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Is Palm Springs a Timeshare Destination?

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Posted on March 11, 2022

Palm Springs is known for a lot of things, from being a playground for the rich and famous to the spas, golf, shopping and scenic beauty of the surrounding San Jacinto mountains. But did you ever think of Palm Springs as a timeshare destination?

You may be surprised to find out that the greater Palm Springs area, including Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and Indio, hosts resorts with some of the biggest names in timeshare.

Marriott, Wyndham, WorldMark, Westin, Diamond, Welk and Grand Pacific Resorts all have timeshare resorts in the region, offering terrific accommodation for everyone looking for a memorable Palm Springs experience.

Mission Hills North golf course

Highlights for a Palm Springs Vacation

Going back to the heydays of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Hope through to today’s celebrities like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Kardashians, Palm Springs has been a magnet for the famous for decades.

Heck, Sinatra never left as he is buried in Cathedral City.

It’s easy to see why this area attracts so many visitors. Collectively known as the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs and the surrounding region offers an impressive variety of activities, from high-end boutique shopping, galleries and luxury spa treatments to hiking the Coachella Valley Preserve.

Golf has had a home in Palm Springs going back to the 1920s, with the first PGA event held in 1960 as the Palm Springs Golf Classic. Later known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic, the event continues every January as the American Express Desert Classic at the PGA West - La Quinta Country Club.

Over 100 golf courses are available throughout the region to players of all skill levels, with the area also known as a tennis destination and home to cultural events such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

For the more adventurous, try cycling and mountain biking in the Joshua Tree National Park or take an off-road jeep tour to check out the infamous San Andreas Fault so you can get ready for the Big One. Or see the area from Mount San Jacinto at an elevation of 8,500 feet by riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs Lifts COVID Restrictions

For those who may be wondering about vacationing in Palm Springs in light of COVID, the city has removed most of the pandemic-related restrictions that have unnerved the country over the last two years.

The good news is that masks and producing vaccination status or negative tests are no longer required for bars, restaurants or any business – indoors or outdoors. You can probably feel the freedom already.

Masks are still required for city buildings and facilities and, more relevant to vacationers, recommended for transportation such as taxis and ride-sharing services. So, you may be asked to wear one if you are flying into the area and need a ride to your resort.

Palm Desert, where several of our most popular timeshare resorts in the region are located, follows the California state requirements. Those mask requirements changed on March 1, allowing vaxxed and non-vaxxed patrons to ditch masks in most indoor public settings.

For outdoor or indoor events, non-ticketed events do not require masks or vax status updates. Ticketed events may be a different story, as evidenced by this week’s Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, which is requiring proof of vaccination in order to attend the event.

Because California allows local jurisdictions and businesses to enact policies above the state requirements, it’s best to check with your resort, specific events or attractions to see what their policy is on masks or vax status.

Now that you’re up to date on the latest happenings in Palm Springs, let’s take a look at where you can stay among the most popular timeshare resorts in the area.

Palm Springs Timeshare Resorts

Our list below is chosen by the visitors who place inquiries and offers through our web platform, so it is your fellow readers who determine the resorts that make the cut. As usual, we count down to the most popular resort on our list.

WorldMark Indio (Indio)

With easy access to I-10 and adjacent to the Golf Club At Terra Lago, you’re close to the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Multiple pools, children’s pools, Lazy River, hot tubs, game room, tennis courts and the incredible Indio Spa provide the relaxation you crave.

Studio, one-, two-, three- and even the four-bedroom Presidential Suite give you incredible accommodation options with all the conveniences of home, even an in-unit washer/dryer.

WorldMark Indio Resort

Diamond Resorts Marquis Villas Resort (Palm Springs)

The perfect location for vacationers looking to stay in downtown Palm Springs, this resort is just a block from Indian Canyon Drive with the scenic San Jacinto Mountains hovering in the distance.

Enjoy the heated swimming pool, children’s pool and hot tub, or take in a game of tennis or basketball. One- and two-bedroom timeshare condos are spacious with a minimum 1,000 sq ft of living space, full kitchens, living and dining areas and patios to take in the amazing scenery.

Diamond Resorts Palm Canyon Resort (Palm Springs)

A great spot just minutes from downtown Palm Springs, hikers will love this location close to the South Lykken Trailhead while golfers can tee off at the Indian Canyons Golf Course. A fabulous resort for the family, the kids will love the water slides, children’s pool, indoor basketball court and activities, while Mom and Dad can relax in the in-cave whirlpool spa.

Splash's Poolside Restaurant handles quick meals, with your choice of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom unit providing all the space you need.

Desert Breezes Resort (Palm Desert)

A prime spot near Indian Wells and next to the Palm Desert Country Club, the Mediterranean-style villas at Desert Breezes Resort provide the type of residential feel you want in a laid-back vacation lifestyle.

With the Santa Rosa mountains as your backdrop, enjoy the three pools, choice of 11 (yes, 11) whirlpool spas, fitness center and tennis courts. Units range from spacious 550-sq-foot studios to one- and two-bedroom suites, larger units with living room, dining tables, full kitchens and balconies.