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The Best Beaches for Your Summer!

The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and May is in full-swing. As summer draws closer, we begin to think “beach” – on those long, hot days, there’s no better way to cool off than with some sun, sand and surf with your family and friends! But which beach is perfect for your summer getaway? This week, we’re looking at five often-overlooked beaches that are perfect for making awesome summer memories!

Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach is the picture-perfect Caribbean retreat!

If asked to picture the perfect tropical beach, this is undoubtedly the one that springs to mind! Endless stretches of velvety, white sand melt into sapphire waters and cool breezes coming off in off the water help to stave off the heat. Without a doubt, this is the picturesque Caribbean beach that will leave all your friends back at home jealous! Cabanas and beach chairs are available for rent and due to the sheer size of beach, crowds are often at a minimum. Best of all, Eagle Beach and the greater area of Oranjestad are home to some of Aruba’s finest resorts, making your stay just as enjoyable as endless hours soaking up that Caribbean sun!

La Jolla Cove, California

Tucked between beautiful sandstone cliffs, La Jolla Cove is one of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches. While a bit smaller than other nearby beaches, La Jolla Cove makes up for it with a gentle surf that’s ideal for swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and kayakers. The beach lies firmly within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve which means visitors just may encounter local wildlife – including the area’s resident sea lions! While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the Caves, whether by foot or by kayak!

Sanibel Island, Florida

Every shell you collect on Sanibel is 100% unique!

Sanibel Island is a unique getaway, a retreat that’s both relaxing and family-friendly. On Sanibel’s pristine beaches, time slows down and you can appreciate the natural beauty around you. One of Sanibel’s best attractions can be found right on the sandy shores – thousands of seashells, making shelling and beachcombing near-mandatory activities. Unlike many beach getaways, much of Sanibel is not lined with hotels, making for a clean and tranquil horizon. Rather, the island is packed with nature preserves, making sightings of rare Floridian birds and other fauna very common.

North Shore, Hawaii

If you’re looking to catch a wave, Oahu’s North Shore is the ultimate beach destination! With intense waves in the winter and gentler waves in the summer, North Shore proves to be an ideal beach for surfing regardless of skill level. During the winter months, visitors can also glimpse whales moving through the waters. Regardless of why you choose to visit North Shore, one thing is certain – it’s a fantastic break from the crowded hustle and bustle of Honolulu!

Akumal, Mexico

Imagine swimming with wild sea turtles!Akumal is a terrific alternative to Cancun for those who want shimmering, pristine beaches but not necessarily the party scene that comes with them. Indeed, Akumal’s waters are sparkling-clear and ideal for snorkeling, where you can catch glimpses of rainbow corals, beautiful fish and even the sea turtles that are the area’s namesake (Akumal is Mayan for “Place of the Turtle). When you need a break from the water, plenty of authentic restaurants and unique shops without the tourist spin are within easy reach.Of course, these are just our recommendations! Which beaches are your annual go-to’s? Have you visited any of our featured locations? Let us know!

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RedWeek Members’ Favorite Beach Resorts

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club tops the list as RedWeek
members’ favorite beach resort!

Summer is synonymous with beaches; there’s no better time to soak up the sun’s rays, dip your toes into the sea and indulge in some quality relax and relaxation. Luckily, there’s an absolute ton of resorts out there that cater to the beach-loving spirit. To celebrate summer and lazy days spent on the shore, we’ve compiled a list of RedWeek members’ favorite beach resorts!

  1. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club (including the Lahaina and Napili Villas) – Lahaina, Hawaii
  2. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
  3. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Resort – Kapolei, Hawaii
  4. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
  5. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas – Newport Coast, California
  6. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii
  7. Costa Linda Beach Resort – Oranjestad, Aruba
  8. Marriott’s Grande Ocean – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  9. Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) at Hilton Hawaiian Village – Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  11. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Koloa, Hawaii
  12. Marriott’s Ocean Pointe – Palm Beach Shores, Florida
  13. The Royal Sands – Cancun, Mexico
  14. Playa Linda Beach Resort – Oranjestad, Aruba
  15. The Westin St. John – Virgin Grand Villas – Cruz Bay, St. John (USVI)
  16. Kaanapali Beach Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
We see an abundance of certain properties – such as Marriott resorts and properties in Hawaii. However, this list only indicates popularity among RedWeek users and might not necessarily include some of the smaller, equally exquisite resorts out there. Is there a particular beachside resort you always tend to find yourself at? Any other picks you believe deserve a shoutout? Let us know in the comments!

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Puerto Vallarta Passes US Agency´s Safety Assessment

Have you been considering a timeshare rental vacation to Puerto Vallarta, but are concerned about the U.S. State Department’s continued warnings about travel to Mexico?

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board appointed the U.S. firm of Thomas Dale & Associates (TDA) to study the safety standards found in Puerto Vallarta. The report, which was published last month, concludes that Puerto Vallarta continues to be among the safest beach vacation destinations in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is an annual vacation destination for millions of visitors from around the world. TDA is a leading global investigative and security firm that lists several Fortune 100 companies among its clients.

