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Our favorite way to beat the heat here in Key West…

We’re used to a little humidity here at Parrot Key Resort. Summertime in the Florida Keys is a truly tropical affair, with daily temps ranging from sultry to flat-out sticky. We like to think that all that extra moisture keeps our skin looking young (and our air conditioning bills looking scary.)

 But when the forecast says that the 70% humidity we’re currently weathering isn’t expected to break all evening, we pack a bag and head out. Out onto the water, that is.

Did you know that there are a variety of cruises for every price point that leave daily & nightly here in Key West? From big party catamarans with open bars and music, to intimate sailboats that bring you front row to one of our famous sunsets, there’s a boat for every taste, wallet and whim. Why not grab your family and head out on a 2-hour snorkle tour? Or tell the wife that the two of you are going dancing tonight…with an ocean breeze to go alongside that live band you’ll be swinging to. Kids will love a fascinating glass-bottom boat tour over the reef, while normally-sullen teens tend to go crazy for one of the Ultimate Adventure tours that include so many activities (parasailing, jetski-ing and a giant inflatable ice berg, anyone?) that they’ve been known to actually put down their cell phones for once. We’re especially fond of the champagne sailing trips that pair gorgeous wooden schooners with endless glasses of bubbly. The choices are endless.

Whether it’s a private dinner cruise for two or a $40 booze cruise for 50, Key West’s waterfront has a variety of ships with competitive pricing to satisfy any desire and budget. Just swing by our front desk and ask one of our friendly agents to help you pick which boat best fits your needs. And remember: no matter how hot it is out by the pools, it’s always cooler on the water!

 

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Art Events in Key West Tonight

Here at Parrot Key Hotel & Resort we have a passion for art. Which is why we’re especially excited for all the exciting openings and events happening tonight in Key West! Art lovers will have plenty to choose from today, as a number of exhibitions open to the public for the first time. (A little party here and there doesn’t hurt, either.)

First off, The Custom House Museum will open two new exhibits tonight with a party open to the public  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come mix & mingle as two fabulous exhibits– “Celebrating the Colors of Key West,” the art of Jack Baron, and “Coping with Depression —the WPA Artists in Key West”– are opened to the public. While both shows will stay open through November, tonight is your first chance to catch a glimpse of these beautiful and important works.

In addition,  the Key West Art Center presents “Martha Watson Sauer: WPA Teaching Artist,” opening tonight in conjunction with the WPA exhibit at the Custom House Museum, located a quick walk away.

Also in the area, the Key West Aquarium (which many don’t know was a WPA project completed in 1934 and which contains fascinating frescoes) will stay open until 7 p.m. with free admission to those attending either of the above receptions.

Finally, tonight’s “Art Walk On White” will have galleries along White St. open to the public for wine, appetizers and a dazzling array of new works by artists at the Studios of Key West, Harrison Gallery, and more. Take a walk down White St. and see what you can find!

With so many fun events to consider, tonight’s bound to offer something for everyone. So what are you waiting for?

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Partial clouds, whole lot of fun…

These cooler temperatures (well, cooler than the recent 90+ days we’ve been seeing!) and partly sunny skies have us itching to get out on the water. Add in the reasonably low winds we’ve been having and you get the perfect weather for one of Key West’s most popular activities: fishing! Both offshore and reef fishing are superb at the moment, with your chances of hooking a big, beautiful species of Snapper at a season high. So what are you waiting for? There are a variety of local charters to meet every price range and possible request– from private, all day power boats to shared single seats, your friendly Parrot Key front desk agent can certainly help you narrow down the choices to the one that fits your (and your family’s) needs.

Have fun this week, and as always, enjoy your stay on our beautiful island.

