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Many Faces of Miami

Program Number: 20394RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/15/2013 - 2/20/2013; 1/10/2016 - 1/15/2016; 1/24/2016 - 1/29/2016; 2/7/2016 - 2/12/2016; 2/28/2016 - 3/4/2016; 3/13/2016 - 3/18/2016; 3/20/2016 - 3/25/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Miami, Florida
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Today’s Miami is an international city bustling with opportunity and cultural innovation. Experience the dynamic Cuban influence that has transformed the city of Miami from an unruly territory of pioneers into the modern-day “Capital of the Americas.” Explore Miami's most famous and historic neighborhoods to learn how Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Little Havana grew out of an unknown wilderness where eccentric settlers lived lives of adventure and hardship. Enjoy a taste of Miami’s diversity and come to understand it as a reflection of early settlement along the Miami River.


• Visit the serene and stunningly beautiful, Kampong Botanical Gardens.
• Sample Cuban cuisine, visit well-loved marketplaces, and take in lively street scenes as you learn the story of Miami’s Cuban community.
• Journey by boat around Biscayne Bay and with a local expert.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles on garden paths, grass, city streets and sidewalks; some standing.

Date Specific Information

2-15-2013, 1-10-2016, 1-24-2016, 2-7-2016, 2-28-2016, 3-13-2016, 3-20-2016

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Coordinated by Road Scholar.


One of America’s most dynamic, multicultural major cities, Miami attracts visitors from around the world to its cultural, recreational and historical attractions. Miami sits in the southeast corner of Florida amid the Miami River, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.

Modern hotel with outdoor swimming pool, centrally located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Juan Riera

Juan Riera is a Florida native who earned a B.A. in history at the University of Florida, an M.A. in history from Florida International University as well as a graduate certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. He then went to Texas for a doctoral program in colonial Latin American History with minors in museum studies and anthropology. For nearly 20 years, Juan has worked in museums including at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut during the filming of "Amistad." He also taught for 10 years at the university level, led lifelong learning classes, and worked for eight years in libraries and archives.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
  Miami 5 nights
 Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.
  Contact info: 2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
  Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA TBA
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBA TBA
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Registration in the lobby You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am After breakfast and a program wrap-up You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking, fee: $10/day
To Start of Program
  Location:  Miami
  Nearest airport:  Miami International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Miami
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Miami International Airport to Marriott Coral Gables


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


approx. $20.00
Prices are subject to change.


From Miami International Airport to Marriott Coral Gables





Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 305-871-2000


Per Person/One Way:


$20.00 per person
Prices are subject to change.


From Miami International Airport to Marriott Coral Gables





Commercial Van/Shuttle


Complimentary shuttle service upon request. Call the Courtyard Marriott Miami Coral Gables at (305) 443-2301 to schedule your shuttle.


To Marriott Coral Gables





Public Transportation
Public Bus




0.1 miles away from hotel


Bus stop Le Jeune Rd (in front of hotel)

Driving Directions
  From I-95 to Marriott Coral Gables Take exit 3A onto -836 W. Take exit N.W. 42nd Ave S. / Le Jeune Rd. exit. Go 2.5 miles. Hotel is on the left.
  From Miami International Airport to Marriott Coral Gables Exit Airport and take ramp onto 42nd Ave. toward Coral Gables. Go 3 miles and hotel will be on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hospitality and Orientation
(Friday, February 15)

