What to do While Visiting the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts Villas & Marinas


The Keys are busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Dolphin Championships, Triathalon and Theater in Key West – among other activities- this weeks happenings in the Florida 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 / June 19

History of Diving Museum presents: The Search for the Pirate-Slaver Guerrero

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The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: Shipwrecks of the Keys & Underwater Archaeology, presented by Corey Malcom, Director of Archaeology for the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. The Havana-based Pirate ship, Guerrero, wrecked in 1827 on a reef near the Florida Keys with 561 African captives aboard. The story of the Guerrero includes a tale of ruthless, absconded pirates who rose up against their rescuers, hijacked them and continued their voyage to Cuba. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org


Islamorada / June 20

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk

Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com


Islamorada / June 17 – 21

50th Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament

This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four full days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children’s charities in the Keys.
Email: infodept@goldcuptt.com


Islamorada / June 21 – 22

Purple Isles Charity Dolphin Tournament

This inaugural charity tournament is intended to draw anglers looking for a fun and affordable event, while helping to raise funds. Funds raised are to benefit the Good Health Clinic in Tavernier and Children of Fallen Soliders Relief Fund. More than $5,000 in cash & prizes to be awarded. Ladies, Junior divisions as well. Entry fee is $150 per angler OR $500 per boat/team of 4 anglers. Extra anglers may be added for $100 each and includes an extra tournament shirt and social bands for both days. There is NO maximum per boat. Each registered boat is eligible for general prizes.
Email: info@picharitydolphin.com


Key Largo / June 21

Ocean Life Lecture Series: Cuba, The Accidental Eden

Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Fernando Bretos will share stories from his 13-year effort in Cuba to study the marine resources shared between the U.S. and Cuba, particularly sea turtles and coral reefs. He will screen a short film by the PBS Nature television program that features his work in Cuba, and discuss why collaboration between the American and Cuban marine science communities is important to understanding our own marine and coastal natural resources. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan, 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org


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 / June 22 – 29

The Marathon Games

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Out-of-town contestants who have never been to the Florida Keys before are to be teamed up with local contestants – and they will all be competing in various water and land activities in the Marathon area. This week marks the first round of fun! There will be three weeks of competition. Each week will consist of five different pairs of contestants. Everyone will compete in Florida Keys activities – including fishing, snuba, parasailing, and other activities. The winners of each week will face off for a Final Week of competition to determine the overall winner of The Marathon Games TV Reality Show – 2013. Visit the website or Like the Games on Facebook.
Contact: 305-304-1892



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 / April 6 – November 30

Key West Fishing Tournament

More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). In an April kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-295-6601
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com



Key West / May 4 – July 31

Key West ART Garden

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Come enjoy large outdoor masterpieces made by local artists. Each piece is crafted from recycled materials and fits into the natural beauty and backdrop of the Gardens. On Saturday, May 4, an opening reception is planned, to highlight the special exhibit which runs through July; meet the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour, refreshments are to be available; free entry to the opening reception, set for 3-5 p.m. Located at 5210 College Road.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org



Key West / May 4 – July 31

Key West ART Garden

Come enjoy large outdoor masterpieces made by local artists. Each piece is crafted from recycled materials and fits into the natural beauty and backdrop of the Gardens. On Saturday, May 4, an opening reception is planned, to highlight the special exhibit which runs through July; meet the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour, refreshments are to be available; free entry to the opening reception, set for 3-5 p.m. Located at 5210 College Road.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org


Key West / June 19

South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents: American in Paris

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Celebrating Pride Month, this performance showcases violinists Whitney LaGrange and Benjamin Breen; Amy Kimball, viola; Arthur Cook, cello; enjoy an evening of string quartet. Performance begins at 7 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre. Tickets available at keystix.com.
Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
Email: jlorber@southfloridasymphony.org


Key West / June 20

Free Lionfish Safe Handling and Capture Workshop

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Members of the dive public are invited to attend this free lionfish safe handling and capture workshop at 7 p.m. at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West (35 East Quay Road). Learn about lionfish biology, research, and safe capture and handling techniques. This free workshop is required for a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with hand nets.
Contact: 305-809-4700 x230
Email: Todd.Hitchins@noaa.gov


Key West / June 21

Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas, 1513-2013

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On June 21, 1513, explorer Ponce de Leon and his shipmates discovered a group of islands they named Las Tortugas (The Turtles) for the scores of sea turtles there. On the 500th anniversary of that discovery, visit the seven tiny coral-and-sand islands now known as Dry Tortugas National Park, lying 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about the archaeology and history of the remarkable spot during this special quincentennial event. Boat reservations to the Dry Tortugas can be made with Yankee Freedom. Admission to the park is included in ferry cost. Event is to be staged on the parade grounds of Ft. Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Yankee Freedom 305-294-7009


Key West / June 21 – 23

Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby

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A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby’s two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $15,000 in the tournament’s divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: bcjewelers@aol.com


Key West / June 22 – 23

Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West

This United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open for all age groups. A swim meet is held June 23.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
Email: aqualb@aol.com


Key West / June 22

Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas

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In celebration of the 500 years since Ponce de Leon’s discovery, a series of archaeological lectures is planned at the Eco Discovery Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 33 East Quail Road.


Key West / June 22

7th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle

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Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle is a night of artistic expression, music, feasting, dancing, singing, and theatrical antics celebrating the art and artists of the Keys. Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, the event benefits the Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Admission is $15 for adults; children under age 12 are admitted free. From 5 to 11 p.m., all ages welcome.
Contact: 305-394-3804
Email: javastudios@gmail.com


These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re comig 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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