New Year’s Eve revellers can swap colder climes for the subtropical Florida Keys to welcome in 2017 with four ‘ball drop’ style celebrations in Key West – inspired by New York’s famous Times Square event.
Located at the southernmost tip of the island chain, Key West is the place to party on New Year’s Eve with celebrations including Duval Street’s ‘Red Shoe Drop.’ This sees renowned drag queen Sushi, perched in a gigantic red high-heel shoe suspended above the crowds, lowered from a balcony at the Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House complex seconds before 2017 arrives.
Other Key West celebrations include the ‘drop’ of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of the iconic Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where live music will play inside; the lowering of a pirate wench from the mast of the tall ship ‘America 2.0’ in Key West’s Historic Seaport, and the ‘drop’ – or splash – of a huge replica Key lime wedge into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome 2017 on the Ocean Key Resort & Spa’s Sunset Pier.
For British holidaymakers keen to join in with the New Year frivolities in Key West, Purely America (0844 80 444 80, purelyamerica.co.uk) has a seven-night trip from £2,199 per person. Departing on 29 December 2016, the price includes three nights in Key West followed by four nights in Key Largo, Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow to Miami and car hire for the duration, and is based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation.
For further information on the Florida Keys & Key West, visit: www.fla-keys.co.uk