Still Time to See the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

Awesome. Amazing. Absolutely Unbelievable. Ever wanted to see something that made your jaw drop? That made your kids squeal with delight in wide-eyed wonder? Well, leave it to Disney.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park is one of the most astonishing sights you and your family will ever see. Rent a Disney timeshare in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and take the family for this once-in-a- lifetime (or perhaps the beginning of a family tradition) experience. Your timeshare may be wonderfully budget, but this spectacular encounter is worth a million dollars.

The Osborne family began in Arkansas decorating the outside of their home with Christmas lights that became more and more elaborate over the years. In 1995 Walt Disney World Resort representatives approached the family with an offer to display their spectacular design for all the world to see.

The "primary Holiday Happening" at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Spectacle of Dancing Lights is now an annual tradition. Every building along the Streets of America is completely enveloped in lights. In 2006 the lights were set to music, choreographed to dance with cheerful holiday tunes every 15 minutes. The lights dim then blaze, swirl, swing and twirl. You'll see animated displays of carousels, angels, toy soldiers and even Santa and his reindeer amidst the dazzling buildings. You might even be surprised by softly falling snow!

The stats for this breathtaking sight are formidable: 5 million lights, 32 miles of extension cables, 66 snow machines, and 100 gallons of snow fluid each night. And to make this especially fun for you Disneyophiles - there are 43 hidden Mickeys in this spectacle!

If you can't make it to the Dancing Lights spectacular this year - plan now to rent a timeshare next year for one of the most wondrous Christmas adventures you can give your family. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights dazzles Disney Hollywood Studios every year from mid-November through the first weekend of January.

Never Buy Timeshare While on Vacation

Just picture it. You are at your ideal vacation destination. You are relaxed and soaking up the sun while wiggling your toes in the sand, or skiing the fresh powder on your favorite slopes, or enjoying 18 holes at your favorite golf course and you decide to put some time aside and attend a timeshare presentation. You love the resort and it seems like a good fit with your lifestyle so you can’t see any reason not to sign on the dotted line, right then and there.

Well, think again. While you are at your most relaxed on vacation, you are not in your best business mindset to make such a large financial decision, and the resort developer is counting on that. Even though you love the resort and are ready to make a timeshare purchase, you need to take a step back and think it through without the distraction of being right on the property. Don’t get swept up in the luxury and relaxation the beautiful resort has provided. Do yourself a favor and sleep on it once you are back at home.

The best way to buy a timeshare is on the secondary market. Buying a timeshare resale will help you save money (potentially up to half as much as the developer would charge). Follow these steps for a successful timeshare resale purchase:
  • Research: Do your own online research to be sure you are getting the week and unit size that’s best for you.

  • Get Advice: Connect with other timeshare owners in online timeshare forums to ask questions about the resort you are considering. They will tell you pros and cons.

  • Tax Deductions: Discuss your purchase with your tax professional BEFORE you get a loan. He can tell you how to get the maximum deductions.
Timeshare ownership can be a great experience and help you save on future vacations by locking in your price for accommodations at today’s rates. Make sure that price is as low as it can be by buying a timeshare resale. You’ll be glad you did.

Discover Wet and Wild Marine Life on Your Next Oahu Vacation

Most of us head to Hawaii for sunbathing on gorgeous beaches, playing in sparkling waves, surfing, out-rigger rides, and any host of other fun activities a sunny beach vacation affords. But Oahu has some water activities you may not have thought of - a spotlight on the wonderful array of marine life that is special to the tropics. Rent an Oahu timeshare and head out to discover the wet and wild.

The Waikiki Aquarium is a world class marine research institution founded in 1914, and is under the direction of the University of Hawaii. With over 500 species of marine animals and plants to view, and wonderfully situated along a living coral reef on the Waikiki shore, it has been designated a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center of the tropical Pacific. Here your family will see everything from zebra sharks to the highly endangered Hawaiian Monk seal, and the kids will have fun spotting a real life Nemo and Dori. The Waikiki Aquarium was the first aquarium in the world to breed the chambered nautilus.

Sea Life Park Hawaii is an exciting place to get up close and personal with Hawaii's marine life. This marine attraction is in an incomparable setting, located just 30 minutes from Honolulu on Oahu's windward side, between the beautiful Ko'olau Mountain Range and wonderful Makapu'u Beach. Many interactive programs will give you and your family once-in-a-lifetime experiences when you swim with dolphins, play with sea lions, and even don a diving helmet and walk through the water among colorful reef fish and friendly sea turtles.

