Celebrate the lead-up to Santa’s Dec. 25 arrival by sharing unique, festive experiences with friends and family. Florida Keys experiences, to be exact — because the island chain’s December calendar is packed with creative, colorful and heartwarming events designed to spark smiles and lasting cheer.
People from around the world are drawn to the Florida Keys, hoping for one-of-kind encounters with some of the unique animals, birds and marine creatures that call the Keys home. Whether observing rare birds, getting up close to a bottlenose dolphin or “meeting” a sea turtle in a world-class “rehab” center, there are plenty of ways to make lasting wildlife memories.
The Florida Keys may be known for their subtropical landscapes, crystal-clear waters and sunny blue-sky days — but with an array of after-dark adventures waiting to tempt visitors, the action really intensifies when the sun goes down. Discover five memorable nighttime activities, from diving to ghost hunting, that just can’t be missed.
Family fishing fun and concierge-level service have meant impressive success for Captain Chris and Christy Johnson’s SeaSquared Charters in Marathon. Their customized trips attract serious anglers, corporate groups and families to the heart of the Florida Keys for big game fishing, lobstering, snorkeling and exploring.
Is your Halloween finery is head-and-shoulders above the rest? Then prove it at Key West's glitzy annual Headdress Ball, where revelers hoping to make “headlines” will take center stage and compete for cash prizes.
It’s almost inevitable — sometime this coming fall or winter, your thoughts will turn yearningly toward Key West. Maybe you’ll be drawn by the glitzy outrageousness of Fantasy Fest, or the sudden desire to spend New Year’s Eve watching the “red shoe drop” on Duval Street. Or maybe you'll just want to flee a northern winter.
Key West’s favorite New Year's Eve diva, and a 100-foot section of the island's iconic "sea-to-sea" rainbow flag, were among the star attractions at the kickoff of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's 2016 national convention.
As a co-producer of Islamorada’s annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival, local singer/songwriter Robby McClung is passionate about generating more interest in that musical genre — and about bringing performers from around the world to enrich the Florida Keys' cultural and arts community.
Billy Kearins is the founder of COAST — a rustic, funky space made up of a retail store showroom, studio workshops, an event venue and more — all located on Stock Island’s Front Street where a hand-painted sign indicates “Mellow Folk Welcome.”
Key West is gloriously, outrageously abnormal — a place where wild chickens roam the streets and people feel comfortable wearing tiaras to lunch. A place where dogs are favored customers at more than one bar, and nobody thinks it’s strange to spot grown men dressed like Darth Vader or Marilyn Monroe (sometimes during the same evening!).