Friday, February 26, 2010

Timeshare Rental Makes a Great Vacation Bargain

Did you get a chance to read this article posted by ABC News: “Vacation Bargains Found in Timeshare Rentals”? Ric Romero of KABC in Los Angeles, California recently teamed up with Mandy Walker of Consumer Reports and reported that renting a timeshare is a great way to take the family on vacation for a bargain price.

As a timeshare owner, you already know that timeshares are a great way to vacation with the whole family because of all the extra space available, a kitchen to save money on eating out and the amenities included at the resort. The best discovery reported by the news article was that, “You don't need to buy one to enjoy one,” and that’s where RedWeek.com comes in.

Redweek.com was mentioned as one of the top online resources for timeshare rental. They pointed out how easy it is to rent a timeshare from an owner and that you can easily find a resort based on activities and locations you enjoy, such as golf timeshares or beaches.



Renting a timeshare is also a great way to decide if buying a timeshare resale is right for you. After you rent at your favorite resort a few times, you may be ready to buy and when you do, RedWeek.com is also there for you. Save money and buy a timeshare resale from an owner and avoid the costly markup charged by the developer. Remember, travel bargains are available for you on RedWeek.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Plan a St. Patrick’s Day Vacation to Your Timeshare

PhotobucketMarch is known as a transitional month, caught between winter and spring, and it brings its own fun by giving us St. Patrick's Day. This traditional Irish holiday is widely celebrated in the U.S., so plan a "transitional" vacation to get you out of your winter rut. Rent a timeshare and join in the celebrations by a wee bit a' wearin' o' the green - after all, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

In Ireland St. Patrick's Day is an annual religious feast day that celebrates St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. In America it is a celebration of all things Irish by wearing green, eating traditional Irish food, coloring other foods green, imbibing at Irish-American pubs, and attending parades.

Parades are an essential part of Irish heritage, and St. Patrick's Day parades have a particularly long history in the U.S. The first parade was organized in the colonies by the Irish Society of Boston in 1737. New York City held its first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762. Since he commanded soldiers of Irish decent in the Continental Army, George Washington allowed the troops to parade and then gave them a holiday on March 17, 1780, as a sign of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.

Today, St. Patrick's Day parades abound across America. Top Ten lists include Chicago, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri. Rent a New Orleans timeshare and watch a particularly fun St. Patrick's Day parade that has a bit of Mardi Gras tossed in as strings of colorful beads are thrown to the spectators, along with cabbages and potatoes.

Rent a New York City timeshare and attend the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world. Upwards of 150,000 marchers are in this parade, including numerous bands, firefighter groups and cultural clubs. It is always led by the U.S. 69th Infantry Regiment, an Irish heritage unit and the originator of the "Fighting Irish" nickname.

Renting a San Francisco timeshare will give you the chance to enjoy the oldest and biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration west of the Mississippi. Here the parade marches along the trolley tracks, and is billed as one of the most fashionable parades in the country. The post-parade Festival showcases Irish culture by continuing the all day fun with Irish entertainment, food and an arts and crafts fair.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spend Easter at a Disney Timeshare

Decorated with thousands of Easter Lilies and all kinds of colorful Easter Eggs, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is the spring-time place to visit. Join Mickey and Minnie and the entire Disney gang decked out in their Easter finest when you rent an Orlando timeshare or Disney timeshare and enjoy an Easter that is magical like none other.

Lots of fun Easter activities are planned in the Magic Kingdom, beginning with Easter greetings from two of Mickey and Minnie's best friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. Not only will your kids be able to get a fuzzy bunny hug, but they'll also get to see this spring-time couple in the Easter parade.

Epcot will be celebrating spring and Easter in a big way, starting with the huge Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival that stretches from March 3 - May 16, 2010. Literally millions of flower blooms will cover Epcot and the International pavilions. The Disney-themed topiaries scattered around Epcot will be sure to delight the youngsters. Imagine seeing Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy - completely made out of flowers!

The kids will also be thrilled with close encounters of hundreds of beautiful butterflies in Minnie's' Magnificent Butterfly Garden. And other Epcot children's Easter activities include an Easter Egg hunt for 3-9 year olds, and an Easter Egg relay for kids 6-12.

The festival also offers demonstrations and hands-on experiences in gardening, taught by Disney's award-winning horticultural staff, as well as many celebrity garden experts. You can even take a behind-the-scenes tour exploring what it takes to put on this amazing festival.

