HISTORY OF VILLA MARQUESA AND RAMROD KEY, FLORIDA
The Villa Marquesa vacation home is located on the Ocean Side of Ramrod Key, between Mile Marker mm 26 and 27.5. We call our Lower Keys Islands, the windy keys due to their favorable geographical position, which allows the flow of tropical trade winds to blow in all directions, delivering its cooling breezes and also reducing mosquitos. Luckily our average temperatures never dip below the 60's in winter and never rise above the 90's even in the hottest summers, making theses islands a true Tropical Caribbean Paradise all year around. We owe our great weather to the Carribean Tropical Trade Winds and the Gulf Stream, a super current of warm Caribbean water that constantly bathes our islands year round. That's why you will see an abundance of Tropical plants, animals, fish and corals. The warm winter water temperatures also allows for year round snorkeling, fishing, diving , beach-going or other water-sports.
While the protest that sparked the creation of the Conch Republic (and others which have occurred since then) have been described by some as "tongue-in-cheek", they were motivated by frustrations over genuine concerns, such as taxes, customs, and immigrations policies. The original protest event was motivated by a US Border Patrol roadblock and checkpoint which greatly inconvenienced residents and was detrimental to tourism in the area. Our island motto is "One Human Family" and " a Change in Latitude a Change in Attitude".
The Conch Republic celebrates its Independence Day every April 23 as part of a week-long festival of activities involving numerous businesses in Key West, and a mock water cannon and stale cuban bread naval battle. The organization – a "Sovereign State of Mind," seeking only to bring more "Humor, Warmth, and Respect" to a world in sore need of all three according to its Secretary General, Peter Anderson – is a key tourism booster for the area. Other Festival not to miss are Goombay and Fantasy Fest which are are generally held the week prior to Halloween, New Years Eve, Mini-Lobster Season, Bike Week Poker Run, the Key West Literary Festival, and the Marathon Seafood Festival.
Ramrod Key got its name from a ship named “Ramrod” that was wrecked out on the coral reef the early 19th Century. It is now a popular tourist site due to the short three mile distance between the island and the world famous Looe Key Reef. The island has its own gasoline and conveince stores, several bars, and resturants like the famous 5 Brothers Cuban Restaurant, Looe Key Resort and a putt-putt course. Right offshore you have the Famous Little Palm Island Resorts and the famous Picnic Island Beaches.
Villa Marquesa was one of the first homes built on the Atlantic/ Ocean Side of Ramrod Key, in Breeze Swept Beach Estates, that's why its architecture is very distinctive and unique. The home is built on a perfect east-west / north-south axis in order to take advantage of the Tropical Caribbean Trade winds. Rarley do visitors use the air-conditioning system in winter and we have never had to use the heater!! The home is decorated in authentic Caribbean Colonial style and filled with teak and mahogany furniture which give you the feeling of staying at one of the great Caribbean Beachside Villas. The house's name is also unique and has alot of history behind it. The name "Villa Marquesa" means the "Grand Home of the Marquis" in Spanish. The Owner's grandfather was a a Spanish Marquis and part of the Spanish Royalty and Nobility. Her family history in Spain goes back 750 years, to a time of chivalry, conquests and conquistadors.
In and around our island we have several places to eat, drink and be merry like: all within a short walking, biking or driving distance: Boondocks Grille, 5 Brothers Cuban Market and Cafe and the Looe Key Reef Tiki Bar are local favorites. They offer everything from Cuban Coffe "Bucci", Cuban sandwhiches, great beers, elaborate fish entrees, miniature golf courses, a gift shops, dive tours, live daily music and weekly bar specials.
We are a few minutes by car, bike or bus to Little Torch Key: which was the famous resturants like the Little Palm Island Resort and Parrotdise; Big Pine Key: which has famous several bars and resturants like the No Name Pub, and a grocery store: Winn Dixie in the Deer Key Shopping Mall. On Summerland and Cudjoe Keys there are several fish markets, resturants, and bars to choose from, and the Square Group on Cudjoe Key is a must.
Also we can put your in contact with several deep water or flats fishing guides, kayak rentals, nature / history / ghost tour guides, massage studios, bike rentals or maid services.
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