei, with appearances by director Adam Rapp. There will also be feature presentations screened at Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute (516 Duval Street) and Tropic Cinema, the independent film multiplex (416 Eaton Street).

The festival will also focus on Cuban cinema with an appearance from director Leon Ichaso, well-known for his ‘El Cantante’ starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Film buffs can also look forward to a welcome reception, gatherings with festival VIPS and a dazzling Champagne awards dinner on the oceanfront.

Parrot Key Resort has a great variety of spacious room options for film fans looking to stay in simple luxury on the island during the festival. Our guest rooms, suites and villas all boast beautiful views of either our lush tropical gardens or the calm Gulf of Mexico, and each of our four sparkling pools is nestled among a landscaped garden oasis offering peace, privacy and paradise. To book your ultimate vacation during the Key West Film Festival, call (866) 750-6980 or visit our reservations page.

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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.

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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.

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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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Super speedy powerboats set to soar through Key West’s waters

Powerboats racing through the waters surrounding Key West will create a spectacular scene on the southernmost island during the 34th annual Key West World Championship, November 2-9.

Racing at 140mph and above, national and international teams will compete for world titles in eight classes, including the celebrated Superboat class. This popular event is celebrated for its adrenaline-fueled action that has inspired comparisons to the Indianapolis 500.

Kicking off the race week will be a parade of high-powered boats along Key West’s legendary Duval Street from 4pm on Sunday November 2 followed by a racing schedule throughout the week with breath-taking high-speed challenges.

There will be plenty to keep fans entertained on non-race days, with opportunities to view view the sleek high-speed boats, watch in-water test runs and meet racers and crews at the race village on the Truman Waterfront. A party will also kick off on Friday night on Duval Street featuring a display of race boats. Mallory Square will provide a popular viewing area throughout the event.

For information on the week-long schedule, general-admission tickets and all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent, visit www.superboat.com

Away from the high-speed energy of the World Championships, you can sit back in your haven of relaxation at Parrot Key Resort, take our complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach, gently cruise through the waters on a kayak or paddle board, before celebrating a Key West sunset with a Margarita from our poolside Café Blue.

For reservations, call (866) 750-6980.

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Sun, sand, and seafood: Why Key West in January 2015 should be at the top of your vacation list

It’s easy to allow those post-Christmas January blues to kick in, especially when the air becomes colder, the skies grayer and the wind chill harsher. But if you’re lucky enough to enjoy time away on vacation in the Florida Keys after the holiday season, the only January blues you’ll be experiencing will be the clear skies above and the calm ocean below.

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With average highs of 75 degrees, January is a beautiful month in which to visit Key West when the island is basking in day-long sunshine and the holiday crowds have eased. There is also a line-up of popular events to add more fun to your vacation, including:

Key West Historic House & Garden Tours

There are many elegant and fascinating private homes throughout Key West that boast impressive interior design, exquisite restorations and creative renovations. On January 16 and 17, you will have the perfect opportunity to take a tour inside these architectural masterpieces and marvel at the beauty behind each door thanks to the 54th Annual Key West Historic House  & Garden Tours. Key West’s famous Conch Tour Train will take you from one home to another, all provided by Historic Tours of America.

Key West Seafood Festival

Key West is world-renowned for its fantastic seafood and no visit to the island is complete without sampling the freshest fish caught locally from the surrounding waters. January is an exciting month for seafood lovers when the Key West Seafood Festival takes place on January 17 and 18. This weekend celebration of everything marine-related is a family-friendly event with live music, crafts, activities for all age groups, and of course plenty of local fresh Keys seafood. What’s more, admission is free so make sure you build up an appetite for this gastronomic island event.

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Another taste-bud tempting event in January is the five day Key West Food & Wine Festival from January 28 through February 1. Showcasing the talents of some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the Keys, this annual event is all about indigenous Keys cuisine and culinary creations with plenty of wine tasting and party fun in-between. Events during the festival include the Let Them Eat Cake French masquerade party on Friday 30 at Lush Bar at The Green Pineapple, 1130 Duval Street where Key Lime Pie will be flavor of the night. The festival closes with the The Key West Outdoor Artisan Wine Market on February 1 where wine will be sold at discount prices and musical entertainment creates a lively atmosphere.

Book online or speak to our reservations team at 888-211-0348.

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