Key West gets set for its biggest party of the year with Fantasy Fest 2016

Key West’s most flamboyant and outrageous annual party, Fantasy Fest, is taking on a political theme when it takes to the island’s streets this October 21 – 30. The week-long celebration will see thousands of masked and costumed party-goers unleashing their interpretation of America’s upcoming presidential elections with festivities themed ‘Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians.’ Parrot Key Resort is an event sponsor and guests can save up to 18% when booking in advance for the event.

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With 10 packed days of masquerade balls, wild costume contests and lavish parades, Fantasy Fest is rated as one of the most anticipated events on the Key West calendar.

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Kicking off in spectacular style will be the Royal Coronation Ball, which will involve public voting to elect a masked king and queen. To bring the event to a close on October 30, tens of thousands of spectators will gather in Key West’s historic downtown for the Fantasy Fest Parade with feather-bedecked groups marching through the streets alongside Caribbean bands and huge, extravagant motorised floats.

For visitors looking to explore Key West’s Caribbean roots, the family-friendly Goombay Festival in historic Bahama Village promises an upbeat party atmosphere, while LGBT travellers will enjoy the Headdress Ball.

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Other theatrical highlights during Fantasy Fest include the Zombie Bike Ride, Key West Burlesque and the annual Pet Masquerade with Re-pup-licans and Demo-cats taking centre stage.

Duval Street will be transformed into a mile-long marketplace with vendors offering costumes and masks, arts and crafts, and a range of delicious food and drinks.

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Parrot Key Resort is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Fantasy Fest. Located in Key West just minutes from the historic Old Town, the resort is hidden away in its own serene waterfront oasis to give visitors the best of both worlds during the party week. With a sense of unrivalled seclusion, it is hard to believe that the energetic and eclectic vibe of thousands of partygoers is just a short drive away.

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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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Top ten reasons to visit Key West this October

As soon as the crowds head home from their long summer vacations, Key West starts to welcome a much calmer season making autumn an ideal time of year for couples retreating to the Florida Keys. From special packages and unique events to spacious rooms and warm tropical weather throughout, here are our top ten reasons to visit Key West this October:

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1.) Peace and quiet or party time

Summer has ended and the busy Christmas season has yet to begin – October couldn’t be more perfectly positioned in the calendar for a much-needed break to rest up and recharge. Key West is quieter at the start of the month before the island’s party spirit takes flight with Fantasy Fest at the end of October..

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2.) Wonderful Florida Keys weather

While the rest of the country is adding extra layers of warmth from the autumn chill, Key West is basking in average highs of 84° F. Not too hot, yet warm enough to take a refreshing dip in the ocean or one of our four sparkling pools.

3.) Key West romance

Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West. With its spacious accommodations and stunning scenery, the resort also offers secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens and a romantic sunset pier.

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4.) Stylish and spacious

Wake up to your romantic October escape in style. Parrot Key has the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Key West, with a choice of waterfront views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees.

5.) Delicious deals

October is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort with special offers including our Key West Romance Package which includes savings on spacious suites, free breakfast for two every morning, chocolate covered strawberries and a complimentary bottle of wine. Couples can also save up to 25% on selected room types with our Autumn Escape Sale.

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6.) Endless adventure

Beyond the peace and privacy of Parrot Key, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers to explore, indulge and come back for more. The top romantic activities for couples include dolphin watching in the wild, a sunset dinner cruise, and taking a leisurely walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean along Duval Street.

7.) Blissful beaches

Less crowds in October mean quieter beaches on which to sprawl out and enjoy a variety of water sports. Our complimentary shuttle can whisk you away to nearby Smathers Beach with its vast stretch of white powder-soft sand – perfect for whiling away the hours in the autumn sunshine.

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8.) Eclectic events

October is not just filled with peace and serenity; the month also offers an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season, including WineDine Key West (until October 16) for cuisine connoisseurs, Goombay Festival (October 21 – 22) celebrating Key West’s colourful Bahamian heritage, and the flamboyant Fantasy Fest (October 21 – 30) which ends the month with one of the island’s biggest parties of the year.

9.) Love long weekends

Guests can also enjoy a long weekend break to make the most of Columbus Day on October 10. Leave the office behind and feel a million miles away from it all while you step into our tropical haven.

10.) Something for seniors

We know how much our senior guests love an autumn break in the Florida Keys, making October the perfect month in which to make the most of our Key West Senior Discount.

Call 877-648-0280 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable vacation this October.

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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.

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

Three reasons to visit Key West in 2016, include three amazing bedrooms, spread over three floors with plenty of space for your entire party. Sprawl out in style with room for eight family members or friends in our three-bedroom Key West villas. Enjoy sun, sea, serenity… and space; along with some exciting villa offers as well!

