Puerto Rico 2015 | July 4 – 11, 2015
Discover the exciting array of activities that El Conquistador Resort has to offer. Experience the pinnacle of beach-side fun on Palomino Island, private only to resort guests. Or treat yourself to an afternoon of retail therapy with a variety of on-site shops.
Jimmy Bartlett, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. After serving as Chief of the Optometry Service at the Tampa V.A. Medical Center and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he accepted a faculty position at the School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1977. Dr. Bartlett rose through the academic ranks and served as Director of Continuing Education, Director of Residency Programs, and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Optometry and Director of the Professional Program. He also served as Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
Dr. Bartlett has served as Editor-in-Chief of Optometry—Journal of the American Optometric Association; co-editor of Clinical Ocular Pharmacology, now in its 5th edition; and he serves on the editorial advisory board for Ophthalmic Drug Facts and Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Following a 34-year career at UAB, Dr. Bartlett retired from his academic position, and he is currently active as a consultant to the ophthalmic pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 200 papers and delivered more than 1,200 lectures throughout the world to both clinical and research audiences. Dr. Bartlett is the recipient of two honorary degrees, and in 2000 he was selected by Review of Optometry as one of the most influential optometrists of the 20th Century.
Kim Reed, OD is an associate professor of optometry at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where she currently teaches ocular disease, pharmacology, and nutrition. She is the founder and Director of the Ocular Nutrition Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s Eye Care Institute.
She is also an active member of several national organizations serving optometry, nutrition and wellness, and education. She serves as Treasurer of the Ocular Nutrition Society and is vice-chair of the AAO Nutrition SIG. Dr. Reed writes and lectures extensively in matters concerning nutrition, wellness, and ocular disease.
20 Hours of COPE qualified credits available
Exact courses that will be presented – TBD
Jimmy Bartlett, OD
Monday, July 6
7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, July 7
7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Kim Reed, OD
Thursday, July 9
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday, July 10
7:30 am – 12:30 pm
El Conquistador Resort – a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Tropical CE discounted rates:
Run of House – $199
Ocean View – $229
1 Bedroom Casita – $399
2 Bedroom Casita – $549
3 Bedroom Casita – $749
*All pricing is per room per night and does not include hotel taxes & fees.
*All rooms are booked directly with Tropical CE
We will have the following optional group activities available during the event:
Bio-Bay Kayaking Evening Tour
Do not visit this area without exploring the top bioluminescent waters in the world. This relaxing kayak tour at sunset will take you to a fascinating lagoon at Las Cabezas de San Juan. You will see the historical lighthouse of Fajardo, and also touch the waters that glow with single-celled dinoflagellate organisms. Your excursion begins by kayaking across Las Croabas bay, through a winding mangrove river, and finally into the bio-bay. The guide will be with the group the entire tour. Transfers, refreshments, towels and light snacks will be provided. (Max 30 guests)
Old San Juan
Get up close to the sites and examine the past first-hand during this walking tour of Old San Juan – the oldest city in the US. Stroll through Old Spanish cathedrals and forts such as San Cristobal, where you will see and learn how the Spanish built and defended their city. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to do some shopping and have dinner on your own. Approximate transfer time to Old San Juan is 1 hr 15 min.
Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
Depart from the El Conquistador marina and set sail aboard a catamaran for a delightful day in the Caribbean waters and discover the Island’s abundant living coral reefs. You’ll have the opportunity to take short dives into the crystal clear waters where you’ll discover a world in fluid motion. Sunshine dancing across the ocean’s surface, coral reefs stretching their fingers towards the surface, brightly colored tropical fish darting around… a wonderful experience. Includes: buffet lunch on board (fresh fruit, sliced meats, cheese, pasta salad, coleslaw, cookies) and drinks (pina colada, rum punch, sodas and juices).
El Yunque Rainforest Walking Tour
Named after the good Indian spirt, Yuquiyu, and shelter to the Carib Indians for 200 years, El Yunque is the only rain forest in the US National Forest System. Spanning 28,000 acres and reaching an elevation of 3,624 feet, the area receives over 100 billion gallons of annual rainfall. In El Yunque, you will see and hear unique sights and sounds, see the large feathery ferns, and some 240 different tree species. Home to the Puerto Rican parrot, el Yunque is also a bird sanctuary and you can hear the wondrous strains of these birds harmonizing with the tiny, inch-long coqui’s (frogs) prevalent to Puerto Rico. Splashing falls and cool shaded pools complement the total enhancement of theforest. A guide is with the group the entire way, and will take the group on a scenic 30-45 min walk along one of the trails.
You will want to fly into San Juan Luis Marin International Airport – SJU.
We do have an airline discount code with United Airlines, so please feel free to utilize that code to get your savings. If you wish, you may book your flights on any airline that works best for you.
The “Offer Code” for United Airlines for this event is: ZSS6347291
Insert this code on the main page when searching for your flights. Upon seeing your flight options, you will see a blue star to the right of each flight indicating Promotional Rate Applied. This can save you at least 5% per ticket, so we encourage all guests taking advantage of this discount!
We will also assist in arranging your airport transfers. The resort is about one hour from the SJU airport.
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