Hotel at a Glance: Viva Wyndham Dominican Republic
This vacation includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Alternate departure dates/gateways may be available for additional fee.
- 5 nights in a standard room at Viva Wyndham Tangerine
- Kiteboarding lesson
- All meals, snacks, domestic and imported drinks<p>
In the 1980s, the quiet town of Cabarete, Dominican Republic, became a world-class windsurfing destination. The town—situated on an offshore reef on the country’s North Shore—receives consistent easterly trade winds, an ideal setup for the sport of windsurfing. Today, Cabarete plays hosts to international windsurfing competitions each year. As a guest at Viva Wyndham Tangerine, you can try your hand at this local pastime—the all-inclusive resort organizes excursions to the area’s renowned windsurfing spots, and offers guests a complimentary kiteboarding lesson. There are also many complimentary activities onsite, such as kayaking and snorkeling, in addition to the unlimited eats and drinks.<p>
- A sprawling ocean-view pool sits at the edge of a golden-sand beach steps from a palapa hut bar
- Four restaurants are onsite, including La Vela, which has wood-oven pizzas and wine pairings
- Private balconies and terraces extend from all guest rooms, offering dazzling garden and ocean views
- Body scrubs, facial treatments, and aromatherapy massages are all available at the onsite spa
- Learn the scuba basics during a complimentary introductory diving class
Cabarete, Dominican Republic: Youthful Beach Town Hailed as Windsurfing Capital of the Caribbean
Set on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, Cabarete has reliable trade winds and big waves that make it a playground for extreme watersports such as kiteboarding and windsurfing. Cabarete Bay has even served as a location for Master of the Ocean, a triathlon that incorporates surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Nearby, Laguna Cabarete has a more relaxed pace; you can take a stroll along the beach or browse jewelry shops, beachfront restaurants, and colonial monuments in the charming downtown center. Dozens of bars and lounges also line the main beach here.
Cabarete is part of Puerto Plata, a province known for its sun-kissed sands and breathtaking geographical features. Damajagua is a natural water park of sorts—it features 27 waterfalls flowing from limestone rock formations. Tour guides lead groups through the falls, and you can swim and occasionally slide down the natural water slides.
You can get an aerial view of Puerto Plata and the Caribbean Sea on a teleférico, or cable car. One of them climbs 2,565 feet to the apex of Mount Isabel de Torres, which is crowned with blooming botanical gardens and a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s massive Christ the Redeemer statue. It’s also worth it to take a scenic drive to Parque Histórico La Isabela, where you’ll find the remains of a church as well as ruins of a colonial village where Columbus routinely woke his neighbors by blasting the Santa Maria’s foghorn.