Quirks

Zombies on Wheels (!) to Prowl Key West

The eerie yet lighthearted Zombie Bike Ride will bring thousands of “the bicycling dead” to prowl Key West's Atlantic Ocean shoreline and streets Sunday, Oct. 20. Since it began in 2010, the pre-Halloween ride has become a tradition for visiting and local adults, kids and even some bewildered pets — all in spooky zombie garb.

By |2021-05-13T16:07:50-04:00October 2, 2019|

Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Other ‘Wrinkles’ on Upper Keys Fun

Key Largo is called the dive capital of the world — with good reason, since it draws underwater enthusiasts from around the globe to experience its diverse, fascinating coral reef ecosystem alive with sea life. Plus Key Largo, and the Upper Keys overall, are home to a weird and wonderful array of lighthearted underwater events.

By |2021-05-13T16:07:42-04:00September 18, 2019|

A New ‘Papa’ Joins the Famed Bearded Brotherhood

Joe Maxey looks a lot like Ernest Hemingway. That fact was amply proved when the 68-year-old white-bearded retired banker won Key West's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar. More than 140 aspiring Ernests competed, vying to be named "Papa" on the island where Hemingway lived and wrote during the 1930s.

By |2019-07-24T22:27:16-04:00July 24, 2019|

Six Reasons Key West is Stranger Than Fiction

With its funky charm, quirky characters, end-of-the-road mindset and reputation as a bastion of the bizarre, Key West might seem more like a fictional setting than a real locale. But while the continental United States’ southernmost city is real enough, it definitely proves the old proverb that reality can be stranger than fiction.

By |2021-05-13T16:07:25-04:00April 17, 2019|

Haunted Hunt and ‘Haunting’ Atmosphere Draw Visitors to Key West

According to paranormal expert David Sloan, Key West is one of the most haunted cities in the entire United States. Visitors can discovery the island's “haunting” appeal for themselves by experiencing David's "ghost hunt" walking tour, taking an eerie excursion by trolley, "meeting" a supposedly supernatural doll or even staying in a lovely inn with a spirit guest or two.

By |2021-05-13T15:57:57-04:00October 31, 2018|

Costuming the Cat … and Other ‘Tails’ From Pet Masquerade

All over the Florida Keys, people are constructing costumes for their cats, dogs, parrots, potbellied pigs, rabbits and other domestic species. What’s behind this strange phenomenon? A wacky annual costume competition for critters, known as the Pet Masquerade, that’s a highlight of Key West’s 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration each October.

By |2021-03-16T13:16:42-04:00October 3, 2018|

Make Plans NOW for Fantasy Fest’s Masquerade March

Thousands of costumed revelers will promenade through Key West's historic Old Town Oct. 26 during the offbeat Masquerade March, a highlight of the annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival. Famed as “the locals’ parade,” the march typically draws spirited bands and merrymakers wearing everything from lavish feathered and sequined creations to quirky ensembles inspired by the festival theme.

By |2018-09-25T19:55:13-04:00September 25, 2018|
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