Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by
Our first RCI vacation took us to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. We were excited to be able to exchange our timeshare in the Berkshires for a vacation outside of the US in order to give our two young boys some exposure to other cultures. We rented a car so that we could explore the surrounding countryside and possibly see some of the Mayan ruins while in Mexico. The resort was nice enough and offered a number of activities... The food was great; we tried a number of different options and the kids even tried some new things (a small miracle). The resort’s many pools provided some variety as we spent a chunk of time swimming and joining in on some resort-sponsored pool football...
-William H. from Coventry, Connecticut
Friday, July 26, 2013 by
On one of our trips we exchanged into a timeshare in Miami right on the beach. We really enjoyed this gorgeous stretch of sand and crystal clear water, but wanted to explore.
We took with us our long time best friends and their children, then ages 14 and 16. Then headed out early one morning to John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo.
We taught their children to snorkel and take underwater photos of fish. Right in the park at the snorkel pond. Very safe and very full of neat fish.
We then took the cruise out to the open ocean to snorkel a coral reef.
And here is where it happened.
Just like us, previously, these children fell in love with the ocean and the fish and coral and the world underwater. Mason, our 16 year old, was diving deep and chasing fish for pictures. Becca was in awe of all the amazing colors and differences.
-Christina W. from Mt Airy, MD
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by
Imagine my surprise when all my family - our son John, wonderful daughter-in-law Patty, daughter Joyce, and my gorgeous grandchildren: Jay, 25, Mike, 21, and Melissa, 20 could all come down here to Florida to visit us. I exchanged into a beautiful resort only 10 minutes away with just a month's notice. We went to the Keys, saw alligators, took boat rides, and ate at some of the finest restaurants. I'll remember this forever and so will my loves.
-Elizabeth A. from Hartford, CT
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by
While on a trip to the Florida Keys we stopped in Key West. Loved it so much we exchanged into The Galleon Resort in June of 1995. We planned our wedding to take place there. We were planning an outdoor wedding but the weather was not working out. The staff of the resort offered us the use of an enclosed garden. They had it groomed for us. When we completed our vows we saw many of the other guests had come out to watch and cheered for us as we shared our first kiss. We loved this place so much we now own there and return every year. It's been 16 years and counting.
-Jack J. from Lincolnton, NC
Monday, June 17, 2013 by
Well, it’s finally here! The first official day of summer is this Friday, June 21 (here in the Northern Hemisphere)! To celebrate the start of the summer season – and to help give you some ideas for a summer vacation of your own if you haven’t booked or exchanged yet – we’ll be sharing summertime photos from RCI subscribing members on the RCI Blog all week!
Whether you like your summer vacations filled with relaxation, adventure, or a little bit of both, these pictures can help to give you the inspiration you need to determine where you want to go and what you want to do!
Have you already planned your summer vacation? If so, comment below and let us know where you are going!
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by
Thanksgiving 2010 will live in our memories forever...Driving through the uniquely beautiful Oak Creek Canyon leading to Sedona, we were treated to light snow, which magically transformed the walls of the canyon into a wintry tapestry of many colors. As we entered Sedona from the north, the weather cleared and the sight of red rock formations against a cerulean blue sky literally took our breaths away. We exchanged for a unit listed as 1 bedroom. What a wonderful surprise it was to discover we had a two story unit with a large kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and a half bath downstairs. An even greater surprise awaited as we scrambled up the stairs. We were greeted by a huge bedroom, double bathroom with spa tub and a loft. Everything was up-to-date and top quality throughout the resort. The indoor pool was a surprise for the children. We knew we would be very comfortable here. Everyone was happy and ready to plan our week...
-Lois R. from Medford, OR
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by
As suggested by an RCI Vacation Guide, we visited Galveston, Texas. I met one of my cousins and her family that I had not seen in over 30 years. We grew up in upstate New York. We visited Lake Jackson where they lived and many of the sights in the area. One great memory was eating local BBQ - finger lickin' good! People were so friendly that we went back again through another RCI exchange. It was one of our best exchanges, with the beach across the street from our resort. May not sound like much to some, but it was a wonderful experience connecting with relatives that had moved far away.
-Joyce M. from Enfield, CT
Friday, April 19, 2013 by
We spent the Fourth of July in Florida. My daughter and my three grandchildren went with me to Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Orlando. I did an exchange through RCI about ten months before to book the July 4th weekend.
We had no problem finding the resort and checking in. While I checked in, the others checked out the pool, shops, and activity center...Our unit was one building away from the pool and activities. We had a three bedroom, which was actually a two bedroom with a lock out unit. This was great for my two oldest grandkids. They had a place of "their own." The whole unit was very roomy for all of us. The kitchen was fully equipped, as you would expect from a Hilton resort. This resort is close to International Drive, which has many nice restaurants, so we ate dinner out several times.
Fourth of July we drove to Cocoa Beach and spent the day there and stayed for the fireworks on the beach. It was a great day and only a little over an hour drive to get there. We were back to the resort by 11:30 p.m...
The next few days we spent at the resort relaxing. The pools were large with a fountain and a waterfall and plenty of lounge chairs. We played shuffleboard and there was a nice playground for the kids. There was a bingo game one day by the pool. I won a beach towel and $5 gift certificate for the snack shop...
Altogether this was one of our best vacations. The resort is beautiful and I was glad to get it through RCI. If anyone has a chance to exchange into this one, go for it!
-Carol S. from Charter Township of Clinton, MI
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by
This was no ordinary vacation, this was our honeymoon. Five days after we exchanged our nuptials in New Jersey, my new husband had to leave the United States and travel to Holland for work. I went back to Arizona by myself and back to work as a school teacher to finish up the last month of school.