Even Epcot's various countries get involved with the festival. For example, visit the United Kingdom to learn about English Tea Gardens. In Italy you'll encounter Amore nel Giardino (Love in the Garden) and learn the secrets to creating cascading floral containers. In Japan it's the ancient art of Bonsai taught in a beautiful Japanese Garden setting.

In the evenings attend the "Flower Power" concerts held at Epcot's American Gardens Theater. During the festival the clock will be turned back to those heady days of the 1960s and 1970s when "Flower Power" ruled. You'll truly be transported back when you watch David Cassidy sing "I Think I Love You," and Tony Orlando sing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon." Other performers for 2010 include Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman's Hermits, and Jose Feliciano.

Walt Disney World also offers you an opportunity to attend Easter religious services. Both Protestant services and Catholic Mass will be held at the Contemporary Resort in the Fantasia Ballroom.

Don’t miss your chance to make this Easter celebration special for your family. Plan to rent a timeshare for your Easter vacation while resort listings are still available.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts Selected by RedWeek.com Users

We’ve released our Annual Top 25 list of timeshare rental resorts! Brand new timeshares and recently opened resort phases marked the most significant additions to this year’s list. Marriott Vacation Club International has six resorts new to the list for 2010 for an impressive nine resorts overall in the top 25. Disney Beach Club Villas in Orlando secures the number one slot for the second year running.

The top chosen timeshare rental resorts continue to group in the popular vacation destinations. Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii have 16 of the top 25 top picks with New York, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cabo San Lucas having two resorts each on the list.

The Top 25 timeshare rental resorts for 2010 are:
  1. Disney’s Beach Club Villas - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  2. Harborside Resort at Atlantis - Paradise Island, Bahamas

  3. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas - Lahaina, Hawaii

  4. Marriott's Crystal Shores - Marco Island, Florida

  5. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  6. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas - Lahaina, Hawaii

  7. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina, Hawaii

  8. Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  9. Marriott's Aruba Surf Club - Palm Beach, Aruba

  10. The Manhattan Club - New York City, New York

  11. Costa Linda Beach Resort - Oranjestad, Aruba

  12. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club - Palm Beach, Aruba

  13. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club - Kapolei, Hawaii

  14. Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  15. Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  16. The Westin St. John - Virgin Grand Villas - St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

  17. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort - East Village - Kissimmee, Florida

  18. Disney’s Old Key West Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  19. Wyndham Old Town Alexandria - Alexandria, Virginia

  20. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Oranjestad, Aruba

  21. Playa Grande Resort - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

  22. Villa Roma Resort Lodges - Calicoon, New York

  23. Playa Linda Beach Resort - Palm Beach, Aruba

  24. Marriott's Frenchman's Cove - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

  25. Casa Dorada at Médano Beach - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Monday, February 22, 2010

Timeshare Travel Planning: Best Caribbean Beaches

PhotobucketIn a previous post "Plan a Timeshare Vacation in Grand Cayman" we mentioned that Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach had recently been named "The Caribbean's Best Beach" by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. Here we will list several other Caribbean beaches that at one time or another have also been given that title, and are still considered "Best" by those who love them.

Rent a timeshare in the Bahamas and visit amazing Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island. These rose-colored sands are iconic to the Bahamas. The lovely color is created from the pink shells of microscopic sea animals called Foraminifera that have been washed ashore. Stretching for over 3 miles along side the crystal clear turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea, the pink hue of this beach shows Mother Nature as a true artist. Beyond Pink Sands Beach is a reef allowing for excellent snorkeling.

Rent a Barbados timeshare and explore the island's west coast beaches, collectively called the Platinum Coast - formally known as Barbados' Gold Coast. As opposed to the rougher southern coast, the beaches of the Platinum Coast are considered idyllic, with soft sand and calm, clear waters. Because of the calm waters you'll enjoy great swimming and snorkeling here. And these beaches are often nearly deserted, perfect for those who yearn for peace and relaxation, and romantic strolls.

Most Aruba timeshares for rent are located along spectacular Palm Beach. What has been called "a gorgeous sliver of alabaster sand" this beautiful beach is especially picturesque, sprinkled with palm trees and palapa huts. Palm Beach is located on the southwest coast of Aruba where the soft trade winds will keep you cool as you sunbathe and relax in what many consider a corner of true paradise. Also known as Aruba's "Best Fun Beach" there is plenty to do here, including snorkeling, swimming, and even fishing and sailing. Take a walk from one end of Palm Beach to the other and you'll pass many luxury resorts. Each resort opens its property to the beach, giving you the opportunity to go exploring - find hidden tropical gardens, tinkling waterfalls, and even fun beach bars, all open to the public.

Friday, February 19, 2010

How Does RedWeek.com Work for Timeshare Rentals?

