Have you ever experienced life-altering travel? The type of experience that will forever change the trajectory of your life? Something that you waited years to experience and it met and exceeded ALL your expectations?
That was Fantasy Fest 2021 for us! For those that don’t know, Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day party in Key West for adults! It is a wild time that brings people together to show their creativity, sexiness, fun, and uninhibited selves. Think Mardi Gras meets Carnival with more paint, nudity, sex, and swinging!
I have waited more than a decade to finally experience Fantasy Fest first hand and it did not disappoint! The openness, the body paint, the sex - OH MY! While the event is 10 days long, as newbies we opted for 3 nights in the middle of the week. So let’s recap Fantasy Fest and how it changed our lives!
During the day, unless you head to parties, Key West looks like its typical tourist paradise. People shopping, eating, and hanging out. Yes, you can still catch some amazing body paint (or get yours done for the evening), see more scandalous bathing suits, and costumes, but it isn’t wild during the day! The first night (Wednesday) we hit Duval for a glow night! Each night and location has different themes for the nights as well as Fantasy Fest having an overall theme each year! It was a blast being able to wear anything (all genitalia must be covered with clothing or paint) and meeting others! It felt like a normal night out, though, not exactly what I expected for Fantasy Fest except for more boobs.
While it wasn’t what I expected, it was a great intro into Fantasy Fest, a ton of fun, and a great night overall! Like I mentioned unless you go to parties during the day, it is a normal day in a typical tropical location. This is really nice because it gives you time to relax, recoup, and rest before another night out! Typically, the day parties include pool parties - sounds great but imagine 250 people in 4 feet of water for 6 hours and no one ever gets out. Thursday we went to Dante’s for an Angels and Demons pool party! Fun, but for $20 to stand around hot and hungover - it is better to stay at your own place if there is a pool! There is a wet T-shirt contest and pole dancing contest though so if you are looking to participate it is definitely a good time!
Thursday night was the night that made the entire trip! There are parties, events, and options for everyone no matter your style and comfort level! You can stay on Duval and just hang out and people watch, mosey into a bar, participate in the theme nights, or find a ‘Little Black Book’ party. Those are a little more risque! Thursday night was toga night but we decided to try one of the more adventurous parties and go to the XXXposed party! The ‘Little Black Book’ parties are more expensive to get into, most of the time you need to purchase tickets in advance, and are definitely going to be the most open parties of the event!
The XXXposed party is a clothing-optional party with a pool, hot tub, foam pit, and dance floor. The biggest rule is no phones, no means no, and be respectful! Other than that, you are pretty free to do as you please, participate and watch as you’d like, and utilize the features as you please! This party, because of the openness, what absolutely life-changing! It brought out our truest desires which were fully accepted and celebrated! It is THE party to be at in our opinion! We will make it our top priority every year and I highly recommend it for anyone that is open, enjoys nudity, and just wants to experience new things. If you are in any way bothered or shocked by nudity, sex, or homosexuality - this party is NOT for you! Honestly, if you have a problem with any of the above, Fantasy Fest isn’t the place for you!
Friday night was the final night of our trip. We had been advised to leave before Saturday night because it is the busiest night with lots of people coming in from surrounding areas just for the evening. You could definitely tell a difference between Wednesday night and Friday night. Duval was much busier, with a lot more people gawking and making inappropriate comments, or taking pictures without consent. It is annoying, but to be expected if you are participating in the event! The final night we went to a glitter and glow party on the far end of Duval. It was less packed and a lot more fun to avoid the crowds!
Tips for your first Fantasy Fest:
Stay close to Duval if possible, but I wouldn’t recommend staying right on Duval unless you don’t want to sleep. Also, places book out MONTHS in advance, so book early for the best price!
Plan your parties! The schedule of parties comes out well before the event, so take a look at which nights you want to be there, what parties you want to go to, and buy tickets beforehand for any exclusive events. Ask others which parties are worth it (we planned to go to a couples party but were told that it was mostly for full swap swingers and very pushy). If you are interested in the lifestyle, know your boundaries and stick with those!
Be open-minded! You are going to see all shapes, sizes, genders, relationship styles, and more. This is a very open and free event with NO judgment. If you can’t go without judgment, don’t go!
Be respectful! While others take pictures without consent, don’t be that person! I had no problem having my picture taken when asked, but would typically flip people off when they tried to sneak photos. ASK FIRST and respect the answer! Some people do not want this part of their life on social media and are very discrete, respect that.
Pay attention to the themes! Some places won’t allow you in if you aren’t in theme (you had to glow at the glow parties). It is fun to participate, but add your own style and creativity!
And most importantly - HAVE FUN! Be open to meeting people, talk to people, compliment tape, paint, costumes, and originality. Ask to take pictures with people, ask what parties people are going to and meet up with them. It is such a fun experience learning about others and just connecting with like-minded individuals!
If you have questions - let us know and we will be more than happy to answer! If you are going to FF 2022 - let us know and we will meet up! You won’t regret it!