Humpback whales like Hawaii just as much as you do, and start showing up in November. By January most have arrived in the warm Hawaiian waters where they reproduce, give birth and nurse their young - and sing. Whale watching is in full-swing from January through April. It is very possible to spot these whales from land, but they generally stay 2-3 miles off shore, and even with binoculars your view of them will be less than impressive. Instead, consider one of the many government-regulated whale watch cruises, some with on-board marine naturalists as guides, and have the exciting adventure of seeing these magnificent marine animals up close.

Focusing on Hawaii's remarkable and precious marine life, your family will truly find their timeshare vacation on Oahu a very special experience.

Vacation in Cancun at the Royal Sands

The Royal Sands, a member of the Royal Resorts family, is a world class resort and spa in Cancun, Mexico. Consistently mentioned in a list of the Top 25 timeshare resorts, you can rent a timeshare here that includes a fully-equipped kitchen, washer, and dryer and a large balcony. This is a perfect opportunity to take the family on a winter trip or gather a group of friends for a holiday in the sun.

This beautiful resort stretches along a beach of the sparkling Caribbean. Cancun is known as Mexico's "Caribbean Jewel", and the Royal Sands lives up to that majestic promise. A frequent theme that runs through reviews of the Royal Sands is the phenomenal staff, who really do treat you like royalty.

The Royal Sands is actually built on property that once was occupied by the Guest House known popularly as Casa Maya, which hosted many presidents and other foreign dignitaries. In the lobby of the Royal Sands you can view photographs of these distinguished celebrities enjoying a relaxing time as Casa Maya guests.

The following review says it all about the Royal Sands:
"This resort is absolutely fantastic. The staff is the nicest that I have ever experienced anywhere. The place is immaculate. Beautiful gardens. I love the onsite grocery store. Has everything you could possibly want at extremely reasonable prices. The restaurant has delicious food; again at extremely reasonable prices. I loved the terrace on each unit. They are huge and it's like having an extra room. The pools are great, the beach is wonderful. I have traveled a great deal and there is absolutely nothing I could find to complain about. Loved it!!!!"
Renting a timeshare at the Royal Sands actually gives you a "five-fer"! One price also allows you unlimited access to all of the amenities, including the beaches, of the four other Cancun Royal resorts: The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Mayan, The Royal Islander, and The Royal in Cancun, with free shuttle service between them. What a royal bargain!

The Top 8 Timeshare Destinations in 2009

Getting ready to plan your 2010 vacation? Take a look at these top 8 timeshare destinations from 2009 and hear what those who have stayed there have to say about each one. Budget conscious travelers can find luxury accommodations for pricing less than typical hotel rooms when they rent a timeshare.

  1. Sheraton’s Vistana Resort, Orlando, FL
    “The landscaping is a work of art over an amazing 135 acres. The staff should be commended for their friendly manner and willingness to help. Pools were great. The view from our balcony was very relaxing - you could watch the fountain spraying water 30 feet in the air in the middle of the lake.”

  2. The Manhattan Club, New York City
    “This Club has location, location, location. Daily maid service, a friendly staff, a knowledgeable concierge. Staying at the Manhattan Club is a truly luxurious experience.”

  3. Harborside Resort at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
    “Landscaping is amazing. It's awesome for adults and even better for families. There is something for everyone at this resort and anyone who goes will love it and want to go back time and time again.”

  4. Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II, Palm Desert, CA
    “This place is so relaxing with it's beautiful Mountain views that change as the sun moves across the sky. Peacefulness and stress free are the words that come to mind when we think of going back.”

  5. Four Seasons Resort Club Aviara, Carlsbad, CA
    “It really is the best! Their service is incomparable. The grounds are really beautiful and huge.”

  6. Westin St. John Resort Villas, St. John Island, U.S. Virgin Islands
    “Westin St. John is a fabulous resort and the island is truly paradise. I have been all around the Caribbean; this secluded resort tops them all.”

  7. Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Lahaina, Maui
    “The beds in all Westin properties are "heavenly" so no issues there! We could not have asked for a better stay. This resort really is a top notch facility.”

