Havana Cabana at Key West hotel has officially launched “Mermaid Season” in Florida with the announcement of “Fintastic Fridays,’’ a weekly, family-friendly opportunity for visitors and locals to celebrate their inner “merfolk.’ Led by real-life professional Mermaid Kristi Ann, the event is $99 per person and includes tail rental, time for open swim with live instruction, two mocktails, and poolside snacks.
The experience takes place each Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Havana Cabana, which has the largest pool in Key West.
To make an even bigger splash (parson the pun), Havana Cabana at Key West will also host the official opening and closing parties of the 2nd Annual Key West Mermaid Festival, July 1-5. To kick off this uniquely Key West event, a “Meet the Mermaids and King Neptune” pool party will take place July 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with food and drink specials, live music, face painting, and “shellfies’ with the Mermaids and King Neptune.
Photo opps will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a private Mermaid Swim from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ticket required), and open swim from 3 to 4 p.m. On the Festival’s final day, the pool at Havana Cabana at Key West will once again be the site of a “Swim with the Mermaids” celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with music, games, food and drink, and private mermaid swim (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Reef Relief, which provides environmental and conservation support to the coral reef ecosystem.
Located on the waterfront of US1, the hotel is three miles from historic Old Town Key West’s many attractions, restaurants, and shops. At the center of the resort is the tropical oasis pool, complemented by a Mojito bar on the island, with a menu of an array of crafted Cuban-inspired Mojitos. At the hotel’s Floridita “Food Truck,” guests can try its award-winning Cuban sandwich (my favorite in the Conch Republic) and other authentic dishes celebrating the island’s Cuban-Conch heritage.
The resort features 106 guest rooms with tropical Cuban furnishings, and branded bicycles and vintage Vespas available for guests to rent and explore the island.
For tickets to the private Swim with the Mermaids events during the 2nd Annual Key West Mermaid Festival, visit KeyWestMermaidFestival.com.
Photo Credit: Havana Cabana