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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.
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:
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.
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!
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 Edition. 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 & 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.
Call 855-327-7200 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online now
There are many words we like to use when describing the perfect vacation, and many of them happen to begin with the letter ‘s’. Whether it’s sunshine, sunsets, sea, sand, simplicity, serenity, or just space to enjoy your freedom away from the routine of everyday life. We’re going to add another ‘s’ for good measure – suites! At Parrot Key, we have created spacious one and two-bedroom suites with style and comfort in mind which make them ideal for couples seeking a little extra indulgence, or for families and friends after much-needed privacy.
Each suite features stunning views and you can choose to live among the tree tops with your own garden view balcony or choose our waterfront suites with views of Florida Bay. If you’re seeking extra savings, a garden suite is the way to go. Don’t just expect to see a pretty display of flowers when we highlight the garden views; in your suite, you will wake up every morning to the spectacular sight of towering palm trees and lush foliage, all helping you to feel the great distance between your newly-found paradise and the hectic urban sprawl you left behind. You and your loved ones will feel revitalized and refreshed living in luxury with the uplifting sight and scent of our peaceful tropical oasis surrounding your spacious suite.
Whether you choose the king one-bedroom garden suite, or the two-bedroom garden suite featuring a master king room and a second queen room or twin room, each room has its own flat-screen TV and DVD player for when you need time out to switch off and recharge. However, bringing the party together will also create some of the best highlights of your vacation, which is why our living rooms are perfectly designed to ensure everyone can sprawl out and watch the latest entertainment on a 42″ flat-screen TV and enjoy all the benefits of a dry bar area, mini-fridge (in most rooms) and coffee maker.
You may wish to stay in your suite all day with such beautiful views and comfortable surrounds, but once you step foot outside and make your way through the landscaped tropical gardens, you’ll soon discover one of our four pools, each sparkling among its own private sculpture garden.
Within a short stroll is Café Blue, serving light lunches, snacks and cool cocktails, a perfect spot for relaxing throughout the day and celebrating an unforgettable Key West sunset. Take our shuttle bus to Smathers Beach and you’ll later find yourself immersed in one of many water sports activities. Venture onto the streets of Key West and the line-up of adventure seems unending, from the Conch Tour Train, the lively atmosphere of Mallory Square, and the many museums and attractions all telling the fascinating story behind this colorful Florida Keys island. Happy vacation!
To book one of our spacious garden view or waterfront suites, book online or speak to the reservations team at 888-211-0348.
Three reasons to visit Key West in 2016, include three amazing bedrooms, spread over three floors with plenty of space for your entire party. Sprawl out in style with room for eight family members or friends in our three-bedroom Key West villas. Enjoy sun, sea, serenity… and space; along with some exciting villa offers as well!
Traveling with family or a group of friends means a Key West vacation packed with plenty of fun surrounded by your favorite people. It can also mean the need for a little extra space to avoid feeling too cramped and ensure that everyone has some much-needed privacy. Even the closest of friends and happiest of families can end up feeling under each other’s feet in the wrong type of accommodation, so it’s important to select where you spend those precious vacation days, carefully.
At Parrot Key Resort, we have created spacious three-bedroom villas with families and groups of friends in mind. You can all enjoy each other’s company in the exclusivity of your own three-bedroom villa overlooking the sparkling Gulf waters or our tropical gardens, without compromising space. Each villa is unique with a combination of different bed types, so everyone can sleep up to eight people comfortably based on the needs of your party.
If it’s a waterfront Gulf view that you prefer, choose a three-bedroom villa offering space, privacy and luxury including pristine white sand terraces. Every bedroom has an en suite bathroom, so there will be no family fights to get to the bathroom first each morning in Key West!
The villa includes different bed type combinations over three floors so that you can decide how best to keep your friends or family well-rested each night in Key West.
Each room has is own flat screen TV for when you need time out to switch off and recharge. However, bringing the party together will also create some of the best highlights of your vacation, which is why our living rooms are perfectly designed to ensure everyone has enough leg room to sit back and watch the latest entertainment on a 42″ flat screen TV.
From the blue views of our waterfront Key West villas to the serene green of our tropical garden views, you will be surrounded by paradise in whichever view you choose. The porch entrance to each of our three-bedroom garden view villas is surrounded by towering palm trees and lush tropical foliage, helping you to feel a million miles away from the urban sprawl you left behind.
Our garden views offer the same level of luxury, comfort and space as our waterfront villas, the only difference welcoming you are the garden tree top balconies. You and your family or friends can truly feel on top of the world. Call 855-327-7200 to learn more about our three-bedroom villas. View our family package which includes exciting offers in our three-bedroom villas.
Parrot Key Resort is honored to be recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The “Hall of Fame” was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Parrot Key Resort has received the Certificate of Excellence since 2011. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
We would like to thank all guests who have left positive TripAdvisor reviews for Parrot Key Resort over the years. We appreciate you more than you know.
Sports fans with a need for speed can satisfy it at the Key West World Championship powerboat races set for Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 8-15, in Key West waters.
The 35th annual championship series is to feature boats raced by leading American and international teams, roaring over a 6.2-mile course that includes Key West Harbor and provides unparalleled viewing for spectators.
Boats typically face both rough and calm water conditions during the season-ending event, dubbed the Indianapolis 500 of the offshore powerboat racing circuit. The challenging course is a primary reason for Key West’s reputation as one of the world’s premier racing venues.
The course layout means boats can sometimes pass within 50 yards of fans, enabling them to experience the pulse-pounding action in a unique close-up manner.
The Key West World Championship is to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island’s legendary Duval Street beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The excitement builds through the week with races Wednesday, Nov. 11; Friday, Nov. 13; and Sunday, Nov. 15. Races are scheduled at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on all three days and each features boats from multiple classes.
Among spectators’ favorites are the Superboat and Superboat Unlimited classes, which draw powerful contenders competing at speeds that can reach 140 and 150 mph, respectively.
On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the boats, watch in-water testing runs and mingle with racers and crews at the race village on Key West’s Truman Waterfront, which lies beyond the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.
In addition, parties are planned for racers and fans.
General-admission tickets are available, as are all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent. Other popular viewing areas include waterfront hotels and Key West’s Mallory Square.
Event information: www.superboat.com
Let us help plan your vacation at Parrot Key Resort by calling 855-327-7200 to speak with our onsite vacation planning team.
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.
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.