Monthly Archives: August 2012

Key West Brewfest Begins Today!

Key West’s favorite beer-centric festival is back with a passion! 2012 BrewFest begins today at 5 p.m. with a kickoff party at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, with proceeds to benefit the Key West Sunrise Rotary. Come enjoy drink specials, raffles, live music and more. When you’ve had enough of the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, head on over to The Porch, which is hosting a late night after-party starting at 9 p.m.

For directions and a full schedule of events, visit

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Trade Show Today

Head down to 1500 Reynolds St. today for the 24th annual Trade Show, where over forty local Key West businesses will show off their goods to visitors from 2:00 – 5:00pm.
Browse the booths and enjoy a slew of free samples as you learn about local businesses here in Key West. There’s even giveaways to enter!
Hosted by the Key West Chamber of Commerce, this event is a great way to load up on free swag while learning more about the various companies we have here on island.
For more information, call Kerry at 305-294-2587.

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Isaac Update

We’d like to take a moment to say thank you for all your kind words as we prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac this weekend. We are happy to report that Parrot Key Resort suffered no damage whatsoever from the storm. (We especially enjoyed seeing locals dress up in their hurricane finest as they headed out to Duval St. on Saturday night!)  If you have plans to visit this week or for Labor Day Weekend, you will experience no interruption in your visit at our resort due to the storm. Safe travels, we’ll be happy to see you when you arrive!

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One of the most iconic films to come out of the 80’s is back in theatres for one night only!  Grab your leg warmers, practice your dance moves and get ready for fun as Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre, The Tropic, screens Flashdance tonight at 7:00pm. Watch as Jennifer Beals welds steel by day and dances by night in a cult classic that will have you singing “What a Feeling” by the time the credits roll.
The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton Street in downtown Key West.

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“Kid’s Show” Happening Today

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.

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Kid-friendly “Robots” Screening tomorrow morning

The Tropic Cinema’s Saturday Kid’s Movie Club is screening the 2005 animated favorite “Robots” tomorrow at 10:30am. Follow the lovable robot Rodney and his metal-headed cast of friends and family as they embark on adventures that will amuse children and parents alike.

With a groovy soundtrack and impressive animation, this is one flick you’ll be happy you didn’t miss. Head over to the Tropic Cinema (located at 416 Eaton St.) tomorrow morning and catch “Robots” at 10:30am.


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Beach Carnival Tonight!

Looking for something to do tonight? How about a carnival on the beach!

Head down to South Beach (located at the southernmost end of Duval St.) tonight between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a beach carnival to benefit Smart Ride 9, a charity dedicated to supporting those people & agencies who give support to those affected by HIV & AIDS.

Kids of all ages will enjoy games, raffles, rides and more! Bring the family and know that your fun goes towards funding a great and worthwhile cause. For more information call 305-292-5974, or 305-304-2759.

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Museum Discounts: now through Sunday!

Key West has some truly fascinating museums to visit– we’ve lived here for years and we still haven’t seen them all! Which is why we’re so excited that this weekend South Florida’s National Public Radio affiliate, WLRN, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council have come together to offer free or discounted admission to several local museums and sites. This is a great way to explore some of the best that Key West has to offer with as little impact to the wallet as possible. Most of the participating venues are kid-friendly and fun for the whole family, so pack a snack and get out there!
For three days only, residents and visitors can simply log onto and select the “Florida Keys and Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend” link, where they will be prompted to print out their voucher. Hurry– there’s a lot to see in just three days!

Participating venues here in Key West include the following: Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Art Center, Key West Garden Club at West Martello, Key West’s Oldest House Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Fort East Martello Museum.

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Our favorite way to beat the heat here in Key West…

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!


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“Raising Arizona” Tonight at the Tropic!

It’s a Monday night in Key West, which means you could head down to Duval St. and get lost in the crowds, stop by Mallory Square for Sunset Festival…or you could swing by the Tropic Cinema for one of their classic movies! Tonight we’ll be doing the latter.

Why not grab some popcorn and catch a Coen Brothers comedy at the Tropic tonight? “Raising Arizona,” the 1987 cult classic that has since been rated one of The American Film Institute’s funniest movies, stars Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a couple who would do just anything to have a child. With John Goodman and Frances McDormand rounding out an all-star cast, this film is one for the ages.

“Raising Arizona” at the Tropic Cinema, located at 416 Eaton St., tonight at 7:00.

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