Florida Vacations - Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa




Discover the rich heritage of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort with it's Victorian elegance and quiet charm. Named for the natural mineral hot springs found in the area, Saratoga Springs Resort immerses you in history, relaxation and luxury. The resort is a lakeside resort featuring Victorian architecture and great activities. Local attractions include Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon Water park and much more. Transportation to all Walt Disney Resort areas is available by ferry or bus at no additional cost.

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Orlando, Florida Vacations - Silver Lake Resort




Get away from it all at this award-winning vacation retreat. Silver Lake Resort is adjacent to one of Florida's most popular attractions - Walt Disney World®. The resort's Caribbean ambience offers peace and quiet, and the location is perfect right in the heart of one of the country's most popular vacation spots. A variety of restaurants and shops are a mile away. In addition to the abundant off-site entertainment, a weekly schedule of on-site activities is centered around the resort's spectacular heated outdoor pool and gorgeous clubhouse.

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Disney World Trip 2008


It was our son's 10th birthday and we promised him that we would go to Walt Disney World. We stayed at one of the wonderful affiliated resorts there in Kissimmee, Florida and ended up buying a timeshare. It was so great to be able to fix our own meals and the kids could go swimming everyday! We had so much fun and it was so relaxing. We were only 10 minutes away from the theme parks...some nights we could see the fireworks from our place too! It made our son's birthday even better when they gave him a button that said that it was his birthday and everyone at the theme parks all told him "Happy Birthday!" If I had my way we would always stay at a resort for vacation because we can cook our own food, relax, and do laundry so I don't have a whole bunch to do when we get home. It is just like being home, but near a fun place to play too!

 

- Valerie D. from Nampa, ID

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2008 Thanksgiving in South Florida


I could tell over 20 fabulous vacation stories of our adventures with RCI exchanges since we bought our first week in 1996. However, most fresh in our minds is seven days at Vacation Village at Weston, FL near Ft. Lauderdale. We always try to select our resorts not only for the amenities (we were not disappointed), but for day trip adventures as well. Our day trips included a day cruise to the Bahamas and a trip to the Everglades, including a boat ride. We also went on a resort-sponsored bus ride to enjoy the sunset on Key West, a Thanksgiving Day drive to the beaches of Miami, and had a picnic with turkey sandwiches at the calm waters off Key Biscayne State Park. Late November in South Florida beckons with warm 70 degree days, cool nights, little rain and best of all, few bugs. Ahh! What RCI adventure is next?

 

- Maribeth P. from Vernon Rockville, CT

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Vacation Village in Weston, Florida


We went to Ft. Lauderdale and enjoyed a refreshing beverage at the Oasis Cafe which is right in front of the water. I took a picture of the beautiful beach. It was so relaxing being outside by the water. I can't wait to go back.

 

We went to Ft. Lauderdale and enjoyed a refreshing beverage at the Oasis Cafe which is right in front of the water. I took a picture of the beautiful beach. It was so relaxing being outside by the water. I can't wait to go back.

 

- Carol R. from Katy, TX

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Florida Keys: A Vacation Gem


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When it comes to vacationing, I’m a big fan of beach destinations.  Cabo San Lucas and the Greek Islands have been my favorite beach escapes… until I explored the Florida Keys!

 

This past January I was lucky enough to visit the Keys with my boyfriend’s family for a weekend getaway in Big Pine Key (part of the Lower Keys), which is about a 40-minute drive from Key West.  Although we only vacationed for a few days, we managed to squeeze in both adventure AND relaxation.

 

If you plan to visit the Florida Keys, I definitely recommend booking a fishing charter.  If you’re an angler, you know that the Keys has some of the best sport fishing in the world!  Although the weather can be somewhat unpredictable in January, we were very lucky to have fantastic weather as we fished for Yellowtail Tuna and Dorado.

 

After a long day of fishing, it can be fun to venture out in Key West to catch the sunset on Sunset Pier or enjoy a delicious seafood dinner.  I recommend strolling up and down the infamous Duval Street to experience the excitement and energy of the city (it actually felt more like a charming town than a big city!).  We had some fantastic mahi-mahi at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery, which is also claimed to be the Southernmost Brewery in the US!

 

For some relaxation, we spent a day on the public beach at Bahia Honda State Park (http://bahiahondapark.com/) located at mile marker 37.  Peaceful and serene, this was the perfect spot to just kick back and enjoy the natural beauty of the Florida Keys.