On June 27, 2008, which was also my birthday, I finally met up with my new husband in the Canary Islands at Palm Beach Club for our long awaited honeymoon. We spent a glorious week walking on the beach...enjoying all this island could offer. In addition, we had spectacular weather. What more could a bride ask for?
-Cynthia K. from Avondale, AZ
Monday, November 19, 2012 by
My first time exchanging through RCI was for a weekend trip to Phoenix, Arizona for a wedding. I was absolutely amazed at the location. It was last minute and all I could get was something that was listed as a "studio." It was fabulous! There was a loft apartment with a separate sleeping and sitting area. I invited a friend with me (whom I later married) and he was impressed also.
- Rhonda W.V. from Chicago, IL
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by
In May 2012 we did an RCI exchange in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We stayed at a beautiful resort with great facilities. Everyone at the resort was very friendly and helpful. The facility was wonderful and extremely well maintained. They had great restaurants, pools, and other facilities. We were just outside of Cabo San Lucas, and the resort had hourly shuttles into the city. We went into Cabo several times and participated in events at two sister resorts - great events. Everybody in Cabo was friendly and helpful. We had a great trip, and we recommend an RCI exchange to Mexico.
- Robert & Mary T. from St. James, MO
Saturday, October 20, 2012 by
We 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
Friday, October 19, 2012 by
My two young boys were Lego fanatics. I considered their passion for the colorful little bricks when we made our vacation plans. I was so excited to find an exchange at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort. The beautiful resort, also known for their amazing flowers in the spring, is situated next to the LEGOLAND theme park in Carlsbad, California...My boys were in heaven and we had a two day pass. As a father, I can say that the joy my kids experienced on this vacation made this one of my favorite RCI exchanges.
- Vincent R. from Honolulu, HI
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by
I exchanged my first RCI week to send my parents to Sedona for their 50th Anniversary. I asked them separately where they would like to go if they could go anywhere in the world. Being 83 and 88 respectively, they are well-traveled. Without talking to each other, they each said the Grand Canyon. We found this resort and they couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. They found themselves a guide who drove them to the Canyon for the day. He filled their days with fascinating details and they were very comfortable with him. The chef at the resort turned out to be a phenomenal cook from Canada (which reminded them of their now Canadian daughter who sent them on this trip) and my parents (who are big foodies and plan every trip meal-by-meal) decided to stay at the resort and eat his food every meal. My mother sat at the pool and relaxed for the first time in her life. My parents were nervous about going this far from home by themselves but came back asking when they could do another trip through RCI!
- Maggie K. from Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 7, 2012 by
On April 28, 2012, RCI hosted another subscribing member event as part of the Inside RCI: The Road Show tour. Following the success of our last event in Elizabeth, NJ in November 2011, we decided to hit the Midwest and welcomed Chicago area members to an afternoon of prizes, food, fun and learning at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.
Over 125 RCI® members (plus their guests) attended and RCI had close to 30 associates on hand to answer any general or personal, account-specific questions. Representatives of our leadership team led informative sessions on recent enhancements to the RCI Weeks program. They also provided step-by-step instructions on how to deposit and exchange a week for a vacation. Members also had the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with RCI associates.
The event feedback was extremely positive and many members felt so comfortable and confident with their membership that they renewed on the spot and some even deposited and/or exchanged their week.
We view these events as an integral part of our member outreach. Your comments and feedback allow us to further improve our product and member experience.
Keep a look out for announcements on the next stop of Inside RCI: The Road Show. It could very well be in your area.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Ft. Myers, FL using an exchange through RCI and it was the trip of our lives. We went deep sea fishing, played golf, went in the ocean and gathered sea shells to take home for a "fish bowl" we now display in our living room. The accommodations were great and we thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip. We plan to revisit there on our 10th anniversary or maybe sooner!
- Joanie C. from South Fulton, TN
Monday, July 2, 2012 by
For our wedding present a member of our family gave us their exchange week. The RCI Vacation Guide was so helpful when we chose a location to exchange. It was the tone that set the whole vacation. The resort entertainment staff made our vacation unforgettable. We played the newlywed game and beach volleyball and sang Karaoke. We had a wonderful time at an RCI designated Gold Crown Resort and are now RCI subscribing members ourselves. Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon.
- Felisa M. from Patchogue, NY
Saturday, December 8, 2012 by
Because we loved our first exchange in Cabo, we decided to do another and tried Pueblo Bonito Resort at Sunset Beach. What a beautiful resort! We hated to leave. From the breathtaking views of the ocean, the awesome landscaping, the variety of birds, the excellent restaurants, numerous pools to opt to visit, the exceptional staff, the great accommodations… it was truly paradise.
- Carole from Gurnee, IL
Thursday, June 28, 2012 by
We have been going to the RCI affiliated resort Aruba Beach Club on Eagle Beach for over 30 years. We have always had good experiences with all of our exchanges through RCI.
- Don and Donna S. from Hampstead, NH
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by
We stayed at the Costa Linda 2 years in a row. The Costa Linda has the most beautiful beach on the Island. The rooms were perfect, they made you feel like you were in your own home. The staff was very professional and courteous. We stayed for 2 weeks, and are planning to return. We stayed at another hotel the first two times we went to Aruba, but are glad we chose to exchange through RCI. RCI set up our air fights, made all of the reservations for us with just one phone call.. We have also used RCI to make quite a few trips here in the states. They have not disappointed us in the 5 years we have been with them. We have also spoken with other people that have been with RCI for many more years, and they are very pleased with the organization. I know we will stay with RCI for a long time.
- Ellen O. from Lansdale, PA