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

Salt Water Sportsman Fishing Seminar to Return to Islamorada Jan. 30

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — One of the longest-running educational sportfishing colloquiums in the country is to return to the Florida Keys for the third consecutive year.

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series is to kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Coral Shores High School’s Performing Arts Theater, mile marker (MM) 89.9 oceanside in Islamorada.

George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” on the NBC Sports Network and contributing editor for “Salt Water Sportsman” … Read the rest

Upper Keys ‘Uncorked’ Food & Wine Festival Returns to Tempt Tastebuds Jan. 7-17

Florida Keys — Culinary and “how-to” cooking events pair the flavorful tastes of two Upper Keys areas together for cuisine-conscious visitors during “Uncorked: the Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival.” The festival is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, Jan. 17.

Extended this year to 11 days, the food, wine and spirits celebration traditionally features 30-plus culinary events at Upper Keys venues.

Festival highlights include happy hour wine tastings, a reprise of the Keys’ version of the popular … Read the rest

Carnival LIVE Expands to Include Performances by Award-Winning Comedian Kathy Griffin in February 2016

MIAMI (December 3, 2015) – Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival LIVE entertainment concept to include two hilarious performances by two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin in February 2016.

Bringing the best in live entertainment to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind on-board experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by major artists at a great value. Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to … Read the rest

Boat Parades to Light Up the Florida Keys Holiday Season

FLORIDA KEYS — Lighted and decorated boats of all shapes and sizes are to illuminate the crystalline waters of the Florida Keys in December, drawing visitors to local hubs to watch five boat parades and catch the Keys’ holiday spirit.

From Key Largo to Key West, visitors can view the parades from the shore or excursion boats, or even become part of the festivities by decking out their own boats in dazzling lights and eye-catching seasonal decorations.

Saturday, Dec. 12, Read the rest