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Some of the best endurance runners in the country and from overseas are to navigate up to 40 bridges flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico during the sixth annual KEYS100 Ultramarathon Races set for Saturday, May 18, through the Florida Keys. Guests looking for accommodation in Key West can call (855) 327-7200 or visit www.parrotkeyresort.com.
About the Keys100 Ultramarathon
The KEYS100 includes three competitions that follow the island chain’s renowned Overseas Highway: a 100-mile individual race from Key Largo to Key West, a 50-mile individual race from Marathon to Key West and a 100-mile, six-runner team relay race from Key Largo to Key West. Top honors are awarded in each race. Before the 2013 event, a pre-race pasta dinner is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Bogie’s Café at the Key Largo Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100. Tickets are $10 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Saturday morning, the 100-mile team relay and individual races are to begin at 6 a.m. and 6:10 a.m., respectively, on the sidewalk near MM 100 oceanside at Key Largo’s Divers Direct and Office Depot shopping center.
The 50-mile ultra is to begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Marathon Garden Club at MM 50. Nearly 80 percent of the race is to be run on bike paths, pedestrian bridges and service lanes, with the remainder on road shoulders facing traffic. All individual runners are to be provided aid station support with food, drinks and related items at 10-mile intervals, and at mile markers 75 and 25. All races are to end at the same finish line at Key West’s Higgs Beach. No roads or lanes are to be closed and, as in past years, no traffic disruption is expected, according to event organizers. An awards program is set for noon Sunday beneath a large tented area at the finish line.
Registration is $250 for the 100-mile individual race, $210 for the 50-mile individual race and $720 per relay team. Active military and first responders receive a 20 percent discount. All participants must be registered by May 12. The competitions benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys. More than 1,100 athletes plus support crew, volunteers, family and friends are expected to participate in the race through the Keys.
Event information: www.keys100.com
It’s not unusual for culinary connoisseurs who visit Key West to search out chefs and restaurants specializing in seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, European delicacies, vegetarian treats and more. Only on Monday, April 29, however, can they find virtually all of them in the same place — showcasing their signature dishes at the 18th annual Taste of Key West.
Scheduled for 6-9 p.m., the annual edible extravaganza takes place at the Truman Waterfront Pier overlooking Key West Harbor at the end of Southard Street past Truman Annex. Guests can book rooms at Parrot Key Resort during the event by calling (855) 327-7200.
The waterfront area is to be transformed into a colorful open-air food and beverage market featuring cuisine from more than 50 local restaurants and caterers. Offerings are to range from gourmet savories to fresh-off-the-boat local seafood and mouthwatering desserts.
To complement their “tastes,” attendees can choose among vintages from 100 wineries and vineyards from around the world, provided by Republic National Distributing Company.
Admission to Taste of Key West is free. Attendees purchase food and wine tickets for $1 per ticket, and commemorative wine glasses for $6, then “spend” their tickets on beverages and delicacies. Each sample costs between three and eight tickets.
All proceeds benefit Key West’s AIDS Help.
Free parking is to be available at the Truman Waterfront. Free shuttle service between selected Key West locations and the waterfront is to be provided every 30 minutes by Old Town Trolley. Plans call for the last trolley to leave the waterfront at 9 p.m.
Although the gates are to open promptly at 6 p.m., attendees can begin arriving at 5 p.m. to purchase their sampling tickets and wine glasses.
Event information: www.aidshelp.cc or 305-296-6196
With activities ranging from a “drag” race for female impersonators to an exuberant sea “battle” featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party is set for Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 28. Guests can book rooms at Parrot Key Resort during the event by calling (855) 327-7200.
Showcasing the republic’s eccentric spirit, the 31st annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the Florida Keys’ secession from the United States following a 1982 U.S. Border Patrol blockade that virtually stopped traffic on the only road from the mainland.
In protest, local officials staged the secession. After announcing the Conch Republic’s birth, they declared “war” on the mother country, pelted federal agents with stale Cuban bread, surrendered after 60 seconds and demanded $1 billion in foreign aid.
Today patriots throughout the Keys fly the royal-blue flag of the republic, whose motto is “We Seceded Where Others Failed,” and celebrate the secession’s anniversary each year with a lively series of events.
As well as the drag race and sea battle for sea dogs and wenches, festival highlights include the World’s Longest Parade, named because its sea-to-sea route down Key West’s Duval Street proceeds from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The unique parade features the Second Time Arounders, an adult marching band made up of former high school, college and military band members ranging from age 18 to 85.
The festival’s oldest event is the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race, a charity race of decorated beds on Duval Street. Starring racing teams of strange bedfellows, the quirky challenge is billed as “the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on.”
