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Key West is gearing up for its annual celebration of all things flamboyant, colorful and outrageous when Fantasy Fest Key West takes over historic Old Town starting October 23rd in the Florida Keys. Parrot Key Resort is offer $50/night for food and drinks when staying 4 nights during Fantasy Fest or the Goombay Festival. Arrive early and take part in the Zombie Bike Ride on October 25th! Fantasy Fest images are compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau.
Masquerade March- Fantasy Fest
One of the liveliest events of the week-long celebration will be the Masquerade March on Friday, October 30, which will see thousands of masked and costumed party-goers unleashing their intergalactic alter egos through the streets to reflect the theme of this year’s Fantasy Fest – “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show.” The imagination of all participants is expected to run wild with costumes reflecting creatures from faraway galaxies, circus sideshows and supernatural sagas.
The popular march is free to enter and watch, starting at 5 p.m at the Key West Cemetery’s Frances Street entrance and reaching its end near the Fantasy Fest Fair on Duval Street. There will be crowds of locals and visitors lined up watching the promenade along the streets of Key West’s historic district, creating an electric atmosphere like nowhere else.
3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade
The celebration will help to raise spirits even higher in time for the festival’s main highlight on Saturday, October 31, which is the 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. This spectacular event will feature dozens of glittering floats, marching groups in incredible costumes and lively bands playing island-style music along and Whitehead Street and Duval Street.
Fantasy Fest is packed with an exciting line-up of events, from bar parties to costume shows. Visit here for details of the full program.
Fantasy Fest Hotel Deal
We are offering a special Fantasy Fest offer for visitors staying 4 nights or more during the week of Fantasy Fest or the Goombay Festival. We will treat you to $50 per night at our poolside Cafe Blue which serves a delicious range of breakfasts, snacks, lunches and refreshing island drinks. Use your credit to enjoy pre-party drinks before Fantasy Fest, or start the morning refreshed with poolside breakfast or lunch.
Parrot Key Resort is perfectly located in Key West just minutes from the historic Old Town, yet hidden away in its own serene waterfront oasis to give visitors the best of both worlds during the party week of Fantasy Fest. You are a short taxi ride from the action at night but far enough from the noise of Duval Street during the day. With a sense of unrivaled seclusion in your peaceful haven, it is hard to believe that the energetic and eclectic vibe of Key West is just an easy stroll away.
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, available for stays the remainder of 2015 through our “Suite Escape Sale.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then there are the refreshing cocktails to choose from, including Parrot Rum Punch, Key Lime Daiquiris, Blueberry Mojitos and other Florida Keys creations.
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
As one of the biggest highlights in the year’s calendar, Thanksgiving Day creates some of the best memories of celebrating with family and friends. It’s hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere else on November 26 other than around the table surrounded by your nearest and dearest with a feast full of the finest Thanksgiving treats. But close your eyes and imagine waking up with your loved ones in a sub-tropical haven away from the autumn chill, stepping out onto your private balcony and gazing out on the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys. This is no ordinary Thanksgiving Day – it’s a celebration Key West-style that will send you on a journey through paradise as you sip iced Margaritas and lounge back under the golden rays of day-long sunshine.
Give thanks in a tropical oasis
Our Key West hideaway at Parrot Key Resort provides an idyllic backdrop to help you mark Thanksgiving Day in style. Home to four beautiful sparkling pools, each nestled among a tropical garden oasis offering peace, privacy and paradise, Parrot Key Resort offers simple luxuries and stunning scenery. During the Thanksgiving celebrations, you and your family can spend quality time around one of our pools breathing in the warm scented air, reading in the shade, or cooling off in the refreshing water. For a more action-packed Thanksgiving holiday, we can organize a variety of water sports for you including paddle boarding, kayaking, waverunner tours and parasailing.
A luxury villa for ultimate comfort
Families and groups of friends looking to celebrate Thanksgiving together can sprawl out in our spacious three-bedroom villas, each overlooking the natural beauty of either our lush tropical gardens or the calm ocean. With different bed type combinations to suit the needs of your group, including a master bedroom with a king and a guest room with a double queen, each room has its own flat screen TV for when you need time out to recharge after a lively day of Thanksgiving. The villa has its own private balcony providing the perfect spot for watching a spectacular sunset together after a day of celebrations.
A feast fit for Thanksgiving
Take a stroll through the center of Key West and you’ll be spoiled for choice with a wide variety of highly rated restaurants offering a Thanksgiving feast with a tropical Florida Keys twist. Start by toasting Thanksgiving with a cool cocktail at our poolside Café Blue before venturing out to your chosen venue for a food fest to remember. A popular choice for dining out and indulging in the best Thanksgiving cuisine is Rooftop Café (308 Front Street, Key West, FL, 33040 (305)294 – 2042). Reservations are essential during the Thanksgiving holiday. For more inspiration on dining out in Key West, visit here.