RedWeek.com is the largest on-line marketplace for timeshare owners to advertise timeshare rentals, resales or exchanges. There's a reason that RedWeek has over 1,000,000 online members. It's easy to: post your timeshare resort with your specific information, edit the post when necessary, respond to inquiries, and complete the transaction.

How Does It Work?
As a timeshare owner, you post your timeshare and Redweek.com brings you customers. You get email offers and have all the control regarding the transaction. If you are visitor to RedWeek.com interested in a timeshare resale or rental, the budget-friendly membership fee of just $14.99 for 12 months gives you access to all of the timeshare postings on RedWeek.com so you can choose the perfect vacation destination.

Posting Timeshares
Once you have become a member, posting your timeshare for resale or rent is done through accessing "Your Account." There you will get important help such as the step-by-step process for posting a resale and the step-by-step process for posting a rental. Other questions, such as "How do I complete the transaction?" and "How should I price my timeshare rental or resale?" are also answered. In "Your Account" it's also easy to quickly view, edit, renew or deactivate your postings.

It’s Easy
Redweek.com makes things easy. With just a few clicks of your mouse you can find a specific destination. Then you'll see all of the resorts listed that have a timeshare for rent, resale or exchange. Browsing through each resort's site will give you information on not only that resort's amenities, but the timeshares that are available and their specifics. And there are plenty of up-to-date photos to give you a good idea what the resort and the units look like.

How Do I Contact a Timeshare Owner?
When you find an offering you're interested in, you will contact the owner personally, through an email address or a telephone number. This information is found in the "Details and Contact" section of every posting. At this point, if you're not already a RedWeek.com member you will be asked to join in order to be able to contact the timeshare owner.

Your membership will also give you access to members' reviews of that resort, and additional details of the timeshare unit posted by the owner to further assist you in making a decision. If you are unable to connect with the owner to arrange a transaction, notify RedWeek.com within 30 days and you will receive a full refund of your membership fee.

Managing your timeshares and taking timeshare vacations is easy, fun, and budget-friendly when you partner with RedWeek.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

RedWeek.com: A Timeshare Community and DIY Marketplace

RedWeek is the largest on-line company for timeshare rentals, re-sales and exchanges. Over 1,000,000 members enjoy the services, forum, and resource section that RedWeek.com offers as part of their community.

RedWeek's on-line site is actually a do-it-yourself marketplace. Here owners list timeshares for resale, exchange and rent. Individuals contact the owners directly, and the transaction is done between the owner and the individual. RedWeek provides a community for transactions but does not participate directly in them.

However, RedWeek's Timeshare Resource Section is full of user-friendly, helpful information including FAQS, explanations, suggestions and articles, to assist any type of transaction, and its Customer Service staff stands ready to answer important questions. You'll also find helpful reviews of resorts, a list of the top timeshare resorts by members, and other information such as what timeshares are pet-friendly, which resorts have casinos, resorts that are all-inclusive, etc.

No matter what type of transaction you will be involved in, RedWeek recommends using an escrow service. As RedWeek explains, for peace of mind an escrow service allows members to enter into an agreement with an individual without the financial security concerns that could otherwise be associated with private transactions.

RedWeek.com uses the leading timeshare escrow company, First American Title Insurance Co., as a third-party handling service for the timeshare transactions of its members. Easy step-by-step instructions on using this escrow service are provided on the timeshare web site.

Currently membership with RedWeek.com is a budget-friendly $14.99 for a full 12 months and is required in order to add a posting. Postings can be added to your resort's page at a cost of just $24.99 for each 6-month rental posting, and $59.99 for each 12-month resale posting. RedWish want ads cost just $9.99 for 6 weeks. A full list of timeshare posting pricing and benefits can be found at RedWeek.com.

"RedWish" is another RedWeek.com service. Here you can list requests for timeshare rentals or exchange for a specific resort, destination and/or date. This is an easy way of connecting with a timeshare owner who may have just what you're looking for.

If you are not already part of the RedWeek.com community, create a free guest account today and start browsing the 5,000 timeshare resorts available for rent, resale and exchange. You’ll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Timeshare Resorts Help Clean the World

Orlando and Buena Vista resorts, including Westgate Timeshare Resorts, Disney Vacation Club Timeshares, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, are joining forces with Clean the World. Clean the World is an Orlando-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide impoverished people with soap.

Every year thousands of poverty-stricken people around the world die of respiratory diseases and diarrhea because they have no soap and so are unable to maintain any kind of cleanliness. In an attempt to prevent this tragedy, Clean the World distributes soap, along with associated educational materials and training, to both impoverished countries and domestic homeless shelters.

