I would say probably sometimes staying/sometimes exchanging. We really don't have an interest in renting but don't want to limit all travels to the Keys either (but we really did like our visit down there). We were thinking if we were going to buy we'd probably like to buy down there instead of say Ocean Pointe or something....as we'd probably be trading that off too some of the time.Should have also asked, do you plan on:
- always staying
- sometimes staying, sometimes exchanging
- sometimes staying, sometimes renting.
I know both Banyan & Galleon have on site rental programs, though they probably take 35%. Hyatt gets you priority into Hyatt resorts. Galleon probably does very well for trade power in RCI, since it's basically their only resort in KW.
You've received some good and well informed information in posts above. That said, I'd point out one additional detail which I did not see mentioned ---- i.e. that annual maintenance fees for virtually any Key West timeshare will be somewhere around $1,000 or more (including property tax portion). If you buy, try to find a week that you are actually willing to use and can enjoy (...and that isn't in hurricane season -- I've been "run out" of the Keys more than once in mandatory evacuations). While all KW timeshares certainly "exchange" well, I recommend that you do not blindly overlook that hefty $1k annual maintenance fee. I don't need to tell you that maintenance fees generally travel in only one direction --- and that direction is not downward...Thanks for all the useful responses!!