We got a timeshare swap for the last leg of our 5-week trip to the USA, and took this although we really wanted to be nearer San Diego. It is classified as a 5* resort by Interval International, but it comes nowhere near our beloved home resort in Portugal which is a true 5*. The villas are nice and spacious and comfortable, but dated. Ours had a giant tree outside which shaded all the sunlight from the terrace. Maybe that's nice in July, but it was too cool to sit in the shade to read; the small swimming pool was always crowded, and there are no communal gardens to use. I didn't go there to stay indoors!
My worst problem was the lack of shop or restaurant onsite: there were large supermarkets 15 mins drive away, and some very pedestrian 'restaurants' and fast food outlets in Ramona, which is a very dull town. I shopped and cooked in rather than eat out, fortunately the kitchens were well equipped. After driving to and from San Diego we didn't feel like changing and going out, and we didn't eat in San Diego as the drive back to Ramona was on mountain roads, poorly signed, and we didn't want to do that in the dark.
San Diego is almost an hour's drive from Ramona, and there you can find all the attractions you want; but add in 2 hours each time in the car. Escondido is only half an hour away and there is the fabuolous Wild Animal Park there. You must go, it's fabulous. Julian, another half hour's drive is ok for half a day, but basically you need to drive around to get away from Ramona, unless you are into horseriding, golf or sports. If you love animals, as we do, stay nearer to San Diego and visit Sea World, the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park.
Riviera Oaks is ok for families, it's a pleasant place, and well run, but it doesn't rate that highly with us as far as location, facilities and ambiance are concerned.
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