Friday, May 25, 2012 by
Even though we are residents of Southern California, we exchanged our timeshare to stay close to home. We stayed at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, CA. This is a very nice resort for families. Everything you could possibly need is nearby. We went about 10 minutes down the road for a nice family day at the beach. LEGOLAND is about a hop, skip and a jump away. Couldn't ask for a better location!
- Lori W. from Sun City, CA
Friday, May 18, 2012 by
We were prepared: rain coats, rain pants, rain hats, long underwear, boots, and more. Our first day, the fog was so thick it could be cut with a knife - we were prepared. The next days we were trying to buy sunscreen - nothing but stunning beauty, with the natives remarking that the weather was weird - just what was that bright thing in the sky? Whales of all kinds - big ones, small ones, black ones, white ones, and sea otters and big seals...
And, oh, the fall color...it was like someone had a large pot of yellow and orange paint and just wasn't satisfied until the entire landscape was painted. Onto Denali - we saw all sides of the mountain... such grandeur, such beauty. We got home found our rain gear and set it aside for our next trip to Alaska - who knows it might just rain on the next one. This one was a trip never to be forgotten.
- Lionel K. from Winlock, WA
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by
Friendships survive the years and enhance one's life! Graduating from high school in 1952 verifies that I am not a young chick. After all of those years following high school, my best friend and I took a cruise - my first one. The experience was one of a lifetime -- starting with a trip from Scottsdale, AZ to Orlando (where my friend resides) - the first leg of this trip. Traveling from Orlando via bus to south Florida put us at the cruise departure point. What a wonderful cruise experience -- yes, all the comforts of home and the luxury of a first class cruise. The best memory I have after 24 years with RCI! And the perfect way to catch up on 59 years of life following high school graduation!
- Betty D. from Scottsdale, AZ
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by
My husband and I booked the Mediterranean cruise in February 2011. The first day we arrived we met another couple from our hometown 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 exchanged for a unit through RCI 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, Yukon, Canada
Friday, May 11, 2012 by
STORY CONTEST WINNER!
We were vacationing on Grand Bahama October 2010. One evening, my husband was out by the seawall of Mayfield Beach & Tennis Club and heard some whimpering below. He discovered a dog, stranded on some rocks with the tide filling in around him. My husband lifted the dog to safety. He looked thin and hungry, so we fed him that night (and of course, he returned the next day!) We fed him again and gave him fresh water. My husband contacted the Humane Society of Grand Bahama to pick him up. There was something in that dog's eyes that spoke to us. In our 30 years of marriage, we never owned a dog...even though my husband has been hinting at getting one for several years. The next day, my husband Leo went to the Humane Society to visit the dog and donate some food. They took a picture of him and the dog with our camera. When we returned home, I contacted the Humane Society of Grand Bahama via email and attached a picture of Leo and the little "Potcake" (they tell us it's a mixed breed indigenous to the Bahamas). I asked if it was at all possible to adopt this dog, and can we get him up to the northeast? I wanted to surprise my husband and bring the dog here. They were so accommodating! When Leo told me he also contacted the shelter about adoption, I immediately had to contact the humane society again and tell them I wanted to keep this a surprise for Leo...to please tell him that the dog has either been adopted, or is not medically ready to transport yet. They played the game so well...and within a couple of weeks, our little Buddy was on his way to us. The first leg of his trip was on a private pilot's lap from Grand Bahama. When he reached Ft Lauderdale, a foster mom picked him up and brought him to her house (she attached a lovely note on his crate to us saying that we had a "real special dog" here). The foster mom brought him back to the airport the next morning and after a stop in Atlanta, I finally got to meet our little Potcake at our local airport in CT. My son and I brought him home. When we brought him in the house, my husband was in shock...really didn't say much, just kind of fell to the floor, and the dog and him rolled around playing with each other. I had a lot of support from friends, so they all entered the house after the initial homecoming to wish Leo and our little potcake "Buddy" well. He really is the sweetest dog and best Buddy ever!
- Submitted by: vcegelka
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by
Well, my parents told me we were going on vacation. I got to the airport --that plane was bigger than the world! We got on the plane and took off. Why did they go soooo fast? I wasn't in that big of a hurry! When we got to Cabo , our resort was the best..Swimming pools and slides and a beach just feet away. Where do I start? Well one day I played in the pool all day. Another day we went to pier and I couldn't believe my eyes---there was Captain Hook--my good friend! Then I tried on several sombreros. Why are they so big! Next day I went para sailing--how fun. While at divorce beach I held 6 iguanas. Mom and dad said NO to bringing one home. I spent another day at my resort. What fun.. This is my story thru the eyes of a 4 year old.