 

I wish I had stayed in the Florida Keys for more than just a few days… from what I hear there’s so much more to experience!  Even from just a quick taste, I can say that Key West and the Florida Keys is my new favorite vacation destination.  The beach is never too far away, and it’s the perfect balance of excitement and serenity.  I can’t wait to go back!

 

Come back to the RCI Blog this week to read stories and see photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited the Florida Keys. Want to hear about other Florida destinations? You’re in luck! We’ll be devoting this entire month to sharing photos and stories from many other cities in Florida. Don’t miss out!

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Disney World


My family lives close to Disneyland in California, so we never were very interested in visiting Walt Disney World in Florida. But the kids suggested it as a family vacation idea, and we started to look into lodging options. We exchanged our week and stayed at the Orange Lake West Village in Kissimmee. It was beautiful. The condo was fully equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen. They had a gorgeous pool area with several swimming pools, slides and a lazy river to float around. It was super-close to all the attractions of Orlando: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Sea World, to name a few. We concentrated on the theme parks that we don't have here in Southern California, like Epcot, Sea World's Aquatica and Universal's Islands of Adventure. We had a great time and would definitely go back-- but only if we stay at a luxurious RCI affiliated resort.

- Jeanine B. from Temecula, CA
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Amazing Orlando Vacation


WOW! That's what our entire family said when we walked into our first RCI exchange unit at Kissimmee Florida. We had seen photos of Orange Lake Country Club online, but it didn't compare to the beautiful grounds, fountains, unit, and facilities where we were granted access. We had anticipated spending all of our time at Walt Disney World, but with all of the extra ammenities and activities available, we stayed at the resort most evenings and afternoons. Our individual unit also was nicer than anything we could have imagined. It was really a home away from home.

- Linda S. from Melrose, MN
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Baseball Spring Training in Florida


For the last three years my wife and I have traveled to Orlando for vacation. We first went to Walt Disney World and other activities in the area. We went to three Braves baseball games during the March spring training. The next year we went to nine baseball games but included the Astros to our game plan all in the same Orlando area.

Well, last year we used our RCI subscribing membership and traded into five weeks of timeshares for 31 spring training games in 34 days. It was a lot of fun and we got season tickets at the Nationals and the Astros parks. We had the same seats every day so the people we were sitting with became friends and we will do it again this year. What a great way to spend a vacation and enjoy friends that we have met in past years.

- Robert W. from Hayes, VA
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Sun, Sand & Surf… Take Me To the Beach!


Karen P. - RCI Social Media and Marketing NewsThere are so many different destinations around the world that have great beaches, and there’s so much to do both in and out of the water wherever you choose to go.  I’ve been planning vacations near beach destinations my whole life, and I’ve read some great stories from members who have gone on some fun-filled getaways to Cape Cod, Florida, Hawaii, Hilton Head, the Pacific Coast, St. Martin and more.

Recently I ventured down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a beach vacation of my own.  Even though I stayed on the Pacific Coast, where the waves are too rough for swimming, we took day trips over to the Sea of Cortez, where the beach was perfect for both relaxing and trying out some water sports (I even took my first surfing lesson!).

Aside from Mexico, there are many other great vacation spots with beautiful coastlines and sandy shores.  Although I haven’t been there yet, I’ve heard that the Canary Islands is a fantastic vacation spot – exotic beaches, European culture and delicious cuisine that combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences.

Just writing about the beach has sent me daydreaming.  Ahhhh… if only I was there now relaxing in the sun and listening to the waves…

This week on the blog we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have escaped to the sun and sand for a beach getaway.  Have you been on a fabulous beach vacation?  I’d love to hear about it in your comments.  Or if you have a photo of a particularly beautiful ocean view, share it here on the blog!  It’s easy, just click here to get started.

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Great Fall Destination #4: Orlando and Florida Northern Interior


Jennifer B. - RCI Weeks Destination TipsWith so much to do in Orlando and Northern Florida all year long, you may wonder why fall is any different. Well let me tell you!

In addition to all of the fun you can have at the theme parks all year round, fall brings weeks of Halloween excitement with events and activities not available any other time. Take the kids trick-or-treating through some of the parks while enjoying parades, train rides, haunted houses, fireworks and more! Looking for something a little more adult? Check out the Epcot International Wine and Food Festival. Taste international culinary delights while sitting back and sampling some great wines from all over the world. Or experience the spectacular start to the holiday season at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Watch millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s truly a sight to see.

Outside of the parks, you can take in some art and culture at the Orlando Museum of Art, enjoy the weather while whale watching at Port Canaveral, swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove or take a turn at driving a stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

These are just a few of the great things you can do on vacation in Orlando and Northern Florida. And these great fall vacations are waiting for you on RCI.com, start your search today. Do you have any great tips about visiting Orlando and Northern Florida in the fall? Share them here for other subscribing members to see.

