Timeshare is the best thing we have ever owned

For Christmas four years ago, we took both of our sons and a significant other to Kauai, Hawaii. We spent the whole week taking helicopter rides, which was awesome. The best way to see the beauty of this gorgeous island. We also went snorkeling, to a luau, toured every inch of this gorgeous island, took a boat ride around to the Na Pali Coast, swam in waterfall pools, the list goes on. The resort had a lanai for both rooms that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. We hated to go to sleep and woke up very early every morning to sit on the lanai to watch the sunrise. The weather was absolutely perfect and the resort was wonderful. It was a Christmas dream vacation to be in the most beautiful place in the world with our grown children and friend. We want to go back and recreate the whole week because it is the one trip that we can never forget. Owning our timeshare is the greatest purchase we have ever made. We have been to all of the Hawaiian Islands and Kauai has been the most special.

-Richard K. from Bells, Texas

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Hawaii Vacation

Hawaii Vacation

This is a gorgeous picture of our three boys exploring the coral reefs along the North Shore of Kauai.

-Mary M. from Gilbert, Arizona

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Family Vacation to Kauai

In May 2011, our family of eight enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Kauai, Hawaii. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday, our anniversary and Mother's Day. We had a fantastic time at the Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas. The two units we had accommodated all of us very comfortably and the location was superb. Besides enjoying the pool and the beautifully landscaped gardens at the condo, we also enjoyed visiting several beaches, the Waimea Canyon, the Spouting Horn, Wailua Falls and Opaeka'a Falls. One of the highlights of our visit was the helicopter ride we booked through the condo. It took us over the Na Pali Coast and the Waimea Canyon, into an extinct volcano and over several majestic waterfalls. What awesome memories! We'd love to go back!

-Darlene A. from Red Deer, AB, Canada

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Kauai 2012

My husband and I were blessed to be able to take our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, ages 15 and 12, to Kauai this year.  It was me and my husband's third trip to Hawaii, but it was the first time for our guests, as well as, their first ride in an airplane.

Our grandchildren were a little apprehensive about going somewhere without their friends, but this quickly turned out to be a vacation of a lifetime for them as well. Kauai is a beautiful island.  Where else can you go and see spectacular sunsets and daily rainbows. Often double rainbows at that. The tour of the Na Pali Coast was breathtakingly beautiful.

At the end of the trip, our 12-year-old grandson was already thinking about a return next year.  He asked his mom and dad "If I make all A's on my report card, can we come back next year?"

-Janice H. from Gainseville, Georgia

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Kauai – a great vacation no matter what side of the island you are on!

Elizabeth D

Hawaii’s island of Kauai easily ranks as one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.  For outdoor enthusiasts, both the North and the South sides of Kauai offer awesome activities.  Having stayed on both the North and the South sides, it's really difficult to say which is nicer as they each have a unique appeal.  Typically people shy away from the North side of the island in the winter because it tends to be rainier.  Nonetheless, it boasts lush, green vegetation, beautiful beaches, panoramic golf courses overlooking the ocean and awesome views of the island's many waterfalls. 

The North side of Kauai is home to the start of the incredible Na Pali Coast that attracts people from around the world to hike its rigorous 17-mile trail overlooking the coastline.  Another North side favorite destination is the Kilauea Lighthouse.  It too has breathtaking and is incredible for bird watching as it is located on a wildlife preserve. 

The South side is about an hour drive from the North side of the island. The South side tends to be less rainy and slightly warmer than the North side and is a perfect destination any time of the year.  The South side is home to magnificent beaches such as the beautiful Poipu Beach Park which is known for its excellent snorkeling.  In addition, it’s common place to see monk seals and sea turtles at this beach.  Families find it a great beach to spend the day at as it not only offers calm swimming conditions, but it is also home to convenient picnic facilities.

Evenings are equally tranquil in Kauai as the island offers spectacular sunsets.  In fact, there is no better way to end the day on Kauai than to take in a sunset from one of Kauai’s many beaches!

If you’d like to read more about Kauai and see some spectacular photos of the area, come back to the RCI Blog. We’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have traveled to this amazing island all week long!