  8. Marriott’s Cypress Harbour Resort, Orlando, FL
    “A beautiful resort in a great location with tons of amenities The units are beautiful! Absolutely love it!!!”

To Ski or Swim on Your Winter Vacation? That is the Question

To ski or not to ski. To swim or not to swim. Those are the questions! Winter is a grand season that allows so many different kinds of outdoor activities - all you have to do is choose your vacation destination. We've compiled some great budget ideas for family timeshare vacations that will send you on your way, whether your choice is fun on the slopes or fun in the sun.

Ski Vacations
You can find terrific ski conditions at resorts everywhere from Vermont to Colorado, and Utah to Wyoming.
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at the foot of the splendor that is the Grand Tetons, offers budget-priced timeshare rentals in a posh ski town.

  • Breckenridge, CO, has many fun things for the family to do off the slopes, including dog-sled riding and winter fly fishing.

  • Vermont offers interconnected skiing opportunities at four Stowe resorts; Smuggler's Notch Resort was voted the #1 Ski Resort by North America Family Programs.

  • Park City, UT, says it has "The Best Snow on Earth" and it's also famous for the effervescent Sundance Film Festival in January.
Beach Vacations
Or are you thinking about a timeshare family vacation in the sand and the surf? For shelling and scuba diving and sunbathing you can find fabulous winter getaways in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii.
  • Orlando is the ultimate Florida family vacation destination, with its abundance of theme parks and great resorts. For simply soaking up the sun on fabulous beaches, head for Florida's Treasure Coast on the east, the Paradise Coast on the west.

  • The incomparable azure Caribbean is dotted with a sparkling array of perfect winter vacation spots, including the Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Or visit Mexico's own "Caribbean Jewel," Cancun, and the popular resort towns along the "Mexican Riviera”.

  • Hawaii welcomes you to her beaches in abundance, amidst flowering orchids, musical waterfalls, and the delightful native Polynesian culture. Rent a timeshare on Oahu, Maui or Kauai for a quintessential beach vacation.
From bumpy moguls to splashing waves, from white snow to white sands, the joys of a winter family timeshare vacation await you.

Timeshare Family Christmas Vacation Destinations

There are so many really wonderful places in our country to celebrate Christmas that we've put together a list of budget-friendly timeshare family Christmas vacation destinations that will fill your stocking and then some. So grab that candy cane and let's take a tour.

For the Happiest Place on Earth and the most magical Christmas celebration, Disneyland is the destination. From snow covered castles to dancing gingerbread men to Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Christmas finest, Disneyland in California, and Walt Disney World in Florida, welcome you to the quintessential family Christmas experience.

Americans find a special connection to Christmas in the nation's capital. Washington, D.C., showcases everything from historical Christmas celebrations in the American History Museum to up-to-date fun and frolic by the National Christmas Tree across from the White House.

The excitement of Christmas in a big city is unmatched and New York City has it all, from the dazzling Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to free ice skating in Bryant Park in the shadow of the Empire State Building.

The City by the Bay has its own unique take on Christmas celebrations. In San Francisco you'll find everything to do from building an extravagant gingerbread house to strolling along Victorian England streets with Dickens himself.

New Orleans adds spice to Christmas with its own unique exotic flavors. From a tour of the decorated private residences in the French Quarter to the Celebration in the Oaks Christmas festival held under a lighted canopy of magnificent century-old trees, your Christmas experience will be as special as the Crescent City itself.

In Florida have fun with Santa on an ice speed slide at the Gaylord Palms Resorts fantastical ICE Celebration. Don warm parkas and romp through a Christmas wonderland made entirely out of one million tons of ice.

And finally, the south sea islands, and the sweet sight of …Santa in an out-rigger canoe? And 5 other free fun things to do in Hawaii at Christmas!

Wherever you are and how ever you celebrate, enjoy this special time with your family. Merry Christmas!

Vacation in the City by the Bay for Christmas

San Francisco is a sparkling City by the Bay at Christmas time. Rent a San Francisco timeshare (you can get a timeshare right downtown if you want), and check out why San Francisco is known for its many ways of giving the entire family a great Christmas vacation experience.

