Friday, November 22, 2013 by
Walking down the stone streets of Playa del Carmen, past the numerous vendors and quaint shops, the ferry to Cozumel slowly comes into view. It looks sleek, fast and modern sitting atop the crystal clear blue water of the ocean. As we wait in line with mild trepidation to board, we watch the families play along the pristine white sand beach, bathed in the warm sunlight. Boarding the ship is quite a breeze once the gate opens and we are soon under way heading to Cozumel. As Cozumel slowly comes into focus, small droplets of ocean water cool us off during our complimentary sun tan on the 30 minute ferry ride. Arriving in Cozumel proves to be as easy as boarding was and we are soon on our way to the resort.
One of the first things that we noticed about Cozumel was that it feels like mainland Mexico, yet feels very different as well. There were numerous places to rent scooters on the side of the road, offering adventurous travelers the opportunity to explore the island on their own. They seem to be quite the popular mode of transportation to get around for the tourists and locals alike. We quickly leave the town limits of San Miguel de Cozumel, the capital, and drive along the highway towards our vacation destination. The resort staff is quickly at our service with towels and fresh drinks upon our arrival. We are quickly checked in and on our way to explore the resort. Having the ocean right outside our door along with a convenient ocean-side bar made this stay quite the treat.
The island seems to move at a slower pace than the mainland which makes everything more relaxing. We managed to spend some time exploring the local shops and dining at a quaint restaurant in the heart of San Miguel. The locals are eager to show you their items for sale and are quite friendly. The food was amazing in both taste and presentation. We truly enjoyed spending a nice evening exploring this charming city. Don’t forget to also spend some time snorkeling at the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, located off the coast of Cozumel. Make Cozumel your next vacation destination and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Mexico!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by
Walking through the small streets of Playa Del Carmen, the excitement was building. We were heading towards the ferry terminal that would lead to our Cozumel journey. The process of using the ferry as transportation was quite simple and enjoyable. It was a beautiful sight to see the island coming into view as we felt the calm waves of the ocean rocking the ferry. Upon arrival on Cozumel, transportation to the resort was easy. The island of Cozumel is not an overwhelming size as it is roughly 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. There is one main road that circles the island, so if you choose to rent a car it is pretty easy to navigate.
Once you get settled in, be sure to check out the amazing water sport activities, like snorkeling. The largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, the Mesoamerica Reef, can be explored while staying in Cozumel. The ocean is crystal clear which makes for some fantastic sightings such as tropical fish and turtles.
Back on the island, the town of San Miguel offers many unique shopping prospects. While we were visiting, we enjoyed a night out in Cozumel with a phenomenal dinner at a local restaurant. Additionally, Cozumel provides many choices for spa treatments. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation, or an exciting getaway full of adventure, Cozumel offers the perfect trip for any family.
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Monday, November 11, 2013 by
With temperatures beginning to fall and the holiday season right around the corner, it is time to break out the heavy coats and embrace the season. As winter is knocking at the door and Jack Frost is nipping and your nose, I can’t help but think of all the things I love about this time of year. The first snowfall, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, freshly baked cookies, there are too many to name.
While it can be hard to step away from all the distractions and running around that are associated with the season, I find winter to be the perfect time to escape and explore my adventurous side. A snow filled vacation is an awesome opportunity to take part in these activities or even try new ones! Some of my favorite activities include skiing, ice-skating and snow tubing. And after I’m done with the day’s activities there is nothing better than relaxing at a beautiful snow covered resort in a warm outdoor hot tub or in front of a roaring fire.
Some may beg to differ, but winter is my favorite time of year. Whether it’s cruising down the slopes or curling up by the fire with a good book, it doesn’t get much better in my opinion. Check back to the RCI Blog for great stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who also share my love for this time of year!
Friday, November 8, 2013 by
Our resort in Connelles, France.
-John H. from Suffolk, VA
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by
My husband and I booked a Mediterranean cruise in February. The first day we arrived we met another couple from our home town at the safety meeting. Neither couple knew the other would be on the cruise. We ended up spending most of our time on the cruise and all of the shore excursions together and had a great time! The best part of meeting up with them was that we had booked at an RCI affiliated resort in the south of Spain for the next week after the cruise and they had done the same. We were not in the same resort, but just a short bus ride away! We spent another enjoyable week exploring with them.