The Westgate resorts in Central Florida, including the Westgate Blue Tree Resort, The Westgate Palace, and The Westgate Towers, Wyndham resorts including Wyndham Bonnet Creek, and all of the Disney timeshares, donate the partially-used complimentary soap and shampoo that guests leave behind, to the Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program. The soap and shampoo is then sterilized and distributed to needy people around the world. A bonus is that these items then do not end up in a land-fill.

In 2009, Clean the World distributed more than 230 tons of hygiene products to countries worldwide. “By joining our program, these resorts will help provide even more supplies for those in desperate need,” said Shawn Seipler, co-founder and executive director of Clean the World.

Since the earthquake in Haiti, Clean the World has stepped up its campaign and is distributing donated personal care products to the stricken Haitian people in its relief efforts. “The scope of destruction caused by this disaster is compounded by the fact that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. There is a desperate need for even the most basic necessities," stated Seipler. The partnership of Clean the World with major resorts is making this relief effort possible.

When you stay at one of these timeshare resorts, you, too, will be helping to make a difference in the lives of people around the world desperate for this kind of help.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Plan a Timeshare Vacation in Grand Cayman

Planning your 2010 family vacation? Rent a Grand Cayman timeshare, and enjoy a taste of the beautiful Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman offers a multitude of places to see and things to do for every member of the family.

The islands are actually "coral heads" that cover the ice-aged peaks of a massive underwater ridge. Grand Cayman, at 76 square miles, is by far the largest of the three Cayman Islands, and is the location of the beautiful resorts, most of which are spread along Seven Mile Beach. World renowned for its stunning beauty, this beach was recently honored as "The Caribbean's Best Beach" by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine.

This is a public beach so you can enjoy the unique opportunity of walking unhindered the entire length, past the resorts and villas. Along Seven Mile Beach (which is actually just five and a half miles long), you'll find restaurants open to the public in the various resorts, and several public beach bars. Open grilling is allowed, and pets are free to roam the beach off leash.

Stingray City is the popular snorkeling area where you can actually play with friendly stingrays, many of which are tame enough to eat out of your hand.

Boatswain's Beach is a 23 acre marine park that includes the government-owned green turtle farm. Your family can enjoy many different water games in the largest fresh-water swimming pool in the Cayman Islands. Predators Reef offers a close-up look at sharks and other predatory fish in a unique setting under a thatched roof, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Two sparkling lagoons have coral and colorful marine life, splashing waterfalls, and party beaches. Through-out the summer children ages 6 - 12 can attend the Boatswain's Beach Summer Camp with daily fun activities that teach an appreciation of the environment, marine wildlife, and Cayman's unique cultural heritage.

Morritt's Tortuga Club timeshare resort (see photo) offers a complete diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing program plus an array of activities and nightly entertainment. For those with young children, the resort has a playground with swings and a slide plus three pools. Adults will enjoy the water exercise program and swim up pool bars.

A timeshare vacation on Grand Cayman will give your family a grand experience on a wonderfully unique island in the Caribbean.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Travel Tips for your Colorado Timeshare Vacation

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Planning a ski trip vacation to one of the many Colorado timeshares available? There are many ski resorts and numerous timeshares for rent and exchange in this beautiful state. If you'll be a first-time visitor to the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado we have some tips for you to help make your vacation enjoyable.

Altitude Sickness
Seeing has how the capitol of Colorado, Denver, is already a mile high, you can imagine what awaits you up in the mountains. For example, Steamboat Springs sits at 6900 fit, Vail is 7900 feet, and the altitude of Breckenridge is a whopping 9600 feet. And that's all before you head further up the mountains for your day of skiing.

Almost half of the visitors to the Colorado mountains experience some form of altitude illness. Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath with just minimal exertion, nausea and lack of appetite. The good news is that for most people, this can be a self-limiting problem. Tips for acclimatizing include keeping well hydrated. This means drinking 3-4 quarts of water a day. You'll also want to stay away from tobacco and alcohol during the first couple of days that you're acclimating. And do not succumb to the urge to sleep during the day. Since respirations decrease during sleep that will only exacerbate the symptoms.

Proper Clothing
It's a lot colder at higher altitudes, but wearing one heavy parka isn't the answer. Colorado mountain weather is very changeable. You'll quickly notice the difference when a sunny day with still air becomes much colder when clouds and wind suddenly move in. The solution is to dress in layers. And wear clothing that is made out of breathable fabrics, such as "smart wool" that draws moisture away from the skin.

