The Stock
Island Gazette

Whether you’re a born-and-raised conch, a freshwater conch, or a total novice to Key West, our handy blog is sure to have tips and tricks for experiencing the very best of Stock Island. Check back often for new posts.

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Fantasy Fest, The Ringmaster’s Pool Party & More!


Unsure of what to do this Halloween? Consider joining us in Key West for one of the most magnificent celebrations in the country. Fantasy Fest draws costume-clad partygoers from across the globe each year for an unforgettable 10-day party. It has been ranked one of the best Halloween-themed gatherings in Florida since being created in 1979. ..

On October 22nd, throw on your swimsuit for the Ringmaster’s Pool Party at The Perry Hotel Key West located within the Stock Island Marina Village. Circus-themed drinks, live music, strongman photo opportunities and more will be at your fingertips. What could be better than a pool party for fall? Our favorite local band, Patrick and the Swayzee’s, will be playing vintage-inspired tunes setting the mood for fun. Stay an extra couple of days to explore the local attractions like eco-boat tours, snorkeling, fishing, and more. We’ll be saving you a spot in the sun, see you soon!

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Snorkeling in the Florida Keys


Whether you are an experienced underwater adventurer or you are new to life below the sea, the Florida Keys offers some of the most epic snorkeling opportunities. ..

Our gorgeous archipelago is home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States that is also the third largest coral barrier reef in the world. Take advantage of this magnificent opportunity to slip into a pair of fins and experience first hand the vibrant colors of parrot fish, blue tangs, yellowtail snapper, and a host of other impressive tropical fish. Enjoy a pleasant boat ride or seaplane to the Dry Tortugas, located just 70 miles west of Key West. The pristine shallow waters are only 5 to 15 feet deep and house a variety of tropical fish, corals, and more. Four designated snorkeling areas surround the island, each with their own unique charm. From reefs to ruins to wrecks, no two snorkeling trips will ever be the same. Savor the aquatic moments while you observe Mother Nature's stunning underwater show. 

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Lively Key West


When traveling to the southernmost point in the United States, it’s important to remember that things are likely to get a little exciting. After all, the weather is gorgeous and everything is at your fingertips. ..

When traveling to the southernmost point in the United States, it’s important to remember that things are likely to get a little exciting. After all, the weather is gorgeous and everything is at your fingertips. Incredible water sports, vibrant nightlife, fascinating historical sites, and charming pastel-colored architecture create a vibe like no other. Duval Street is one lively lane of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Stop by Sloppy Joe’s, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorites before taking a tour of his tropical plantation-style home that is still inhabited by friendly six-toed cats. Imagine the writer sitting at his large wooden desk, watching palm trees sway in the breeze while petting one of his many fluffy felines. We think walking tours are the most authentic way to experience the island’s stunning homes, gardens, and courtyards. Test the waters and book a ghost tour if you are feeling spontaneous. Key West is characterized by quirky personas and an intriguing, peppered past. There is even a tombstone in Key West City Cemetery that jokes, "At least I know where he’s sleeping tonight." This type of laid-back humor is what keeps visitors coming back year after year. Get into an island state of mind and surrender to the natural beauty and lively atmosphere.

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A One-of-a-Kind Stock Island Experience for Animal Lovers


You might not expect to spend one of the most delightfully memorable days of your vacation on the grounds of the detention center. In fact, it might sound like a vacation gone wrong, but that’s not the case at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Children's Animal Farm...

Started in 1994 as a haven for homeless wildlife, the farm has since evolved into a wonderful program for inmates to acquire constructive work positions, as well as a beloved Stock Island attraction—home to 150 different animals. It truly is something special, with everything from conventional farm animals to exotic species. Here, you can pet the hard shell of African Spurred Tortoises, give kisses to an alpaca, and meet Mo the sloth, the farm's most well-known animal.

This completely free and wonderfully educational farm is open to visitors on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., and group tours can be made by appointment. You won't want to miss it.

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