CADE-19 in Miami

28 July - 2 August 2003

In the sunshine ... On the beach

Excursions


For information and ideas about travelling in Florida before CADE-19, see the Visit Florida WWW site.


Excursions in Miami - Seaquarium
What: Spend the morning with the most magnificent creatures of the ocean, at the Miami Seaquarium. Enjoy exciting shows, great exhibits, and educational presentations, in a beautifully landscaped park overlooking Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. Experience Florida's very own Manatees, stop by the world famous dolphin and killer whale shows. The Flipper dolphin show takes place at the Flipper Lagoon, film location of much of the popular 1960's television show of the same name. The Flipper dolphins demonstrate the grace and intelligence of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and are an absolute delight. The centerpiece of Miami Seaquarium is the Whale and Dolphin Stadium, home to the killer whale Lolita, and her Pacific white sided dolphin companions. You will be thrilled at the natural grace, beauty, and intelligence of these animals

Included:
° Round trip transfers by deluxe motor coach
° General admission to the Seaquarium
° Admission to Dolphin, Killer Whale, and Sea Lion shows
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

When: Friday 1 August, 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: Miami Seaquarium
Price: $45.00

Excursions in Miami - Vizcaya
What: Vizcaya, the winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering, offers a unique glimpse of a vanished lifestyle in America. Vizcaya was originally an estate of 180 acres, designed to resemble a typical Italian villa, self-sufficient, with a dairy, poultry house, mule stable, greenhouse, and staff residences. The house and gardens are the creation of three architects: F. Burrall Hoffman designed the buildings; Diego Suarez planned the gardens; and Paul Chalfin was the general artistic supervisor for every phase of the project. Together they created an estate that looked as if it had been lived in by succeeding generations of the same family, with each generation adding their own period furnishings of the time. All of the decorative elements including furniture, lighting fixtures, doors and fireplaces were purchased by Deering on shopping expeditions throughout Europe. In 1952, Miami-Dade County purchased Vizcaya and opened it as a museum.

Included:
° Round trip transfers by deluxe motor coach
° Admission to Vizcaya
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

When: Friday 1 August, 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: Vizcaya
Price: $45.00

Excursions in Miami - SCUBA Diving
What: SCUBA dives at a wreck and a reef off Miami, in the warm summer water of the Atlantic. The trip will run from Tarpoon Dive Center in South Beach, aboard the boat of RJ Diving Ventures. A local dive instructor will coordinate the trip.

Included:
° Round trip transfers by cab
° Boat trip, tanks, weights
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

Certified divers only. You must show an Open Water certification card before diving.

When: Friday 1 August, 7:30am-12:30pm
Where: Underwater
Price: $70.00
Full gear hire is available for $20.00.

Excursions in Miami - Golf
What: Golf on one of Miami's fine golf courses. This is being organized by Jeff Pelletier. Please email Jeff if you are interested: jeffp@cs.ualberta.ca.
When: Friday 1 August, 7:30am-12:30pm
Where: TBA
Price: $TBA - pay at the time

Nights in Miami - SoBe
What: A night in the South Beach (SoBe) art deco district is a "must-do" for anyone who thrives on night life and drinks with little umbrellas. The evening begins at Monty's at Miami Beach marina. Sitting indoors, but just feet away from the outdoor pool, you will enjoy drinks and an informal Monty's meal. After dinner it is off for a frozen cocktail at Wet Willies! Relax and observe the passers by. After that it is only a few blocks to Mango's Tropical Café. This internationally famous restaurant/nightclub has a party atmosphere, with the finest live Caribbean and Latin dance music, along with the colorful and sensual Mango's dancers. Get on the dance floor, or sip a drink outside while watching the local collection of oddities go by. A shuttle will provided transport back to the hotel at 10pm and 11pm. For the more tenacious partiers, VIP passes to some of the SoBe clubs will be available. As a courtesy, SOS cards will be provided for your safe return.