The international security company visited the destination to conduct interviews and a through security and safety risk assessment on the ground. It has now published a comprehensive report in relation to all aspects of tourist security in the destination. In it, the firm concludes that Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest tourist destinations for international and national tourists.

TDA individually interviewed domestic as well as international tourists, American and Canadian Consuls, retired ex-patriots, timeshare members, part-time residents, seasonal boaters, business owners, hospital administrators, gay community business representatives, health insurance professionals, cabbies, conventioneers, and honeymooners.

These interviews were followed up by requests to local law enforcement sources for crime data and department deployment. The Civil Protection Department (FIMA) was also consulted regarding natural disasters.

The interviews focused on the following three areas; safety in Puerto Vallarta and the perception of its visitors; personal experiences and the US Travel Warning on Mexico.

The study found that the number of negative events involving foreigners or non-foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex-patriot resident population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year in Puerto Vallarta.

Overall the study found that visitors to the destination feel safe and continue to visit Puerto Vallarta numerous times through their lifetime and that the destination’s support services are well above the average standards and dedicated to serving the visiting public. In relation to the drug wars, TDA found that the limited land transit makes the smuggling of guns and drugs through Puerto Vallarta very difficult and thus basically a non-issue in the destination.

There are many great Puerto Vallarta timeshare rentals where you can vacation at beautiful resorts. For example, check out the beachfront Club Velas Vallarta (see top photo) with its beautiful palm-laced gardens. You can rent an all-inclusive program timeshare here starting at just $114/night.
Or you can choose Club Regina Puerto Vallarta at Westin (see photo to right) which currently has timeshare rentals for as low as $100/night. This beachfront resort is located on an old coconut plantation, and is just 15 minutes from downtown. You can enjoy free-form swimming pools, and planned activities including watersports.

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Marriott Ocean Pointe Resales Make a Perfect Beach Vacation

Marriott’s Ocean Pointe resort on Florida’s Singer Island offers both a quiet, secluded beach destination, and the excitement of glamorous shopping and spas in nearby Palm Beach. Marriott’s Ocean Pointe is the perfect resort for families, with amenities that include family entertainment, and a host of activities for the kids.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a timeshare at this remarkable resort, you might want to check out the Ocean Pointe resales that are listed on RedWeek.com. Currently there are 45, ranging in price from $5000 to $40,900. Talk about choice!

Reviews by Redweek members include:

“This is a top notch resort and the villas are beautiful. Marriott International has really out done themselves. This is a Great vacation value.”

“We are Canadian and have been coming here for 4 years now/ twice per year (We own 4 weeks). But we rent from other owners on Redweek when we want to stay longer or for extra units for family & friends traveling with us. The place just keeps on getting better every year.”

“We are 9 year owners of a unit at Ocean Pointe. Water sports galore abound on the beaches: jet skis, parasailing, fishing, sailing, and wave boarding (all set up at Ocean Pointe). There are two wonderful restaurants on the island which you can walk to with a beautiful boardwalk and shopping. You can also rent bikes or scooters to tour the island with. And there is a state park on the island where you are able to rent canoes or kayaks and spend an afternoon in the bay. We never get bored on Singer Island even after 10 years.”

An Ocean Pointe resale might be just what you’re looking for to ensure that you and your family have the perfect beach vacation year after year.

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RedWeek Members Love Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club

Can you imagine staying in exotic Thailand for just $125/night? This dream vacation can be yours by renting a timeshare at Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club. Read on to find out why RedWeek members love this resort!

Located on Thailand’s southern island of Phuket, this Marriott resort offers the best in an exotic beach vacation. Phuket Island is situated off the west coast of southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea, and is connected to the mainland by two bridges. Phuket enjoyed a rich and colorful history as one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders.

Since the 1980s the sandy beaches on the western coast of Phuket have been developed into tourist centers. It’s a great place for a winter vacation, with average daily temperatures in the 80s (F). Near the southernmost point is Laem Promthep (Brahma’s Cape), a popular sunset viewing point.

Situated just fifteen minutes north of the airport, Marriott Phuket Beach Club Hotel is on Mai Khao Beach, a ten mile stretch of natural beachfront without the highrise development so prevalent in other parts of Phuket Island. The Nai Yang National Marine Park and sea turtle nesting area are nearby.

Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club is fully integrated with the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, and guests can enjoy the amenities at both resorts. It’s set amid twenty-seven acres of lush tropical landscaping including ponds, spacious gardens and areas of coastal wetlands.

Redweek members give Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club an overall rating of 5 stars. Here are a few of the reviews:

“This is a stunning, all star resort. In terms of luxury, beauty and service quality, there is nothing better than the Marriott Vacation Club property in Phuket.”

“We have been to this resort 3 times and have not found a place in the world yet to match it. We LOVE this place.”

“We have stayed at the resort twice and it has been amazing. The staff is great, they usually anticipate your needs! Rooms and resort are top tier, furnishing and atmosphere fit perfectly with the tropical environment. It is outside of town, north of the airport. The beach is quiet, very little hustle and bustle or people. However, Marriott has a shuttle to get you into town, easy to find nightlife if you want.”

So for an exotic timeshare rental beach vacation – head to beautiful Phuket, Thailand.

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