As the rest of the country transitions to fall, the Florida Keys, southernmost part of the continental United States, are still celebrating the sun. Key Largo's Beachin' Fest includes a contest pitting drink makers to see who can mix the best margarita, mojito or martini; a cook-off with local amateur chefs as well as pros; a cardboard-boat race, in which teams create a water-worthy craft using cardboard and duct tape and set sail; and the Taste of Key Largo, featuring fare of local restaurants.

When, where: Cook-off on Nov. 8 at the Holiday Inn, U.S. 1 at mile marker 99; Mixing Madness on Nov. 9 at Bay Harbor Lodge, U.S. 1 at mile marker 97.7; Taste of Key Largo, cardboard-boat race and more on Nov. 10 at the Caribbean Club, U.S. 1 at mile marker 104.

Cost: $15 per person for cook-off samples. Mixing Madness is $50 per person. Admission to Nov. 10 festivities is free; $20 team fee to enter the cardboard-boat race; tickets, $1 each, will buy food at the Taste of Key Largo.

Info: (800) 822-1088,