Key West Summer Vacation: 10 Tips to Keep Your “Cool”

Summer is finally here and the glorious Key West sunshine will keep you longing for Pina Coladas and a cool dip in one of our four sparkling pools. Welcome to Key West! This beautiful island is soaked in sunshine and the surrounding ocean is waiting to lure you in and cool you down. At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F (32° C). Luckily Key West doesn’t have any super-highways or urban sprawl to radiate the sun’s heat. Not only that, but our islands are surrounded by cooling ocean waters.

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Sunset-loving Floridians from the mainland flock to the Keys on steamy weekends because the air is usually a few degrees cooler here. The water temperature might be in the mid-80s (30° C) but the sea is nevertheless refreshing for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Parrot Key Resort will also help you keep your “cool” with lush shaded gardens or you can try an array of water based activities with special discounts, just for being our guest!

Key West Summer Vacation Family

With summer now here, you’ll be seeking ways to stay refreshed in the heat during your summer vacation so to give you a helping hand, Parrot Key Resort has selected the best ways to keep cool in Key West, whether you’re after fun, relaxation, an exhilarating experience, or all three put together!

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Breezy days on the water

With a huge variety of water-based activities available in Key West, there is every opportunity to cool down while having fun with the whole family. Try a majestic sunset cruise on warm summer nights to enjoy the gentle Gulf breeze and a glowing Florida Keys sunset.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Next, you can explore the island from the ocean with a local guide on a refreshing 25-mile WaveRunner tour. You’ll head around the Southernmost Point in the USA, taking in the submarine pits, stopping at a sand bar and having a chance to free-style on the one and a half hour tour.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Or feel the welcoming tropical ocean breeze cool you down as you gently cruise through the water on a paddleboard or kayak. You can take your time to soak up the stunning scenery around you, stopping off at beaches along the way for a swim, leisurely lunch, or just park and keep cool in the shade.

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The ultimate cool down involves the wind whipping all around you as you glide over the majestic waters of Key West! Experience the thrill of peacefully floating high above Key West with a unique parasailing adventure.

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If you want to try it all, we recommend the Do It All Key West Watersports Adventure which lets you do just that. Discover an action-packed day of kayaking, windsurfing, banana boat rides, knee boarding behind ski boats, snorkelling, cruising on WaveRunners and water skis, and gliding into the water on a giant slide. You’re certain to feel refreshed afterwards and a cool cocktail will go down nicely at sunset too!

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Into the cool, deep blue

For the ultimate cool down, book a Key West snorkel trip and submerge yourself into an underwater paradise. You’ll head out on a power catamaran boat and be whisked away to the Key West coral reef to discover a spectacular biological wonder, filled with a colorful array of wildlife including tropical fish, coral, reef sharks, turtles, and dolphins. Snorkel trips include friendly crew, safety equipment and a selection of refreshing drinks.

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Take a refreshing dip at Parrot Key

As you take a walk through the beautifully landscaped (and shaded) gardens at Parrot Key Resort, you will soon discover four sparkling pools hidden among a lush, tropical oasis. Each pool offers the ultimate in relaxation and privacy, allowing you to just focus on cooling down and taking it easy in the refreshing water while the serenity-scented air revives your senses.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Ice cold poolside cocktails

Sipping away at your favorite cocktail in the sunshine defines that moment of relaxation you only ever get during summer vacation. At Cafe Blue, you can get a taste of our drink menu bursting with flavor, from tropical fruit smoothies to our legendary cocktails, all tempting you to take time out and cool down poolside. Cocktails are served from 11am to sunset. 

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Beachside bliss

Dip in and out of the ocean at Smathers Beach, enjoying 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. There are plenty of watersports to choose from, or you can just cool down in the shade. 

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Contact us at 877-746-4701 to book your Key West summer vacation today!

 

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Mini Lobster Season 2014 in Key West

Hands up if you love bugs!? In the Florida Keys, we refer to lobster with this affectionate phrase and in late July you’ll be in for a treat when Mini Lobster Season hits Key West. But you better hurry… it’s important to book in advance for this popular crustacean craze. You can download the official lobster mini-season brochure below, or stop by the Lobster Information Booth at mile marker 106 on your drive through the Keys (opening times below). Book your hotel stay or call 866-469-0347.

