It can’t be that simple, you’re probably thinking. Take a break from the “real world” in the Florida Keys this summer — get away from smog, job doldrums, city heat or whatever you want to get away from, and spend blissful days and nights in America’s laid-back “Margaritaville” island chain — and all you have to do is text?
Actually, it’s true. Entering to win a summertime Keys vacation is as easy as sending a text from your cell phone (and let’s face it, taking a chance on winning a vacation is a WAYYY better use of your texting time than commenting on somebody’s new Facebook post).
So here’s the deal: through mid-June, just text the word KEYSFUN to 65047 — and register to win a five-night trip for two to the Florida Keys. It’s that simple.
Travel dates are July 9-14, just after the July 4 holiday, when the Keys waters are clear and calm and great for watersports. And the waters that surround the Keys will be your vacation’s focus — as you enjoy both above- and below-water activities.
If you’re the lucky winner of the summer getaway, you and a guest will experience Key Largo (widely renowned as the dive capital of the world) and the pristine, laid-back Lower Keys — PLUS “dive into” the quirky Underwater Music Festival.
The 30th annual festival takes place Saturday, July 12, at Looe Key Reef, part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary six miles south of Big Pine Key. The internationally recognized event attracts divers, snorkelers, the occasional long-haired mermaid, and costumed characters “playing” musical instruments on the ocean floor — while a local radio station broadcasts music underwater through speakers placed beneath boats. Even the fish seem to sway to the melodies (honest!).
The prize includes an air travel card valued at $1,000, which is redeemable on whatever airline you choose, and a $300 car rental certificate.
Where will you be staying? You’ll receive two nights’ accommodations in an ocean-view suite at Key Largo’s Ocean Pointe Suites, a 60-acre resort surrounded by protected mangrove forest … and three nights in the island-style Reef Cottage at Little Torch Key’s Dolphin Marina and Cottages, located on picturesque Newfound Harbor in the Lower Keys.
But (as they say in those pesky television infomercials), that’s not all! Also awaiting you are dive or snorkel trips to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, kayak rentals and a guided backcountry kayak tour, a sunset sail and a tour of the lovely botanic gardens at Key Largo’s Kona Kai Resort.
Overall, this five-night Florida Keys escape is valued at about $3,400 … and you could win it just by texting KEYSFUN to 65047. (Text-capable mobile users also can enter by visiting www.FloridaKeysWin.com.)
Either way, it’s as easy as that.
FYI, you must be at least 21 years old to enter and must live in the continental U.S. You can only enter once, and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 12. But don’t delay — do it TODAY, and then start planning your getaway to the fabulous Florida Keys.