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keywest_sj.jpgLess about tequila-fueled foam parties and Guys Gone Wild antics—although plenty of that can be found in the straight northerly section of Duval Street—Gay Spring Break in Key West is a leisurely affair, more suited to umbrella drinks and breezy evenings amid the begonias than sweaty humping at Señor Frogs. (Wait till you get back to your bungalow for that.)  It’s a charm only the Conch Republic could pull off: an all-ages season-long patchwork of events including daytime ocean sports such as jet-skiing and snorkeling around the world’s third largest barrier reef, nighttime pool parties and drag shows, plus the odd tea dance in between. According to the Key West Business Guild, organizers of the 4-year-old promotion, diversity is key both in clientele and entertainment/activity offerings, emphasizing community as well as co-eds. Everybody deserves a little sub-tropical sunshine. The event officially ends April 18 but deals can be found extending into early summer. If you’d rather wait, say till Pridefest (June 9-13), seven-day-a-week service starts May 27.

Lodging Deals

Big Ruby’s Key West: $179 per night for the entire month of April.

Alexander’s Guesthouse: 25 percent off rooms till April 16. Must be 21 and older with valid ID to stay.


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The Cypress House: $20 off per night (3-night minimum) with advance reservation until May 27.

The Equator Resort: $175.00 per night for any room during the month of April. Men-only 

New Orleans House: 10% off room rates with valid ID (mid-season rates in effect April 5th). Free admission to BourbonLive.com shows for hotel guests. Men-only 

Gay Pass

Bourbon St. Pub: Free admission with valid college ID.

The Island House: Free day passes for Spring Breakers. Just show up at the front desk with school ID. Men-only 

Don’t Miss

Sculpture Key West: The annual open-air and island-wide festival of international contemporary sculpture wraps up April 16.

Key West Fishing Competition: You don’t need to be a professional, or even pay an entry fee, to log your catch and vie for the title of Size Queen of the Sea. Ongoing through November 30.

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