Mini Lobster Season Key West

2014 Mini Lobster Season Information

Lasting only 48 hours on July 30th and 31st, Mini Lobster Season brings together a host of lobster lovers, all clawing their way through the coastal waters surrounding Key West to catch the first fresh bugs of the season. It’s a long-awaited time of year when the ocean is teeming with the popular crustacean, because lobsters just love to live in warmer temperatures.  So, if you’re after the freshest and tastiest lobster or you’ve yet to sample this Keys culinary delight, your taste buds will be tingling at the end of July.

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Mini Lobster Season Information and Planning

It is very important to follow all rules and regulations for Mini Lobster Season so make sure to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for details.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

More Lobster Fun… Key West Lobsterfest: August 7-11, 2014

Visit in August for regular lobster season and enjoy Key West Lobsterfest! Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations, a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch on Sunday. This festive feast celebrates the start of the regular Florida Keys lobster season.

Contact: 305-744-9804 or visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Five Top Picks for Local Lobster

If you can’t make it for Mini Lobster Season, try our top picks for lobster in Key West during your vacation:

  • A&B Lobster House: Enjoy several lobster specialties available
  • Blue Heaven: Get your claws on the Lobster Eggs Benedict for breakfast
  • Hog Fish Bar & Grill: Go off the beaten path to Stock Island and try the Lobster BLT, Lobster Pot Pie, Fried Lobster Tacos, and Lobster Bisque, all in a dockside setting
  • Turtle Kraals: Devour the Lobster Tail at this local Key West icon
  • Rusty Anchor: Try the Florida Keys Spiny Lobster
Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Lobster Fact!

Florida Keys lobsters, known as spiny lobsters, don’t have claws  and their meat has a slightly chewy sweetness. The most popular way to enjoy lobster in the Keys is to order it grilled with melted butter or steamed and served with Cuban black beans and yellow rice. For the ultimate lobster indulgence, savor it while watching the beautiful Key West sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

Tempted? Book your trip to Parrot Key Resort now to enjoy up to 15% savings.

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

View from Hogfish Bar & Grill

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Your Guide to Summer Events in Key West

When summer arrives in Key West, so does an even brighter, tastier and more vibrant program of events to keep families and groups of travelling friends entertained from June through September.

Image by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Image by Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

The island’s year-round laid-back atmosphere along with its exciting mix of attractions, water-based activities and beaches, are more than enough to offer the most memorable break in the Florida Keys. Come summertime, this charming atmosphere reaches a whole new level when the streets of Key West host a variety of events in celebration of the island’s delectable cuisine and cultural heritage.

Find artistic treasures in tropical gardens

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be showcasing extra special displays until July 31 with 19 beautiful sculptures made of recycled materials. Contemporary artists have created the sculptures, and each one has been placed throughout the popular botanical garden, so be prepared for some unexpected designs as you explore the beauty of this fresh, tropical space.

Indulge in the favorite flavor of Key West

If you’re lucky enough to be on summer vacation from July 4th, you will be in for the sweetest of treats. A three-day celebration of Florida’s official and delicious dessert, Key Lime Pie, will take place across the island with a variety of events including a pie-eating contest and the challenging attempt to make the largest pie ever. The Key Lime Festival is not to be missed.

Explore Mel Fisher’s famous salvage vessel

Mel Fisher, the American treasure hunter from the 1600′s, will be celebrated during an annual four-day event from July 10 – 14. The Mel Fisher Days celebration marks the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and the event is perfect for families and treasure-hunting enthusiasts. For the first time since the 1980s, Mel Fisher’s famous 90′ treasure salvage vessel, JB Magruder, will be on display at the dock behind Schooner’s Wharf where you can talk with the crew and discover the equipment used to uncover treasure.

Celebrate Key West’s literary legend

The work of legendary Key West author, Ernest Hemingway, will be celebrated during the 34th annual Hemingway Days event, taking place this year from July 15 – 20. His literary accomplishments and love for the island he called home throughout the 1930s will be marked with a range of celebrations, including literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a Look-a-like Contest at Sloppy Joe’s bar and a party marking Hemingway’s birthday.

