We have many friends who own and love their timeshare properties in Puerto Vallarta. Some purchased many years ago with older companies and have sustained and broadened their ownership over decades. The buildings are well maintained, with staff whose familiarity is the result of loyalty and trust.
Newer timeshares are abundant and seem to pop up daily. We find that if we don’t cruise through all familiar areas on a customary basis, tall structures seem to appear like magic, surprising and amazing us.
It’s not difficult to buy into a timeshare nor to find someone willing to sell you one. As a matter of fact, a simple stroll down the Malecón can be all that’s required. When someone asks are you on vacation? …you may find yourself in a conversation that leads to your vacation destinations for the rest of your life. That’s not always a bad thing. We do like planning ahead.
There is, however, a navigable response for those who find themselves in what has come to be known as the Shark Tank at Puerto Vallarta’s airport. So named for the manner in which the timeshare representatives approach tourists disembarking from foreign flights. Many hold signs that might seem familiar to the weary traveler, whose main objective is more than likely an icy margarita and a cool pool. In a small arena where the noise is at a jet engine level and people shout from all directions, one can be easily distracted. According to some whom we’ve spoken with, The Tank is a great place to get free tickets for jet ski rentals, snorkeling trips, dinners, ziplines and what-have-you; all for the exchange of a 90 minute presentation and the possibility of buying a week or more at one of the fabulous hotels dotting the coast of our lovely bay. However, not everyone is interested, regardless of how persuasive the agents seem to be.
For us, it’s easy to escape the sharks. We simply respond to their appeals with a quick and arrogant We live here, and are immediately dismissed. For our visiting friends, however, it’s a different story. Confused and often armed with their own sets of questions, they are embraced and welcomed by these Vendors of Vacation Values. To be forewarned is simply good preparation and one is able to make one’s own choices regarding time spent listening to little lectures and watching lively videos. If you’re not interested in timeshare, walk straight through this melee and shut your ears to any and all pleas for your attention. You won’t be hurting anyone’s feelings and you’ll not end up having been a participant in a feeding frenzy. It’s really as simple as that.
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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!
About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole
The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.
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