The Conch Connection

Food Trucks - There & Back Again

Aug 15, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Casual, Outdoor, Breakfast, American Cuisine, Seafood, BBQ, Events

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IMAGINABLE CUISINE AND KOOKY CULINARY CREATIONS 

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Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts

Aug 10, 2017 4:55:16 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Outdoor, Events

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Summer can be hot in Southwest Florida with not many outdoor events.  This weekend you are in luck as Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda will be hosting a “cool” event that is fun for adults, kids and families! Celebrate the sub-tropics at Fishermen’s Village’s “TikiFest” this Saturday, August 12th! 

Fishermen's Village is a waterside event center popular for hosting many cultural events and home to a variety of popular choices for shopping, dining, entertainment and fishing.

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5 Best Places for Breakfast on Fort Myers Beach

Jul 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Restaurants, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Breakfast, American Cuisine

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Our Best Picks for that Most Important Meal of the Day! !

Breakfast is a treat most ordinarily many do not have time to savor in our busy day to day lives.  As you awake with a cup of coffee in hand and a leisurely walk along the sand at the waters edge of  Fort Myers Beach, which yummy option best starts your day is a tough decision. 

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Tie the Knot (a fishermans knot) in Key West!

Jul 25, 2017 12:43:05 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Water Activities, Activities, Fishing, Sports

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Go Once and you’ll be HOOKED!


Key West is the ultimate Florida fishing getaway. One of Key West’s most notable novelists, Ernest Hemingway, was an avid fisherman. Key West is one of the most popular game fishing areas in all of North America, attracting visitors from all over the globe. The area also has some of the best spearfishing anywhere. Whether it’s snorkeling or SCUBA, grab your gear and get ready.

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On Tap at the Key West BrewFest

Jul 14, 2017 5:46:36 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, Events

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8th Annual Key West BrewFest

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Monday, September 04, 2017


The last 7 Key West BrewFest events have been so much fun and an amazing success for the local charities, the committee is teaming up to bring it to you again! Between 150 and 200 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic.

Scheduled Thursday, August 31st  through Monday, September 4th, 2017 the festival is to feature nearly 200 beers and ales including unique microbrews. They are showcased at beer dinners, brunches, happy hours, pool parties, late-night after parties, and of course, the oceanfront  Signature Tasting Event.

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Spectacular Places to Watch a Florida Sunset

Jul 11, 2017 2:15:59 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual

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Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are ever alike. There is no shortage of places around the world to watch our favorite star sink beyond the horizon, igniting the sky with radiant hues that cast magic over the surrounding scenery. However, whether you are overlooking the ocean from beach, pier or boat….Florida offers some of the most spectacular places to view the vibrant range of colors that infuse the sky and shimmering sea – perhaps with a green flash, if you’re lucky.

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Key West Embraces Its Cuban Heritage

Jul 7, 2017 3:41:15 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Insider

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90 Miles to Cuba

Cubans have been living in Key West for more than 150 years. Since Ponce de Leon landed in 1513, Florida and the Florida Keys really belonged to Spain….with a few occasions when France and England laid their claim. In 1815 Spain sececed Florida to the United States.

Book your Key West Cuban Escape Now! ! 

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Fantasy Fest Parade - Special Event Cruise

Jun 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Events

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It's not too SOON to book this popular cruise. Saturday, October 28th.. depart from Fort Myers Beach at 10am and then leave from Key West at midnight!

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Our Guide to Hurricane Season in Florida

Jun 21, 2017 11:20:51 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Insider

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Want to visit Florida in the summer, but worried about hurricanes….. statistically, there is an extremely low risk that a storm will impact your vacation. 

On average, only one or two will make landfall on the US east coast each year. Since 1851 (166 years), 37 have made direct hits on Florida. There is little to no correlation between the total number of storms and those that make landfall in any given season. For example, 2010 was an extremely busy season, with 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes. Yet not one hurricane and only one tropical storm, made landfall in the US that year.

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida, even before the first report of a tropical cyclone in 1523 that struck off the west coast of the state.  Hurricane season is recognized as June 1st through November 30th with September being peak, followed by August, October, July & November each being about the same for activity.

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Celebrate Naples, Florida First Annual Pride Fest

Jun 19, 2017 11:46:26 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Outdoor, Events

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June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.

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