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With the opening of Lobster Season comes the biggest party of the summer with thousands of lobster lovers descending on Key West for four days of gastronomic fun from August 7 through 10. The event launches with the Lobster Boil on Thursday night followed by the Lobsterfest Duval Crawl on Friday night immediately after sunset. There will also be a free concert and street fair on Saturday and an indulgent Sunday brunch to close the event.

Sit back and sip the best beer

Over Labor Day weekend, August 28 – September 1, Brewfest will return to Key West bringing with it over 150 beers and micro-beers on tap. To sample the very best of this popular tipple, you can indulge at a variety of events, including beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event.

Call 855-327-7200 to book your summer vacation at Parrot Key Resort.

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4th of July in Key West: Prepare to Celebrate with Family Fun

Every year in Key West, families and friends join together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades, beachside barbecues, spectacular firework displays and a generous slice of the famous Key Lime Pie. With so many options for families, Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a July 4th escape to Key West.

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During the July 4th weekend, a variety of celebrations will keep the party spirit high, including the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 3 – 5). There’s every excuse to indulge in Key West’s favorite flavor during this festival while enjoying a number of highlights, including a Key lime pie-eating contest, a Miss Key Lime Pageant, and the unveiling of an impressive 9 foot-wide pie which will be served up on Greene Street, just off Duval Street.

4th of July in Key West

All over Key West, the beaches will be filled with families enjoying picnics and barbecues. Favorite beaches on the island include Smathers Beach which boasts a half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach with restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets and watersports rentals. Parrot Key Resort offers complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach.

Key West Summer Vacation Family

Independence Day parties will also be in full flow during the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. With arts and crafts, street performers, food carts and thousands of locals and visitors, the atmosphere is electric and will be even more special on July 4th when the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. Fireworks will begin on the White Street Pier at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. You can enjoy excellent views for free, from Higgs Beach. Call 855-327-7200 to book your stay today.

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VOTE: Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Winning a prize that takes you overseas on an exclusive trip of a lifetime is one of the most desirable prizes to be rewarded, and the only way to win it is to be in it! So if you’re currently on a lunch break in the office or catching up on all the latest online news, take a few minutes out to vote for the Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards and you’ll be raising your chances of winning the ultimate travel prize.

For more than 25 years,  Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards have produced the most trusted and comprehensive listings of your favorite hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines. This year, we’re excited to see Parrot Key Resort included in the survey and voters are being asked to recommend their experiences during their vacation or business trip. Just a few minutes of your time spent reminiscing your trip can help Condé Nast compile their listings which will be published in November, and in turn you could win one of two getaways.

Follow this link to vote http://www.cntraveler.com/vote/readers-choice-survey-2014

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Mother’s Day 2014 in Key West: Tips to Pamper Mom

Parrot Key Resort is celebrating mom the entire month of May in Key West with our exclusive Mother’s Day Package. Every mom deserves a much-needed break, and if she’s lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day weekend (May 11th) at Parrot Key Resort, she is sure to be pampered and indulged in style. Our Mother’s Day Package includes complimentary breakfast, a discount on accommodations, along with a free welcome drink. We’ve also outlined our top tips below, to make Mother’s Day 2014 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. Here’s our pick of the best:

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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,” 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, 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 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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2014 Family Spring Break Vacations in Key West

Key West is an excellent 2014 spring break destination for family vacations in March and April. Guests must be 25 to book a room at our resort, you can rest easy knowing that our Key West resort is not popular for college spring breaks. 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.

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

Not only is Parrot Key one of the best Key West family resorts, but we also offer the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families this spring break.

