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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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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Why we love November in the Florida Keys

There’s a month in the year that we particularly love here in the Florida Keys. Many visitors who choose this month as their favorite for a Key West vacation like to keep it a secret, but we are going to throw the spotlight on what makes this particular month so special. It’s November! Here are our top ten reasons to book a last minute getaway to Key West this November:

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Peace at last

Summer has ended, the popular Halloween and Fantasy Fest parties have past, and the busy Christmas season has yet to begin – could there be a more laid-back and tranquil time to visit Key West? November is an ideal month in which to switch off, rest up and recharge away from the busy crowds.

Balmy breezes

Autumn weather steps up a gear in November when you’re back home, making way for colder, shorter, darker days. Not here in Key West. The balmy air is a beautifully warm 80 degrees at this time of year, so you can bask on Key West’s white-sand beaches and enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the historic Old Town without feeling uncomfortably hot.

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Get cozy in the romantic month of Love-ember

Did you know that Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West, according to TripAdvisor? We have created the charming combination of spacious accommodations and stunning scenery paired with secluded pools, each nestled among lush tropical gardens fringed with towering palms. Without the crowds of families on vacation, couples love November in Key West for a romantic retreat.

Spacious rooms with stunning views

Not only is Parrot Key one of the most romantic hotels in Key West, the luxury resort is also home to the most spacious rooms and suites on the island. You can wake up to your romantic November vacation in tropical style with a choice of waterfront views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees.

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Pick up the perfect package

November is one of the best months of the year for securing a deal, helping you to save more and get the most out of your vacation. Special offers include our Tropical Weekday Retreat package which will save you up to 20% on weekdays when you stay Sunday through to Thursday. For more unbeatable deals, visit here.

 A Key West Adventure

During the quieter month of November, you can truly indulge in Key West’s vast range of activities without getting caught up in the crowds. When you feel the need to venture beyond the peace of Parrot Key, you will enter an exciting buzz of activity throughout Key West that keeps adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers entertained. 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.

Sun, sea and powder-soft sand

Back home, you can only dream about spending lazy November days on a tropical beach. Make it a reality by hanging up your winter boots and letting your toes sink into the white powder-soft sand of our beautiful beaches. There will be plenty of space to sprawl out and enjoy a variety of water sports, and our complimentary shuttle can take you from Parrot Key to nearby Smathers Beach to bathe in the November sunshine.

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Late autumn events

During November, the Key West World Championship Races take place from 6th to 13th, which are the world’s biggest and fastest offshore racing series and one of the most exciting events to watch on the water during the year. It is also the Annual Key West Film Festival from November 16th – 20th which features screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West.

Federal holidays

Thanksgiving Day on November 24 creates the ideal opportunity to bring family and friends together for a long weekend escape in the tropical sunshine. Stay in one of our spacious suites, dine out in Key West, and take it easy as you give thanks in the Florida Keys. It is also Veterans Day on November 11 – another reason to enjoy a long weekend away from the winter chill!

Something special for seniors

We know how much our senior guests love a late autumn break in the Florida Keys, making November an ideal month for making 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 November.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 2016 in Key West

It’s time to kick off your winter boots and swap the usual smattering of snow, with endless grains of white powder-soft sand. As for the seasonal smell of pine trees, we want to introduce you to a more tropical scent as you take a stroll down palm-lined paths and breathe in the magic of Christmas 2016 in the Florida Keys. It’s like nowhere else! Key West is a popular destination over the holiday season, so booking early is essential to avoid missing out.

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During Christmas in Key West, 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 exciting events and entertaining activities to spacious, luxury accommodations, here are just some of reasons to visit Key West during the Christmas holidays:

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the sun, sea is glistening…

At Parrot Key Resort, there is plenty of space to sprawl out in style in one of our three-bedroom villas. Surrounded by your loved ones, 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 the towering palms in our tropical gardens.

Included in your spacious villa is 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, so up to 8 guests can be comfortably accommodated, bringing the whole family or groups of friends together for a festive celebration of a lifetime.

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It’s the most delicious time of the year

Prepare to be spoiled for choice when deciding where to dine with family and friends for Christmas in Key West, and remember to book your festive feast 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. Our poolside Café Blue at Parrot Key Resort is open throughout the holidays, so sit back and sip away at your favorite frozen cocktails and we’ll energize you with a range of tasty snacks.

Dreaming of a white sand Christmas

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 with powder-soft white sand beaches offering relaxation and water-based adventure. It is not often you will wake up on Christmas 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 all the preparation that comes with bringing together a family Christmas at home. It’s time to celebrate Christmas 2016 Key West-style in Parrot-dise!