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Summertime – A Great Time to Travel Anywhere!


Brian B. - Endless Vacation® Magazine and Travel UpdatesThere’s definitely perks to traveling during the summer: my children are off from school, the weather is warm, and there are great deals on airfare. Can’t beat that! I’ve traveled to a lot of different destinations during this season…Bermuda, Florida, New Hampshire, just to name a few. And one thing I’ve noticed is that no matter where I was vacationing, whether there was a beach or not, there was always so much to do!

When we stayed in New Hampshire a few years ago, my two sons were thrilled with the endless activities. They were able to go out on the boat to go fishing and tubing and we even caught a minor league baseball game.

We’ve heard from many members who have traveled during the summer to places near and far. Check back on our blog this week as we share stories and photos from these members.

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Florida Spring Break


We bought a timeshare in South Africa a few years ago for a great price. We use our timeshare to exchange through RCI and go to FL on spring break every year. We've always stayed at great resorts and never had any problems. The RCI online exchange is a great tool to search for your vacation and the information RCI sends to you is very helpful with detailed information on the resort. Once our kids are out of school, we look forward to many vacations at various times of the year to exchange our timeshare through RCI.

- Wendy H. from Lansing, MI
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Canary Islands


One year my husband and I decided we wanted to go to the beach in California or Florida. When I called the RCI rep....She said if you want to go to the beach where the Europeans go why don't you try the Canary Islands. I wasn't even sure where the Canary Islands was located but she made it sound so beautiful I said sign us up.

This turned out to be one of the best vacations my husband and I have ever been on. We stayed in a 2 bedroom at the Hollywood Mirage. I invited my mom and 2 of her friends. Since they are senior citizens we said they could stay for free. When they walked into that condo, all 3 of them pulled out $150-200 each and gave it to me and my husband. They said the place was so beautiful and comfortable that they wanted to share in the expense. We have been trying to get back to the Canary Islands but the airfare is the only thing that has kept us from going back.

Thanks to the RCI rep that recommended the Canary Islands. It was a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend the Hollywood Mirage, each section is named after one of the old Movie Stars. We stayed in the Clark Gable section. There was nightly entertainment. We danced, had very good meals and met so many friendly Europeans. We went to the beach everyday and the scenery is just as pretty as Hawaii.

All I can say is "WOW!" Thank you RCI.

- Patricia B. from Sachse, TX
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Our Mexico Vacation


One of our first trips through RCI in Mexico was the most romantic trips my husband and I ever had. The resort was beautiful and on the water. It had a restaurant that looked like a thatched hut and in the evening they would have Latin dance contest. My husband and I had a blast and we almost won the contest. The food was excellent there and you didn't have to move from this resort unless you wanted to. It had no television, which, maybe to some people, make it sound boring. But it was the complete opposite, because we found so many other things to keep ourselves busy. We met a couple there from Florida and became friends instantly.

I would give a million dollars to relive that vacation again in wonderful Mazatlan, Mexico.

- Hugo F. from Surprise, AZ
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Christmas in Orlando


I chose to take my daughter and one of her friends to my resort in Orlando, Florida during her Christmas break. I was a little apprehensive as it was our first time being away from home during the holidays. My apprehension turned to excitement as soon as we drove in to the resort!! One of my and my daughter's favorite things about Christmas is the joy we get out of decorating for the occasion and the resort was so festive...we even had a tree in our room.

Universal Studios and Walt Disney World were so close we decided to visit both!! All of the people at the resort were so nice and accomodating.

On Christmas day we decided to go to the beach. We found a lot of really neat shells and right before we left there was a rainbow!! Thanks to RCI and life's simple pleasures we had a very memorable vacation!!

- Stacy C. from Elizabeth, IN
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Cape Caribe, Cocoa Beach, FL 2009


As new members of RCI, this was our first time using our timeshare. This past June, the day after school let out for the summer, we packed our bags and headed north 3 hours to Ron Jon's Cape Caribe Resort in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Our vacation was wonderful from start to finish. My kids loved everything about it, from the lazy river and the waterslide, to exploring next door at Jetty Park where we saw stingrays, turtles, crabs, starfish and more. We were able to watch movies, go to the game room, play many of the activities that the resort offers and Mom and Dad were able to get massages, right there at the resort. We are proud to be members of RCI and can't wait to see where 2010 will take us....