As usual in San Francisco there is a holiday boat-load of things to do. The Zoolights and Reindeer Romp at the Zoo will delight the kids with dazzling holiday lights and real reindeer. The Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink is set up at the Embarcadero just during Christmas and is the largest outdoor rink in Northern California

And there are three distinct Holiday activities to celebrate Christmas that are as unique as San Francisco itself.

  • San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the world's first interactive children's museum, has holiday fun in store for the entire family. "Folk Play from Around the World at the Holidays" spotlights Christmas folk arts and crafts from different cultures. Your family can participate in workshops teaching everything Mexican tin art to Turkish rug making. Or take time out to enjoy "A Holiday Animation Festival" a fun holiday film series to help you get in the Christmas mood.

  • The Annual Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza, the "sweetest event of the holiday season," is held across the bay in artsy Sausalito. An easy drive or a fun ferry ride will get you to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Here members of your family can create the most extravagant gingerbread houses their imaginations can conjure up.

  • The Dickens Christmas Fair is housed in the Cow Palace and has been a tradition for 31 years. This huge exhibition hall is transformed into the streets of London, complete with winding lanes that take you past Victorian homes, shoppes and even ale houses. You'll wander amidst carolers, chimney sweeps and characters from Dickens novels, including Fezziweg and Oliver Twist. On six different stages you'll be invited to join mini stage plays depicting scenes from the books, including Fezziweg's happy holiday celebration.
The Fair is a special place for children as they see Father Christmas, taste roasted chestnuts, roll handmade beeswax candles, ride a hand-powered carousel, and watch a real Punch and Judy puppet show. Through December 20th.

Whatever activities you and your family choose to do on your Christmas vacation to San Francisco, it will be a Christmas celebration the entire family will long remember. Relax in your timeshare rental and enjoy this special time together.

Travel to the Gaylord ICE Celebration

There's a resort in Florida that turns to ICE this time of year. Yes, in Florida, where in December people flock for warm sun and orange trees, the Gaylord Palms Resort goes for the frigid and chilly instead. By renting Kissimmee timeshare or nearby Orlando timeshare you'll easily be able to afford to take the entire family to the Gaylord's nationally renowned ICE celebration.

Known as the "Florida Fridge," this incredible exhibition is carved out of one million tons of ice and housed in a structure that is kept at a freezing 9 degrees. Inside (don't worry, the resort provides warm parkas) you'll experience a winter wonderland of interactive exhibits and huge monuments and sculptures made of ice. All hand-carved by a team of renowned artisans from Harbin, China, the icy attraction is spectacularly lit with dazzling colorful lights.

One of the exhibits sure to excite the kids is a life-size ice carousel in the middle of a fun Christmas Carnival. And this year you'll be journeying to the North Pole where you'll watch Santa and his reindeer as they take off on their annual Christmas Eve trip. You can even ride with Santa down an ice speed slide!

One of the most popular displays is a life-size nativity scene carved out of clear ice. As the Gaylord describes it: "It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking depictions of the birth of Christ and along with its stirring narrative track gives guests a moment to pause for reflection on the story behind the season."

The ticket prices for the ICE show at the Gaylord Palms Resort are between $19.99 and $25.99 for adults, depending on the day of the week and the package. All children's tickets (ages 4-12) are just $9.99. This is a magical "you gotta see it to believe it" memory-making Christmas experience for the entire family! Through January 3, 2010.

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Travel to the Southwest Coast of Florida

The beautiful southwest coast of Florida is known as the Paradise Coast. Rent a timeshare in Naples, Bonita Springs, or nearby Marco Island to enjoy a bit of Paradise yourself. When you get there, visit the beach in Naples and see if you agree with the Travel Channel who voted it the best beach in America in 2005.

The area of Naples was settled in the 1800s as a vacation destination. When the promoters touted the stunning bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy" the name of Naples stuck. In 2009 Naples was ranked as "one of the 10 pricey cities worth its high cost." The good news for budget-minded family vacationers is that by renting a timeshare you can enjoy this luxury vacation destination without breaking the bank.

Besides the many water and nature oriented activities available along Florida's Paradise Coast, there are many other things to do and see. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens puts Tiger Forest, Panther Glade, and African Oasis within one beautiful botanical garden. And just within 30 minutes of Naples are the Major League Baseball spring training facilities of both the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox.