Included:
° Round trip transfers by deluxe motor coach
° Dinner and drinks at Monty's
° Frozen cocktail at Wet Willies
° Entry and first drink at Mangos
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

When: Saturday 2 August, 6:30pm-later
° 6:30pm - Depart Radisson
° 7:00pm - Dinner at Monty's
° 8:30pm - Drink at Wet Willies
° 9:00pm - Free entry to Mangos
° 10:00pm - First coach back
° 11:00pm - Second coach back
° Later - SoBe slows down at about 4am
Where: SoBe
Price: $100
Dinner: One hour of open bar
Choice of Starter: Monty's house salad, Caesar salad, clam chowder, conch chowder
Choice of Meal:
° Fresh and succulent Lobster and Shrimp wrap
° Grilled Dolphin platter
° Crispy coconut shrimp
° BBQ combo
° Grilled salmon
Choice of Dessert: Key lime pie, Snickers pie, fruit bowl

Nights in Miami - BaySide
What: The evening begins with a delightful sight seeing cruise on Biscayne Bay, featuring the mansions of Millionaires Row, cruise ships, and the Miami skyline. Beverages and snack foods are available at the cash bar on board. Then it is off to a delightful Cuban style meal, at Los Ranchos. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront view of Biscayne Bay while dining on Los Ranchos's renowned Churrasco, Filet Mignon, and Shrimp Scampi, while mingling with fellow guests and enjoying cocktails. You will then have time for a stroll through the Bayside International Marketplace. This indoor/outdoor, complex is distinctive in its character and international in its flavor. Located on 16 waterfront acres, the market is bustling with locals and travelers from all over the world. Live music plays on the outdoor promenade, where people sit or dance to the tropical sounds.

Included:
° Round trip transfers by deluxe motor coach
° 1.5 hour narrated bay cruise
° Dinner with 2 drinks
° Guided stroll through Bayside Marketplace
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

When: Saturday 2 August, 6:30pm-12:00pm
° 6:30pm - Depart Radisson
° 7:30pm - Bay cruise
° 9:15pm - Dinner
° 10:30pm - Time to stroll
° 11:30pm - Depart Bayside
° 12:00pm - Arrive Radisson
Where: Bayside
Price: $100.00
Dinner: Choice of 2 drinks: House wine, sangria, well drinks, beer, soda
Soup of the day
House salad with garlic bread
Choice of Meal:
° Tender filet mignon
° Grilled red snapper
° Shrimp scampi
° Grilled breast of chicken
Choice of Sides: White rice, gallo pinto, plantains, french fries
Choice of Dessert: Tres leche, flan, ice cream truffles
Coffee, cappuccino, tea

Excursion to Key Largo
What: Visit the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the nation's first underwater state park. On arrival you will have time to explore the area, and take a walk through the mangrove shoreline. Then we'll take a glass bottom boat ride out to the coral reefs, during which a light lunch will be served. At the reef you can go swimming and snorkeling over the pristine coral reef areas, which are protected by law against environmental abuse. Back ashore we'll have an early dinner at the Fish House, selected for its seriously fresh seafood (or ribs for those who don't eat fish), before returning to Miami.

Included:
° Round trip transfers by deluxe motor coach
° Water and soda on the coach for the journey
° General admission to Pennekamp National Park
° Light lunch
° Glass bottom boat trip
° All snorkeling equipment
° Dinner at the Fish House
° All applicable taxes and gratuities

When: Sunday 3 August, 9:00am-8:00pm
° 9:00am - Depart Radisson
° 10:30am - Arrive Pennekamp, time to explore
° 12:30pm - Snorkel tour departs
° 4:30pm - Snorkel tour returns
° 5:00pm - Early dinner
° 6:30pm - Depart Key Largo
° 8:00pm - Arrive Radisson
Where: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
Price: $125.00
Dinner: Appetizer: Conch fritters
Choice of Soup: Conch chowder, clam chowder, lobster bisque
Choice of Salad: Caesar, green salad Choice of Meal:
° Catch of the Day, fried, boiled, blackened, or Jamaican "jerk" style
° Crispy fried shrimp
° Baby back ribs
° Soup and sandwich
Choice of Sides: Rice, cole slaw, french fries, potatoe salad
Choice of Dessert: Key lime pie, chocolate marble cheesecake, Chocolate peanut butter pie, coconut sorbet, apple sorbet

For information and ideas about travelling in Florida after CADE-19, see the Visit Florida WWW site.