HAPPENINGS for the Holidays with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas

HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys!


Join us this week for a whole host of activities in the Keys…Stone Crab Season, theatre in Key Largo and Dolphin Research Center welcomes Veterans, among other activities-  this weeks happenings in the Florida Keys!



The Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15

Stone Crab Season

Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with mustard dip on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.




The Upper Keys:

In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations . Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn


Islamorada / December 5 – 6

IFC Captain’s Cup Sailfish Tournament

A winner-take-all prize of up to $30,000, along with the prestigious Captain’s Cup, is to go to the top boat team – each team is allowed up to four anglers per boat. The guaranteed cash prize is based upon the number of boats registered for the one-day event; for a field of 15 registered boats the top payout is to be $20,000, for a field of 20 boats, payout increases to $25,000 and a full field of 30 registered boats ensures a grand prize of $30,000. The all-release tournament is limited to 30 boats. Entry fee $2,500 per boat for first two anglers; third angler is $300, fourth angler $200.
Contact: 305-587-1460
Email: cculberson17@hotmail.com; fishnfever@bellsouth.net



Islamorada / December 7

NEW DATE: 4th Annual Spartan Fishing Tournament

This is a multi-species, inshore and offshore boat tournament, hosted at La Siesta Resort and Marina. The format allows anglers to register as an individual or as a team on either a local professionally guided boat or private boat. Awards are given in both divisions based on total points for caught fish. Registration includes captains meeting, breakfast at the dock before fishing, goodie bag, fishing in the tournament, BBQ and awards after fishing. There is also to be a raffle during the BBQ! Bring the whole family to celebrate the festivities.
Contact: Scott Giberson 305-389-9752
Email: sgiberson@pacehs.com


Islamorada / December 7 – 9

Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic

Part of the acclaimed Redbone at Large series of tournaments, this all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in Captain Don’s memory. Up to four anglers can fish per boat.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com


Islamorada / December 7

Florida Keys Holiday Festival

This extravaganza begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, MM 87. A holiday parade follows, featuring Santa, food, kids activity booths and live “on stage” performances. A mountain of snow is the favorite among mitten-clad munchkins.
Contact: 305-664-4503


Key Largo / December 8

Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade


Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season, as illuminated boats from 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks set sail about 7:30 p.m. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Boats are invited to deck their hulls, light up their boats and join in the fun. Newly elected Florida State Representative Holly Raschein is to be the Grand Marshall.
Contact: Call 305-394-3736


Islamorada / December 8

Inaugural Rumrunner Run 5K

Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle Resort and Marina and Green Stride Races are hosting a fun and competitive 5K over a flat, fast and certified course that is expected to attract and welcome runners of all levels. The theme of this Keys style race will incorporate rumrunner samples along the course at various bars and restaurants including Whale Harbor, Island Grill and Hog Heaven. At the finish line, you will be given a full size rumrunner, courtesy of PCI at Holiday Isle. The out-and-back loop course will finish just steps from the sandy beach at Rum Runners Island Bar at the Postcard Inn. Immediately following the race will be a party with food, live music and cool prizes.
Contact: Christy Cockrell at (305) 433-9935
Email: ccockrell@holidayisle.com



The Middle Keys:

In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon


Marathon / November 23 – December 15

Marathon Community Theater presents: Nana’s Naughty Knickers

When Bridget decides to spend the summer before law school with her sweet grandmother it turns into an experience she’ll never forget. Nana is running an illegal lingerie boutique for the over-60 crowd from her rent-controlled apartment. She has to keep it secret from the landlord who wants to evict her, as well as the handsome policeman who is smitten by her granddaughter and regularly checks in on Nana. Will Nana get evicted – or arrested? Will Bridget fall in love with the handsome cop? Find out in this hilarious farce. Visit website for show times, tickets and details.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org


Marathon / December 8

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

A middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 15 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine’s Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m.
Contact: Greg 305-849-0285
Email: CapnGreg@BootKeyHarbor.com





The Lower Keys:

In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals

Key West / January 01 to December 31

Gay Key West Trolley Tour

Enjoy a fabulous tour of Key West…with a twist. A gay twist that is! Get a unique tour of Key West and learn about our colorful history that includes the famous and the infamous. Departs from the City Hall Parking Lot, located on the corner of Angela and Simonton. Tickets $25. Can be purchased ONLINE or at the trolley, our G&L Visitor Center (located at 513 Truman), and many of our distinguished gay and lesbian guest houses.


  Key West / November 21 – December 31

Key West “Bight’ Before Christmas” Holiday Celebration

Live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event along the historic harbor walk linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses at the Key West Bight. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight.


Key West / December 1 – March 23

17th Annual Sculpture Key West

This stunning art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Twenty-three contemporary sculptures and two performances are planned to enhance the land and seascapes around two historic Civil War-era forts. Among the projected highlights of the 2012/2013 exhibition are a steel and wood skeletal structure that is part animal, ship, airplane and sleigh, a massive monumental concrete relic of a shell from a world unknown, a mysterious array of manhole covers that seem to melt in the sun and the long awaited Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail Unicycle Tour! Visit Web site for more information.
Contact: 305-295-2800
Email: info@sculpturekeywest.com


Key West / December 7

Historic Lighted Inn Tours

Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns, including the Mermaid & The Alligator, 729 Truman Ave.; Rose Lane Villas, 522-524 Rose Lane; Wicker Guesthouse, 913 Duval St., and Tropical Inn, 812 Duval St., among others. Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by CityView Trolley Tours. The 10th year of Key West’s Holiday Historic Inn Tour will feature more inns, restaurants, and artists than ever. Visit website for ticket information.
Contact: 305-295-1334


Key West / December 8 – 9

Gardenfest Key West

South Florida’s top nurseries are to show bromeliads, orchids, fruit trees, palms, tropical flowers and natives at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale. Other attractions include landscaping workshops, garden supplies booths, and arts and crafts and docent tours.
Contact: 305-296-1504


Key West / December 8

Key West Holiday Parade

The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade, set to start at 7 p.m. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-809-3881


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 8


Artists in Paradise presents a Holiday Arts and Crafts show at OUT OF THE BLUE, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MM 30 in Big Pine Key. Paintings in acrylics, watercolors and oils are to be offered as well as greeting cards, jewelry and much more. They will also feature their famous bake sale.
Contact: (305) 872-1828


These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite experiences with us …


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