The performing arts community is largely why both CNN and Money Magazine have recognized the Naples area as one of the top five "Best places for a long life in the United States." The Philharmonic Center for the Arts plays host to celebrities and regularly brings in touring Broadway shows. The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre has been designated as one of the top three Community Theater companies in the United States.

Retirees renting a budget timeshare here will be glad to know that Naples proclaims itself the "Golf Capital of the World." With over 80 championship golf courses at your disposal, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the links and bring that handicap down! See Naples timeshares. See Marco Island timeshares. See Bonita Springs timeshares.

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Try Steamboat Springs for your Next Family Vacation

Rent a budget timeshare and take the family to ski at famous Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Variously known as "Steamboat," "The Boat," or even "Ski Town, U.S.A." this northern Colorado town tucked in the Rockies is internationally known for its "Champagne Powder® snow."

There are no steamboats high in the mountains. The town was named by early settlers for the bubbling "steamboat" sound of a nearby spring. Today there are two hot springs where your family can have the exhilarating experience of soaking in steamy water while surrounded by snow. In town is the Old Town Hot Springs with multiple pools and two slides. A few miles out of town is the smaller but beautiful Strawberry Park Hot Springs that has two pools and natural rock features.

When you rent a timeshare at the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Steamboat Springs you'll be just minutes from the world-famous ski slopes (see photo). Timeshare rentals here start at just $128/night. The amenities include swimming pools, a game room and a sauna. The units are equipped with full kitchens, washer and dryers and gas fireplaces.

Timeshare rentals at the WorldMark Steamboat Springs Resort start at just $150/night to sleep six. The resort's amenities include, among other things, a Health Club, hot tubs, and a racquetball court. The units have kitchens with a dishwasher, in-room laundry facilities and gas fireplaces.

Besides the thrill of skiing in a world-famous ski area, be it downhill, cross-country, or boarding, Steamboat Springs offers many other winter activities. Go dog-sledding, ice fishing, and helicopter sightseeing. Try ice climbing, ice skating, and snow tubing. Go on a sleigh dinner ride or a photography tour. The opportunities to have a fantastic family winter vacation in Steamboat Springs timeshare are almost limitless!

This Christmas Travel to New Orleans

Christmas in New Orleans is unique with the special flare of French, Creole, American and Caribbean influences. Rent an elegant timeshare at a budget price and experience Christmas in Louisiana's famed Crescent City.

The architecture in New Orleans is famous for its elaborate French and Spanish designs, and examples of the simpler Cajon cottages. You'll have fun exploring these on the many Christmas home tours available.

If you've ever wondered what the inside of the famous French Quarter residences were like, now is your chance to visit these genteel homes on the "French Quarter Holiday Home Tour." Join the friends of the Cabildo on the "Creole Christmas Home Tour" to visit historic houses dressed in Creole Christmas decorations.

New Orleans does Christmas up in sumptuous style for the younger set. Take your kids to the Royal Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Don't worry - in addition to classic tea sandwiches, pizza is also served! The Teddy Bear Tea in the beautifully restored Roosevelt Hotel is held in the opulent Crescent City Ballroom, and includes hot chocolate.

The "Celebration in the Oaks" is widely considered New Orleans' premier Christmas celebration. Held in City Park, the centuries old oak trees, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, are covered in thousands of twinkling lights and provide a magical canopy for an enchanted Christmas festival. Since Katrina the driving tour was eliminated, but the fabulous walking tour has been extended.

There are fun vintage rides the entire family will enjoy, including an antique wooden carousel and a miniature train that tours through the park. The walkways of Carousel Garden and Story land are lined with trees that have been decorated with handmade ornaments by local children - your kids will love choosing their favorites.

Also under the oaks, the "Cajun Night Before Christmas" exhibit includes life-size figures from the book of the same name, which participate in a rollicking animated telling of the story.

The rich history and exotic flavors of New Orleans create a Christmas experience you'll find only in this exciting city. By renting a timeshare you and your family will have time to learn New Orleans' motto first hand - "Laissez Le Bons Temps Rouler" - Let the Good Times Roll! See all New Orleans timeshares.

(Photo Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc)

Vacation to Sint Maarten – The “Friendly Island”

Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, the "Friendly Island", is what many consider to be the best kept secret in the Caribbean. Rent a timeshare and take a budget family vacation to this unique tropical island that is just 186 miles east of Puerto Rico.