The schedule also includes a pirates ball and pig roast, ukulele festival, Conch Crawl showcasing Duval Street watering holes from the gulf to the Atlantic, two-day arts and food marketplace saluting the Keys’ Caribbean island roots, Conch Republic military muster and sailing race commemorating the Keys’ historic shipwreck salvage tradition.
Event information and schedule: www.conchrepublic.com
A celebration of the culture, entertainment and food of the island nation just 90 miles from Key West is to take place Saturday, April 13, at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden at 5210 College Road. Guests can book rooms at Parrot Key Resort during the event by calling (855) 327-7200.
The lavish Cuban-style dance party called Hot Havana Nights is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the garden’s pondside plaza. Attendees can dance under the stars to the sounds of Frank Diaz and Havana Soul while enjoying light Cuban cuisine, a cash bar and a cigar lounge. A silent auction rounds out the attractions.
Those who purchase VIP tickets also are invited to a 5:30 p.m. Cuban dinner with an open bar prior to the main party. Guests are to be entertained by a private Tropicana show in the courtyard starring Miguel Cruz & Tropical Dreams featuring Dayami.
About The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is an arboretum, garden, wildlife refuge and educational center that showcases the flora and fauna native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean.
The rich and diverse environment features two wetland habitats, two butterfly gardens with fragrant plants, seasonal flowers, national and state champion trees, birds, butterflies, art, a music garden and much more. As a living museum with eight self-guided tours, the garden offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time and experience the Keys in a natural, protected conservation habitat.
VIP tickets for the Hot Havana Nights gala and Cuban dinner are $90 per person in advance ($81 for botanical garden members). General admission tickets for the gala are $30 per person in advance ($27 for garden members) or $35 at the door. Reservations are encouraged since the event usually sells out.
Proceeds support the preservation and educational mission of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.
With 50% Key West Savings This Spring and Summer
Daylight Savings Time may be in March, but you can change your clocks to island time, anytime, through the spring and summer with exceptional Key West savings at Parrot Key Resort. Relax with an island drink poolside, enjoy onsite watersports, or soak up the electric happenings of Key West… all on island time. Call 855-553-4988 to speak with an on-site vacation planner today!
We’ve even made it simple to save more on your spring and summer vacation. For a limited time, enjoy 50% savings on our luxury rooms and suites–stay three nights and get 50% off the fourth night. Or view more spring and summer deals at our Key West hotel, including AAA Discounts, Suite Deals, Weekday Offers, Advance Purchase Deals, and more. View More Offers
Live Island Life With the Ones You Love
At Parrot Key Resort, we embrace the simple life and simple luxury with understated touches. So whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or the one you love, Parrot Key Resort offers a lush tropical oasis that is fit for pure relaxation or you can dive into an array of exciting Key West activities. There’s truly something for everyone at Parrot Key and in Key West. View Things to Do
More Wiggle Room For Family & Friends
With the most spacious hotel rooms in Key West, along with luxurious one and two-bedroom suites, you can space out and enjoy more wiggle room for less. Our spacious one and two-bedroom suites offer living rooms and relaxing tree top balconies. Or unwind on your own garden view porch or waterview white sand porch when booking a guest room. Choose from waterviews or garden views on all room types. View Our Suites & Guest Rooms
Take control of “me time” with our spring and summer island time savings. Rooms are selling fast so book now to save more!
Helpful Planning Links
- Romance Guide to Key West
- Parrot Key For Families and Kids
- View our Family Spring Break Guide
- Spring and Summer Events
- One and Two-Bedroom Suites
Call 855-553-4988 to speak with an on-site vacation planner today!
Interact with live parrots, enjoy a free boxed lunch and learn more about the ecosystem and environment!
If you like the tranquil garden setting of Parrot Key Resort, you’ll love the opportunity to meet Nancy Forrester and interact with her live parrots, while obtaining a greater understanding of the ecosystem and environment. Parrot 101 is a family-friendly experience that combines education with some high flying, feathered fun. The Parrot 101 package at Parrot Key Resort provides guests the opportunity to meet and interact with some of Key West’s most fascinating feathered friends while exploring one of the Island’s best kept secrets; Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden. Local (and legendary) Key West resident, Nancy Forrester, is the mother bird behind Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden and will treat you and your family to an unforgettable morning of entertaining and educational fun.
About the Parrot 101 Class
Nancy and her parrot pals will school you in Parrot 101, an insightful and inspiring look at parrots, ecology and the environment. This hands-on experience will have you interacting with some of the magnificent large Macaws still remaining in the wild in Central and South America. After you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to two complimentary boxed lunches from Café Blue, amid Nancy’s magical garden or you can travel back to Parrot Key Resort and enjoy your meal poolside.
Our Charitable Contribution
End the morning knowing that you helped make a difference, as the proceeds from our ticket contribution go to support orphaned parrots and macaws at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden. Call 877-229-7043 to speak with an on-site vacation planner about this package.