- Submitted by: cowboys
Friday, April 20, 2012 by
I had never been on a vacation before...ever. For our wedding gift, my in-laws gave my husband and me two weeks at any RCI affiliated resort. We chose to go to St. Maarten in the Caribbean and it was paradise! We went to two different resorts - equally wonderful - and when it came time to go back home, I cried and begged to live there forever. Three years later we were invited to hear about RCI at a local hotel. Of course we went and bought a timeshare right then and there. Our honeymoon experience was so amazing that we wanted to always have the option of great vacations! Thanks for starting us off right!
- Alexis P. from Maple Valley, WA
Monday, June 18, 2012 by
Velas Vallarta is our home away from home! It doesn't matter how much time passes between visits, as soon as we arrive it feels like we never left. Velas Vallarta has lush gardens, beautiful views, comfortable rooms, daily/nightly activities, and most importantly, friendly, caring, service-oriented staff who feel like family before you leave and every time you return. Oh yeah, once you experience a massage on the beach, you will be ready to book your next trip on the spot! Velas Vallarta is definitely a favorite for us! We have stayed there at least 3 times and look forward to our next visit! We have always felt very safe in Puerto Vallarta and would recommend this resort to couples, families or friends just getting together for some fun in the sun! Velas Vallarta caters to everyone!
- submitted by "TRAVELBUGZ" from Luling, LA
Friday, April 6, 2012 by
We enjoyed a wonderful family vacation over Christmas and the New Year in Cancun. There was something for everyone in our group of all ages. Sightseeing, resort activities, fabulous weather, glorious beaches at a world renowned resort - hard to believe all made possible by a reasonably priced exchange fee! Never having ventured out of our area through RCI, we were a bit apprehensive about traveling so far from home. The ease and accuracy of travel planning through RCI made all aspects of planning very enjoyable. We found the hotel staff and local people to be warm, friendly & attentive. Thank you for another great vacation.
- Carol W. from Saugus, MA
Friday, March 30, 2012 by
In January of 2009, my wife and I were able to exchange through RCI for a beautiful three bedroom unit at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. We had been to Orlando many times before, but what made this trip so special was that, for the first time, we did it as grandparents. The unit enabled us to bring our oldest son, his wife, and our adorable grandson, RJ. We had all the space and comfort of home. Although we had always enjoyed the great Orlando attractions with our children, seeing them again through the eyes of a grandchild was extraordinary. Without RCI's exchange program, we never would have been able to do it.
- Brian C. from West Sayville, NY
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by
I own at a Vacation Village Resort property so when we went to Orlando, we were going to stay at Vacation Village at Parkway through my home resort. I went to the RCI website to check out reviews on other resorts in the area and ended up staying at the Silver Lake Resort in Kissimmee. The resort has RCI's silver crown distinction and, although we own at a resort with gold crown distinction, we were very satisfied. There was a movie theater and a game room on the property as well as 2 pools. The main pool had a tiki bar and it played the best music...What a great vacation. If it wasn't for RCI's great reviews and details on each resort, we probably wouldn't have had such a great time.
- Reginald M. from Salem, NH
Friday, June 22, 2012 by
We have been going to Mexico since the 70's. We ended up going to Puerto Vallarta 17 years ago and I say we saved the best for last. We go every year and have found the best time for us is early November to early December. The weather is typically in the mid 80's with very little rain. It is not real crowded. We have not had problems getting into restaurants or on a golf course. The people are extremely friendly, the city is clean and we feel safe. We love the fact that when you go to Puerto Vallarta you have vast diversity. Go north, you have Punta Mita at the tip of Banderas Bay or go across the tip and you can be in several small towns on the beach. Go south and you are in the mountains and jungle. The city itself has many areas: downtown, old town, the marina or Nuevo Vallarta. All with a different flare. Hundreds of restaurants from gourmet to the local haunts. If you are a golfer, like us, you have several courses to choose from. When we get to our resort we feel like it is our home away from home. As you can tell we are big fans of P.V.
- Marlene M. from Nisswa, MN
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by
We always enjoy strolling around the marina, which is only a couple of blocks away from our home resort, Velas Vallarta. We also enjoy having an espresso in the mornings and will sometimes have dinner at one of the restaurants while enjoying the view at the marina.
