Lake Tahoe Timeshare
Why not go in summer & winter?
Whether your getaway dream takes place in summer or winter, look no further than a timeshare at Lake Tahoe . The site of the Sierra Nevada Mountains will leave you breathless. Nestled in Nevada and mostly California , there are summer and winter options to suit all holidays.
In winter, the mountains are capped with snow and are excellent for skiing or snowboarding. The mountains range from over 8,000 to just under 11,000 feet. Rise in the morning, spend the day on the slopes and then retire to your condo in the evening to unwind by the fireplace. There is no shortage of places for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak , Northstar-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Ski Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood Ski Resort, Mount Rose and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort are all great choices. Granlibakken is known for sledding. Plus, there are many beautiful snowshoeing trails for the novice and the experienced. If you're looking to buy a timeshare keep in mind Lake Tahoe is known for flooding and blizzards.
If summer is more your style, then you can take advantage of the beautiful clear waters. You can also take your mountain bike on some of the most adventurous terrain in the state. Two popular destinations are South Lake Tahoe in California and Stateline in Nevada . Boating is exceedingly popular, especially with mooring docks at most restaurants on the lake. Marinas include Timber Cove, Tahoe Keys, Ski Run, Sierra Boat Company, Lakeside, Camp Richardson and Homewood High & Dry. You can go on cruises of the lake on the Tahoe Gal, Tahoe Queen or the M.S. Dixie. A fantastic 165 kilometer biking trail is 165 kilometers long and you need to have some experience with mountain biking to circumnavigate Lake Tahoe.
Embassy Vacation Resort - South Lake Tahoe , California
Americana Village - South Lake Tahoe , California
Worldmark South Shore Tahoe - Zephyr Cove, Nevada
Besides skiing there are some great adventures you can see and do while you're there. A popular tour is the Lake Tahoe Private Boat Charter which costs about $75 an hour, plus fuel and tip, and runs from June to October. It leaves from Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side. You must book well in advance.
The Emerald Bay Sightseeing and Dinner Cruise is not only popular with tourists but the locals like to go a couple of times a month as well. Dinner is usually New York steak, garlic crusted trout, portabella mushroom lasagna or pan-seared chicken. It lasts about two hours and leaves from Zephyr Cove. On Fridays you can hear songs from the musical Showboat, while dining Cajun; these nights book up fast. The boat generally leaves at 5pm and returns around 7pm. You have to make your way there on your own unless you grab the free shuttle from South Shore Casino. The three course meal (alcohol not included) and cruise starts at about $33.
On the California side of Lake Tahoe there is the fantastic Lake Tahoe Helicopter Tour which leaves South Lake Tahoe Airport and travels above Camp Richardson, Emerald Bay, Meeks Bay, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Cave Rock, Zephyr Cove and back to the Airport. This 45 minute ride can hold up to three window-seat passengers. Booking in advance is highly recommended. The only downside to this tour is singles must pay a 50% surcharge (and you can't be in excess of 300 pounds in weight). It is a bit pricy, but worth every penny, starting at about $300.
If you are thinking of buying a timeshare on the Caymans, remember that in September 2004 it was hit and devastated by Hurricane Ivan - on Grand Island almost 80% of the buildings were damaged or destroyed.
The cost of living in the Cayman's is about 20% higher than most large cities in the US because most of the food and supplies are imported. If you have to pay for utilities, the average monthly cost is about $100 without air conditioning - air conditioning can double that price. Public transport is available but renting a car is advised (remember though, in the Caymans you drive on the left). The usual fast food places like Pizza Hut and Burger King are available, but an average meal in a restaurant with wine will likely cost about $25 US per person.
Seven Mile Beach is a heavenly place to kick back and relax, and has been voted "The Caribbean's Best Beach" from Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. The clarity of the water is spectacular especially if you are an avid scuba diver. Stingray City and Turtle Farm are other popular attractions.
You can't go to the Cayman Islands without a trip to Hell - or at least a T-Shirt that says you've been there. It's a limestone formation about the size of a football field and the limestone is black in color. It got its name because a local official thought that the formation resembled what hell must look like.
There are some fabulous tours you can participate in while you're in the Caymans, including the popular SEAmobile Submarine Experience. It's a real submarine that has a clear cabin, and seats two people and the guide. If you're nice they'll even let you drive the marine vehicle. The tour goes daily from 8.30am - 3.30pm and starts at $169 US. Register for the SEAmobile. Your tour must be booked at least seven to ten days in advance.
The Cayman Island Tour takes just under seven hours and you get to see George Town, Conch Shell House, Tortuga Rum Shop, Cayman Turtle Farm, East End Ship Wrecks, a visit to Hell, Pedro St. James and Caribbean Arts and Crafts. They will pick you up from your hotel or resort. It runs from about 9am to 3:30pm, at a cost of about $75 US, which includes lunch. You need to book well in advance.
There is always the catamaran Red Sail Sports Dinner Sail which departs at sunset and moors for a three-course candlelight dinner. It runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and space books up quickly.
Airport transfers are reasonably priced and you can get them in advance.