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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.
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!
Like most Key West hotels, we at Parrot Key Resort like to think that we have a pretty great sense of humor. (Living on a tiny island that once tried to succeed from the United States, you’re pretty much required to be able to laugh at yourself.) Which is why we’re going to head down to Aqua Nightclub tonight for “Laugh Till It Hurts,” a cavalcade of comedy presented by Standup4KeyWest, our favorite local comedy troupe. For a measly $20 donation at the door, audience members are all but guaranteed a seam-splitting, belly-busting night of laughter. The show starts at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00…that leaves you plenty of time to practice your own standup routine to impress those Standup4KeyWest members afterwards.
Aqua Nightclub is located at 711 Duval Street, right in the middle of downtown Key West. Get there early for the good seats up front!
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.
Love pasta as much as we do? Then you’ll be sure to attend the “Pasta, Pasta, Pasta Party” being held tomorrow at the NY Pasta Garden on Duval Street, a local favorite. Just a short cab or bike ride from our Key West Hotel, the NY Pasta Garden serves some of the most rib-sticking, smile-making Italian dishes on this island– and their pasta party promises to feature quite the selection! From 6:00 to 8:30 this Saturday, October 13th, you’ll get your fill of favorites like Chicken Alfredo, Stuffed Shells, Meatballs & Sausage, Meat Lasagna, Dolphin Manicotti, Chicken Marsala, Shrimp & Dolphin Caesar Salad, and more. With an open bar to boot, this event is not to be missed. Tickets are just $30.00 and are sure to sell out, so give the restaurant a call now to reserve yours.
Reservations: 305 292.1991
Today at 6:30 pm the Florida Keys Audubon welcomes the public to view a free presentation by David Lewis, a beekeeper from Florida Keys Honey and Bees.
Global news has covered the devastating plight of the modern honey bee, whose numbers have dwindled to dangerously low proportions in recent years– all the more reason to stop by the West Martello Tower (home of the Key West Garden Club) and watch Lewis’ presentation, which will discuss the work that Florida Keys Honey and Bees does here in the Keys. Featuring an observation hive and honey products unique to the Keys, this exciting exhibition is sure to delight adults and children alike.
The West Martello Tower is located on Atlantic Boulevard, next to Higgs beach.
Here in Key West we sometimes feel that dressing in drag has become a competitive sport– the best of the best can routinely be seen strutting their stuff down Duval St, and local clubs like Aqua are always packed when their drag shows begin each night of the week. But how does a newcomer to the scene arrange their debut? What happens when a gentleman known to declare “Not me! You’ll never see ME in a dress” for years finally decides that maybe he deserves a moment in the spotlight (and in a fabulous wig, perhaps?)
Enter the Aqua Nightclub’s “Miss Never Say Never” Pageant, a night dedicated to the debut of those contestants who you never thought you’d see up on stage, happening tomorrow, October 10th, at Aqua from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cheer your favorite as contestants are judged on pageant classics such as Beauty, Brains and a Q&A. You’ll want to get there early for a seat up front!
Aqua is located at 711 Duval St. There is a $10 donation suggested at the door.
Start your week off right with a spooky screening presented by Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre, the Tropic Cinema! Head down to the theatre tonight to catch a special, one-night-only screening of the 1954 classic horror film “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”
This definitive monster movie is not to be missed– get there early for good seats and great snacks! Screening begins at 7:00pm.
The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton St. For more information, call 305-295-4393.