184 episodes

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA

As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.

Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is.

If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto Mark Baratto

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 43 Ratings

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA

As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.

Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is.

If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!

    How local Real Estate duo went viral on TikTok & how you can too

    How local Real Estate duo went viral on TikTok & how you can too

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with husband and wife Real Estate duo, Stephanie & Greg.
    We talk about how they are using TikTok to grow their business, their new podcast, and how giving more than asking, is always a winning strategy.
    More on The Little Island Group We are Greg and Stephanie.  A couple of Florida natives and Real Estate Agents living out our island dreams in the Florida Keys.  We are lucky enough to share our home with our senior Ridgeback and two rescue Shh Tzus who are by far the best parts of our lives.
    When we aren't obsessing over Florida Keys Real Estate, design, history, culture, food, or the insanely gorgeous turquoise waters and tropical flowers on our YouTube channel, you can find us volunteering with rescue animals, eating our body weight in chips and salsa, or catching our favorite show on Netflix.
    Website:  https://www.thelittleislandgroup.com/
    TikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@livinginkeywest
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/livininkeywest/
    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXyQKpJwHX-LURlWVrNW9og?sub_confirmation=1
    Facebook:  https://bit.ly/3yvASYX
    Living In Key West Podcast:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/2093185

    • 54 min
    Effusion Gallery Key West Effusion Gallery Key West

    Effusion Gallery Key West Effusion Gallery Key West

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Brandie, the Director of Effusion Gallery Key West.
    We talk about how Brandie got started in the art world and how she helped open Effusion Gallery in Key West.
    About Effusion Gallery EFFUSION GALLERY originated in 2004 in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach, in the heart of South Beach and its famed Ocean Drive.
    In 2013 a second location was opened in Downtown Miami, following an additional Gallery space in the trendy Wynwood Arts District in 2016.
    Today, with two new locations in Key West and Fort Lauderdale, Effusion Gallery continues to be a leader in South Florida’s Art Market, with the representation of over 50 established POP and Contemporary Artists from every part of the globe.
    Website:  https://effusiongallery.com/
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/effusionkeywest
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/effusiongallerymiami
     

    • 53 min
    #183 It's festival season with RokIsland Fest, Mile 0 Fest & Key Western Fest

    #183 It's festival season with RokIsland Fest, Mile 0 Fest & Key Western Fest

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about his newest island festival called, "Key Western Fest."
    We also talk about the lineup for RokIsland Fest and the festival that started it all, Mile 0 Fest.
    RokIsland Fest:  Jan 17 - 21
    Mile 0 Fest:  Jan 23 - 28
    Key Western Fest:  Jan 31 - Feb 4
    More on RokIsland Fest Dates:  Jan 17 - 21
    Website:  https://www.rokislandfest.com/
    The world’s greatest rock bands descend upon the island of Key West for a 5-day music festival in paradise.

    More on Mile 0 Fest Dates:  Jan 23 - 28
    Website:  https://mile0fest.com/
    The best in Red Dirt & Americana descend upon the island of Key West for a 5-day music festival in paradise.

    More on Key Western Fest Dates:  Jan 31 - Feb 4
    Website:  https://keywesternfest.com/

    Well..the greatest 4-day music festival on the planet, of course! AND we’re throwing a free kick-off party on Tuesday January 31st so be sure to come in early for 5 Nights of greatness! Oh…and you don’t have to wait until the evening to get your party started, you can listen to music all over the island during a week of unforgettable fun; from bars, boats and beaches, to pools and piers! 
    More than 20 of the very best classic country bands bring their massive hits to the Southernmost City in the U.S. for a week of unforgettable songs, sun & sand! Take in the warm sunshine and tunes during the day at the island’s iconic bars, snag a bite from one of the renowned restaurants, leave your troubles on land during a live-music sail on a comfy catamaran, and then be ready to sing your heart out under the stars at night at The Truman Waterfront Amphitheater!
    Our Full Experience Packages include accommodations, private parties, live music sails, and more!  We have partnered with the best Resorts, Guesthouses, and Vacation Homes on the Island – there’s something for every group size and budget.  We make it easy – all you have to do is come on down to Key West and enjoy four days of music and sunshine!
    Packages are available in two Premier VIP Levels (Platinum Premier and Gold Premier) and one GA level  (Pirate).  Passes are available in two VIP Levels (Platinum and Gold) and one GA level (Beach Bum).