Sunburn
Ultraviolet light is much more intense at higher altitudes where the atmosphere is thinner. When skiing you're also prone to sunburns due to the reflection of the sun off of the snow. Your face - and your lips - should be protected with sunscreen of at least 15 SPF. Remember to re-apply your sunscreen several times during the day. And be sure to protect your eyes from the intense ultraviolet rays with sunglasses or ski goggles that have UV protection.

Keeping these simple tips in mind will make your Colorado timeshare ski vacation a fun experience that you're likely to want to repeat year after year.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Interval International Highlights Appeal of Caribbean Timeshares

Interval International (II), a leading global provider of vacation services reported recently that they are seeing a number of positive trends that reinforce the appeal of the Caribbean market to timeshare owners. II members are visiting the region in increasing numbers and those planning to buy a timeshare indicated that this is a top area of interest for a timeshare resale purchase.

“Member demand for vacation exchange and resort rentals in the Caribbean is strong and we continue to affiliate new projects throughout the region,” said David C. Gilbert, executive vice president of resort sales and marketing for Interval International.

Interval reported that bookings into the Caribbean increased approximately nine percent from January through November 2009, in comparison to the previous year. This news is encouraging in light of the economic challenges that have adversely affected vacationers traveling to Caribbean timeshares and abroad.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rent a Colorado Timeshare in Aspen for the Experience of a Lifetime

Aspen is the darling of all of Colorado's ski resort towns. Founded in 1879 as a silver mining camp, during its peak years in the early 1890s it was the most productive silver mining district in the United States. Today it is an upscale tourist center and a popular destination for celebrities. It's a popular destination for vacationers, too. You can rent a timeshare here and hob nob all you like.

Well known for its spectacular mountain landscapes, Aspen nestles in the high Colorado Rocky Mountains along the Roaring Fork River, a tributary to the mighty Colorado River. The town was made most famous by its long-time resident, singer John Denver, who wrote several songs about it, including "Aspenglow." Today many celebrities have second homes here, including Goldie Hawn, Michael Douglas, Lance Armstrong, and even Prince Bandar, former Saudi ambassador to the United States, who has recently listed his 56,000 sq. ft. Aspen compound for $135,000,000 USD.

Not only is Aspen in a beautiful locale, and it's always fun to rub shoulders with celebrities, but there's some mighty great skiing to be done there, too. The four local "super quartet" of mountains: Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will give you some of the best skiing to be found anywhere in the world. By renting an Aspen timeshare at one of the following resorts you can stay in Aspen and have it all.

The Hyatt Grand Aspen (see photo above) is a boutique resort built in the Victorian style, and is conveniently located right next to the Aspen Mountain gondola. The units come complete with fireplaces, Jacuzzis and granite countertops. You'll be pampered with a free continental breakfast, twice daily maid service, and even delicious toffee bars with a nightly bed turndown. Even the simple studio suites have a fireplace, a 40-inch TV, a bathroom with heated tile floors, and a patio with teak chairs.

The Ritz-Carlton Club-Aspen Highlands has been, in its own words, "perfecting the art of hospitality, providing our guests with an elegant sanctuary where every wish, no matter how simple or extravagant, will be fulfilled." For skiers it is a fabulous ski-in, ski-out resort, complete with ski valet, and transportation to all other local ski areas. This resort is surrounded by terrain, including the legendary "Highland Bowl," for every class of skier.

For world-class skiing and snowboarding, 5-star restaurants, and the experience of a lifetime, rent a Colorado timeshare in Aspen!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spend Your Tax Refund on a Timeshare Vacation

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Among the top ten most responsible ways to spend your tax refund, as listed by TIME magazine and CNN, is - take a vacation. That's great advice, considering Americans lag way behind most other modern countries in the amount of vacation time taken each year. Plus, if you rent a timeshare on that vacation, you could stretch your refund dollars even farther.

Vacation Stats
Some European countries give workers five weeks of paid vacation per year, and the European Union countries mandate at least four weeks by law. Canadian and Japanese laws require two weeks of annual paid vacation.

The United States is one of the only industrialized countries that does not mandate minimum vacation time by law. The average American who does take vacation time takes only 3 days a year. Many more simply do not take any vacation time at all. The reasons for Americans taking less vacation time are complex, but most people site job pressures.

Vacations and Health
The negative results of this trend are clear, and are something that just about every American worker understands first hand. "Long working hours result in poorer health - Americans are nearly twice as likely to suffer from chronic disease in old age as are Europeans and we live shorter lives," states John de Graaf, a Seattle-based U.S. worker's advocate.