One half of this island is Dutch (Sint Maarten) and the other half is French (Saint Martin). It is the smallest inhabited island in the world that is divided by two nations, a peaceful division that dates clear back to 1648.

Each half of the island is known for its distinctive flavor. If you're looking for festive nightlife, exotic drinks such as those made with the native rum-based guavaberry liquors, and exciting casinos, visit the Dutch side. On the other hand, the French side will give you phenomenal duty-free and tax free shopping (including amazing outdoor markets), rich Caribbean cuisine, and even the occasional nude beach.

Don't worry, there are plenty of activities for the younger members of your family, too. You can rent a timeshare at resorts that have kiddie pools, children's playgrounds, game rooms, and even child care. The entire family will enjoy beach hopping, exploring all kinds of beaches from hidden, almost deserted ones to popular beaches such as Baie Rouge and Longue Bay.

Mullet Bay, on the leeward side of the island, has calm water, perfect for the little ones. Although the far end of Cupecoy Beach is clothing optional, the main part of the beach is great for family fun. This beach is surrounded by unique rock formations and there are many small caves to explore.

You'll have a remarkable experience on Mahoe Beach, so be sure to bring your camera. Believe it or not, it's located at the end of the main landing strip for the Princess Juliana International Airport. Because of the airport's position between a large hill and the beach, planes, even as large as Boeing 747s, have to make a spectacular approach and come in just a little above startled sunbathers.

Whatever you plan to do, be it sunbathe, swim, snorkel, surf, play golf and tennis, or hike up to an old fort for a stunning panoramic view of the blue Caribbean, your timeshare stay on the "Friendly Island" will be one you and your family will always remember. See all Sint Maarten and Saint Martin timeshares.

(Photo shown is the Royal Palm Beach Club, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten)

Vacation to the Paradise Coast

The stunning southern Gulf Coast of Florida, including Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades, makes up what is called the Paradise Coast. The white sand beaches that stretch for 10 miles are so white they almost hurt your eyes. Add these extraordinary beaches to crystal blue Gulf waters and tall swaying coconut palms, and you have an unsurpassed tropical Paradise right on the U.S. mainland.

This is a place where budget-minded families and retirees can rent timeshares and enjoy unsurpassed natural wonders. Spend your vacation exploring several major land reserves. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, covering over 11,000 acres, was established by the National Audubon Society to preserve the largest remaining stand of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America. A 2-mile long boardwalk carries you over fascinating swamp and marsh ecosystems, and through important breeding grounds for the endangered Wood Stork and other wetland birds.

The Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to protect the endangered Florida Panther, the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. To maintain the protection of the refuge for the endangered animals, you'll be held to designated hiking trails and guided tours.

Of course the most famous major land reserve along the Paradise Coast is the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park including the American Crocodile and the West Indian Manatee. The park also contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.

There are many ways of exploring the exciting Everglades. Rent a kayak or canoe and go out on your own, or join a tour led by a naturalist. You'll be able to glide through mangroves and inch up close to rays, dolphins and manatees. Or you might want to choose a rousing air boat ride that will take you over saw grass prairies and deep into the Everglade jungles.

Back on the pristine beaches of the Paradise Coast, spend time with nature as you go "shelling." The coast of Marco Island has especially good tide work that brings up a wonderful variety of beautiful shells. Bring along a mesh bag and comb the beaches for what are sure to become the favorite of your Florida vacation souvenirs. See Naples timeshares for rent. See Marco Island timeshares.

(Photo shown is the Eagle’s Nest Beach Resort, Marco Island, Florida)

Rent a Timeshare at Marriott Frenchman's Cove to Experience What Others are Saying

Rent a timeshare at Marriott Frenchman's Cove and experience for yourself what others are saying: "The most beautiful timeshare I have ever stayed at! Beds that you just sink into. Ocean view from all units. Plenty of space well laid out. Great location!" “Breathtaking views from large windows and balconies facing harbor and islands. The sun sets directly across from the resort for absolutely spectacular sunsets."

If that’s not enough to get you interested here’s more about why the Marriott Frenchman's Cove on St. Thomas Island is a resort of choice for many travelers.

