Monday, October 10, 2011 by
During October 2008, we went on an RCI exchange vacation to the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It turned out to be the best vacation exchange we ever took. It was the most beautiful timeshare resort we had ever seen and their lazy river around the resort was the longest we ever had been on. We did end up buying a timeshare at the Grand Mayan.
- Margy L. from Lady Lake, FL
Friday, September 30, 2011 by
My trip to Cozumel was the trip of a lifetime. We fell in love with the people, culture, and wonderful sites. It had been on a list of "things to do" for me since I can remember. Growing up around "The Black Water River" you can imagine that clear blue water was something that you had to see to believe was real. We arrived on a Saturday and immediately, even while the plane was still in the air, saw the amazing water. Cozumel is situated on the second largest coral reef in the world. Australia being the first. It is amazing to see the many shades of blue and aqua depending on the shallowness of the reef. Awestruck we made it to the all-inclusive resort and still were not disappointed. We were immediately greeted by some of the friendliest people we have ever met...The food was amazing. The service was amazing. They offered activities throughout the day and tours that were taken care of for you. The first day we did a glass bottom snorkel tour...Another tour was of the Mayan Ruins...We also did the Atlantis Submarine tour which was an old navy sub....
- Amy O. from Franklin, VA
Friday, August 12, 2011 by
This summer we booked our week to visit Mazatlan, Mexico with RCI. It was the most wonderful thing. No hassle, everything was so easy and ready for us upon arrival. Pueblo Bonito Resort is where we stayed. It was so great there. The staff was very helpful, very organized, clean and most of all beautiful. The kids love it and can't wait to go back, they ask all the time! Thanks RCI for a wonderful vacation. Couldn't have done it without your help!
- Ramon T. from Channelview, TX
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by
This summer we booked our week to visit Mazatlan, Mexico with RCI. It was the most wonderful thing. No hassle, everything was so easy and ready for us upon arrival. Pueblo Bonito Resort is where we stayed. It was so great there. The staff was very helpful.
- Fonda W. from Hopkinsville, KY
Monday, August 8, 2011 by
In Mazatlan, we learn about what community means. Every time we are there, we spark up a conversation with locals and they ALWAYS end up taking us to their favorite locations, show us local treasures, etc. Our trips are exponentially better because the warm people of Mexico take the time to show us their beloved home. This last visit, we asked a man on the bus for directions to the "shrimp ladies" that sell along one of the city streets. Not only did he get off the bus at the correct spot with us, but he took us to the great stand and helped us order the shrimp, then he took us into a local hangout across the street that took our shrimps and cooked them any delectable way we wanted solely for the price of the best lemonade we had ever had. Two hours of fantastic conversation later, our new friend led us to this spectacular shop for guava cake that was beyond words. He showed us the whole neighborhood and gave us the most enjoyable day we had (and this was after he had already worked a full day's shift and was on his way home to his family)...in my homeland, if someone asks for directions, you are lucky to get a quick "turn at the next right turn" but in Mazatlan, we received a free tour of the city and that wasn't the first time. We learn a lot from the other countries...specifically about the importance of people/relationships and community. It's a vital lesson to learn and live from. I hope I don't forget it. Happy trails!!!
- Suzanne S. from Eden Prairie, MN
Friday, August 5, 2011 by
This is a sunset picture over looking the Banderas Bay at the Villa Del Palmer Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September 2010.- Anthony T. from Novato, CA
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by
Cabo San Lucas will always have a special place in our family memories. We had a wonderful trip in 2007, including a special sweet 16 birthday surprise for our daughter's best friend. She learned she would accompany us when the scrapbook my daughter had made her for her birthday ended with "to be continued in Mexico". We stayed at the wonderful Playa Grande resort in a beautiful room. My daughter Ali had a great time exploring the numerous swimming pools but could not make her mind up which was her favorite. Likewise, the endless choices of places to eat within the resort as well as in Cabo was fantastic. The resort staff and residents of Cabo made us feel perfectly at home. The atmosphere in Cabo is the most safe, welcoming location we've ever experienced. This led to a fun-filled week of swimming, boating, shopping - but most of all relaxing time together. Our last evening included a candle-lit dinner on the beach.
We still talk about that trip and relive the experience through the many photographs we took. We definitely plan on using our RCI subscribing membership for a return trip in the future.
- Lisa D. from Cortlandt Manor, NY
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by
Cabo San Lucas is a wonderful place. You can have the resort life and experience a bit of Mexico at the same time.- Martha S. from Commerce, MI
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by
Although our home resort is in Cabo San Lucas, each year until this year we have managed to miss the opportunity to travel to the quaint town of Todos Santos. This year we actually made it. Anyone visiting the Los Cabos area would do well to include Todos Santos as a wonderful side trip.
