Winter in the Florida Keys & Key West Ushers in Sunny, Breezy Outdoor Experiences

FLORIDA KEYS — Winter may bring snowy or freezing weather to many U.S. locations, but the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain ushers in subtropical warmth and a variety of outdoor and cultural activities for visitors.

Keys resorts continue to undergo rebranding, renovations and expansions, adding suites for families that allow social distancing while reconnecting with loved ones.

New seasonal winter flights into Key West include daily nonstop service from Houston on United Airlines, and daily service from Boston, Orlando and … Read the rest

All-New Accommodations and Offerings Among What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West

FLORIDA KEYS — New offerings awaiting visitors to the Florida Keys & Key West this fall include mermaid and flamingo adventures, a Keyswide sculpture trail and a marine science experience. In addition, Hawks Cay Resort has reopened after a $50 million refurbishment and the Florida Keys’ largest recreational vehicle resort is once again welcoming visitors. Here’s what’s new:

Keys Accommodations

On Duck Key in the Middle Keys, the 60-acre, 177-room Hawks Cay Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Award–rated and Preferred … Read the rest

State of the Florida Keys Tourism Industry After Hurricane Irma As of Feb. 26, 2018

Overview
The Florida Keys & Key West have been open to visitors since Oct. 1, 2017, just three weeks after Hurricane Irma. Today, almost 80 percent of lodging units throughout the destination are open for business. Key Largo and Key West were least impacted by the hurricane, which struck the Keys Sept. 10, 2017, as were most hotels and businesses on the bayside, or gulfside, in Islamorada and Marathon.

On the Atlantic Ocean side of the Islamorada and Marathon regions, … Read the rest

New Florida Keys Accommodations, Activities and Attractions Await Meeting Participants and Groups

In the Florida Keys & Key West it’s easy for groups to unplug. The popular 125-mile-long subtropical island chain continues to be enhanced as a destination for meetings and corporate and incentive groups. New offerings include a soon-to-open all-inclusive bungalow resort in Key Largo, increased airline options, tours and team-building adventures.

In Key West, newly launched complimentary hop-on, hop-off Duval Loop transportation provides seamless and easy car-free access. And making Keys chocolates or authentic Key lime pie, a signature dish … Read the rest

Florida Keys Reopen to Visitors After Hurricane Irma

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys officially reopened to visitors Sunday, three weeks after Hurricane Irma impacted the island chain Sept. 10.

Local officials chose the reopening date based on the speedy completion of significant infrastructure repairs, almost total restoration of utilities, and necessity of resuming the tourism-driven economy that employs about 50 percent of the Keys workforce.

“By welcoming visitors to the destination, it will provide the jobs and the hope that our residents are looking for so they … Read the rest

New Accommodations, Spirited Tours and Duval Loop Are Among What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Summer 2017

The pace of life slows a bit in the Florida Keys & Key West during summer, while new boutique-style accommodations — including the soon-to-open Marquesa 4-1-4, a sister property to Key West’s acclaimed Marquesa Hotel — continue to refresh the destination.

For ease of access through Key West to the island’s downtown attractions, the southernmost city in the continental United States is soon to launch a new hop-on, hop-off bus service. The complimentary Duval Loop transportation is to allow car-free … Read the rest

Accommodations, Accolades and Attractions Highlight What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West

The Florida Keys & Key West are experiencing a lively spring. New properties continue to enter the marketplace as Stock Island experiences a tourism resurgence. Established favorite resorts are getting rebranded and refreshed.

In addition, welcoming hotels and resorts collect accolades by prestigious travel booking sites and guides. Meanwhile, the Keys continue to unveil their ecotourism and literary heritage with unique new tours. And a spirited product — the first such in Florida — is to be launched in Key … Read the rest

Islamorada Winter Fishing Classic Weekend Kicks Off Feb. 26

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Appealing to anglers of all ages, the Islamorada Winter Classic team event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, after a Feb. 26 kickoff.

The tournament’s weight/release format promotes the Keys’ responsible use of its resources and maintenance of healthy fisheries. Target species are sailfish, barracuda, dolphin, cobia, wahoo, tuna, mackerel, hogfish and snapper.

Teams of up to six anglers per boat, either professionally guided or unguided, are scored on five releases of each of … Read the rest

Mount McKinley Renaming Creates Public Relations Opportunity

In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, photo provided by Holland America Line, a woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, the White House said that President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's highest peak to Denali restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance. (Andy Newman/Holland America Line)
In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, photo provided by Holland America Line, a woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, the White House said that President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance. (Andy Newman/Holland America Line)

Late yesterday afternoon I saw an AP story that President Obama had announced the renaming of Mount McKinley to … Read the rest