The scenic Keys divide the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico. A spectacular drive through the islands leads straight to Key West's rich history of pirates, rumrunners and shipwrecks. The area itself is a treasure, offering guests a look back on Florida's unusual history. Some of the alluring activities include chartering a catamaran and sailing around the coral reefs or hopping aboard a seaplane to discover the Dry Tortugas. Those seeking to relax find the Conch Tour Train offers a wonderful tour of Key West's significant sites. Other highlights include the Key West Aquarium, where guests gaze at native tropical fish, and the Key West Historium, where guests delve into the treacherous world of shipwrecking. Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum proudly displays rich artifacts from recently discovered shipwrecks. Visit Ernest Hemmingway's home, where you can spot a six toed cat! No tour of Key West is complete without partaking in the nightly ritual of watching the sunset at Mallory Square. Both visitors and local artists gather on the dock to celebrate the conclusion of another tropical day. But the Florida Keys are more than just a tropical paradise. With over 180,000 square feet of meeting space between Key Largo, Islamorada, Key Largo, the Lower Keys and Marathon, and over 2,800 rooms, The Keys are the perfect destination for an unforgettable incentive program or meeting.
Tours and Activities
Key West Shipwreck Museum
“Wreckers” profited from others’ misfortunes; when a sailing ship ran up on one of the numerous area reefs or was driven ashore by storms, they salvaged the cargoes and sold them. This industry made Key West the richest city in Florida until advancements in marine power and navigation made shipwrecks less common. Climb the 65-foot observation tower and pretend you’ve spotted a merchant vessel offshore laden with goodies. There are lots of cool artifacts and exhibits, as well as a presentation on how the salvaging industry worked.
If you've never parasailed, it's time to fly. Get yourself strapped in, whisked off your feet and settle back for an awesome glimpse of Key West that most others never see. Head out into the harbor on a fast boat; when it's time to fly, the crew hooks you up to a large parachute, then slowly picks up speed to inflate the 'chute until it lifts you off the deck. Pretty soon, your head is even with the top of the Key West lighthouse. Sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Other activities offered include snorkeling, kayaking, rock climbing and even water trampoline on this exciting journey.
Wastin’ Away Again in Margaritaville
At the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West, with the laid back atmosphere, cozy courtyard inspired dining area, inside balcony seating, frosty Margaritas and the menu of "Floriddean" favorites, your guests will relax and enjoy an evening in true Key West style.
The Main Floor is designed like a Key West courtyard situated between a tin roofed, gingerbread trimmed conch house and the gabled Parrot Head Bar. The walls are distressed Dade County pine with faintly inscribed song lyrics proving that walls do indeed talk, and what stories they could tell. The stage resonates with the chords of Jimmy, assorted Coral Reefers, Steve Winwood, The Neville Brothers, and popular local bands as well. A Jimmy Buffett cover band and some authentic Key West margaritas are the perfect addition to this already “Key West” setting.