Wherever you are right now, chances are the weather is better here in the Florida Keys. That’s true even on a summer day. Soon we enter April, the month when we will see dramatic changes not only in bird migration to the Florida Keys and the American Caribbean but tourists flocking to the island chain to enjoy its perfect weather and welcoming culture. In this month blog we selected a few events for you that share one thing – love for the outdoors!
Key West Fishing Tournament, Saturday April 4 – November 30, 2015
Saturday, April 4th marks first day of Key West Fishing Tournament. More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. Activities are spread throughout the Florida Keys. Please visit www.fla-keys.com/tdcfishingcalendar.cfm for evens schedule or call 305-587-6718 for more information.
Taste of Key West Festival
The Annual Taste of Key West will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. It kicks off on Monday, April 13th, 2015 on the Truman Waterfront Pier at the end of Southard Street as a benefit for AIDS Help. Every year the event has grown by leaps and bounds, and this year promises to be another blockbuster! More than 50 restaurants and 100 wineries and vineyards, will be on hand to provide culinary delights and fine wine tastes. Admission is free. Food and wine tickets cost $1 each with “tastes” ranging from $3 to $8. The 2015 Commemorative Wine Glasses sell for $6 each. Participants can begin arriving at 5:00 PM to purchase their glasses and tickets prior to the gates opening promptly at 6:00 PM. For more information, please contact 305-296-6196 or visit www.aidshelp.cc/taste
The 33rd Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
On April 23, 1982, the residents of Key West, Florida declared the secession of the Florida Keys from the United States and formed the new country of the Conch Republic. While the secession may have been in jest, the movement lives on today with residents flying the Conch Republic flag and carrying Conch Republic passports. The celebration of Key West’s “independence” reaches a fury during the month of April every year with activities ranging from wacky bed races to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships. The Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys. Friday, April 17, 2015 – Sunday, April 26, 2015. Contact: 305-296-0213 or www.conchrepublic.com.
Key West Paddleboard Classic
During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Sponsored by Lazy Dog and Turtle Kraals restaurant the event is promised to be filled with fun and excitement paired with the sport we all love so much, paddling! The first race starts on April 30th and continue until 1 PM on Sunday May 3rd when wrap up on the beach will move over to Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach. Racers are invited to enjoy a “special” Happy Hour/Live Music. For full schedule of events please visit www.lazydog.com/index.php/paddleboard-classic/ or call 305-295-9898
And Margaritas, Please!
People have many reasons for coming to Key West — the sun, the ocean, the Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cats. But for many people who want to add little flavor to these simple things in life margaritas are one sufficient reason to venture down to the southernmost city. Slushy machines and Jimmy Buffett odes have made the margarita into the cocktail equivalent of a T-shirt that says “It’s always five o’clock somewhere” — something you buy (or, if you’re smart, don’t buy) at a cheesy place at the beach. A margarita on the rocks is a cocktail that you can drink without shame or irony — and which tastes way better than those from-a-mix slushies. Key West has two very important things going for margaritas- being the home of Margaritaville culture and the land where a citrus fruit called “lime” originates from. Key lime is our go to ingredient for everything from pie to pork. These are two compelling reasons for all watering holes in Key West to make margaritas a staple on their menus. Here are our choices for best Margaritas on the island. You can argue with our choices but we are not going to surrender until you take us out to your favorite bar on a few rounds of this devilishly delicious drink to prove your point.
- Kelly’s Carribean Bar, Grill and Brewery 301 Whitehead, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-8484
- Pepe’s Café 806 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7192
- Bottle Cap Groove Lounge 1128 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2807