-Janice W. from Whitehorse, YT, Canada
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by
What better way to connect with family than to spend a week together in Mazatlan, on Mexico's west coast, and with the Christmas holiday as an added attraction. With El Cid El Moro Beach Resort as our base, three generations enjoyed an all-inclusive vacation, which made sure our grandsons never went hungry! The beach itself provided sunny days of swimming, ping-pong, water sports, and parasailing for a perfect view of the city, the coast line and the nearby islands. Shops and restaurants, within easy walking distance, made life easy for the older generation. One day we all boarded a catamaran and sailed to Deer Island, passing sea lions that lazed on the rocks, oblivious to our squeals of delight. We swam, snorkeled, rode the giant banana, kayaked, and picnicked on the beach until the magnificent sunset told us it was time to return to reality.
Christmas Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. We traveled by local bus to Juarez Street in the heart of the city. Over 100 stalls at the outdoor market provided souvenirs, tee shirts, leather goods, pottery, and every food imaginable from goat to chicken feet (not legs)! The Mexicans shop there every day, but for us it was an unusual treat. Nearby the cathedral shone with its majestic spirals and stained glass windows. Christmas carols pealed from outdoor speakers and decorated Christmas trees reminded us of the holiday. A cantina lodged in the park somehow seemed out of place until we remembered where we were!
We slept with our balcony door open to hear the breaking waves and see the gorgeous sunrises. We were up at dawn every day, as we did not want to miss a thing: kids, parents, and grandparents alike.
-Karen I. from Greenwood, SC
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by
Just one of many beautiful sunsets as seen from our balcony or hanging in the pool at Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan.
-Laurie M. from Pleasant Hill, CA
Friday, October 11, 2013 by
What a great visit. I did my first Karaoke ever at the resort. Mazatlan is a great town. Be sure to go to town and purchase some fresh shrimp at the market.
-Leela V. from Stockbridge, MI
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by
This resort was romantic and beautiful. We stayed at the Pueblo Bonito Resort at Emerald Bay. We have stayed and visited every city either by plane or cruise ship in Mexico and none compare to our 10 day stay at Emerald Bay. It was low season and everything was not crowded. We loved the lightning and thunderstorms, enjoyed walking the grounds in the rain, and had the best steak and shrimp we've ever tasted. We enjoyed the shuttle into town to visit the sister hotel. We would highly recommend the Emerald Bay to celebrate any special occasion. This was our 24th wedding anniversary and we plan to celebrate again at Emerald Bay.
-Isaiah W. from Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by
We stayed here in March. It was a great resort and as you can see we had a fantastic view of the resort's pool facilities from our balcony! Plenty to do in this area and the day trips we took were also amazing.
-Patti F. from Appleton, WI
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by
View from our balcony.
-Eda B. from Encinotas, CA
Monday, October 7, 2013 by
View of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from our room at Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.
-David S. from Valley Center, CA
Friday, October 4, 2013 by
Early morning poolside view at the Grand Velas resort in Puerto Vallarta. What a way to spend the day!
-Cara P. from Eau Claire, WI
Friday, October 4, 2013 by
One of my favorite vacations through RCI was a deep sea fishing excursion in Puerto Vallarta. At 5:00 am we departed from the marina, started fishing around 6:30 am and by 9:30 am I had a good bite. I caught a 320-pound black marlin, which took me over an hour to land. When we got back to the dock, the fisherman cut off the main meat and rest was donated to the locals. We then took the marlin to the resort chefs where they prepared it for 40 people. The staff at Club Velas Vallarta was excellent. It is a vacation I will never forget.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 by
Absolutely amazing resort in Puerto Vallarta. Definitely going back here! Loved it!
-Joanne S. from Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by
Upon opening the door to our room, my friends gasped at the sight of our accommodations! I had booked an Extra Vacations Getaway, requesting at least three bedrooms. The suite had this and so much more. Puerto Vallarta, our huge and beautiful suite, the balcony right over the beach, and the resort being an all-inclusive was an experience out of this world. I took five of my best friends and they were in total awe of the accommodations and location we were treated to through my RCI subscribing membership. It's still one of my favorite trips.
-Dixie R. from Dalzell, IL
Monday, September 30, 2013 by
This photo was taken on the resort's beach and was one of the most beautiful and romantic sunsets we have ever seen.
-Paul W. from Arena, WI