Fantasy Fest 2013 Welcomes ‘Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond’ Oct. 18-27

Revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egos Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, during Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest celebration. Themed “Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond,” the 2013 festival features 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

To book a room at Parrot Key Resort, dial (877) 684-5095.

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Event organizers encourage 2013 participants to design floats and costumes around the festival theme.

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They might take inspiration from caped crusaders or cartoon foes, mythic gods and monsters, “good guys” from the silver screen or denizens of the dark side.

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In addition, Key West’s Caribbean roots are to be celebrated with Friday and Saturday’s Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village.

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Throughout the festival, themed costume competitions are planned to draw competitors ranging from single super-humans to dynamic duos and groups. The schedule also includes a pirate bash, a rock-and-roll burlesque musical, a “Halos & Horns” soiree and parties for the valiant and villainous alike.

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The spotlight shines on Key West’s renowned Duval Street Friday as vendors of costumes, arts and crafts, food and libations star in the mile-long Fantasy Fest Street Fair. In addition, the Masquerade March draws masked and costumed evildoers and action heroes for an exuberant walking parade.

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The clash between superheroes and scoundrels is to culminate Saturday, Oct. 26, during the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s historic “Gotham City” downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade’s exotic marching groups, Caribbean bands, costumed characters and lavishly decorated motorized floats.

Event information: www.fantasyfest.com

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Images compliments of the Florida Keys News Bureau / Andy Newman

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Key West Vacation Pass Available Through December

Through Dec. 15, 2013, visitors to Key West can receive special values on museum and attraction admissions, excursions, water sports adventures, beverages and even accommodations by purchasing a Key West Vacation Pass from the Key West Attractions Association.

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The $49 pass offers values on tickets for historic and museum attractions, sailing and snorkeling excursions, eco-tours, visits to nature facilities and more. Participating businesses and organizations include the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley, Schooner Adirondack, Key West Eco Tour, and Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Passes must be purchased online before arriving in Key West. Some blackout dates apply, as does a $6 shipping and handling fee.

For more information and to purchase passes, visit www.keywestattractions.org.

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2013 Mini Lobster Season Special Offer in Key West

Mini lobster season (July 24th and 25th) is a Key West tradition that lasts only 48 hours each July when the Florida Keys are teeming with lobster lovers, clawing their way through coastal waters to catch the first fresh lobster of the season.

Mini Lobster Season Special Offer

Parrot Key Resort is offering 20% savings during mini lobster season dates when booking in advance. The 20% offer will only last this week before rates increase. Call 866-469-0347 to book the offer or to book a fishing charter for mini lobster season.

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About Florida Keys Mini Lobster Season in July

If you’ve never taken part, you’re in for a treat starting July 24, 2013 at midnight for 48 hours only. The two day spiny lobster sport season is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. It begins at 12:01 am on the last Wednesday in July and ends at 12:00 midnight on the last Thursday in July.

This is just a ‘taste’ of the official lobster season which starts August 6th and lasts for eight months. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website for full mini season details and regulations.

Lobsterfest in August

Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival commemorates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street.

Learn more about Lobsterfest which takes place during the regular lobster season in August.

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3-Bedroom Key West Villas Now Available at Parrot Key!

Parrot Key Resort is now offering 3-bedroom Key West villas, great for families and friends traveling together. Upon entering the villa, there is a foyer with separate doors to the ground floor guest room and the second and third floor suite (which includes two bedrooms). The spacious ground floor guest room has two queen beds and the connecting suite features a living room, a second floor king master bedroom and a third floor bedroom with one queen bed. For your convenience, we have a variety of bed type combinations to best suit your party and you can choose from waterfront or garden views. Call our on-site vacation planners at (855) 327-7200 for planning assistance and to view additional bed type options. Please note that the villas do not have kitchens but a dry bar with mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave and toaster.

View the Key West 3-Bedroom Villas

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Key West Lobsterfest Set For August 8-11, 2013

Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival commemorates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. To book a stay at Parrot Key Resort during the event, dial (855) 327-7200.

Key West Lobsterfest Event Info

The flavorful festivities kick off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, when lobster aficionados can gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St., for a lavish lobster boil that also includes shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Live entertainment and libation specials are to round out the evening’s action.

Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans found in Keys waters offer sweet and tender meat. Lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, baked and stuffed, in creamy bisque or cold in savory salads.

Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval.

During the enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from as many as 20 local restaurants are to prepare lobster specialties ranging from tempting appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. Offerings feature fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys lobster fishermen.

Free Outdoor Concert

A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-11 p.m. with local, regional and national bands performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets. Attendees also can browse and buy art, crafts and merchandise from dozens of on-site vendors.