Dial 888-211-0348 to book Thanksgiving accommodations or book online
Christmas in the Florida Keys is nothing short of magical. The lack of a single snowflake is more than made up for by the endless grains of powder-soft sand that you can sink your bare toes into during a stroll along our white sand terraces and pretty palm-lined paths. Key West is a particularly popular destination during the holidays, so book your Christmas vacation of a lifetime early to avoid missing out on a spectacular festive experience.
During the holiday season, the island’s palm trees are illuminated with lights, conch cottages are decorated with colorful holiday displays and sail boats are magically lit up on the waterfront. From fun events and entertaining activities to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holidays.
Wake up to water or garden views in spacious luxury villas
At Parrot Key Resort, space is never compromised so you will enjoy sprawling out in style in one of our three-bedroom villas. Ideal for families and groups of friends, you can unwrap gifts, play games and unwind together in the exclusivity of your own villa which overlooks stunning views of either the sparkling Gulf waters or our tropical gardens.
Each room has its own bed type combination, including a master bedroom with a king bed and a guestroom with a double queen bed, along with a flat screen TV for when you need time out to switch off and recharge.
Festive dining with a Florida Keys tropical twist
You will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to dine with family and friends, and the key to creating a memorable, happy occasion for festive indulgence is to book early. There are delicious menus and holiday specials available at many well-established restaurants across Key West. For inspiration on where to dine, visit here. Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays to bring you refreshing snacks and celebratory Christmas cocktails during your poolside relaxation.
Kick back and relax under the winter sunshine
During the depths of winter when it’s usually grey and cold back home, Key West is a haven of natural beauty, adventure and quirky culture waiting to be explored under a subtropical sunshine. What a treat waking up on Christmas Day morning to soak up the scenery of tropical gardens or the calm ocean before taking a dip in one of our four pools, each nestled in its own lush oasis. This is where you can really switch off from the usual Christmas chores that come with preparing and then clearing up a mammoth meal.
Festive events confirmed so far
- December 12, 2015: 25th Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade
Vessels of every size and shape deck their hulls and light up the night with creative displays. Visitors in recent years have enjoyed a Keys-style twist to the usual winter wonderland displays, including a Santa’s sleigh guided by dolphins rather than cold-weather reindeer. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and the parade begins at 8 p.m. Boats will come into the Key West Bight and pass in front of the judges’ stand at Schooner Wharf where live music will be played all evening to add to the holiday spirit.
- December 31, 2015: Key West New Year’s Eve
Celebrations include the lowering of the Conch Shell over Sloppy Joe’s on lower Duval Street, the lowering of famous Key West drag queen Sushi (riding a huge high-heeled shoe) over the Bourbon Street Complex on upper Duval Street, and the lowering of the “pirate wench” from the mast of a schooner in the Historic Seaport. Expect everything out of the ordinary during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Key West.
Full details on further festive events will be available soon via our December events page.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book reservations online now.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit petersonskeywestpokerrun.com.
UPDATE: THE SALE IS NOW OVER
Planning an escape to the Florida Keys in the shimmering autumn sunshine is one reason to feel excited. Booking a luxury deal that won’t bust your budget will raise your vacation excitement to a whole new level, which is why Parrot Key Resort is delighted to launch our latest sale which includes savings of up to 25% on stays this autumn. Book by August 10th to enjoy rates on garden guestrooms from $149/night on select dates. For the ultimate luxury, guests can also upgrade to luxury with a garden suite from $169/night on select dates. Travel with friends this autumn and try a 3-bedroom villa with room for eight, starting at $339/night.
Serenity is on Sale: Book online now
An autumn breeze and nothing but the sound of serenity
Not only does a vacation this fall mean calmer islands following the busy summer season, it also means a comfortable tropical heat and balmy breeze when the rest of the northern world is gearing up for colder days in the run up to winter. With average temperatures topping 84 degrees, Key West is perfectly positioned to enjoy a range of activities for both adventure-seekers and those looking to indulge in some rest and relaxation, where all you can hear is the sound of serenity.
Autumn Events in Key West
There is also an excellent line-up of events from September through November to keep you entertained during your Florida Keys vacation. Please note that special event dates will be higher priced than the advertised lead rates, but still offer great value.
- Beer and ale fans will be in their element during the Key West Brewfest (September 2 – 7) which will feature over 150 varieties to sample, as well as brew-themed dinners, beer and cigar gatherings, pool parties and a lavish tasting festival on the beach.
