Less 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.
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.
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
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
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.