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A haven for kite-boarders, the resort also attracts many Europeans. Nightlife is limited, but beach bars are just a short walk away.
This resort is really popular with kite-boarders, which makes sense because the Viva's beach is a world-class kite-boarding spot. Guests who don't kite are satisfied to watch the dozens of colorful kites take to the sky. One can easily lose an afternoon watching this extreme spectacle.
Guests are almost all from Europe (France, Germany, England) and Canada. At night, down-tempo lounge music begins to pump over the pool area and guests slip casually into the evening. Nightlife at the hotel itself is limited, but the bumping beach bars of Cabarete are just an eight-minute walk down the beach.
This 221-room resort is nestled between the main road (beach. Grounds are lush and well-maintained, but certainly not sprawling. The numerous three-story buildings are pretty close together. This means walking to and from the beach, or the front desk, does not take long. But it's at the cost of privacy.) and the
A 20-minute cab ride from the Puerto Plata airport.
The small beach town has a row of cafés and shops along the busy beach. During the day, dozens of kite-boarders take to the waters when the winds pick up. The beach itself is a popular scene and lounge chairs can be rented there. At night, the cafes turn to nightclubs where young locals and expats come to party. However, advances from prostitutes are extremely common (prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic).
Without question, the beach is the most prominent feature at the Viva. It's a great swimming beach and a world-class kite-boarding spot, hence all the kite-boarders shacking up there and rinsing their kites in the pool. By mid-afternoon, the wind and surf picks up and swimming can be a little hazardous (especially when it means dodging all the kite-boarders surfing close to the beach).
There are plenty of lounge chairs on the beach, and the restaurants and shops of Cabarete are a quick (seven-minute) stroll down the beach. Guests can also walk the road, but be advised motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) aggressively solicit pedestrians.
Clean rooms with partial views of the .
The rooms, renovated since Oyster's visit, are clean and comfortable, but basic. Those on the third floor are particularly nice because of their tall .
Rooms are bright, thanks to a sliding glass door and window. Even in the standard rooms, there’s a slight buildings. The balcony comes with standard plastic chairs and is about the same size as most Dominican resorts., but they are limited by the large yellow Viva
The bathrooms are clean, and the suites come with a whirlpool tub and stand-up shower. There is a line to dry bathing suits and such in the bathroom. There are two in the bathroom that angled open. This is great for airflow, but bad for noise because they open right onto the hallway area.
On site, the Viva also has a full-service spa and a small gym with cardio machines and weight-lifting equipment.
On-site food is tolerable, but the hotel is close to good restaurants.
The La Bahia buffet at the Viva Wyndham is pretty average. Some folks find the it tolerable, but many of the main entrées don’t look too appealing.
Guests who want other dining options can easily walk to the cafés on Cabarete, guests will find a wide range of restaurants offering Caribbean, Italian, and pub food at a range of prices.. Because of the large expat community in
An affordable kite-surfing town of Cabarete, the Viva is a great option. But its hip location on one of the north coast’s best beaches is the draw -- not its weak buffet, decent rooms, or scarce features. Plan to head off site for better food and a great party scene.near the happening