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Key West is gearing up for its annual celebration of all things flamboyant, colorful and outrageous when Fantasy Fest Key West takes over historic Old Town starting October 23rd in the Florida Keys. Parrot Key Resort is offer $50/night for food and drinks when staying 4 nights during Fantasy Fest or the Goombay Festival. Arrive early and take part in the Zombie Bike Ride on October 25th! Fantasy Fest images are compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau.
Masquerade March- Fantasy Fest
One of the liveliest events of the week-long celebration will be the Masquerade March on Friday, October 30, which will see thousands of masked and costumed party-goers unleashing their intergalactic alter egos through the streets to reflect the theme of this year’s Fantasy Fest – “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show.” The imagination of all participants is expected to run wild with costumes reflecting creatures from faraway galaxies, circus sideshows and supernatural sagas.
The popular march is free to enter and watch, starting at 5 p.m at the Key West Cemetery’s Frances Street entrance and reaching its end near the Fantasy Fest Fair on Duval Street. There will be crowds of locals and visitors lined up watching the promenade along the streets of Key West’s historic district, creating an electric atmosphere like nowhere else.
3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade
The celebration will help to raise spirits even higher in time for the festival’s main highlight on Saturday, October 31, which is the 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. This spectacular event will feature dozens of glittering floats, marching groups in incredible costumes and lively bands playing island-style music along and Whitehead Street and Duval Street.
Fantasy Fest is packed with an exciting line-up of events, from bar parties to costume shows. Visit here for details of the full program.
Fantasy Fest Hotel Deal
We are offering a special Fantasy Fest offer for visitors staying 4 nights or more during the week of Fantasy Fest or the Goombay Festival. We will treat you to $50 per night at our poolside Cafe Blue which serves a delicious range of breakfasts, snacks, lunches and refreshing island drinks. Use your credit to enjoy pre-party drinks before Fantasy Fest, or start the morning refreshed with poolside breakfast or lunch.
Parrot Key Resort is perfectly located in Key West just minutes from the historic Old Town, yet hidden away in its own serene waterfront oasis to give visitors the best of both worlds during the party week of Fantasy Fest. You are a short taxi ride from the action at night but far enough from the noise of Duval Street during the day. With a sense of unrivaled seclusion in your peaceful haven, it is hard to believe that the energetic and eclectic vibe of Key West is just an easy stroll away.
UPDATE: THE SALE IS NOW OVER
Planning an escape to the Florida Keys in the shimmering autumn sunshine is one reason to feel excited. Booking a luxury deal that won’t bust your budget will raise your vacation excitement to a whole new level, which is why Parrot Key Resort is delighted to launch our latest sale which includes savings of up to 25% on stays this autumn. Book by August 10th to enjoy rates on garden guestrooms from $149/night on select dates. For the ultimate luxury, guests can also upgrade to luxury with a garden suite from $169/night on select dates. Travel with friends this autumn and try a 3-bedroom villa with room for eight, starting at $339/night.
Serenity is on Sale: Book online now
An autumn breeze and nothing but the sound of serenity
Not only does a vacation this fall mean calmer islands following the busy summer season, it also means a comfortable tropical heat and balmy breeze when the rest of the northern world is gearing up for colder days in the run up to winter. With average temperatures topping 84 degrees, Key West is perfectly positioned to enjoy a range of activities for both adventure-seekers and those looking to indulge in some rest and relaxation, where all you can hear is the sound of serenity.
Autumn Events in Key West
There is also an excellent line-up of events from September through November to keep you entertained during your Florida Keys vacation. Please note that special event dates will be higher priced than the advertised lead rates, but still offer great value.
- Beer and ale fans will be in their element during the Key West Brewfest (September 2 – 7) which will feature over 150 varieties to sample, as well as brew-themed dinners, beer and cigar gatherings, pool parties and a lavish tasting festival on the beach.
- Another September highlight is the Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run (17 – 20) which will bring together motorcycle enthusiasts from around the US for South Florida’s biggest motorcycle party weekend of the year. Starting in Miami and ending in Key West, over 10,000 riders will make five stops along the way and end with a big party and game of Texas Hold ‘Em at Cowboy Bill’s, 618 Duval Street.
- In October, Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood will host the lively Goombay Festival with a colorful variety of island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets to tempt visitors.
- The party atmosphere in Key West will then go into overdrive from October 23 through November 1 when Fantasy Fest kicks off. This annual 10-day festival celebrates outrageous costuming and masking with fun and flamboyant events including promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats.
- November is a big month with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day celebrations to prepare for in Key West. There are also exciting events to enjoy, including the Key West World Championship Race (8 – 15), the Annual Key West Film Fest (11 – 16) and Art! Key West! from 27 through 29.