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Good eats on the island of Maui

Dan "The RCI Guy" - Vacation Travels with RCI TV's Dan "The RCI Guy"Last year, my best friend asked me to join him in Hawaii to celebrate his birthday. He was going to be staying at a beach house in Paia on the north shore of Hawaii. Since it was still a bit chilly where I live in Salt Lake City, the answer was easy... "yes"!

I've been coming to Hawaii since I was 10 years old...at first it was always the island of Oahu, but over the years I've been able to visit almost all the islands – Kauai (where I own a timeshare), Oahu, Maui and even Lanai.

Our flight landed in Kahului and the beach town of Paia is only about 10-15 minutes east along the north shore. We arrived at night, so I really couldn't see anything, but I could sure hear the surf from the beach house we were staying at. There's something magical, almost mesmerizing about the listening to the ocean surf, especially at night. For me, it easily lulls me to sleep. My first morning was beautiful, the ocean was only 50 feet off the back porch and there were shallow tidal pools where the locals loved to go fishing.

When I go on vacation I love to go off the beaten path and Paia is exactly my kind of place – a local surfing town with VERY friendly people and lots of little, funky shops and restaurants. Some of my favorites were the Paia Fish Market - try the mahi mahi burger with onion rings. Cafe Des Amis serves up great crepes with a fun, outdoor patio. No matter what, take the time to check out Mana Foods. It's the local health food/grocery store and it has the coolest items that you won’t find anywhere else. It seems almost everything in the store is organic – really fun. And if you go during the day you should check out their hot and cold deli. We bought a bunch of the buffalo wings...seriously some of the best wings I've ever had! Finally, perhaps the most famous restaurant on the island is just a couple of miles east of Paia. Mamma's Fish House has been right on the beach for about 40 years and the food is amazingly good. The atmosphere is hard to beat and the service was impeccable. I ordered the wild boar and mahi mahi – fantastic! My friends ordered the macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi stuffed with crab - mmmmm good! Your meal starts with fresh baked bread and a complimentary "shot" of the soup of the day. Mamma’s Fish House may be pricey, but it is well worth it!

Another great spot on the island is Wailea. There are three or four great beaches but my favorite was Big Beach – just ask any of the locals how to get there. Look for local food trucks selling everything from shaved ice to shrimp scampi along the way. Big Beach is just that... BIG! It stretches along the west coast for almost half a mile - the sand is soft and the waves are perfect for boogie boarding or body surfing.

Also on the west coast, but further north, is Ka'anapali. There are a lot of beautiful beaches here and my favorite place is Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop. It's about five miles before you get to town, look for it on the right, and it is HEAVEN! Yes, their pies are incredibly good, but so are their sandwiches and pot pies...everything is amazing!

I LOVE Maui - hope you do too!! Come back to the RCI Blog this week to read stories and see photos from RCI subscribing members who have also visited Maui. Trust me, these photos will not disappoint!

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RCI® subscribing membership benefits that you might not know about

Catherine S. - Cruise Stories and RCI NewsWe love helping to send you, our RCI subscribing members, on vacation!  In order to provide you with even better vacation options and enhancements to your overall membership, we have an established alliance with International Cruise and Excursions (ICE) – which is sometimes referred to as Our Vacation Center.


Through this alliance, we’re able to provide you with many benefits that you may already be familiar with:


  • The RCI Cruise program gives you the option to purchase a cruise at a reduced price with exchange, or purchase a cruise without exchange (sometimes referred to as “Cruise Extra VacationsSM getaways”) both with the Best Rate Guarantee.


  • RCI Cruise & Resort Vacations* offers you the opportunity to receive up to two weeks of vacations in one convenient and flexible package.  You can spend one week cruising to great destinations like Mexico, Alaska or Hawaii, and the second week in an awesome resort destination like Las Vegas or Florida.


  • With RCI Vacations*, you can save up to 70% off at select preferred hotels in popular destinations worldwide. Our members can purchase up to five hotel savings certificates which can be used to book hotels and save hundreds of dollars on each stay compared to popular online travel sites.  In addition to the hotel savings certificates, every RCI Vacations package includes a choice of a prepaid cruise, resort or hotel vacation. 


