Key West, Florida has always been a destination vacation spot but in 2014, many college students who have endured the brutal winter are headed as far South as they can for spring break.
Many airlines and travel agencies are reporting an increase in bookings for travel to the Florida Keys. Due to the brutal winter experienced in the Northeast and Mid-West, students at many major Universities are planning an extreme Southern spring break. Key West, Florida has become the obvious choice, topping the number of the reservations.
"I'm sick of the snow and cold," commented one University of Minnesota Senior, "It's been rough this winter and a week of sunshine and sand seems more than appropriate. My fiancee and I are headed to Key West for spring break and to scout a wedding venue."
Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, Panama City and now, Key West is among the top choices for students traveling for spring break. In addition, the tiny island city has also gained popularity as a preferred family vacation locale and, in 2013 was named the number one location for destination weddings and receptions.
"The romance of the island is undeniable," stated Roof Top Cafe Executive Chef Brendan Orr. "A wedding here is a wedding in paradise so why wouldn't the island be a top choice?"
Well known for the finest seafood and island cuisine in the area, many Key West restaurants, like the Roof Top Cafe, are in preparation for the onslaught of students over the next couple of months, adding staff and adjusting menu selections. Additionally, in anticipation of one of the busiest wedding seasons in years, many wedding reception venues in Key West are offering additional time slots to help accommodate the high demand.
"We host dozens and dozens of wedding receptions each season," Orr commented. "This year, we're booking more large party receptions than we ever have before...and much earlier in the season."
The brutal winter has played a huge part in bringing Key West the attention it is currently enjoying. The utmost Southern point of the United States, betrothed couples and frozen college students have made Key West, Florida the top choice for a spring get-a-way and destination weddings.
To learn more about Spring break or destination weddings in Key West, visit www.keywest.org or www.rooftopcafekeywest.com
JD Arbuckle is a freelance journalist specializing in consumer education on a variety of topics including Key West, Florida, spring break and the Roof Top Cafe.