Note: Check in and Orientation Welcome Dinner at Hotel

 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held at the hotel.
 Evening: ORIENTATION : We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Grove & Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
(Saturday, February 16)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Coconut Grove Excursion: Travel through the quaint, colorful, bohemian settlement of Coconut Grove for a peek behind the angled roads, charming shops and graceful canopies of storm-tempered trees that characterize the area today. Step into the past where an erroneously labeled post office turns a dense hardwood hammock into the semi-tropical paradisiacal town of Cocoanut Grove. See the historic site of the first hotel in the area - "The Peacock Inn." Hear the inspiring story of Ralph Munroe while touring his unusual home, "The Barnacle" the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location. Recount the tales of hardship and success as experienced by former slaves and Bahamian immigrants who founded the area now known as the "Black Grove". As you envision the punishing battles with mosquitoes, swamp-lands, and hurricanes, it will not be hard to empathize with the pioneer women who created the "House Keepers Club" in order to make a place of their own in this once foreboding wilderness.
 Lunch: At Local Restaurant
 Afternoon: Join us on a tour of one of South Florida's historical treasures - Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Stroll the impressive formal gardens of this National Landmark. A guided tour of the residence will reveal an era of Miami that has long passed. Industrialist James Deering built this luxurious e state as a “winter residence” in 1916 employing almost a tenth of Miami’s population for its construction.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Coral Gables ---- " The City Beautiful "
(Sunday, February 17)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Lecture: South Florida Pioneers
 Lunch: Lunch in Coral Gables
 Afternoon: Coral Gables - The City Beautiful: Take an amazing journey through one of America's most beautiful historic cities: Coral Gables, George Merrick's vision realized. Learn the history of his dream as we witness the tree-lined avenues and stunning Mediterranean-influenced architecture that would eventually become his legacy. Explore the historic halls of one of South Florida's most architecturally important landmarks, the Biltmore Hotel. Learn of the building's many colorful stories and how she was resurrected into the legendary beauty she is today. Allow us to filter through the truths and untruths, ghosts and glamour that capture the essence of South Florida style and history in this truly amazing landmark. Sit back and let our guides bring to life Merrick's vision while they uncover the city's hidden wonders. What you'll discover along our less traveled path will enrich and engage you and leave you with something most visitors and even locals never experience . . . a true sense of place.
 Dinner: On your own to explore the area. Local suggestions will be given.
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: The Cuban Influence
(Monday, February 18)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Lecture: The History of Cuban Exiles
 Lunch: Lunch at traditional Cuban restaurant.
 Afternoon: It was not long ago that Miami was a rather large but quiet Southern city. The Castro revolution in Cuba in 1959 changed Miami forever. Wave after wave of Cuban refugees have transformed Miami into the Capital of the Americas, a fast-paced, internationally-connected, commercial and entertainment hub with a racy Latin image. From the food, to the accents on the street, to the fashion scene and artist’s studio, Miami now pulses with an original blended culture. Come with us on a journey through Take in the smells, sights, sounds and colors of a street that launched the dramatic transformation of Miami over four decades ago.
 Dinner: On your own to explore the area. Local suggestions will be given.
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: From Old Miami to Modern Miami (South Beach)
(Tuesday, February 19)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Today we will start with a driving excursion with Lecture (Old Miami) that will take you through the Miami River, downtown Miami and finally to South Beach. On this field trip (with lecture) learn about the origins of Miami and how it has now culminated to the vibrant and modern lifestyle that is highlighted by the famous destination that is now South Beach. Once in South Beach you will experience an Art Deco excursion.
 Lunch: On your own
 Afternoon: Continue exploring South Beach. Transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at hotel
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap-Up
(Wednesday, February 20)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Program Wrap-Up
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Miami Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents. Opened in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers tours along with a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant conservation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment. For additional information, visit
  Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum (MAM) serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM embraces its role as a cultural anchor and touchstone in a city that welcomes countless ethnic and age groups, lifestyles and ideas. For additional information, visit
  Miami Museum of Science
The Miami Museum of Science features exhibits relating to science and technology, as well as a wonderful planetarium and wildlife center. For additional information, visit
  The History Miami Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, The History Miami Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the state. It offers exhibitions that appeal to a wide audience interested in the South Florida and the Caribbean community, while at the same time engaging residents and tourists alike. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Miami, The Magic City, The New Historical Edition

Author: Arva Moore Parks

Miami: Then and Now

Author: Carolyn Klepser

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