More Lobsterfest Events

Other Lobsterfest events include a lively party Friday, Aug. 9, at Rick’s/Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St., a Friday night Duval Crawl and a mouthwatering lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 11.

The crustacean celebration benefits a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.

Event information: www.keywestlobsterfest.com

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10 Reasons Families Love Our Key West Hotel

 

This summer, we’ve made family vacation planning simple by highlighting 10 reasons why families love Parrot Key Resort, along with money saving tips and offers below. Not only is Parrot Key one of the best family hotels in Key West, we offer 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 terraces. 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. Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier at our Key West hotel. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate this summer. Call us today for vacation planning assistance at 888-974-8025.

 

1. SPACIOUS FAMILY SUITES

This summer you can enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the whole family in our spacious family suites which includes a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a twin room with two ensuite bathrooms.

The spacious living room features a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster.

Both the master king and twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs and DVD players and WiFi access property wide.

MONEY SAVER: VIEW OUR SUMMER FAMILY SUITE SALE

 


2. FOUR SPARKLING POOLS

Choose from four sparkling pools with plenty of options for the kids. You will be nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art objects that the children will love. At arm’s reach is our poolside Cafe Blue for breakfast, lunch and island drinks for mom and dad.

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3. WATERFRONT VIEWS AND SUNSET PIER

Enjoy a family sunset from your waterfront balcony or watch the sun go down from our sunset pier while the kids play on our white sand terraces.

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4. WHITE SAND TERRACES

Build a sand castle or just enjoy the sand between your toes with our white sand sunbathing terraces.

Mom and dad can enjoy ‘me time’ with waterfront views while the kids play in the sand. And don’t worry about safety–while we offer gorgeous waterfront views, there is no water access from our sandy terraces.

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5. EXCITING ONSITE WATERSPORTS

Relax and unwind with family fun on a WaveRunner tour around Key West! Book our watersports activities onsite and save more when booking our summer watersports package.

MONEY SAVER: SAVE $30 THIS SUMMER ON WAVERUNNER RENTALS

 


6. CASUAL OUTDOOR POOLSIDE DINING

Enjoy casual island cuisine for the whole family from light bites, meals, island drinks, and sweet treats. Our poolside Cafe Blue offers everything from a breakfast fit for your little king or queen, to an island lunch that mom and dad won’t forget.

MONEY SAVER: GET $250 FOR FOOD AND DRINK

 


7. FUN AND COLORFUL ART OBJECTS

Discover an array of unique art objects throughout Parrot Key Resort that the kids will love.

From the striking butterfly puppets that hang in Café Blue to colorful garden sculptures, the art at Parrot Key captures the vibrant energy of the island and fuses it with the tropical setting of our Key West hotel.

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8. STAND ALONE UNITS WITH NO HALLWAYS

Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual suite at Parrot Key Resort has its own entrance with no hallways so your little ones can run free.

The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family.

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9. NEAR FAMILY ATTRACTIONS BUT OFF DUVAL STREET

Key West is an amazing family destination, but many families prefer to be located away from the nightlife of Duval Street. Parrot Key Resort is located three miles from Old Town, nestled in a safe tropical oasis that your family will love.

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10. BUDGET ROOM OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES

If your budget is tight and you’re looking for a little less room than our family suites, you can also try a garden view double queen guest room. The garden view room is less expensive and still offers you the largest hotel room in Key West, with two queen beds, a garden porch and an ensuite bathroom.

Enjoy an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.

Watch the world go by from your private garden view porch.

MONEY SAVER: VIEW THE GARDEN DOUBLE QUEEN GUEST ROOM

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Save up to 25%: 72-Hour Sale June 18-20, 2013

We have some exciting news! Parrot Key Resort is kicking off a postcard-perfect summer with our biggest sale of the year, for 72 hours only. Book by June 20th, 2013 and receive up to 25% off stays now through December.

With the largest hotel rooms in Key West, waterfront bay views, and four sparkling pools, Parrot Key Hotel & Resort is the idyllic spot for a Key West vacation this summer or fall.

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How to Redeem the Offer

Sign up below to receive a booking link for the sale. All you need to do is book by June 20th, 2013 and you’re on your way to paradise! Make sure to share the offer with your friends when prompted, and you could win a stay at Parrot Key Resort. Tip: Book in September, October and early December for the best savings.

