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Charlotte Redden Aug 03, 2014 at 04:55 PM

I didn't find there to be downtime at all... there is travel time to the various locations but some of that is filled with narration along the way. I went in March and the only problem was rough seas, but thqt can happen anytime I suppose. It's a fun mix of events overall.

Warren Lind Aug 01, 2014 at 08:35 PM

I'm thinking abut this trip in 2015. There seems to be a lot of "downtime" - what's your opinion? What time of year is best to take this trip?
Moreen Tremlay Aug 02, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Don't know your fitness level, but it is a moderate level of activity and I was ready for the downtime when we had it. Late march into April seems to be a good time to go. Esters, the tour leader is fantastic. Very knowledgeable, fun, and keeps everything on time and on track. Another option to look at would be the hike, kayak and snorkel in Puerto Rico. Heard this is also a great trip and may be more active for you.
Susan David Schroeder Aug 02, 2014 at 09:40 AM

We signed up for the June 8-14, 2014 trip, and it was cancelled due to lack of interest. Apparently only one other couple signed up. I don't know why the lack of interest for June, it looks like April was well attended. You might want to consider that when making your plans. We ended up going on a delightful trip to Portland, Maine instead..

Judith Hillock Apr 23, 2014 at 01:18 PM

My flight will be landing before Noon on Sunday, April 27th. I will be waiting for the shuttle that leaves at 3:00 PM. If anyone is interested in meeting up for lunch at the airport, please let me know and we can exchange phone numbers. Judith

Susan David Schroeder Mar 30, 2014 at 04:34 PM

We've just committed to the June 8-14 trip. This is our second RS trip, and we're very much looking forward to it, hot weather or not.

Aileen Solomon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM

I'm thinking of taking this trip June 8-14 but am wondering if it will be too hot then. I realize we will be in the water a good part of the time. I live in Washington, DC. Anyone have information and/or interested in sharing a room?
Judith Hillock Mar 17, 2014 at 05:27 PM

I think the weather will be perfect - should you decide to go on April 27th, I would be happy to share a room.

Judith Hillock Mar 05, 2014 at 08:56 PM

I will be attending the Snorkel program on 4/27/2014 and will be flying in from Michigan. I am looking for someone who would like to share a room. You can email me at

Charlotte Redden Feb 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I've only snorkeled further south in Caribbean where is was hotter. Do you recommend I buy a wet suit for the March 23 snorkeling trip?
Leslie Nixon Feb 28, 2014 at 01:29 PM

If the weather suggests that you would be more comfortable in a wetsuit you will have the opportunity to rent one before you go out. Your guide will help you determine whether or not you will need one. Save your money.

Moreen Tremlay Feb 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Anyone going in April 13-19 trip?
Richard van den Heuvel Feb 23, 2014 at 01:13 PM

Hi Moreen - I'm not going to the April 13 program - I will be there for the April 27 Florida Fragile Coastal Reef program. But I can enthusiastically recommend this program if you are going on April 13. This is such a great program that I have done it twice before (March 2013 and November 2013) and I am really happy to be signmed up to do it again at the end of April. I think that you are going to have a great time. I would be glad to answer anybody's questions about this program from the viewpoint of a previous participant. Enjoy - Rick
Moreen Tremlay Feb 23, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Hi Richard, How nice of you to answer my inquiry. I wondered about the accomodation as there are mixed reviews when you go on Hotel review sites. How did you find it? I am really looking forward to the snorkelling.
Richard van den Heuvel Feb 23, 2014 at 09:35 PM

Hi Moreen I've stayed at Ocean Pointe three times with Road Scholar. My wife and I stayed there for a different Road Scholar program in January 2013 - that visit got me interested in snorkeling - so I came back by myself in March and then again in November for the snorkeling week. Compared to other Road Scholar trips that we've done (this will be my 12th starting about 10 years ago) this is about the best property we've stayed in. The units are privately owned condo apartments which are large and very nice with ocean view balconies. However, that is not to say that there can't be a problem., In November the unit I stayed in had numerous issues. None of them were very serious in themselves - but the totality was not acceptable. I immediately contacted the desk and was assured that everything would be resolved. As my first night went on I discovered additional issues. Two problems were resolved the next morning and I was given the option of moving to a different unit. If my wife had been with me we probably would have moved - but I didn't bother, because the staff had fixed the more important issues and I had made a few minor repairs myself (and I wasn't bothered by some staining on the carpets) The desk staff had been responsive, but Estere (the Road Scholar leader) was very helpful - it was clear that she wanted to make sure that I was completely satisfied - she offered to have me moved to a different unit, but as I said, I chose to stay. She checked with me again several times during the week in order to make sure that I was satisfied (the option to move was repeated each time) So in summary - the units are very nice and I had no problem at all during my first two visits. On the third visit there were problems - but I was offered the opportunity to change units and I chose not to bother. I am looking forward to returning at the end of April. I'm confident that the unit will be fine (and that the staff will be responsive if there are any issues). I hope that you'll love the snorkeling. I was completely new to it. Estere did a great job of introducing us to snorkeling in the pool at Ocean Pointe the afternoon before our first trip out to the reef. She made sure that first timers would be perfectly comfortable in the water when we arrived at the reef. Then too, the company Road Scholar uses is excellent - Sun Diver - the crews have been great every time I've been out with them (a total of 6). And one of the other participants had been in the Keys for a few days before our Road Scholar began and had gone out with a different boat - a very disappointing experience and he was very impressed with the quality of the Sun Diver crew and the experiences we enjoyed. And, of course, this is why Road Scholar is such a great way to travel - they are active at the location - they gain experience each time they run the program - and they make sure that the services and activities that they use are the best available (and when the restaurants, or other services are not able to meet Road Scholar standards - they simply take their business to others). I'm sure that you'll have a great stay - but if you have any issues at all - be sure to call the desk right away and also let Estere (or whoever the Road Scholar leader might be) know about the problem. If the group leader is Estere - please tell her 'hello' for me and tell her that I'll be back again for the April 27th snorkeling week. Take care and enjoy your time on the reef. Rick
Moreen Tremlay Feb 24, 2014 at 02:23 PM

Thank you so much! That is so helpful! I hope you enjoy your trip!!

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