The décor of Marriott Frenchman's Cove pays architectural homage to the Danish influence on St. Thomas which stems from the 17th century when the Dutch East India Company established a presence on the island. The United States purchased St. Thomas, as well as St. John and St. Croix, from Denmark in 1917, creating the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The nearby capital city of Charlotte Amalie (named after the queen consort of Denmark's King Chritian V) has many historic buildings of beautiful Danish design. The city's deep harbor, once a haven for pirates, is now a famous port for cruise ships. It's easy to get to Charlotte Amalie from Marriott Frenchman's Cove - on a fun boat ride!

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) are a spectacular vacation destination in the Caribbean. Some of the best snorkeling on the island is right out your timeshare's front door, where the secluded beach in front of Marriott Frenchman's Cove is protected by a coral reef. The popular Megan's Beach, great for playing in the waves, is just a short distance from the resort, but if you go exploring you can find practically deserted smaller beaches around the island.

It's easy to rent a car (if you're up to the challenge of driving on the left side of the road!) and explore St. Thomas, or take one of the many open-air taxis. Ferries run regularly to the other islands of St. John, St. Croix, and the British Virgin Islands. See all Caribbean timeshares.

The Wyndham Smoky Mountains – An Ideal Vacation Spot

There is a lot of hoopla (and deservedly so) about timeshare resorts in tropical places such as the Caribbean and Hawaii, and even fancy ski areas as in the Rockies. But if you are looking for just plain wonderfulness, there are great budget timeshares for rent in beautiful destinations you just might not know about. The Wyndham Smoky Mountains is one such resort and an ideal family vacation spot.

Located in Sevierville, TN, you might think that this destination is a bit too remote. Actually, it's smartly located between Pigeon Forge (a la Dollywood) and Gatlinburg (the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park). If ever there was a fantastic destination for a family vacation, this resort is it.

For year round fun, the Wyndham Smoky Mountains resort has four swimming pools - 2 indoors, and 2 heated outdoor pools. The full-service health club not only offers the latest exercise equipment, but tanning facilities and a sauna as well.

You'll find relaxing in your villa the easiest thing you'll do on your vacation, since every unit has a deck with panoramic views of the mountains and gentle farmlands. When you have your energy back you can get going on the hiking trails that start right outside the resort and take you through lovely protected woodlands.

In December there are many Christmas activities in both Gatlinburg and Dollywood to get the holiday season started. Snow permitting, you can also enjoy downhill skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, and cross-country skiing in the Park.

Besides a fully equipped full-sized kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a Jacuzzi tub in the master suite, your budget timeshare also has a fireplace for those cozy Smoky Mountain evenings. And don't forget the nearby live entertainment at Dollywood, movie theaters and restaurants in Gatlinburg, and outdoor activities such as fishing and golfing. You'll definitely find something for each member of the family when you vacation at the beautiful Wyndham Smoky Mountains resort. See all Tennessee timeshare rentals.

Spend Your Christmas Vacation in our Nation’s Capital

Christmas in our nation's capital - what could be more beautiful or more profound for Americans? Rent a budget timeshare at the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria resort, hop the metro conveniently located just across the street, and take your family into Washington, D.C. for a wonderful Christmas vacation experience.

The first must-see is the Capitol Christmas Tree put up and decorated on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This tradition started in 1964 and today the trees are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The 2009 tree is an 85 foot blue spruce, harvested from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in northeastern Arizona. The children of Arizona will make the 5,000 ornaments used to decorate the tree.

The second must-see is the National Christmas Tree, across the street from the White House on the Ellipse. The tradition of lighting a national Christmas tree goes all the way back to 1923. The current tree is a 40-ft blue spruce that was transplanted to its present site in 1978.

In 1954 a "Pathway to Peace" was created by planting 56 smaller trees surrounding the National tree. These trees represent the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. All of the trees are decorated and brightly lit for the Christmas holiday season. Each year sponsoring organizations from each state provide tree decorations that are encased in protective plastic globes to shield them from the weather.

Other Christmas displays on the Ellipse this year include a Yule log and a model train. And for the first time there will be Santa's Workshop where youngsters are invited to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. You can also enjoy holiday entertainment each evening of the week on the Ellipse stage where happy Christmas music is performed by volunteer choirs, bands, and dancers.

