Lost Shaker Of Salt Adventure Itinerary
[Meal codes are B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]
Day 1: Welcome to Miami - the Doorstep to the Caribbean
Our subtropical latitude will greet you immediately upon arriving in Miami. Congratulations, you have descended into a week-long tromp through paradise. Make your way to the South Seas Hotel in the heart of South Beach. This classic beachfront gem is a throwback to a simpler era (no chi-chi, over-the-top pretentiousness here). Tonight you will greet your fellow sojourners at a pool party with traditional Floridian fare. Slumber well, tomorrow the road trip begins. [D]
Day 2: The Coral Isles are a Callin' - off to the Florida Keys
Before we depart Miami, we have a funky, nautical-themed surprise treat for you.
Our lunch at Alabama Jack's on Card Sound Key will bring us back to a time where time stood still. Afterwards we're off to Key Largo and our tribute to Bogey (Humphrey Bogart). We will be visiting two icons of Bogart films, The Caribbean Club (Key Largo, 1948) and the actual boat from the African Queen (1951).
This afternoon we check into our Oceanside home for the next two nights. Dinner is at a celebrated local restaurant. After dinner, the evening is yours to enjoy as you like. [B,L,D]
Day 3: Mellowing Out in the Mid Keys
Today is dedicated to kicking back a little. There are multiple options: a fishing excursion, kayaking to historic Indian Key (site of a famous massacre), snorkeling, diving, biking or simply nothing at all. (Additional costs may apply.)
This day offers free time at the hotel (it is a breathtaking resort you know) to lounge around the ocean, pool or strike out on your own adventure. That's because dinner tonight will be out on the water's edge, backlit by the moon and memorable. After dinner get ready for a great organized star-gazing event. [B,D]
Day 4: The Florida Keys Tighten their Embrace - Sinking Deeper into the Bliss Abyss
Breakfast this morning is accompanied by a riveting talk on the great treasure fleets of Spain, lost and found. Learn of the triumphs and travails of Kip Wagner, Art McKee and the folk hero Mel Fisher.
After story-time we are off to a tiny historic islet that once housed the worker's village for railroad baron Henry Flagler's overseas railroad. When we depart Pigeon Key we're going island hoppin' and we're not stoppin', until Key West appears over the dashboard. Key West is one of Florida's oldest settlements, a place rich in history and unique in character. One could easily be excused for mistaking this place as 'Margaritaville nirvana' and the next three days are going to either start or re-ignite a love affair with Key West that should last a lifetime. [B,L]
Day 5: Waylaid in Paradise - But at least the Natives are Friendly
Displaying glimmering gold, emeralds, pieces of eight and scores of centuries-old masterpieces, the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum is our first destination this morning. Luckily, these won't be the only treasures we will be discovering in Key West over the next two days.
In the afternoon, an exciting scavenger hunt will reveal secrets and hidden alleys of Key West ending at the Margaritaville Café on Duval Street for dinner. [D]
Day 6: It might take a lifetime to find that Lost Shaker of Salt
We will spend the morning sea navigating into the pristine Key West Marine Sanctuary for snorkeling, kayaking and sheer pleasure with plenty of free time to spend in the afternoon.
The Sunset Festival at Mallory Square is a nightly Key West tradition. Part carnival freak show, part beautiful, natural extravaganza, it is a must-do event while in the Conch Capital and we will be showing up in force to cheer the setting sun tonight. A festive dinner brings our day to a close. [B,D]
Day 7: On the Road Again - Re-tracing a path back to Miami's lively Coconut Grove
After breakfast, we depart northward through these scenic isles once more. You can pass this way a million times and still see something new, something inspiring.
Tonight, we will stay right in the heart of historic, bohemian Coconut Grove. This little village was one of Jimmy's favorite haunts during his Miami years. Sidewalk dining, great people-watching, tropical vegetation and endless entertainment options await us on our final night together. [B,L]
Day 8: Goodbye to Paradise - Until the next Margaritaville Adventure
Depart today with great memories, new friends and the lingering flavor of tropical paradise clinging to your being. These notions will remain with you until your next vacation... on a Margaritaville Adventure.
All taxes and fees are included in the price as well as all accommodations, activities, transportation, and meals as outlined on the itinerary [B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner]. So get ready for storytellers, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, star gazing, exploring hidden corners and a whole lot of eating!
Tipping is solely at your discretion. If you feel that your guide has done an outstanding job, a tip of $5 per person per day is suggested.
Twenty-one years of age and older is one of our few restrictions. Margaritaville Adventures and its partners do not provide alcohol during the trip. Alcohol may be purchased by participants at any restaurant or attraction where available on your own and for an additional price. Some of our guests do not drink at all and then there are the others.
On Sunday evening in Miami, meet your fellow travelers and guide(s)-extraordinaire for the week at the South Seas Hotel (1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139). Welcome session with dinner and pool party afterward.
We can provide airport transfers upon request for an additional fee. Otherwise, taxi rates from Miami International Airport (MIA) to the hotel on Miami Beach are approximately $30-40 plus gratuity. If arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) we suggest Go Airport Shuttle which can be arranged prior to your arrival. See https://floridalimo.hudsonltd.net/res for rates and scheduling. Cost is approximately $30 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. ALL transportation from the moment we meet at the first hotel until the moment we say our sad goodbyes at the last hotel is INCLUDED
We will all be sharing a large Winnebago. No? Okay, during the trip we will be staying at four separate hotels with a combination of beachfront and center-of-town locations. Ninety days before the trip you will receive the itinerary with hotels and scheduled activities. We always have a few surprises along the way and sometimes due to season or additional participant signups, we may send out revised itineraries before the actual departure date with adjustments. If you would like a tentative list of hotels prior to sign-up or the ninety days, please call us! If the starting location changes, we will notify you 30 days prior.
Bring t-shirts, shorts, bathing suit and a sweatshirt or light jacket. You will be around water quite a bit, so bring clothes that you like to wear for those kinds of activities, e.g. quick-dry clothes for kayaking. We will be walking on some of the excursions so bring comfortable shoes. Feel free to bring your own equipment for snorkeling and don't forget sunscreen. Keep all prescription medications with you in your carry on. We will be traveling on a motor coach and boats, so if you are prone to motion sickness bring something along. None of the restaurants/activities require a fancy outfit but some participants may want to bring a few nicer items for dinners. Weather can sometimes be fickle; layers help. We may have extra eye patches and cutlasses if you should forget to bring yours.
Though our itinerary is packed with fun and adventure there are a few mornings or afternoons with free time. Depending on where we are, you can enjoy the pool or beach with a good book or seek out a nearby activity. Some of the hotels provide complimentary use of equipment (gym, kayaks, small sailing boats, etc) free of charge. There are also numerous activities that you can sign up for and pay on your own. We have compiled a mix of some of our favorite excursions and we feel the perfect amount of relaxation and activity is included in the itinerary pricing. But we know that some people like to really maximize their vacations so we have compiled a list of attractions and outfitters for you to inquire with on your own for additional activities.