If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools and building sand castles on our white sand terraces. You won’t have to go far for breakfast and lunch with casual poolside dining at Cafe Blue, plus plenty of options for the kids. Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier at our hotel. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate during spring break. View our family package

1. Spacious Family Suites and Villas

Enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the whole family in our spacious family suites which include a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a double twin room with two ensuite bathrooms. Or try a 3-bedroom villa for added space. The spacious living room features a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster. Both the master king and twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs and DVD players and WiFi access property wide. View Our Suites and Villas

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2. Four Sparkling Pools

Choose from four sparkling pools with plenty of options for the kids during the spring break holidays. You will be nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art objects that the children will love. At arm’s reach is our poolside Cafe Blue for breakfast, lunch and island drinks for mom and dad. View all four pools

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3. Waterfront Views and Sunset Pier

Enjoy a family sunset from your waterfront balcony or watch the sun go down from our sunset pier while the kids play on our white sand terraces. View our waterfront suites

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4. White Sand Terraces

Build a sand castle or just enjoy the sand between your toes with our white sand sunbathing terraces. Mom and dad can enjoy ‘me time’ with waterfront views while the kids play in the sand. And don’t worry about safety–while we offer gorgeous waterfront views, there is no water access from our sandy terraces. Book a guestroom or villa

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5. Exciting Onsite Watersports and Beach Shuttle

Relax and unwind with family fun on a WaveRunner tour around Key West this spring break. Book our watersports activities onsite for easy planning. We also offer complimentary beach shuttle service to Smathers Beach! Money Saver: Enjoy Super Discounts on Key West Activities

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6. Casual Outdoor Poolside Dining

Enjoy casual island cuisine for the whole family from light bites, meals, island drinks, and sweet treats. Our poolside Cafe Blue offers everything from a breakfast fit for your little king or queen, to an island lunch that mom and dad won’t forget. View the Cafe Blue Menu

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7. Fun and Colorful Art Objects

Discover 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

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8. Stand Alone Units With No Hallways

Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual suite 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 accommodations

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9. Near Family Attractions But Off Duval Street

Key West is an amazing family destination, but many families prefer to be located away from the nightlife of Duval Street during spring break. Parrot Key Resort is located three miles from Old Town, nestled in a safe tropical oasis that your family will love. View nearby family activities

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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, 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. Enjoy 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 guest room

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Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.

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Spring Into Summer: 7-Day Sale in Key West

Save up to 25% in Key West at Parrot Key Resort

It’s time to break out your luggage, pack the sunblock and book a last minute spring break escape, or plan ahead for your Key West summer vacation.  It’s been a long, cold winter and you deserve a slice of paradise in the sunshine-filled Florida Keys complete with white sand beaches, spectacular sunsets, delicious dining and fun around every corner. That’s why we’re giving you the perfect chance to book now and enjoy a discount at Parrot Key Resort with in our Spring Into Summer 7-Day Sale. You can even reap more rewards from our sale by entering to win a two-night stay at Parrot Key Resort!

Key West Summer Vacation

For a limited time only, we’re offering up to 25% off stays when you book by March 17, 2014. Whether you’re planning a fun family vacation, a getaway with friends or a romantic retreat, you can enjoy up to 15% savings on an escape in March and April, or book a summer vacation and save up to 25% on stays through September 22.

Key West Summer Vacation

Offering simple luxury and welcoming southern hospitality, Parrot Key Resort is the ultimate oasis of calm and ease. You can spend carefree days lounging by one of our four sparkling pools all nestled among picturesque tropical gardens, or head to nearby Smathers Beach via our complimentary shuttle service.

Key West Summer Vacation

Whether you choose to stay in one of our spacious guestrooms, one or two-bedroom suites, or a fabulous three-bedroom villa, you will experience a haven of relaxation at an affordable price making Parrot Key Resort the ideal hideaway for families and couples.

Key West Summer Vacation

With great discounts on bookings this spring and summer, you can sit back and make the most of all that Key West and the resort have to offer. Families will love the Key West Aquarium, the Conch Tour Train and the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Couples on a romantic break, can indulge in leisurely lunches in Key West’s many sidewalk cafes, or splash out on a Sunset Watersports dinner cruise.

Key West Summer Vacation

Book early and take advantage of our Spring Into Summer 7-Day Sale for a vacation of a lifetime. All you have to do is like us on Facebook and enter your email address on our sale page to receive our exclusive booking link. Your next stay in paradise is just  few clicks away.