Timeshare Vacations
Using some of your tax refund for a family vacation is clearly in your best interest. And, timeshare owners already know how to save every year when they buy a timeshare resale and have their vacations pre-paid!

Many timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges are available in luxury resorts from Maine to Mexico, from the Caribbean to Hawaii, from Las Vegas to Orlando, for less than $100/night. For that affordable amount you can sleep several people and you'll get a fully equipped kitchen for saving even more money on meals. The luxury resort's many amenities are also included in that price.

Most Americans live within driving distance of at least one budget timeshare resort, so if you find the cost of plane tickets daunting don't let that stop you from enjoying a full, relaxing, away-from-it-all vacation. You, and your family, deserve nothing less.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

BBB Warning for Timeshare Resales

As reported by the Chicago Sun Times online site, timeshare owners need to be on the look-out for companies who offer to quickly sell their timeshare resale and don’t deliver. Some timeshare owners are feeling the crunch during these tough economic times and are trying to get extra cash for their timeshare or save money on their annual dues. They need to be very cautious of fraudulent companies misrepresenting what they can provide.

The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois wants timeshare owners to know that in a typical real estate deal, the fee is paid from proceeds of the sale at the time of the sale, not upfront. If you are contacted by a timeshare company offering to sell your timeshare quickly for fee that you must pay first, be forewarned that this could be a scam.

Complaints have been received on a company called Texas-based Resorts Condos Management, which has received an "F" rating from the bureau. Allegedly the company calls timeshare consumers and informs them that buyers are lined up. They only way to proceed is with a $2,500 deposit. No purchase occurs and refunds are difficult to get.

Here are some tips and suggestions the Better Business Bureau recommends for consumer timeshare resellers:
  • Scrutinize any contract before signing.

  • Find out where will the companies ads for your resale will appear.

  • Determine the criteria the company uses to match potential buyers with sellers.

  • Fees are generally paid at the time of the sale, not upfront.

Monday, February 08, 2010

5 Airplane Tips for your Timeshare Exchange Vacation

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Are you planning a timeshare exchange vacation that will require a long-haul flight? You're definitely looking forward to being there, but getting there is another matter. Long-haul plane flights have their own unique challenges, including sleeping. Here's 5 tips to help you catch a few winks so you'll arrive at your timeshare exchange destination a little more refreshed.
  1. Soft foam earplugs, or even high-tech noise-canceling headphones, will go a long way to shutting out the external world and helping you wrap up in your own cocoon of quiet.

  2. Most planes turn off the overhead lights when you're flying at night, allowing the cabin to be bathed in at least semi-darkness. However, if most of your flight will occur during the day, a sleep mask is almost a must. They can be found in sundry stores, on-line travel stores, and even dollar stores.

  3. A way to rest your head without constantly being worried that you'll flop over onto your seatmate's shoulder is by using sleep pillows. This has become an industry in and of itself, and many different styles are now available, from simple neck pillows to large ones that are inflated and placed on your lap. On-line travel stores are the best source.

  4. Use your MP3 player to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Make a play list of "sleep" music that is quiet and comfortable and that will help you drift off. Make sure it is, or becomes, familiar music so your brain won't think it has to stay awake and listen to these new sounds.

  5. And the most important tip to get to sleep is to relax. It's always hectic getting to the airport and boarding a plane. You'll also be wound up anticipating your exciting timeshare exchange vacation. So take charge of the tenseness in your body. When you're ready to settle down for sleep, start by taking deep, relaxing breaths. Then mentally relax your body, starting with your toes and working your way up, bit by bit, to the top of your head, and remember to relax your facial muscles. Let this take at least a couple of minutes. Then remind yourself that you are on vacation and that now is the time to start enjoying it.
Have a relaxed and happy flight dreaming about the fun you'll be having on your timeshare exchange vacation.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Rent a Timeshare at the Westin Kaanapali

As you plan your timeshare vacation this year, how about the ultimate in pampering, relaxation and stunning natural beauty? Rent a timeshare at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas in Lahaina on Maui in Hawaii, and your family will experience all of these and more.

This resort has richly appointed rooms, an oversized free-form pool with a 100 foot slide, and even offers a grill area that has sunset views. For your teens there's a game room, and the younger set will enjoy a children's activity and care center.

The Westin Kaanapali is set along a pristine expanse of Ka'anapali's North Beach which has been ranked on the "America's Best Beach" list. There is even a farmer's market an easy stroll up the beach walk toward Honokowai where you can get "the best fruits and vegetables on Maui" for your timeshare kitchen.

