My Saturday afternoons would not be complete without a visit to Billy Record’s bar at the resort. He always greets me with a big smile and asks, “Hey, Greg, how was your week?”
Billy’s hilarious commentary and outlandish costumes make for some over-the-top entertainment with a definite gay flair.
I managed to catch Billy during an unusual lull at his bar’s service area and asked him to give me the “inside scoop” on the Equator.
Billy Record: I came on vacation and never left! Just like everyone that comes here, I fell in love with it immediately. I’ll be at the Equator for six years this summer.
KV: What are your favorite things about the resort?
BR: The view from my “office” (a.k.a. the pool bar). We have a great staff and our guests always have a fantastic time — I think because of that.
KV: What do your guests tell you they like most about staying at your property?
BR: Our guests get lots of different things out of the property. Some guys just relax in the sun all day, while others enjoy the bar or pools. Some I never see during the day as they are out exploring the island or enjoying our beaches.
BR: The Blu Q is always the top favorite activity for our guests. It offers clothing-optional snorkel excursions and sunset sails, and a lot of guests are here to get rid of their tan lines. The more adventurous ones enjoy the Saloon 1 bar on Friday nights. I always tell people, “In Key West, meander a lot.” There’s so much to see and do here — if you don’t like a vibe, there’s a totally different vibe right across the street.
KV: What percentage of your guests are return guests, and have you made many lasting friendships with them?
BR: Most of them! Some guys have been coming for 10 or 15 years. I’ve made some really good friends — it’s kind of hard not to. I think of my guests at the hotel like they’re a guest in my house; I just have a lot of friends over every day.
KV: Is there any time when the resort’s bar and pools are open for non-guests to come in and enjoy the amenities?
BR: Our property is for guests only most of the time. However, on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., we’re open to the public (males only). Lots of locals like to come and enjoy the pools and grab a drink. We do host special events throughout the year as well, which are all open to pass-holders.
KV: What would you tell people contemplating a first visit to Key West to persuade them to check out our island paradise?
BR: There’s always a first trip to Key West; there’s never a last.
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