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BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

Downey
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BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

BEWARE of the Timeshares at Green Turtle @ Las Palmas (RCI #C516) near the town of Playa Del Coco. We stayed at the Green Turtle, but Morpho and Jade are owned by the same developer. The problem we had there is the immense pressure to attend a Timeshare Sales presentation. We made it very clear that we did not want to buy any more timeshares, but the pressure to attend was unrelenting. We decided to leave the area after a few days in our rental car. We returned to the timeshare front office two hours before checkout and notified the management that we were leaving, as per instructions. We packed some older bags in the trunk of our car, and two repacked bags (for the remaining 4 days of our trip) in the back seat, and quickly went back upstairs to lock up our condo. What we didn’t know was that an SUV had followed us back from the front office to our condo parking lot, parked next to us, and watched while we loaded our luggage into the car.

When we returned to the car, our two bags were missing that had everything we were going to use for the rest of our trip including passports, IDs, money, credit cards, medications, keys, phone, clothes, etc. We notified the Security Office (that is sub-contracted by the Timeshares) about the incident and they had a video of the burglary of our car. Our bags were taken by two blond American women in the SUV that had parked next to us. Those two women looked very familiar to us because we had seen them in the company of the “primary timeshare sales woman” several times.

Because everything we needed was in those two bags, the rest of our time in Costa Rica was horrendous. We spent our last four days at the American Embassy, in courthouses, police stations, immigration, trying to contact someone in the US for IDs and money, inside airports begging for standby (but never getting it). We ended up having to go to a San Jose Urgent Care at 4am because I had not taken my meds for so long.

This trip turned into a nightmare for us. We believe that we were set-up for this robbery because we had ignored all the attempts the Timeshare Agency spent trying to get us to go to their sales presentation. I hope you all take heed and beware of the Urbanizacion Playa De Las Palmas Condo Association. Their sales methods are extremely unorthodox for people that just want a nice week at the beach.

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1. Re: BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

Sysaron,

im sorry to say this, but didn't you have a prior car break-in back in november last year at some hotel in California? here's your review:

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

no offense, but #1, you already had this happen, so you shouldn't have left the bags/stuff unattended, again...

and also, it seems very odd to me that the only reviews/posts that you have are all about car break-ins....

well, look at it this way, third time's a charm... im sure next time you will be more careful and not leave your bags unattended.

good luck

yesi

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2. Re: BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

Thanks for sharing that. Did the police arrest the two in the video?

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My God...some people are getting to extreme ways to make sales...I was aproched yesterday at the Tarcoles bridge by a Canadian person...trying to sell some tours!!

Playa Hermosa and Coco bech have a long history of very pushy realtors...emabrrasing for our country...and most of them do not care they are not from Costa Rica!

Sorry once again..

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4. Re: BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

Wow... that is one crazy story... Sorry to hear about your troubles. Don't know much about timeshares other than to avoid them like the plague...

Thanks for taking a minute to inform others about your situation.

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5. Re: BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

sorry to hear about your belongings,

please never leave things unattended

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6. Re: BEWARE of the Sales Team at Las Palms Condos/Timeshares

It is very bad what hapenned to you but it is a reminder for everyone travelling with a car rental never leave your luggage in your car unatttended or out of sight when stopping on the way and at the hotels such in this case. Also keep your important documents and money with you never leave them in the car rental. Thieves will take any opportunity you give them and they are very fast.

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