Sign up to redeem the offer: www.parrotkeyresort.com/sale

Terms: Rates do not include daily resort fee of $25/night or applicable 12.5% taxes. 25% discount is subject to limited availability and blackout dates. Rates and availability are subject to frequent change. Travel dates with lowest rates are September, October and early December. Reservations booked at 72-hour sale discount require full nonrefundable pre-payment, including a deposit equal to all nights and resort fees, plus tax. Dates are final.

Can’t sign up online? Give us a ring and our onsite vacation planners will share the sale details with you over the phone: Call (877) 676-1826.

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School’s Out: View Our Family Travel Ideas and Money-Saving Tips

School’s out for summer and the Florida Keys & Key West are teeming with things to do for visitors of all ages and interests. Kids and families can make vacation days together unforgettable with these exciting activities and money-saving tips this summer!

10 Key West Activities Your Family Will Love

Parrot Key Resort is one of the best family hotels in Key West and kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools, along with building sand castles on our white sand terraces. Outside of the hotel there are even more activities that your family will love! View our top 10 Key West family activities.

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10 Reasons Families Love Parrot Key Resort

This summer, we’ve also made family vacation planning simple by highlighting 10 reasons why families love Parrot Key Resort! We’ve even included several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate. To book a room, call 888-974-9813 or book online. View the Top 10 List.

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Click Here to Win a Trip to Key West

Book Online or Call  888-974-9813 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.

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Key Lime Festival Attempts Pie World Record

Salute sweet Key Lime pie and the tiny fruit that inspired it with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt at the inaugural Key Lime Festival set for July 4-6.

About the Key Lime Festival

The festival was conceived by Key West author and baker David Sloan, who penned “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.” It celebrates the popularity of the tart, creamy dessert so closely identified with the Florida Keys that almost every visitor samples it.

Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida’s official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of the tiny yellow Key lime, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream or meringue.

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Festival Highlights and Activities

Festival highlights are to include an attempt by Sloan and three fellow chefs to set a Guinness World Record for baking the largest Key lime pie in history. They plan to debut their creation, expected to exceed 15 feet in diameter, during the Key Lime Piestravaganza Thursday, July 4, on Greene Street just off Duval Street.

The Piestravaganza is to feature other attractions including the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eating Contest at noon and an appearance by the festival’s offbeat mascot, Key Lime Kirby.

Sloan and company are to unveil “the world’s largest Key lime pie” at 2 p.m., subsequently serving slices of their gigantic creation to attendees who donate $1 to the historic Key West Firehouse Museum.

Key Lime Pie Championships

Aspiring bakers can prove their pie-making prowess at noon Friday, July 5, during the Key Lime Pie Championships at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, 907 Whitehead St.

Entrants can vie for blue ribbons in multiple divisions, with pies judged on criteria including appearance, flavor balance and originality. Spectators can purchase tickets to sample, savor and cast People’s Choice votes.

Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant

Other festival events include the Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant, paired with comedy and performances, and the Lil’ Miss Key Lime pageant for costumed kids ages 6-10.

For more information, visit www.keylimefestival.com.

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The Best Father’s Day Gift Idea: An Escape to Key West!

Parrot Key Resort is saluting dad throughout the month of June with The Key to Father’s Day Package! Treat dad to an unforgettable Father’s Day Key West adventure on both land and sea—including a WaveRunner exploration, a literary legend and a tropical oasis at Parrot Key. Call (855) 327-7200 today for details or view details here.

A WaveRunner Tour Around Key West

Dad’s adventure begins with a signature Key West WaveRunner tour, journeying 28 miles around the island! This thrilling ride for two takes on a guided tour to famous local landmarks like submarine pits, the Boca Chica sand bar and the Southernmost Point of the USA. Guests save $30 on the WaveRunner tour when booking this package.

A Taste of the Hemingway Experience

Next, introduce dad to a gentleman as esteemed as he, with a visit to the Earnest Hemingway Home & Museum. Visit the former home of this literary legend and one of Key West’s most famous residents to discover the home’s history, wander through the lush grounds, and enjoy the whimsy of the more than forty unique cats that live here.

Other Complimentary Perks for Dad

Dad can continue the Hemingway experience back at Parrot Key Resort, poolside, with a complimentary copy of Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea and a free poolside cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage from Cafe Blue. You can even meet us back at Cafe Blue one morning of your stay and we’ll collect the tab for dad’s breakfast!

You may find the biggest perk of all to be the price of comfort, as The Key to Father’s Day Package offers accommodations in a one or two-bedroom suite at Parrot Key Resort. The package is available for stays beginning June 1st through June 30th.  All packages subject to availability. Click here to view the package terms and conditions.

Click here to book online or call (855) 327-7200 
to speak with an onsite vacation planner 

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