The Parrot 101 Package at Parrot Key Resort Includes:
- Overnight accommodations for two at our Key West hotel
- Two tickets to Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden for a Parrot 101 class (the class is at 10am daily)
- Two boxed lunches from our poolside Cafe Blue (includes one lunch menu item each and two drinks)
Tickets for children aged 5 to 11 can be purchased for a discount rate of $4 per child (a discount of $1) when showing your Parrot Key Resort ticket at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden. Children aged 1 to 4 are admitted free of charge.
Click here to book the offer online or call 877-229-7043 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.
Key West is an excellent spring break destination for family vacations in March and April. And if you’re looking for one the best family resorts in Key West, then look no further than Parrot Key Waterfront Hotel and Resort! The lush family-friendly retreat offers 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 terrace.
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. We even have a great deal below that will get you an extra $250 to spend on food and drinks at Cafe Blue. Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier at our Key West hotel. Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner or view our guide to spring break, below.
Great Spring Break Deals at Parrot Key Resort
We’re currently running our ‘Suite Escape Sale’ which is great for families visiting during March and April. This mid-week escape to Parrot Key Resort includes luxurious accommodations in a one or two-bedroom suite along with a $50 per night credit to spend at our poolside Cafe Blue (up to $250). Enjoy casual, island cuisine in a tropical, garden atmosphere, steps from the main swimming pool. Open for breakfast and lunch, Café Blue also offers a full bar with a selection of signature tropical cocktails. View the Suite Escape Sale Here
Family amenities at Parrot Key Resort include:
- Spacious hotel rooms, plus one and two-bedroom suites
- Four sparkling heated swimming pools
- Sunset Pier overlooking Florida Bay
- Onsite Cafe Blue for poolside breakfast and lunch
- Onsite watersport rentals
- Enjoy our water views but rest assured that there is no water access from our sandy terraces
- Sculpture gardens with fun designs for children
- Located a short drive from Duval Street but far enough away for a safe and quiet vacation
- Patio, porch and/or balcony with all rooms
- Cable TV service and DVD systems
- View our fact sheet for more details
Family Spring Break Activities in Key West
Key West as a whole offers endless fun for families and we’ve highlighted these activities for you in our family guide to Key West! Your children can enjoy a full schedule of eco-tours, dive-snorkel outings, fishing trips and visits to area attractions. Key West is also a family-oriented community where you can find plenty of free activities to entertain your children between excursions. View our guide to family spring break activities in Key West.
View our Spacious Two-Bedroom Family Suites in Key West:
Parrot Key Resort provides the most authentic suites in Key West, designed in true ‘conch style.’ Our most spacious options are the two-bedroom suites which include two bedrooms, a separate living room, a porch and your choice of garden or water views. There is also the option to choose between the two-bedroom family suites below which include two twin beds in the second bedroom, or the standard two-bedroom suite which includes a queen bed in the second bedroom. Click here to view more room types aside from our family suites.
Garden Two-Bedroom Family Suite
Enjoy more wiggle room for the whole family with a master king room, double twin room, living room, and garden tree top balconies. This two-bedroom suite has a lovely tree top balcony and a spacious living room featuring a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and toaster. Both the master king and double twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs, DVD players and free WiFi access property-wide. Our two-bedroom Key West suites offer both privacy and ample shared space for family or friends traveling together.
Waterfront Two-Bedroom Family Suite
Enjoy a master king room, second double twin room, living room, and water view balcony. Smell the salt air or enjoy the setting sun from the waterview balcony of this spacious two-bedroom suite featuring a king bedroom and a double twin bedroom. This suite has a well appointed living room which features a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and toaster. Both the master king and double twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs, DVD players and WIFI access property-wide. Our two-bedroom suites offer both privacy and ample shared space for family or friends traveling together.
We’ve just launched a new sale this week that you won’t want to miss! You can live larger and reap rewards with the ‘Suitest’ Key West Escape Package. We’ll even offer up to $250 for food and beverages at our poolside Cafe Blue. Details are below and don’t miss out on this limited time opportunity.
This mid-week escape to Parrot Key Resort includes luxurious accommodations in a one or two-bedroom suite along with a $50 per night credit to spend at our poolside Cafe Blue. Enjoy casual, island cuisine in a tropical, garden atmosphere, steps from the main swimming pool. Open for breakfast and lunch, Café Blue also offers a full bar with a selection of signature tropical cocktails.
So whether you’re enjoying a romantic Key West getaway, traveling with friends, or looking for the best Florida Keys family resort, you can enjoy the luxurious comfort of a living room and a balcony with breathtaking views, at reduced rates.
Learn more about our spacious Key West suites here or call 855-833-6619 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.
