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Our Guide to Hurricane Season in Florida

Jun 21, 2017 11:20:51 AM / by Scott Schofield 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 Scott Schofield 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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Mini Lobster Season...2 Day Annual Event

Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Water Activities, Activities, Outdoor, Events

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Florida Lobster.......

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Have  you Run with the Bulls? Do It Like Ernest Hemingway - Key West Style! !

Jun 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities

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What do you get when you combine one literary great, a 3-day marlin tournament, the running of the bulls (not real ones though), look-a-like contest for white-bearded men, book readings and signings, a street fair and an arm-wrestling contest????  Hemingway Days, of course.

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Donate Blood and Save a Life

Jun 9, 2017 4:45:44 PM / by Scott Schofield

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There's GOLD in the Waters off Key West

Jun 7, 2017 11:56:29 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Museums, Activities, Walking Distance, Old-Town, Tours

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Today's the Day!! That was the famous saying of Mel Fisher, Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire!! 

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Why We Love Sun Splash Water Park (And You Should, Too!)

May 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Water Activities, Attractions, Activities, Outdoor, Pool, Cape Coral

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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

May 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Luxury, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Key West Hotels, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Parrotheads of the world unite, it’s time to go Back to the Island!! The Westin Resort and Marina Key West has become the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. This 170+ room resort is the epitome of Key West and now with Jimmy Buffett lending his name to it, only backs up that claim.

This AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort is just steps from Mallory Square, home of the nightly Sunset Celebration. Hundreds come out every night to watch the sun slowly set into to the emerald waters off Key West. Street vendors and performers also gather to hawk their wares and put on a show that only Key West could pull together (you might even see Spiderman or Darth Vader). The resort is also just a block from the famous Duval Street. Lined with some of the best restaurants, waterholes, shopping and art galleries that you’ll find anywhere. The marina is also home to one of three cruise ports on the island, welcoming people from around the world.

For the gourmet in all of us, the resort is home to three fantastic restaurants. Bistro 245 is a casual, indoor dining experience, with gorgeous views of Key West’s One Particular Harbor. Castaways is the classic pool side bar, for all you Beautiful Swimmers, which features a minimalists, no nonsense menu. From appetizers, salads to burgers and other sandwiches, not to mention a cocktails to die for. Lastly, is the Sunset Deck. As the name proclaims, you will have a panoramic view of the harbor and of the Key West sunsets, as you’re sipping on that fresh Boat Drink.

If you want to try something a bit different and get some of that Island Fever, then hop on the island ferry that will take you to Sunset Key, just across the harbor. This private island has all the amenities that you could desire.

So, on your next escape, grab your Brown Eyed Girl or Lost Boy, not forgetting your shaker of salt, while making another Trip Around the Sun and head to the namesake, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

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Free Key West Martello Tower & Gardens Tour

Apr 21, 2017 10:54:23 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront

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The Key West Garden Club is located at the West Martello Tower, a National Historic site.  The site was originally built as a protector to Fort Taylor, also on Key West but was rendered obsolete before it was completed. Plans for the site were originally drawn up in 1836, but construction never actually started until 1863.  Since the site was never actually used as a fort, it was occasionally used for; target practice by the US military, quartering troops, storage and a military radio station.  Over the years the fort had come into severe disrepair and was almost demolished. But, in 1949 the Key West city commissioners stopped the demolition and came to an agreement with Monroe County and the Key West Garden Club to maintain it.  In the mid 1970’s the grounds and fort were declared a National Historic Site and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The photos here and on their website don’t do justice and you truly must see this for yourself.  This is one of the island's last remaining free tourist attractions.

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Let Your Pride Show in Key West

Apr 7, 2017 4:13:53 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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Summers in Key West get really HOT!!

3 of the best parties for those looking to spice things up!

Sail down to Key West and celebrate your PRIDE for 5 fantastic days and nights.  Beginning June 7th and running until the 11th, come and bask in Key West's famous laid back style and flair.  Party with friends, family or make new acquaintences and discover Key West's unique philosophy of One Human Family!  

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