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Call 877-676-1826 to speak with an onsite vacation planner

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Music, Mojitos and Mardi Gras Moments in Key West This May

Key West Songwriter’s Festival in May 2014

Key West’s party spirit is set to soar this spring to the tune of the annual Songwriters’ Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, which will take over the island for five days from May 7th through 11th.

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As you venture from one venue to another during your vacation, you’ll be greeted by a diverse line-up featuring over 100 songwriters all delivering unique “Key West-only” moments, including informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases. At the peak of the event will be the enticing, colorful street concert adding a Mardi Gras feel to the festival.

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A Festival Line-up That Can’t be “Beat”

With some of the biggest names in the world of songwriting descending on Key West for the festival, we’re excited to see a phenomenal line-up of headliners including Kacey Musgraves, Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White and Dean Dillon.

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For more details on the line-up and show schedule during the Songwriters’ Festival, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.

 

10 Toe-Tapping Live Music Venues in Key West

If you can’t make this year’s May festival, Key West has an array of live music venues throughout the year to get you in a toe-tapping mood. The island 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. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:

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.

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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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For more details on the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.

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Sculpture Key West Spices up the Island With Amazing Outdoor Art

Sculpture Key West is a unique (and free) Key West art exhibition that places selected artworks in the community for your enjoyment. Sculpture Key West believes that art isn’t something we should have to make plans to see, or buy a ticket to visit. Instead, they believe that art belongs in our everyday environment where we can bump into it, where it can unexpectedly alter our day and our world. Artists from eight states are represented in the exhibition and their works are showcased in a wide variety of traditional and experimental media. Some sculptures were constructed on site, while some incorporate native materials such as local plant life. The exhibit is available for viewing through March 23, 2014 at West Martello Tower and adjoining Higgs Beach in Key West.

Artist John Martini’s sculpture art can be seen around Parrot Key Resort and some of his works are also part of the Sculpture Key West exhibit. Scroll down to see some of Martini’s work, along with other amazing art sculptures. View the Sculpture Key West Facebook Page

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Eric Troffkin, “Communications Vine,” 2013
Welded red and white steel tubing
40″ L x 3.5′ W

 

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Sunil Garg, “Will They Too Soon Be Gone”
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Wire mesh, nylon thread, air currents, programmed RGB lights

 

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Adam Russell, “Watchmen,” 2013
3 ceramic sculptures approximately 85″ tall

Darryl Lauster, “Homage to Brancusi,” 2013
Welded steel and high fired porcelain
11′ 2″ tall, various dimensions

 

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John Martini, “Big Rat,” 2013
Welded Steel
85″ x 74″ x 38″

 

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Bill Lorraine, “Man Looking Up,”  2013
Carved out of indigenous stone, Miami Oolite
15″ tall x 23″ x 12″
Pedestal 10′ tall x 24″ x 15″

 

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James Racchi, “Untitled Column,” 2013
Polychromed steel
48″ high x 20″ W x 18″ D

Lorrie Fredette, “Evade Invasion,” 2013
Beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, nylon line
11′ H x 36″ W x 36″ D (approximate)

 

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Gereon Krebber, “Conchie,” 2012
Cast concrete, variable dims

 

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Joel Erland and Kate Kaman, “Conch Republic,” 2013  
3 Forton glass fiber reinforced concrete
5′ max length in any direction

 

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Ursula Clark, “Palm Goddess,” 2013
Palms, branches, shells, pods and stones as embellishments
10″ H x 6′ in diameter bottom of skirt

John Martini, “A Blakean Tale,” 2011
Welded Steel
96.5″ tall

 

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Simran Johnston, “Untitled: Semi Circle 1 and 2,” 2013
Sticks, plaster, paint polyurethane, nylon 6′ x 4.5′ and  2.5′ x 4″

 

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Richard Brachman, “Tank” (Camouflaged), 2013
Wood, chick wire, vines, leaves, sticks, coconuts
6′ W x 10′ L

 

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William Bennett, “Belly Scepter,”  1987 – 2013
Laminated stone, steel, bronze, plastic, gold leaf
86″ x 13″ x 13″

Liliana Crespi, “Shadows,” 2013
6 life size figures: wire crocheted
72″x 15″ x 8″ ea

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