- Another September highlight is the Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run (17 – 20) which will bring together motorcycle enthusiasts from around the US for South Florida’s biggest motorcycle party weekend of the year. Starting in Miami and ending in Key West, over 10,000 riders will make five stops along the way and end with a big party and game of Texas Hold ‘Em at Cowboy Bill’s, 618 Duval Street.
- In October, Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood will host the lively Goombay Festival with a colorful variety of island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets to tempt visitors.
- The party atmosphere in Key West will then go into overdrive from October 23 through November 1 when Fantasy Fest kicks off. This annual 10-day festival celebrates outrageous costuming and masking with fun and flamboyant events including promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats.
- November is a big month with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day celebrations to prepare for in Key West. There are also exciting events to enjoy, including the Key West World Championship Race (8 – 15), the Annual Key West Film Fest (11 – 16) and Art! Key West! from 27 through 29.
Or grab an island snack and just relax
On-site you can sit back and enjoy some rest and relaxation poolside by one of our four sparkling pools, each nestled among its own tropical oasis to offer some much-needed seclusion and privacy. When it’s time for a thirst-quencher, we’ll bring you a refreshing island drink from Cafe Blue which also serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches and daytime snacks.
Water-based activities in Key West
Autumn is the perfect time of year for fishing with lobster season running from August through March, and stone crab claw season starting in October through May. Parrot Key Resort can even arrange fishing charters at the resort for a unforgettable day trip out in the ocean. Water sports fans can also indulge in a range of other adventurous activities including diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Plus, our complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach means you can unwind on powder-soft sand and top up your Floridia sun tan at your leisure.
Our autumn sale runs August 3rd through August 14th for stays this autumn. Call 877-676-1826 or book online by August 14th.
Terms: This offer must be booked by August 14, 2015 and the deal is valid for stays on select dates, now through January 14, 2016. The sale starting rates are for garden guestrooms and other room types will be higher. Savings are limited based on availability, and some blackout dates may apply. Rates are subject to frequent change based on availability and may sell out at any given time. The sale rates do not reflect a daily resort fee of $25/night in addition to a 12.5% applicable tax. Savings vary based on availability and special event dates. The sale rates are available for SELECT dates and room types only. Find the best rates on Sundays through Thursdays.
Seafood fans will be in their element during a visit to Key West this summer when the tasty Key West Lobsterfest brings its annual schedule of events to the island from Thursday through Sunday, August 6-9. This popular “feast-ival” celebrates the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season with an exciting line-up of activities including the traditional lobster boil and a lively street fair. Book your stay at Parrot Key Resort or call 855-327-7200.
Famous for its sweet and tender meat, the spiny lobster of the Florida Keys is served at its best when steamed with drawn butter and partnered with a savory salad. Restaurants all over Key West will be serving up the freshest, tastiest lobster, seasoned to perfection for diners to devour.
The festival kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6th when lobster lovers will gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front Street, for a delectable lobster boil with shrimp, sausage, clawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and plenty of live entertainment to keep celebrations in top gear.
One of the main highlights of Friday’s festivities will be the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl of bars along Key West’s lively Duval Street, warming crowds up to the weekend finale on Saturday, August 8th when the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair takes over the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval. From noon until 11:00 p.m, chefs from local restaurants will prepare fine lobster specialties, featuring fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys fishermen. There will also be live music during the day with a free outdoor concert from 1:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. as well as a colorful collection of arts, crafts and merchandise from on-site vendors.
For more information on Lobsterfest including reservation details for key events during the weekend, visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com
As the summer sun dips into the horizon and the autumn months make their arrival, the warm tropical air still surrounding Key West is blended with a sense of calm following the busy family season, making it a desirable destination for couples of all ages.
With kids back at school, the months from mid-September to early December are filled with peace and quiet yet there is still every opportunity to find fun during autumn, particularly with an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season. As the majority of the world braces itself for the start of an inevitable cold snap, the sun is still shining its golden rays over the Florida Keys so you can escape the chilly winds and warm up in paradise.
5 Romantic Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Key West:
1. You Can Space Out With Less Crowds
If you’re traveling with your loved ones or a group of friends, you will enjoy more space to sprawl out on beaches together after the summer crowds have left the island. With the average temperature topping 84 degrees and the ocean remaining beautifully warm, you can take time out to soak up the autumn sun and indulge in watersports without being surrounded by the excitable sounds of families on vacation.
2. Celebrate Federal Holidays and Special Events
With summer tucked away and Christmas looming in the distance, there is still plenty to celebrate in autumn. You can enjoy a long peaceful weekend break or week-long vacation during Columbus Day on October 13 or Veteran’s Day on November 11. Thanksgiving Day on November 27 also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style and make the most of the extended weekend break.