- Ken from Tacoma, WA
Monday, October 1, 2012 by
I went to Mazatlan in August 2011 and spent two weeks at my home resort (Pueblo Bonito Resort at Emerald Bay). I had a wonderful time! The personnel was very friendly, helpful, and kind. The food was delicious, the drinks were tasty, the spa there was fabulous! I spent a lot of time in the pools--yes, there are several. I took a tour and ate dinner downtown at the other Pueblo Bonito on the beach. My room was always cleaned well. The entire staff was so supportive in every way. My Mexican vacation was truly that--a great vacation!!
- Wilma S. from Westfield, IN
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by
It was our son's 10th birthday and we promised him that we would go to Walt Disney World. We stayed at one of the wonderful affiliated resorts there in Kissimmee, Florida and ended up buying a timeshare. It was so great to be able to fix our own meals and the kids could go swimming everyday! We had so much fun and it was so relaxing. We were only 10 minutes away from the theme parks...some nights we could see the fireworks from our place too! It made our son's birthday even better when they gave him a button that said that it was his birthday and everyone at the theme parks all told him "Happy Birthday!" If I had my way we would always stay at a resort for vacation because we can cook our own food, relax, and do laundry so I don't have a whole bunch to do when we get home. It is just like being home, but near a fun place to play too!
- Valerie D. from Nampa, ID
Friday, March 16, 2012 by
My husband, Lou, and I sold our home in Long Beach, California in June of 2004. We sold or stored all our personal belongings until we could find a new home. Thus began our lives as "turtles." Meaning, we managed for the next two months with two suitcases each to exist in the Fort Lauderdale area until we purchased a new home. Kind of like a turtle with everything on our backs! For the next few weeks we stayed in four different RCI affiliated resorts in and around the Fort Lauderdale area. Thank goodness we had so many weeks deposited so we could rest our weary bodies during our new home search. Thank you RCI for all your great vacation guides who supported our efforts to find the best places to stay and enjoy as our homes!
- Kathleen K. from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by
My trip to Fort Lauderdale in 2009 was wonderful. Our friends arrived a day earlier than we did, checked us into the Wyndham Sea Gardens in nearby Pompano Beach, and when we arrived the fridge was already stocked, the music was playing, the pool and weather were great and the kids were ready to swim! We had an absolute blast! Because of my kids' "texting" skills, we heard daily that is was raining back home...sorry! But not here! Sunny and 90!! I loved every minute!
- Jeffrey P. from Superior, WI
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by
We have been RCI subscribing members for about 25 years. We have traveled to Colorado, Florida several times, and Branson. I think our trip to Key West when our grandsons were small was probably the best one ever. We chartered a fishing boat and caught several big fish. We brought them home and had a neighborhood fish fry. When we want to relive that trip, we just get out the video and think of how much fun we had.
- Carolyn R. from Granite City, IL
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by
The hour and a half wave runner tour starting at The Galleon Resort in Key West was a highlight of our stay there last summer. Watersports, private beach, pool, and proximity to Old Town Key West with all it has to offer make the Galleon the perfect place to relax and enjoy a week or more in Key West. An evening sunset cruise or an all-day trip to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park are both close at hand and provide fun on the water. Don't miss the Sunset Celebration (a nightly arts festival) at Mallory Square, the Conch Tour Train ride, or the Hemingway Home and Museum. There is plenty to do both daytime and nighttime. Even flying in and out of the Key West International Airport is an adventure.
- Frederick G. from Forest Hill, MD
Monday, March 5, 2012 by
I visited Key West for the first time since I was a young child in the 1960's. I have dreamed of going back ever since my last visit. My sister and I stayed at The Galleon Resort in the heart of Old Key West which is right along the water. We had a fantastic view out over the water and of the magnificent Key West sunsets. The resort and staff were fantastic. Some highlights of our trip were the day tour we took by boat to the Dry Tortugas National Park, visiting the Hemingway Home and Museum, going to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, shopping, and dining out. Key West is well worth the visit. Many get there on a cruise ship for a few hours, but you cannot beat spending a week there. The people are very friendly and helpful. There is Wi-Fi all over the island. We rented a car from the Miami International Airport, but once we were in Key West, we never used the car. It would be worth the flight directly into Key West and a shuttle to the resort unless you want to enjoy the almost 4 hour drive through the Keys as we did.
- Kim M. from Apple Valley, MN