Pools are cast in shadow during early afternoon due to building's height
Built to resemble a Mayan pyramid, the all-inclusive Riu Caribe is located on the north end of Cancun Island. The bright lobby is filled with natural light, jungle-like trees, and hanging vines. The 506 rooms have a white-and-blue color scheme, with balconies, flat-screen TVs, and liquor dispensers. The resort features a number of pleasant bars and restaurants, three swimming pools, a nightclub, and an outdoor theater, although the height of the building casts the pools in shade in the early afternoon. While the beach is beautiful, it's on the small side, especially for the size of this property.
Right on the beach, this upper-middle-range, all-inclusive resort is very similar to other options in the area. There are several on-site restaurants and bars, a few pools, and various activities and entertainment. With a dedicated kids' program, it attracts plenty of families, but young partiers are not absent either. After all, rooms have liquor dispensers above the minibars.
Beachfront location on the north end of Cancun Island
Cancun is located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally a small fishing town, it was developed by the Mexican government in the 1970s to become the ideal modern vacation spot. Today, the city is known as the party capital of the entire country, drawing over three million tourists annually. Especially popular during Spring Break, it boasts beautiful powdery white sand beaches, a number of shopping centers, lots of restaurants, bikini contests left and right, and a popping nightlife scene full of dancing, drinking, and 24/7 fun. It's divided into three districts, though 15-mile long Isla Cancun ("Cancun Island") is the central hotel zone and main area for visitors, particularly Tulum Avenue. Whether it's the Interactive Aquarium or the retail hubs Kukulcan Plaza and Forum-by-the-Sea, there's plenty to do when not basking along the shores or enjoying windsurfing and water skiing. El Rey and Yamil Lu'um are nearby archaeological ruins. There are plenty more in Coba and Chichen Itza, two to three hours away by car.
Rooms here are pretty simple, with a white-and-blue color scheme and nearly empty walls. All come with wall-mounted liquor dispensers, minibars, and flat-screen TVs, but free Wi-Fi is surprisingly absent; despite it being an all-inclusive resort, guests must pay to access the Internet in their rooms. Bathrooms are modern and relatively spacious, with large walk-in showers. All rooms have large balconies overlooking the ocean.
Daily entertainment, a mediocre fitness center, and several restaurants and bars, all included in the price
Features available here are pretty similar to those offered at nearby hotels in the same category. The focus is on entertainment, and therefore the hotel provides a children's program as well as daytime and evening entertainment for families and adults; shows take place in the on-site theater. The beach is small, but has lovely water and watersports are available. There are several pools, as well as a mediocre fitness center with slightly dated machines. Most restaurants are buffet-style, but there's also a popular Asian restaurant.