- David A. from Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Why RCI® Subscribing Members Love the Many Possibilities of a Florida Vacation


Susie M. - RCI Subscribing Member Vacation ExperiencesWhen you hear “Florida vacation,” the three things that probably come to mind are sunshine, theme parks, and character breakfasts. But Florida is known for much more than that.

Whether you are traveling with your family, your significant other, or a group of friends, a Florida vacation has an abundance of activities that's sure to keep anyone entertained. For music fans, there are orchestras, operas, and symphonies. Animal lovers can enjoy the aquariums or the 2,000 mile Great Florida Birding Trail. Art buffs can check out the museums and strolling arts districts, while night owls may want to dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs.

As part of my job at RCI, I am lucky enough to hear from members about their Florida vacation experiences. Here’s what some RCI members had to say* about their resort vacations in the Sunshine State:

Charleen, Newfane, NY: We spent two weeks at the Dover House in Delray, Florida, in February and March of 2009. The resort was a cozy spot right on the ocean. We walked across the street and there was the beach. We could see the sunrise from our front porch or walk down to the beach and watch the beautiful day dawning. It was a five minute walk to the main shopping/tourist area and the intercoastal waterway. A cruise on the waterway was wonderful with beautiful homes and waterways. There were many wonderful restaurants including two about 500 feet from the resort itself that were quite charming with outside seating. It was a very relaxing area, but there were many things to do. The beach was great, and so was the pool — not a crowd to contend with, but friendly people to socialize with.

Jackie, Missoula, MT: We spent a week in Key West at the Galleon Resort. Pretty much in walking distance of anything and everything you want to see and do in Key West. From our unit we could watch the sun rise and sun set. We had a beautiful ocean view and couldn’t have asked for a better setting to experience the wonders of Key West.

Janet, Cincinnati, OH: We visited Plantation Beach Club at Indian River. It was the most relaxing vacation I think I had ever had. We had a wonderful screened balcony that was great. The views were fabulous. When you came up to the balcony in the morning, it was absolutely beautiful. The water looked as if it was right outside your door. When it was high tide, it was just fabulous. I will be looking forward to coming back again. My favorite memory of this resort is lying on the balcony with the ocean to my left and Indian River straight ahead. Just beautiful and what a memory to treasure. I would recommend this resort to anyone. I have been so pleased with my RCI exchanges. I loved every single resort we have visited or exchanged.

* Although we've corrected some spelling and technical errors, these vacation stories from RCI members are otherwise unchanged. They are not meant to inform you about resorts, destinations or about RCI products and services. Some stories mention unusual exceptions made or circumstances that may not be typical for most vacationers. RCI always recommends that you do your own research when making travel plans.

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Behind the Scenes with Dan "The RCI Guy"


Dan "The RCI Guy" - Vacation Travels with RCI TV’s Dan “The RCI Guy”Hi, I’m Dan, The RCI Guy. Remember me? Basically, I'm the guy who gets to visit the different RCI affiliated resort vacation properties across the globe and make videos about them for RCI TV.

RCI TV has many online channels. Two of my favorites are the Resort Showcase Channel and the Destination Review Channel. I know these are key channels for helping you determine your next resort vacation.

The Resort Showcase Channel features some of the 4,000 resorts that are affiliated with RCI. We give you a complete representation of a resort vacation property, so you can hear the story of the resort and decide if you want to visit.

The other channel is the Destination Review Channel. This includes online travel shows we call “New Ways to Play,” filmed all around the world. In our videos, we don't just show you the obvious things like beaches and pools that you can do on your resort vacation; we also try to suggest activities and things-to-do that are off the beaten path.

For example, when we did a show on an Orlando vacation, instead of theme parks and character sightings, we opted to talk about Discovery Cove where you can swim with dolphins, take an air boat ride in the Florida marshes to go 'gator watching, and enjoy a meal at Sharks Underwater Grill, where the food is cooked "Floribbean" style.

A few months ago, I finished shooting videos in Aruba and South Africa. After that, I was off to Malta. I wish I could say that I’m spending a few days at each vacation resort, playing golf, parasailing, going on a dolphin cruise, or riding in a dune buggy (all things I've done on other shows), but unfortunately I'm only there for a day each time. We research the location, the crew and I show up, spend about 30 minutes filming each activity, and then head back out the same day.

What excites me about this job? The fact that RCI members like me can experience the locations and activities in my videos. I get to show you a lot of the different places you can visit with your RCI subscribing membership!

Do you have an idea for membership-related content you’d like to see on RCI TV? Leave a comment below to let me know and we will see what we can do.
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