Mother’s Day 2017 in the Florida Keys

Tips to Pamper Mom in Key West

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

Mother's Day in Key West, Florida Keys

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

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Breakfast at Cafe Blue

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

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Poolside pampering

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

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Conch Tour Train

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

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Leisurely lunch

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

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Time out beachside

One of the best ways to switch off and escape during your Mother’s Day in the Florida Keys is to head beachside. Take mom to Smathers Beach and enjoy the complimentary Parrot Key Beach Club service that includes a free shuttle transfer, beach towels and beach chairs for the day, allowing the whole family to kick back and relax in absolute comfort. We don’t expect mom will ever feel bored of feeling the powder white sand between her toes as she gazes out across the clear blue waters of the Atlantic, however if she does fancy some action then there is plenty to choose from, including paddle boarding, kayaking, and parasailing which is offered for an added cost.

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

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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. Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >

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

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

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

A foodie’s paradise

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

 

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

Something for art and literature lovers

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

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

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

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Adventure seekers

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

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

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Take a tour

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

Get ready to dance!

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

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Dress up and party

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

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

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

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

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Get Set For a Cracking Key West Easter Egg-scape!

When did you last wake up on Easter Day to views of tropical gardens or a perfectly calm ocean? Imagine starting the day with a poolside breakfast before hunting for Easter eggs among the swaying palms. Rather than working hard to bring together your own family feast in the heat of the kitchen, you can retreat to Old Town Key West for a leisurely lunch and explore the fun of the island’s nearby attractions – or just relax on the beach ready to take your pick from a range of water-based adventures. Check out our special offers to make savings on your Easter escape. Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner, chat with us or Book Online Now >

Whether you choose a family vacation during the Easter break, or a long weekend away with your loved one, we have all the top tips for places to go and things to do during your escape at Parrot Key Resort.

Sleep Soundly in Serene Surrounds

When we wish you a good night at Parrot Key, we know that you will have exactly that. With some of the largest guestrooms and suites on the island, every guest room at Parrot Key Resort offers views of either the cool blue water or our refreshing green tropical gardens. There are king-bed or double queen-bed options, with private porches looking out on your chosen view.

For extra wriggle room to indulge the whole family, our spacious three-bedroom villas feature a master king room, double queen room and single queen room, living room, dry bar area, private porch and balconies. Look out on the calm waters of the Gulf, or take yourself to the heights of the treetops with a garden view.

Easter Events

Every Easter celebration should involve an egg hunt! At the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, the Migration Mania & Great Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 8th from 10am through 2pm. This family-friendly event will feature live birds, live bees, a bounce house, educational activities, crafts, and of course the all-important chocolate egg hunt.

On Easter Saturday (April 15th), boost your fitness ahead of your chocolate-eating Sunday with the Earth Day 5k Run/Walk which starts at 8am from the McCoy Indigenous Park (Atlantic Boulevard). There will be earth-friendly recyclable awards given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female, and first and second-place runners in each age group.

Watch the spectacular setting sun over Key West over the Easter weekend at the daily Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square. Two hours before sunset, locals and visitors all gather on the square for an unforgettable cultural experience that combines magicians, jugglers, local musicians, artists and food vendors. As the sun sinks into the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico, the glowing pink and orange colors will leave a lasting memory of your Easter escape in the Florida Keys.

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Water Water Everywhere…And For Everyone!

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

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

Not Just One Perfect Pool – But Four

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

Find Fun at Nearby Key West Attractions

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

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Book the perfect 2017 spring break vacation in Key West

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

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

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


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

 

1. Sprawl Out in the Largest Rooms in Key West

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

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


2. Four Pools For Family Fun

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


3. Soak Up Stunning Key West Views

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


4. Build Sand Castles On Our Terraces

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


5. Explore a Water World of Adventure

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


6. Make Memories at a Local Key West Event

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


7. Discover Colorful and Fun Art Objects

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


8. Relax in Standalone Units With No Hallways

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


9. Family Attractions Just Moments Away

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


10. Budget Room Options for Families

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

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Find Relaxation in the Florida Keys this February

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

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

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

A Romantic Key West Retreat

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

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Peace and Privacy

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

Spacious Suites and Stylish Guestrooms

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

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Save up to 25% in February

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

Endless Adventure

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

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Eclectic Events

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

A Long Weekend in Paradise

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

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

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Add a tropical Key West twist to your Thanksgiving Day 2016 celebrations

Thanksgiving Day (November 24) is one of the biggest highlights of the year, and the most important way to spend the day is celebrating in style with family and friends. While the rest of the country will be wrapping up against the winter chills, Key West will be soaked in sunshine creating an idyllic backdrop for a Thanksgiving Day to remember.

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Imagine waking up in a sub-tropical haven with average highs of 80°F before stepping out onto your private balcony to admire the views of the Gulf of Mexico. 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 the Florida Keys sunshine.

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Tropical paradise

With four sparkling pools, each nestled among a tropical garden oasis offering peace, privacy and paradise, our Key West hideaway at Parrot Key Resort offers stunning scenery. During your Thanksgiving Day celebrations, relax with your loved ones around the pool or spend a more action-packed vacation indulging in the wide variety of water sports, including paddle boarding, kayaking, waverunner tours and parasailing. Our complimentary shuttle service will take you straight to Smathers Beach for water-based adventure and oceanside relaxation, or to Duval Street for even more fun.

