A Family Spring Break in Key West: Your Guide to Fun

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.

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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.

View Floor Plan (King Room) – View Second Room Floor Plan (Twin Room)
*Note on the twin room floor plan that this depicts a queen bed but is actually two twin beds


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.

View Floor Plan (King Room) – View Second Room Floor Plan (Twin Room)
*Note on the twin room floor plan that this depicts a queen bed but is actually two twin beds

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Key West ‘Suite’ Escape Sale Now Open

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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.

Details: 

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

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Key West Hotel has Your ‘Keys’ to a Romantic Getaway!

 

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

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
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Key West For Families… Plan Ahead For Spring Break and Summer Travel

 

Key West For Families

With spring break on the horizon and summer vacation not far behind, we’ve made planning easy for you and have highlighted our top tips for visiting Key West for families! Parrot Key Resort is one of the best family hotels in Key West and offers the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious one and two-bedroom Key West suites that are ideal for the whole gang.

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If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools and building sand castles on our white sand terrace. Plus you can get some R&R too with  casual poolside dining and drinks at Cafe Blue (and 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. Have a browse through our family activities below and feel free to give us a ring with any questions at (855) 327-7200.

Family Attractions in Key West

Key West as a whole offers endless fun for families and we’ve highlighted these activities for you! 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. The following are some of the family activities in the area:

Key West Aquarium: Pet a shark at the Key West Aquarium, located at 1 Whitehead St. adjacent to renowned Mallory Square. The aquarium opened in 1934 and was one of the first family-friendly attractions in the Keys. Unique and inviting, the Key West Aquarium is home to grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and more. The touch tank features small sea creatures that children can touch and feed. The aquarium offers guided tours that include shark feeding and even an opportunity for guests to touch or ”pet” a shark.

Conch Tour Train: No visit to the Florida Keys is complete without a ride on the Conch Tour Train, entertaining visitors and families in Key West since 1958. During your stay, even if it is a day trip to Key West on a cruise ship, get a conch’s eye view of the southernmost city’s attractions and interesting stops as you tour with the ’engineers’ and helpful staff aboard the train trolleys. Kids 12 and under ride free, and discounts for military and seniors are available.

Hemingway Home and Museum: In 1935, author Ernest Hemingway received a cat named “Snowball” while living and writing in Key West. With paws featuring six toes, “Snowball” was the first of a long line of felines that has helped make the Hemingway Home and Museum one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Florida Keys. Children love seeing the unique Hemingway cats around the Hemingway Home and Museum! View a video featuring the Hemingway Cats, here.

Key West Shipwreck Museum: Seek shipwreck bounty with wreckers at the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Salvaging goods from ships wrecked on Florida Keys reefs made Key West the richest U.S. city per capita in the mid-1800s. The Key West Shipwreck Museum re-creates the salvage or wrecking era through live actors, film and artifacts from the wreck of the Isaac Allerton that sank off the Keys in 1856. Wrecking master Asa Tift guides guests through the museum, explaining the unique industry, and invites them to climb a 65-foot lookout tower to ring a bell signaling that a wreck has been spotted.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society & Museum: Located at 200 Greene St., the 1910 building houses a permanent collection that includes treasure from the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The treasure includes gold and silver bars, coins, and chains, as well as centuries-old cannons and ships’ tools. Discover the thrill of treasure-hunting by learning the story of Mel Fisher’s quest for the Atocha, while discovering the intricacies of maritime history and the tragedies of shipwrecks.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center: With its touch screens, stunning photos, and roomy theater, this educational center has become a hit with families. It’s a fun way to learn about reef and mangrove habitats before or after an excursion. The center is operated by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, phone (305) 292-0311. Admission is free at the Truman Annex Waterfront.

Mallory Square: Location- Waterfront at Front Street. This waterfront park is the site of the island’s daily Sunset Celebration. Your children will enjoy watching open-air performers and sampling food from vendors who gather here an hour before sunset each day. Your kids might even get drafted to help the performers.

Key West Nature Preserve: Location- Two entrances on Atlantic Blvd. The City of Key West acquired this undeveloped ocean-front property and turned it into an accessible natural area. Wooden walkways and trails take visitors through mangrove forests to a quiet strip of beach. Children will enjoy seeing butterflies, lizards and birds.

Key West Marine Park: Location- Atlantic Ocean from White Street to Duval Street. The near-shore waters along the southwest end of Key West have been cordoned off with buoys to create safe areas for swimming and snorkeling. Your children can view numerous species of coral, tropical fish and birds at this park set up by the local group Reef Relief.

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
  • 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

To book a room call (855) 327-7200 or visit www.ParrotKeyResort.com

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A reminder: Key West Seafood Festival is this weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am until 8:00pm, Bayview Park will be transformed into a festival of mouth-watering seafood, with live music, games, prizes and more…

This annual celebration is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, celebrating all the fresh and delicious seafood that Key West has to offer. All seafood served will be caught by local fishermen…no vendors or packaged fish allowed! Just fresh, delicious seafood, live music, and an open air atmosphere. As far as Key West events go, this one is not to be missed.

Specialties include grilled lobster, fried fish, Stone Crab claws, Key West shrimp, smoked fish dip conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad and more– this is the perfect time to try our island’s mascot, the conch, in all of its delicious glory.

