Catching “Culture” in the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Villas: Museums, Music and Theatre

 

KeysCaribbean- places to stay and places to fish in the Keys:

 

The Upper Keys:

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

 

Museums, History & Nature

While many Florida Keys locales are well known and well traveled, visitors often overlook an array of hidden treasures. Exploring the region’s environmental and historic attractions can deepen an enjoyment of the Keys’ colorful culture and character — particularly for artists and writers seeking pristine natural locations and landscapes to spark their creativity.

Historical museums and attractions such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and the Key West Art & History Museum at the Custom House draw visitors who seek a cultural experience to supplement the traditional “fun and sun” lure of this subtropical resort area.

Learn more about Key West history and museums

Left: A registered national historic landmark, the Hemingway House and Museum offers guided tours of the author’s home, writing studio and Key West’s first swimming pool. The six-toes cats which roam the grounds are descendants of Hemingway’s pets. Photo by Andy Newman/TDC

 

Tucked away is a secret of the heart of Marathon, a 64-acre tropical oasis of hardwood trees, nature trails, wild bird rehabilitation center and educational displays for adults and children. Crane Point Museum, Nature Center & Historic Site is a destination of its own, and one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys.

Right: The Adderley house historic site is of a classic Bahamian style and is the oldest house in the Keys outside of Key West. Photo courtesy of Crane Point

 

Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques and photographs relative to diving and its heritage, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is not only a unique Upper Keys attraction, but is a valuable educational resource. During tours of the unique museum, visitors come within inches of the earliest diving machines, including a full-scale replica of an all-wood diving bell and the Parade of Nations exhibit, an unparalleled collection of historic hard-hat dive helmets from around the world. Helmets from 25 nations are presented side by side for close inspection. The museum also hosts an annual “Immerse Yourself” free lecture series.

 

 

 

The Middle Keys:

In the Middle Keys,  KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & 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

 

 

Music

While some Keys visitors are attracted by the musical sounds of waves lapping the shore and breezes stirring the palms, many other types of music also can be found along the island chain.

Right: TIB Bank Amphitheater, located at Founders Park, Plantation Key

 

 

The Florida Keys Concert Association, the Upper Keys Concert Series and Islamorada Community Entertainment each offer exceptional classical and contemporary musical performances.

Left: One of many live performances at the Amphitheater, sponsored by Islamorada Community Entertainmen

 

The Lower Keys:

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

 

Theatre

From Key Largo to Key West, the performing arts flourish. The islands are home to numerous theaters and community theater groups whose offerings are supported by both residents and visitors. The talent pool encompasses skilled locals and professional actors from New York and Los Angeles seeking sunshine. Full-book musicals, searing dramas, sidesplitting comedies and children’s shows all take their turn on the stages of the Keys.

Key Players

Marathon Community Theater

Left: From the 2008 production, The Amorous Ambassador.

Red Barn Theatre

Tennessee Williams Theatre

Waterfront Playhouse celebrates its 70th anniversary

Left: David Black and Laurie Breakwell in the production of The Musical of Musicals, The Musical. Photo by Al Sachs

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These are some of my favorite experiences this week 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 your favorite experiences with us in the comments section of our blog…

 

Visit our blog next Thursday with updated experiences in the Florida Keys…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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