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Key West’s most flamboyant and outrageous annual party, Fantasy Fest, is taking on a political theme when it takes to the island’s streets this October 21 – 30. The week-long celebration will see thousands of masked and costumed party-goers unleashing their interpretation of America’s upcoming presidential elections with festivities themed ‘Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians.’ Parrot Key Resort is an event sponsor and guests can save up to 18% when booking in advance for the event.
With 10 packed days of masquerade balls, wild costume contests and lavish parades, Fantasy Fest is rated as one of the most anticipated events on the Key West calendar.
Kicking off in spectacular style will be the Royal Coronation Ball, which will involve public voting to elect a masked king and queen. To bring the event to a close on October 30, tens of thousands of spectators will gather in Key West’s historic downtown for the Fantasy Fest Parade with feather-bedecked groups marching through the streets alongside Caribbean bands and huge, extravagant motorised floats.
For visitors looking to explore Key West’s Caribbean roots, the family-friendly Goombay Festival in historic Bahama Village promises an upbeat party atmosphere, while LGBT travellers will enjoy the Headdress Ball.
Other theatrical highlights during Fantasy Fest include the Zombie Bike Ride, Key West Burlesque and the annual Pet Masquerade with Re-pup-licans and Demo-cats taking centre stage.
Duval Street will be transformed into a mile-long marketplace with vendors offering costumes and masks, arts and crafts, and a range of delicious food and drinks.
Parrot Key Resort is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Fantasy Fest. Located in Key West just minutes from the historic Old Town, the resort is hidden away in its own serene waterfront oasis to give visitors the best of both worlds during the party week. With a sense of unrivalled seclusion, it is hard to believe that the energetic and eclectic vibe of thousands of partygoers is just a short drive away.
As soon as the crowds head home from their long summer vacations, Key West starts to welcome a much calmer season making autumn an ideal time of year for couples retreating to the Florida Keys. From special packages and unique events to spacious rooms and warm tropical weather throughout, here are our top ten reasons to visit Key West this October:
1.) Peace and quiet or party time
Summer has ended and the busy Christmas season has yet to begin – October couldn’t be more perfectly positioned in the calendar for a much-needed break to rest up and recharge. Key West is quieter at the start of the month before the island’s party spirit takes flight with Fantasy Fest at the end of October..
2.) Wonderful Florida Keys weather
While the rest of the country is adding extra layers of warmth from the autumn chill, Key West is basking in average highs of 84° F. Not too hot, yet warm enough to take a refreshing dip in the ocean or one of our four sparkling pools.
3.) Key West romance
Parrot Key Resort is rated as one of the top romantic hotels in Key West. With its spacious accommodations and stunning scenery, the resort also offers secluded pools nestled among lush tropical gardens and a romantic sunset pier.
4.) Stylish and spacious
Wake up to your romantic October escape in style. Parrot Key has the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Key West, with a choice of waterfront views or the spectacular scenery of towering palm trees.
5.) Delicious deals
October is the best time to secure an unbeatable deal at Parrot Key Resort with special offers including our Key West Romance Package which includes savings on spacious suites, free breakfast for two every morning, chocolate covered strawberries and a complimentary bottle of wine. Couples can also save up to 25% on selected room types with our Autumn Escape Sale.
6.) Endless adventure
Beyond the peace and privacy of Parrot Key, there is a buzz of activity throughout Key West which beckons adventure-seekers, food-fans, sun-worshipers and culture-lovers to explore, indulge and come back for more. The top romantic activities for couples include dolphin watching in the wild, a sunset dinner cruise, and taking a leisurely walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean along Duval Street.
7.) Blissful beaches
Less crowds in October mean quieter beaches on which to sprawl out and enjoy a variety of water sports. Our complimentary shuttle can whisk you away to nearby Smathers Beach with its vast stretch of white powder-soft sand – perfect for whiling away the hours in the autumn sunshine.
8.) Eclectic events
October is not just filled with peace and serenity; the month also offers an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the season, including WineDine Key West (until October 16) for cuisine connoisseurs, Goombay Festival (October 21 – 22) celebrating Key West’s colourful Bahamian heritage, and the flamboyant Fantasy Fest (October 21 – 30) which ends the month with one of the island’s biggest parties of the year.
9.) Love long weekends
Guests can also enjoy a long weekend break to make the most of Columbus Day on October 10. Leave the office behind and feel a million miles away from it all while you step into our tropical haven.
10.) Something for seniors
We know how much our senior guests love an autumn break in the Florida Keys, making October the perfect month in which to make the most of our Key West Senior Discount.
Call 877-648-0280 to speak with one of our on-site vacation planners and secure an unbeatable vacation this October.