Keys tourist spots reopen post-Irma

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Movies - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood SouthFlorida.com rhag­wood@southflorida .com

The Keys are still re­cov­er­ing from the wrath of last year’s Hur­ri­cane Irma, and some tourist des­ti­na­tions have re­cently re­opened. Many of the prop­er­ties have taken ad­van­tage of the down­time in busi­ness to make up­grades to their build­ings and grounds.

The Par­rot Key Ho­tel and Vil­las in Key West, and the Post­card Inn Beach Re­sort and Ma­rina in Is­lam­orada both opened ear­lier this month. The re­fur­bished Key West Ship­wreck Trea­sure Mu­seum re­opened in Oc­to­ber.

Par­rot Key Ho­tel and Vil­las

This re­sort in Key West, known for its four swim­ming pools, is reopen as of Nov. 1. Its web­site says, “the full ex­pe­ri­ence won’t be com­plete un­til the New Year,” but the ho­tel is open fol­low­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar makeover. In an email, man­age­ment says the ho­tel un­der­went a full ren­o­va­tion, in­clud­ing in­te­ri­ors, ex­te­ri­ors and land­scap­ing.

Through March, the Par­rot Key Ho­tel is of­fer­ing “sneak peek” rates for the re­open­ing. Guests can book stays from $149 to $299 a night de­pend­ing on the month. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to Par­rotKeyHo­tel .com/Of­fers/Ex­pe­ri­ence -the-New-Par­rot-Key.

Im­prove­ments com­ing in early 2019 will in­clude a new res­tau­rant called the Grove Kitchen and Bar as well as new water­front vil­las.

The Par­rot Key Ho­tel is lo­cated at 2801 N. Roo­sevelt Blvd., in Key West. Call 888-665-6368 or go to Par­rotKeyHo­tel.com.

Post­card Inn Beach Re­sort and Ma­rina

The 15-acre get­away, which also has the tallest build­ing on Is­lam­orada, re­opened Nov. 2. It made The 65 foot tower at the Key West Ship­wreck Trea­sure Mu­seum of­fers bird-eye views of Key West and the is­land's har­bor. The Hur­ri­cane Irma in 2017, but has re­cently re­opened.

some ma­jor up­grades while shut­tered for re­build­ing. Post­card Inn had struc­tural and land­scap­ing dam­age due to Hur­ri­cane Irma. For ex­am­ple, its Raw Bar was washed away and had to be to­tally re­built.

The Post­card Inn’s gen­eral man­ager Ed­die Sip­ple says it these ad­di­tions:

• New en­trance and lobby area with sep­a­rate front desk for chil­dren

• Ex­panded ocean­front rooms

• Newly de­signed guest rooms and cot­tages

• Five top-floor suites show­cas­ing floor-to-ceil­ing views of the bay and At­lantic Ocean

• New swim-up pool bar, Koko­mos, with an ex­panded deck over the ocean for sun­bathing

• A re­fur­bished ma­rina pro­vid­ing 55 slips, in­clud­ing

26 tran­sient slips with ac­com­mo­da­tions suited for ves­sels up to 90 feet

• En­hanced guest ex­pe­ri­ences such as tar­pon feed­ing from the ma­rina, ex­panded walk-in beach area, bocce ball courts, “Fish Like a Lo­cal” fish­ing classes and a new Tiki Stage.

The Post­card Inn is lo­cated at 84001 Over­seas High­way, in Is­lam­orada. call 305-664-2321 or go to Hol­i­dayIsle.com.

Key West Ship­wreck Trea­sure Mu­seum

The mu­seum has been open for some time, but the 65-foot tower that of­fers bird’s-eye views of the is­land and the har­bor was se­verely da­m­aged by Hur­ri­cane Irma and re­quired ex­ten­sive re­pairs. The tower re­opened for guests Par­rot Key Ho­tel and Vil­las in Key West re­opened Nov. 1.

in Oc­to­ber.

The Ship­wreck Trea­sure Mu­seum of­fers ex­hibits of Key West’s past, when the is­land’s pi­o­neers made a liv­ing salvaging wrecked

ships in the Florida Straits, from Span­ish galleons to mer­chant ships.

The Ship­wreck Trea­sure Mu­seum is lo­cated at 1 White­head St., in Key West. tower was da­m­aged by For more in­for­ma­tion, call 305-292-8990 or go to KeyWestShip­wreck.com.

KEY WEST SHIP­WRECK TREA­SURE MU­SEUM

PAR­ROT KEY HO­TEL & VIL­LAS

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