A Vacation Guide from RCI Mexico shares his Vallarta story!


Luis R. - Vacation Stories and Travel NewsWhen I landed in Vallarta, I walked down the plane’s stairs and was hit by a blow of humid wind. I took a deep breath and got the taste of salt and the smell of coconut and the beach. I can tell I am now on vacation.

My cab driver didn’t lose his smile from the time I got into his taxi at the airport all the way to my destination: The Grand Velas Vallarta…an amazing resort. It is all-inclusive and not only is the food great, but the service is also.

Vallarta is, I believe, the most Mexican-style beach. It’s on the Pacific Ocean where indigo meets the golden sand hit by the white foam of the waves. Sayulita and Punta Mita are great areas to go surfing. I didn’t have a chance to stand on a board, but I may come back another time to do just that.

During the day, you can snorkel, go diving or maybe even swim with the dolphins - these amazing mammals have a very special personality! You can also go horseback riding across the jungle, following a refreshing noise that gets louder and louder until you see a wide column of water turned into a waterfall.  Or, you can jump into a boat to see one of the largest mammals on our planet in Banderas Bay – the hunchback whale! If you are lucky, you’ll see them jump and do acrobatics.

Heading downtown at night, I was able to enjoy a taste of local folklore: white houses with red tiles piled up between the hills, the Guadalupe church hidden behind little souvenirs stores (you can see the bricks and crown on top of the main tower peaking through) and the soft amber light of the “farolito” lightening up the main square at night full of locals, tourists, and regional music.

Vallarta is too big for a weekend or even a full week and I am sure I will have to come back to the Malecon to have an ice-cream while sitting on a bench watching people walk by or see shoppers bargain with the nice locals. I love Vallarta and the stories that become memories that make me want to come back. That is how I remember Vallarta, that’s my story. We’ve heard a lot of stories and seen a lot of pictures from RCI subscribing members about Vallarta that we will share with you this week. What’s your story? Share it here.

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Mexico Trip


My trip to Cancun was awesome as it was our first time to fly out of the country. It was an all inclusive trip making it more enjoyable having our 2 young children along on the trip. We loved the beautiful warm blue water and took many lovely pictures of the children as well as family pictures. We had great weather and entertainment at the Real Resort as well as great food and well kept resort. There was always something to do at this resort and we took advantage of going on an optional bus trip to snorkel tropical fish, float down a lazy river, see the dolphins and swim with them as another package. Our favorite part of this trip outside of learning the culture in Mexico and seeing the sights along our travels was snorkeling with the tropical fish; our children loved this experience as well. They got to see real iguanas 2 or 3 times at different locations on our trip and they still talk about it to this day. Our trip to Cancun was a wonderful experience and we hope someday to return.

- Diana H. from Petersburg, WV
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Mexico Trip 2005


I took a trip to Cancun with my wife. The all-inclusive options made us feel safer as we didn't have to venture out much from the resort. The resort had a special RCI check-in area for us and we were treated very well by the staff. RCI made booking our vacation quick and easy, which made it a lot easier to enjoy our vacation. We never had to worry about misplaced reservations or language issues between us and the resort since neither of us speak Spanish. I recommend RCI to all of my friends who own timeshares and wish to travel to other destinations. We've enjoyed our membership these past few years and hope to continue our RCI subscribing membership.

- Ryan S. from Kingsport, TN
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Cancun, Mexico 2005


During Spring Break of 2005, my two teenage kids and I went to the Hotel y Villas Solaris in Cancun. The hotel and beach were beautiful and the food at this all-inclusive resort, was delicious. By far the best aspect of the resort was the nightly entertainment and the wonderful staff. There was something fun going on every night to appeal to all ages.

- Patricia S. from Cincinnati, OH
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Hola, San Jose del Cabo!


Kathleen M. - RCI Subscribing Member Travel StoriesI’ve been on many vacations, but I have to say that going to Mexico was probably one of the most memorable. Four years ago, I traveled to San Jose del Cabo with 11 friends and stayed at Solaris Cabo, a wonderful all-inclusive resort.

I’ll never forget walking on the beach at sunset, enjoying the authentic Mexican and Italian restaurants at the resort, and shopping in the quaint town of San Jose del Cabo.  I even went on a snorkeling excursion that took us out to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, an amazing rock formation you may know better as “the Arch.”

We’ve heard from many members who have traveled to San Jose del Cabo, as well as many members who have been to other places in Mexico, like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Cozumel. This week on the blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from these members. Be sure to check back! And if you have a story or photo of your own about a Mexico vacation, share it here!

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El Cid


El Cid

Mazatlan's El Cid is an all-inclusive resort. It provided us with a most relaxing and beautiful vacation.

- Mike B. from Tyler, TX

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Cabo San Lucas trip 2008


My husband and I celebrated my 67th birthday in Cabo. The weather was great, the accommodations wonderful and there were plenty of activities. I loved seeing baby turtles being released into the ocean, right at our resort. The food was great and I really like the all-inclusive idea. There were nightly shows and we didn't have to pay any extra. I am planning on returning to Cabo again soon.

