Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Years in Key West

Key West is a renowned location to celebrate the new year, with three different “ball drops” happening in different locations around the city.   Weither a Pirate wench, sushi the female impersonator diva in a giant shoe, or the Duval street conch shell drop is your flavor, Key West has a celebration for you.  CNN will be checking in at the Bourbon street pub throughout the night, while local and regional media will be covering the Harbor and Duval street ball drops.  Every bar will be hosting some kind of party, as well as exclusive sunset cruises, pier parties and celebrations at historic landmarks.

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Florida Keys Biodiversity

The Florida Keys may be best known for its aquatic biodiversity, but there is also a wide variety of land species that are quite fascinating.  The Key Deer, Burrowing Owl, Vaca Key Racoon, Stock Island Tree Snail, and numerous birds and insects are all specially suited to life in the Florida Keys. If you are interesting in exploring our local biodiversity there are several great locations: the Crane Point Museum in marathon, the Botanical Gardens on stock island, the Butterfly Conservatory in Key West  and the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Centre are a couple that we recommend.

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Dry Tortugas Flightseeing

One of the newer ways to visit the Dry tortugas is by flight seeing floatplane, now being offered by Key West Seaplane adventures.  Rather than spend hours on a ferry you get to the national park in a short 40 minute plane ride over the marine sanctuary, one of the worlds most beautiful aquatic landscapes. (The first flight arrives hours before the ferry, giving you the island all to yourselves)  Call our front desk to book or get information on this or any other key west activity during your stay.  Check out these photos of one of the keys best activities.

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Lit boat parade

Here are a few photos from the Lit Boat parade this past weekend, one of many fantastic Key West christmas events.

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Upcoming Holiday Performances

Check out these Christmas performances in Key West!

  • Fantazimo- 4th annual Holiday Burlesque show at The Studios Key West. Get more info Here.
  • Black, White and Twinkle Lights-  An evening of Live music and dance at the Tennesee Williams Theatre.  Hors d’oeurves, champaign and salsa music with silent auction to benefit the theatre. For tickets, click here.
  • Key West Theatre “holiday”- Child friendly holiday dance performance at the San Carlos Institute, featuring a cameo by the children of the FKCC ballet program.  For tickets, click here.
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Today’s Weather at Parrot Key

It is 72°F and sunny right now at Parrot Key, with some gusting winds from the northeast.  There was a light rain in the early morning, which has left some moisture on all of the plants in our garden and sunning area.  This week is expect to stay sunny with some partial clouds forming mid week, periodically producing showers at night.  The wind is expected to kick up to almost 3o kts today and tomorrow, and then die down later this week to 5-10 kts.  Fishing is very hot right now, particularly for barracuda and reef species, so if you can brave the slightly higher than normal winds, this is the time to book a trip.  Sunset tonight is at 5:38 pm, expect performances at mallory square to start around 4.

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Key West “Bight” before Christmas Celebration

One of the most beautiful areas of Key West is the Historic Seaport, which is currently hosting its holiday celebration.  The area, stretching from Greene st to Grinnell along to seaport, will be lit up and festooned and host the holiday parade, the Historic Inn tour, the Lit Boat Parade, and a lighted harbor walk.  The historic Schooner Wharf bar will also host music and gift give-aways below the lit masts of Key West’s classic ships.  Check out the schedule of events here, or get a schedule at any of the waterfront businesses.

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