While staying at your Westin Kaanapali timeshare try some fun activities such as horseback riding. Several stables on Maui offer rides that will take you through breathtaking scenery not otherwise accessible by the public. The Mendes Ranch is a short drive from the Westin Kannapali and is actually a working cattle ranch. It offers horseback riding tours that will take you into lush tropical rainforests. At the Eki Crator you can view some of Maui's largest waterfalls. Finally you'll find yourself cavorting with your horse through the surf of the blue Pacific Ocean.

Perhaps some members of your family might prefer a bike ride. Join the Downhill Maui Bike Tours on an unforgettable sunrise trek down from the summit of Haleakala to the sea. You'll be riding on a custom-built chrome Downhill bike with Hawaii-certified guides. Everyone is provided with a state of the art safety helmet, and because of the cooler temperatures at Haleakala's summit you are also given a warm windbreaker suit and insulated gloves.

Another must-do activity on Maui is joining the Hana Cave Tours. Hike with experienced cave guides through lavatube caverns complete with stalagmites and stalactites. Hand rails are provided along the easy cinder trails, and surprisingly the subterranean temperatures here are comfortable. Those in your family who choose to stay above ground can spend time wondering through the beautiful, and fun, Red Ti Botanical Garden Maze, the only one of its kind in the world.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

See the World’s Most Beautiful Beach in a Wyndham Panama City Timeshare

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When most people begin planning their Florida beach vacation, the Gold Coast (Miami), the Treasure Coast (Vero Beach), and the Paradise Coast (Naples) come to mind for timeshare rentals. This time, how about stepping out of the box and considering the Florida Panhandle. Rent a timeshare at the Wyndham Panama City at Emerald Beach Resort and discover Florida's best kept secret.

The Wyndham Panama City at Emerald Beach Resort is located on Panama City Beach, an area that the locals like to say has "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches," due to the sugar-white sand of northwest Florida and the sparkling emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Within the tower of the Emerald Beach Resort you'll find spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom timeshare units that include living rooms and fully-furnished kitchens. This resort provides chairs and umbrellas on the beach, two swimming pools and a hot tub, as well as the unique Sky Bridge Bar, and an outdoor Tiki Bar.

From 19th century plundering pirates to today's timeshare vacationers, people have been drawn to the beauty and bounty of the Panama City Beach area. Pirates laid in wait here for the richly laden ships bound for Spain, and hoarded their treasure at Spanish Shanty Point on Shell Island off Panama City Beach. So many ships, both of the pirates and the ones they attempted to capture, were sunk here that the area is known as the "Wreck Capital of the World" and offers many exciting spots for scuba diving.

Besides scuba diving, parasailing and jet skiing, Panama City Beach also offers kiteboarding, the hot new water sport trend.

Off the water there are plenty of 2010 events to keep you busy and entertained. Mardi Gras on the Beach, February 5 - 6, is complete with parades, a street dance with live bands, and authentic Cajon food. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 15 - 18, has a full line up of award-winning jazz artists. For a unique experience plan to attend the Gulf Coast Horse and Music Show, April 21 - 24, that combines a premier multi-breed horse show with your beach vacation.

Panama City Beach Bike Week is celebrated on the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September with the Thunder Beach Bike Rally, one of the fastest growing motorcycle rallies in the country. And on November 5th indulge in the Taste of the Beach which features 300 international wines and food samples from the best local restaurants. See all Panama City Beach timeshares.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Planning a Mexico Timeshare Vacation

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Planning a timeshare vacation to Mexico? To help you decide where to rent a timeshare for a fabulous Mexico family vacation, we'll explore the differences between the destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun.

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific Ocean's Bay of Flags (Bahia de Banderas). Thanks to its proximity to the Bay, to the agriculture of the Ameca River valley, and to Sierra mining centers, it has been a thriving Mexican village for several centuries.

The seeds of today's bustling resort city of nearly 200,000 were planted during the 1960s when Mexican law was changed to allow for private land ownership and therefore its sale. Originally centering on accommodating Canadian and American retirees and snow-birds, the word of Puerto Vallarta's beautiful tropical beaches has spawned such rapid resort construction that the area is the fastest growing in the Americas. See Puerto Vallarta timeshares.

Mazatlán
Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific coast, just across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. With a population of nearly 400,000 it is Mexico's largest commercial port. Until the early 19th century, Mazatlán was a small collection of huts inhabited by indigenous peoples whose major occupation was fishing.

Today this beach resort municipality is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. And from here a car ferry takes visitors across the Gulf of California to La Paz, another Mexico resort favorite. Mazatlán was regarded by the generation of film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and John Huston as a sportfishing mecca. See Mazatlan timeshares.

