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Parrot Key Resort is honored to be recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The “Hall of Fame” was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Parrot Key Resort has received the Certificate of Excellence since 2011. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
We would like to thank all guests who have left positive TripAdvisor reviews for Parrot Key Resort over the years. We appreciate you more than you know.
Key West is not only a paradise for sun worshippers, food fans and nature lovers; it is also a dream destination for shoppers looking to indulge in everything from clothing boutiques and big brands, to art galleries and quirky gifts. With its laid-back lifestyle and side streets lined with cafés, take your time as you discover homemade souvenirs, eco-friendly treasures, designer clothing, unique jewelry, and original Key West home wares. Visit in early December to enjoy unique Christmas shopping options and at the end of the day, we’ll save you a seat poolside at Parrot Key Resort.
Here is a pick of some of the island’s most popular, not-to-be missed stores. Warning: be prepared to shop til you drop, so plan some much-needed café stops along the way or rest and relaxation at Parrot Key Resort!
Mallory Square Shopping
Famous for its daily Sunset Celebration, Mallory Square is also renowned for its colorful collection of shops including the famous Shell Warehouse which is home to the largest selection of shells in Key West. It is located in the heart of Mallory Square in a 19th century ice house and features rare shells from around the world alongside fine jewelry, local artwork and home décor. The Sponge Market is another popular store on Mallory Square for souvenirs and gifts, with a wide selection of natural sponges, nautical gifts, Key Lime products and tropical clothing.
Local Color (276 Margaret St) is ideal for jewelry lovers with a huge variety of items featuring precious and semi-precious stones. Cigar lovers will be in their element at Cigar City (410 Wall St), which has the largest inventory of Cuban cigars in Key West. Shoppers looking to find local treasures and unique gifts will enjoy a visit to the Clinton Square Market (291 Front St). For authentic island food souvenirs, head to Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe (802 Duval St), a Key West institution with its selection of Key Lime flavored treats from pies, salsa and tea, to jelly beans, olive oil and cookies. View more Mallory Square shopping.
Key West Clothing
If you’re looking to discover the latest Florida fashion, Ron Jon Surf Shop (503 Front St) is best for relaxing island wear, while Lilly Pulitzer (600 Front St) stocks iconic designs that echo the Key West lifestyle with beautifully bright, colorful and floral prints to choose from. No shopping trip is complete without picking up a pair of locally made shoes, so head to popular Kino Sandals (107 Fitzpatrick St) at the corner of Greene and Fitzpatrick Streets. Sandal makers will be busy working behind the scenes to hand-craft a variety of styles using natural leather straps and rubber soles – the most comfortable footwear for getting around Key West.
Other Key West Favorites
Take time out and enjoy an organic coffee with chocolates at Lush Bar, hidden at the back of the boutique, which offers the perfect escapism. Along Duval Street, take a stroll into The Green Pineapple (1130 Duval St) to find an eclectic mix of vintage jewelery, clothing, island décor and unusual gifts. A trip to Key West is not complete without a visit to Key West Aloe (1075 Duval St). Their amazing line of Key West inspired skin care products includes a range of options for men, women and even pets!
For Literary Lovers
Key West’s rich literary history can be explored at Key West Island Books (513 Fleming St) which has an extensive collection of local interest books and an entire section of novels by and about Ernest Hemingway as well as other local authors. Whatever your pleasure, there’s something for everyone in Key West! For more shopping inspiration, VISIT FLORIDA has a useful shopping guide here.
Get in the Holiday Spirit- Key West Holiday Events
- December 3 – 20, 2015: Key West Holiday Fest- Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.
- December 3 – 6, 2015: Hot Pink Holidays- Sponsored by the Key West Business Guild, this LGBT holiday event is full of of festive activities and special retail opportunities on the island. Events include “flash mob shopping sprees” for gifts galore, holiday light tours, a hometown holiday parade and Christmas caroling.
- December 5: Key West Holiday Parade- The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. The route includes Truman Avenue and White Street and then proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street. Contact: 305-809-3881.
- 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. 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.
- December 12: Schooner Wharf Bar Annual Lighted Boat Parade- Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Contact: 305-292-3302.
- December 20: Monthly Artisan Market — Holiday/Shop Local- The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer and wine. Located at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family and pet friendly event. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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 now to avoid missing out on a spectacular festive experience. View our last minute availability for Christmas in Key West!
View These Christmas Offers:
- $250 for food and drinks during Christmas
- Stay 5 Nights in December + Save 15%
- Or view shorter Christmas stay dates here
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 waters of Florida Bay or our tropical gardens.
Your spacious villa includes a third floor bedroom with two twin beds, a master bedroom with a king bed, and a ground floor guestroom with a double queen bed–perfect for accommodating up to 8 guests. Other bed type combinations are available to request upon booking.
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 in many parts of the world, 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 heated 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.
Key West Holiday Festivities
- December 3 – 20, 2015: Key West Holiday Fest- Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.
- December 20: Monthly Artisan Market — Holiday/Shop Local- The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event. Email: email@example.com.
- 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.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book reservations online now.
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
Sports fans with a need for speed can satisfy it at the Key West World Championship powerboat races set for Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 8-15, in Key West waters.
The 35th annual championship series is to feature boats raced by leading American and international teams, roaring over a 6.2-mile course that includes Key West Harbor and provides unparalleled viewing for spectators.
Boats typically face both rough and calm water conditions during the season-ending event, dubbed the Indianapolis 500 of the offshore powerboat racing circuit. The challenging course is a primary reason for Key West’s reputation as one of the world’s premier racing venues.
The course layout means boats can sometimes pass within 50 yards of fans, enabling them to experience the pulse-pounding action in a unique close-up manner.
The Key West World Championship is to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island’s legendary Duval Street beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The excitement builds through the week with races Wednesday, Nov. 11; Friday, Nov. 13; and Sunday, Nov. 15. Races are scheduled at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on all three days and each features boats from multiple classes.
Among spectators’ favorites are the Superboat and Superboat Unlimited classes, which draw powerful contenders competing at speeds that can reach 140 and 150 mph, respectively.
On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the boats, watch in-water testing runs and mingle with racers and crews at the race village on Key West’s Truman Waterfront, which lies beyond the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.
In addition, parties are planned for racers and fans.
General-admission tickets are available, as are all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent. Other popular viewing areas include waterfront hotels and Key West’s Mallory Square.
Event information: www.superboat.com
Let us help plan your vacation at Parrot Key Resort by calling 855-327-7200 to speak with our onsite vacation planning team.
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
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
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.