What’s Happening this week in the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts Villas & Marinas

 

 

The Keys are busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Fourth of July Celebration in all parts of the Keys!- – 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

 

the Florida Keys / July 4

Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout

There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than fishing for big blue marlin in the Gulf! Not only are the best fishing teams in the region pitted against one another, but also are the associated marinas and even the states of the Gulf Coast in a new one-day, winner-take-all event. The team with the largest blue marlin over 110 inches long takes home the cash. All blue marlin smaller than 110 inches must be released. In the Florida Keys, Key West’s Conch Harbor Marina is the official weigh-in station. Lines in the water at 7 a.m., lines out at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Contact: Robert “Fly” Navarro 561-310-9214
Email: Fly@TheGulfCup.com

 

 

 

Key Largo / July 4

38th Annual Fourth of July Parade: “American Heroes”

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Celebrate this year’s “American Heroes” holiday, Keys style! Sponsored by the Upper Keys Reporter & the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, the parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. from the parking lot at Anthony’s Clothing Store, MM 98.2 on the center median of U.S. Highway 1 and ends at MM 100 in Key Largo. Plaque awards are to be presented to floats and entries in categories including most original, most beautiful, best portrayal of this year’s theme and more. An old fashioned community picnic, with picnic fare and activities for kids and adults, is set for 5-8 p.m. at Murray Nelson Govt. & Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: Key Largo Chamber 305-451-1414

 

Key Largo / July 4

Fireworks Show on Blackwater Sound

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Blackwater Sound provides the perfect nighttime mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display seem like a 3-D viewing experience designed to dazzle. The show is to take place on the bayfront in Key Largo at 10 p.m., July 4. The best seating can be found at Sundowners and Senior Frijoles restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, all located around mile marker (MM) 104 bayside. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736

 

Islamorada / July 4

Fireworks and Family Fun at Founders Park

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Founders Park, MM 87 on Plantation Key, is the site of “Spirit of Islamorada,” an old-fashioned annual Fourth of July celebration hosted by the Village of Islamorada and the Upper Keys Rotary Club. Entertainment and activities for kids, teens, parents and dogs highlight the event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. A fireworks show follows. Guests staying at participating resorts are to receive admission-free wristbands to enter the event at 6 p.m. Admission fee for non-residents not staying at a participating hotel applies.

 

 

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 / July 4

Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show

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For one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.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 / 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 / July 4 – 6

The Key Lime Festival

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An All-American celebration of Florida’s official and one of the most tasty pies! Salute sweet Key Lime pie, and the tiny fruit that inspired it, with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt for making the largest pie EVER.

 

Key West / July 4

29th Annual Hospice/Visiting Nurses Association July 4 Picnic

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The celebration is set to take place at the luxurious Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Collection, located at 1500 Reynolds St. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. The traditional buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Lavish buffet also to be offered. Meal tickets to be sold. Free watermelon, popcorn and cold drinks, live music, a silent auction and lots of children’s games round out the fun-filled family festivities.
Contact: 305-294-8812

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 4

Celebrate Fourth of July Fireworks

The Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club’s annual 4th of July fireworks are to take place at Big Pine Park, MM 30 bayside at the end of Sands Road. Live music, food and ice-cold beverages are to be accompanied by games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is set to go off at nightfall, or about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-872-2411

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 6

Sugarloaf Bike & Paddle Tour

For outdoor adventurers, enjoy on-road and off-road biking on Sugarloaf Key. Bike, paddle boards and lunch are included in the package. Families and groups welcome. Supplied guides. The tour is $125 pp. Tour meets at 10 a.m. at Sugarloaf Lodge at Mile Marker 17.
Contact: Mark Terrill 305-395-1551
Email: islamoradasports@aol.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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