The month of March is synonymous with one thing in Key West – Spring Break! Maybe it’s because visitors to the island have been chomping at the bit for months to see signs of spring, but college students and families alike light up the island in March, eager to chase away their winter doldrums.
Pucker Up and Blow a Conch Shell
Welcome to the Conch Republic! Florida Keys natives are known as Conchs (pronounced with a hard “K”, like konk), named after the saltwater snail that resides in our waters. Locals proudly wave the Conch Republic flag and love all things conch – from eating them and decorating with them to using them as musical instruments. The annual conch-blowing contest, nicknamed the “Conch Honk,” is a more than 50-year quirky tradition in Key West. Sign up at the Oldest House (322 Duval St.) for this wacky competition or simply enjoy the sounds as a spectator.
Have the Ultimate Spring Break Adventure
There are so many amazing things to do on the waters of Key West that, rather than make you choose between them, Fury Water Adventures has packaged them together. The Ultimate Adventure is a spring breaker’s dream – you’ll get breakfast, lunch and a full day of snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking and jet skiing plus all you can drink! Just when you think it can’t get any better, we’re offering a $20 discount during March and throwing in a free Champagne Sunset Sail. Learn more about our spring break specials.
Celebrate the Southernmost St. Patrick’s Day
Gather all your green garb and get ready for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Stroll! You don’t have to be Irish; you just need to be 21 to participate in a tradition that began in 1979 (originally called the Bar None Suds Run). Wear sensible flip flops because you’ll be walking from one ocean to another down the infamous Duval Street, stopping in for beer at participating bars along the way. The bar stroll t-shirts are always a hit featuring fun artwork, but since Key West loves any excuse for a costume, feel free to get creative!
Enjoy Fresh Florida Lobster in Season
Most of the lobster on Key West menus isn’t necessarily the kind you’re used to in other parts of the country. Our lobsters – called Florida spiny lobsters – may lack the big claws characteristic of their northeastern cousins, but they make up for it in extra tasty tails. No Key West culinary experience is complete without trying locally caught spiny lobster and there are oh-so-many ways to enjoy them. But if you’re looking for them fresh off the boat, get ‘em before the end of the harvest season on March 31.
Explore the Secret Gardens of Key West
If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the fences of charming and historic Old Town houses, the annual Key West House and Garden Tour is a must-do experience for you. Marvel at creative interiors, impeccable restorations, impressive antique and art collections and lush tropical gardens hidden beyond plain sight. Architecture, interior design and landscape enthusiasts will want to purchase their tickets for this single-weekend event online in advance.