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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, Fin 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 participant should bring their own.

Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 20, 2013

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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, April 14 - 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.

Afternoon: 5:30 PM Orientation and Hospitality at Lower Level of the Hotel Reception.

Dinner: At a local restaurant at 7 PM.

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, April 15 - Kayaking and Snorkel Instruction
Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: Learn about the Keys' natural environment and the area’s history as well as its future. 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. Great experience! Your leader will show you the kayaking basics and will familiarize you with the necessary paddling equipment. On the water for approx 60-90 minutes with instruction for beginners. Participants will be assigned to tandem or single 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: Picnic style lunch

Afternoon: Snorkel training sessions in the pool to review your skills and explore, Also instruction for beginners will be conducted in the afternoon. This will include the all important procedure and practice for getting in and out of the water safely from a boat at anchor. Others may wish to peruse the activities along the canal or simply relax after the morning's kayaking.

Dinner: At a local restaurant at approx 6 PM

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, April 16 - Presentation at John Pennekamp State Park and aft...
Presentation at John Pennekamp State Park and afternoon Snorkel on John Pennekamp Coral Reef/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: Presentation at John Pennekamp State Park by Park Ranger includes a mile long walk through mangrove habitat over pathways and boardwalk. This walk includes narration about the importance of mangroves to the reefs and why the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet. Walk is followed by a slide presentation on reef fish identification to help identify reef fish to be seen on reefs.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch

Afternoon: Our first reef snorkel will be at the living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which are vibrant with color and activity. Our 2 and a half-hour snorkeling tour is strictly non-scuba for the comfort of our participants. Site is determined by weather and tidal conditions, Captain's experienced knowledge and other pertinent factors.

Dinner: At a local restaurant at approx 6:30 PM.

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, April 17 - Field trip to Everglades National Park
Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: Visit to Everglades National Park. Approx mile long walk on pavement and boardwalk at the Anhinga Trail. Guided by provider, who is a certified Florida Master Naturalist. Sunscreen and hats needed as most of the trail is in the open.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch in Everglades National Park.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner at 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, April 18 - Free Time/ Second Snorkel Trip
Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: Free Time

Lunch: Picnic Style Lunch

Afternoon: Second Snorkel Trip

Dinner: At a local restaurant approx 7 PM.

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, April 19 - Field trip to Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park ...
Field trip to Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and Snorkel on John Pennekamp Coral Reef/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: Visit the Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation- an important part of Florida's 20th century history. 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. After the railroad was built, the quarry was used until the 1960s to produce exquisite pieces of decorative stone called Keystone.

Lunch: Picnic style lunch

Afternoon: Our third reef snorkel will be at the living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which are vibrant with color and activity. Our 2 and a half-hour snorkeling tour is strictly non-scuba for the comfort of our participants. Site is determined by weather and tidal conditions, Captain's experienced knowledge and other pertinent factors.

Dinner: At local restaurant at approx 6 PM.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, April 20 - Breakfast and Adventure Recap
Breakfast: As hotel does not have a breakfast room but does have full kitchens in all suites a breakfast cash allowance will be given out at Orientation.

Morning: After breakfast we will be meeting for a Week Adventure Recap. Approx 10:00 am direct to Miami airport for those travelling on the provider's scheduled shuttle for flights leaving after 2:00 pm. Due to road and bridge construction on US1 and Miami traffic we have to allow at least 2 hours travel time to ensure participants arrive at the airport no later than 12:30 pm

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
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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