Candlelight tours, complete with seasonal music and holiday treats, are available in several Washington, D.C., neighborhoods. Choose the Candlelight Tour at Sully Historic Site that is held at an elegant 1794 mansion; the Candlelight Tour at Belair Mansion and Stable; and even right outside your timeshare resort is the Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours hosted at five festively decorated historic sites in Old Town.

The American History Museum has many displays of Christmas celebrations from the colonial times to the present. Or have a truly unique Christmas experience by ice skating through the Sculpture Garden, just across the street from the National Gallery of Art. And one of the most popular places to visit is the magnificent Washington National Cathedral that pulls out all the stops for Christmas with a full schedule of services, concerts, and even craft workshops.

Your week will be full as you enjoy these and many other holiday activities and sights in Washington, D.C. This will be a special Christmas vacation that your family will remember for years to come. See all timeshare rentals.

Travel to Hawaii’s Pacific Islands Arts Festival

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in Hawaii is the annual Pacific Islands Arts Festival. Generally held the third weekend in January, the Festival takes over Kapiolani Park directly across from the Honolulu Zoo at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki.

This is a perfect opportunity to rent a timeshare on Oahu, and really enjoy traditional arts, crafts and foods of the Polynesian islands. Arts and handcrafted products of over 100 island artisians are proudly displayed for public viewing and purchase. The artisians are members of the Handcrafters and Artisians Alliance, a group that was formed in 1999 to facilitate the sale of their exquisite products to visitors and local Hawaiians alike. Most members make their entire living by selling their artistic creations, and rely heavily on the popular Pacific Islands Arts Festival.

The Hawaiian-inspired products include jewelry, clothing, stained glass, ceramics, quilts, wood products, and candles. Each product is displayed for sale personally by the artist. This is a unique opportunity to meet and visit with the artists themselves.

The Festival also includes entertainment such as Hula dancers and a celebration of the Chinese Lion Dance. Demonstrations by individual artists include Hawaiian quilt making and jewelry creation. You'll be able to watch numerous artists working on and completing paintings right there in the park. There are even opportunities to participate - learn how to make a flower lei to take home, and the youngsters will undoubtedly be delighted to get a (temporary!) Hawaiian tattoo!

Of course, no festival is complete without good food, and plenty of traditional Hawaiian dishes are available. Be daring and try the many delicious examples of Polynesian cooking, including lomi lomi salmon, succulent khaula pork wrapped in Ti leaves, pipikaula (a type of beef jerky), and for dessert the amazing haupai, a square of coconut jelly that practically melts in your mouth. See Oahu timeshares.

Time to Plan your Christmas Vacation to NYC

Christmas is an exciting time in a big city. Rent a timeshare in downtown New York City, and start a new holiday tradition of a family Christmas vacation in the Big Apple. New York City during Christmas is dazzling and fun and unique.

A well known NYC Christmas icon is the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Topped with a simple glittering star, this giant tree, which averages 65 feet high, is covered with over 5 miles of lights. The lighting of the tree is open to the public and unofficially opens the Christmas season in NYC. The tree lighting is December 2, 2009 and can be viewed through January 7, 2010.

A great family activity is ice skating at the Rockefeller Center skating rink, which has been open since 1936. It's a bit pricey, but your family will have the experience of a lifetime skating on this famous rink surrounded by sparkling Christmas decorations.

Plan to be bedazzled at the Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, where you'll see over a hundred animal and holiday sculptures covered in Christmas lights. While at the zoo you can also enjoy the Holiday Express Train and the ever popular Polar Bear Express Experience. Or take a ride with Clydesdales Ranger, Jesse, and Monty as they tour through the zoo pulling a festive wagon.

The "Singing Christmas Tree" at South Street Seaport is a free event with 2 shows a day each weekend through December. The Big Apple Choir will put a Christmas song in your heart and a big grin on your face as you enjoy this must see "funny choir with good voices."

For a free ice skating experience, the Pond at Bryant Park is the only ice skating venue in the city that does not charge admission. And skate rentals are a reasonable $12.00. The Pond is in a prime downtown location, with unprecedented views of both the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Grand Central Terminal exhibits a dazzling laser Christmas light display on its walls, pillars and famous Sky Ceiling. Take a shuttle down and pop in - it's free, fascinating and full of holiday cheer.

Renting a New York City timeshare is a wonderful Christmas present that your family will remember for a long time to come. Isn't that what Christmas memories are all about?