Simple luxury

Whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving Day trip with a group of family members or friends, you can choose to 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, each room has its own flat screen TV and DVD player for when you need time out to switch off and recharge. And then there’s the Thanksgiving Day sunset – head out onto your private balcony for one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.

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 Thanksgiving feast

Start the morning off in style with a Thanksgiving breakfast at our poolside Café Blue. With a range of healthy options including tropical fruit plates, granola and wraps, alongside traditional treats like Belgian waffles with maple syrup, you will feel energized until lunchtime. For your Thanksgiving Day feast, central Key West has a fantastic range of highly rated restaurants offering traditional lunches with a tropical Florida Keys’ twist, though making a reservation in advance is essential during the holiday. 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.

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Fall into Key West relaxation this October through November

It’s easy to see why so many visitors “fall” in love with the Florida Keys between September and early December. The summer crowds have disappeared and the festive season is still far enough on the horizon to enjoy a sense of calm on the islands. That’s not to say there is a shortage of events to enjoy during fall – quite the opposite. The season is perfect for dipping in and out of a variety of festivals and celebrating some of the best national events, all brought together under the warmth of a dazzling sunshine. Here are just some of the reasons to book your well-earned break in Key West during fall:

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 Calm and laid-back

September through October, before Fantasy Fest (17 – 26 October), followed by November to December are favorite times for couples and seniors to visit Key West. The island’s uncrowded beaches beckon loved ones to enjoy romantic strolls, leisurely snorkeling, reading in the shade and sprawling out in ample space. Parrot Key guests can enjoy the luxury of a complimentary shuttle service from the resort direct to Smathers Beach with towels and beach chairs included. Enjoying the island’s quieter side in fall also means being able to experience the variety of attractions without them feeling too packed. Snuggle up on a Conch Tour Train, celebrate sunset on Mallory Square, or sip a mojito at Sloppy Joe’s – Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hang-out.

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Privacy in paradise

Cosy guestrooms set among lush, tropical gardens create an idyllic setting for a romantic break this fall. With a choice of ocean views or overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens, each room is spacious, kitted out with simple luxuries and just a short stroll away from one of our four refreshing swimming pools. Of course, splashing out is what a vacation calls for, so if upgrading to even more space is what you’re after then try indulging in a one of our one or two-bedroom suites with a separate living room and stunning views.

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Entertaining events

Fall is well-known for its program of entertainment, from the beer-lovers’ Brewfest to the flamboyant Fantasy Fest. Here’s the low-down on the season’s best events:

Island-style food is celebrated in October during the Goombay Festival (23 – 24), which is held in Key West’s Bahama village. Alongside Keys’ cuisine at its best, the festival also showcases a beautiful range of Caribbean-inspired arts and crafts against a backdrop of nonstop music and dancing in the streets.

October 23 also heralds the start of Key West’s most talked about events of the year – Fantasy Fest. Featuring outrageous costumes and masks, this 20-day celebration of flamboyancy features parades, competitions, street fairs and live music. During the festival, Key West is at its most busy for the fall season, so if you’re looking for a more laid-back trip of serenity then it’s best to book either side of Fantasy Fest.

November is the month of national festivities with Veterans Day (11) and Thanksgiving (26) marking every opportunity for a long weekend break in the tropical sunshine. Our three-bedroom villas offer perfect space for families and groups of friends traveling together to celebrate Thanksgiving, and our poolside Cafe Blue is a favorite spot for guests to toast the occasion with a cool island cocktail.

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 Special Offers

Make the most of your vacation in fall by enjoying one of our special offers such as the Key West Senior Discount or the Parrot Key Romance Package which features our spacious suites, free poolside breakfast, a complimentary bottle of wine and delicious chocolate-covered strawberries.

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‘WineDine KeyWest’ Restaurant Month to Launch Sept. 16

Cuisine connoisseurs can enjoy multicourse prix fixe meals at as many as 30 Key West restaurants during WineDine KeyWest, set for Sept. 16 through Oct. 16 and billed as the island’s first restaurant month.

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The culinary celebration was “cooked up” by the team behind the popular annual Key West Food & Wine Festival to promote fine dining and showcase the flavors of Key West.

“Key West has some world-class restaurants,” said event co-creator Mark Certonio. “Our mission is to position the island as a dining destination and foodie paradise, and put a spotlight on all that it has to offer.”

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During WineDine KeyWest, Certonio said 30 participating restaurants are to offer three-course meals priced at approximately $20 per person for lunch and $35 per person for dinner.

Restaurants include casual waterfront spots, trendy bistros, eateries specializing in fresh Florida Keys seafood and award-winning gourmet emporiums. Diners can register free at www.winedinekeywest.com to take part in the month-long moveable feast.

The website details the featured restaurants and their menus, as well as other local businesses from spas to lodging properties and boutiques with enticing offers for event participants. An additional website section introduces diners to the Florida Keys chefs behind the selected restaurants’ fare.

Event information: www.winedinekeywest.com

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