The Keys are busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Fishing Invitational, Art Show 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 / July 7
Just like the “big boys,” junior anglers up to age 18 can compete in this event, where the highest combined weight of three fish is to determine the winning team. Trophies are also awarded in various age groups for the largest fish.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
Key Largo / July 9
REEF, Fish & Friends and the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys presents underwater photographers Carlos & Allison Estape, and “Diving Islamorada.” Presentation is located at the James E Lockwood REEF Headquarters, MM 98.3 in the Median. A social is planned at 6:30 p.m., and presentation is from 7-8 p.m.
Key Largo / July 10
Learn about lionfish and obtain a permit to collect lionfish within the FKNMS SPAs (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sanctuary Preservation Areas). Open to all divers and snorkelers, starts at 6:30 p.m. at REEF headquarters, MM 98.3 in the median. Workshop topics include the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research, collecting and handling, and more. Register online.
Islamorada / July 12 – 14
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102; 305-522-4868
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
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
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
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.
Key West / July 11 – 14
This annual celebration brings together Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts in a celebration of the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha.
Key West / July 14 – 17
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-744-0903
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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