Family Holiday Fun in Mazatlan


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

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Stunning sunsets nightly


Stunning sunsets nightly

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

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Mazatlan


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

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Paradise in Mazatlan


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

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Balcony View


Balcony View

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

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Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan


Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan

View from our balcony.

-Eda B. from Encinotas, CA

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Glorious Sunset in Mazatlan


Glorious Sunset in Mazatlan

View of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from our room at Pueblo Bonito Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

-David S. from Valley Center, CA

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Tranquility at the Pool


Tranquility at the Pool

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

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Deep Sea Fishing in Puerto Vallarta


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.

-Allan D.

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Sunset in Puerto Vallarta


Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Absolutely amazing resort in Puerto Vallarta. Definitely going back here! Loved it!

-Joanne S. from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Divine Girls Trip!


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

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Most Beautiful Sunset


Most Beautiful Sunset

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

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Views of Puerto Vallarta


Views of Puerto Vallarta

Views from our resort.

-Kathryn J. from San Diego, CA

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Puerto Vallarta – The Convergence of Contrast


Jozef WPuerto Vallarta, a city rich in culture and excitement, is a wonderful location to relax while still offering the opportunity to experience adventure. What strikes me each time I visit Puerto Vallarta is the meeting of opposites.

It has always fascinated me that a location so well known for Mexican culture can also feel so American. Puerto Vallarta is one of the top spots abroad, where some Americans choose to settle down after retirement. This speaks to the fact that many of the people in Puerto Vallarta speak English, as well as, Spanish. There are also many American-style stores and restaurants to enjoy.

However, if you are looking to experience traditional Mexico, head into town. There you will find Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which was constructed in the 19th century. Near this church you will find an open air market to shop for local crafts. Don’t forget to head a bit southwest of the church to find the newly remodeled Malecon, a boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon is teeming with life, from shops to live statues to impromptu fire shows… the Malecon offers it all!

Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay, the third largest bay in Mexico. You can swim in the warm ocean water, as most of the resorts are located on or near the beach. You will also see cruise ships docking into the ports, which can make for a nice evening activity, watching as the sun sets on the horizon.

Another benefit of Puerto Vallarta is the easy access to the ocean while still maintaining the enjoyment of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Sierra Madre Mountains are within easy access if you’d like to add some adventure to your trip. There are opportunities to partake in adventurous activities such as ATV riding and hiking. Spend the day in the lush mountain jungles as you explore the rivers and trails that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Want to hear more? Come back to the RCI Blog this week, where we will be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited Puerto Vallarta as well.

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Beautiful Fall Scene in the Poconos


Beautiful Fall Scene in the Poconos

During the fall, we booked a resort in the Poconos. It had a big onsite lake for boating, fishing, and many walking trials. We enjoyed our accommodations with the beautiful two bedroom and loft.

-Lynn K. from Trenton, New Jersey

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Lac Morency


Lac Morency

Such a beautiful country with spectacular fall colors. A resort with great amenities, in a country setting overlooking the lake. We enjoyed the hospitality.

-Elaine W. from Merrickville, ON, Canada

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Life on the Mountain


Christmas Mountain Village puts you in the heart of nature. The cabins give you the feeling of being in the woods while being close to the Dells with all the fun they offer. You can spend a day in the Dells exploring the water parks, boat rides, and many different types of entertainment. There is something different in Wisconsin Dells for young and old alike. At the end of the day you can go back to Christmas Mountain Village to enjoy the serenity of your own piece of nature. The cabins are nicely furnished and the pools are close by for taking a swim at the end of a fun filled day. If you do not feel like going to the Dells, the resort offers golf, an indoor pool and play area, bar and restaurant, and boating or fishing on the grounds, along with nature trails for hiking and walking. This is a clean and beautiful resort. We found it to be a very relaxing getaway resort.

-Joseph H. from Cadillac, MI

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Terrific Time at Tamaracks


The Tamarack Resort was a beautiful resort community with lovely accommodations. The condos felt like luxury townhomes with bedrooms upstairs and the living quarters on the first level. My family had the best time using the on-site amenities like the fitness center, swimming pools, and racquetball courts. We barbequed right outside of our condo and enjoyed the spacious kitchen and living room. My husband and I had a great time, and our children were just in heaven because there were endless activities between the Dells' waterparks and the fun at the Tamaracks Resort. We are so thankful to RCI for providing these wonderful vacations for our family to enjoy.

-Carol W. from Chicago, IL

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Family Fun in the Dells


We took a vacation with my in-laws, my husband's brothers and sister, their children, my mom and step-dad, and our kids. Looking back, I have never been more pleased to have taken the trip. Eighteen of us went and had three units at Christmas Mountain Village. It was awesome for all of us to be able to be at the resort at the same time and have the option of eating there together instead of eating out everyday and trying to find room to fit all of us. Now my father-in-law has been diagnosed with COPD and has had a tough go of it and most recently is bed bound. My mother-in-law finds it difficult to get out the house now with her medical conditions. It was our only vacation we every took with all of my husband's siblings and his mom and dad. I am so happy that we have that memory because we could never do anything like that now. We were thrilled that RCI made it so easy to arrange to have so many people come down with us. Thank you RCI. To many members of our family it one of the best vacations they have ever had.

-Julie B. from Sterling Heights, MI

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Wisconsin Dells Fourth of July Week at Peppertree at Tamaracks


his resort is the best!!! On site there is an awesome exercise/recreation building. It is the BEST I have ever seen. There is an indoor lap pool, a large pool area for children of all ages to play in, an outdoor pool (nice size), racquetball courts (indoor), volleyball, a video arcade, and you are close to a Walmart. The drive to the various Dells' attractions is minimal, 20 minutes at most. The old fashioned diner in the city is a must to go to. It looks like a hole in the wall, but the inside is awesome and the food is great. You will love it. Of course, Noah's Ark is great. It is kid friendly. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is cool as well. The kids will love Wizard Quest. Enjoy your time, there is loads of other stuff to do and see.

-Michele K. from Kewaunee, WI

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