Or grab an island snack and just relax
On-site you can sit back and enjoy some rest and relaxation poolside by one of our four sparkling pools, each nestled among its own tropical oasis to offer some much-needed seclusion and privacy. When it’s time for a thirst-quencher, we’ll bring you a refreshing island drink from Cafe Blue which also serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches and daytime snacks.
Water-based activities in Key West
Autumn is the perfect time of year for fishing with lobster season running from August through March, and stone crab claw season starting in October through May. Parrot Key Resort can even arrange fishing charters at the resort for a unforgettable day trip out in the ocean. Water sports fans can also indulge in a range of other adventurous activities including diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Plus, our complimentary shuttle service to Smathers Beach means you can unwind on powder-soft sand and top up your Floridia sun tan at your leisure.
Our autumn sale runs August 3rd through August 14th for stays this autumn. Call 877-676-1826 or book online by August 14th.
Terms: This offer must be booked by August 14, 2015 and the deal is valid for stays on select dates, now through January 14, 2016. The sale starting rates are for garden guestrooms and other room types will be higher. Savings are limited based on availability, and some blackout dates may apply. Rates are subject to frequent change based on availability and may sell out at any given time. The sale rates do not reflect a daily resort fee of $25/night in addition to a 12.5% applicable tax. Savings vary based on availability and special event dates. The sale rates are available for SELECT dates and room types only. Find the best rates on Sundays through Thursdays.
Revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egos Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, during Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest celebration. Themed “Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond,” the 2013 festival features 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 26.
To book a room at Parrot Key Resort, dial (877) 684-5095.
Event organizers encourage 2013 participants to design floats and costumes around the festival theme.
They might take inspiration from caped crusaders or cartoon foes, mythic gods and monsters, “good guys” from the silver screen or denizens of the dark side.
In addition, Key West’s Caribbean roots are to be celebrated with Friday and Saturday’s Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village.
Throughout the festival, themed costume competitions are planned to draw competitors ranging from single super-humans to dynamic duos and groups. The schedule also includes a pirate bash, a rock-and-roll burlesque musical, a “Halos & Horns” soiree and parties for the valiant and villainous alike.
The spotlight shines on Key West’s renowned Duval Street Friday as vendors of costumes, arts and crafts, food and libations star in the mile-long Fantasy Fest Street Fair. In addition, the Masquerade March draws masked and costumed evildoers and action heroes for an exuberant walking parade.
The clash between superheroes and scoundrels is to culminate Saturday, Oct. 26, during the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s historic “Gotham City” downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade’s exotic marching groups, Caribbean bands, costumed characters and lavishly decorated motorized floats.
Event information: www.fantasyfest.com
Images compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau / Andy Newman
This summer, we’ve made family vacation planning simple by highlighting 10 reasons why families love Parrot Key Resort, along with money saving tips and offers below. Not only is Parrot Key one of the best family hotels in Key West, we offer the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious one and two-bedroom Key West suites that are ideal for families.
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 Key West hotel. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate this summer. Call us today for vacation planning assistance at 888-974-8025.
1. SPACIOUS FAMILY SUITES
This summer you can enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the whole family in our spacious family suites which includes a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a twin room with two ensuite bathrooms.
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.
MONEY SAVER: VIEW OUR SUMMER FAMILY SUITE SALE
2. FOUR SPARKLING POOLS
Choose from four sparkling pools with plenty of options for the kids. 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.
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.
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.
5. EXCITING ONSITE WATERSPORTS
Relax and unwind with family fun on a WaveRunner tour around Key West! Book our watersports activities onsite and save more when booking our summer watersports package.
MONEY SAVER: SAVE $30 THIS SUMMER ON WAVERUNNER RENTALS
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.
MONEY SAVER: GET $250 FOR FOOD AND DRINK
7. FUN AND COLORFUL ART OBJECTS
Discover an array of unique art objects throughout Parrot Key Resort that the kids will love.
From the striking butterfly puppets that hang in Café Blue to colorful garden sculptures, the art at Parrot Key captures the vibrant energy of the island and fuses it with the tropical setting of our Key West hotel.
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.
The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family.
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. Parrot Key Resort is located three miles from Old Town, nestled in a safe tropical oasis that your family will love.
10. BUDGET ROOM OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES
If your budget is tight 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 ensuite bathroom.
Enjoy an ensuite 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
A reminder to all our readers that everyone’s favorite Caribbean celebration, Goombay Festival, begins today! Head on over to Bahama Village (ask one of our Parrot Key front desk agents to direct you to Petronia St.) and start celebrating.