- Judith S. from La Mesa, CA


Depending on resort and season, all-inclusive fees may cover meals, drinks, tours, transportation, resort activities, resort amenities, services and facilities. Resorts with mandatory all-inclusive fees require the fees to be prepaid at or before check-in. A Member may not be able to purchase food or drink at a resort if he or she chooses not to pay an optional all-inclusive fee. Fees, terms and conditions of packages covered by an all-inclusive fee are determined solely by the resort and are subject to change at any time.
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Great Bay Hotel All Inclusive (# 8484)


Great Bay Hotel All Inclusive (# 8484)

What a fantastic third anniversary. We really enjoyed how much time there was to go strolling hand-in-hand along the beach. Or just enjoy the white sand and crystal-clear water right there at our resort, a piña colada in one hand and a good book in the other. Breakfast in the open air and sunset dinners set to live music--this was just about all we could ask for in an anniversary getaway.

- Aaron B. from Asheville, NC

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Cancun with my Sons


My sons and I went to Cancun a few years ago. We learned how wonderful all-inclusive was! We were treated like royalty, ate whenever and whatever we wanted, explored the area and had a wonderful time! All inclusive is great for teen-aged boys! My sons ordered room service when they woke up, then went down to the breakfast buffet, went kayaking and swimming, took the boat to the sister resort and had lunch, then joined me for a filet mignon for dinner. All this and service with a smile--and all I did was tip the waiters!

- Catherine L. from Corona, CA

 
Depending on resort and season, all-inclusive fees may cover meals, drinks, tours, transportation, resort activities, resort amenities, services and facilities. Resorts with mandatory all-inclusive fees require the fees to be prepaid at or before check-in. A Member may not be able to purchase food or drink at a resort if he or she chooses not to pay an optional all-inclusive fee. Fees, terms and conditions of packages covered by an all-inclusive fee are determined solely by the resort and are subject to change at any time.
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Cozumel 2008


My husband and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary in Cozumel, Mexico. The resort was absolutely beautiful. It was on the beach. Everything we needed in a vacation was right at our fingertips. We love to Scuba Dive and the shop and boat were on site. No taxis, buses or waiting. The diving was one of the best we have ever expereinced, we did 5 days of diving (10 tanks). The resort was all-inclusive so we had no need to go into town. It was the first of many of our vacations and exchanges where we only left the resort to dive. Our vacation was so relaxing and we came home truly refreshed.

Our exchange would not have been possible had it not been for the great staff at RCI. It was our first trip to Cozumel and knew nothing about the area or the resorts. The staff memeber asked me questions to fit my husband and my needs. It is the personal touches with RCI that truly make it a great exchange company.

- Carrie M. from Port Orchard, WA
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Club Velas Vallarta


Club Velas Vallarta

My husband and I went to this all-inclusive resort in Mexico and absolutely fell in love with Puerto Vallarta. Right on the Pacific Ocean, it is breathtakingly lovely, had fabulous tours, excellent cuisine, amazing rooms and service, and was just one of the best vacations we've taken with RCI. We'd love to go back!

- Melanie K. from Buda, TX

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West Coast Mexico 2009


We used our exchange to go to Puerto Vallarta in June and stayed at the "all-inclusive" Velas Vallarta. We booked flight and lodging through a great CSR at RCI. What a GREAT resort! All the amenities we needed were on site. The staff was very courteous and accommodating. And the townspeople were all very nice. The food was excellent (the swim up bar at the pool was my favorite!). We will be returning to Velas Vallarta on future trips. THANKS RCI!!

- Mark H. from Vincennes, IN
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Husband's 40th Birthday


Last year was my husband's 40th birthday. Being a stay at home mom I really didn't have a lot of money to spend for a luxury vacation. I was really bummed until I remembered that I had a few weeks available in my RCI account. I reviewed all the places that RCI could take me in January and found Cancun to be a perfect fit. I was able to book a room for my mom and her boyfriend, my mother-in-law and her boyfriend and my family of 4 in a wonderful all-inclusive resort. When we arrived at the Hotel Solaris it was amazing!!! Everything from gorgeous grounds, a beautiful pool and SO MUCH FOOD AND DRINKS!!! It was a great family vacation as well as a great 40th Birthday! Thanks RCI!!!!!

- Joann G. from Merrick, NY


Depending on resort and season, all-inclusive fees may cover meals, drinks, tours, transportation, resort activities, resort amenities, services and facilities. Resorts with mandatory all-inclusive fees require the fees to be prepaid at or before check-in. A Member may not be able to purchase food or drink at a resort if he or she chooses not to pay an optional all-inclusive fee. Fees, terms and conditions of packages covered by an all-inclusive fee are determined solely by the resort and are subject to change at any time.
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El Cid Marina &Yacht Club


El Cid Marina &Yacht Club

The El Cid Marina & Yacht Club is a beautiful resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. We celebrated our older son's graduation there. They have an optional all inclusive plan that you can purchase by the day. That way we could enjoy the resort as well as the local restaurants. Everyone at the resort was great. Our son especially enjoyed the pool activities, such as tequila volleyball. Our 3BD/3BA unit was huge and overlooked the marina and the beach! Housekeeping came everyday! Can't wait to return.