  • RCI Platinum® Lifestyle Benefits, including golf discounts, spa getaways and gift certificates, ski packages, an online wine store, tickets to movies, concerts and sporting events, and online shopping. 


  • RCI Travel, which allows you to get the best pricing on air, rental car, and hotels, making your vacation planning more convenient!


Our alliance with ICE helps us provide you with even greater enhancements to your RCI membership.


Have you taken advantage of any of these benefits yet? Let us know what you think by commenting below!



*Not available to all members

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Hawaiian Wedding 2007

My husband had been an RCI subscribing member for many years before we met. We used the unit at his home resort a few times, but after our engagement on Feb. 14, we decided to go to Hawaii for our wedding...We stayed in Kona for 4 days before island jumping over to Maui for a week. Both resorts were wonderful. Two days before flying back home to Virginia we got married on the beach. Just us, the minister, a photographer, and two sea turtles who crashed the ceremony. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Almost two years later we are beginning to plan another vacation through RCI, this time to Walt Disney World for our new son.


- Russell K. from King William, VA

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Hawaii 2011 Video


Our 2-week vacation at Paniolo Greens on the Big Island of Hawaii in May 2011. This is one of our favorite vacations of all time.


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Aloha, Hawaii!

Emily S. - EndlessVacation.com and Destination Info

I’ve always dreamed of going to Hawaii, and last month my wish finally came true when I vacationed in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I stayed in Waikiki at Lifetime in Hawaii in the Royal Kuhio building, and I couldn’t have been happier. I was in walking distance to everything Waikiki had to offer – the beach, restaurants, shops, and the International Market Place.


As a first-timer to Hawaii I wanted to make sure I did everything the tour books said to try. Naturally, one of our first stops was to tour the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. We didn’t reserve tickets online ahead of time, so we got there early, about 8:30 or 9am, to secure walk-in tickets. We had about an hour to wait before our tour time began, so we were able to walk through the various museums on-site.


Another day, we climbed the trail up Diamond Head to see amazing views of Hawaii. The hike can be tough at times (be sure to wear sneakers!), but what you see at the top is well worth the trip!


Another can’t-miss activity while in Hawaii is attending a luau. We chose the Waikiki Starlight Luau at Hilton Hawaiian Village since it was in walking distance from our unit. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet followed by a performance of several different dances, each with an interesting history.


Between Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and the luau, I still was able to relax on the beach, which is definitely one of my favorite pastimes! I think that is what made Oahu so appealing to me – it’s a great island with many places and attractions to explore, yet there’s always a beach nearby to catch some sun.


This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have also visited the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Be sure to come back! Have you been to Oahu and have a story of photo of your own to share? If so, submit it here and maybe we’ll feature yours at the end of the week.


View from Diamond Head

View from Diamond Head


View of a beach walk at Waikiki

View of a beach walk at Waikiki


Sunset on a beach in Waikiki

Sunset on a beach in Waikiki

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My trip to Hawaii was so much fun. We went boogie boarding, snorkeling, hiking, on a sunset cruise, and to The Polynesian Cultural Center. We toured the whole island of Oahu. This was the most memorable vacation we had. We also visited the USS Arizona and it just happened to be the day before they were remembering the men that died at Pearl Harbor. It was neat, they had some of the survivors there and they were signing autographs and just telling us their stories.

Stopped at almost every beach site there was. Especially Hanauma Bay. We even got to see the surfers competing at North Shore. That was pretty exciting. The food was fabulous. My brother-in-law is stationed there with the Coast Guard so we were able to stay a few more days with them and he took us to the different bases.

We were able to stay in Waikiki and do all that shopping. The International Marketplace was a lot of fun. My husband even bought me a Tahitian Chocolate Pearl. I had a lot of fun at the pick-a-pearl places. I ended up with 10 pearls of all colors. My daughter and daughters-in-law were so happy when I told them they could choose one and have it made into a ring or pendant. If it were up to me, I would still be there.

The hike up Diamond Head was long and for a minute there, I was going to give up. But, it was worth it once we were up there. The view is gorgeous...We also went to Germaine's Luau. Yes, I got up and tried to learn to do the Hula. Well, this is my story and I will go back as soon as I am able to. Everyone needs to make at least one trip to Hawaii.