Every year thousands of people attend Goombay where they delight in the various offerings, including arts and crafts, delicacies from a variety of Caribbean countries, and live entertainment ranging from gospel to reggae. Start your weekend off right with a little Goombay flavor!
You might have noticed that our little Key West Hotel has a big art collection– we take a lot of pride in supporting local artists and always try to find time to visit the art events around town. Tonight we’ll be heading over to the Walk on White, a fun and laid-back event celebrating all the fantastic works of art on White St.
Why not take a leisurely stroll down White Street to see what artists have been up to… and while you’re at it, check out the open artist studios at the Armory & 610 White Street along with a special residency cottage open house at 607/609 Ashe Street! Enjoy free wine, light snacks and as much talk about “the painter’s intentions” as you can possibly stand.
Have fun out there!
Every year, our little island of Key West plays host to a number of exciting festivals– from pirates to speed boats, there’s a celebration to fit everyone’s taste. The biggest, and most popular, is of course our legendary Fantasy Fest– ten days of crazy costumed parading, partying and other debauched activities. But equally fun is the festival that marks the imminent opening of Fantasy Fest: Goombay Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights and sounds of Caribbean culture. We impatiently await the opening of Goombay each year–a family-friendly festival that offers incredible food, music, dancing, performances and a true sense of community– and we’re so excited that it’s finally only a few more days away!
For two fabulous days beginning this Friday, October 19th, stroll down the length of Petronia St. and see how long your willpower lasts (ours usually gives in right around the time we see the first foodstall. Conch salad, anyone?) This festival, the end of which marks the official beginning of Fantasy Fest and all its crazy glory, is the perfect way to dip your toe into the Key West festival pool. We’re certain you’ll love it.
The festival runs all day and offers something for everyone. This Friday, be sure to head down to Petronia Street and learn all about Caribbean culture… we’ll save some Conch salad for you, if you’re lucky.
Kids of all ages will be happy to hear that the annual “KIDS SHOW” is back! Today, Saturday, August 25th, from 10AM to 3PM, kids and their parents are invited to stop by the Double Tree Grand Key resort by Hilton for a day of games & nonstop fun, as a hotel ballroom is transformed into a a large indoor playground! This fundraising event brings local businesses and community organizations together to offer offer games, magicians, clowns, dancers, educational displays and more– all in the comfort of an indoor, air-conditioned ballroom! It’s a wonderful way for families to relax and play, with proceeds to benefit a good cause.
Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children, with proceeds to benefits the Wesley House Family Services, a local charity with a huge presence and heart here in Key West.
For more information call 305-304-1026.
We’re used to a little humidity here at Parrot Key Resort. Summertime in the Florida Keys is a truly tropical affair, with daily temps ranging from sultry to flat-out sticky. We like to think that all that extra moisture keeps our skin looking young (and our air conditioning bills looking scary.)
But when the forecast says that the 70% humidity we’re currently weathering isn’t expected to break all evening, we pack a bag and head out. Out onto the water, that is.
Did you know that there are a variety of cruises for every price point that leave daily & nightly here in Key West? From big party catamarans with open bars and music, to intimate sailboats that bring you front row to one of our famous sunsets, there’s a boat for every taste, wallet and whim. Why not grab your family and head out on a 2-hour snorkle tour? Or tell the wife that the two of you are going dancing tonight…with an ocean breeze to go alongside that live band you’ll be swinging to. Kids will love a fascinating glass-bottom boat tour over the reef, while normally-sullen teens tend to go crazy for one of the Ultimate Adventure tours that include so many activities (parasailing, jetski-ing and a giant inflatable ice berg, anyone?) that they’ve been known to actually put down their cell phones for once. We’re especially fond of the champagne sailing trips that pair gorgeous wooden schooners with endless glasses of bubbly. The choices are endless.
Whether it’s a private dinner cruise for two or a $40 booze cruise for 50, Key West’s waterfront has a variety of ships with competitive pricing to satisfy any desire and budget. Just swing by our front desk and ask one of our friendly agents to help you pick which boat best fits your needs. And remember: no matter how hot it is out by the pools, it’s always cooler on the water!
You don’t have to walk far from your room to catch the classic flick “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” — it’s playing at IBIS bay tonight for free! Head over to catch the 7:30pm showing and enjoy the various scowls of Harrison Ford as you sip a chilled beverage while floating in the pool. It’s the best way to spend a Thursday night we can think of! Walk down to IBIS Bay, located at 3101 N Roosevelt Drive, and remember: only Indiana Jones can pull off a bullwhip. The rest of us just look silly trying.