Surrounding these key holiday weekends are a flurry of exciting events in Key West including the Fantasy Fest, the island’s largest event of the year, from October 17 through 26. The festival features outrageous costume competitions, street fairs, a grand parade and themed parties. While the island is peaceful during autumn, this ten-day celebration of flamboyancy will be lively, energetic and full of color.
Other festivals during the autumn months include:
- The Goombay Festival in Bahama Village from October 17 – 18, featuring island-style food, arts, crafts and dancing, a Headdress Ball on October 21 (all leading up to Fantasy Fest)
- International Latin Arts Festival November 7 – 10
- Key West Film Festival November 12 – 16
- Key West World Championship Races November 2 – 9 which brings together high-speed offshore powerboats, all racing in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters creating an unforgettable sight
3. Fall in Love All Over Again
Key West is perfect for couples looking to indulge in a romantic break and autumn is one of the best seasons in which to enjoy some quiet time together. Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top three romantic hotels on the island, according to TripAdvisor, with its spacious accommodations and secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens, poolside dining and serene atmosphere. When couples venture beyond the privacy and tranquility of the resort, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers.
4. Enjoy the Perfect Weather
Although the autumn period is considered Key West’s “shoulder season,” many locals will agree that autumn is the best time to visit Key West with temperatures topping an average of 84 degrees. Combine these warm temperatures with a gentle breeze and Parrot Key Resort is the perfect setting for holding hands on your outdoor balcony or watching a Florida Keys sunset from our sunset pier.
5. Catch a Deal
Autumn is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort, so if you’re after a budget-friendly getaway then you’ll find a variety of discount options from our specials page. If you book directly through Parrot Key, you are guaranteed our best rates so call 888-504-4174 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable package this autumn.
Calling all lobster lovers! If you’re planning a vacation in the Florida Keys at the end of July, you’ll be in for a treat when mini lobster season hits the waters around Key West. Book in advance at Parrot Key Resort to avoid disappointment. Dial 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.
About Lobster Mini-Season in Key West
Lasting for two days on July 29th and 30th, lobster mini-season brings together a host of lobster hunters, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding Key West to catch the first fresh lobster of the season. 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 culinary delight in the Keys, your taste buds will be tingling come the end of July.
Lobster Mini-Season Information Booth
An information booth geared to help travelers coming to the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season is to open at mile marker 106 in Key Largo, near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Hours of operation are daily Saturday through Tuesday, July 25-28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To be staffed by officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the booth is to be established next to Shell World on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of the road. Officers are to be on hand to show lobster enthusiasts how to properly measure their harvest, as well as information on the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations.
Florida State Park officials are to establish a second information center Tuesday, July 28th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bahia Honda State Park, located at mile marker 36.8.
Lionfish Removal Opportunity
New this year is a lionfish removal opportunity for lobster sport season participants. The rule allows divers to take a single spiny lobster over the bag limit per day for each day that they also harvest 10 or more lionfish during the 2015 spiny lobster mini-season only. Lionfish must be harvested the same day and prior to taking the additional lobster.
Officials also point to the need for divers to ensure their personal health is in good order before submerging and that dive and boating gear have been verified to be in good working order.
Florida Lobster mini-season begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 29, and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 30. Click http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/regs/mc_lobster.pdf to download a copy of lobster harvest rules and regulations.
The regular lobster season begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 6. Lobsterfest Key West celebrates the start of the regular lobster season August 6-9, 2015.
Book Your Stay at Parrot Key Resort
To make the most of your time in Key West during mini lobster season this July, check out our latest special offers or call 855-327-7200 to speak to a member of the Parrot Key team to help you plan your vacation. If you can’t visit in July, make sure to check out Key West Lobsterfest in August!
Racers can compete on foot or on paddleboards during two Key West challenges that commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s exuberant outdoor lifestyle and passion for sporting pursuits. Set for Saturday, July 25th, the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race are part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. The July 21-26 festival salutes the life and work of the author who lived on the island in the 1930s, enjoying sports from swimming to sparring. Book your stay now, at Parrot Key Resort, to avoid disappointment!
The Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race is to kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the island city’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. The 3-mile ocean course begins and ends at the beach.
The 5k run/walk is to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, located beside the Atlantic at Whitehead and South streets. Runners travel a fast, flat 3.1-mile course through historic Old Town past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.
Awards for runners await the top three male and female overall finishers, top three male and female masters and top three male and female finishers in age categories ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over. For paddleboard racers and walkers in the 5k, awards are to be presented to the first- through 10th-place male and female finishers.
All competitors in both races can expect finisher medals. A registration booth is to be open 3-7 p.m. race day at 1319 Duval St. Race packets can be picked up there.
The entry fee for either race is $45 per adult ($35 for military members and those under age 15). Fees include a fully sublimated race tech shirt, food, libations and giveaways.
For more race information, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com or 305-240-0727.