Cabo San Lucas
Known simply as "Cabo" by Americans, is located, along with San Jose del Cabo, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. A relatively small resort area, with a population of just under 60,000, it has the largest marlin tournament in the world. Cabo is known for a raucous party atmosphere, while its neighbor, San Jose, has a more laid-back colonial residential feel. The twin cities are bridged by the Tourist Corridor consisting of exclusive golf course and white sand beach resorts frequented by the rich and famous. See Cabo San Lucas timeshares.

Cancun
Cancun is on the eastern side of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. In 1967 when the Banco de Mexico decided to develop a tourist city, the area had only 3 inhabitants and only 117 people lived in a near-by fishing village. Today, with a population of over 200,000, Cancun is known as "Mexico's Caribbean Jewel." There are over 150 hotels in Cancún with more than 24,000 rooms and 380 restaurants for the four million visitors that arrive each year to enjoy one of the most beautiful beach areas in the world. See Cancun timeshares.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Timeshare Resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii has a number of resorts where you can rent a timeshare and take your family to the most fascinating island in the Hawaiian chain. Still growing from constant lava flows, the Big Island offers many unique experiences.

Rent a timeshare at the Kona Coast Resort II in the Kailua-Kona district. Here you'll have the perfect base for exploring this wonderful island. The Volcanoes National Park is an easy day trip, and historical sites such as the City of Refuge are close by. Public beaches are within walking distance or just a short drive away. The on-site activity center offers classes from hula dancing to silk painting.

Just minutes from the resort you can catch a snorkeling tour that takes you to an ocean preserve in Kealakekua Bay, famous as the site of the fatal attack on Captain Cook. One of the nearby sandy beaches offers snorkeling on your own, where you'll encounter magnificent sea turtles as well as colorful tropical fish.

Another resort on the Big Island where you can rent a budget timeshare is the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort, also in the Kailua-Kona district. This beautiful resort is designed in the charming Old-Hawaiian style of the 1930s, complete with Palm-thatched roofs.

The Big Island is famous for its huge orchid industry, and at the Kona Hawaiian you can take a class in lei making out of piles of gorgeous dendrobium orchids. Located directly across from the shore, you'll drift asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves.

Since the Big Island is less tourist-driven than the other islands, you'll be able to experience the ambience of the normal every-day life of Hawaiian residents. Enjoy multi-plex movie theaters, shop where the locals do and find aloha-style clothing for inexpensive souvenirs. And, you'll be able to purchase groceries at reasonable prices from stores such as Costco and Safeway to stock your Hawaii timeshare kitchen. Aloha!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Harborside Resort at Atlantis Timeshare is a Must See Destination

The Harborside Resort at Atlantis, in Paradise Island, Bahamas is an amazing mega-resort offering over 250 timeshare rentals in every price range. Built on a grand scale in the fantasy design of ancient Atlantis, this resort is one of the top vacation destinations for people from all over the world. The resort’s natural beauty is perfect for relaxation, and activities such as the 50,000 sq. foot casino, and the theme park Aquaventure, are perfect for excitement and a “must see” for vacation travelers.

Miles of sugar white sand beaches along the crystal turquoise waters of the Caribbean make the Atlantis resort the quintessential Bahamas destination. What you've ever dreamed of the Bahamas being you'll find right here at the Atlantis. Along with much, much more.

This resort has morphed into a tourist attraction in and of itself. Spread over 63 acres is the theme park Aquaventure, the world's largest outdoor marine habitat. Thrill rides here include The Current-River Ride, a mile-long inner tube ride that includes lifts and drops, a stretch of white water rapids, and an 80-ft long section of underground tunnels and caves. The Power Tower waterslide is 120 feet high with four ways to get down including The Abyss, The Drop, and The Surge. These thrill rides are made even more exciting with special effects including fire, water, smoke, fog and high-tech video effects.

Besides Aquaventure, the rest of the Atlantis resort's 140-acre waterscape includes lagoons with sharks and pools with manta-rays, and a waterslide designed like a Maya Temple ruin. There is even a special "waterplay zone" for kids that includes a kiddie pool with a slide and even waterfalls. And try the fun aqua-trikes on the beach.

The Atlantis resort is great for adults with the casino, spa and gym, and great for kids with the water activities, KidsClub at Atlantis, and baby-sitting services. Perfect for budget-minded families, you'll find yourselves also sharing the resort with numerous celebrities. So look through the many timeshare rentals and find one to fit your budget for a truly remarkable family Caribbean vacation.