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Kayak the Keys!!!

Want to really experience the Florida Keys??  We think there is no better way than from the calm, turquoise waters where you can discover its hidden beauty & the unspoiled wilderness that captures people’s hearts and minds!! Blue Planet Kayak offers several fabulous ways to truly see the oceanic Florida Keys and experience this magical facet of island life. Glide over crystal clear water inches deep and escape to the seclusion of our wonderful and serene “backcountry” locales. Drift through mangrove islands on jungle-like tidal creeks. Explore “flats” where you can see and learn about the Keys’ unique marine life, birds, plants, wildlife, and

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Hemingway Days Celebration — July 15th-20th

It’s that time again — Join in the fun as the whole island comes together for the 34th Annual “Hemingway Days Celebration”!! Whether composing novels in his Whitehead Street writing studio or fishing for big game in local waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. And how do Key Westers pay homage to those they love? – With a party of course! Every year fans gather for a few days in July to commemorate Hemingway’s renowned literary accomplishments, infectious zest for life, and enduring affection for our little island. And true to form they do so with some

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Mel Fisher Days!! —– July 10th-13th

Celebrate the biggest treasure find in Key West history!! 28 years ago Mel Fisher & his crew found over $400 MILLION in shipwrecked gold, silver and emeralds that had been sitting on the ocean floor for more than 300 years! And being true “Key Westers”, we throw a party every year as big as the booty to commemorate that famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha (yay!) The 3-day gala is packed with incredible events and is sure to capture the fascination of young and old alike. Enjoy contests, live entertainment, raffles, intriguing stories, and abundant riches at various points across the island. All net proceeds will benefit Wesley House

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The Key Lime Festival!!! —– July 3-5

Key Limes are a huge part of life in the Florida Keys & The Key Lime Festival is a huge celebration of our flavorful citrus and our eccentrics! This little lime takes on quite a big role in Southern Florida. Locals and tourists alike celebrate Key Limes every day, but as you may well know we like to have big, odd, fun & unforgettable parties to really celebrate the things that make our islands so unique —- and this is one of them. Key West pays homage to its “native” fruit with a 3-day long party full of fun events just as tart,

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38th Annual “Swim Around Key West!!”

Come out and enjoy the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys!! Founded in 1977, this historic round-the-island experience is the oldest water based competition still happening in our gorgeous island chain. The 12.5 mile endurance swim attracts participants from all over and tests their athletic ability in some of the most beautiful waters around! Contestants can brave the elements alone or pair up in two-or-three-person relay teams to reach the finish line. The swim kicks off at Smathers Beach in 2 separate waves — 8:30am & 9:00am — and runs clockwise around the island of Key West finishing back

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The 8th Annual “Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle”

The most magical night of the Summer!! Enjoy music, singing, dancing, feasting, painting, theatre, hooping, poetry, film…and much more! Celebrating the Art & Artists of the Keys, Midsummer’s Night Dream flaunts the southern Florida creative community giving artists a voice and platform to share the power of their visions. It’s a night of artistic expression & theatrical antics held in the Florida Keys most enchanting forest — the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Highlights at this year’s Spectacle include a Grand Dream Mural Project, a Dream Poetry wall, Shakespearean drama, aerial artistry, fire dancing, ballet, and a roster of

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“Key West PrideFest!!!” —– June 11th-15th

Key West shows its PRIDE every day, and this is your chance to be part of the celebration!! Key West PrideFest honors the openness, diversity, and freedom in our city that have helped us earn recognition as one of the world’s top gay & lesbian vacation destinations. The 5-day long gala spotlights this all-accepting motto with an array of events including splashy pool parties, water excursions, beach parties, late-night dance parties, a tutu run, a film premier, Pride Pageants, drag shows, and one of the most talked about home town parades around (phew!). This event is jam-packed with fun, eclectic, flamboyant

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Sunday, June 8th – World Oceans Day

Celebrate “World Oceans Day” in Key West —– Underwater!! Every year on June 8th communities around the globe celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our oceans and to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives & the increasingly critical need for each of us to help conserve its wonders and resources. This year LIVE streaming video of the spectacular Florida Keys underwater world is being broadcast from Sand Key, 8.5miles off Key West, 20 feet below the surface…and Way Down Video Productions and Key West Broadband invite everyone to take

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Rainy Day Fun!!

Key West – while known for its sunny skies & crystal blue waters – also has some fabulous indoor activities PERFECT for a wet, rainy day! Here are just a few of our favorites… 1. Catch a Flick Soak up some big screen fun at one of two movie theatres on the island.  Regal Cinemas located on Roosevelt Boulevard hosts more of the newer, main stream movies, while Tropic Cinema downtown Key West shows more artsy & classic films.  Both theaters have complete movie listings, trailers, & show times online with the option to purchase tickets in advance and skip the wait!

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Happy Memorial Day!!!

For many people, Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer — and what screams “Summer” better than a day at the Beach? Key West has some fantastic seaside spots to set up for the day & celebrate summertime in true island style!! Fort Zachary Taylor Beach Located at the very southwestern tip of the island in the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (through Truman Annex at the end of Southard Street), Fort Zach Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Key West. Typically more quiet, this pristine island spot features large palm-shaded picnic areas complete with charcoal

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