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    Timeshare general question

    I am not sure if this is the place for this thread, so please feel free to move as necessary. Also, if all of this has been answered somewhere, let me know. I will go hunt for it, but did not see it real quick via the search feature.

    For those of you that are timeshare holders/owners/whatever the terminology is:

    1. How did you find the place in Aruba you decided to buy into?
    2. How much does it roughly cost?
    3. How often do you go (one week, two weeks, more)?
    4. Is it a better option than buying something?
    5. Are you happy with the decision?
    6. How hard is it to get out of it should you decide you no longer want it?
    7. How many places do you have one? Just Aruba or other places?

    Lots of questions, sorry. I have a rough idea how timeshares work, but wanted to get some info straight from people who partake in them. I am not sure if a timeshare would be a good or if I should still try and hold onto the dream of buying a place someday or what.
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    I am also going to copy this to the Aruba General category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I am also going to copy this to the Aruba General category.
    Thank you!!
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    We did own timeshare at Renaissance Ocean Suites.
    We loved the Ocean Suites, but did not like the bullies and badly behaved kids during the week we owned there and also did not like the week that we were locked into week 32. (late 90s early 2000s) and sold in 2003.
    We bought the unit for $1500 and got our money's worth over and over! I think we owned for 6 yrs.

    We did own timeshare at LaCabana, numerous units, numerous weeks.
    We did turn in most of those timeshares to Bluegreen for points.
    Points were supposed to work better as we were no longer wanting to be locked into a fixed week due to our son then at college.

    Fast forward to now. We dumped all of our timeshare beginning in 2008 and the last of it just a yr ago.

    We were timeshare "poor". As being newly retired we could no longer live like we were working full time

    We find MUCH BETTER deals as renters of timeshares instead of being owners.
    We are going to AUA in late Nov and our 2 weeks rental is costing us under $1400.
    That allows us to go 2x a year.

    Timeshare is not for everyone.
    Paul and I tend to get caught up in the moment and the excitement...........then eventually buyer's remorse sets in.

    My advice......... be a renter.
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    is there a spot to look into buying a timeshare at different hotels or condo's me and my wife were talking about buying another one
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    check with the resort where you own.........check their website or their FB group and see if any owners are selling.
    check with Redweek.com
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    thank you i have one at the ocean club but would like to get one at a different resort
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    Like Andrea suggested do a search on Redweek.com and also at the resort you are considering. Playa Linda has a page for timeshares for rent or sale, several others do too. Also if you want to get into the trading game, seek a resort somewhere else that you can trade for a place in Aruba. There are a few folks that do this, like own in Orlando and trade their unit for Aruba.

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