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Tomorrow Night: Reggae Under The Stars

We know you might need a night off after last night’s festivities. We do too! So take tonight and have a lazy evening with the family before you head out tomorrow night for some of reggae’s most famous acts, joining hands for the first time to play a laid back, full moon concert. Friday night’s schedule looks like this: Head down to Sunset Pier (located at 0 Duval, part of the Ocean Key Resort) at 7:00pm after getting your tickets at www.keystix.com ($25 if you do it ahead of time, or $30 at the door.) Then grab a drink and relax to the sounds of The Original Wailers (including members of Bob Marley and The Wailers band), Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band. Rinse, repeat.

You can thank us later.

For more information, call 305-296-6253.

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Key West’s annual Fourth of July  picnic, with proceeds to benefit the Hospice of the Florida Keys and the Visiting Nurse Association, will be taking place at the Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club tonight. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club.

The traditional buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings for $25 per adult, $10 per child between 3 and 12 and free for children younger than age 3. General admission (no meal) tickets are $10 and include free watermelon, popcorn and cold drinks, live music, a silent auction and lots of children’s games. The fun will continue all evening, so head on over and enjoy!

The Casa Marina is located at 1500 Reynolds St. Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

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Special Screening Tonight

To our Parrot Key guests who are searching for something to do tonight, we are happy to tell you: entertainment is only a quick walk away! Zip on over to our neighbor, the Ibis Bay Waterfront, who will be screening the 1935 classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which famously won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and features some of yesterday’s top stars like Mickey Rooney and Ian Hunter.

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Parrot Key wins TripAdvisor Excellence Award

To those of you who are already big fans of our beautiful resort, you won’t be surprised to learn that TripAdvisor– the internet’s largest authority on hotel reviews– has awarded Parrot Key Hotel & Resort a Certificate of Excellence for 2012!  We’re all very proud to share this with you, and want to extend a big thank you to our loyal customers and fans. It’s you who have taken the time to share your positive reviews of our beautiful hotel. We are so grateful that we have the best customers in the business! Celebrate this award with us today.

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Special Memorial Day Offer!

We’ll set the scene for you: It’s Monday morning, you’re relaxing in your hotel room, and you realize what so many vacationers before you have also come to understand… you don’t want to leave.

While normally, the call of the real world might prove to strong too ignore, we feel that exceptions should be made on a holiday weekend. Especially one where you’re currently shacked up in paradise. So, as a special offer to our guests who’d like to extend their vacation a little longer, we’ve come up with a deal we feel might make the return to reality a little less painful. For this Memorial Day, any guest room may choose to depart our hotel on Monday morning a full seven hours later than they would normally need to– for only $100.00. That means that instead of your usual 11:00am checkout time, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the property (and your hotel room!) until 6:00pm that evening.

This offer is only valid for Monday, May 28th– so take advantage of it while it’s here! Ask your friendly front desk agent to arrange the details for you.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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This Week’s Weather Forecast

Pull out the sunblock and pack your beach bag — it’s going to be a hot one! This week is going to be perfect for catching some rays at Fort Zachary Taylor or catching up on your reading by one of the pools at Parrot Key. Highs in the 80′s with nighttime lows not far behind, this is prime flip-flop & tank-top weather. Why not take the kids down to Flamingo Crossing for a homemade ice cream (a local’s favorite) or zip on over to the White Street Fishing Pier and enjoy the breezes coming off the water? If the sun gets to be too much, head into the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory to take a rest and enjoy an oasis off Duval’s hustle and bustle. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and load up on that SPF…nothing throws a wrench into vacation plans like a scorching sunburn! And remember: Sunset Celebration, Key West’s nightly arts & music celebration, is happening every night over at Mallory Square.

Have a wonderful week!

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Today’s Weather at Parrot Key

It’s 77°F and hazy right now at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort, but patches of blue sky can be seen on the horizon.  We predicted to get scattered showers of warm rain for the next couple of days, before it clears up to the more usual blue winter sky.  There is a very light wind from the north right now and small chop out in the open ocean, but close to Key West the water is calm.  Sunset tonight will be at 5:57 pm, and with the low pressure system coming in should provide amazing colors.

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