- Stephen B. from West Columbia, SC

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Cancun Trip


My family and I took a wonderful trip to Cancun and stayed in an all-inclusive place a few years back. It was the most enjoyable time with my family. We swam with the dolphins, made ceramics on the beach, took a horseback ride next to the ocean, went snorkeling, ate a ton of food, and just enjoyed each others company...We had a wonderful time and can't wait to go on our next family vacation. Thanks RCI!

- Patricia T. from Layton, UT
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All Inclusive? Yes, you can


Humberto Z. - RCI News and Updates in Latin AmericaThere’s one thing I can tell you that I love the most about vacationing. It’s hearing three simple words: “Yes, you can.” Honestly, who doesn’t?!

Just imagine…you sitting on a beach, after a nice swim at the most incredible place in the Caribbean or watching a beautiful sunset somewhere in Mexico and thinking…what about a nice massage? “Yes, you can.” Or…what about getting to know all the incredible places around here? “Yes, you can.” Or, maybe…what about a nice a-la-carte dinner? “Yes, you can”.

I could go on and on with tons of examples, but instead, I would rather invite you to take a look at stories and pictures from RCI subscribing members, just like you, having the time of their lives while enjoying the benefits of an all inclusive resort! We’ll be focusing on all inclusive vacations all week, so make sure you visit our blog to check them out.

…and one last thing I must tell you: An all inclusive resort is something you should try at least once. Who knows, it might just be what you needed all along!


Depending on resort and season, all-inclusive fees may cover meals, drinks, tours, transportation, resort activities, resort amenities, services and facilities. Resorts with mandatory all-inclusive fees require the fees to be prepaid at or before check-in. A Member may not be able to purchase food or drink at a resort if he or she chooses not to pay an optional all-inclusive fee. Fees, terms and conditions of packages covered by an all-inclusive fee are determined solely by the resort and are subject to change at any time.
 

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Why RCI® TV Has Reached 1 Million Views


Fiona D. - RCI TV News and UpdatesA couple months ago, we announced that RCI TV reached 1 million views. As the lead on our RCI TV initiative, it’s extremely exciting to hear news like this. A number that big means we have to be doing something right!

I keep asking myself the question: What is it about RCI TV that keeps people coming back? Is it Dan The RCI Guy’s charming good looks? Is it the crystal clear HD quality videos? Or maybe it’s just that people just don't want to read anymore! I did a little looking, and I have to say that I can’t nail it down to one specific reason. (Although Dan insists it’s his good looks.)

It seems to be for all these reasons and more. We hear from RCI subscribing members all the time. One thing we hear a lot is that they turn to RCI TV for their vacation research and planning. A lot of the channels, including Resort Showcase, All Inclusive Resorts and Destination Reviews really help them envision what their vacation will be like.

We aren’t stopping at 1 million views though. Let us know how RCI TV helped you with finding a vacation exchange or choosing your favorite destination. What new information or destinations are you interested in seeing? Please let us know by commenting below.

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All-Inclusive Resorts Have More Than Just Food and Beverages!


Gonzalo S. - RCI Timeshare Exchange and Vacation ExperiencesMost people think all-inclusive resorts are just swimming pools, tennis courts and food…but the “all-inclusiveness” doesn’t stop there! My job is to work closely with our affiliated timeshare resorts in Mexico and I have been onsite to personally check out what they have to offer, especially the all-inclusive ones.

We all know the main reason all-inclusive resorts are so popular is because of food and drinks, and the amount of them! But did you know that most resorts offer a lot of different dining options? There are many with 24-hour buffet style restaurants with a kids' buffet area, smaller restaurants that cater to sit-down dinners, and fine a-la-carte dining restaurants. So no matter what your taste buds like, you will find something to enjoy!

An abundance of activities is another plus to an all-inclusive resort. They usually have every water sport under the sun, and some may even be free of charge. Some resorts also include golf, tours and even spa discounts on selected treatments. No need to worry about the cost, you can let yourself have fun!

For children, the opportunities are even greater. All-inclusive resorts that cater to families have many options to keep your child entertained and happy. They may have a separate pool just for playing and splashing, water slides, and large gaming centers. Many all-inclusive resorts also offer classes like arts and crafts, acting, and even puppetry. Some all-inclusive resorts even have nannies available!

We worked with Dan the RCI Guy to create a video on RCI TV which tells you all about all-inclusive resorts. You should take a look; it’s very informative and a lot of fun!

What do you think about all-inclusive resorts? Share your experience by commenting below!
 

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