The town is cute as a button and seemingly untouched by the onslaught of "resortitis"...what you experience is a Mexico more like I imagine a visit might have been 20 years ago. Besides the landmark Hotel California, there is an interesting local museum that includes what everyday life was like in this area 100 years ago. There are welcoming roadside dolcerias...a fabulous (sorry, I don't remember the name, but it's across the street from Hotel California) restaurant making the best chili rellenos you ever tasted.
Even the more upscale shops seem to be more willing to negotiate sales prices than in San Jose or Cabo San Lucas.
(And it's about 15 degrees cooler than the hotel zones of Los Cabos.)
- Pamela J. from Newberg, OR
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by
My trip to Los Cabos during the 4th of July week of 2007 was great. We stayed at the Pueblo Bonito Resort at Sunset Beach right on the Pacific Ocean. The resort was built into the side of a mountain with breathtaking views of the ocean with its gigantic waves crashing on the beach. The resort had many infinity pools and beautiful walking pathways. The resort even had a dinner party around the pool to celebrate the 4th of July, then had a bonfire on the beach for toasting marshmallows followed by games and ending the evening with fireworks.
- Cherie M. from Monroe Township, NJ
Friday, July 1, 2011 by
This summer we stayed near our son and his family in Conroe, Texas at Silverleaf's Piney Shores Resort. We had a wonderful condo. In fact, I think that we could have lived there. We had the opportunity to visit with our lovely grandchildren but could also enjoy everything the area had to offer. We particularly loved standing in the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston and visiting the LBJ Ranch in Johnson City. Also, while in Johnson City, one should try the Silver K Cafe--a fine gastronomical experience. The experience culminated by attending a birthday party for our 4-year-old granddaughter and a house full of her little friends. It was an awesome travel experience.
- Glenn C. from Antioch, IL
Friday, June 3, 2011 by
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 & service, and was just one of the best vacations we've taking with RCI. We'd love to go back!- Melanie K. from Buda, TX
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by
My husband and I were married in 2005 in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends. We took such care in planning every detail of our special day. But one thing we overlooked until the very end was a honeymoon. So we decided to forgo any trip. Until I checked our RCI account and realized we had a week banked. I decided to look for a trade and found a beautiful resort in Puerto Vallarta. We were a bit apprehensive about traveling to Mexico, but that all faded as we arrived at the resort. It was a tropical paradise. We spent 7 warm, sunny days enjoying lush plants, peacocks, iguanas, a secluded beach, and beautiful pools. The waiters in the restaurants and at the pool spoiled us. The trip was everything you would want on your honeymoon!!!
- Theresa S. from Laurel, MD
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by
This was a charming typical Mexican resort with a lot of character of old Mexico combined with modern day conveniences. The apt. was quite large with 2 BRS and 3 full size bathrooms plus a full size living room and kitchen. The view was just breathtaking of the Pacific ocean and the mountains going to the shoreline.- Margaret M. from Port St Lucie, FL
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by
When 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.
Friday, May 20, 2011 by
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
Thursday, May 19, 2011 by
My husband and I were able to take my daughter & son-in-law and two grandchildren to Cancun. We had a wonderful time at the Grand Mayan. The stay was perfect. The children were 9 and 2 and we were able to move in just like we were at home. The staff was wonderful. In fact everything about the stay was wonderful. We took a trip to Xcaret through the resort and my grandson and I fulfilled a lifetime dream and swam with the dolphins. We hope to go back when my granddaughter is older so she can also experience the dolphins.
- Linda P. from Helena, MT
Thursday, May 19, 2011 by
Wonderful resort in Cancun, Mexico between old Cancun and the busy strip, perfect location. Condo was very large with balcony. Entertainment every evening if you wish to participate. Resort units are being updated to a high standard. We would highly recommend this area and resort. We had a fabulous time there.
- Avril C. from Hamilton, ON
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by
In Nov. of 2008 my husband and I took our two boys still at home, our daughter's family and my parents to the Cancun Palace in Cancun, Mexico. We had a fabulous time. The resort was beautiful and clean, we had so much fun in all the different restaurants. The food was wonderful and we could not have asked for better service from the resort employees. We spent a lot of time at the pool and did a lot of sightseeing. One of our favorite tours was the Chichen Itza trip. We learned so much from the tour guide and saw a whole new world for us. Palace Resorts really knows how to treat their guests. Thank you RCI for booking us in their resort.
- Ruben M. from West Unity, OH
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 by
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