The ‘Suitest’ Key West Escape Package Includes:
- A discount on weekday accommodations in a one or two-bedroom suite at Parrot Key Resort
- $50 per night food and beverage credit for food and drinks at Cafe Blue (up to $250 or 5 nights)
Terms: This offer is valid for stays on Sundays through Thursdays and applies to one and two-bedroom suites. The food and beverage credit will be applied for a maximum of five nights (totaling $250). The credit is valid for food and drinks only at Cafe Blue. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. This offer is subject to availability.
Click here to view the offer and book now
A guide to romantic Key West activities
Who says you have to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day when some of the best deals for lovebirds are in early and late February! Parrot Key Resort is a popular Key West hotel for couples and is ranked as one of the top three romantic hotels in Key West, according to TripAdvisor. It’s not just our romantic sunset pier, spacious accommodations, tropical gardens and private poolside dining that draws lovers to Parrot Key—the resort is most well known for the complete serenity that couples feel upon stepping foot inside our Key West resort.
Many couples never leave Parrot Key during a weekend retreat but, for some, the fanciful colors and electric happenings of Key West beckon. A chorus of activity buzzes from sidewalk cafés and historic downtown streets while couples meet the Florida sunshine, rich history, galleries and sunset celebrations, with a warm embrace.
Whether you decide to stay nestled in the most spacious guest rooms in Key West at Parrot Key Resort, or explore the island’s unique vibe, we’ve got more than one reason below to spend February in Key West with the one you love.
February Offers at Parrot Key Resort
- Soak up a romantic sunset and drinks with a $40/night food and beverage credit
- Only the best will do- upgrade this Valentine’s Day with our suite special
- AAA members can enjoy the majestic drive to Key West with AAA member discounts
- Walk hand-in-hand through the historic Hemingway Home with our Hemingway package
- Love birds can receive up to 20% off when booking in advance
- Pamper your sweetheart an extra night and get 10% off when staying two nights
A Romantic Guide to Key West
1. ‘Sea’ Romantic Panoramic Views of Key West
The Key West Lighthouse Museum and Keeper’s Quarters were completed in 1847. The lighthouse originally guided mariners through the treacherous Key West waters until it was decommissioned in 1969. Today both the Lighthouse and the Keeper’s Quarters have been restored to show visitors what life was like for a lighthouse keeper in the days before electricity and automation. Couples can climb an 88-step circular staircase to the historic lighthouse deck for a romantic panoramic view of Key West and observe historic artifacts, photos and journals. www.kwahs.com/lighthouse.htm
2. Get Lost in a Secret Garden
The 19th-century Key West Audubon House and Gardens were originally built by shipwreck salvager Captain John Geiger. Now a museum, the Audubon House showcases both the Audubon connection and Key West’s early years. The antique-filled house contains nearly 30 first-edition Audubon works and adjoins a gallery featuring 500 Audubon lithographs. Walk hand in hand through the gardens surrounding the Audubon House, which contain a breathtaking variety of tropical foliage, native plants and exotics. www.audubonhouse.com
3. Enjoy a Three Hour Lunch
Romantic Key West sidewalk cafés abound and offer their take of the local specialties, many offering mini versions of their award winning evening menus. No rush. With a couple of glasses of fine wine, crafted beer or a frozen island concoction, the afternoon is now on the right track. Truly a romantic Key West experience and a paradise found. Make sure to try the conch fritters and key lime pie with your sweetheart. http://bit.ly/VivPF4
4. Watch Dolphins in the Wild
Let your heart skip a beat as you pass through the blue waters of Key West into the playground of wild dolphins. Watch as the sea fills with their shapes and energy. Delight in watching dolphins romp, feed and play. Hundreds of dolphins call the waters of Key West home and you can share the memorable and romantic experience of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat with Dolphin Safari Charters. www.safaricharters.com
5. Get a Taste of Romance on a Dinner Cruise
Indulge your senses with an Islescapes Dinner Cruise, featuring exquisite gourmet dinners, impeccable service and a romantic setting aboard a beautifully restored 33 foot motor yacht. The Key West dinner cruise starts off with a brief tour of the harbor and then the captain finds calmer water to enjoy your delectable dinner. During the meal, enjoy a famous Key West Sunset on Islescapes which was named one of the most romantic Key West restaurants by Key West Magazine! www.islescapes.com
More Romantic Key West Treats
- Walk from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean along Duval Street
- Stop by Sloppy Joe’s for a mojito at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hang out
- Visit the southernmost point and take a romantic photo
- Spend an afternoon at the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
- Visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home and meet his famous polydactyl cats
- Take the Conch Tour Train – a great way to see Key West
- Wander hand in hand around the historic Seaport district
- Attend a sunset celebration at Mallory Square
- Sail, kayak, or snorkel with Danger Charters in a secluded, personalized, and natural setting