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 Key West Holiday Festivities

  • December 3, 2016: Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade. Starting at 7 p.m on Truman Avenue, the parade heads down to Duval Street with a procession of colorful holiday floats.
  • December 10, 2016: Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. Vessels of every size and shape deck their hulls and light up the night with their creativity and originality to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Gerald Adams Steel Your Heart Band, and the parade begins at 8 p.m. Live music takes place all evening with yuletide favorites.
  • December 18, 2016: Artisan Market – Shop Local Holiday EditionThe 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, outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton Street. Free family and pet-friendly event.
  • December 31, 2016: 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.

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5 Romantic Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Key West

As the summer sun dips into the horizon and the autumn months make their arrival, the warm tropical air still surrounding Key West is blended with a sense of calm following the busy family season, making it a desirable destination for couples of all ages.

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With kids back at school, the months from mid-September to early December are filled with peace and quiet yet there is still every opportunity to find fun during autumn, particularly with an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season. As the majority of the world braces itself for the start of an inevitable cold snap, the sun is still shining its golden rays over the Florida Keys so you can escape the chilly winds and warm up in paradise.

Romance Vacation Key West5 Romantic Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Key West:

1. You Can Space Out With Less Crowds

If you’re traveling with your loved ones or a group of friends, you will enjoy more space to sprawl out on beaches together after the summer crowds have left the island. With the average temperature topping 84 degrees and the ocean remaining beautifully warm, you can take time out to soak up the autumn sun and indulge in watersports without being surrounded by the excitable sounds of families on vacation.

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2. Celebrate Federal Holidays and Special Events

With summer tucked away and Christmas looming in the distance, there is still plenty to celebrate in autumn. You can enjoy a long peaceful weekend break or week-long vacation during Columbus Day on October 13 or Veteran’s Day on November 11. Thanksgiving Day on November 27 also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style and make the most of the extended weekend break.

Surrounding these key holiday weekends are a  flurry of exciting events in Key West including the Fantasy Fest, the island’s largest event of the year, from October 17 through 26. The festival features outrageous costume competitions, street fairs, a grand parade and themed parties. While the island is peaceful during autumn, this ten-day celebration of flamboyancy will be lively, energetic and full of color.

Other festivals during the autumn months include:

  • The Goombay Festival in Bahama Village from October 17 – 18, featuring island-style food, arts, crafts and dancing, a Headdress Ball on October 21 (all leading up to Fantasy Fest)
  • International Latin Arts Festival November 7 – 10
  • Key West Film Festival November 12 – 16
  • Key West World Championship Races November 2 – 9 which brings together high-speed offshore powerboats, all racing in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters creating an unforgettable sight
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3. Fall in Love All Over Again

Key West is perfect for couples looking to indulge in a romantic break and autumn is one of the best seasons in which to enjoy some quiet time together. Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top three romantic hotels on the island, according to TripAdvisor, with its spacious accommodations and secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens, poolside dining and serene atmosphere. When couples venture beyond the privacy and tranquility of the resort, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers.

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4. Enjoy the Perfect Weather

Although the autumn period is considered Key West’s “shoulder season,” many locals will agree that autumn is the best time to visit Key West with temperatures topping an average of 84 degrees. Combine these warm temperatures with a gentle breeze and Parrot Key Resort is the perfect setting for holding hands on your outdoor balcony or watching a Florida Keys sunset from our sunset pier.

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5. Catch a Deal

Autumn is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort, so if you’re after a budget-friendly getaway then you’ll find a variety of discount options from our specials page. If you book directly through Parrot Key, you are guaranteed our best rates so call 888-504-4174 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable package this autumn.

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Christmas Shopping in Key West: Enjoy an early December retreat

Calling all retail lovers! Key West is a shoppers’ paradise, offering everything from clothing boutiques and big brands, to art galleries and quirky gifts. With its laid-back lifestyle and side streets lined with cafés, you can take your time to 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 later in the day you can rest your tired feet poolside at Parrot Key Resort.

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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 coffee and Key Lime Pie stops along the way before relaxing at Parrot Key Resort!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 should always include 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 – we told you you’ll find some quirky products on the island!

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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.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit- Key West Holiday Events

December 3, 2016: Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade. Starting at 7 p.m on Truman Avenue, the parade heads down to Duval Street with a procession of colorful holiday floats.

December 10, 2016: Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. Vessels of every size and shape deck their hulls and light up the night with their creativity and originality to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Gerald Adams Steel Your Heart Band, and the parade begins at 8 p.m. Live music takes place all evening with yuletide favorites.

December 18, 2016: 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 from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton Street, this free event is family and pet-friendly and starts from 10 a.m – 2 p.m.

December 31, 2016Key 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.

 

 

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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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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.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

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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