- Rosie C. from Houston, TX

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Using our exchange we stayed on Oahu and "the Big Island" of Hawaii. We attended a church service on Waikiki Beach and visited Pearl Harbor and the Mighty Mo. We explored the island, driving along the coast in our rented convertible. Beautiful blue ocean, rugged velvet green mountain cliffs, sunny blue skies, wind blowing through your hair, and the fragrance of pineapples while driving through the middle of the island. On the Big Island we visited Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the City of Refuge, and many beautiful beaches, including a black sand beach...It was also so beautiful. Each island is so different. We look forward to returning one day. It is on our Vacation Bucket List. We recommend to anyone, who has not gone yet, to visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii...


- Cheryl F. from Battle Creek, MI

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Hawaii Trip

We took our first family trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago and stayed on the island of Oahu. Boy did we have a BLAST! From the luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and hiking to a beautiful waterfall to snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and getting lost in the maze at the Dole Plantation...and yes we did enjoy Waikiki Beach, but Waimea Beach was a lot better - not a lot of coral, rocks or people. And let's not forget Pearl Harbor (great history lesson) and the Polynesian Cultural Center (awesome).

Even though it's been a couple of years, we still talk about this amazing trip. Someone once asked me if I remember what my parents gave me for my 13th, 16th or 20th birthday (I am 37 now) and I responded with "No." Then they asked "Do you remember going on vacation with your family?" and I said "You bet I do, those were the best." It is then that I realized, time waits for no one; the memories we make is what life is all about, and I know that's what my son will remember. And hopefully he will make his own memories when he has his own family. We will definitely be going back to Hawaii soon.


- Irene S. from Cathedral City, CA

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Hawaii 6 Island 2009

Six Island Hawaiian Cruise was awesome!!! It was the best vacation I have ever enjoyed! The cruise line, Pride of America, was top notch-- great food, great personnel, awesome entertainment, and the cabin had a great big window view!! Everyone was so helpful and friendly! Staying at all the different islands gave us the opportunity to explore and become familiar with the natives and feel so welcomed! The Luau was magnificent! We took great pictures and are so darn excited that we want to go back next year and take both our children and a few other family members. The waterfalls, volcanoes, and the tropical climate and trees were so green and beautiful!! Hawaii is definitely paradise and RCI made everything so accommodating!! I recently deposited my week and am waiting for a call from an RCI Vacation Guide with the good news that I will be able to vacation in July 2010 in Kauai. We were so relaxed and comfortable during our vacation. Thank you RCI and Pride of America Cruise Line for making my Hawaiian experience the best!

- Elva M. from Chandler, AZ
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New England States

I exchanged my Hawaii resort for a resort on Cape Cod. I had never thought about visiting the New England states until I went there for a wedding. It was such a wonderful vacation. We went to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Explored Boston and went to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. We did so much in 7 days. It was so amazing. Want to go back for sure.

- Barbara W. from Woodland, WA
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Trip to Snowater, WA

Having moved to Hawaii from S Africa we decided that instead of visiting the other Hawaiian Islands again we'd do a trip to somewhere we had never been to. Took a look on the internet at Washington state and thought it sounded interesting we booked a timeshare unit at Snowater in a National Forest. Spent a few days in Seattle to see the "big city lights" then motored up to Bellingham and Snowater. Arrived late afternoon with light fading and booked into our bungalow, it was so dark and disappointing, had to put on lights to see anything. We decided we'd stay the night and then move on. However come morning, we opened our Lanai door to see the Nooksack River flowing cheerfully by, amidst the tallest trees I've ever seen. We decided to take a walk alongside the river and did so every day listening to and watching the water rushing over the rocks. After our first day we decided this was what we needed, complete peace - no phone or TV. Had a most rejuvenating week having long conversations, reading, playing cards, walking and the highlight was going to "Artist Point" about 20 miles from Snowater where the most magnificent views of snow capped mountains and glassy lakes surrounded you at every turn.

This was one our most memorable timeshare vacations and highly recommended to "get away from it all"

- Sylvia B. from Haleiwa, HI
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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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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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