Tag Archives: Christmas

Made in Key West Holiday Gifts

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to get shopping! This year, Sunset Watersports wants to help you find the perfect gift to bring home for the holidays. Here’s a list of goodies that are unique to Key West with a bit of original, island flare.
Kino Sandals
These handmade leather sandals have been a local favorite for decades. From one style to now over 17, there’s a pair of shoes for everyone.
107 Fitzpatrick St, Key West

Kino Sandals - Key West Souvenir Gifts - Sunset Watersports Blog

Kermit’s Key Lime Pie
If you know anyone that has a sweet tooth, their life will change after trying key lime pie on a stick, dipped in chocolate. Thanks to Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe, you don’t have to be in Key West to try this delicious treat. With an online store and special in-store packaging, you can enjoy key lime pie bars or 9-inch original pies anywhere in the US. However, if you’re on the island and you have time, we highly recommend you stop in at one of their stores and check out the all the key lime goodies Kermit’s has to offer. We may or may not be huge fans of the key lime cooler cookies.
802 Duval St & 200 Elizabeth St, Key West
Rodriguez Cigars
Family owned and operated, this cigar company is the oldest of its kind in the Florida Keys. With a foundation built on traditional Cuban cigar making, Rodriguez Cigars are true masters of their craft. Each cigar is hand-rolled using aged and cured Nicaraguan filler.
113 Fitzpatrick St, Key West

Rodriguez Cigars - Key West Souvenir Gifts - Sunset Watersports Blog

Mel Fisher’s Treasure Jewelry
Don’t go to Kay’s this year, go to Mel’s and bring home a piece of treasure for that special someone! From designer mounted silver and gold coins to Atocha ceramics, you can have your pick of authentic shipwreck treasure from Mel Fisher’s online and museum stores.
200 Greene St, Key West
Key West Aloe
Experience the scents of Key West EVERY day when you use Key West Aloe products. From shampoos to shaving cream, this Key West cosmetic store offers some of the most delicious skincare products made from an aloe plant. The aloe plant has long been used for its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties – essential for your trip to the bright and burning sunshine state.
1075 Duval St & 416 Greene St, Key West

Key West Aloe- Key West Souvenir Gifts - Sunset Watersports Blog

Key West Rum
Bring home some Key West history when you purchase a bottle of Chef Distilled Rum – rum distilled and bottled in Key West’s first legal rum distillery. With Key Lime and Mojito Mint flavors, you’ll be tasting Key West wherever you may be!
107 Simonton St, Key West
Conch Carvings
Born and raised in Key West, conch artist Tony Campo is a master of his craft throughout the Florida Keys and beyond. Using acrylics and sharpie poster paint, Campo designs abstract salt-life creations perfect for any art-enthusiast and ocean-lover. However, painting isn’t the only type of artwork he offers, as Campo does incredible wood carvings and watercolor masterpieces. To check out his work and place your order, visit his Instagram page @conchcarvings.tc.

Conch Carvings- Key West Souvenir Gifts - Sunset Watersports Blog

Sunset Watersports – Key West’s Premier Activities, Attractions and Watersports Company
Key West Bight * Smathers Beach * Parrot Key Resort * Hurricane Hole Marina
Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2554


Holiday Events in Key West

Christmas in Key West may not mean hot coco, sleighs and snow, but that doesn’t stop this island from spreading holiday cheer. Here are a list of events happening throughout the 2015 holiday season in Key West.   
International Sand Sculpting Competition

The Casa Marina understands that when you celebrate Christmas in Key West, the beach is a must. That’s why they’re hosting this sandy spectacular! For four days, six internationally-renowned sculptors will compete for the best sand sculpture of the season. Mark this one in your calendars, as you’ll not want to miss this holiday extravaganza.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 (8-5:30pm) – Saturday, Nov. 28 (8-1pm)
Where: Casa Marina

Sunset Watersports Thanksgiving Sunset Dinner Cruise

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner a little different this year. Set sail with Sunset Watersports and feast on a traditional turkey buffet while experiencing the best view of Key West’s famous sunset. Dance to live music and enjoy unlimited mixed drinks, draft beer, wine and champagne. For more information call (305) 296-2554.

Thanksgiving dinner cruise 2015 #

Schooner Wharf Bar’s Annual Lighted Boat Parade in Key West

Head down to William Street for the best light show on water of the season. All boats, big and small, are welcome to join the evening cruise for a small fee. Sunset Watersports is offering a lighted boat parade cruise, so you can be a part of this Key west occasion. The cruise will go from 6:30-9:30pm – $59 per person/$39 ages 6-12. Free draft beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks will be available. Including, a full liquor cash bar and festive finger foods.  For more information call (305) 296-2554.

When: Sunday, Dec. 12; 8pm
Where: Schooner Wharf Bar – 202 William Street

Lighted boat parade flyer #.pdf.2015

Holiday Parade Downtown

Join the locals as they stroll down Duval for this hometown, festive parade. Make sure you grab a spot on the route early, as this holiday event has become a community favorite for the last 15 years.

When: Saturday, Dec. 5; 7pm
Where: Route starts at the corner of Truman and White, down White to Duval, then Duval to Eaton.

Harbor Walk of Lights

A stroll along Key West Bight is beautiful on any evening, but add lights and holiday decorations and you’ve got yourself a special treat. The bright holiday lights make this boardwalk and its waterfront view absolutely picturesque.

When: Dec. 5 – Jan. 1
Where: Key West Bight – past Greene St., William St. and Margaret Street.

Holiday Historic Inn Tour

For something a little different, join the Key West Innkeepers Association for their annual evening tour of Key West’s favorite Victorian homes and historic estates, as they are decked out with holiday lights and decorations.

When: Dec. 12th or Dec. 19th
Where: Tickets and information about tours available at keywestinns.com

9th Annual Gingerbread House Making Party

For the last 8 years, local law firm – The Smith Law Firm – hosts a gingerbread house making party open to families and kids of all ages. With an endless supply of yummy yuletide treats, everyone is welcome to build their own edible merry mansion.

When: Saturday, Dec. 19; (TBD – previous years 11-3pm)
Where: Garden of the Oldest House – 322 Duval Street

Holiday Events Key West - 2015 Season

16142496186_8fa05533c6_oNo, Key West doesn’t have a ball drop for New Years…. but we do drop a conch shell, high-heel and a pirate (explained more below):

Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar – 201 Duval St.

High-heel Shoe Drop from Bourbon Street Pub – 724 Duval St.

Pirate Leap from Schooner America 2.0 at Schooner Wharf – When the clock strikes midnight, watch pirate Evalena leap from the top of Schooner America 2.0’s 75-foot mast! – 202 William St.


Sunset Watersports – Key West’s Premier Activities, Attractions and Watersports Company
Key West Bight * Smathers Beach * Parrot Key Resort * Hurricane Hole Marina
Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2554