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KEY LARGO, FLORIDA

Florida's Fragile Coastal Treasure: Snorkel the Coral Reefs

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Program #14677RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
No elevation above 100 feet

Equipment Requirements
Snorkel, mask, fins and flotation vest are provided free of charge. Should it be necessary, wetsuits are available at $8.00 per session. Also, there are a very limited number of prescription masks which should be requested in advance at Orientation. If this is critical, participants should bring their own.

Itinerary for Feb 23 — Mar 1, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 23 - 3:00 PM Airport Shuttle depart from Miami Airport...
3:00 PM Airport Shuttle depart from Miami Airport departing from Terminal H Baggage Claim # 6 and Orientation at 5:30 PM.

Note: For those taking the complimentary Shuttle meet at Terminal H Baggage Claim # 6 at 2:45 PM.

Arrive To: INDEPENDENT ARRIVALS: Complimentary shuttle from Miami Airport to Ocean Pointe Suites. The meeting location is Terminal H Baggage Claim # 6 at 2:45 PM.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available beginning at 4:00 PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:30 PM in our reserved room at the hotel (in the downstairs Welcome Center Area) for introductions and orientation. We will provide an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 24 - Kayaking and Snorkel Instruction
Note: As nature is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Learn about the Keys' natural environment, the area’s history and the challenges it faces moving foward. Search for wading birds and creatures of the sea as we journey through mangrove forests, across tidal flats and out along the Atlantic’s edge. Your leader will show you the kayaking basics and will familiarize you with the necessary paddling equipment. We will be out on the water for approximately 60-90 minutes with instruction for beginners. Participants will be assigned to tandem or single seat sea-kayaks according to their abilities. In the interests of safety and enjoyment, couples and companions may well be in different kayaks. This will be determined strictly by the instructor(s). Water will be provided please bring your water bottle.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: PRACTICE: Introduction to snorkeling and training sessions in the pool to review your skills and give you useful tips. Instruction will include the all important procedure and practice for getting in and out of the water safely from a boat at anchor. Those not interested in the training and review session may wish to take the opportunity to relax by the hotel's pool and whirlpool spa, play tennis on one of the 2 tennis courts, visit the marina or a waterfront cafe, or enjoy the hotel's small, private white sand beach with volleyball court and kayak rentals.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 25 - Presentation at John Pennekamp State Park and aft...
Presentation at John Pennekamp State Park and afternoon snorkeling at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Note: As nature is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore John Pennekamp State Park, with one of your group leaders, a certified Florida Master Naturalist. Our guided field trip includes a mile long walk through mangrove habitat over pathways and boardwalk. Learn about the importance of mangroves to the reefs and why the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet. Following our field trip we will have a slide presentation on reef fish, to help us identify those that we will see on this afternoon's snorkeling excursion.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Our first reef snorkel will take place at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This living, shallow-water reefs is teeming with vibrant color and activity. Our 2 and a half-hour including boat travel time snorkeling excursion is strictly non-scuba for the comfort of our participants. The site is determined by weather and tidal conditions, Captain's experienced knowledge and other pertinent factors.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 26 - Field trip to Everglades National Park
Note: As nature is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit Everglades National Park where we will embark on an approximately one mile long walk over pavement and boardwalk on the Anhinga Trail, guided by a park service expert. Sunscreen and hats are strongly suggested as most of the trail is in the open.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches in Everglades National Park.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Stop at the Everglades National Park Visitors Center for presentations on the Park and an opportunity to peruse the exhibits and tasteful book/gift shop.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 27 - Free Time/ Second Snorkel Trip
Note: As nature is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: Free Time

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We'll return to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to see and learn more about the reefs there. In addition to the colorful coral and fish, you will have the opportunity to view a variety of seagrass, birds and other marine life.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, February 28 - Field trip to Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park ...
Field trip to Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and Snorkeling at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Note: As nature is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of ancient coral. Learn about the history of the quarry and its operation -- an important part of Florida's 20th century history -- as you walk among samples of the quarry machinery have been preserved at the park. Formed of Key Largo limestone, fossilized coral, this land was sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Following the completion of the railroad, the quarry was used until the 1960s to produce exquisite pieces of decorative stone called Keystone.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we will return to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for our third snorkeling field trip. Our 2.5 hour excursion (including boat travel time) will be strictly non-scuba for the comfort of participants. The site is determined by weather and tidal conditions, Captain's experienced knowledge and other pertinent factors.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, March 01 - Breakfast and Adventure Recap
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: WRAP-UP SESSION: The program will conclude following an informal wrap-up session to share and discuss what you thought was most interesting, exciting, and enjoyable about your experience.

We hope you have had a great time on this learning adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

HOTEL CHECK-OUT: Check-out is by 11:00 AM. AIRPORT SHUTTLE TO MIAMI: Departs at 10:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Key Largo Florida Keys
African QueenHistoric replica (or original) boat used in the movie of the same name. Located approx 5 miles south of the hotel.
Casino ShipSome Participants enjoy this form of Free Time
Key Largo LibraryLocal library with Internet access is approx 1.5 miles north of the hotel.
Keys Bird Rehab CenterThe Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehab Center is located 5 miles south of the hotel. There are numerous species of birds under temporary or permanent care. The facility is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization run mostly on private donations. A $5 per person donation is considered the norm.
Local neighborhoodSome Participants have found strolling along the canal to be a pleasant way of unwinding after dinner or as an early morning leg stretcher.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
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