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

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

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

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

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

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

Key West Three Bedroom Villa

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

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Villa second floor living room

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

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Garden views from second floor balcony

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

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

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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.

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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!

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Lobster Mini-Season in Key West and the Florida Keys

Lobster lovers look out! Lobster mini season in the Florida Keys kicks off on July 27th which means the waters surrounding Key West will be enriched with the best, most delicious catch that you can later devour over dinner during your vacation in paradise. Book in advance at Parrot Key Resort to avoid disappointment. Dial 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.

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About Lobster Mini-Season in Key West

Lasting for two days on July 27th and 28th, 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. This popular crustacean just loves to live in warmer temperatures, making this the perfect time of year to find an abundance of the freshest and tastiest lobster available. If you’ve yet to sample this Keys speciality, your taste buds will be treated to the finest flavors at the end of July.

Important: View Lobster Mini-Season rules and regulations or download the rules here (PDF).

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More Information

Florida Lobster mini-season begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 27th, 2016 and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 28th, 2016.

Lobsterfest Key West celebrates the start of the regular lobster season August 11-14, 2016.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

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!

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Swimmers to Circumnavigate Key West June 18 in 12.5-Mile Race

Endurance swimmers can celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a one-of-a-kind, 12.5-mile open-water swim for solo participants and relay teams around the island of Key West. The athletic challenge is set for Saturday, June 18. The epic Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West competition annually attracts athletes from throughout the United States, Canada and abroad in age categories of 12 and under to 65 and over. Parrot Key Resort makes the perfect base for the event weekend.

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Newly added this year is a shorter 10k or 6.2-mile race to give swimmers a chance to test their open-water skills in the Atlantic Ocean. Entrants can register as solo competitors or in teams of two to six swimmers, with or without fins. The World Open Water Swimming Association-sanctioned swim begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Key West’s Higgs Beach at 1000 Atlantic Blvd.

The clockwise swim follows a route past Key West landmarks that include the Southernmost Point buoy, marking the southernmost tip of land in the continental United States. Swimmers navigate both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Each long-distance swimmer and team must provide an accompanying support crew and kayak or boat. Swimmers can’t touch the boat except when teams are making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks are positioned for safety throughout the course.

Swimmers opting for the shorter 10k challenge, starting at 8:30 a.m., aren’t required to have a support crew. Additional short events include 800-yard, 1-mile and 2-mile races off of Higgs Beach.

Swimmers must be registered by Friday, June 17. Entry fees for the 12.5-mile race are $110 per solo swimmer, $180 per two-person relay team, $270 per three-person team, $360 per four-person team, $450 per five-person team and $540 per six-person team. The 10k race is $50 per person, while shorter races are $30 per swimmer. United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members get discounts.

The annual event benefits swim programs at Florida Keys Community College, Key West High School and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.

Event information and registration: www.fkcc.edu/fkccswim

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Key West Pride to Feature Newlywed, Tutu and Cocktail Challenges June 8-12

Exhilarating fun and challenges are planned for visitors to Key West Pride 2016. The annual festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12, salutes diversity in one of America’s leading gay and lesbian getaway spotsParrot Key Resort is a member of the Key West Business Guild and offers an excellent location for Pride festivities–minutes from Old Town but nestled in a tropical oasis away from it all.

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Contests bring an extra bit of fun to the five-day festival, including a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride and a special Pride edition of television’s classic “The Newlywed Game.”The celebration on the subtropical island of Key West features daytime pool parties, late-night drag shows, on-the-water adventures including snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and a Veterans of Foreign Wars fishing tournament; a rainbow bike parade, a street fair on renowned Duval Street, a burlesque experience tailored to the LGBT audience; a one-of-a-kind trolley tour documenting the LGBT community’s impact on Key West history and culture, a festive brunch served with a drag show on the side and more.

Scheduled highlights include the 2016 Stoli Original Cocktail Challenge’s Wednesday night Pride kick-off gala, Friday night contestant runoffs and Saturday night final round. The contest features regional winners from LGBT bars in 15 North American cities, all competing to create an original Key West cocktail that reflects the island’s creativity and spirit.

The final round is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday on an open-air stage in the 700 block of Duval Street. Broadway actor and former “Queer Eye” television personality Jai Rodriguez and Stoli USA’s national LGBT ambassador Patrik Gallineaux are to host, with Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, actress and singer Latoya London and acclaimed Key West female impersonator “Sushi” on hand as celebrity judges.

The winner is to be honorary grand marshal of the 2016 Pride Parade. The all-welcome procession, to feature a 100-foot section of Key West’s famed sea-to-sea rainbow flag, is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, and proceed up Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the parade, revelers can meet for Stoli’s official after-parade party at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.

Event information and schedule: www.keywestpride.org or www.gaykeywestfl.com

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