Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Finding the best value accommodations in Key West

Whether you are looking for economy or high end, everyone wants to get good value.  So how do you make sure you get the best deal when booking your next vacation accommodations in Key West?  The answer is to book through Key West Vacation Center and this is why:

1. We book the whole range of vacation accommodations from a simple room at a motel to a huge Conch mansion.

2. If you are looking for a hotel room and the larger booking companies such as booking.com have a better deal than we can offer, we book you with them (or you can book with them on our website).

3. Because we are a third party reservation service, we can be honest with you about what represents good value and what does not.  We are not working directly with any one property owner.

4. We deal with all the main property managers for vacation rentals so if one has the same property cheaper than another, we can book you at the lowest price.

5. If you call about a certain property but we know of something better, we will let you know.

6. We are aware of changes in rates at different times of year and can advise you if you can save money by being flexible on your dates by a few days.

7.  We know which accommodations are willing to be flexible with their pricing and which are not.

Key West is not cheap and it is important to get the best bang for your buck so you can spend more money on the rest of your Key West vacation.  We love saving people money as we know they will come back to us time after time.  We are commissioned by the hotels/property managers so you do not pay for our service and we can save you a lot of time as well as money.

Key West Vacation Center is your one stop shop for your next Key West Vacation.  Check out our properties at www.keywestvacationcenter.com. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter in Key West

Every season in Key West attracts a different kind of traveler.  Winter is the peak season here on the island and is a time when the city fills with snowbirds from our Northern states and Canada and other affluent tourists escaping the snow and ice.  Other Floridians also venture down for long weekends just because they can but also because Key West generally stays quite a bit warmer than many of its Florida neighbors.

Most of the time the daytime temperatures remain in the 80's but are accompanied by gentle breezes without the usual sticky humidity.  With the temperatures  up North plummeting and snow storms leaving many stranded there is always a demand for accommodations in the Keys throughout the Winter months.  It is not unusual for the odd cold spell to blow through leaving the Key West locals dressing in several layers and dusting off wooly hats and socks even though it is still in the 70's!  Tourists however are more than happy to strip off and enjoy the sunshine though wondering if their pipes are freezing back home.

You will not find a 'special deal' at this time as the city will sell out and room rates are at their highest.  You also need to book well in advance to get what you want and to save paying any more than you have to. 

There is bright sunshine and the deepest blue skies during this time and most of the time the ocean temperature is still warm enough to enjoy.  This is not necessarily the season for fishing or snorkeling but many do still take advantage of other adventures out on the water. 

Season begins just before the holidays and continues until the end of April.  January brings some of the best cultured events with the Literary Seminar and the Food and Wine Festival.  January is also the time for the Quantum Sailboat Races a quiet and colorful event which takes place around the middle of the month.  The Food and Wine Festival is a newer addition to Key West's event list but has grown into a very popular week of culinary competitions,  wine tastings and a wonderful food and wine pairing event showcasing the businesses of Duval Street.  Key West has some of the countries greatest chefs and this an excellent way to learn more about our culinary delights while sipping on a glass of wine or four.

So why shovel snow when you could be sampling great food, listening to wonderful music and soaking up the sun in a fun, relaxed atmosphere where everyone is on island time?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Holidays in Key West

The Holidays in Key West may not include snow and nights in front of the fire but they could not be more festive.  Key West embraces the holidays the way it embraces everything.....with parades, parties, fancy dress and a whole lot of its unique weirdness.

The Christmas parade is the largest Parade in Key West.  Even larger than Fantasy Fest.  Floats range from nativity scenes to shelter dogs to dancing angels and even drag queens.  Children and adults line the streets from Bayview Park down to Duval and along to Front Street.

A week later there is the lighted boat parade down by the Key West bight in front of Schooner Wharf and the Conch Republic Seafood Company.  Once the sun is down the lights go on and the cocktails flow to the distant sounds of local bands playing at one of the many waterfront bars.

A newer addition to the many festivities is the lighted bike parade.  What started as a tour of the decorated houses around the midtown area of the island has now become another parade where locals get festive and decorate their bikes parading around the town and along Duval Street.  Key West never did need much of an excuse for a parade.

Mixed amongst all this are the many parties at private homes and bars, on the Key West trolleys and Conch Tour Trains at offices or on boats.  This is a time to celebrate......to celebrate, just about everything and then some!

The biggest night of course is New Years Eve.  The island fills to the brim with tourists from all over the World who come to see in the New Year in a way that is unique to Key West.  As the clock strikes midnight you can either watch the wench drop in front of Schooner Wharf, see the ball drop outside Sloppy Joe's or the most famous of all......see Sushi drop in the big red shoe in front of Bourbon Street Bar.  Rumor has it that another ball will be dropping this year.  This time at the popular La te Da hotel and entertainment complex.  Duval Street is closed and revelers crawl the bars and restaurants into the early hours.  January 1st wakes up slowly in Key West.  It is the calm after the storm.  City workers clean up the island in expert fashion and by 9am it is like nothing ever happened.  The streets are quiet apart from muffled sounds of kitchen workers preparing brunch and getting ready for the many hungry survivors who will be wanting to settle their stomachs and feed their hangovers with a good hearty meal and maybe a Bloody Mary to set the balance.

After weeks of eating, drinking, celebrating and partying, the holidays are over.  A New Year has dawned and people are already breaking their resolutions and planning their vacations.  For Key West it is now the start of season so apart from a couple of days easing into things, the town is now starting to get busy.  For the locals, the holidays are done, the businesses are getting busier and bank accounts are being replenished!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November in Paradise

As we recover from another successful Fantasy Fest, closely followed by the Parrotheads in Paradise and then another huge event, the Power Boat Races, we finally take a breath.

November is such a beautiful month in Key West. We have the most perfect temperatures, blue sky, a gentle breeze and we welcome our snowbird friends back to the island. The smell of season is in the air and local businesses are starting to prepare for the flurry of winter travellers who will soon be filling our restaurants, bars and clubs and planning their trips out on the water and filling their calendar with local events and parties.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and a few rooms are still available for those last minute planners. Christmas and New Year is already looking to be a big kick off into our season but if you hurry, you may still make it here!

Season is booking fast. Our monthly rentals are already just about full with visitors old and new who like to escape those cold Winter months in the Northern reaches. Why shovel snow when you can kick back on the beach, go deep water fishing and sit outside at one of popular haunts such as the Schooner Wharf and listen to the best in musical talent and sip on a cold, refreshing beer or tasty island cocktail.

Who would not want to be in Key West at this time? This unique Caribbean island is so unlike other parts of Florida and will leave you with vacation memories for a lifetime. Come on down and sample island time with the locals. Book your accommodations at www.keywestvacationcenter.com or call Babs on 866 539-7222. I have something just for you!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fantasy Fest is coming!

Another beautiful day in paradise as the island gets ready for its ever popular Goombay weekend followed by a week of fun and partying during our Fantasy Fest celebrations. So much to see and do and fun events for everyone. Don't miss the main parade on Duval Street on Saturday October 31st and bring the camera!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Key West, Florida the Southernmost City of the USA always offers a very warm welcome to it's visitors all year round. Visit our website for the best choices of accommodations in Key West from quiet Old Town Inns to luxurious 5 bedroom mansions. Whether you are staying for 2 nights or 2 months we have something for you to fit your budget and own personal requirements. Give us a call and talk to a Key West local for the best advice on where to stay and what to do. If you are a regular visitor to our beautiful island then publish your comments here and let us read about your Key West Vacation.