Cabo Casitas

Destination clubs provide their members with access to multiple luxury vacation homes, located all over the world. The homes are typically multi-million dollar residences, and are sited in major cities, at beaches, in mountains and leisure locations.

Membership of the clubs is an alternative to buying a second home. The clubs are sometimes also compared to, or even mixed up with, private residence clubs, but there are several key differences between the two.

If you're just starting out learning about the clubs read the overview and the glossary. Then you can start to compare them in the comparison table. One way to financially compare them is using a cost per night calculation and we've provided downloadable spreadsheets for these calculations.

And for a real in-depth look at the clubs, their homes and services, comparisons to alternatives and questions to consider before joining, download our Guide for Prospective Members.

The map shows some of the main destinations where the clubs have homes. Click on the markers to see the actual homes.

The latest news and research on the clubs is included below.

That was the question posed to Adam Capes, president of Equity Estates, when he was recently interviewed by David Asman on Fox Business. Here's our take on the difference between a destination club and luxury timeshare.

Boston Celtics' Head Coach and Ultimate Escapes Member Doc Rivers is once again partnering with destination club Ultimate Escapes to host his 10th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Reunion Resort and Club Wyndham Grand Resort in Orlando.

Destination club, Exclusive Resorts recently announced the 2011 collection of experiences for its Once in a Lifetime program. Now continuing into its 4th year this program takes club members on adventure excursions, cruises, and journeys in remote corners of the world.

With pristine white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, the Turks & Caicos have developed rapidly over the last twenty years. They are popular amongst destination club members and several clubs have homes there.

Destination club M Private Residences is lowering the prices for its shares, and has introduced several changes for both new and current members.

2010 has already been a busy year for Europe based, The Hideaways Club. It formed reciprocity partnerships with two other clubs, Banyan Tree Private Residences in Asia and Equity Estates in the US. It now adds an Asian hotel partner and an airline to offer more services and destinations for its members.

Now through July 31, 2010, Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club and Sentient Jet are offering a chance to experience the convenience and ease of private jet travel, as well as vacationing at the clubs private homes. For a one-time payment of $55,000, you will receive 10 nights in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club along with a $50,000 Sentient Jet Membership Plus Card.

Former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young has been a member of Ultimate Escapes since 2005. He recently sat down with Rich Keith, Chairman of Ultimate Escapes and talked about what membership means for himself and his family.