Dragon Boat Festival in the Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys' Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival.
The Florida Keys’ Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival.

The Florida Keys’ Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival takes place May 16.

The festival is held at Marathon’s Sombrero Beach, which offers competitors a direct launch from the beach for their teams of 20 to power their boats in unison. Crowds get a close look of the decorated 40-ft.-long racing dragons along a 400-meter racecourse that’s parallel to the beach

There will be attractions during the festival including food and beverage, merchandise, kids’ play areas, and entertainment. Beachside activities are free. The race takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by awards, music, and a beach celebration. For more information, visit battleinthebaydragonboat.com.

Accommodations can be made at Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort. Rates starting at $349 per night. For more information, call (877) 423-0597 or visit tranquilitybay.com.