Featuring arts & crafts, marine life exhibits, and even a special “fun zone” for kids, this 100% FREE festival is family-friendly and super fun.

Make sure your calendar is marked for the annual Key West Seafood Festival: January 19th, 2013.

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Key West Food & Wine Festival is happening soon…

Have you bought your tickets to the Key West Food & Wine Festival yet? This hugely popular event is always a hit with visitors and locals. Featuring some of the best cuisine Key West has to offer, it’s always at the top of our picks for things to do here at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort. The festival runs from January 24th to 27th, with a range of daily activities that are fun for foodies and amateurs alike!

Grab your tickets now, as they are sure to sell out. For the full schedule of events, ticket information, and locations, visit http://www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com/default/index.cfm

Key West Food and Wine Festival Hotel Rooms- www.ParrotKeyResort.com

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We’ve Got Your Keys to Sunshine This Year!

Hello sunshine! As a new year is upon us and winter has its cold grip on so many at the moment, we’ve written a few tips (‘keys’ we like to call them) to a relaxing, warm, and tropical 2013. We’ll even throw in the beautiful views, secluded swimming pools and spectacular sunsets too! Give us a ring at (855) 327-7200 and we’ll tell you all about it. Brighten up your winter with our keys to a happy (and sunny) 2013.

Your Keys to Sunshine:

1. Work hard, play harder:

Don’t let work drag you down this year. We all need a break, so we’re rewarding you for traveling on weekdays in January and early February. Save 15% Sunday through Thursday on guest rooms, plus 1 and 2-bedroom suites! Get 15% off weekdays

2. Add some spring to your step:

Add a little extra spring to your step with $40 per night to fuel up on breakfast, lunch or island drinks at our poolside Cafe Blue. This offer is primarily available during the spring, but also on select dates throughout the year. Book the $40 per night resort credit

3. Be spontaneous this year:

Drink in some sunshine in January with a spontaneous MLK weekend trip, or try exciting events like the Key West Food & Wine Fest. In February, enjoy a romantic getaway during the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekends. Book last minute deals from $199/night

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Start your 2013 off with a little culture…

The confetti on Duval continues to be cleared away, the memories of a drag queen being dropped in a high heel shoe are still fresh in everyone’s mind, and all across the island people are already beginning to break the resolutions they made last night. That means one thing: it can only be New Year’s Day in Key West.

After the lowbrow parties of last night, why not start 2013 off with a little highbrow culture?

Tonight at the Tropic Theatre, everyone’s favorite independent Key West movie theatre, catch a screening of La Scala’s “The Magic Flute,” presented as a part of the Opera in Cinema Series.

This riveting opera masterpiece runs 164 minutes plus one intermission, and happens only tonight at 7:00pm. Head on over to the Tropic, located at 416 Eaton St., and start your new year off right!

 

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Mark your calendars: Key West Seafood Festival is coming soon!

On Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am until 8:00pm, Bayview Park will be transformed into a festival of mouth-watering seafood, with live music, games, prizes and more!

This annual celebration is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, celebrating all the fresh and delicious seafood that Key West has to offer. All seafood served will be caught by local fishermen…no vendors or packaged fish allowed! Just fresh, delicious seafood, live music, and an open air atmosphere. As far as Key West events go, this one is not to be missed.

Specialties include grilled lobster, fried fish, Stone Crab claws, Key West shrimp, smoked fish dip conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad and more– this is the perfect time to try our island’s mascot, the conch, in all of its delicious glory.

Featuring arts & crafts, marine life exhibits, and even a special “fun zone” for kids, this 100% FREE festival is family-friendly and super fun.

Make sure your calendar is marked for the annual Key West Seafood Festival: January 19th!

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Check out these great events that are coming up soon in Key West…

January is shaping up to be a busy month here in Key West, with a number of exciting events that historically draw huge numbers of visitors from across the world!

We’re especially excited for these:

Jan. 4-5: Ragnar Relay Florida Keys Race. This 199-mile race takes runners throughout the Florida Keys to the southernmost island in the continental U.S. on a route beginning in Miami and ending in Key West. Visit www.ragnarrelay.com/race/floridakeys for more details. Many Ragner runners choose to stay at our Key West hotel after the race every year. We think our quiet resort is the perfect place to cool your heels after such a grueling run!

Jan. 19: Florida Keys Seafood Festival. This family-oriented feast features fresh local Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities and live music. The free-admission annual event is held at Bayview Park, just a short cab or bike ride away from Parrot Key! Visit www.fkcfa.org/Pages/SeafoodFestival.aspx or call 305-872-9026.

Jan. 20: Key West Half Marathon. In its 15th year, this run attracts more than 1,000 annual participants and has been recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season. The 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West passes Key West landmarks and includes the scenic waterfront. Visit www.keywesthalfmarathon.com or call 305-240-0727.

Jan. 20-25: Key West Race Week 2013. Key West. Elite racing yachts and crews from around the world compete for class championships in one of the most prestigious regattas on the international sailing circuit. Visit www.premiere-racing.com or call 781-639-9545.

Jan. 24-27: Key West Food and Wine Festival. Key West. Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration. Visit www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com or call 800-474-4319.

As always, be sure to check out our specials page– we’ve got some great deals coming up that perfectly coincide with the above events.

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