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Kayaking Southeast Florida

Program Number: 20928RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/8/2013 - 4/13/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Price starting at: $1,195.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Set off on a journey through southeast Florida via its rivers, canals and bay. Venture into the pristine subtropical realm of Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee, and kayak via the canals of the “Venice of America” into history as you hear stories of Native Americans, trappers and influential pioneers. Uncover the ecology and history of this unique environment in the same manner in which most humans have witnessed it over thousands of years — by water.




Highlights

• Watch the flora and fauna change during a paddle down the Loxahatchee River, from its freshwater root to its brackish end in Jonathan Dickenson State Park.
• Paddle a section of Fort Lauderdale’s miles-long network of canals lined by multimillion-dollar homes, cruise ships, mega-yachts and historic sites.
• Come ashore to investigate the Barnacle State Historic State Park in Coconut Grove.



Activity Particulars

Kayaking 5–12 miles per day.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Fort Lauderdale

Situated between Miami and Palm Beach, and embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and myriad inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale is justly known as the "Venice of America." Its semi-tropical climate, natural beauty and rich array of cultural, educational and entertainment resources offer an outstanding quality of life.



Accommodations
Comfortable, centrally located hotel with oceanfront views.
Meals and Lodgings
   Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
  Sunny Isles, Florida 5 nights
 Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.
  Contact info: 18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer
  Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM in the Hotel Lobby You will be staying at Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking is available for $10/day. Self Parking is available for $8/day with th option to come and go unlimited times during the day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sunny Isles, Florida
  From End of Program
  Location: Sunny Isles, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Miami International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 954-561-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

A private car costs $45-50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 mins 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

After you get your luggage go to ground transportation and there are more options for cabs, etc.

 

Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 


Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 954-561-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

A private car costs $45-50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 mins 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

After you get your luggage go to ground transportation and there are more options for cabs, etc

 

From Either Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Numerous

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30-$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

25-30 mins

   

Go to Ground Transportation upon arrival at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Miami Int'l Airport to the Thunderbird Beach Resort To 112 - Beaches - Take I-95 North. Exit on 826 East - Beaches - Head East. Go Left on Collins Avenue - A1A - to 184th Street. Hotel on the Right
  From the North to the Thunderbird Beach Resort I-95's Exit 20 East Ives Dairy Rd. South on US 1, Go East on Williams Lehman Causeway, South on Collins Ave - A1A - to 184th Street. Hotel is on the Left.
  From the South to the Thunderbird Beach Resort I-95's Exit On 826 East , Beaches, Head East Go Left On Collins Avenue To 184th Street, Hotel Is On The Right.
Equipment Requirements: Kayaks will be provided on the program.
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: Arrival, Check-In, and Orientation
(Monday, April 8)
   
 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 served in 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: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Great Discoveries on the Bay & Coconut Grove
(Tuesday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel
 Morning: Kayaking: Miami, Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove

Push off from the shoreline into a world of exquisite beauty. Our kayak journey takes us along the coastline of what the first adventurers called “Chequescha Bay”. The richness born of the confluence of fresh and salt waters in what is today called Biscayne Bay drew many peoples to this place - from the Tequesta Indians, Spanish explorers, privateers and pirates to modern day pioneers. Reflect on how they used the resources for their livelihood and how perspectives of the settlers have changed over time. Hear the story of how a magnificent Italian villa came to life on the bay and get to see it in a way no one else can encounter it.

As you paddle past mangroves teeming with life as well as historical and modern mansions, you will see what dramatic changes the shoreline has experienced. You will encounter breathtaking views of the open bay and learn of the close connection of the waters lapping at your kayak’s hull with the struggle for Cuban freedom. Hear about the preservation of these shallow waters and why they are so important to wildlife as well as humans.

You will explore the ecology and history of this unique bay the same way most humans have witnessed it over thousands of years – or as some locals say: “We all came by water.”
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Coconut Grove Walking Excursion

Pure experience is a most exciting way to learn. Stroll with us 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. This walking tour celebrates, in grand style, one of Florida’s most beloved and eclectic communities.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: LECTURE: Waterways of Southeast Florida
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: An Oasis in the City
(Wednesday, April 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: KAYAKING: Graynolds – Oleta River

Greynolds is one of the few remaining hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests in northern Miami-Dade County. Paddle to the past under old railroad supports transporting you from the bustling city to the old quarry. The waters are clear and cool. Giant iguanas populate the tree-lined trail up the Oleta River, a perfect stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank. Greynolds has the third largest rookery in Miami-Dade County. Ibis, osprey, juvenile great blue herons, red-shoulder hawks, and owls are common sights in this area. Enjoy nature and old Florida before returning to civilization
 Lunch: Boxed Lunch
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Ft. Lauderdale – The Venice of the Americas
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: EVENING KAYAKING : Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park

The Anne Kolb nature center is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland with five boat trails accessible by paddle craft only. Paddle your way through mangrove tunnels, creeks, while surrounded by a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Nature thrives on West Lake, manatee, hawks, and fish prosper and mangroves hide the surrounding city. .
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fort Lauderdale – The Venice of the Americas
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: KAYAKING: For Lauderdale’s Canals

Miles of canals lined by opulent multi-million dollar homes, cruise ships, mega-yachts and more, welcome to Fort Lauderdale. Shaped by the waters and aquatic life, Fort Lauderdale boasts of some of the most stunning sights in South Florida.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue Kayaking through Fort Lauderdale.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: LECTURE: South Florida - Turtles and Ecology.
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Loxahatchee
(Friday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: KAYAKING: Loxahatchee River, Wild and Scenic

Venture into the pristine, subtropical realm of one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled waterways, Florida's first federally designated "Wild and Scenic River” - the Loxahatchee. Its narrow winding channels are canopied for most of the river by majestic cypress trees offering the traveler a challenging and fascinating experience.

Let our knowledgeable guides help you discover the extraordinary history of a place once known only to coastal Indians and lonely pioneers. Unlike many other rivers that have been forced into channels by development, this river remains virtually unchanged. Paddle this reminder to the Old Florida and explore flora, fauna and history unique to these meandering shorelines.
 Lunch: Boxed Lunch
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continue kayaking through the Loxahatchee.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap-up and Departures
(Saturday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
 Morning: Time to say your good-byes and reflect on the week!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.


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