    • 49 min
    Unlocked: Leading & Living with Soul Retreat with Denise Boudreau

    Unlocked: Leading & Living with Soul Retreat with Denise Boudreau

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Denise Boudreau to talk about her annual retreat in Key West to rediscover the spark within yourself.
    We talk about how overworking and a mini-stroke caused Denise to battle bout of depression, and how the skills she learned to pull herself out, she now teaches in her retreats.
    More on Unlocked Unlocked: Leading & Living with Soul

    The ultimate retreat for women...
    It's time to discover your true purpose.

    January 11-13, 2023
    Key West, Florida
    Website:  https://www.cultureoutcomeshub.com/unlocked
    You + Unlocked = everything you need to recharge yourself!

    Maybe you've thought you have a life that's "good enough". Everything is "fine". I mean, how greedy can you be to want more?

    It's time to STOP settling.

    If you feel you’re not doing enough: at work, for family, with your friends! I'm here to tell you: You most DEFINITELY are!

    It's time your goals align with your soul.

    Join me January 11-13, 2023 in Key West, Florida to make it happen!

    • 47 min
    #181 - My Favorite Interview of All Time (2019)

    #181 - My Favorite Interview of All Time (2019)

    In going through all of my podcast episodes before the New Year, there is one that stands out as a favorite interview I've done and also a favorite by many listeners.
    I think the story behind Fury Water Adventures is almost as amazing as how Scott Saunders turned his life around with one single moment.
    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.
    We discuss how Scott almost flunked out of high school, quit college (the first time), and gave up on making anything of himself.
    To any outsider, Scott would have been considered a "loser," but it was that rock-bottom breaking point that caused him to go from zero to hero in one instant.
    Have you ever felt unmotivated and didn't really care about much? Scott did too, and his story will get you looking in the mirror and declaring, "enough is enough!"
    **NOTE** We really get into the complete origin story at around the 13:00 minute mark, so stay with us, it's worth the wait!
    More about Fury Water Adventures Key West
    TAKE THE ULTIMATE KEY WEST WATERSPORTS EXCURSION WITH FURY WATER ADVENTURES
    Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their number one excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Fury’s expertly maintained state-of-the-art fleet of boats will get you out on the water and back again with the utmost safety.
    Choose from underwater explorations on one of Fury’s three catamaran Reef Snorkeling boats, thrills in the air on our Parasailing boats, a chance to see marine life without getting wet on our Glass Bottom Boat, or take in Key West’s famous sunset aboard one of our Sunset Sails or our Sunset Cruise.
    For the real Key West watersports enthusiast, try Fury’s Combination Packages or Fury’s Ultimate Adventure that includes Reef Snorkeling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing & Kayaking.
    At Fury we are dedicated to help keep the reefs we snorkel alive and thriving. Through our affiliation with “One Percent for the Planet,” we donate 1% of our total sales yearly to help restore and conserve our natural coral reefs.
    Fury Donates a Percent of all Sales to Reef Conservation.
    Website: https://www.furycat.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/furykeywest
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/furykeywest/
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/furykeywest
    Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/furykeywest/
    FURY RESERVATIONS:
    Toll Free:  (888) 976-0899 -or- Text:   305-930-8161 
    PRIVATE CHARTERS: (877) 561-8825
    WEDDING CHARTERS: (855) 847-8221

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #180 - My Interview on the WorthWhile Podcast

    #180 - My Interview on the WorthWhile Podcast

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tyler Steigelman on the WorthWhile Spotlight podcast for my first time on the hot seat for a full length interview.
    We talk about my first job out of college, living in NYC, starting a career as a full-time trader, and the birth of the Backyards of Key West brand.
    More on Mark Baratto I have worked with startups, created my own company, been part of businesses that have closed their doors, and have been part of businesses with a successful exit or two.

    I am always learning from podcasts, books, and the people I interview for my own podcast; but more importantly, I am always teaching and sharing everything I have learned and put to the test.
    LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-baratto/
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/markbaratto/
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/markbaratto

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

JasonStatz ,

Good podcast (stay in your lane)

I like listening to Mark talk to business owners from Key West, many good stories. Unsure about NFT conversations but I don’t want to criticize here. At some point it would be interesting to hear about Mark’s history being a day trader in New York and how he dealt with the SEC. All in all a solid podcast when it stays in its lane.

Andrew47122 ,

Great show!

Great show! If you are a sucker for Key West this is a great show! But it’s also about marketing and making your business better! Great content all the time!

cdustin ,

Great job Mark!

You have introduced me to parts of my favorite place on earth that I didn’t know existed. My KW home is full of local art, who I introduced myself to with “I feel like I know you from Mark’s podcast”.. always a warm convo starter.
I have found some of my favorite island people through the BYoKW podcast.
Thank you and keep it up please!

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