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As a Canadian girl, never having seen a palm tree in real life, this was amazing to me that there were palm trees growing right out of the ground! I took a pic of the first ones I saw. Our bus ride out to our resort was about an hour long so our accomodating driver stopped at a small shop for us to buy beer. The bus ride wasn't so bad. Once at our …
... We are totally enjoying relaxing here.
The vegetable truck comes by almost every day to keep us well supplied with fresh veggies, plus eggs and cheese. Mexican cheddar, a wonderful flavor, a bit different from our Wisconsin cheddar.
We have a Yucca fruit tree on our camping spot. They are called Jackfruit in Wikipedia, but all the locals here call them Yuccas. There is fruit on our tree, we have discussed it with Anderika, our vegetable vendor. He told us it ...
Cooper, Perris and I were exploring the city of "La Cruz de Huanacaxtle" Bucerias, Mexico and came across this Fish Charter Service, that offered to give us a 4 hours deep sea fishing charter for a smokin' deal. We jumped on this deal in seconds, and ended up talked Steven in to coming with us too, "cheaper between more".
I had no ideas what to expect nor the type of boat ...
... driving to work would be such a great experience: blue sky, ocean views, palm trees all around, birds, sea breeze and sun... simply wonderful! There´s no way you can start a day with a bad mood when you have such a pleasant experience every morning.
And what can I say about the weekends? A-m-a-z-i-n-g , just grab my beach bag (always ready btw) and in ...
... familiar with have moved or are gone! We have been watching the Big Dipper slowly work its way farther north and out of sight. This has been replaced with the Southern Cross which will be our friend and familiar reference point down under.
With this we will take a half time intermission and when we come back will discuss: the visit with Neptune, how much wind is too much, sailing on the last of three wishes, and land fall in Hiva Oa.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa Punta de Mita
I just returned from my stay and wanted to write a review since I always rely on reviews to make good holiday choices. I was at Viva Vallarta for a week with my wife and 2 sons (10 & 12). We had a pretty good time but there where many things that we were not expecting based on the reviews that I have read. I have ben to many resorts through out the carribean so I feel I can write on honest review based on my past experiences. Viva was a nice clean resort but not that upscale or lush and tropical. I find that the side of Puerto vallarta that it is on is rather desert like. The older part of Puerto Vallarta is much prettier. The food was not that great. The lunch area by the pool needed a bigger selection of foods. The restaurants were the best part of the eating experience. And a BIG NO NO, was the lack of a beach bar. By the time you reach the beach your drink is hot. They do have guys that will bring you drinks on the beach but the drinks are simply not good by the time you get them. It is simply too far to the bars from the beach. The beach is rocky. The rocks are hidden under the water so its pretty tricky while swimming. They need to install more fans in the dinning areas because it is very very hot. The part I was most surprised about is the fact that the resort is more a vacation spot for Mexican families. While I do not have anything against mexican people it was strange to find very few american speaking guests at the hotel. If you are going expecting to meet a bunch of fun people to party and mingle with don't go to Viva. There are two pools , one is a quiet pool and let me tell you it is dead. Elevator music is playing all day. The other pool is the activities pool. It basically wall to wall screaming children. They do play better music at this pool but there needs to be a happy medium. I do want to say one really good thing about the Viva Vallarta. The staff is ecellent! We made alot of friends with the activities directors and the shows are very good. Great service is the best part
My family and another went to Club Viva Vallarta over Spring Break. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed every minute of it. The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful. It was a very clean hotel with a gorgeous view and lots of fun activities.
My husband and I just returned from a week at Viva Vallarta, and we were very pleased with almost everything (with very few exceptions). The resort was very clean, including our room, although we had only been there about one hour when the toilet in our room backed up...but they were there immediately to fix it and clean up. The gardens are beautiful, full of tropical plants and flowers. We had a garden view room,
Just returned from Viva Vallarta 10 Jun 02. If you are expecting to party, forget it. Seems like a nice place to bring your kids though. The resort itself is very nice and spread out too, which can be a pain especially if your carrying your own bags. The food was ok, not great. Didnt get to eat at the ala carte restaurants. Eric, if you read this, it was your fault. The drinks were not that great(not strong) and it was a long walk/hike up from the beach if you were thirsty. At times the service was far from good, especially at the buffet. Seems like they catered to the older crowd a little more than the younger ones. It was way to far from Puerto Vallarta, approx a 1 hour bus ride, or a 35 minute cab ride if you tell the driver to step on it( just dont tell him to do that when its raining, eh Eric.) Overall, it was alright, but I dont think I'd return.
One of the best
The Club Viva was a lot of fun. I was there with my girlfriend at the end of April. The service was great and the food was excellent. The drinks were fair. However, what I have found in the past is that Americans (which I am myself) expect too much for nothing. TIP, TIP, TIP!! If you tip the bartenders the drinks seem to get A LOT stronger. The adult 'RELAX POOL' was great after you went boogie boarding on the bay. I would visit this resort again with no hesitation at all.
Club Viva Vallarta Wow!!!
Excellent food. Excellent servic. The animation team was the best group of people around. They absolutely made the holiday. Very, very clean rooms. They couldn't do enough for us. No request was inconvenient. Did I mention the animation team... talented, funny, dedicated, charming, talented, funny, entertaining, did I mention that they were great. Lots of activities to join in for free. boogie board, catamaran, tennis, gym, archery, bocchi ball, water aerobics, dancing, dancing, dancing.We give it a 5 star. Will most assuredly be back as soon as possible!!!
Awful swim beach, too rocky and rough.
Too remote - excursions take a half day
of transit and a lot of money.
Food and drinks - just so so. Buffet is
the same everyday and too mexican.
My family and I just returned from a vacation at Club Viva Vallarta. We had a wonderful time. We had our 4 year old son and 11 month old daughter and they both had a great time. My son spent hours in the kiddie pool which was deep enough for him to have fun but not so deep that he was unsafe. He also went to the Kids Club some of the time which he really enjoyed - the only negative to the Kids Club is that when they are not at the beach or pool with the kids, then the kids can spend their time playing video games. The food was really good, with a great salad bar every lunch and dinner. The alcohol was pretty bad but you did get used to it and after a couple of days it didn't matter. There were plenty of activities, my husband played beach volleyball everyday, I played water polo. The activities staff were very friendly and at night they put on shows that actually were pretty good. Everynight they have the kids go up on stage and dance, my son loved it and wanted to go to the shows everynight. There are lots of families there and it was very safe. We felt comfortable with our son going to the snack bar by himself to get a juice, a couple of times we even let him go to the pool ahead of us. We went into Puerto Vallarta one day but with the kids it wasn't worth it. The resort is pretty new and still in good shape - aesthetically very pleasing. They have filtered water which I was hesitant about, but none of us got sick. I would highly recommend Club Viva Vallarta. (They do try to push a time share presentation on you - we avoided it, a couple got roped in while we were there and really regretted it).
CLUB VIVA VALLARTA IS THE BEST!
Club Viva Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta Mexico was the best!!! I had the funnest time and the food and activities(especially the shows at night) were the best!!! Also the disco was fun to!! I would go there again in a secound! Plus all the staff were very friendly and I met a lot of nice new people!! And the weather was amazing all the time! if your thinking of taking a vacation to mexico this is the resort to check out!!!